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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 100 | FT: 7
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Over the ages the term ’cellar door’ has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. Upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. Many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment. Starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. To pull this all together and to complete the ’cleansing’ aspect of my vision I gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. Of course let’s not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-22-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

StArnoldFan, Mar 09, 2014
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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a lightly hazed lemon tinged lighter golden with a large fluffy white crown that lasted for almost the duration,fresh citric hops burst out in the aromas along with light white pepper,I liked the fact I didn't get alot of funk.Citric hops play a huge role on the palate with underlying funk and that white pepper,a light sour tang came in the finish.Iam not a saison drinker most of the time but I have enjoyed Stillwater's takes I have had of the style.

oberon, Mar 02, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Poors hazy, but bright yellow, white fizzy head with good retention.

Herbal sage and fake wax teeth aroma dominates. Nose-clearing clove with light lemongrass and tangerine. Very fresh and bright, and a quick fix for spring fever while I watch spring training baseball.

Crisp and dry as can be, with fresh grass, sage, lemon and orange rind. Malt provides just enough foundation for the hop and herb flavoring. The brewer has accomplished all that he has outlined on the label as far as a cleansing beer.

Mouthfeel is immaculate for a saison/farmhouse ale. Dry and crisp, works wonderfully with the herbs and hop varieties. Just the slightest bit of sweetness to provide foundation for the herbs.

Definitely pick this up. I love the mindset of this brewery and will be looking for more in the future!

boston2bburg, Mar 15, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Cellar Door Saison/farmhouse ale by Stillwater Artisanal Ales 6.6% alcohol poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A- Pours a golden hazy straw yellow hued fluid with tight pillowy head that leaves patch lacing behind top to bottom.

S- Upfront is a hint of sage and hibiscus in the nose, followed by musky yeast and light alcohol esters. Very inviting to the senses.

T-M- Bold sage and yeast crackle of the the buds on first sip leaving a melody of peppery malts with balanced spice on the tongue. Alcoholic sweet grainy flavors are noted in the backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

A great tasting Farmhouse brew.

wesbrownyeah, Jul 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

woodchipper, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Bottle into Chimay Chalice. Non-aggressive pour produces a lot of foam, a lot of bubbles. Very effervescent. Like champagne only better - it's beer, after all.
Clear yellow appearance. Head dissipates moderately leaving behind little to no lace.
Smooth. Refreshing. Sweet.
Climbing the learning curve for the style and given how enjoyable this one was, I can't wait to try others.

NWer, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

DaftPatrick, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

csmartin6, Oct 13, 2013
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2.65/5  rDev -34.4%

12 oz bottle, dated 4/23/13. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some ripe citric fruit and spices (sage) and some earthy yeast.

The flavor is sweet floral soapy malts with some fruit, earthiness and sage. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, interesting saison, but a bit flat, overly spiced and a bit soapy.

Beaver13, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

77apm, Aug 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Doomcifer, Aug 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A- Pours a beautifully clear golden cider color with violent carbonation action in the glass propping up a dense head of large white foam that fades slowly. Leaves thick lacing as I drink it.

S- Fresh hay, fresh cut grass, pears, light herbs and a bit of lemon peel.

T- More herbal and less light on the earthy hay characters than the smell. The start is grainy bread with the middle and end being a mix of candy and smooth mild bitterness. As it warms some cherry pie funk creeps into the picture along with a stronger sense of the lemon peel and hay. Very summery.

M- Lots of bubbly carbonation and a slightly creamy but very dry body.

D- This was quite an enjoyable beer. As it warmed it seemed to express more and more flavors and it looks beautiful from start to finish.

Guden, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JakerLou, Jun 29, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Bomber bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours cloudy medium apricot, loose off white head, shows some retentive powers. The head leaves behind a tiny bubble film and ample strands of lace.

Crisp nose of lime, mint, tea and some hints of chalk.

Citric and refreshing saison, plenty of more lime, pepper, again chalk, juniper, quinine and zesty goodness.

Would go great with all sorts of seafood, spicy foods, thai food, lobster comes to mind.

Nice job here, my second Stillwater selection. Impressed. Looking forward to trying some others.

This one was well worth seeking out

Billolick, Dec 15, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JC333, Jun 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

marchnlv, Nov 23, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light straw color with a small white head. Nose is really spicy with sage, light hoppiness as well.

Taste is really herbal and spicy with a lot of sage as expected. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really tasty and easy drinking.

kingcrowing, Feb 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jburchett, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Janeinma, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mrw1zard, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

xdefeatsy, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 4/23/13.

Pours out a hazy yellow golden color, a nice billowy white head off of the pour, eventually fades to a nice retentive layer. Thick lacing just barely creeps up from the head. Quite effervescent, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Quite a spicey aroma, I attribute that to mostly the white sage, but also the yeast, maybe even a bit herbal. Some clove and a bit of bubblegum. As it warms some lemon comes out. Very nice.

Perfect example of an American saison. That same spiciness from the aroma seems to be the highlight, white sage, yeast, a bit of pepper, clove. A bit of lemon citrus. No real hop flavor like you might expect with citra, but some hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish. Dry finish, but some of the bitterness and spice lingers around.

The clove and white sage combined with the higher carbonation seem to tingle the palate. Lighter in body, but not watery light by any means. The perfect drinkable beer.

All around a great beer, I'm sure to buy more of this.

dogfishandi, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Mantooth, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Cynic-ale, May 23, 2014
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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