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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 88 | FT: 6
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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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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 15:20:13 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, around six months old. Color is hazy orange, decent head. Smells good but its sort of spicy, peppery, herbal, saison-like, good. Flavor was really strong soap, potpurri, herbs, not really pleasant and a deviation from the smell. I would not purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:49:04 | More by ArrogantB
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-16-2013 22:44:59 | More by Thedaver4220
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

09-14-2013 21:01:48 | More by trevorpost
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jiggad369

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

09-14-2013 01:09:56 | More by jiggad369
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-13-2013 20:10:51 | More by twenty5
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Vivid color. Clearly unfiltered. Nice consistent head. White, slightly creamy and thin head. Decent retention, great color and poor lacing.

Smell - Lemon peel, coriander and fresh bread. Honey, light hop funk, fairly present alcohol. Good but not crazy complex.

Taste - More esters and clove than a typical Farmhouse. Plenty of banana leaf and coriander. Grassy. Nice and clean. Dry, crisp bittering hops. The wheat grain really jumps out at you. Vanilla, green apple, olive (mostly on the finish), bread, lemon, fresh ginger, flowers/floral notes, honey and lemon grass. Lightly funked for a Saison. This is not super dry or bitter like many others.

Mouthfeel - Excellent, excellent use of carbonation. A light fizzy sting or bite to the tongue. Crisp, cold and clean. Zappy. Lights up the front and roof of the mouth the most, A bit sticky. Really great use of sugars and bitter hops. Again, great carbonation.

Overall - Perhaps more of a Wit or Weiss than a Farmhouse Ale, but incredibly delicious nonetheless. This definitely seems to borrow a few flavor profiles from a German Weiss. The banana leaf, cloves and accentuated wheat flavors are all blended into a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale recipe to create something slightly different. For that reason, I give it a higher rating because it's not just trying to follow a traditional recipe or do what everyone considers a "Farmhouse/ Saison." This stands out a bit more from the group, and for that I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:31:53 | More by Agent1
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bca115

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-12-2013 03:18:30 | More by bca115
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taospowder

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-11-2013 03:45:44 | More by taospowder
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

09-10-2013 19:51:35 | More by deapokid
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-10-2013 02:05:00 | More by outoffocus
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, at least 6 months of age maybe more. Lots of big fluffy white head. Had to wait a while for it to die. Subtle funky nose.

Light fluffy but super carbonated. Sweet tangerine, citrus and tart fruits. Very subtle, could be the age, spicy earthy and herbal finish, dry finishe with soft lingering fruitiness and dryness. Hoppy bitter bite builds slowly as a nice contrast to some of the sweeter aspects.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 18:17:06 | More by jtierney89
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camartin27

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

09-09-2013 01:20:54 | More by camartin27
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Sunn

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer.

Looks like slightly dehydrated piss in a glass. Surprisingly there was little to no head even with an aggressive pour which surprised me.

As far as taste and smell, it's really unique. If a pumpkin ale and saison had a baby, this is what it would be. The spice character helps balance out the citrus and funk pretty well. I've never tasted a beer quite like this. I'm guessing this is going to be a love/hate kind of beer for a lot of people.

BUT. I have to say. If you have problems with heartburn or anything of the sort. I'd stay away from this beer. It's good, but it gave me insane heartburn. If you get heartburn and have Tums on hand, then give this beer a shot. If you don't get heartburn, then give this beer a shot. I've never had anything quite like it before so I'm kind of stuck with my rating.

It's a good beer, but my body definitely does not enjoy it. I'd be willing to trade a bottle for some extra strength Tums right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:37:15 | More by Sunn
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

09-07-2013 12:13:56 | More by enelson
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-07-2013 01:09:22 | More by pathman
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csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-06-2013 19:28:59 | More by csustar001
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-06-2013 13:55:06 | More by DelicateDelirium
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

09-05-2013 22:56:21 | More by ScaryEd
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottledon 4/23/13. Poured into Stange(.3 VBC glass)

A-Clear and bubbly this beer is. Golden straw color body with a thin white one finger head.

S-The beer is made with white sage and you can tell. The sage is blended beautifully with floral notes and lemon rind citrus characteristics.

T-The taste is very similar on the aroma with a more prominent focus on the sage. Get a lot of citrus rind mixed with the sage. The yeast comes in more towards the back giving it clove flavoring and nice spiciness. The citrus notes are throughout the palate. Highly enjoyable.

M-Holy shit this beer is carbonated. I like my saisons well carbed so this is perfect. On the thinner side for mouthfeel and a real nice dry finish.

O-Another stellar saison by Stillwater Artisanal ales. Grab a four back of this if you can and enjoy every sip. This beer would be great without the sage addition but I love how it adds depth to this already intricate beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:34:16 | More by mikem0487
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minterro

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never heard about the brewing company before, which kinda surprises me. I mean I guess they are east coast and I couldn't really get their stuff in MI, but I still surprised. Bought at Little's Wine and Liquor (Denver), suggested by one of the employees. Although I wouldn't have needed the suggestion if I would have seen the bottles.... DANG! They are amazing.

Paired with the crazy awesome kimchi sandwich from City O' City in denver.

Bottled on 4/23/13

A&S: Extremely strong in aroma, which has elements of fruity berries, lemon zest, coriander spice, white wine and pale grains. However the aroma is mostly dominated by a yeasty-banana presence. Nothing very appealing as far as look. Head is a bright fizzy white, and fades almost immediately to nothing, no lacing. Mellow almost opaque dull orange colored beer.

T&M: definitely complex, but can be broken down into two major taste components: tartness and bitterness from spice components. Earthy components (especially when it warms) along with grassy hops. At the very finish pale clean maltyness. Feel is very crisp and clean.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, look forward to trying more from this company. Very drinkable, would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:31:57 | More by minterro
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mjw1200

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-05-2013 00:49:32 | More by mjw1200
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-04-2013 04:41:11 | More by StubFaceJoe
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kehustler14

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-04-2013 00:41:20 | More by kehustler14
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MarkLyon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-02-2013 18:00:45 | More by MarkLyon
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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