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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 60
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
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)
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kiddynamite920, Nov 20, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

maximum12, Nov 18, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a big rocky white head that faded and left a little lacing.

Aromas are nice, lemon zest, white wine, yeast, spices, and cloves. Complex.

Taste Is creamy and pretty sweet up front. Mixed spices, sage, clove, lemon, and some tartness. Finish is mineral like and crisp.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, a pretty good Saison. Smells great, but the taste fell a bit flat, a little too sweet for my liking.

flexabull, Nov 14, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head into this tulip glass. Smells of spice and sage, tastes about the same with some citrus, faint spice, and a strong piney/ sage punch. After taste is a lingering citrus and sage. I like this one a lot, its easy drinking and very refreshing.

JustinMatthew, Nov 10, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Stillwater. Picked up a bottle out of state, finally getting around to trying it.

Pours a hazy light golden straw yellow. That's a lot of descriptors. Looks like golden straw. Huge fluffy white head, sticks around, leaves only bits of lacing.

Smells of stone fruit and musty barns. The fruit is heavy and juicy - peaches and apricots. Some light grassy notes as well, and a hint of spice.

Taste is less fruity, more sharp. Hops are more prominent, both as grassy flavors and a spicy bite. That peppery spice is strong through the finish. A little on the flat and sharp side, flavor-wise. Would prefer a bit more richness or lift.

Mouthfeel is, in my impression, over-carbonated. I have to wait for it to die down before I can actually taste the beer. A downside, for sure. Dries out fairly quickly.

A decent saison, but not particularly memorable. Fruity in the nose, spicy in the mouth, and bubbly all around.

zeledonia, Nov 05, 2011
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
91 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.