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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 66
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
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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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4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Massive white head with medium sized bubbles. Pleasant aroma of yeast, citrus, sage. Nice flavor of wheat, light malt, coriander, light fruit (pear and apple). A slight hint of must. Sage adds a unique flavor and hop like dry kick in the finish. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation for a pleasant mouth feel. Complex and very refreshing. I like this very much.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a lightly hazed lemon tinged lighter golden with a large fluffy white crown that lasted for almost the duration,fresh citric hops burst out in the aromas along with light white pepper,I liked the fact I didn't get alot of funk.Citric hops play a huge role on the palate with underlying funk and that white pepper,a light sour tang came in the finish.Iam not a saison drinker most of the time but I have enjoyed Stillwater's takes I have had of the style.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden yellow hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and sporadic lacing its a really nice looking Saison thats for sure,the smell is spicey herbal aromas mixed with tangerine,wheat and orange peel,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and really does suit this style to make it sessionable while still being flavoursome with tastes of tangerine,lemon zest,earthy spices,herbal hops and finished with a pleasant grassy spicy dryness that leaves you wanting more and overall its a nice,flavoursome,sessionable drop that i would recommend if you like your Saisons.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bright gold pour, billowing white head. Very lively carbonation generation from the laser etching. Thin layer retains very well.

Aroma, yeasty spice. Mild malt, pear, pineapple.

Taste, more malt caramel and earth here. Yeast spice plays big, some of the mentioned sage, Italian blend seasoning. Faint pineapple, lemon zest. Finish dry.

Heavy side of light body, active carbonation. Drinks well, minimal abv present. Polished off the whole thing easily. Another one I really enjoyed from Stillwater.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light straw color with a small white head. Nose is really spicy with sage, light hoppiness as well.

Taste is really herbal and spicy with a lot of sage as expected. Mouthfeel is full and rich. Really tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: First things first: This bottle was over carbonated and damn near exploded when I opened it. It pours a hazy golden color with massive amounts of fluffy white foam that lasts a fair amount of time.

S: Lots of alcoholic phenols, earthy yeast and a peppery spice. Lemon and herbs are also present.

T: Wow. Lot of flavor in this beer. Up front is a heavy hit of the earthy yeast, more than I actually expected from the aroma. The yeast gives way to the alcohol and a spiciness. The finish is grassy and fresh, a nice contrast to the initial earthiness.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is rather high and is small bubbles.

O: I am always a fan of saisons, and this one is no exception. The yeast, alcohol and grassiness compliment each other very nicely

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with large head and a lace ring on top of a spicy, clove-like aroma, full of yeast/wheat twang, light citric and herbal notes as a touch of sweetness. The body is light and crisp, but it is also filling/fluffy from the yeast. Crispness is pleasurable, not a deterrant, as a great blend of citric/herbal hops, clove, spice, and I guess sage (can't really tell to be honest) blends with typical light saison fruits such as tropical (label says tangerine, more like pear, green apple) and there is some mild sweetness in the beer. And while at 6% it's not an alkie bomb that 6% is nowhere noticeable and this is a great sessionable ale that finishes so dry and easy.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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3.87/5  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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.37/5  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.

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4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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