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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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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is herbs, grass and a little tangerine citrus. Overall, a nice earthy aroma. Has white sage and German wheat pale malts

Taste is a nice balance of wheat, malt, some earthy herbs and grass and hops. Has a nice crisp hoppy finish, this is one tasty saison.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2010 02:00:57 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of deereless


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

A: Dark straw to light amber in color, slightly opaque, having been pulled out of a cask there is a light froth over the surface of the beer - 3.50, S: Tropical and/or citrus fruits as well as some earthy sage on the nose, floral and slightly minty - 4.25, T: Mild hop bite on the tail end of the beer, mint and green grass, maybe some candied sugar, grapefruit peel and a very mild peppery spice - 4.00, M: The texture of the beer is quite smooth and silky and provides a medium mouth feel - 4.00, D: Saisons are not normally my style but Cellar Door certainly pushes me closer to being a fan, a much gentler yet involved saison that is very drinkable - 4.00

Serving type: cask

09-01-2010 10:50:21 | More by deereless
Photo of drabmuh


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

Pretty sure this wasn't the dry hopped version. Served on cask at Pizzeria Pardiso (if this is the dry hopped version someone correct me please).

Beer is yellow and completely hazy with no head or lacing and nearly no carbonation visible. Welcome to a cask ale. Served at 55 degrees F, slightly warmer than my preference.

Smells slightly bitter and has some citrusy lemon peel sense to it. Smells like a Belgian ale though, pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body with a nice estery / breadiness to the whole thing. Its overall smooth and light and finishes nicely. I'd be interested to try several of these beers side by side, I want a bottle of this so I can have it next to the other stateside saison.

Serving type: cask

06-13-2010 19:15:10 | More by drabmuh
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New York

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

From 6/6/10 notes. Had from a firkin at Max's in Bmore.

a - golden no carb little white head

s - Smells of sour fruits, citrus, and a hint of wheat and funk?

t - Taste sof citrus, fruit, and spice. A little bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - A nice saison. Some nice fruit and spice in the taste, would try again.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2010 04:12:08 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a firkin at Max's. There are some subtle differences between this and the french oak/dry hopped version, but... well, they're pretty subtle.

Like the French Oak version, this beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is definitely "wheaty," but also shows light honey and pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the moderate honey sweetness and wheat flavor countered nicely by some spice and hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and pretty long, and the beer is pretty smooth on the finish, with a hint of peppery bitterness. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol well integrated in this beer.

This is a very solid beer, though I prefer the french oaked version. Either way, this is another solid beer from Stillwater.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2010 20:21:26 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yet another Stillwater beer I picked up from vintage Estate for $2.79. Poured into a pint glass bottled sometime last year (first number was rubbed off) so it's at least 5 months old.

A - Well I can see now why I got no head just a lace ring it does look pretty nice. Color itself is a bright yellow with little haze.
S - Well the sage really comes off strong in the smell next to the bitter hops. Yeast smells a touch strong so I hope its not too dry.
T - Well its different its has a strong herbal taste which evens out in every sip, sort of bitter middle and the finish is rather sweet with little drying yeast. I guess its good.
M - Light to medium I love a good easy drinking Belgium beer.

Overall this beer didn't wow me as much as As Follows, Existent, or especially Folklore. It's just came off too simple so maybe a fresh bottle will capture this "Wow" factor eveyone has. It was still a decent brew though.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:09:51 | More by DrDemento456
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy orange yellow with a fine 1" layer of foam.

It smells spicy, of citrus hops with a strongish aroma of lemon zest.

Lemon grass and I guess, that Sage are giving me big time citrusy bitterness and an earthy "feel" that I think is quite unusual but very tasty. It ends on the decidedly dry and still very bitter side. Yummy.

Medium bodied with perhaps a tad too much carbonation but that’s a minor quibble.

This surprised me, though the ratings are on the good to very good side on average. The surprising thing? Today is April 5, 2014. This bottle has a bottling date of April 23, 2013. Wow, that is nothing short of amazing!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 13:34:37 | More by Bitterbill
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing tulip. Bottled on 06/07/2013. “Wheat ale brewed with white sage.”

Appearance: A down the side pour produced about three fingers of fluffy white head. Pale gold body.

Aroma: Spicy yeast phenols; white pepper, sage, earthy yeast, lemon tartness and a nice wheat base.

