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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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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: johnmichaelsen on 05-22-2010)
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Photo of Beerenauslese


4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Body is light and carbonation is spot on, giving this a deliciously crisp mouthfeel.

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:27:14 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:42:40 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy/fizzy, long-lasting head. Surprisingly average lacing.

S: A big aroma of fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of light, tropical fruits, earthy yeasts, and malt. Very complex, vibrant, tasty. One of the best tasting saisons I've tried in a long time.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a super dry and smooth finish. Light-bodied. A great mouthfeel.

D: An excellent beer. Extremely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 12:04:44 | More by avalon07
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Massive white head with medium sized bubbles. Pleasant aroma of yeast, citrus, sage. Nice flavor of wheat, light malt, coriander, light fruit (pear and apple). A slight hint of must. Sage adds a unique flavor and hop like dry kick in the finish. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation for a pleasant mouth feel. Complex and very refreshing. I like this very much.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:39:32 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Pours an opaque sunset gold. Beautiful fluffy white head with great lace.

S – Soft, smooth, and complex. Fresh sage, mint, hay. Mild sweetness, like rock candy held a foot or two from your nose. Soft caramel, lavender and lemon.

T – Soft and incredibly well integrated. Opens with a beautiful smooth bouquet of sage and white tea leaves. A kiss of lemon zest brings forward a floral center with lavender, light honey, and pollen. The backend picks up on the floral notes and ebbs them gently to an earthier side with dandelion and apricot.

M – Medium body with great carbonation. Soft texture. Lightly dry finish.

O – Brilliant. One of the best saisons I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:10:54 | More by vfgccp
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark yellow and burnt orange saison with a tremendous white head, lacing the glass and the beer. Aroma is unreal, pineapple, mango, tangerines and a dozen other citrusy and floral aromas. Passion fruits and candied watermelon take over the taste though the brew is not overly sweet. Slight bit of tang mixed in to keep the beer balanced. A fully realized brew, expertly crafted from top to bottom. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:40:10 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of schloozer10


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer that i have had from the stillwater artisanal ale. This is a great beer. Nice pale yellow. Foamy head. Floral notes. Not overly sweet. a slight hop. Great finish. I am also not a huge fan of Saison style beers. I have been warming up to them. I tend to like the saison styles brew in the united states rather than belgium. This beer is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:11:46 | More by schloozer10
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hazy burnt gold with a white head that holds well and leaves proper lace. citra hop stands out first, but a couple sniffs reveals all kinds of complexities. the tang of wheat, the husky sweetness of grain, the herbal pungency of sage, the spiciness of the yeast... just gorgeous. taste is an extremely well balanced mix of herbs and hop harmonizing with the grains and yeast. fantastic. quasi-spritzy mouthfeel that is far from prickly on a medium body with a long, hoppy/sagey finish that works very very well. another great beer from one of the most cutting edge brewers out there. just as good out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 22:15:18 | More by timtim
Photo of lnashsig


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:55:11 | More by lnashsig
Photo of russpowell


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Murks up a bit as this finishes, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Grassy with orange peel, some white pepper & wheat tartness/breadyness as this warms

T: Lemons, white pepper, tangerine, with grassyness up front, along with a touch of tart wheat. Ruby red grapefruit, grassyness as this warms. Finshes tart with white pepper, & lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation

This drank too easy, love the citra hops in this, puts a nice American spin on this style, easily one of the best beers I've had in a while

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:30:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of AndersonGT


4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Setting: Bar Seat, BJ's Taphouse, Frederick, MD

I am not too experienced with Farmhouse/Saison Ale. The few I have tried, I did not like until drinking this. One of the more complex beers I have had in recent memory, it seemed to have three distinct stages of flavor, all very enjoyable. Very sweet and would be great pairing with either Sushi or dessert.

As much as I enjoyed this, I will still shy away from Farmhouse because I cannot drink more than one without being overwhelmed by complex flavors of sugar and fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 22:21:25 | More by AndersonGT
Photo of Brad007


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to Stillwater was over the summer at a private party with many kegs. Little did I know of their plans to sell beer here in Vermont. I decided to start off by picking up a bottle of Cellar Door.

Pours a beautiful light blond/yellowish color with a two-finger head into my glass (I chose a wine glass as my tulip needs to be washed). Very nice color.

The aroma is full of clove (from the wheat) with a small hint of spice from the yeast. White Sage is listed as one of the ingredients but I cannot pick it out in the aroma.

