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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 3/4 inch head that soon fizzles away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and small traces of surface foam. Slippery lacing adheres to the glass for only a short time.

S- Clean, yet mildly funky aroma that's rich and full of yeast richness and spiciness. Slightly effervescent but more sweet and citrusy than anything.

T- Packs a nice punch of saison yeast and hop bite. Alcohol is pretty noticeable but the fruity sweetness counteracts well. The yeast brings about a tartness that's mild and enjoyable. Notes of peach, mango and lemon. A bit soapy.

M- Very active from the high carbonation with a bigger sting from the hops and, possibly, alcohol than expected. The wheat malt provides a relatively substantial body. Gets chalkier and chalkier as the bottle empties.

O- A bit more hop and alcohol presence than I'm used to in a Saison, but it works out well in the end.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,245 ratings