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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 133 | FT: 6
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-22-2010

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.
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Ratings: 1,039 | Reviews: 305
Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very light and yellow off color. Great frothy foam on the pour.

Smell - Grassy, sweet, pear, other earthy tones

Taste - Wow this is a great farmhouse. Well balanced, easy to drink, but full of flavor. I get lots of fruit with a nice crisp finish and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall - very glad I got to try this beer and I look forward to trying other beers by Stillwater!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of lightly hoppy notes with light spices and a medium sweet malt backbone is quite interesting. Taste is a complex mix between some lightly sweet rustic malt notes with some fruity ester with dry hoppy notes with light notes of spices. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Easily drinkable while providing quite a lot of complexity.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high dense white head. The head slowly died down yet a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of sage in the nose along with some hints of spiciness from the hops.
T: Like the smell, there are strong flavors of sage in the overall taste, which also linger for a long time in the aftertaste. It also has some hints of pepper and other spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer needs to be sipped rather slowly given the strength of the sage in the taste, although it's certainly unique so I could consider having it again.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Guden
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kingcrowing
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really crisp and refreshingly herbal with a substantial body and long delicious finish.

Nose is slightly funky with orange, citrus and fresh cut straw. Flavors are similar with an added green apple finish. I would recommend this for someone trying a herbal beer for the first time. Very nice indeed.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; translucent yellow/gold with a lively big white head that fades fast, leaving chunky lacing. Smells yeasty, crackery malt and hint of sage (it's brewed with white sage). Crisp floral hops, lemon rind. Taste is lemon rind, biscuity malt, slight herbal sage flavor, citrusey floral crisp hops, yeast. Mouthfeel is lively, fizzy, and clean. Finish is dry. Delicious adn refreshing.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium malts with good amounts of light citrus hops and hints of lighter, leafy hops in the background. Also present are hints of musty notes in the background.

Tastes good. Slightly dry medium malt flavors up front are joined by bright citrus hops with slight amounts of white pepper. Near the end of the sip leafy hops round things out. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, though it’s fairly far from a traditional saison. Refreshing and worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST: 750ml poured into a wine glass.

A: Cloudy yellow, gold with a thick and fluffy, white head.

S: Beautiful lemon citrus, cracked pepper, wet stone, funky, sour fruit.

T: Lots of spice, sweet citrus, bitter hops, bread, sour lemon peel.

M: Medium and racy dry.

O: What a fantastic saison. Light, zippy, sweet citrus, sour peel, nice spice, delicate stone, with a slightly bready finish: sun in a bottle with complex spice and heft. This is a winner.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer was a slow motion gusher creating a glass full of foam that took quite a while to settle into a hazy golden yellow body and it was still oozing out of the bottle. The second pour was much darker orange and very hazy.

S- The lemon and saison yeast aroma has a sage hint in the finish. There were some wet earth and rain notes that turned into a new sneaker aroma as the beer opened up.

T- The slightly funky ester taste had notes of pear and apricot with some tropical fruit flavors from yeast and grapefruit zest flavor from hops finish with a slightly sweet and sage note. There is a dry green lemon hop note that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a sage quality that is fresh and stronger than the other flavors but as it opens up the yeast character starts to develop around the sage and really adds some nice depth to the beer. It is too bad that is was so carbonated but it was worth the wait.

Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a solid hazy golden-orange, bright despite the haze. An almost completely pure white head reaches two fingers of dense, big-bubbled foam that settles to a pocked single finger. It retains itself very well at that point and leaves some lacing in spreading patches and pretty heavy spotting.
The aroma's light but gets stronger at the beer sits, while the flavor doesn't take very much coaxing. It definitely goes the herbal route, though there are nice, delicate touches of earth, spiciness, and gentle sweetness under and herbal note. It's definitely floral, both a combination of a grassy and leafy element, and only very gentle tart and musty. Overall it works to very good effect. It's actually surprisingly hoppy, certainly more than I expected, though I think it works toward the big picture. Some might be put off by the break from tradition, certainly, but it's complex, well-balanced, and tasty.
The body is medium and there's certainly a creamy feel. carbonation is on the higher end but remains pretty well moderated. The crispness is second to the smoothness but is there, particaularly as the finish goes slightly tangier (in a good way).

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden color, speckled with some orange and red highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Wow!! Awesome aromas of toasted malt, followed, and almost overpowered by very strong aromas of sage, coriander and black pepper. Amazing.

Taste: Absolutely delicious!! Strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready flavors of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, followed by a touch of caramel-like sweetness and then followed by tons of spices, especially sage, but also some coriander, black pepper and lemon peel. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. With an ABV of 6.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an incredible beer! I love the strong flavors of fresh herbs and spice, especially the sage. This is an awesome beer, and so far one of my favorites from Stillwater, all of which have greatly impressed me and have scored high marks. Highly recommended!

