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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 51
Gots: 95 | FT: 7
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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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4/5  rDev -1%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottled 4/8/13.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and sage aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and sage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid sage presence that comes across slightly better in the aroma.

10-06-2013 05:42:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%

a: a lightly hazy pale golden; long lasting, firm white cap.

s: Husky grains, lemon juice, plenty of yeasty pepper, plus a strong herbal note that I'm guessing is the sage. Unique and interesting, especially that last bit.

t: Densely packed with flavor; very nice but a bit "heavy" perhaps. Sweet something, I guess I'll call it sage, is very prominent. It's held in check by a strong graininess and prickly yeasty finish. A h.int of lemon at the end as well.

m: Active carbonation and a heavy feel for a farmhouse ale of this size.

o: Neat beer, I never had anything like this. I need to remember to seek out a fresher sample next spring. Add some fresh citra to what I just experienced? Wow.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Erbayd

California

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%

Picked up a 4 pack from Whole Foods in Oakland this week, I'm excited to review another Stillwater beer! Great artwork first of all, I always appreciate when a brewery makes the effort to think about that. Note that this review is for a bottle dated from April 3rd, I didn't realize this was a summer seasonal until now.

A: Pours a deep hazy gold with an inch worth of dense white foam. At this point you can already tell this is a very carbonated beer. Looks super tasty!

S: Amazing, I can smell this beer from 2 feet away while I'm pouring it. Immediate strong white wine scent with a little yeasty funkiness to it. It really steps up the funk when it warms up...not sure if it's entirely a good thing in this case. For some reason I'm really not smelling the sage, it must be getting covered up by the more prominent smells, but it's very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Surprisingly malty in the beginning. Eases away with nice grassy and white wine flavors and a dry finish. I think you need to let it warm up a bit to really get the herbal flavors at the end.

M: Really refreshing! Crisp and light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O: Another fantastic offering from Stillwater! I definitely wish it had more hops and sage flavor, but I'm sure that's because the bottles have been sitting around for a while. I recommend getting this one fresh if you can! But fresh or old, it's a complex and refreshing beer, a combination that you don't see very often. I highly recommend it!

09-27-2013 03:08:21 | More by Erbayd
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Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -34.4%

12 oz bottle, dated 4/23/13. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some ripe citric fruit and spices (sage) and some earthy yeast.

The flavor is sweet floral soapy malts with some fruit, earthiness and sage. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, interesting saison, but a bit flat, overly spiced and a bit soapy.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Although the hop bitterness is noticeable, the sweetness and citrus flavors balance it out to keep the bitterness down. A little more funk than the usual Saison, but that's not a bad thing. This beer delivers a satisfying taste and aroma experience. While a bit more bold in some areas than I might like, it still provides a smooth and refreshing taste and feel. If there's a movie line that matches this beer, it would be, "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Nicely done.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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