Taste: A brief, grassy hop bite before the yeasty phenols take over. More white pepper, lemon tartness, floral sage and a nice wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent with a drying finish. Light to medium body.

Overall: An easy drinking, thirst quenching, entertaining saison. Nice notes of white pepper, some sage, tart lemons and a pleasant wheat finish. The sage is not overbearing, but complimentary and the wheat makes it extra refreshing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:57:33 | More by CowsandBeer
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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
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pastel honey color with a massive two and a half finger head of off-white. Almost meringue-like foam consistency.

Bright and lightly tangy farmhoues yeast in the nose with powdery spice notes, accenting the white sage, hints of pepper, and dry basil. Hints of lemon and chalky pale malts and slight tartness.

Very dry and very powdery. Almost champagne-like in carbonation and somewhat in flavor. White wine, dry white sage, coriander, yeast cake, soda crackers, hard water salinity, and apricot skins. Perhaps, a touch of grains of paradise.

Medium body with a medium piquant carbonation. Feels good.

Cellar Door is a tasty saison with a good deal of complex flavors and unique textures.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 15:21:12 | More by thecheapies
Photo of dbossman


4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy pale yellow with a huge frothy and sudsy head--great retention and okay lacing

S: Fruity and yeasty: lemon peel, pear, apple, pepper, grass, spices--man, this smells grainy and grassy and spicy and fruity and awesome

T: Fruity and spicy with hints of lemongrass and sage mingling with lemon peel and apples; man, this is tasty

F: Nice effervescent carbonation; creamy on the finish

O: This is a fun, complex, fruity and grainy and spicy and herbaly saison

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 03:58:34 | More by dbossman
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden liquid, white head with good formation and medium retention. In the nose citrus notes of tangerine, lemon and oranges. Pineapple from the yeast is present and maltiness is in second plan. In the taste citrusy remembering tangerines and oranges, pineapple os present too.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:23:25 | More by brunomorenodebrito
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 6/7/13 into New Belguim globe

A-Poured a beautiful unfiltered hazy golden color with a nice white head that eventually dissipated. Good lacing

S-wonderful aromas of herbal grass and citrus tangerine with a soft hint of sage.

T-Amazing taste of tangerine, citrus, pepper, and subtle hops.

M-High fizzy carbonation, medium body. perfect balance, amazing dry finish to want more.

O-Great farmhouse beer from Stillwater looking forward to trying stateside and existent

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 02:37:03 | More by reebtaerG
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very light and yellow off color. Great frothy foam on the pour.

Smell - Grassy, sweet, pear, other earthy tones

Taste - Wow this is a great farmhouse. Well balanced, easy to drink, but full of flavor. I get lots of fruit with a nice crisp finish and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and well carbonated.

Overall - very glad I got to try this beer and I look forward to trying other beers by Stillwater!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:00:29 | More by beatenbyjacks
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
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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange-yellow, like watered-down Tang; a bit cloudy, very little head. An interesting smell. Mostly citrus - orange zest, tangerines, some grass, a bit of a funk. The taste is quite exceptional and not very subtle. Right away a sharp, lemony, intense tartness, sour citrus. Then it eases a bit on the citrus, and that's where some herbal flavors come in - sage, grass - as well as a much needed but not overbearing sweetness, . The aftertaste is almost pure tangerine oil and zest. Slightly viscous, subtle carbonation, very fine bubbles. Extremely refreshing on a hot day, or so I can imagine. Why am I drinking this in January in Alabama and not in August? Well, it was on the discount table at 2 bucks a bottle. Definitely one I'd search out for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:09:48 | More by kaufmaal
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Bottled on 04/23/13.
Slightly hazy bright gold body with a fluffy white heady that leaves a nice amount of lacing in the glass.
Smells of that typical farmhouse saison funkiness; lemon, herbs.
Tastes just like a saison at first and then finishes with a definite taste of sage that it is brewed with, very enjoyable and not overpowering. I was a little leery at first as sage is a pretty powerful herb, but it was not a problem as it adds just the right of flavor on the end. Dry on the finish, with just the right amount of dryness to make you want to go back for more.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will most certainly be picking more of it up in the summertime as it is more fitting for that time of the year than right now at the start of winter. If you like saisons and haven't had this one yet, pick it up and give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:58:14 | More by jhartley
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold and very slightly hazy. Head is small white and leaves nice stringy lace. Aroma is stinky, herbal, dank, cardamom I think-something bright and peppery, lemongrass. All over a nice unusual combination. Taste is sweet, grape, lemongrass again, pepper, sage, earthy and funky. Mouthfeel is dry and juicy. Very interesting beer and certainly enjoyable. I don't pick up on the sage right away in the smell, it mostly seems very herbal. Flavor is where I actually notice it among many other things. Not to be sessioned with but nice herby treat for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:08:05 | More by tastybeer
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold w/ pillow fluff head, looked delicious even in a bumblebee Shaker pint glass. Smell is citrus, spice and wood? Taste is yeast, spice, light citrus, but I couldn't get the sage. Nice carbonation. We loved this brew served up with small plate; sausages. apples, cornichons and clothbound cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:59:06 | More by RyanOooh
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

