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Sensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Sensory Series V.1 - Lower DensSensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThePorterSorter on 12-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tjvan2
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Had the version "remastered with brett" so not sure how it compares to the original product but it comes out a nice orange tinted gold. Great amount of bubbling and slight sour hint in the air. Really comes at you with a quick flash, if you will, of sour then mellows and finishes clean. Maybe nothing special to some but I liked it and could do a couple in a row if given the chance.

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDienno
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows saison yeast, soft spicy, floral and pear notes.
Flavours include a stronger hibiscus note along with a bit of orange marmalade. Some farmhouse yeast notes remain. Finishes very dry.
Carbonation is much too high.

Photo of Robloc303
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Beautiful looking beer, solid aromas an extra dry finish. Spot on for a saison(that rhymes, depending on how you pronounce saison)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of QueerBeer
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Uncaps with a fizz and proceeds to froth over the countertop. After a little time, it pours rather sedately, in fact, a clear golden hue with a surprisingly minimal head of white. Stacks of carbonation though feeding it, and it rushes through the rather light body.

Nose is pleasant. Mild, dry white wine acidity, with a touch, perhaps, of the hibiscus lending a little fragrant sweetness. Some earthy tones come through as well, especially as it warms. Pretty nice.

Taste has a slight soda acidity on the front, developing into a rather dry mid-palate laced with a little funk. Musk and earth towards the back, with a chewy finish that's sweeter than I expect. Feel is rather pleasantly subdued. Despite the seemingly robust carbonation, there's a smoothness to the fizz that stops it from getting too aerated.

Overall, yep: this is another solid beer from Stillwater. Clean and bright facade with earth and funk hiding underneath it. The hibiscus is only subtle, but it does add a little twist to add some interest to it. I think it's fair to say though that this is mostly just another solid beer in the same style Stillwater always does.

Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ausonius
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, hibiscus, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity and great balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hibiscus/hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MrMaestoso
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Sensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.