Cellar Door | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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
Ratings:
1,204
Reviews:
345
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
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77
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Superb golden body, clear, with a lovely white head, thin but persistent, and lots of lacing. Nose is heavy on apple and limestone, mild bread and toast, and wheat core. Tasty and very pleasant, a very well crafted saison.

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Photo of OB1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AAG
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ta_hagen
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clalalive
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HungarianCount
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks and tastes like a farmhouse ale. light in color and body, with a beautiful, white head to it.

this might be the first time i've enjoyed citra in anything. pepper and lemon zest come to mind, along with a general spiciness and a bit of funk. sage is noticeable in the aftertaste.

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Photo of godawgs
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 13tido
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour served in a table glass. Pours a faintly hazy straw yellow. Prominent wheat on the nose. The palate opens with cloves and faint banana, cracked pepper, and a slight lactic acid/sour funk. The mouthfeel is medium, and balances creamy and carbonation well. Overall, a solid saison, with more of a bent towards the pepper and sour than I would have expected. Similarly, the predilection for cloves is a strong plus.

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Photo of Oakley
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a hazy yellow golden color with fizzy white head. Citrus, bread, yeast, funk, and some hay on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat and some citrus.

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

Photo of travis875
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soxfan02
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of perpetuity
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of kalosjakar
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light straw colored with almost no head.

I smell mostly peaches/apricot and of course yeast. A bit of lemon??

Taste is delicate, as is the feel. Again, im getting lemon, a tiny bit of hop bite, light carbonation, peppery.

Out of the 4 saisons i bought, i like this one the most.
I would definitely buy again.

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

Photo of VAcrossr
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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