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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 86 | FT: 6
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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: John_M on 05-22-2010)
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od_sf

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-26-2013 23:11:59 | More by od_sf
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CaptainOats

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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twillingthenoz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-21-2013 17:21:09 | More by twillingthenoz
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-21-2013 01:31:07 | More by BuzzLitebier
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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-21-2013 00:36:56 | More by sd123
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stuart3368

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-21-2013 00:10:28 | More by stuart3368
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BeerWizard

Colorado

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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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 4/23/13.

Pours out a hazy yellow golden color, a nice billowy white head off of the pour, eventually fades to a nice retentive layer. Thick lacing just barely creeps up from the head. Quite effervescent, lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Quite a spicey aroma, I attribute that to mostly the white sage, but also the yeast, maybe even a bit herbal. Some clove and a bit of bubblegum. As it warms some lemon comes out. Very nice.

Perfect example of an American saison. That same spiciness from the aroma seems to be the highlight, white sage, yeast, a bit of pepper, clove. A bit of lemon citrus. No real hop flavor like you might expect with citra, but some hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish. Dry finish, but some of the bitterness and spice lingers around.

The clove and white sage combined with the higher carbonation seem to tingle the palate. Lighter in body, but not watery light by any means. The perfect drinkable beer.

All around a great beer, I'm sure to buy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:05:30 | More by dogfishandi
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-17-2013 03:17:05 | More by warpedrevolution
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-16-2013 02:26:54 | More by Beerandboards
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

10-15-2013 20:18:17 | More by duracell
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

10-13-2013 18:51:40 | More by csmartin6
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1%

10-13-2013 15:26:07 | More by Pens1967
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darcange

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-13-2013 12:52:12 | More by darcange
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Aleks_P

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Honey/gold color with a lot of carbonation. Foamy white head filled up about half my pint glass, and saw bubbles swirling throughout the beer well after the pour.

Smell: Earthy aroma appropriate for the style, spices and a little peppery. Hops give it a little bit of a piney scent.

Taste: Well spiced but not overpowering, pick up some some hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation and pretty dry. Notice some floral hints resonating with the aftertaste.

Overall: This was my first Stillwater and I was very impressed, I'm a growing fan of the farmhouse ale style and this was a good one. Well balanced and everything works well together, hard to articulate the flavor but the spices and hints of pine/lemon really work. I will certainly try more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:41:30 | More by Aleks_P
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illcendiary

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-12-2013 10:20:27 | More by illcendiary
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

10-12-2013 04:31:10 | More by Xandrose
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

10-12-2013 01:34:07 | More by sunofneurot
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Hopinista

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-11-2013 20:56:21 | More by Hopinista
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-11-2013 13:08:17 | More by tom10101
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

10-10-2013 23:09:31 | More by sansho
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crhea89

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

10-10-2013 06:05:51 | More by crhea89
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huysmans

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2013 18:22:10 | More by huysmans
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2013 04:31:00 | More by UltimateLivewire
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2013 00:55:41 | More by FUwolfpacker
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.