Cellar Door
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #298
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4.04 | pDev: 10.64%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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Notes: 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.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clearly a saison recipe of a master-brewer. Carried 4 cans to the curb from The Beer Temple. Poured, ]appropriately enough, into my Off Color tulip... another brewer of great Stateside saisons.

Cellar Door opens with slightly above average Looks, a modest big bubble foam. Smells are more complex with classic saison tree fruits (citrus and apples) followed by an interesting herb (turns out to be sage.) Tastes are all balanced, all working together: refreshing fruit, spicy and estery yeast, herbs, soft wheat. Finishes spritely to cleanse the palate of summer fare with its oils and acidity. I had Cellar Door with pumpkin ravioli in a butter sauce and sage. A great fit ! Also went well with my garlicky vegetable soup and a cheese bread that had a sharp parmesan and pecorino. I'm glad I can pair Cellar Door with other foods. A good saison recipe will allow that like no other style.

This is only my 4th from Stillwater and already have given them a quickie brewer review. But what an artisan this brewer is ! It is hard for me to know more from the website, as the Instagram page was cryptic (and the hard seltzer page was pretty.) But with all his collaborations and renting of other brewers' space, I'm betting this gypsy brewer is a real funny character. A lot like Off Color's sense of humor, hence the appropriate glass.

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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, golden appearance with a tiny head and little lacing. Perfumed, yeasty aroma accented with spices and herbs and a touch of citrus. Biscuit like malt flavors; tart, earthy, but in a vinous way, not a woodsy way. Hops add depth but are not prolific and contribute notes of melon and lime. Light-to-medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to an average length finish.

May 23, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Brewers Haven. Pale golden pour, foamy head fades to spotty cap. Aroma is wheat with light citrus, lemon. Taste starts with the wheat, before being superseded by the yeast. Still has l8ghtnlemon notes Saison? Wit? Too close to call....

Mar 23, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy orange bronze with 2 fingers tight near white head.
Aroma funky herbal notes - some banana, bubblegum, lemon, pear, yeasty, a little peppery.
Taste grassy citrus, tangerine, a bit of funky yeast, but then at back end a floral funky tart bitterness and spiciness.
Active carbonation - tingles palate vigorously - leaves with a spicy hop bitterness.

Aug 29, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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

Hazy, translucent yellow with a creamy sticky white head. Good retention and lacing.
Smells minty, (must be the sage) a bit sour, some peach, white wine vinegar, pineapple. Smells a bit like toothpaste?
The taste is much better than the nose. Some minty sage upfront, grass, bell pepper, light lactic sourness, peach, pineapple, lemon juice, slightly funky, hay, white wine vinegar, soft creamy pale wheat body.
Medium feel, well carbonated, lightly creamy, lightly dry and quite clean.
A really nice, refreshing saison. A good offering from Stillwater.

Mar 09, 2019
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pjwilson from California

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall not feeling this one. Sage is present but doesn't really seem to add much. Overall the beer is just kinda bland, but too syrupy to be refreshing like most saisons are. This is almost more like a Bier de Garde and would probably work great with food.

Oct 07, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've loved Stillwater creations so far. This one among the best.
a) Fat bubbled, clouded saison gold, with scant head.
s) Suitable nose for contemplation, balanced yet nuanced with grass, tangerine, yeast, cellar floor, wood shavings all in the mix.
t) "beauty & cleansing" - the brewer's goal is attained here: on the bread base of German wheat & pale malts ride the hops bearing wood, herbs, grass & tangerine then the yeasty, working cellar aspect, and then incense of some smoking white sage. All united in a scrubbing finish.
f) Clean, summery, but complex and a lot to tease the buds. Contemplative and cleansing.

Jun 29, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this one from a can...it was a hazy, gold-yellow beer. with a soapy head. The aroma has a little ripe stone fruit and herbs (I get sage, but it isn't immediately present). Soft sweetness, backed with a little hop bitterness. Full in body.

Apr 23, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden, with minimal head. Delicate aromas of wildflower honey, sage, and white peach. Moderate botanical bitterness added in the flavors, alongside honeydew melon and a dry yeastiness.

Apr 18, 2018
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andresblanket from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 12/18/17

A-slightly hazy yellow straw i don't know the lighting in my house sux

A-fresh sage and some sort of weedy fruitiness

T-smooth sage and a lightly bitter finish

F-somewhat creamy with enough carb to bounce on the palate

OA-Always liked this one...great dinner beer..grilled meats maybe

Feb 25, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

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

Golden-straw body. Musky aromas give way to banana/bubblegum aromas and notes of sweeter sage and whole-wheat. Medium-bodied but definitely complex flavors here. Hops are on point. A lemony zest finish blends perfectly with the sage.

Jan 07, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear deep straw producing 2+ fingers of moderately lasting, foamy, white head that leaves sticky rings & wisps of lace. Lots of suspended dusty particulates with only a little effervescence bubbling up from the bottom. Aroma is dough, pale malt, wheat bread, peach, pear & apple fruity, a little orange, earthy herbal hints & thin banana. Taste is pale malt, biscuit, dough, wheat, earthy herbal (the sage really comes through), tangerine/orange, fruity pear & peach, spice/clove & light banana with a nice heavy peppery bite. The aftertaste is wheat dough, citrus, herbal & fruity with a light but lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, peppery, prickly, slightly astringent in the finish & lightly dry.

Dec 20, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has intense spicy sage and saison yeast. Taste is grainy, spicy, astringent and yeasty with sage notes and dusty wood barrel.

Sep 20, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I am a bit of a Saison connoisseur, and I really liked Cellar Door. A friend of mine sent it to me (to Texas).

Look: yellow golden hue with a thick fluffy white head.

