Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-05-2011 00:45:33 | More by hippityhops85
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
12-03-2011 06:22:58 | More by abrethanson
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Light orange/straw color that glows very nicely. White, clumpy head that built up fast and is dropping fast in large chunks. Lacing is sticking well to the sides of the glass.
S: A bit of funk with a big hit of spices and a very strong yeast presence. The sage comes through very much, almost reminds me of the DFH/Victory/Stone collab with all the herbs. Very grassy and earthy. Could use a bit more citrus.
T: Citrusy and clean on the palate with the sage leaving a nice undertone throughout. Some orange and grapefruit with some wheat and hay.
M: Crisp and well carbonated, light in body and has a very nice aftertaste. A really interesting and surprising saison.
O: Very impressed with this one. Certainly would pair well with food and certainly is creative and inspiring. Another winner from Stillwater.
11-20-2011 21:21:06 | More by kiddynamite920
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to gentlemanly sholland119 for this bottle; only my second sample of Stillwater & I enjoyed the first thoroughly. Split into a pair of DFH glasses for the evening's festivities from a 750ML bottle.
Pour yields more head than beer, requiring a long pause to allow the cotton-balls to settle. I want to drink my beer now! Bright, clear yellow-orange, though I left the last few ounces in the big bottle. Smell is wildly spiced - must be the sage mentioned on the label - zesty lemon, shadow of citrus hopping. Very nice.
Cellar Door brings another welcome twist to the style, & a tasty one. Spicy, spicy, spicy is the first impression, dry yeastiness twined around an almost rye-like allspice jolt. The lemon & hops in the nose wave in similar proportions to the smell; present & fainter. A touch bready on the bunny slope. Hyperactive on the tongue, the carbonation is wilder than a Coke-fed toddler & almost as welcome. Lovely drinker though, despite the millions of bubbles, quick & easy through the strainer.
Almost! A good beer, with a lovely bunch of adds to what is usually a fairly staid, dull style for me. I like what's going on here, & I'll grab other Stillwater beers if they continue to show up across the river.
11-18-2011 02:46:38 | More by maximum12
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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