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Cellar Door - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 48
Gots: 88 | FT: 6
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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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alphagnome

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Hazy, pale yellow body crowned by a thick, bubbly white head. Incredible retention. Incredible amount of bubbly and respectable lacing.

Aroma:
Incredibly aromatic and welcoming. Dry lemongrass, hay and grain, and Belgian yeast dominate but there is plenty of orange peel and spicing to add some more character. Subtle mint and hop character. Very distinct saison aroma. Love it.

Taste:
Right upfront you are greeted by a very interesting spice, which I assume is the white sage, and a sharp, bitter bite. Nice, wheat and grass notes and butter. Black pepper and butter. Great funky character.

Mouthfeel:
Fairly light bodied brew with insane carbonation. Seriously, it almost has a piercing quality - I love it. Sweet and crisp with a clean finish.

Overall:
Saisons are probably my favorite style of beer and this has to be one of the best of the style by far - incredible! Refreshing and tasty - see it? Get it!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 00:27:20 | More by alphagnome
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Vogt52

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

06-05-2014 13:09:48 | More by Vogt52
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-04-2014 16:05:17 | More by NJBeer265
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-01-2014 21:13:44 | More by Hellpop65
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grittly

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-01-2014 15:33:46 | More by grittly
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep gold with a two-finger foamy white head.

S - Aromas of white pepper, lemon, and yeast.

T - Sweet apple, lemon, and . There is a nice hop and white pepper bite on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a pretty delicious Saison. Very easy drinking with lots of nice fruity and floral flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 05:55:05 | More by TreyIsWilson
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TheTinDoor

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-01-2014 02:51:00 | More by TheTinDoor
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4/5  rDev -1%

05-31-2014 20:48:01 | More by vhmf1978
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-31-2014 00:27:52 | More by Burkbom23
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tabhill

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

05-28-2014 01:14:17 | More by tabhill
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Duesler

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

05-27-2014 16:49:45 | More by Duesler
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-25-2014 21:21:43 | More by livingtodie
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Altrurian

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This libation was procured at the highly esteemed Bier Abbey in Schenectady. It arrived at the table a light apricot in color, and quite hazy--in fact, translucent. The head was thin, and lacing light. When it comes to saisons, I am almost always at a loss in describing taste and aroma. In this case, the fragrance was that of herbs. I can say no more, except, perhaps, that the slightest perception of mint seemed to surface. The flavor, as well, was imprecisely and very pleasantly herbal, with a strength that was surprising. Is there some citrus? Is there a spicy piquancy? Perhaps. After a few draws from the glass, however, the need to analyze recedes. The beer tastes good--that's what matters--and, well...distinguished. Its presence on the palate is foamy and smooth. Its finish, both in taste and feel, is quite fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2014 13:12:03 | More by Altrurian
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Bhoward0698

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1%

05-25-2014 00:03:34 | More by Bhoward0698
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-23-2014 12:01:39 | More by Cynic-ale
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-22-2014 20:23:03 | More by afsdan
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Jeffh84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-22-2014 14:11:08 | More by Jeffh84
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-20-2014 07:25:53 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is golden with very light hazed look with visible carbonation and thick rocky white head that settles. The smell is very gently spiced reminiscent of clove with aromatics and earthy elment similar to ginger's woody with funky pepper and slight wheat scent with mild anise note and dried fruit aroma. The feel is great -light tanginess with moderate yeastiness and gentle sweetness wtih slight spice in the texture with moderately dry finish.

The taste is very good with lots of complexity from yeast giving some fruity flavors with mix of spice and light malt backing which comes off as dry yet light toasted with mild tangy yeast element and mild earthy spice coming in later with a crisp peppery finish. Overall this is a pretty great beer, highly enjoyable and the only adjustment I would make would be with the spice level since it relies a little bit on the herb/spice in the flavor/aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 14:03:40 | More by Slatetank
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

05-17-2014 23:04:48 | More by ZEB89
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-17-2014 21:20:24 | More by crbnfbr
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TsarKaztic


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-17-2014 05:21:24 | More by TsarKaztic
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater Cellar Door has a thick, spongy, white head, incredible lacing, and a fiercely bubbly, orange-gold, opaque appearance, with visible little brown specs settling at the bottom. The aroma is of so many herbs, peppers, and juices. Taste is the same, with some background wheat bread and some bitterness at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel is medium, prickly, and somewhat slick, and Stillwater Cellar Door finishes dry and rich. No alcohol is detected.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 20:07:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-14-2014 23:57:41 | More by WynnO
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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev -1%

05-14-2014 18:53:22 | More by fthegiants
Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.