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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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Photo of flexabull
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike, 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Poured a bright, hazy orange, with a fluffy bright white head, several fingers in height. Sticky lace and great retention. Nose has citrus zest, tangerine, orange and lemon, wheat and some pale malts. A touch of funk and some herbal spicing as well (sage perhaps, as the label indicates its addition). Taste has bright herbal spicing as per the nose, more citrus zest (lemon and tangerine), wheat and a little more funk. Some spicing in the finish, but the Citra hops are well displayed here. Quite light in the mouthfeel, smooth with a light bite imparted by the carbonation. An excellent saison, I really enjoyed this - certainly the best saison I've had in recent memory.

Photo of isitsavage
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Massive three, almost four finger white head from this pour that faded slowly with big billowy gaps and pillows leaving lovely lacing. The beer is very very pale, pours almost like white wine and sits in the glass a very clear pale yellow, beautiful!

Smells great, a lot of sage in the head with some really good funk and a little bit of sourness. Once the head fades away the funk almost totally takes over. A light swirl brings it all back again. Further inspection brings out a light hop aroma, and some sweetness, excellent components thrown in the mix here.

Taste is sage and chewy, yeasty, funk! Again a light, crisp hop bitterness and some sweetness that makes this incredibly balanced and refreshing. Wish I was drinking this outside on a summer day.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation, just about perfect for everything else going on in the beer. Very drinkable, light, refreshing and yes, as it says on the bottle, cleansing.

Like I said before this would be perfect for a lazy summer day sipper outside in the sun. Would be great as a six pack for a session beer, but I don't see Stillwater doing that anytime soon. For this time of year it would be great paired with some pork loin and some roasted root vegetables with sage and brown sugar, yum.

Overall this is a really great beer and probably my favorite I've had from this brewer, so glad I picked up the Chardonay barrel aged version to compare it too, might have to save that for the warmer months.

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

Poured from the bottle a murky golden-yellow with a whopping white head.

Tart aroma of lemon, white wine, yeast and sage.

Tastes of yeast, white wine, tropical fruit, mint, light malts, white pepper and sage.

Lighter bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A very nice Farmhouse Ale from Stillwater. A must try if you can find it.

Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small white head. Poor head retention for a saison.

Fruity with a big white wine grape aroma. Mild cinnamon and clove spice. Nicely balanced yeast character.

Very light crisp malt flavour with some mild fruity citrus notes. Not as nice as the aroma.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

For me, the flavour here is not quite right. It's very dry and fruity without the spice and hop on the palate of the classic saisons.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy, pretty solar yellow with a nice thick white head. Malty aroma has a decided overtone of sage - oh yes, you can smell that, and it makes this beer all the more appealing! OK, on to tasting - yummy! Malty, fruity, earthy, with that sage overtone that makes it distinctive. Notes of banana and pear enhance the sweetness without making it too sweet. I do not like beer that is over-sweet! Body is about average, but it is fairly fizzy and leaves a nice malty finish with an overtone of that sage. Get it whilst thou canst!

Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar Door is a tasty Saison from the Maryland gypsy brewer, Saltwater. There wasn't anything particularly noteworthy about it, but it was nice.

I had this on tap at ChurchKey in DC.

A: Yellow with 2 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Spices and yeast. 4

T: Malty and yeasty up front. The aftertaste is spicy. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Nice saison. 4

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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat but almost musty nose. It smells of decay, the old, which obviously well stick with the name of the beer. The fruit is also very present, with citrus fruit, especially grapefruit. This extraordinarily well supported fruity nose mold and vice versa. On the palate, one finds this fruit and citrus, this slightly acidic (like lemon). The beverage passes like water, the ABV is well hidden and the finish is fast, without bitterness.

Not really a pure Season, plus a mix between American pale ale and Witbier, but in any case a good compromise between the three genres.

Drinked at Brian Stillwater Conference @ Delirium Village.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, hazy golden orange carrot colored.

Nose nice light malts, wheat like, semi sweet, light citrus, apricot, weird floral like heather or tea like spice, coriander, sage, etc.

Taste add more light malts, sweet wheat, sage and light spices, citrus, apricot like fruit, plenty of warming booze tingly. Finishes drier and more tingly booze and spices.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, tingly and warming booze.

Overall very nice, a bit boozy especially for 6.6% but otherwise tasty, interesting nice spices.

