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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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90
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911 Ratings
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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 101 | 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 zander4dawin
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%

Spicy black pepper beer with a dry finish and medium body. Nice hop backbone. Light tropic fruits.

zander4dawin, Wednesday at 12:46 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

StaveHooks, Tuesday at 02:45 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

riotontheroad, Saturday at 04:39 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +4%

kmeinel, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a tulip.

Smells of funky saison yeast and very sweet malts. Taste is thankfully not as sweet. Flavor is very spicy, but most of that must come from the yeast if sage is all that's added, and I can't really pick out sage in particular. There is a strong vanilla note throughout also that I didn't expect but enjoyed. Easy drinking but a little too sweet in the finish.

RichardMNixon, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of VashonGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

I can't help but compare this to Tank 7, as I had that just a couple of days ago, and the memory of it is still pretty fresh in my mind.

Cellar Door is a quite tasty saison, but just a little less flavorful than Tank 7. Tank 7 exploded in my mouth with crisp fruitiness. Cellar Door didn't knock me over in the same way, but I savored it, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought it was a fairly typical saison; I did not pick up the sage flavors, but that's probably my palate, not the beer.

Stillwater beers are uncommon around here, but I'll be looking for this and other Stillwater beers again.

VashonGuy, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

frosted33, Sep 07, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Wjharmless, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bellsfounder, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ummswimmin, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ajayma
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

LOOK.
Translucent peach, hardly any head, slow, tiny bubbles.

AROMA.
Lavender and sage up top, citrus pith in the underneath.

BODY and TASTE.
Light on the palette, turns creamy as the bubbles distribute. Moderate grapefruit and hopiness, mingles with sourdough bread, lavender and sage.

AFTERMATH.
Citrus pith bitterness is the last to fade.

FOOD.
Fresh fruit, cheese.

ajayma, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

kraticus41, Sep 05, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

JWhite91, Sep 05, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

paleoplant, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

AlpacaAlpaca, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

zp6167a, Aug 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Delicious.

CheshireSB, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle.
A: yellow. Mostly clear. Slight haze. Numerous small bubbles rising. White, medium-foamy head. Decent lacing.
S: pear. Esters of banana. Cardamom.
T: banana. Pear. Cardamom. Black pepper. Flowers.
M: high carbonation. Light to medium body. Dry.
O: great saison like farmhouse ale. Balanced well. Will buy again.

jellikit, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MonkeyBread, Aug 25, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

rawfish, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

wtkphoto, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

yankeej13, Aug 23, 2014
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.