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Cellar Door - Red Wine Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: timtim on 09-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up an 750 ML bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Coronado Brewing branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-like hue with a thin head that dissipates quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing from start to finish.

S: Extremely herbal and soapy, almost medicinal and it really takes away from the rest of the nose which, though too faint, is very nice - sour apple, wood and musty funk - just wish they weren't so muted by the sage and what not.

T: The flavor is what the smell insinuated it could be, but fell short of - plenty of wood and musty funk, sweet green apples and champagne-like with just a hint of sage which was so overwhelming in the smell.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a mellow carbonation that lends a smooth and creamy aspect to this one, though I think a bit more carbonation would work even better with the style, giving it a bit life.

Overall pretty darn good, but I was over it after one of these. The sweetness and herbal flavor from the sage got to me after a while. As a side note - this one really improves as it warms up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head on top that fizzles out very quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Tons of spices, lots of sage and rosemary. At the time this was extremely confusing since it was consumed blind. A little bit of pear and apple.

T: Again, lots of herbs and spices. The sage is extremely prominent with a little rosemary mixed in. More light stone fruits, apple and pear.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but the herbs were a bit strong for my liking and I didn't really get much from the wine barrels.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one before going out for the evening in New Orleans while I was in town for Zwanze Day! Served from bottle into a Poperings Hommel Bier tulip. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sage, wood, spice, fruit, dark fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, wood, earth, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I went into this one I really didn’t find a whole lot of barrel on it right out of the gate, but there was definitely a big spicy and herbal note going on. As it warmed the barrel, made its presence known. It definitely wasn’t overpowering by any means, but added a nice touch of complexity to the brew. Even with all of the spice going on, this one was quite enjoyable and made it rather easy to drink. Definitely worth your time trying this one.

Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crack the cap and guess what... It's a gusher!!! Spillage was minimal before I got it into the glass. Pours a hazy golden oragne color with a large fizzy white head. Retention was a little week but it was nice enough to leave a thin cap on the beer.

As soon as the beer comes gushing out you are great with a powerfully fruity and wine-like aroma. The barrel aging certainly has a big play on the aroma but it's all good. A nice yeast character lays in the background with some spice and a bit of earthiness to it.

The wine barrel flavor doesn't quite take over as much on the tastebuds as it did on the nose so more room is left to explore. Sage certainly adds a bit of herbal character but I'm not finding it to be all that strong. The pepperiness of the sage works well with a strong yeast flavor which consists of some phenolic spice and a mild dose of earthy funk.

Mouthfeel is live and bubbly with a medium body feel. Finish is slightly tart and dry. Overall, I've been enjoying Stillwater beers quite a bit recently and it was a pleasure to give this one a try. Saison-style beers and wine barrels are certainly a good combo and I'd be happy to try more from them.

Photo of drcarver
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber bottle had a lively pop when opened but then frothed over too quick for me to retrieve the proper drinking vessel. Poured it into a juice glass.

A - murky golden color with a 4 finger white head. the foam of large carbonation bubbles receeded quickly leaving decent lacing and some retaining head.

S - strong aroma of wine with citrus, alcohol, and a cheesy funk

T/M - light champagne like quality in the front with bits of zest. A dry clean finish with a warming hint of alcohol. Sour at the front with a funky cheese creaminess.

O - a very nice, complex brew. Good work!

Photo of GRG1313
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oak wine barrel Ale brewed with white sage. Another gusher from Stillwater.

Pours a hazy orange with a very short lived white head.

Nose is all sage/orange-sage. I like sage but I guess not in my beer. Nose is nice if you like sage.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation but overshadowed by a bitter sage/funky sage flavor profile that just doesn't marry well. Not integrated and there is a dull funky bitter that just plain doesn't taste good. Stale celery and dull salt. Bitter green peppers and dull green vegetables. Not well balanced and a flavor profile that just seems off all around.

Dull bitter funky finish doesn't help. Very grassy, herbaceous and dull bitterness all around.

Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stays around a while. There's also a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like oak, sage, peppery spice, tart apples, white grapes, and some orange peel. It tastes mostly herbal, with sage, peppery spice, white grapes/wine, oak, and a bit of wheat and orange peel all noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good brew, but I like the regular version of Cellar Door better.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light orange amber with a two finger fine white head. Foamed leisurely out of the bottle on opening. A fruity and vinous aroma with an earthy element from the sage, which also seems to provide a medicinal tang; slight sourness. Flavor is light fruit, with citrus elements. Flavor turns dry on the finish with vinous flavors becoming dominant and a dry sage bitterness to the finish. Body is light to medium with decent carbonation. The flavor elements from the wine barrel did not work for me, this seems less integrated and with a less appealing flavor progression than the regular Cellar Door. I really liked that one. A well made, interesting saison, but not one that I will revisit.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Immediate gusher upon opening the bottle. Settles down after a bit and carbonation quality shifts to normal. The beer is a hazy golden yellow color with white head. Head doesn’t last very long and was hoping for more stickiness. Smell is typical of saison yeast with a little more of the “farmhouse” that is atypical of their beers. Taste is a slight bit on the sour side, but still very much a saison. Lots of fruit qualities here with some lemon and strong peach notes. Mouthfeel is light and lively. Overall, this is a great beer. I’m a huge fan of the regular Cellar door and aging it in the barrels adds a certain depth of flavor. While the original is a crisp, clean saison, this one gives it more of that artisanal flair I really enjoy in the greatest saisons.

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Whole Foods on P St NW in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear moderate golden color with a thin white head and just a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of wine and oak plus a slight bit of sourness and stone fruits. The flavor is a bit tart with a bit of barrel character, followed by a smooth, clean finish. Light body and high carbonation with a dry, slightly-spicy finish. Really crisp and clean. Very good brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a saison glass. A minor gusher as soon as the cap comes off. Pours a clear golden color w/ a 1-finger white head, vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is tart, vinous, oaky, spicy, dry. Smells a lot like a wild ale. Intriguing.

Taste is not as tart as the nose. White sage & other spices evident. Oak and wine prevalent. Citrusy, vinous.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall a good saison, barrel aging brings an interesting component especially to the aroma. But in the end not my favorite for the style. Glad I got to try it though.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

321jeff hooks it up again. enjoyed out of a stillwater oversized wine glass.

a - opened the bottle and...GUSHER!!! didn't lose much, but still a bummer. brew poured a murky orange with a foamy creamy belgian head. looks just as great as the original.

s - YUM! SAGE! clove, soft pepper, smidge of funk. some banana. the wine really compliments this beer beautifully. perfection.

t - very tart. really excellent. sweet tarts with some sourness mixed in. has the same big vanilla and sage flavor of the original, but the wine barrels really tart it out to the max. wonderful.

m - Carbonation is great. Really creamy. finishes dry and vinious.
o - So take one of my favorite beers, and then make it better!?!?!?!? unreal. i was blown away by this beer. way more sour than the original, but carries the same uniqueness. this is a winner and i'd love more of it. world-class squared.

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Cellar Door - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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