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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 60
Gots: 110 | 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 Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

etmur007, Tuesday at 08:17 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Jspriest, Monday at 07:10 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a hazy goldenrod with a quickly-dissipating thin white head. leaves fine, pretty ring of lacing, which holds over time. tiny beads of carbonation are visible. maybe slightly clearer than some Saisons.

S: funky, spicy, and grassy. both earthy yeast and light spice dominate initially, much more savory than sweet. malt comes through as the beer warms. slight lemony or citrusy note in the background.

T: very dry Saison. flavor largely mirrors the odor, with musty yeast and horsiness having prominence but not dominating. enough malt base to balance the spice without rendering the drink too sweet, a problem i commonly find with the style. malt becomes more noticeable as the beer breathes, but is balanced with a slight citrusy tang.

M: hardy champagne-like carbonation. it really effervesces on the tongue. fairly thin with a fairly clean finish-- leaves a slight sweet and funky residue. about as good as i could ask for in a Saison.

O: one of the better Saisons i've had. more spicy than sweet; flavor profile, aroma, and carbonation hold up well through a slow drink.

kliner88, Sunday at 10:29 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a finger of head on a slightly hazy light straw colored body.
The aroma has a lot of fresh ground black pepper, a little sage and earth.
The taste is peppery, mild grain and lemon bitterness.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
An improvement on the standard wit beer.

Fatehunter, Oct 12, 2014
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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