four packs just hit the state, cool beans. this pours apple juice color into a wine glass with a smallish white head. it looks clear for a saison, and not overly carbonated. the sage is intense on the nose, very up front. French saison yeast gives at the familiar acidity and juiciness. very very soft wheat malt taste, with the sage being more balanced but still quite pronounced, herbal and earthy. lasting in the finish too. the yeast is a little too strong, this tastes almost off, although it isn't, the proportionality is skewed. its not as delicate as it could be, and this is exacerbated by underwhelming carbonation. its not flat, but it doesn't pop. makes it a little heavier, and really, I don't want a six pack, four is enough of these for me. not as well polished as some other Stillwater stuff, but a creative beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:51:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 4.23.13- this has been in the fridge since August.

Look- Deep gold with a light haze, not quite see-through. Finger and a half of whipped cream head that settles over the course of five minutes or so. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Lemon, birch bark, coriander, orange zest. Sweet, spicy, just a touch of barnyard funk. Appealing.

Taste- Tart, oyster cracker, more birch, mint and clover emerge after a while. Golden raisin, light biscuit in the middle layered with some leather and earthiness. Aftertaste is herbal, white tea and pepper.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp on the sip, softer on the swallow. Clean finish with a bit of astringency, cooling feeling.

Overall- Comes off like a spiced wit, but the extra tartness and earthiness really kick it up a notch. Very, very nice - I'd definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:12:11 | More by Lawl3ss
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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
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem. $2.99 After a rather top heavy pour and waiting several minutes..its a hazy golden ale with a very large white frothy head. Strong spicy /phenolic aromas..herbal, slightly hay like nice. Flavour much the same as the aroma but with a very nice dry spicy finish. Overall a nice palate on this very vibrant,good level of carbonation for style. An unusual find in Salem Oregon but very nice regardless.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 06:32:22 | More by Reidrover
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New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/2013.

Poured from the bottle into my trusty Brooklyn snifter at home

S- lots of sage on the nose obviously. I can smell the carbonation in this beer. A bit of bret and acid on the nose. Definitely some barnyard funk. I like it.

A- Cloudy. Thick white head that subsided quickly. Just a touch of lacing unfortunately.

T- The sage follows through on the palette. Some nice acidity to balance out the beer. There was a bit of alcohol though which was off putting and unsuspected since the abv is pretty moderate.

M- light body, not too complex. I'm assuming this is from the wheat.

O- interesting. Glad I got to try it but I'm also glad I only bought 1 bottle. The price just isn't worth it in my opinion. Too much alcohol/bitterness. Out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 19:14:42 | More by CaptainOats
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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it is an American farmhouse ale, a wheat ale brewed with sage. Sage? Yes, sage, white sage. Packaging, despite having perhaps quaint intentions, looks pretty spooky. I mean, you think cellar door, first thing I think is bodies, then bugs, then maybe an old dead cat. But no, this really is a good farmhouse ale, and the sage is a nice addition. It pours a pearlescent amber with short head, and you definitely get the sage in the nose pretty prominently, along with berry and spice. Flavor is tart, slightly sweet, a little sour, and sagey for sure. Body is medium, almost approaches thick with everything going on with the sage and...is this hopped? I don't know. Definitely some bitterness in the finish, though. Good, probably great, but I don't think I'd get it again, ONLY because of the price and the four pack format. Otherwise, it's awesome. Get it. Open the cellar door.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:06:19 | More by BeerWizard
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.