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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 62
Gots: 116 | FT: 8
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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:
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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Pours a finger of head on a slightly hazy light straw colored body.
The aroma has a lot of fresh ground black pepper, a little sage and earth.
The taste is peppery, mild grain and lemon bitterness.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
An improvement on the standard wit beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a tulip.

Smells of funky saison yeast and very sweet malts. Taste is thankfully not as sweet. Flavor is very spicy, but most of that must come from the yeast if sage is all that's added, and I can't really pick out sage in particular. There is a strong vanilla note throughout also that I didn't expect but enjoyed. Easy drinking but a little too sweet in the finish.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

I can't help but compare this to Tank 7, as I had that just a couple of days ago, and the memory of it is still pretty fresh in my mind.

Cellar Door is a quite tasty saison, but just a little less flavorful than Tank 7. Tank 7 exploded in my mouth with crisp fruitiness. Cellar Door didn't knock me over in the same way, but I savored it, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought it was a fairly typical saison; I did not pick up the sage flavors, but that's probably my palate, not the beer.

Stillwater beers are uncommon around here, but I'll be looking for this and other Stillwater beers again.

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