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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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934 Ratings
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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 60
Gots: 107 | 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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2010
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An improvement on the standard wit beer.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.