Cellar Door | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by John_M on 05-22-2010

BEER STATS
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#7,228
Reviews:
357
Ratings:
1,246
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
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Photo of pjwilson
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of geryeb624
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of HarrisonHartsough
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of B-J
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andresblanket
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of Buffettman2018
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of coryhk
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SBlobaum
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftyMike
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shortbox81
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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