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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 94 | FT: 7
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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: John_M on 05-22-2010)
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Photo of Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

07-08-2013 14:31:31 | More by Lambocalrisien
Photo of daledeee


3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

A featured beer at the local beer store.

Poured this into my oversized wine glass. A cloudy gold brew with head that went away quickly.

Hints of citrus and lots of sage.

Taste: The first one of these I had, I thought it tasted liked catnip. I thought it was awful. So....I bought a 4 pack not knowing that this is the same beer. The first one of those still had too much sage(not catnip). I am now on my 3rd one. I must say it is growing on me. But wait a minute. I still wonder what this beer would taste like without the sage. It is a smooth drinking beer with great mouth feel. It has good carbonation and citrus flavors. Balanced by good yeast. But....the sage. It comes across as moldy hay.

Overall, I am getting used to this beer. Maybe this approach to flavor s more common than I thought but it is the first one I have had.

07-08-2013 00:02:59 | More by daledeee
Photo of dar482

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%

The beer comes in a hazy deep yellow with some orange in there.

The aroma has orange, banana, and just tons and tons herbs and spiciness. A bit of wheat there too with some saison funk.

The flavor follows with a lot of herbs and spices. The beer is quite different and interesting because you're hit with a huge amount of white pepper, sage, grass, herbs, pepper, clove. The fruit is a bit of citrus with orange, but sweet wheat and banana in there too. There's a hint of funk in there too.

There's a good crisp drying on the end and some lingering herbs and spices.

This beer is very refreshing and the spice really adds an interesting dimension to this beer.

07-07-2013 21:13:32 | More by dar482
Photo of HattedClassic


4/5  rDev -1%

07-07-2013 14:47:27 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of kjrod20

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-06-2013 13:47:04 | More by kjrod20
Photo of mntlover


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy off yellow color with some orange hints almost like pineapple juice. A nice thumb sized white head but it falls fairly quick no real lace left behind.

Aroma is nice wheat malts, ripe fruit, grasses nice herbal spice definite sage some clove other spice. Nice nose on this one.

Taste is crisp tart on wheat hay background lots of fruits and tons of spice mingled through out. Finish is more tart on musty hay with lots of spice, peppery and sage mingled with others pinch of hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light with plenty of pep on par for the style.

Overall very enjoyable nice peppy with lots of flavors everywhere, complex, tasty and fun all rolled into one nice Saison.

07-06-2013 02:42:30 | More by mntlover
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-05-2013 15:35:56 | More by Atomicskis5
Photo of illidurit


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-05-2013 04:05:51 | More by illidurit
Photo of artoolemomo


3.94/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance- Not much head at all but it does have pretty good retention. The head is a weak cotton white while the body is a dull golden straw which glows a hazy pale straw when held up to the light. Very inviting with bubbles flooding to the top without pause. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- If the bottle hadn't said this was brewed with sage, I would have known. Without a doubt, this is the most dominant aroma from the tulip. The bottle shows more of the Sterling hops in the form of earthy and spicy grassiness. As the sage goes away, there are hints of berry and other fruits. The sage also seems to suggest rosemary as well. Some notes of orange peel, maybe coriander. Very promising aroma profile over all. Some soapiness.

Taste- Lots of citrus, woody and spicy yeast, orange peel. The sage perks up on the finish. This is a very intense and complex beer- not sure whether I like its particular brand of intensity of complexity but I cannot deny the robust nature of this beer. Lots of orange, some berry notes with a foundation of sage that gives it earthy, grassy, almost mineral notes. Spicy esters with hints of banana and clove. There are some grain notes from the wheat but sage is the star of the show in the flavor profile. You will have to like sage to drink this beer. I like sage but fortunately it starts to mellow out to give the other flavors more of a chance to shine.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with some vinous texture. Light zip of carbonation that works well.

Drinkability- Borders on crisp and refreshing. Pretty easygoing. The sage notes are both a positive and a deterrent. I'd probably go with their Stateside instead.

Overall- Very solid beer and very close to being a four. Definitely worth a try (unless you hate sage).

