Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 62
Gots: 119 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pour is light golden colour, quite clear with a lot of effervescence and a solid three-finger creamy white head. Shows really good retention and lacing. Very attractive beer.

S - yeasty aromas of cream, stonefruit, peach/apricot, sage notes spring out with an earthy herbalness, some white pepper, lime notes, a big spiciness to it, with the sage and stonefruit/hay yeasty character blending nicely.

T - starts with a lime/peppermint taste then shows more of the sage and creaminess to it, with a definite mintiness to the finish. White peach, wheat maltiness, a rustic hay character, white pepper, and an astringency to the end with the herbal drying character. Overall, a good mix of the saison yeast with its rustic farmy/fruity character and the herbal earthiness, it was a bit intense at times, but the match worked well and balanced the creaminess of the wheat.

M - moderate bodied, plenty of carbonation, but doesn't detract from the spicy creamy body of this beer. Well proportioned, a touch astringent with the spice though.

As a big fan of saisons, this was a nice take on the style, with a definite focus on the earthy herbalness of the sage in the fore. Enjoyable but I wouldn't say it shows the traditional delicacy of the style. Still a nice mix of citrusy, creamy malt and yeasty emerge over the course of this beer, and its a pleasing, if slightly rollicking, trip. Very solid.

Photo of Tilley4
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good example of the style... Lots of earthiness present with the peppery zing of the sage on the finish... A nice effort but not sure it's with the price point...

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rolls out with a pillow head that I had to wait while it dissipated, good retention. It had the expected saison smell, with a good bit of spice. The flavor was very nice, the sweet, with maybe a little spiciness, very clean on the finish, outstanding. After being disappointed with my first few tries with Stillwater this one was excellent and will have me giving them more of a chance. Outstanding saison.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pretext
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hiker1701a
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of KMMft8
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Light golden pour, slight white head that quickly faded. Llight scent, sweet and sour. Taste is surprisingly sour, with honey, lemon, and indeed sage, which lingers in the finish. Sour taste is shocking at first but after trying it a bit more I quite like it. The sweetness is nicely balanced with the sour, and the flavor profile is quite interesting. A very drinkable beer and a very tasty one.

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of David-Schapira
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Dan269605
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of gregcordle
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

What can I say? I'm a sucker for this style. Over the top spiciness and that saison earthiness. Very good beer.

Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Snackchair
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of weezarc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Gabrielle_fenerty
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

This is the first stillwater beer that turned me onto them

Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of hops, yeast, hint of pepper, sage, hint of rosemary, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of black pepper, sage, yeast, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, great aroma, great body, great blend, and great complexity.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.