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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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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: johnmichaelsen on 05-22-2010)
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Photo of Flounder57


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at Row 34.

Appearance: A one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the Bert was drank.

Smell: Rosemary, peppery, yeasty, vanilla, bready, apple, and pear.

Taste: Same as above with lingering hoppy bitterness. Citrusy too.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, dry, spicy, medium to high carbonation, tingly bitterness, and medium bodied.

Overall: Awesome Saison.ill have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 23:13:36 | More by Flounder57
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 zac16125

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Coleman Public House
5oz sample as part of a flight

A: pale straw yellow, small bright white head, little lacing
S: huge sage aroma, very floral, citrus rind
T: like the aroma, huge sage and its delicious; along with citrus rind and a faint bitterness
M: medium body carbonation fairly low, good drink ability
O: Really enjoyable saison if you enjoy sage. I loved this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2013 17:37:41 | More by zac16125
Photo of dar482

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep yellow with some orange in there.

The aroma has orange, banana, and just tons and tons herbs and spiciness. A bit of wheat there too with some saison funk.

The flavor follows with a lot of herbs and spices. The beer is quite different and interesting because you're hit with a huge amount of white pepper, sage, grass, herbs, pepper, clove. The fruit is a bit of citrus with orange, but sweet wheat and banana in there too. There's a hint of funk in there too.

There's a good crisp drying on the end and some lingering herbs and spices.

This beer is very refreshing and the spice really adds an interesting dimension to this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 21:13:32 | More by dar482
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy copper color; a very nice head caps the liquid and leaves webs of lacing behind

Smell: Toasted bread, with sage and peppery yeast; kumquats, too

Taste: Toasted bread and peaches with sage and peppery spice flavors developing; by mid-palate the kumquat adds a bitter element to balance; the crisp finish is packed with yeasty phenols

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Fruity, tropical and bitter - a very refreshing combination; it is easy to see why this is the most popular beer at Of Love and Regret

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 00:50:43 | More by brentk56
Photo of beertunes


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a hazy, bright straw yellow color with about 3/4 inch of white head that had low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was was fairly typical, some nice grains, a bit of spicy yeast, and a touch of fruitiness, but seemed a bit on the subdued side. On the tongue though, the beer was a lot brighter and bolder. The above mentioned aspects all came through with a better presence and there was a crisp tartness at the back.

The body was about average for the style, perhaps a bit fuller than a lot of examples, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was very good, a couple of these could go down easily. Overall, a pretty nice beer. I'm not quite sure it was worth the $8/12oz price, but it was still worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 20:19:45 | More by beertunes
Photo of MDDMD


4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemongrass, yeasty bread, pepper, herbal and grassy aromas

T-toasted malt, yeasty funk, lemon, coriander, pepper, grassy and herbal notes, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent mouthfeel

O-a nice Saison from Stillwater with good flavors, easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 22:01:32 | More by MDDMD
Photo of barczar


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy golden color with a thin, foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma begins earthy and minerally, with the sweetness of confectioners sugar, soft fruit, and must adding intrigue. It's fairly perfumey. Apricot emerges as it warms.

Flavor is more bold, with pear and a wine-like background matching up with hints of lime, mangoes, and grainy malt. The finish is slightly dry and bready.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation that helps lighten the mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice change of pace from the stouts and winter brews associated with the season.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 02:11:37 | More by barczar
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The spirit of summer comes alive in Stillwater's "Cellar Door". The brewery exclaims the term as an elegant term, but does the flavor reflect that? ...and why does that Poison song come to mind every time I read the beer's name? "...lock the cellar door, and baby- talk dirty to me"

The pour comes as a murky gold with orange and ruby highlights. It's firm haze never reveals the beer's lightness, instead portrays a visual weight that hardly allows light to penetrate. But above the murk rises a creamy white head of froth. It's long lasting retention laces with intricate patterns as the beer recedes. It's a beautiful, yet heavy looking ale.

Spicy sweet aromas are highly appetizing with notes of honey, lavender, light clove, paradise seed, mangoes, apricots, white pepper, and earthy cumin. Lightly grassy from the hops involved, the beer allows a high level of tropical notes to emerge that's a little unexpected from the style.

Its delicious taste starts dryly malty with the taste of biscuit, honey, and crackers. But then the layers build- first of spicy white pepper, cumin, and fennel. But then the citrusy onslaught seem tropical at first with mangoes and pineapples, but then morph into rich tangerine marmalade taste that dominates the ester side of the beer thereafter. But the complementing dry spices begin to gain tangents of white wine, apple cider, and mild oak. It's definitely a complex taste that deserves exploration.

Medium bodied, the beer has an irresistible creamy mouthfeel that wraps around the beer's acidity and carries it home. Lightly acidic, mildly tannic, and alcoholically warm; the beer finishes zesty, sharp, and decidedly dry.

This is a wonderful beer that not only suits the taste of summer, but will reward any Belgian ale appreciator year round! And I'm considering regrowing my mullet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 08:33:31 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of mj001jk


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really crisp and refreshingly herbal with a substantial body and long delicious finish.

Nose is slightly funky with orange, citrus and fresh cut straw. Flavors are similar with an added green apple finish. I would recommend this for someone trying a herbal beer for the first time. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 22:29:41 | More by mj001jk
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's, described as a Witbier with sage on the beer list, interesting to see it as a saison on here. Regardless, this was a damn refreshing wit and the sage added a nice spiciness to it on the back end. Full flavored and refreshing, it's a great twist to the style that works very well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 19:22:44 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Cellar Door

LOOK: Hazy bright golden color. Silky head forms and leaves good lacing.

