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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 59
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

four packs just hit the state, cool beans. this pours apple juice color into a wine glass with a smallish white head. it looks clear for a saison, and not overly carbonated. the sage is intense on the nose, very up front. French saison yeast gives at the familiar acidity and juiciness. very very soft wheat malt taste, with the sage being more balanced but still quite pronounced, herbal and earthy. lasting in the finish too. the yeast is a little too strong, this tastes almost off, although it isn't, the proportionality is skewed. its not as delicate as it could be, and this is exacerbated by underwhelming carbonation. its not flat, but it doesn't pop. makes it a little heavier, and really, I don't want a six pack, four is enough of these for me. not as well polished as some other Stillwater stuff, but a creative beer worth trying.

StonedTrippin, Nov 04, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. longneck into a shaker pint. Bottling date 4.23.13- this has been in the fridge since August.

Look- Deep gold with a light haze, not quite see-through. Finger and a half of whipped cream head that settles over the course of five minutes or so. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Lemon, birch bark, coriander, orange zest. Sweet, spicy, just a touch of barnyard funk. Appealing.

Taste- Tart, oyster cracker, more birch, mint and clover emerge after a while. Golden raisin, light biscuit in the middle layered with some leather and earthiness. Aftertaste is herbal, white tea and pepper.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp on the sip, softer on the swallow. Clean finish with a bit of astringency, cooling feeling.

Overall- Comes off like a spiced wit, but the extra tartness and earthiness really kick it up a notch. Very, very nice - I'd definitely get this again.

Lawl3ss, Nov 04, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Fruity Belgium yeast aroma that stings the nose a little.

T: Smooth and tart fruity Belgium flavor and finishes on the dry side of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Farmhouse ale. Great flavors and aromas.

ckollias, Nov 02, 2013
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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.