Cellar Door
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #283
Ranked #5,021
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of craytonic
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Straw-glden pour with an agressive head

Smell: SOmething off about this one, sage or something. Very odd smell.

Taste: Again, pepper, citrus, and then the sage just destroys it. Like you put weeds in the beer. Also a bit soapy.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, very aggressive. It detracts from the saison

Drinkability: I wasn't crazy about this one, poured half of it out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of lightly hoppy notes with light spices and a medium sweet malt backbone is quite interesting. Taste is a complex mix between some lightly sweet rustic malt notes with some fruity ester with dry hoppy notes with light notes of spices. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Easily drinkable while providing quite a lot of complexity.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high dense white head. The head slowly died down yet a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of sage in the nose along with some hints of spiciness from the hops.
T: Like the smell, there are strong flavors of sage in the overall taste, which also linger for a long time in the aftertaste. It also has some hints of pepper and other spices.
M: It feels light-bodied and quite dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer needs to be sipped rather slowly given the strength of the sage in the taste, although it's certainly unique so I could consider having it again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Farmhouse brew with white sage.

A: A vibrantly strong effervesce lies within a pale orange body that was fairly dense clarity wise. A micro-bubbly thin light beige head is spongy textured but holds rather well despite its slight nature. Lacing is kept to a minimal.

S: Slight muskiness, orange peel, soft breadiness and some bar lemons.

T: Flavor was musky oranges, wheat and lemon citrus with an ideal crisp nature and delivery. Bready, yeasty, musky tart tangerines and citrusy bar lemons finishes out with a earthy musky greenery of hops.

M: Sharp bright carbonation, just as it should be, carbonation is lively, with a frothy and creamy body upon the hold.

O: Overall very crisp, lightly tart and musky with a very easy approach. This is very easy to consume, smooth, and easy to drink in multiples. A great summer tart summer drink.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of soapy loose white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar. Very effervescent, carbonation streaming quickly from the bottom of the glass.

Nose herbal and floral, with some pepper and coriander spice, lemon peel, light biscuit sweetness, and some light fruity esters.

Taking a sip, herbal and grassy flavors with coriander hit the tongue first, then warming to light peppery and lemon peel flavors. Not much malt sweetness on the taste, very dry finish with lingering herbal flavors.

Light body and well carbonated, scrubs the tongue clean without being aggressive. A solid saison.

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Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden yellow color with a 1/2F head in a Pretty Things glass.

The aroma is very unusual for a farmhouse ale and I really like it: floral,tropical fruit, citrus and earthy. The aroma doesn't diminish after 10 minutes.

Very carbonated mouth feel, and not overdone as in some other beers in the style.

Wonderful taste: citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit- also very unusual in a Farmhouse ale and very well blended.

With warming the taste is more pronounced.

Very hoppy bitter finish with fruit which does not mask the taste- as in some Farmhouse ales.

Overall: one of the better American Farmhouse ales: balanced, tropical fruit, excellent finish. i have a few other beers from the brewery which I will be tasting in the near future.

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

Photo of tefiguer
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gentlemanly sholland119 for this bottle; only my second sample of Stillwater & I enjoyed the first thoroughly. Split into a pair of DFH glasses for the evening's festivities from a 750ML bottle.

Pour yields more head than beer, requiring a long pause to allow the cotton-balls to settle. I want to drink my beer now! Bright, clear yellow-orange, though I left the last few ounces in the big bottle. Smell is wildly spiced - must be the sage mentioned on the label - zesty lemon, shadow of citrus hopping. Very nice.

Cellar Door brings another welcome twist to the style, & a tasty one. Spicy, spicy, spicy is the first impression, dry yeastiness twined around an almost rye-like allspice jolt. The lemon & hops in the nose wave in similar proportions to the smell; present & fainter. A touch bready on the bunny slope. Hyperactive on the tongue, the carbonation is wilder than a Coke-fed toddler & almost as welcome. Lovely drinker though, despite the millions of bubbles, quick & easy through the strainer.

Almost! A good beer, with a lovely bunch of adds to what is usually a fairly staid, dull style for me. I like what's going on here, & I'll grab other Stillwater beers if they continue to show up across the river.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this one for a long-time...

A - A standard pour yields less than a fingers worth of bone white colored crisp froth... Limited retention gives way to a thin veil of lacing in light collar... The color is a mix of equal parts honey, amber and gold... There is an ever so faint haziness the lingers... The carbonation that rises throughout is rather sluggish...

S - A stellar slightly sweet nose... Loaded with orange zest... Some overly ripened peaches... Strawberries... The more traditional Saison components are a bit beneath the surface... Cloves are most dominant of the more traditional scents... This is followed by some notes of yeast and wheat... Some faint whiffs of bubble gum as well...

T - Much of the sweetness alluded to by the nose doesn't materialize on the palate... Rather, the more traditional Saison notes shine... Lots of spice, mainly in the form of clove and white pepper... Lots of earthy and grassy notes... Lemon zest... A strong wheat component... A bit of funkiness is abound... There is a slightly grassy hoppy bite on the finish that lingers for a rather long while... Good depth and complexity... This one especially opens up more as it warms a little bit...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... A moderate bit of prickly carbonation... A bit chalky throughout... The finish is a bit dry...

D - An interesting and very enjoyable American interpretation of the Saison style... Average appearance and mouthfeel gives way to excellent aroma and flavor profiles... However, those profiles couldn't be more opposite... The aroma sweet and enticing... The palate much more traditional... The end result is a highly enjoyable and rather unique offering... A job well done by Stillwater...

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of craigbelly
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a few inches of silky, fluffy head. Surprisingly little lacing. Stirring aromas of fresh cut flowers, sage and crushed mint leaves stand out, with a hint of tart citrus. Slightly sour wheat flavors complement the initial wave of pale malt flavors well. These flavors provide a solid base for the herbaceous/floral notes that follow. Black pepper, white sage, fresh cut grass and grapefruity Citra hops. The citrus notes follow through the light, spritzy finish. The mouthfeel is what makes this beer truly great. Peppery and bracing on the tongue, but soft and delicate in the finish.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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