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a tulip.

Smells of funky saison yeast and very sweet malts. Taste is thankfully not as sweet. Flavor is very spicy, but most of that must come from the yeast if sage is all that's added, and I can't really pick out sage in particular. There is a strong vanilla note throughout also that I didn't expect but enjoyed. Easy drinking but a little too sweet in the finish.

Photo of lnashsig
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to finewinemike for the chance to taste this Saison. Definitely one of my favorite style beers, and I'm eager to try this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip, pours a cloudy golden color, with a rush of frothy white cloudlike foam to the top of the glass. The foam takes awhile to dissipate, and crackles down to leave a thin foam top on the beer. Awesome visual so far. Smell- lemon zest, cracked pepper, a tart fruit scent, with some really nice bready farmhouse flavors. Intense flavors. Taste- sweet bread, lemon, clove, pepper (faint), coriander. Very true to the style, love this beer. Mouthfeel- awesome carbonation, and highly drinkable. This is one of the better saisons I have had, very impressive.

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml solid-ass bottle, with one hell of an 'obfuscated in the name of art' label. Still (heh) good to see this East coast Yankee gypsy brewer available in our fair province.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with three bulbous fingers of white whipped cream head, which leaves a few sudsy streaks of upwardly mobile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dry bready wheat malt, soft earthy yeast, edgy, somewhat meaty citrus rind, a sort of flinty herbal essence, white pepper, and earthy, musty spice. The taste is grainy pale malt, semi-sweet orange and weak lemon juice, musty green herbs, a slight metallic twang, earthy spice, settling dry yeast, and a very mild hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is rather frizzy, with a sturdy adherence that it maintains quite steadfastly, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in an almost genial sense. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and generically earthy spice doing well to make friends and extend the party, as it were.

A decent enough Stateside saison (I know that I'm cribbing this from another Stillwater offering), with the extra IPA-esque hopitude and schizoid spice usage just adding a certain je ne sais quoi (en fonction de la santé mentale de la brasseur) to the whole deal. At any rate, a pleasant, not overly boozy Saturday night special.

Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a smokey shade of dark straw. Thick, foamy head of pure white. Lines of carbonation stream up the glass' sides. Substantial, sticky lacing.

SMELL: Lots of earthy spices mixed with honey tones. Almost smells like a graham cracker. I pick up a touch citrus from it as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and dry! Carbonation makes it very prickly. Though it's not a high ABV beer, the alcohol comes through and gives this saison a fair amount of warmth.

TASTE: The first sip fills the mouth with a deep spiciness; I'm thinking sage and coriander. There's a nice balance of malts and hops. The finish leaves a the taste of white pepper in your mouth. It's dry enough to pucker the tongue a bit.

DRINKABILITY: This is a great beer to drink in about 8 to 12 ounce doses. It's not meant to be consumed in multiple pints (although, there could be worse things in life...). I find this to be generally true of most complex beers like this one. This is a sipping, savoring brew, not a swilling brew.

VERDICT: This is a very delicate, complex saison and I'd love to see how this beer pairs with food. Perhaps halibut, shellfish, or even lightly-spiced chicken.

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold and very slightly hazy. Head is small white and leaves nice stringy lace. Aroma is stinky, herbal, dank, cardamom I think-something bright and peppery, lemongrass. All over a nice unusual combination. Taste is sweet, grape, lemongrass again, pepper, sage, earthy and funky. Mouthfeel is dry and juicy. Very interesting beer and certainly enjoyable. I don't pick up on the sage right away in the smell, it mostly seems very herbal. Flavor is where I actually notice it among many other things. Not to be sessioned with but nice herby treat for sure.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The lable is a nice piece of art, looks great but the info is pretty tricky. Cellar Door Artisanal but then states it's brewed for: Dog Brewing co. Fredricksberg, MD. 750 ml bottle $10.99

A hazy, straw-blond color with a very classic creamy, all-white head 2" high at first that recedes slow to a constant, pretty thick layer of white foam. The center is very active, much like a Belgian brew as the yeast keeps things lively.

White sage addition is very obvious in the aroma, golden wheat with some herbs and spices from the rack. A creamy backdrop, sweet fruits, and earthy sage gives it some unique aspects.

Golden wheat is obvious in the malt, crisp and clean bite with herbs and spices for a unique balance right off. A nice, Belgian feel, lively and smooth, citric fruits, earthiness held together by the wheat and pale malts, which are all in good balance for this style. The after taste is notable with a very nice and mellow hearty lingering effect.

despite some confusion on who and what is actually brewing this stuff, it comes through as pretty damn rightous.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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