Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by SickGnar:
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Slightly peachy light golden, tons of very active bubbles, huge bright white head. It gets rocky as it settles to a skim which retains well & leaves some alright gobs of lace.
S: Sage is there on a grassy & floral background. A bit herbal and softly minty too. Light lemony citrus. Touch of yeasty phenols & pepper & a ghost hint of funk. Background doughy malts with a hint of sweetness. Nice and pleasant with fair saison character. A tad light for strength though.
T: Open is a contest between candi pils sweetness with just a hint of low C malt character, and the sage that is more robust than the nose and wins the contest. Herbal, floral, spicy, earthy, minty – you know – sage. It is fairly forward and plays a central role, but it is not over-powering and it melds very well with other aspects. Hops do struggle a bit to stand apart. Bitterness is there, but mostly herbal (some bitterness no doubt is from sage) with just a bit of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind. Peppery, spicy, earthy, & phenolic yeast notes blend especially well with sage. Background malts are less doughy, and more wheaty & crackery. Tad soap impression at the end and then lingering sage in the finish. Burps are strongly herbal sage.
M: Just barely under medium body. Lightened by active & plentiful CO2. Starts wet, almost smooth, & a touch sweet. Not really that attenuated, but nicely lifted from carbonation. Hint soapy at the end, but quickly pushed aside by cleansing and fiercely herbal drying.
D: A nicely different rendition. Good basic profile and style points with a very deft addition of sage. Herbed / spiced beers can be hard to pull off in an attractive and highly drinkable fashion. This one pulls it off nicely with sage, hops, & yeast all merging together in an enjoyable fashion.
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2012 22:08:12 | More by SickGnar
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3.99/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pastel honey color with a massive two and a half finger head of off-white. Almost meringue-like foam consistency.
Bright and lightly tangy farmhoues yeast in the nose with powdery spice notes, accenting the white sage, hints of pepper, and dry basil. Hints of lemon and chalky pale malts and slight tartness.
Very dry and very powdery. Almost champagne-like in carbonation and somewhat in flavor. White wine, dry white sage, coriander, yeast cake, soda crackers, hard water salinity, and apricot skins. Perhaps, a touch of grains of paradise.
Medium body with a medium piquant carbonation. Feels good.
Cellar Door is a tasty saison with a good deal of complex flavors and unique textures.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 15:21:12 | More by thecheapies
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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