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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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very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of MadScientist
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy golden colored beer. The head doesn't last that long and is is made of white, rocky and big soapy bubbles.

S: Orange, earthy spicy, pepper and and an herbal aroma dominate. The herbal is sort of a tea and floral type of quality mixing in with a low soft, floral alcohol aroma. There is a low honey sweet aroma in there. There is some citrus peel and a light smokey character. There is a more fruit than just orange also a little dark cherry-like.

T: The taste reflect the aroma with mostly light fruit and earthy spice, a moderately-low herbal and floral component with a smokey undertone. There is a medium-low bitterness that seems partly hop derived with a bit of s citrus peel character. There is a low malt sweetness making for a balance that is slightly bitter. The finish is medium with a lingering pithy, bitterness and a slightly smoke flavor in the aftertaste.

M: A light bodied beer with strong carbonation and a slight prickle on the front and sides of the tongue.

O: A complex Belgian that's not quiet a Saison and not a wheat with a fair amount of an herbal component backed up with fruit and spice and mixed with a little smoke. I'm not sure what to make of the beer but I'm eager to seek out another sensory series beer whenever one is released after having this one. It's a good beer, not great but defiantly different.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thick billowing white head that slowly breaks down into sticky lace. There is a swirling carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soapy mineral esters smell has some club soda yeasty notes and a dry herbal hint in the finish that might be coriander.

T- The hint of citrus esters and dry herbal leads to a flowery coriander note and a slight bitter note that lingers. There is a wheat dough hint in the finish as it opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz that makes it almost creamy and no alcohol heat.

O- This has an odd mix of flavors, so I guess it does blend with the song, but the soapy spice character was really the dominant flavors making it pretty underwhelming. Especially for the price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. Indulging by listening to a Lower Dens Youtube video while doing this. We'll see how it goes. Illuminati-approved label.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat fizzy, and if my imagination isn't kidding me, faintly pink-tinged white head, which leaves some swaths of fuzzy grotto arch lace around the glass as things duly settle.

It smells of sweet, grainy wheat malt, a lemon, peach, and apricot orchard fruitiness, earthy yeast, a subtle red herbal floral essence (hibiscus represent!), a bit of zingy white pepper spice, wet straw, mild black tea leaves, and faintly grassy, earthy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, lightly biscuity wheat and pale malt, tart and fruity cherry and lemon, a dark red perfumed floral character, tame green yeast, and earthy, musty, and dried hay hops.

The carbonation is rather frothy, but in a pleasantly gentle manner, the body medium-light in weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops and fruit doing well to leave us alone at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, said fruit and the equally lingering blended malt carrying on like a twelve minute song.

A decent saison-style ale, with the added hibiscus flowers, which are more perceptible here than the previous three hibiscus-infused offerings that I've had to date, combined. Yet they still get lost in the other fruity, floral yeast and hop notes, which is hardly a surprise to me, for this brewer. Anyways, enjoyable enough, as was the 'In the End is the Beginning' song, one that's starting to grow on me - sort of reminiscent of a Radiohead/early Pink Floyd vibe.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DougT
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BKArmstrong
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with active carbonation and a fine three finger off-white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast, light fruit (apple and pear); spicy. Flavor of wheat, pepper, pear juice, lightly astringent and herbal spicing, lightly floral. Finish is dry with light hop and spice bitterness. Medium body with a nice mouth feel from active carbonation. Another interesting and fun to drink Belgian influenced ale from Stillwater.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that took a long time to die down and left a thin head covering the surface and a thick coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemony hops and hibiscus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that there seems to be more flavors of hibiscus compared to lemons. Faint hints of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable towards the finish.
O: While the light-bodied nature of this beer could make it go down in a breeze, the interesting aromas and flavors make this a beer that is also good to sip and savor.

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Dreamer
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a hazy golden body. Clear and soapy lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is jumping up out of the glass, very flavorful. Includes green apple, pear, some sweet malt, honey and quite a deliciousy yeast like smell. Taste includes the above but I would add some percimmon, and green grape. Lovely beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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