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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 66
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
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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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Pours a gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of hops, yeast, hint of pepper, sage, hint of rosemary, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of black pepper, sage, yeast, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, great aroma, great body, great blend, and great complexity.

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I like my Saisons traditional..yeast, musty aroma/taste, the barnyard aspect. This beer is like a lot of American Saison hybrids that feature citrus and spices over the more traditional flavor.

Pours a clear dark gold color into a pint glass. Hardly any head without a hard pour and then a small, delicately bubbly white head that fades fast. Very light, spotty lacing.

Big aroma and flavor, not the kind I usually expect in a top Saison, but enjoyable all the same. Lemon zest/citrus and spiciness were the main aromas/flavors. What "mustiness" and earthiness that was there was probably the sage spice. I enjoyed it, but would have preferred the Saison profile I am more used to,

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