The taste can only be described as medium-bodied with a decent amount of clove, spice and perhaps white sage as well. Very "flowery" (or light).

Finishes very well with a light amount of sage and clove still clinging to the 'ol taste buds.

I believe this is another unique take on the saison/farmhouse style. Along with Saint Somewhere, I am starting to appreciate breweries that attempt to expand this style using unconventional ingredients. Case in point, this saison is very drinkable and I recommend it for anyone who may get bored with the usual versions of this style that are available.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:26:34 | More by Brad007
Photo of drpimento


4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Fabulous beer! Look out Belgium!! This is right up there with the best. Poured with a foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is a pungent blend of yeast, malt, fruit, grass, earth, and fresh cut hay. Flavor is similar with the carbonic acid, yeast bitterness, and malty sweetness prominant. Body is perfect for this beer. Finish has the more extreme qualities dropping off quick and the more balanced and milder qualities with a slower taper to a medium length. Session beer if I got the cash on hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:54:43 | More by drpimento
Photo of twelvsies


4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A new beer to the area, I'm excited to try some gypsy farmhouse saison. Handsome golden orange, slightly cloudy, excellent head with some life to it - very impressive and inviting. Beautiful aromas - fruity yeast, apples, dry herbal notes, slight farmhouse earth funk and nice dusty hops. Much the same represented in the flavor - nice fruityness and substance but nice dry finish. The sage is nice and balanced, adding to the compexity but not jumbled or overpowering. Fluffy and prickly mouthfeel, full and luscious, yet crisp and refreshing - damn near perfect. This makes for an excellently fun beer to drink. Lots of flavors coming at you from around the corner, in an easily enjoyable package. Very tasty - looking forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:23:55 | More by twelvsies
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

thrilled to finally be able to try this one, i decided to crack it open with dinner yesterday to get a good taste before the night began. pour could not have been better with an amazing golden amber color with a good haze to it and great carbonation visible throughout. huge white head on top that led to a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glasses.

aroma is light at first but builds as the night goes on. light citrus touches, fresh herbals, light flowery mix an a nice grain bill seem to support a rather complex flavor. and that is exactly what i get with a quick dose of lemon right off the bat. it transforms into a nice pear and apple flavors, loads of grass and quick hits of lavender and a touc of peppery like spice seal it. this is exactly what i was looking for. clean, crisp, sparkling and refreshing. near perfect.

overall this was everything everyone told me it would be and more. a wonderful example of the style and just done right.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:28:09 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of sk8man121


4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a hazy tangerine with highlights of sunshine and moonbeams. Impressive 2-finger rocky cream-colored head with excellent retention leaves a great deal of lacing on the glass. Beautiful.

S: Pineapple, mint and farmhouse yeast up front, followed by citrus and fresh cut grass. Smells absurdly refreshing.

T: Citrus and mint/white sage dominate with sharp acidity. Banana and grass are in the center, with a slight bit of licorice in the finish. One of the most refreshing tastes I can imagine.

M: Highly carbonated, what should be rather thin creams up beyond belief. Goes down beautifully.

O: This is an unbelievable surprise. I expected this to be nice, but not nearly as perfectly balanced and refreshing as it is. Cellar Door defies style, as it is not quite a saison, yet so much more than a typical wheat. At $10 for a 750 ml bottle, this is an affordable luxury that I hope to enjoy many more times.

Sunshine in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:03:53 | More by sk8man121
Photo of bigsilky

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler, CBX. Right out the gate the senses get bombarded with citrusy hops and a yeasty dry spice that floods the sinuses with an herbal freshness that's hard to nail down at first. Effervescent, although the bubbles seem to settle fast, and very dry making this saison super digestible. The hops persist on the palate, and find a nice meeting place with the sage via the wheat and oats (I'm guessing here). Terribly complex and refreshing at the same time. Sage does seem to linger and become a larger part of the beer as time passes, but the balance with the fresh hoppiness is just mind blowing.

Excellent beer, a very intellectual and exciting new world interpretation of an old world classic.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2010 15:38:53 | More by bigsilky
Photo of tchenery


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. It has a huge billowy head and displays awesome carbonation. The beer is very pale golden in color.

The smell is superbly complex. It first off has that peppery Belgian funkiness to it . Then it moves more to a slight citrus fruit zest with a pilsner Saaz-like hop smell.

