1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Not Rated.
Cellar DoorCellar Door

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

911 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 911
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 54
Gots: 101 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 911 | Reviews: 286 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

MaineMike, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of RVALawyer
3/5  rDev -25.7%

RVALawyer, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Hoser77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. Cloudy. Huge, dense off white head that dissipates with persistant lacing

S-Very inviting: warm toast, graham cracker, bready notes, biscuit, citrus, sage, spice, banana. Nice yeast phenolic balance (clove). No off aromas.

T-Graham cracker and bready up front. Melds into a pleasant balace of citrus, sage, and spice. Malt balance with hops and yeast phenolics. Subtle vanilla/banana/clove blend in the background.

M-Very thick, dextrinous and chewy for a farmhouse/belgian style ale. Finish is slightly sweet. Moderate carbonation. Could maybe use a 0.5-1.0 volumes more of CO2. No alcohol warming

O-A good example of an American farmhouse ale. A nice balance of American hops (sterling/citra), sage, and yeast phenolics. Malt and wheat are evident. No hot alcohols. A rather filling farmhouse ale. Would like it to be a little more crisp, and effervescent. But, good none the less.

Hoser77, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TGS
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TGS, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Travisnin, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

KMcG, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a huge white head, fades quite fast so while the head was huge it did not delay me too much although there was not much lacing either.

Smell has a nice citrusy aroma, hint of grass and wheat, definitely a nice spicy character to it.

Taste explodes with carbonation and fills the mouth, way too much carbonation, citrus peels takes the front of the flavor, yeasty spiciness hits the sides of the tongue, finishes semi-dry and refreshing, swirling out some of the carbonation helps.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of theformula
4/5  rDev -1%

theformula, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.8%

HopStoopid120, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fully clouded light yellow/apricot colored beer with a huge sudsy head that sticks around. Lacing is somewhat more modest. Big time aroma of citrus and sage; reminds me of a sage-stuffed pork loin, or at least that's what I want to eat when I smell this one.

Lightly sweet, low bitterness, lots of citrus and herbal flavors, again, prominent sage but well-integrated and not dominating the overall flavor too much. Really quite delicious. Yeasty and spicy and complex.

Short finish on a medium-thin body, certainly not watery. Tantalizing traces of sage and tangerine in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation; feels smooth and light, with lots of life, but not overly spritzy. Very well done in the mouthfeel.

Shared this bottle with a non-beer geek (more of a wine enthusiast) and he loved it. Intriguing, tasty, drinkable, impressive. Quite good.

tobelerone, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -1%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of zumicroom
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is the kind of beer that gets me excited by beer again. huge, fragrant, bright white head tops a beer the color of clover honey. smells like sage and clementine peels. tastes like kissing the clementine eater with a cracker crisp finish. thin and gently effervescent mouthfeel. brightly herbal and beautifully balanced.

zumicroom, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

twelveinches, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of unclejazz
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in a flight last night and really quite enjoyed it. Of the four samples this one had the most character(notes of citrus, chardonnay, thistle, and pine) and it come thruogh in both the nose and even carbonated mouthfeel. I have heard good things about this brewery and based on this example of their stuff i am going to be trying some more and hopefully on tap.

unclejazz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jorrx003
5/5  rDev +23.8%

jorrx003, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle carefully poured into a wine glass.

Golden yellow, cloudy, one finger of nice bright white head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Nose has some hay, citrus, and pretty strong belgian spice--I think I get some clove, maybe sage, and definitely some yeasty elements.

Pretty citrusy up front with mild spiced bread taste toward mid-pallet and finishes with a most subtle bitterness. Fairly complex, but also just good.

Mouthfeel is crisp, plenty of carbonation, very light in alcohol as expected by the 6.6% abv.

Overall a very good light, refreshing Belgiany ale. Technically an American Farmhouse ale, which I think is more like a Saison--not sure if this is Belgian or French originally. I am enjoying it very much right now listening to Thelonious Monk, but would be better on a hot summer day.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Desaparecido
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Desaparecido, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of hippityhops85
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml beautiful bottle into an Allagash Cervoise Footed Glass. Pours a cloudy tangerine with a thin white head that forms about a finger and then slowly dissipates to form a thin layer on top of the brew. Nice.

The nose initially gives you a burst of sage but then leads into a herbal, slightly tart note. The sage definitely dominates here.

The taste is initially a refreshing blast of the sage followed by a tart lemon/orange flavor. The earthiness then comes out and rounds out the entire brew. Really freaking enjoyable. Incredibly refreshing.

The mouth feel is spot on. Again, the carbonation is definitely present but it does not distract from the beer at all. Another home run from Stillwater.

hippityhops85, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of abrethanson
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy golden appearance with a fluffy half inch white hat on top. The edges of the beer appear as a light peach color surrounding the haze. Visible sediment as I swirl the glass. The contrast is interesting.

Smell - Like a fresh spring day after a rain in the countryside. The farmhouse style shines through in the herbal, citrus and straw notes. A little pinch of sage growing through the grass.

Taste - Caught off guard a little with the initial tasting. A rich vanilla and banana bread (almost creamy) flavor through the first half glass. After sitting on it and a few more sips could pull more the straw, citrus, and herbal flavors out. Definitely spicy and the sage comes through more in the flavors than in the smell.

Overall - a very tasty beer. A little richer and spicier than I like from a sessional beer but still delicious. Was the perfect compliment to the fresh oysters (baked brownfeller in the shell) and pasta olio we paired it with. Overall I really liked this take on the Saison and enjoyed the surprise.

abrethanson, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Powers
4/5  rDev -1%

Powers, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bradner
5/5  rDev +23.8%

bradner, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +23.8%

EasyReader, Nov 24, 2011
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.