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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 63
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 05-22-2010

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.
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.