The taste is a fair extension of the smell. Very peppery and malty. There was an unknown flavor that I was picking up on and after re-looking at the label, it's definitely the sage. I love a farmhouse ale that utilizes herbs.

The mouthfeel is great. It is massivly carbonated and has definite lifting power. It's not spritzy due to the malt backbone that holds it down.

Very drinkable. Excellent saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:37:16 | More by tchenery
Photo of busternuggz


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into wine glasses.
Beautiful orange/honey color, very hazy, with a soft, delicate white head. About 1 1/2" of head when poured, settles down to 1/2-1/4" with great retention. Leaves thick lacing.
Nice funk and the added sage hit you first on the nose, followed by a nice delicate lemon meringue note. Hints of white pepper. Everything comes together very well, intricate and inviting.
Tasty orange juice and funk up front on the taste, floral notes, a little clover honey, lemon zest, with the sage present but not overpowering throughout. Ends dry with a nice long funk and sage finish.
Light and well carbonated, slightly creamy. Ends light and crisp.
The complexity makes you want to sip and the sage is a little potent for drinking it too fast, but its lightness and nice texture make up for it.
Very well made and unique. One of the best saisons I think I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 21:29:04 | More by busternuggz
Photo of isitsavage


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Massive three, almost four finger white head from this pour that faded slowly with big billowy gaps and pillows leaving lovely lacing. The beer is very very pale, pours almost like white wine and sits in the glass a very clear pale yellow, beautiful!

Smells great, a lot of sage in the head with some really good funk and a little bit of sourness. Once the head fades away the funk almost totally takes over. A light swirl brings it all back again. Further inspection brings out a light hop aroma, and some sweetness, excellent components thrown in the mix here.

Taste is sage and chewy, yeasty, funk! Again a light, crisp hop bitterness and some sweetness that makes this incredibly balanced and refreshing. Wish I was drinking this outside on a summer day.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation, just about perfect for everything else going on in the beer. Very drinkable, light, refreshing and yes, as it says on the bottle, cleansing.

Like I said before this would be perfect for a lazy summer day sipper outside in the sun. Would be great as a six pack for a session beer, but I don't see Stillwater doing that anytime soon. For this time of year it would be great paired with some pork loin and some roasted root vegetables with sage and brown sugar, yum.

Overall this is a really great beer and probably my favorite I've had from this brewer, so glad I picked up the Chardonay barrel aged version to compare it too, might have to save that for the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:02:59 | More by isitsavage
Photo of abrethanson


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden appearance with a fluffy half inch white hat on top. The edges of the beer appear as a light peach color surrounding the haze. Visible sediment as I swirl the glass. The contrast is interesting.

Smell - Like a fresh spring day after a rain in the countryside. The farmhouse style shines through in the herbal, citrus and straw notes. A little pinch of sage growing through the grass.

Taste - Caught off guard a little with the initial tasting. A rich vanilla and banana bread (almost creamy) flavor through the first half glass. After sitting on it and a few more sips could pull more the straw, citrus, and herbal flavors out. Definitely spicy and the sage comes through more in the flavors than in the smell.

Overall - a very tasty beer. A little richer and spicier than I like from a sessional beer but still delicious. Was the perfect compliment to the fresh oysters (baked brownfeller in the shell) and pasta olio we paired it with. Overall I really liked this take on the Saison and enjoyed the surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:22:58 | More by abrethanson
Photo of NWer


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 21:25:08 | More by NWer
Photo of ckollias


4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Fruity Belgium yeast aroma that stings the nose a little.

T: Smooth and tart fruity Belgium flavor and finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Farmhouse ale. Great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:45:21 | More by ckollias
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

generally not disappointed by Stillwater.

the beer pours a hazy, pale yellow with a nice white head that laces. I instantly catch a whiff of this beer's herbal/yeast aroma that doesn't necessarily scream white sage, but is quite different than what I'm used to smelling from generic Saison interpretations. First sip and I'm sold on this beer, it hits the spot precisely. There is a nice rich body with well infused carbonation to help uplift the beer's incredible herbal component through its candy sweetness. The only real complaint I have is it got a little gross at warmer temperature
...Tried it in the bottle @ cellar temp and the beer is incredible with a huge, fluffy head (and great retention) and tremendous amounts of white sediment. outstanding!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 22:44:23 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of ianjsullivan


4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:38:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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