Photo of JayAre46
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes...shared with DC

A - lets start off saying, this is one of the sweetest bottles of all time IMO, pours a golden honey color, transparent big head falls to a light ring and is very active. yeast in the nose, light lemon zest follows, some wheat, more citrus acidity influence. fruity flavors, with a subtle bitterness, very crisp, grassy, lemony, mint? very good tasting beer more of funk is desired. medium to light body very prickly on the palate, active carbonation. overall solid and very refreshing. like the fruity aspects that compliment the crisp, sharp farmhouse charcteristics.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color. The head was fizzy and white leaving behind just a few bubbles on the glass. The smell is of fresh grains, Belgian yeast and some light lemon on the nose. The taste of the beer is refreshing, and has a light farmhouse flavor to it with just a little bit of citrus in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and fresh feeling, lively carbonation. Overall the this is a good brew, very drinkable stuff here.

Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XicanoBeerRun picked this up, thanks for sharing.

My second Stillwater beer. After the amazing Existent I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high.

Poured into a tulip. Comes out a hazy golden straw color. There’s a thin head that dissipates rapidly. I pick up a strong sage aroma with some piney notes. The sage comes through on the palate, sharp and distinct. Very effervescent. It’s piney, or perhaps more accurately, rosemary-y. Yes, rosemary, although I don’t think it’s brewed with it. I catch a little bit of chew on the finish with a residual aftertaste. (Not chew as in tobacco, chew as in chewy.) There’s some funk at the end as well. Makes me wonder how it would develop with time. This beer doesn’t disappoint--far from it-- but it’s not the repeat of the transcendent experience I was hoping for.

Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bomber from CBX... poured into a fancy new Mikkeller glass! Thanks baby -

A: Bright, orange gold and hazy; a thin, one-finger, white head recedes to a patchy layer of foam, leaving no lace; a steady stream of tiny bubbles rush to the surface, though.

S: Wheat; lemon zest; dry grassy notes; a bit tart; leafy.

T: Cracker malt; musty hay notes; white pepper; a touch of clove and some savory (sage?) notes on the finish; some bitter, vegetal hop notes on the end, too.

M: Light-bodied; high carbonation; very zingy and crisp; a bit of a dry bitter on the finish.

O/D: A pretty crisp, drinkable farmhouse ale; complex in the taste department; kind of refreshing but the savory finish impedes a bit; an interesting brew, for sure - kind of nice with this leftover watermelon...

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

750mL bottle poured into a Hennepin glass. Hazy straw color with a thick bright white 3-finger head. Vigorous carbonation sustains a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is Belgian yeast and some peppery spice and light citrus notes. As it warms I pick up some sage - although I can't honestly say I could have identified it if I hadn't read it on the label.

Taste is light and crisp with a dry clean finish. This is a classic saison. Water also seems to be a key ingredient with this one.

Photo of fo5s
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a sam adams glass. The cap popped off quite loud, but thankfully this wasn't a gusher.

A- as expected, pours with a massive, loose head. Light golden, cloudy.

S- woah, very funky, spicy, the right amount of grassiness and a touch of acidity - perhaps a hint of lemon? (after reading the label I realize it's tangerine from the citra hops)

T- spicy up front which quickly fades to a citrus sweetness. Grassy and funky on the back end. A ton of depth in this one.

M- Lively. Just the right amount of body. Easy drinking.

O- This is a top notch saison - very deep and complex, but also quite refreshing. Stillwater may be the new kid on the block, but they know what they're doing. I'm glad I picked this one up, but it won't be an everyday drinker for me.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy peach colour with a tall three finger foam head that's a stark white colour and noticeably consists of micro-bubbles. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Alot of earthy spice (sage, cloves, corriander) and grains, nutmeg, peaches, apples, pears, honey, and some faint biscuit-like malt (as it warms). Very pleasing to the nose.

T: Similar to smell with a real welcoming earthy spice taste upfront (including some pepper) coupled with some orchard fruits (apples & pears). Well balanced between the hops and malts, which directs the focus to the general earthiness of this. Very good clean finish to this.

M: Near perfect with an appropriate carbonation level coupled with a satisfying oily and slightly-thick (for the ABV) texture.

O: Very happy I picked this one up, and would recommend it to anyone into the Farmhouse style. A nicely balanced, crisp, fresh Farmhouse Ale with a fantastic clean finish.

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