07-05-2013 01:09:16 | More by artoolemomo
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25.7%

07-04-2013 00:36:32 | More by Syracuse12
Photo of mrfrancis


4.08/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a brilliant gold with a thin, fizzy white mousse that quickly recedes, leaving only a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass. For a saison/farmhouse ale, this is clearer and cleaner looking than I would normally expect.

S: Aromas of biscuits, crackers, straw, must, oak, sage, lemon, white pepper, herbs, and briny funk fill the nose. As the beer warms, the pepper, sage, oak, and must scents become noticeably stronger and more complex hop aromas of lemon, lime, kumquat, and carambola assert themselves.

T: Notes of minerals, oak, crackers, biscuits, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquats, carambola, straw, grass, herbs, chalk, must, vinegar, sage, white pepper, and unripened fruit fill the mouth. The finish is deliciously floral and herbal with white pepper, sage, heather, grass, straw, and mineral notes underscored by notes of lemon and lime.

M: Light-to-medium in body, but a bit on the slight side. Very chalky and dry. Carbonation is intense and crisp, and does not let up once the beer has settled in your mouth. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. A bit gassy, but also very satisfying and thirst quenching. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

O: An interesting saison. The appearance and nose were a bit underwhelming, but the first sip of this convinced me that this is a beer to be taken seriously. As the first beer from Stillwater Artisanal Ales that I've tried, I have to say that I am impressed.

07-03-2013 19:23:52 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Brenden


4.21/5  rDev +4.2%

The color is a solid hazy golden-orange, bright despite the haze. An almost completely pure white head reaches two fingers of dense, big-bubbled foam that settles to a pocked single finger. It retains itself very well at that point and leaves some lacing in spreading patches and pretty heavy spotting.
The aroma's light but gets stronger at the beer sits, while the flavor doesn't take very much coaxing. It definitely goes the herbal route, though there are nice, delicate touches of earth, spiciness, and gentle sweetness under and herbal note. It's definitely floral, both a combination of a grassy and leafy element, and only very gentle tart and musty. Overall it works to very good effect. It's actually surprisingly hoppy, certainly more than I expected, though I think it works toward the big picture. Some might be put off by the break from tradition, certainly, but it's complex, well-balanced, and tasty.
The body is medium and there's certainly a creamy feel. carbonation is on the higher end but remains pretty well moderated. The crispness is second to the smoothness but is there, particaularly as the finish goes slightly tangier (in a good way).

07-03-2013 15:44:17 | More by Brenden
Photo of Dizbro21


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-02-2013 19:21:25 | More by Dizbro21
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-02-2013 16:58:32 | More by mrw1zard
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-02-2013 11:43:40 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of beernads


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-02-2013 07:42:14 | More by beernads
Photo of jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-01-2013 21:27:30 | More by jacewg
Photo of mnestor


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-01-2013 04:55:32 | More by mnestor
Photo of alexgash


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 04/08/13.

Mild haze. Golden lemon body. Thin finger of sudsy, off-white head. Wheaty malt aromas of light tropical fruit, banana, and sweet bread. Peppery, spicy, sagey notes waft in and steal the nose. Actually kind of works.

Soft wheat and light sweetness up front. Herbal, spicy bitterness falls in behind, but sticks around. Grainy, slightly fruity (pear) malts mid-palate, accented by Belgian yeast funk. Sage and tea spiciness come on strong and meld with the simmering herbal, spicy bitterness into the finish. Lingering pear, yeasty notes, and sage. Moderate body with a lively, prickly feel. Not the best Stillwater beer I have had yet, but interesting no doubt.

06-30-2013 21:36:09 | More by alexgash
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

I was given an ice cold growler as a gift of this magnificent brew. Poured a golden color with an excellent aroma. A crisp mouth feel compliments the excellent taste of this beer. This is an excellent session beer that could be drank all day long. Has a slight herbal aftertaste that lingers. All in all this is a very good beer.

Bottom Line: Great brew from Stillwater!

06-30-2013 21:19:23 | More by themind
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4/5  rDev -1%

06-30-2013 19:25:11 | More by cgentzkow
Photo of Swift989

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-30-2013 00:37:07 | More by Swift989
Photo of jsurfs82


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-30-2013 00:15:39 | More by jsurfs82
Photo of sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-29-2013 20:02:05 | More by sneaks2210
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-29-2013 15:54:07 | More by jtingue
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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