Cellar Door - Red Wine Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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.

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Kinsman:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear gold with cascading bubbles, bone white head, nice retention, lots of lacing

S: nose is ripe with Saison funk, lots of oak, white grapes, husky tannins, and tart lemon

T: taste is a hair on the sweet side, plenty of dry white wine character in there along with a bit of tartness as it finishes

Mf: light refreshing body, high carbonation

O: this is a very aromatic Saison with lots going on. Not exactly my favorite flavor profile, but interesting nonetheless

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale golden yellow and very hazy with a bubbly white head. The nose has hints of oak with a fair bit of lemon and lightly vegital. The flavor is more lemon with a touch of hop bitterness and light oak. There is a fair bit of vegital with a lighter body and high carbonation.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that doesn't leave much lacing but does stick around as a thick cap for the duration.

Aroma has plenty of sage and spicy oak with some white grapes. The fruity notes from the yeast are really solid but the most interesting part of the nose is probably the emerging funkiness from the wine barrel.

The taste is even more herbal, almost medicinal with the sage and wine barrels dominating. There are some sweet fruits in the back and, again, there is the light funkiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty lively with strong carbonation and medium bodied overall.

Stillwater continues to deliver unique saisons with the white wine bringing a distinctive character to this particular brew. Very well crafted.

Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft peach with an explosive head that settles down after a few minutes. Nose is grainy, fresh, some light citrus, hops, mild barrel character really similar to Saison Vautour. Mouth is soft, more barrel and brett focused than the nose, hops and some citrus through the finish. Front palate is really nice with a tight and integrated wine barrel. Lightly vinous, green apples. Comparable to 1 year+ Oro de Calabazza, Vautour Du Bois. Good stuff.

Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed at a a Julio's weekly tasting.

A - Pours a hazy straw hue with a fairly thin head that fades out very quickly but does leave a nice side lacing.

S - There are nice typical saison notes, good belgian yeasts and barnyard funk, however, where is the sage? There is some slight herbalness but its not sage. Light barrell notes as well.

T - More of the same, there is the typical saison notes there, light funk, apples, citrus, barrel (oak), but I'm really trying to pull out "sage" but its not there. There is herbalness, but again, its not standout sage.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. Its a bit light, and could use a bit more carbonation, but its nice and smooth and the alcohol isnt really present.

O - Overall, I did enjoy this saison. Its a good saison, I just wish there was more standout "sage" in it. Nice other qualities, just not really what I was hoping for.

Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip and snifter, because this is a gusher, needed both glasses to get everything

A- A hazy golden orange with a huge white head.

S- Some nice sour notes, hints of funk, red wine, some oak, light fruits, spices, sage.

T- Tart, red wine, oak, great earthy spices, light fruits. White sage is not as noticeable as in to non-BA version.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great beer, better than the non-BA version. Love the tartness, barrel adds just enough. Wish it wasn't such a gusher. I hope to get a bottle of this again.

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another first for me and it pours a hazy golden hue which leaves a two finger head and a rim of lacing,the oak wine barrels really come through on smell with aromas of white wine,sour funk,sweaty socks and slight mustiness very similar to an American wild ale,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and i find the taste a little subdued due to the aging in oak but i still get the barnhouse funk,pinot noir grapes,herbal hops and a distinct grassiness that is tasted throughout with the finish being dry and a touch sour and overall its nice and easy drinking without being over the top and like a cross between a Wild ale and a Saison and probably could age for a little while cheers.

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

Interesting beer, I pulled this out and served it to my wife and myself after the little monkey fell asleep, beer was served in Stillwater wine glasses because I can. This should get us ready for the Stillwater event this weekend, can't wait.

Beer is yellow with the haze from the sediment, big and small white bubbles, low retention, low lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, tea, pineapple, mild lactic, nice oak.

Beer is simultaneously wet and dry, the funk / sour is low in this, very fruity with a nice almost tea like bitterness, I would describe this as almost a sweeter but not sweet temptation with tea in it. I suppose, now looking at the label, that the "tea" flavor I'm describing is probably the sage, definitely front and center in this beer. I'd have more.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a thin finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, coriander, sage, oak, vanilla, sourness, grainy malts, lemon zest, citrus hops, bit of funk.

T - Sour green fruits, tartness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, oak, vanilla, coriander, sage, sweet grainy malts, some funk, and a touch of red wine grapes.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, tart, and funky finish.

D - Nicely balanced. The barrel adds some great character along with some good sourness and complexity.

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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label states: Ale brewed with White Sage - Aged in Oak Wine Barrels. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

This was a very slow gusher. It was polite enough to allow me to go grab my glass. Thanks Cellar Door!
The beer then obviously has a large, fizzy head. Retention is somewhere in the goldilocks range. It eventually fades, and at least allows you to fill the glass with beer that's still liquid. The stuff is a typical Saison light gold with a coarse haze.

The aroma is the best part. The wine barrels are giving this beer a lot of fruitiness, it seems. I want to bump it to a 4.5 but every once in a while I pick up some plasticy aromas. There is a lot of red grape juice and funky oak.

I'm not sure what the hell White Sage is, but there is a very herbal/spice bush-like flavor here that is prominent to the front of the flavor profile. That never really breaks, but the red grapes come in, ushering fruitier notes of various berries. A smack of lemon, musty flavors of wood and a spicy end with a spike of medicine rounds out the taste.

This feels somewhat gritty, but the body is fairly thin. The carbonation dies down pretty quickly because by now its feeling quite inadequate. The end is assertively dry.

A pretty nice one. Certainly a little bit better than I expected.

Photo of BillHilly
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Simply a golden speckled beauty!

S: Almost funky, from the wine...

T: Magnificent example of a wine barrel aged Saison.

M: Exceptional, viscous for a Saison, balanced carbonation.

O: Well done, much better than Two Gypsies. This is a must buy if you are a Saison guy/gal.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle

Served at cellar temperature (currently (57 degrees F). Gusher! Thar she blows!

Upon settling, the appearance is cloudy orange with a thin white collar. White sage, coriander, lemon grass, herbal. Red wine character emerges in the flavor, whereas it was a bit lost in the aroma. Lightly sour, tangy, funky. Medium bodied with zesty carbonation. Complex and delicious.

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

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours slightly hazy with three fingers of foam and very active carbonation throughout. Retention is very good.

S: Ginger, brett funk (is there Brett in this beer?), and citrus. Behind that I get some grape aromas. Dry, fruity, quite nice.

T: Citrus and ginger is even more upfront - behind that I get some grapes and spicy oak. Quite dry yet fruity and juicy, the flavors mix very well together.

M: Medium mouthfeel with strong but not overly strong carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer - dry and fruity with a nice wine and barrel character. A great Saison, if a little pricy.

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Cellar Door - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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