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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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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.


(Beer added by: ThePorterSorter on 12-29-2012)
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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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)

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer was released over a year ago, in December of 2012. It is bottle conditioned, so there is hope that is has held up to the expectations of the brewer. This is the first beer in Stillwater's Sensory Series, a concept that allows him to partner with musicians and create flavors and aromas to accompany the sights and sounds of particular music videos and artists. This beer is matched with Lower Dens' video "In the End is the Beginning," a true mixture of shoe-gazing, tone poem, and grungy guitar. I picked this bottle up from The Greeks in Narberth. A 375ml bottle, poured into a ballon glass, and served at room temperature.

In the glass is is a bubbly, airy looking beer. The bubble collect, rise, coagulate, and eventually pop and die away. The liquid this white head sits on is a hazy field of pale golden wheat. Bright yellows, and some golden orange highlights.

The smell of this beer is incredible and unique. The base of the aroma is a saison that delivers a fresh cut grass and hay field aroma, but on top of that, and more present and distinguishing is the aromas from the herbs and spices used in the process. I'm not sure if there is anything in here other than hibiscus, but that aroma comes with a beautiful profile, lending floral and minty notes, and some spiciness as well, but with a certain sweetness to it as well, like cinnamon. I find it elegant, and appetizing.

Brian hits the target here: "White, but not bright". He succeeds in creating a very light bodied beer by making it quite effervescent and with a dry finish, but offering the drinker flavors that are earthy, floral, and at times even spicy. A slight amount of bitterness keeps the beer together, but what steals the attention on the palate is the hibiscus flavors, with notes of curaçao, rosewater, and a light cocoa flavor.

The concept for this beer is great, and the 12 minute song is just long enough to allow the drinker to capture the "flavor" of the sound, and find the inspiration for the taste and aroma of the beer. It's a hazy sort of post-modern tone poem, based more in feeling than in structure....and this parallels the beer perfectly. A good opening beer for the series that focuses on what Stillwater is known for, and making some alterations to fit in with the feeling of local band Lower Dens. Absolutely is something I would buy again, especially for a revisit to this series.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

a saison brewed with hibiscus flowers. i didnt go all the way with the music download part of the sensory series, im not much for pop culture, but i enjoyed the beer a lot in spite of all that. i expected more of a jolly pumpkin io clone, but its nothing like that masterpiece unfortunately, very little funk for the style. it pours golden and shockingly clear for a saison. good white head on it too, but it fades out. the nose is a little perfumy on the hibiscus, but its got a little tartness that really helps. its the same saison yeast in nose and taste as most stillwater stuff, very familiar, lighter, but effective in this brew. the hibiscus is lighter in taste than smell, but influences this beer well, floral and bright, fun and summery, subtle, and i like it. the flowers done impact this like the jolly pumpkin one, so dominant, but that has rose hips too. this one it just compliments a really light grain bill and that yeast. well carbonated as they come, and extremely light in feel. i am frustrated by how expensive this is, six or seven bucks a bottle for a beer i feel like i want four or five of you know? if these were ten bucks a sixer, i would buy it all the time, but this just left me wanting more. a bit pedestrian, but a cool brew.

edit: with a little more time on this, it gets a lot different. brett has started to develop a little bit, and the floral hibiscus thing has largely faded to bitterness. this may not be aging real well, so go ahead and drink up sooner rather than later i advise.

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