Aroma: lemon, yeast, grass

Taste: taste was wheat, lemongrass, I think mango and apple, a little bit floral.

Feel: light to medium body, significant carbonation.

Sep 05, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly cloudy medium-darker golden yellow body, one finger thick white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is sage, mango, orange peel, slight sugary grain sweetness, touch of caramel, bit of straw. Flavour is tropical fruit, sage, light sugary grain, caramel, touch of hay, minerality which lingers into the backend, with a bit of a floral and tropical fruit bite finishing things up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, tons of flavour, bitter floral and slight sweet tropical fruit. Good stuff for sure, really nice that this is in cans.

Aug 08, 2017
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REDAMI from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Pale straw colored pour with a thin white head. A hazy beer.

S - Lemon, sweet tart, wet straw, yeast.

T - Sage, grass, medicinal bitterness, slight hints of apple skin in the aftertaste.

F - Dry feel, moderate carbonation

If I were to describe this beer in one word it would be "green" All of the flavors are grassy and herbacious with the slight hint of green apple. A very pleasant saison overall and another fine offering from Stillwater.

Jun 30, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a mildly hazy burnt yellow almost orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Lacing really spider webbed nicely. The smell started off with some nice sweet bready malts opening up into sweet citrus and then some light earthy sweet tones. Semi-grassy sweetness with herbal qualities balancing nicely. The taste was mainly herbally sweet with a nice light citrus to balance in the flavor. Breadiness clings in the aftertaste with a running sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a semi-sweet stickiness rolling over my tongue. Fairly sessionable for the most part. Overall, I’d say this was a nice sweet bready saison. I’d have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold to light orange, clear, bubbly and a huge foamy/rocky/soapy eggshell white head that persists and laces well.

A: Smells of lemongrass, citrus soda, and sage. Funny that it mentions being brewed with sage, but is one of the harder elements to detect. Seems to have a mild vanilla and oaky (spelling o_O ) aroma as well, and maybe a touch of acidity.

T: Sage is much more dominant in the flavor. Lemon lime soda comes through underneath and finishes with a woody earthiness. Sweetness seems to be only in citric form.

F: Very carbonated, almost seltzer like, and bone dry. I'd say it is balanced, but it's mild funk and earthy bitterness make me lean just barely to the bitter side of the spectrum.

O: This is a unique farmhouse ale for sure. It lacks the usual funk and barnyard or hay-like common attributes, but is delicious and refreshing nonetheless. Would definitely revisit. Cheers!

May 14, 2017
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Maestro0708 from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by February 2018

Pours an orange tinted gold with a nice and foamy white head. The head has good retention and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas are a pleasant blend of floral/herbal/grassy/earthiness, citrusy tangerine and sage.

Flavors follow the nose with a nice mixture of floral, grassy notes, fruity citrus, earthiness, and spice.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, finish is dry and clean. This farmhouse ale is insanely drinkable.

Overall, this is a wow beer for me. So much complexity yet so balanced and drinkable. Outstanding.

May 02, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/17/15
12oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass.

Almost one finger of white fizzy head sat atop the hazy, pale golden body. It gave off a mostly earthy aroma that was a little musty with notes of yeast and sage that were less pronounced. The taste was slightly tart and dry then moved to some mild bitterness with herbal and sage flavors. There was some astringency which was the only thing I didn't like. At first it was finishing clean but as I drank it coated my tongue making it less so. The carbonation was medium to high with a light body that was frothy.

Apr 27, 2017
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, yellow to orange beer with a high, white, fluffy head.

Nose: Grass, hay, stable, funk, caramel, citrus and vanilla.
Taste: Yeast, floral esters, hops, citrus, grass, hay, bread and caramel malt.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Dry ending.

Great saison!

Mar 09, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice saison pours a chill
hazed medium amber with straw highlights and a very nice head of
white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features some very nice
sudsy lacing. Nose of sage, soft wheat, earthy yeast, subtle sweet honey malts,
and herbal grassy hops. Flavors follow the nose with grassy hops and lightly
sweet sage blending with subtle citrus and smooth soft wheat. The "house yeast"
is very prominent on the rear of the taste with earthy notes that finish moderately
dry. Nice body; medium carbonation is lightly crisp and plays off the balanced
elements very nicely and as noted before finishes dry.

Solid for the style and very nice.


Jan 18, 2017
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descobar from Florida

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

disclosure: 3+ year old bottle.
pours a hazy pale amber with a full head that quickly dissipates. aroma is overwhelmingly spice (white sage) with fruity esters and medicinal off-aromas. body is medium to light. carbonation is very light. there is some oil in the texture and some annoying astringency. flavor again is all about the white sage spice combined with sweet malts and the before mentioned solventy or medicinal off-flavors. there is significant bitterness still there. that bitterness and the astringency bordering on harsh lingers long after...

Nov 03, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gracefully with a full head that falls attractively. Hazy, bubbly. Fruity with lemon and the wheat is golden . The sage is earthy and overall it smells like a bouquet. You all know how much I like sage. Soft sweetness over the top and a bit of grass. The beer is soft and complex but swift and vibrant. It has an earthy green herb as it's backdrop but the beer is yellow and fruity and pleasantly hoppy. Bubbly breaddy and dry. The sage is crisp and the hops finish it sticky and bitter to show lemon and a bit of tartness in the finish. There was so much earth, but it ends simply and very crisp with a light citrus zest and spicy earth. This is so dynamic and like all good saisons also gentle. Outstanding and I like the flavor very much. I think in some saisons that have tried to use herbs they have used too many and it became overpowering. This one only uses one and I think it is well done.

Aug 29, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a huge white head. The nose is lemony and funky. The flavor has a trace of pepper and light funk. There is a souring dryness on the finish.

Jul 26, 2016
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