SMELL: Barnyard elements, hay, wheat malt, sage and citrus.

TASTE: Herbal, spicy and earthy from the yeast, hops and additions of sage. There is an almost minty herbal flavor, as well as some citrus and a light tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp and dry.

OVERALL: An interesting take on the Saison style. Lots of herbal and spicy flavors, and a delicate tartness. One of the more popular Stillwater beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 21:57:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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 oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a lightly hazed lemon tinged lighter golden with a large fluffy white crown that lasted for almost the duration,fresh citric hops burst out in the aromas along with light white pepper,I liked the fact I didn't get alot of funk.Citric hops play a huge role on the palate with underlying funk and that white pepper,a light sour tang came in the finish.Iam not a saison drinker most of the time but I have enjoyed Stillwater's takes I have had of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 14:33:13 | More by oberon
Photo of kingcrowing


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light straw color with a small white head. Nose is really spicy with sage, light hoppiness as well.

Taste is really herbal and spicy with a lot of sage as expected. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really tasty and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 02:20:03 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with large head and a lace ring on top of a spicy, clove-like aroma, full of yeast/wheat twang, light citric and herbal notes as a touch of sweetness. The body is light and crisp, but it is also filling/fluffy from the yeast. Crispness is pleasurable, not a deterrant, as a great blend of citric/herbal hops, clove, spice, and I guess sage (can't really tell to be honest) blends with typical light saison fruits such as tropical (label says tangerine, more like pear, green apple) and there is some mild sweetness in the beer. And while at 6% it's not an alkie bomb that 6% is nowhere noticeable and this is a great sessionable ale that finishes so dry and easy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 17:15:05 | More by clayrock81
Photo of jono311


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-straw colored and opaque with a good all white head.

S-Herbal and a little spicey. Personally the strongest notes are basil and sage followed by some lemon.

T-lightly hopped and peppery with hints of honey-like sweetness followed by a very clean and dry finish.

M-has a nice bite to it and a very refreshing clean dry finish

O-very good, I think I prefer it over the Stateside but both were quality saisons. The herbal and hop flavors in this one were a little more interesting. Both capture that great summery quality that makes saisons so enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 19:38:30 | More by jono311
Photo of garuda


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, white cap has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Slightly fruity, mostly wheat content adds a bit of twang to the taste. A little bit of yeasty funk, but not much. Light spice and hop bitterness in the finish. A lot of subtle flavors going on here.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, smooth, finishes nice and dry.

O - Mostly subtle flavors going on without the big barnyard yeastiness I'm used to for the style. Very enjoyable, easily drinkable, and could be used as a nice introduction to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:48:57 | More by garuda
Photo of megahurts4


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Cellar Door

Appearance: orange-yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: pine, dill, and hops.

Taste: over-ripe grapefruit, pine, and a faint wheat.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a fantastic aroma and a great bouquet of flavor. The body is medium, but can be very slightly watery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 04:38:26 | More by megahurts4
Photo of unclejazz

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a flight last night and really quite enjoyed it. Of the four samples this one had the most character(notes of citrus, chardonnay, thistle, and pine) and it come thruogh in both the nose and even carbonated mouthfeel. I have heard good things about this brewery and based on this example of their stuff i am going to be trying some more and hopefully on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 16:53:29 | More by unclejazz
Photo of vandemonian


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar Door is a tasty Saison from the Maryland gypsy brewer, Saltwater. There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy about it, but it was nice.

I had this on tap at ChurchKey in DC.

A: Yellow with 2 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Spices and yeast. 4

T: Malty and yeasty up front. The aftertaste is spicy. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Nice saison. 4

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 03:11:32 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color. The head was fizzy and white leaving behind just a few bubbles on the glass. The smell is of fresh grains, Belgian yeast and some light lemon on the nose. The taste of the beer is refreshing, and has a light farmhouse flavor to it with just a little bit of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and fresh feeling, lively carbonation. Overall the this is a good brew, very drinkable stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 21:50:34 | More by Knapp85
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light to medium malts with good amounts of light citrus hops and hints of lighter, leafy hops in the background. Also present are hints of musty notes in the background.

Tastes good. Slightly dry medium malt flavors up front are joined by bright citrus hops with slight amounts of white pepper. Near the end of the sip leafy hops round things out. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, though it’s fairly far from a traditional saison. Refreshing and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 17:52:05 | More by glid02
Photo of Blanco


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the tap version and is from notes. Tasted 6/4/11 at TND Stillwater event.

Light orange color with decent white, foamy head that eventually turns into a film on top. Smell is powerfully full of belgian spices and with some citrus. Taste is has a strong herbal presence with spices and some pop from something that tastes reminiscent of green peppers, strangely. Also, some more citrus there. Very dry. Incredibly light bodied. I really enjoy this one on tap and in the bottle, though the tap version seems to offer more distinct flavors that set it apart and just above the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 02:12:54 | More by Blanco
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a pilsner glass a golden yellow, cloudy, with a finger of white head that receded quickly but left some nice lace. Very floral aroma with lots of spice: sage and pepper. Spicy taste! Very peppery with perfumy floral and herbal notes, and subtle citrus adding a bitter quality. Finishes crisp and dry, sweet with sugar and rose petals. Light mouthfeel, very crisp, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 17:22:24 | More by Rifugium
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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