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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy, glowing, gold hue with a rather disappointing thin, white covering. Bright herbal, sage, and peppercorn aroma...grassy, yeasty, and very fresh smelling. Good sage notes continue in the flavor, but not overwhelming like some beers that utilize herbs. Spicy, flowery, lemon peel, lavender, yeast, and slight cracker malts. Light, crisp, and very drinkable. Love the 12oz. bottle. I'll be buying a 4-pack soon....

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A - It's actually nothing amazing at first glance. My moderate pour resulted in a short lived white head with minimal lace topping the hazy, deep golden beer.

S - Very nice! Peppery, musty and sage. Touch of citrus as well.

T - Pepper, light citrus, mint and grain.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is moderate but does not let one forget it's there.

O - Nice and complex yet easily drinkable and approchable. I'm glad I got a pack and not just a single!

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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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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,226 ratings
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