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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very nice opaque lemon juice color with a substantial fluffy-cloud white head that crackles and pops. Very spring.

S: Nothing overpowering, but very fresh and inviting. Underripe pear, lemon pith, honey, spring wildflowers, Belgian yeast, barnyard hay.

T: Light lemon spice blend, honeydew melon, peppercorn, hay bales, Saison/Belgian yeast, hint of grassy hops and some citric tartness at the tail end.

M: Slightly buttery, tannin-like body, effervescent, lively and rather hot from the middle through the finish, leaving a noticeable warming. Too much carbonation.

O: Very pleasant farmhouse beer. I enjoyed the mild tartness in the finish, as well as the spice and muted Saison yeast. A very seasonal beer of which a bomber went down easily. The only downfall was the over-carbonation and noticeable heat. I would be happy to drink this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Pours golden from the bottle with big tall head. Aroma of lemon zest, orange peel, and a bit of yeast funk. Light mouthfeel with big flavor. Sweet honey similar to a tripel, but with nice zesty citrus and a little something I cant put my finger on. A nice crsipness and after-bite from the sage and light enough to be sessionable. One of the most flavorful wits I have had, and easy drinking. Good stuff. I have had mixed feelings about Stillwater things I have tried, but this was knocked out of the park.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy citrus golden color with two fingers of fluffy bright white head that slowly faded into fuzzy film leaving wispy lace.
S: Sage dominates alongside hints of citrus and sweet undertones. I get some lemon and peach.
T: Peppery earthy yeast, sage is strong, citrus beneath and mineral chalky wheat. Sage and lightly malty sweet finish, peppery spice aftertase with slightly bitter hops.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation, frothy mouthfeel. Carbonation is distracting.
O: Frothiness takes away from the drinkability. Definitely a sage lovers beer, but only a decent saison. Better once you burn off some bubbles.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml solid-ass bottle, with one hell of an 'obfuscated in the name of art' label. Still (heh) good to see this East coast Yankee gypsy brewer available in our fair province.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden yellow hue, with three bulbous fingers of white whipped cream head, which leaves a few sudsy streaks of upwardly mobile lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dry bready wheat malt, soft earthy yeast, edgy, somewhat meaty citrus rind, a sort of flinty herbal essence, white pepper, and earthy, musty spice. The taste is grainy pale malt, semi-sweet orange and weak lemon juice, musty green herbs, a slight metallic twang, earthy spice, settling dry yeast, and a very mild hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is rather frizzy, with a sturdy adherence that it maintains quite steadfastly, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in an almost genial sense. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, bitter citrus, and generically earthy spice doing well to make friends and extend the party, as it were.

A decent enough Stateside saison (I know that I'm cribbing this from another Stillwater offering), with the extra IPA-esque hopitude and schizoid spice usage just adding a certain je ne sais quoi (en fonction de la santé mentale de la brasseur) to the whole deal. At any rate, a pleasant, not overly boozy Saturday night special.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemongrass, yeasty bread, pepper, herbal and grassy aromas

T-toasted malt, yeasty funk, lemon, coriander, pepper, grassy and herbal notes, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent mouthfeel

O-a nice Saison from Stillwater with good flavors, easy drinking

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