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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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911 Ratings
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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 101 | FT: 7
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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Shared with my bro-in-law.

a - Poured into capt lawrence taster tulip. Nice golden yellow with a huge bubbly head. Carbonation was big and steady and lasted the entire bottle. The beer is murky and ominous.

s - Great citric notes, banana, clove, all the usual suspected. Earthy and grassy, nice spiciness from the sage.

t - Flavor follows the nose. The sage really gives this beer a nice vanilla soft spicy kick. Candied sugar a bit...coriander in there as well.

m - Carbonation is great. Very cooling. Perfect for this weather.

o - Overall, one of the best saisons I've ever had. My first taste of this brew was at a beer festival where beers were judged and rated...and this one got first place and was the clear standout. It was the battle of the belgians and this beer was the standout side-by-side with the classics. Keep an eye on stillwater...one of the best brewers out there. Unique and original and tasty beyond. This is one of my fav brews.

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Pours a semi-hazy yellow gold, with a voluminous head that lasts for quite awhile, leaving lots of thick, sticky lacing.

Smells of wet hay from the wheat malt. But the big surprise is a very spicy fruity aroma of orange citrus and a sweet, brown sugar, undertone. Must be some coriander too.

This is a delicious farmhouse ale, rather unique with a sweet tangerine element from the Citra hops, it tastes like there is a bit of fresh tangerine juice in here. There is a huskiness too, from the white sage I guess. A little bitterness in the finish, true to the saison style with a little saltiness.

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A great refreshing taste and crisp mouthfeel and low ABV makes this eminently drinkable. I think Brian Strumke has hit it out of the park with this one.

Beerenauslese, Oct 04, 2010
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.