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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 61
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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Photo of mlazzaro
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, capped w/ shrink capsule.

Immediately has a Dupont-esk funk to the smell. Pours quite hazy straw color, most likely chill-haze as it looked nice and clear in the bottle. Pretty raging carbonation, almost opaque with bubble concentration. Massive off-white head that keeps growing and hold amazingly well. Patches of poofy foam lace the glass.

Taste of cirtus and barn/hay funk from yeast. Solid Pilsen grain flavor to the body. Pleasant spice in the aftertaste. At first the acidity from carbonation was slightly off-putting, but after sitting in the glass for a couple of minutes, I find it far more palatable. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and refreshing. ABV is absent in flavor, very well hidden.

Overall very impressive. One of the most carbonated beers I've ever had, surprised it didn't gush...

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JThomasSmith
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one right... now...

A- Hazy, head staying throughout, golden

S- Classic saison, VERY yeasty fruity scent

T- Nice, classic, a little bit of grainy sweetness but on the dry side.

M- Pretty effervescent, again yeasty. Decent amount of body for a light colored beer.

O- Very nice. Not my favorite saison, and I don't get the white sage notes, but I do like this one anyways

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Cellar Door

LOOK: Hazy bright golden color. Silky head forms and leaves good lacing.

SMELL: Barnyard elements, hay, wheat malt, sage and citrus.

TASTE: Herbal, spicy and earthy from the yeast, hops and additions of sage. There is an almost minty herbal flavor, as well as some citrus and a light tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, crisp and dry.

OVERALL: An interesting take on the Saison style. Lots of herbal and spicy flavors, and a delicate tartness. One of the more popular Stillwater beers.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Builds a big, loose, foamy white head that eventually settles, leaving patchy lace over a hazy, light amber to dark gold beer with lots of carbonation early. Carbonation settles down after a few minutes.

A very spicy saison with a heavy yeast influence. Moderate funkiness with pepper and celery up front followed by lemon and concluding with notes of grass.

Crisp with mild bitterness. Strong citrus, perhaps lemon, with some honey, light tartness and lightly acidic. The finish is long, earthy and grainy.

Cellar Door is dry with a medium body and vigorous carbonation. The flavor is mellow with time.

A great drinking beer, enjoyed from a Tap & Mallet pint. This has enough character to be discussed, yet is restrained enough to enjoy on its own with friends. This could easily be a summer staple. Good times.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into tulip.

A: hazy blond body with some orange highlights. huge white bubbles make up a massive head. almost bursts out of the glass. retention is good, but lacing is a lacking.

S: pretty fruity nose. bits of banana and clove reminds me of hefeweizen for a moment. passion fruit. freshly cut mango.

T: little hints of honey mix with a minor amount of grain that reminds me of pancake mix. beehive fresh honey, not the store shit. there are definitely elements of the white sage, but there's also some minor notes of star anise/licorice.

M: a spritely carbonation almost blocks some flavors from really impacting the palate.

D: overall this is a really well-made saison with the white sage adding a whole other dimension of flavor. this being my first brew from stillwater, i will definitely be seeking out more examples.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing soft yellow with a big tight head, minimal lace.
Citrusy, grassy, funky with a fruity sweetness citrus dominates the nose and hits first, the comes the spice and herbs, mint, grass, etc, followed by a yeasty fruity sweetness. Light hop bitterness, this is about as sweet as I like my saisons. A touch more would be overboard.
Tight, champagne-esque carbonation keeps this a lighter, crisper saison.
This one wins. A great saison. I'd buy another and keep it til the dead of summer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly peachy light golden, tons of very active bubbles, huge bright white head. It gets rocky as it settles to a skim which retains well & leaves some alright gobs of lace.

S: Sage is there on a grassy & floral background. A bit herbal and softly minty too. Light lemony citrus. Touch of yeasty phenols & pepper & a ghost hint of funk. Background doughy malts with a hint of sweetness. Nice and pleasant with fair saison character. A tad light for strength though.

T: Open is a contest between candi pils sweetness with just a hint of low C malt character, and the sage that is more robust than the nose and wins the contest. Herbal, floral, spicy, earthy, minty – you know – sage. It is fairly forward and plays a central role, but it is not over-powering and it melds very well with other aspects. Hops do struggle a bit to stand apart. Bitterness is there, but mostly herbal (some bitterness no doubt is from sage) with just a bit of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind. Peppery, spicy, earthy, & phenolic yeast notes blend especially well with sage. Background malts are less doughy, and more wheaty & crackery. Tad soap impression at the end and then lingering sage in the finish. Burps are strongly herbal sage.

M: Just barely under medium body. Lightened by active & plentiful CO2. Starts wet, almost smooth, & a touch sweet. Not really that attenuated, but nicely lifted from carbonation. Hint soapy at the end, but quickly pushed aside by cleansing and fiercely herbal drying.

D: A nicely different rendition. Good basic profile and style points with a very deft addition of sage. Herbed / spiced beers can be hard to pull off in an attractive and highly drinkable fashion. This one pulls it off nicely with sage, hops, & yeast all merging together in an enjoyable fashion.

Photo of DaveONan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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