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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Another interesting saison from Stillwater. Very sage and farmhouse. white pepper, celery, Sterling and citra hops and tamed so both bold and smooth.Caramel and mild orange and tangerine. Good drinker for the summer.
Big head on light yellow body. John' bottle.
I had it again 10 months later and hits the spot, good spice, coriander.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:04:34 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-21-2013 02:42:44 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/8/13.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and sage aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and sage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid sage presence that comes across slightly better in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 05:42:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

11-22-2012 19:44:15 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up in DC.

Hard pour into my tulip brings a five-finger head that eventually recedes down into a fairly constant single-finger layer, although it only leaves the tiniest bit of lacing behind. Nose brings forth a tiny amount of earth and hay along with a nice lemon presence. A little bit hoppy. Taste is quite the same with a bit of lemony grass and some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is quite light and a bit undercarbonated. Drinks pretty well but is lacking the type of depth I expect for saisons.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:55:20 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:36:21 | More by metter98
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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
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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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-19-2013 13:40:23 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:51:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: First pours are glasses completely full of foam. Eventually I'm able to get some beer and the hazed golden-orange color reveals itself.

S: A lot of yeast on the nose, could have been kicked up due to the extremely active carbonation. Plenty of phenols like white pepper and the sage is very strong as well. Some floral notes, grass, and a slight mustiness. Just a bit of a cracker malt and wheat aroma.

T: Sweet sage is quite evident, but still restrained enough to be a pleasant taste. Floral and fruit (pears and apples) notes go nicely with a slightly sweet malt flavor. The finish is nicely dry and crisp.

M: Medium in body with a very high level of carbonation.

D: A good beer, but nothing amazing. Their beers are all good, but nothing so great that I would really want to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 20:56:31 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-23-2013 03:16:57 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-28-2012 14:55:18 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-14-2012 05:23:30 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-21-2013 19:14:30 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-28-2012 21:24:54 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

01-13-2013 22:40:36 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 3 finger head of white foam. Hazy, dark golden body. Slowly dissipating head

S - Malty, spicey with earthy hops. Lemon.

T - Starts dry. Spicy, black pepper, wheat and malts. Nice example of a flavorful saison with a present but not overstated spicey/peppery yeast presence.

M - Medium bodied. moderately to high carbonation. Dry from start to finish.

Overall - Nice and complex, many tastes that blend well make for an outstanding saison. I can't wait to get my hands on more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 21:52:53 | More by kylehay2004
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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
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GRG1313

California

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

Hazy yellow with a thick and firm white head.

Nose is fresh yeasty tortillas and light sage and light yellow hay. Very light white toast tone.

Mouthfeel is rich, well balanced and very inviting.

Flavors are wonderfully complex and layered. Front palate of white pepper, green herbs, hay, grass, salt, celery and sage. Mid palate is the foregoing that melds into green pepper and bitter green herbs with fruity undertones.

Finish is layers of the flavor that has a strong sage finish. Quite complex, layered and appealing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:40:50 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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emerge077

Illinois

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

New arrival in the market, after enjoying the Stateside Saison, I figured this would be a sure bet. Review from notes.

Hazed orange gold, visible trails of carbonation, soapy foam that settled to a broken skim after the larger bubbles dissipated.

Minerals, flint, dry herbals, and bright citrus in the aroma.

Floral and dry with a slight phenolic spiciness lingering on the palate, drying herbal notes of sage, and an impression of orange creamsicle minus the sugary sweetness. Super dry and effervescent, to the point that it bursts into foam initially in the first few sips.

Maybe a bit too spicy to tackle a bottle solo, but a great one to share and pair with food.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:13:52 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a three-finger, off-white head of soapy, bubbly foam. It left thick rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky with spicy notes and touches of sage.

T - It tasted of caramel, sage and spiciness. Really amazingly delicious flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer. I need more Stillwater products on the shelves in Columbia.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 01:25:07 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

11-16-2011 21:36:44 | More by JAHMUR
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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