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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden body. Frothy bright white head. Very good head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chalky yeast. Soft floral notes. Dried herbs. Subtle fruit. Peppery in the background.

Taste: Delicate malt. The chalky yeast returns. Fruit (apple, some mild citrus). Floral. Spicy/gently peppery. Finishes dry and slightly herbal. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is not at all noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body. Crisp, very fine-bubbled seemingly natural carbonation. Gently zesty on the tongue, foaming up in the mouth as it warms.

Drinkability: It's nice to find an American made saison that's not overdone with malt, leaving it flabby and sweet; or even worse, overdone with spice or yeast character. This one shows refinement and superb balance. It's easy to drink, refreshing, and offers enough complexity and character to keep it going. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:01:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml solid-ass bottle, with one hell of an 'obfuscated in the name of art' label. Still (heh) good to see this East coast Yankee gypsy brewer available in our fair province.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with three bulbous fingers of white whipped cream head, which leaves a few sudsy streaks of upwardly mobile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dry bready wheat malt, soft earthy yeast, edgy, somewhat meaty citrus rind, a sort of flinty herbal essence, white pepper, and earthy, musty spice. The taste is grainy pale malt, semi-sweet orange and weak lemon juice, musty green herbs, a slight metallic twang, earthy spice, settling dry yeast, and a very mild hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is rather frizzy, with a sturdy adherence that it maintains quite steadfastly, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in an almost genial sense. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and generically earthy spice doing well to make friends and extend the party, as it were.

A decent enough Stateside saison (I know that I'm cribbing this from another Stillwater offering), with the extra IPA-esque hopitude and schizoid spice usage just adding a certain je ne sais quoi (en fonction de la santé mentale de la brasseur) to the whole deal. At any rate, a pleasant, not overly boozy Saturday night special.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 08:11:02 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Cellar Door", …at least that's what I think it says…Stillwater Artisanal, American Farmhouse Ale. Wheat Ale brewed with white sage. 1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces. 6.6% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Dog Brewing Company, Westminster, Maryland.

I've been looking at this one sitting in my DBF (dedicated beer fridge) for months now, and it's time to take it down.

Clear and golden, beautiful white head, looks inviting. Active carbonation, rising up from the bottom.

Gorgeous aromatics, lovely light spice, delicate and flowery, ooo, la la.

Tasting it: light bodied, smooth, zesty. Wheaty mouthfeel, flush with citric feel, and jazzed up with spice. Sweet and malty, with just a bit of bitter. In the saison style, with a spicy twist.

Let's just look at their words on this one. I'll have to cock my head sideways for this: "Starting with a base of GErman wheat and pale malts, this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops that provide notes of herbal grass & tangerine citrus. 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."

What is the "cleansing aspect" of his vision? That's so many words. I guess I don't mind keeping my notes short and simple, once in a while. It's good and lovely and drinks like a dream.

Go, beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 08:15:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a big persistent soapy foam that settles to a thin cap, but leaves behind little lace. The body is semi-hazed and golden in color, with some visible streams of bubbles.

S - Very spicy and peppery, with plenty of yeast and sage character coming through. The malt character is in the periphery and yields some unmalted wheat and stone fruit sweetness. A little soapy.

T - Taste has more balance between malt sweetness and zesty, spice, and wheat chaff. Still fairly yeasty, but mingled with citrus and other fruity esters. Fairly clean in the finish, with a bit of bitterness.

M - Zesty carbonation, too much in my book. Medium-thin body, that finishes dry but slightly sticky at the same time if that makes any sense.

D - I had a glass of this, but I wouldn't but it again. Too much spice and too bubbly for my liking. Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure why there is so my buzz for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 16:40:00 | More by MasterSki
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Murks up a bit as this finishes, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Grassy with orange peel, some white pepper & wheat tartness/breadyness as this warms

T: Lemons, white pepper, tangerine, with grassyness up front, along with a touch of tart wheat. Ruby red grapefruit, grassyness as this warms. Finshes tart with white pepper, & lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation

This drank too easy, love the citra hops in this, puts a nice American spin on this style, easily one of the best beers I've had in a while

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:30:14 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

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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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Light fizzy head, hazy golden orange carrot colored.

