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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:
#3,258
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
1,225
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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80
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189
Trade:
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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant gold with a thin, fizzy white mousse that quickly recedes, leaving only a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass. For a saison/farmhouse ale, this is clearer and cleaner looking than I would normally expect.

S: Aromas of biscuits, crackers, straw, must, oak, sage, lemon, white pepper, herbs, and briny funk fill the nose. As the beer warms, the pepper, sage, oak, and must scents become noticeably stronger and more complex hop aromas of lemon, lime, kumquat, and carambola assert themselves.

T: Notes of minerals, oak, crackers, biscuits, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquats, carambola, straw, grass, herbs, chalk, must, vinegar, sage, white pepper, and unripened fruit fill the mouth. The finish is deliciously floral and herbal with white pepper, sage, heather, grass, straw, and mineral notes underscored by notes of lemon and lime.

M: Light-to-medium in body, but a bit on the slight side. Very chalky and dry. Carbonation is intense and crisp, and does not let up once the beer has settled in your mouth. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. A bit gassy, but also very satisfying and thirst quenching. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

O: An interesting saison. The appearance and nose were a bit underwhelming, but the first sip of this convinced me that this is a beer to be taken seriously. As the first beer from Stillwater Artisanal Ales that I've tried, I have to say that I am impressed.

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Photo of Brenden
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is a solid hazy golden-orange, bright despite the haze. An almost completely pure white head reaches two fingers of dense, big-bubbled foam that settles to a pocked single finger. It retains itself very well at that point and leaves some lacing in spreading patches and pretty heavy spotting.
The aroma's light but gets stronger at the beer sits, while the flavor doesn't take very much coaxing. It definitely goes the herbal route, though there are nice, delicate touches of earth, spiciness, and gentle sweetness under and herbal note. It's definitely floral, both a combination of a grassy and leafy element, and only very gentle tart and musty. Overall it works to very good effect. It's actually surprisingly hoppy, certainly more than I expected, though I think it works toward the big picture. Some might be put off by the break from tradition, certainly, but it's complex, well-balanced, and tasty.
The body is medium and there's certainly a creamy feel. carbonation is on the higher end but remains pretty well moderated. The crispness is second to the smoothness but is there, particaularly as the finish goes slightly tangier (in a good way).

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of alexgash
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 04/08/13.

Mild haze. Golden lemon body. Thin finger of sudsy, off-white head. Wheaty malt aromas of light tropical fruit, banana, and sweet bread. Peppery, spicy, sagey notes waft in and steal the nose. Actually kind of works.

Soft wheat and light sweetness up front. Herbal, spicy bitterness falls in behind, but sticks around. Grainy, slightly fruity (pear) malts mid-palate, accented by Belgian yeast funk. Sage and tea spiciness come on strong and meld with the simmering herbal, spicy bitterness into the finish. Lingering pear, yeasty notes, and sage. Moderate body with a lively, prickly feel. Not the best Stillwater beer I have had yet, but interesting no doubt.

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Photo of themind
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was given an ice cold growler as a gift of this magnificent brew. Poured a golden color with an excellent aroma. A crisp mouth feel compliments the excellent taste of this beer. This is an excellent session beer that could be drank all day long. Has a slight herbal aftertaste that lingers. All in all this is a very good beer.

Bottom Line: Great brew from Stillwater!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into the tulip, a hazy gold beer with a finger of white head; very little persisted and no lacing

S: grassy fields, herbs and tart yeast

T: earthy celery and white pepper, old lemony citrus; faint, soft fruit malt base; nicely balanced taste components include wheat and white sage

M: smooth and soft, slightly fuzzy, medium-light body; clean-finishing

O: this was so good - really nice balance between the softer malts and crisp hops, slight blanched-out tartness - very smooth-drinking and crisp at the same time.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a few Stillwater bottles. Try Debauched at a bar once and was blown away, hope to see it again sometime. This brewery seems right down my alley.

A- Poured into a 10oz glass with a fairly clear golden body and a fizzy white head. The head grows to about a finger high with big bubbles and decent retention. Small ring remains leaving spotty lace.

S- Spicy and herbal up front with notes of peppercorns, coriander and sage. Lemony citrus rind, grass, fruity esters and bread in there as well.

T- Once again the yeast and sage used here presents an herbal/spicy forefront to this beer. Lemongrass, citrus zest, peppercorns (white/pink), coriander, clove and even slight nutmeg comes to mind. Just a big Belgian yeast influence. Apple, white grape, wheat yeast bread and some grassy, tropical fruit hoppiness comes to mind beyond that. A tiny bit of welcomed tartness comes into play with a warmth.

MF- Dried out light end body that isn't anywhere near watery. A higher end carbonation foams up nicely and brings a silky, creamy feel to the beer. Herbal/spicy/hop bitterness finishes off the beer.

Supremely herbal and spicy yet somehow balanced out and super complex. Worth trying for anyone looking for a good American-made Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a lovely clear gold color with a big fluffy white head and, sadly, rather poor retention. The nose is bright, flowery, herbal, and slightly musty.

The beer is light-medium bodied with strong herbal flavors. I get lots of sage on my palate, perhaps a bit too much for my liking. Dry cracker-like wheat and malt notes up front are met by sage almost immediately. Some lemony notes from the hops also take up the charge and compete with the sage to provide more complexity and a nice complementary flavor. The finish is dry and a little fruity with just a touch of pineapple-like sweetness. Very drinkable and refreshing. The carbonation is a bit on the low side, but the feel is slick and firm and if the carbonation were higher, the herbal notes might become intolerable.

Overall, a nice beer. I think the sage is a bit overdone, but others might really like a Saison with this kind of earthy, herbal edge. I do like the mustiness on the nose and wish more Saisons could capture it.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,225 ratings
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