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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 65
Gots: 126 | FT: 7
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Clear golden yellow with a large white head.
Smell - Pretty typical of saisons, a little clovey but the sage definately comes through.
Taste - A little higher carbonation than I would like, the combination of clove from the yeast and strong sage initially made me think of cinnamon for some reason. Mild alcoholic taste and warmth.

Not a huge fan of the style but this one was tolerable.

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.