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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 60
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
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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 NWer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Chimay Chalice. Non-aggressive pour produces a lot of foam, a lot of bubbles. Very effervescent. Like champagne only better - it's beer, after all.
Clear yellow appearance. Head dissipates moderately leaving behind little to no lace.
Smooth. Refreshing. Sweet.
Climbing the learning curve for the style and given how enjoyable this one was, I can't wait to try others.

NWer, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

DSlim71, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jono311
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-straw colored and opaque with a good all white head.

S-Herbal and a little spicey. Personally the strongest notes are basil and sage followed by some lemon.

T-lightly hopped and peppery with hints of honey-like sweetness followed by a very clean and dry finish.

M-has a nice bite to it and a very refreshing clean dry finish

O-very good, I think I prefer it over the Stateside but both were quality saisons. The herbal and hop flavors in this one were a little more interesting. Both capture that great summery quality that makes saisons so enjoyable.

jono311, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of grownfool
4/5  rDev -1%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of shanblur
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on a recent trip to St. Louis. No freshness info. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip. A - Huge white head which dissipates rather quickly to form nice patches of foam which linger. Hazy light golden brown color. S - Good amount of funk with citrus and wheat aromas. A nice smelling beer. T - Burst of lemon flavored with some spice and peppery notes. Hint of grass and floral elements. M - Smooth medium body with a high level of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation for my liking but a very pleasing aroma and flavor. Highly recommended.

shanblur, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of hopsandstouts
4/5  rDev -1%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev -1%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bconsidine, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

mrhartounian, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a soapy white head that fades to a slight haze and craggy ring.
S - Very herbal, with heavy sage aromas dominating, followed by crisp wheat, citrus hops, white peppercorn, honey, and moderately funky Saison yeast. A very special, memorable nose.
T - Flavors is similarly herbal, with lots of sage and white pepper, biscuit malt, honey, ripe pear, earthy hops, and Saison yeast. Very nice, I imagine this would pair wonderfully well with food.
M - Crisp and spritzy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Finish is pleasantly dry, but not to the extreme of a Saison Dupont.
O - A memorable Saison, loaded with unique sage character. I need to pair this with food asap!

jsanford, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Lantern, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Corkpuller
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Corkpuller, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of garuda
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy gold, white cap has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Slightly fruity, mostly wheat content adds a bit of twang to the taste. A little bit of yeasty funk, but not much. Light spice and hop bitterness in the finish. A lot of subtle flavors going on here.

M - Light body, medium carbonation, smooth, finishes nice and dry.

O - Mostly subtle flavors going on without the big barnyard yeastiness I'm used to for the style. Very enjoyable, easily drinkable, and could be used as a nice introduction to the style.

garuda, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

PittBeerGirl, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev -1%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of sjccmd
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange almost yellow. Thick white head that recedes slowly. Lots of bubbles continue to rush to the top. Decent lacing.

Lots of sage in the aroma. Light perfume, very floral. Earthy and spicy hops with a hint of grapefruit peel. Mild tartness and funk. Hint of bready wheat. Lemon zest as well...quite complex, but the citra hops seem to not be too pronounced. It might have faded with age.

Tartness and more sage in the flavor. A decent amount of hop bitterness. Citrus and earthy hops. Tons of Belgian yeasty flavors. Slightly funky. Finish is dry but leaves hops and tartness.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Wheat may be lending a slight slickness. Lively but not fizzy.

Overall a pretty interesting beer. The white sage is very present but not overwhelming. Well balanced but still pretty complex.

sjccmd, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this chilled, in an Ommegang chalice, from a 750ml brown bottle. I allowed this to warm a bit before sampling. This very well may be my new favorite brewery thats available in CT.

Appearance: Cellar door pours out a murky orange-peach color. An easier pour brought two solid inches of dense, bone white foam rushing to the top of the glass. Head retention was great, and left gobs of thick lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Spicey. I'm getting the sage in spurts. Lemon zest and wheat are both quite present. Crushed white peppercorns are pushing their way to the front. Getting a very light , funky aroma in the background. Something floral seems to be hitting my nose but can't really pick it out of the crowd.

Taste: Flavor is a little more subtle than the nose. Getting the sage again. Bits of lemon and pepper around the edges. A little more wheat. Slight funkiness, but not enough to pick it apart. Finishes quite dry. Not a bit of alcohol is noticed.

Mouthfeel: Lighter, medium bodied mouthfeel. A pleasure to run across your palate. No shortage of tingly carbonation.

Overall: Pretty drinkable brew. Still on the fence with this one, but not bad. Keep up the good work Stillwater.

jaxon53, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

2dogbrew, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Cellar Door

Appearance: orange-yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: pine, dill, and hops.

Taste: over-ripe grapefruit, pine, and a faint wheat.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a fantastic aroma and a great bouquet of flavor. The body is medium, but can be very slightly watery.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of nppeders
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - golden orange hazy. Fluffy head that dissapates rather quickly.

smell - sage, clove, yeast, earthy

taste - taste follows the same. Sharp in the beginning, the middle coats the mouth with sweetness with some biscuit and honey. The finish of the sip finishes strong with sage which I'm not loving.

mouthfeel - not as dry as expected, it would interesting to know the final gravity of this one, medium carbonation

overall - really good. not loving the sage. thought it was a weird choice, and it worked better then I expected adding some earthy notes to compliment the spiciness of the yeast. no off flavors to mention.

nppeders, Jan 03, 2012
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
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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