Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 62
Gots: 119 | FT: 8
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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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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like my Saisons traditional..yeast, musty aroma/taste, the barnyard aspect. This beer is like a lot of American Saison hybrids that feature citrus and spices over the more traditional flavor.

Pours a clear dark gold color into a pint glass. Hardly any head without a hard pour and then a small, delicately bubbly white head that fades fast. Very light, spotty lacing.

Big aroma and flavor, not the kind I usually expect in a top Saison, but enjoyable all the same. Lemon zest/citrus and spiciness were the main aromas/flavors. What "mustiness" and earthiness that was there was probably the sage spice. I enjoyed it, but would have preferred the Saison profile I am more used to,

Mouthfeel was good. Nicely carbonated with the spices adding some interest. Crisp, sharp feel. On the whole, a pretty enjoyable brew, but an outstanding Saison? I don't think so,

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4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous orb glowing bright yellow to orange color, with an opaque shine to it. Roaring column of carbonation in the middle of the glass with a creamy to frothy two finger bone white head. Creamy retention, and nice settling.

Great bouquet on this beer. Huge notes of sage and herbal spices, sweet herbs, and garden florals. Sweet sucrose and some chewy depth seems to hint as well to match for a sweet herbal bakery sensation, with matching candi sugar. Fantastic.

Palate really sings. Deep peppery notes, coming off with a black pepper and chili like menthol blast. Hot brett a bit, with a stinging feel on the tongue and white wine like fruit body and flavors. Juiced peach, pear, and a good wild earth. Dry tickly tongue sensations on each sip, but with also Belgian sweetness to accompany and balance. Contradictory feel in effervescence and cream.

Overall, totally unexpected, unique tasting, and another great saison and pickup from the Stillwater gang. Why have I never found this before?

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A: pours a hazy goldenrod with a quickly-dissipating thin white head. leaves fine, pretty ring of lacing, which holds over time. tiny beads of carbonation are visible. maybe slightly clearer than some Saisons.

S: funky, spicy, and grassy. both earthy yeast and light spice dominate initially, much more savory than sweet. malt comes through as the beer warms. slight lemony or citrusy note in the background.

T: very dry Saison. flavor largely mirrors the odor, with musty yeast and horsiness having prominence but not dominating. enough malt base to balance the spice without rendering the drink too sweet, a problem i commonly find with the style. malt becomes more noticeable as the beer breathes, but is balanced with a slight citrusy tang.

M: hardy champagne-like carbonation. it really effervesces on the tongue. fairly thin with a fairly clean finish-- leaves a slight sweet and funky residue. about as good as i could ask for in a Saison.

O: one of the better Saisons i've had. more spicy than sweet; flavor profile, aroma, and carbonation hold up well through a slow drink.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.