Nose nice light malts, wheat like, semi sweet, light citrus, apricot, weird floral like heather or tea like spice, coriander, sage, etc.

Taste add more light malts, sweet wheat, sage and light spices, citrus, apricot like fruit, plenty of warming booze tingly. Finishes drier and more tingly booze and spices.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, tingly and warming booze.

Overall very nice, a bit boozy especially for 6.6% but otherwise tasty, interesting nice spices.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:57:35 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Sampled July 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a prodigious, four-finger thick, pale head that forms an interesting, varied head as it slowly subsides as well as leaving lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a hazy, honey-amber color that shows a deeply hazed, orange, straw color when held up to the light. The aroma has an earthy back note of Dupont-yeast like spiciness and I think the sage comes in here as well. Up front the beer has a citrus character as well as a fruity, almost tropical fruit character that perhaps reminds me a bit of juicy fruit bubblegum character; it is interesting that the hop fruit character really melds with the rustic spiciness and it transforms the hop character to be something completely different than one would find in a cleaner IPA. Specific aromatic notes of Meyer Lemon, lychee, candied lime, woody sage, a musty woodiness, a touch of phenolics that isn’t quite medicinal or plastic like. I like the juicy hop character here, it really works with the hint of sage and rustic yeast aromatics.

The beer is quite dry tasting, and nicely light bodied; the body still has a touch of viscous character, just enough to keep this from being watery. There is quite a bit of zippy carbonation, though it is not on the high side for a Saison. The beer has quite a bit of up front hoppiness that has flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo, Meyer Lemon, and Curacao orange zest. This up front character is not quite dominant, there is a strong, woody sage note and a touch of bitterness in the finish, and a deep earthy spiciness and yeast phenolic character towards the finish. The sage is actually perhaps the most dominant character in the flavor, but it couples quite prominently with a spicy, peppery fermentation character. The finish really has a sharpness and bite to it, this seems to be a combination of the hop character, the sage and the fermentation character. The hops and fermentation spiciness combine to form a sort of Japanese, pickled ginger character, as well as a spicy herbal character. There is an earthy, yeast character here that seems to suggest that quite a bit of the haze in this beer is due to yeast (I really didn’t give this any time to settle), but this is certainly not a bad thing and adds to the rusticity.

This is quite a nice Saison, it is certainly a bit rough around the edges, but that just adds to the character. The balance towards rough is caused by the ample hop character that I am quite enjoying, so I definitely wouldn’t want the hops to be reduced in order to make this softer / rounder. This is definitely my type of “Americanized” Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 14:11:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, great label,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod, very much witbier like. Fizzy soapy head, no lace, good head retention.

S: Intoxicating nose of sage which I really cant resist. Reminds me a lot of Saison du BUFF for sure.

T: Sage and coriander type flavours, very herbal and distinct. Light wheat malt makes a play with a hint of lemon. Some citrusy hop notes midway through. Yeasty undertones throughout. Very well balanced.

M: Somewhat fizzy and a tad overcarbonated. I think a little more heft could have helped. Light-bodied overall.

O: This is a really good saison, the nose is great and the flavour is similarly good. I've been wanting to try this for a while and it did not disappoint. $12 is steep for a 750, but it's worth it for this wonderful saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:22:39 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

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

Tart, richly flavored, spicy-- everything you could want in a Saison. Very carbonated, but that seems to transport the many flavors. Pours a nice cloudy golden in the wine glass. Crisp, like an apple, is the initial taste. A sweet touch of malt fills the mouth, followed by just enough hops for some balance, and lots of the yeasty Belgian flavors. The wheat gives a good bite along with some Hefeweizen kind of spice.

Really clean and full of complex notes. Great beer to try instead of a hoppy Pilsner on a warm evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:39:20 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a draft tulip lass at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $6. Overall, the beer was a bit sharp and overly spicy with peppercorns, there was a lovely sweep apricot background. So while the beer was a bit unrefined, it was still interesting and plenty tasty. Give it a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 02:24:52 | More by tempest
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.