Cellar Door | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

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

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tshute
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lmaduells
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beer curious. Sometimes classifications seem a bit incomprehensible. This cervesasembla Belgium. As always, the producer gives us a beer made with craft and professionalism. repeat

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Photo of thepenguin
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a pretty dark golden straw color with a massive head. Hazy, giving the beer a glowing appearance. Great lacing, and great head retention.

S: Herbal notes, some lemon, peppery and earthy farmhouse yeast. Delicate wheat and pilsner malt, with floral hop notes. A bit soapy, but otherwise balanced between fairly rustic with some more vibrant hop aroma.

T: Earthy and rustic yeastiness, with some floral esters and hop notes. Tangerine and wheat play against a dry, estery canvass. A lot of grassy bitterness and peppery yeast notes late in the finish.

F: Medium bodied with prickly, slightly creamy abundant carbonation. Pleasant crisp finish. Pretty perfect for the style.

Thoughts: Another solid farmhouse ale from Stillwater. As with some of their other offerings I’d like them to reign in the grassy bitterness a touch and try to address the soapy character on the nose, but this remains a good domestic example of a classic rustic saison.

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Photo of safaricook
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, orange, fluffy white head small and big bubbles
Hay, apricot, pepery, sweetness from pale malts, noble hops spicyness
Not much taste a first aside from a destinct but not overwhelming sourness, had to work out some of the carbonation, than the dryness becomes more aparent, the malt sweetnes gives balance and a lingering pepper note finesse
Lots of prickly carbonation, that removes any substance from the liquid, later much more substance.
Nice Saison with layers, just too much carbonation that should be swirled out by the drinker

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WingNuttMon
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Earthy m, sweaty sweetness (that "funk" everyone talks of), with herbal green hop in the back- Complex flavors with that added unfiltered fuzzy wheat, sage, & tangerine flavors. I am really digging this.

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Photo of jack-ruby
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rfee
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pixote
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmamay22
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy golden yellow. Fluffy white head holds up well. Strong spicy peppery herbal flavor from the nose. Fruity esters are well restrained. Sage comes through clear as a bell.

Taste has a nice interplay between the black pepper phenols and sage herbal spiciness. The herbs and phenols overtake any subtle nuances from the esters or malt. Light bodied. Carbonation is higher than your average beer, but short of the bottle conditioned Belgian saisons.

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Photo of mig100
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meehandennis
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light haze accompanying the golden hay body. The head is a sticky, clingy, gelatinous force of nature that starts off at 2 fingers and recedes to a nice 1/4 ring.

Aromas of sage, pale malts, hay, juicy orange, grapefruit, pear, and barley. A beautiful yet still simplistic aroma.

The flavor starts out hop forward, and fades to fruity esters and breadiness, with notes of pear, apple, and grapefruit rind. A touch of yeast and bubble gum finish out the profile with more planty hop bite.

Feel is relatively creamy and very carbonated. It leaves a dry, dusty finish on the palate.

Overall, Cellar Door is a pretty decent Saison. It doesn't quite come together in the flavor for me, and it's a little hoppy for my tastes, but that's part of the history of farmhouse ale recipes. Great for a hot summer day with a little more bite and bitterness.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blisscent
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tefiguer
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,207 ratings.
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