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Cellar Door | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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
Ranking:
#3,371
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
1,226
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
192
Trade:
4
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Photo of tbeer40
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of BJB13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/17/15
12oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass (except for the last ounce or so).

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.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of andyjeigh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BLZR
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of descobar
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
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...

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frykid
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braican
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tshute
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,226 ratings
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