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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Altrurian
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This libation was procured at the highly esteemed Bier Abbey in Schenectady. It arrived at the table a light apricot in color, and quite hazy--in fact, translucent. The head was thin, and lacing light. When it comes to saisons, I am almost always at a loss in describing taste and aroma. In this case, the fragrance was that of herbs. I can say no more, except, perhaps, that the slightest perception of mint seemed to surface. The flavor, as well, was imprecisely and very pleasantly herbal, with a strength that was surprising. Is there some citrus? Is there a spicy piquancy? Perhaps. After a few draws from the glass, however, the need to analyze recedes. The beer tastes good--that's what matters--and, well...distinguished. Its presence on the palate is foamy and smooth. Its finish, both in taste and feel, is quite fresh.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is golden with very light hazed look with visible carbonation and thick rocky white head that settles. The smell is very gently spiced reminiscent of clove with aromatics and earthy elment similar to ginger's woody with funky pepper and slight wheat scent with mild anise note and dried fruit aroma. The feel is great -light tanginess with moderate yeastiness and gentle sweetness wtih slight spice in the texture with moderately dry finish.

The taste is very good with lots of complexity from yeast giving some fruity flavors with mix of spice and light malt backing which comes off as dry yet light toasted with mild tangy yeast element and mild earthy spice coming in later with a crisp peppery finish. Overall this is a pretty great beer, highly enjoyable and the only adjustment I would make would be with the spice level since it relies a little bit on the herb/spice in the flavor/aroma.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Stillwater Cellar Door has a thick, spongy, white head, incredible lacing, and a fiercely bubbly, orange-gold, opaque appearance, with visible little brown specs settling at the bottom. The aroma is of so many herbs, peppers, and juices. Taste is the same, with some background wheat bread and some bitterness at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel is medium, prickly, and somewhat slick, and Stillwater Cellar Door finishes dry and rich. No alcohol is detected.


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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: herbal hops with a little bit of a minty character combine with a sweet malt and a piquant farmhouse character. Together they are pointed yet enticing -- I rather like it.

Taste: grassy, with a little bit of buttery character and a little chalkiness. Toward the end of the palate the funk comes through, and throughout the palate are herbal, piney hops, again with that minty/basil character. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great carbonation and a bodacious, mouth-filling creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. It's got flavor our the yang, which is really working for me here.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, sage, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, yeast ester, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, sage, grass, herbal, floral, wheat, cracker, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spice/bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, sage, grass, herbal, wheat, cracker, light bubblegum and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hop, yeast ester, and spice flavors; with a great yeast/spice flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome spiced saison style. All around great complexity and balance of hops, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of trankin6
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed on sale $1.99 at liquormart. Pours beautiful orangy gold color with nice 2 finger head. Bright aromatics by smell with sage scent and citrus coming thru. True to the brewers description: "quaffably refreshing" on taste and perfect as its starting to get hot out. Nice taste profile but not above and beyond with unique herbal flavors as I'd hoped.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,204 ratings.
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