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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 63
Gots: 116 | FT: 8
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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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Farmhouse brew with white sage.

A: A vibrantly strong effervesce lies within a pale orange body that was fairly dense clarity wise. A micro-bubbly thin light beige head is spongy textured but holds rather well despite its slight nature. Lacing is kept to a minimal.

S: Slight muskiness, orange peel, soft breadiness and some bar lemons.

T: Flavor was musky oranges, wheat and lemon citrus with an ideal crisp nature and delivery. Bready, yeasty, musky tart tangerines and citrusy bar lemons finishes out with a earthy musky greenery of hops.

M: Sharp bright carbonation, just as it should be, carbonation is lively, with a frothy and creamy body upon the hold.

O: Overall very crisp, lightly tart and musky with a very easy approach. This is very easy to consume, smooth, and easy to drink in multiples. A great summer tart summer drink.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy straw-like color with a big, fluffy white head that fizzles away within a few minutes. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is pungent and spicy, with a touch of fruit. Sage, black pepper, and a slight citrus touch.
The taste is quite spicy as well with notes of black pepper and sage, as well as some citrus, and a bread like grain character. The beer goes down very dry and crisp with a spritzy carbonation and medium body.

This is a fantastic saison. Of all the American saisons I have had, I find this one to be most similar to the classic Saison Dupont, but the use of American hops and the addition of sage add their own character. Cellar Door does the style very well and adds it's own unique twists.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.