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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 50
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XicanoBeerRun picked this up, thanks for sharing.

My second Stillwater beer. After the amazing Existent I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high.

Poured into a tulip. Comes out a hazy golden straw color. There’s a thin head that dissipates rapidly. I pick up a strong sage aroma with some piney notes. The sage comes through on the palate, sharp and distinct. Very effervescent. It’s piney, or perhaps more accurately, rosemary-y. Yes, rosemary, although I don’t think it’s brewed with it. I catch a little bit of chew on the finish with a residual aftertaste. (Not chew as in tobacco, chew as in chewy.) There’s some funk at the end as well. Makes me wonder how it would develop with time. This beer doesn’t disappoint--far from it-- but it’s not the repeat of the transcendent experience I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 19:38:52 | More by elNopalero
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A: 4.25 Quite hazy, orange/gold with a bit of red in there too. Pours a very large off-white head.

S: 4 At first there’s lots of yeast and grass with a bit of funk. Sweet malt and sage become very apparent after about 5 minutes in the glass bringing along some white pepper and other spicy aromas. There’s also a little citrus (mainly orange) in the background.

T: 3.75 The sage flavor is really strong (perhaps a bit too much) but it works pretty well with the malt and subtle, piney hops. There’s a lot of orange on the finish with a little lingering bitterness.

M: 4.25 The feel is very good. Not at all watery with good carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

O: 4 This is an interesting and enjoyable beer, but not very well balanced. I like the flavors and aromas going on, but the sage and other unique flavors overpower the farmhouse characteristics one would expect in this style of beer.

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Talk about sage. This dominates the aroma along with rosemary, coriander and wild flowers. Unusual but it works.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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