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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Pours a fairly hazy golden color with a thin, foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma begins earthy and minerally, with the sweetness of confectioners sugar, soft fruit, and must adding intrigue. It's fairly perfumey. Apricot emerges as it warms.

Flavor is more bold, with pear and a wine-like background matching up with hints of lime, mangoes, and grainy malt. The finish is slightly dry and bready.

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The spirit of summer comes alive in Stillwater's "Cellar Door". The brewery exclaims the term as an elegant term, but does the flavor reflect that? ...and why does that Poison song come to mind every time I read the beer's name? "...lock the cellar door, and baby- talk dirty to me"

The pour comes as a murky gold with orange and ruby highlights. It's firm haze never reveals the beer's lightness, instead portrays a visual weight that hardly allows light to penetrate. But above the murk rises a creamy white head of froth. It's long lasting retention laces with intricate patterns as the beer recedes. It's a beautiful, yet heavy looking ale.

Spicy sweet aromas are highly appetizing with notes of honey, lavender, light clove, paradise seed, mangoes, apricots, white pepper, and earthy cumin. Lightly grassy from the hops involved, the beer allows a high level of tropical notes to emerge that's a little unexpected from the style.

Its delicious taste starts dryly malty with the taste of biscuit, honey, and crackers. But then the layers build- first of spicy white pepper, cumin, and fennel. But then the citrusy onslaught seem tropical at first with mangoes and pineapples, but then morph into rich tangerine marmalade taste that dominates the ester side of the beer thereafter. But the complementing dry spices begin to gain tangents of white wine, apple cider, and mild oak. It's definitely a complex taste that deserves exploration.

Medium bodied, the beer has an irresistible creamy mouthfeel that wraps around the beer's acidity and carries it home. Lightly acidic, mildly tannic, and alcoholically warm; the beer finishes zesty, sharp, and decidedly dry.

This is a wonderful beer that not only suits the taste of summer, but will reward any Belgian ale appreciator year round! And I'm considering regrowing my mullet.

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Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of soapy loose white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar. Very effervescent, carbonation streaming quickly from the bottom of the glass.

Nose herbal and floral, with some pepper and coriander spice, lemon peel, light biscuit sweetness, and some light fruity esters.

Taking a sip, herbal and grassy flavors with coriander hit the tongue first, then warming to light peppery and lemon peel flavors. Not much malt sweetness on the taste, very dry finish with lingering herbal flavors.

Light body and well carbonated, scrubs the tongue clean without being aggressive. A solid saison.

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a: hazy straw colored body with a toweringrocky head that lasts a good ten minutes.

s: wheat, citrus, yeast and a little spice with a touch of grass.

t: at first sip it's a nice wheat beer then you are hit with the yeast and spice. a nice punch of citrus hops puckers your mouth right before the long dry finish.

m: feels light and crisp because of the carbonation, but actually has a slightly fuller body to it. long dry finish to it.

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A - Hazy golden orange with finger of frothy white head. Fades medium-slow.

S - Sweet grainy malt, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, spices, sage, light funk, and some citrus hops.

T - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, citrus hops, some bitterness, Belgian yeast, coriander, sage, touch floral hops.

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Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 1,235 ratings