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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | 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 halfshell
3/5  rDev -25.7%

halfshell, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%

Finally picked up a few Stillwater bottles. Try Debauched at a bar once and was blown away, hope to see it again sometime. This brewery seems right down my alley.

A- Poured into a 10oz glass with a fairly clear golden body and a fizzy white head. The head grows to about a finger high with big bubbles and decent retention. Small ring remains leaving spotty lace.

S- Spicy and herbal up front with notes of peppercorns, coriander and sage. Lemony citrus rind, grass, fruity esters and bread in there as well.

T- Once again the yeast and sage used here presents an herbal/spicy forefront to this beer. Lemongrass, citrus zest, peppercorns (white/pink), coriander, clove and even slight nutmeg comes to mind. Just a big Belgian yeast influence. Apple, white grape, wheat yeast bread and some grassy, tropical fruit hoppiness comes to mind beyond that. A tiny bit of welcomed tartness comes into play with a warmth.

MF- Dried out light end body that isn't anywhere near watery. A higher end carbonation foams up nicely and brings a silky, creamy feel to the beer. Herbal/spicy/hop bitterness finishes off the beer.

Supremely herbal and spicy yet somehow balanced out and super complex. Worth trying for anyone looking for a good American-made Farmhouse Ale.

cbutova, Jun 26, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a lovely clear gold color with a big fluffy white head and, sadly, rather poor retention. The nose is bright, flowery, herbal, and slightly musty.

The beer is light-medium bodied with strong herbal flavors. I get lots of sage on my palate, perhaps a bit too much for my liking. Dry cracker-like wheat and malt notes up front are met by sage almost immediately. Some lemony notes from the hops also take up the charge and compete with the sage to provide more complexity and a nice complementary flavor. The finish is dry and a little fruity with just a touch of pineapple-like sweetness. Very drinkable and refreshing. The carbonation is a bit on the low side, but the feel is slick and firm and if the carbonation were higher, the herbal notes might become intolerable.

Overall, a nice beer. I think the sage is a bit overdone, but others might really like a Saison with this kind of earthy, herbal edge. I do like the mustiness on the nose and wish more Saisons could capture it.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

TwelveOunces, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Braseltonage, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

ercxi, Jun 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JC333, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

drebrew, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jrohrbacher, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

McBraniel, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BorisFromRussia
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light head, light color, little foam retention

Smell: spicy, citrus-y, nutmeg-y, maybe sage or corriander.

Taste: very much like the aroma, a little bit of a bite to it. very nice for a nighttime summer drink.

Mouthfeel:light body but without a large carbonation which makes for a very pleasant sip. lingering aftertaste of spices.

Overall: this beer is well-crafted and balanced, but the brewers chose to focus on a flavor profile right up my alley. I do recommend this beer, though it is not really something id drink a lot of in a row.

Serving type: bottle

BorisFromRussia, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

YieldToNothing, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Mikecap, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

grittybrews, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

CaptDavyJones, Jun 15, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy copper color; a very nice head caps the liquid and leaves webs of lacing behind

Smell: Toasted bread, with sage and peppery yeast; kumquats, too

Taste: Toasted bread and peaches with sage and peppery spice flavors developing; by mid-palate the kumquat adds a bitter element to balance; the crisp finish is packed with yeasty phenols

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Fruity, tropical and bitter - a very refreshing combination; it is easy to see why this is the most popular beer at Of Love and Regret

brentk56, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

starrdogg, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

DerekMorgan, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Evoforen, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip. From notes that are about a week old.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. There's about one fingers worth of creamy, white-colored head, as well. Lacing is really beautiful.

S: This is very sage-forward. Buried underneath that note is a solid undercurrent of orange peel. I wouldn't really consider it complex, but it sure is evocative the way the aroma balances itself between these two notes.

T: The opening flavors are quite spicy, with additional notes of coriander to go along with all of that white sage. Further sips help to accentuate a wonderful tone of orange peel, also. There's also a bit more complexity than the aroma suggested (subtle notes of apricot, cream, and wheat show up). This brew is really about the excellent sage and citrus peel character, however.

M: Initial heftiness is a tad much, however the finish helps to alleviate this with its crisp, clean finish. Carbonation is high, par for the style.

O: Subjectively, saisons are pretty hit-and-miss for me. I'd easily call this a 'hit' though, thanks to its balance between drinkability and good (but not great) complexity.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Ogre, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

erha2, Jun 06, 2013
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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