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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 63
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
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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:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-22-2010

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.
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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.

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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.

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a: a lightly hazy pale golden; long lasting, firm white cap.

s: Husky grains, lemon juice, plenty of yeasty pepper, plus a strong herbal note that I'm guessing is the sage. Unique and interesting, especially that last bit.

t: Densely packed with flavor; very nice but a bit "heavy" perhaps. Sweet something, I guess I'll call it sage, is very prominent. It's held in check by a strong graininess and prickly yeasty finish. A h.int of lemon at the end as well.

m: Active carbonation and a heavy feel for a farmhouse ale of this size.

o: Neat beer, I never had anything like this. I need to remember to seek out a fresher sample next spring. Add some fresh citra to what I just experienced? Wow.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.