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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Reviews: 341 | Ratings: 1,196
Photo of MartzMimic
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a hazy gold. Considering the amount of bubbles rising, the head is less robust than I would have expected. The aroma is slight, but reminds me of bread, grass, spices and Belgian esters. In contrast, the flavor is rather bold. Lemon, bready malt, coriander and funky yeast. The mouth is medium light with crispness due the carbonation. Just so much flavor, even moreso as it warms. This has immediately become one of my favorite saisons.

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Killing the Stillwater brews lately.

Pale orange in color. White head enters the void quickly and without fanfare. Timid aroma with faint notes of lemon, cake and spice. Tastes of grain, yeast, orange and sour bread. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Light bodied and dry.

Think I'll just stick with the Stateside Saison.

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Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden yellow color with a 1/2F head in a Pretty Things glass.

The aroma is very unusual for a farmhouse ale and I really like it: floral,tropical fruit, citrus and earthy. The aroma doesn't diminish after 10 minutes.

Very carbonated mouth feel, and not overdone as in some other beers in the style.

Wonderful taste: citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit- also very unusual in a Farmhouse ale and very well blended.

With warming the taste is more pronounced.

Very hoppy bitter finish with fruit which does not mask the taste- as in some Farmhouse ales.

Overall: one of the better American Farmhouse ales: balanced, tropical fruit, excellent finish. i have a few other beers from the brewery which I will be tasting in the near future.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A straw to golden pour with a slight haze under a dense 1” frothy white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Saison funk, fruit. T: A very well balanced palate with a slight funk featuring herbs, spices, and fruit evoking marmalade slathered on a fresh baguette. F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation. O: Tasty and very well put together.

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Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip. Bottled 9/24/14.

A - Lighter shade of orange with a 2.5 finger fluffy white head on an aggressive pour. Good retention and some webbed lacing on the glass.

S - A pleasant yeast aroma with some wheat and straw. Plenty earthy and herbal scents, combined with a bit of citrus and sweet peach. A closer sniff brings about the spice.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice amount of yeast. Faded hops give an earthy and herbal flavor with the citra hops bringing in citrus flavors. Sweet peach and tangerine along with some pear in the middle. Finish is the sage and what seems to be a nice peppery spice.

M - Dry and inviting with soft carbonation. A light feel that is easy to consume on a warm summers eve.

O - Enjoyed this one and thought it was a great summer drink. I would like to try it fresh with the Citra hops in full force.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy gold with abundant white head
Smell: Belgian yeast, orange, coriander
Taste: Citrus (lemon), sweet, slightly spicy with a very notable herbal note. Very nice blending of flavors - complex and interesting, yet refreshing. Finishes with a notable bitterness.
Feel: Light to medium body and very effervescent.

Overall: Another great saison from Stillwater. Although I think I prefer the Stateside, this one is nearly as enjoyable and perhaps has a bit more complexity in the palate. They achieve a nice balance, and the sage fits in nicely.

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Photo of arlo19
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/5/13. Aroma is very good on this, tart fruit. Taste is similar, very refreshing and balanced. Mouthfeel is light with a clean slightly dry tart aftertaste. Great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours a straw gold with a massive, long-lasting white foam head. Aroma is lemon and sage. Flavor is citrus and some sage. Not to bad worth a try.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 7/12/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage weissber vase "MICHELOB" glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head but really didn't last all that long. Some lacing was seen when sipped but not as much as you would think from seeing that foamy head after the pour. A ring of sediment is seen at the bottom of the bottle after the pour also. Aroma is of yeast, banana peel, and spices. Bit more going on with the taste as you can taste cloves, white peppercorn also. Some citrus zest was noted near the back near the finish. Slightly dry with a bitter aftertaste. Really not a big fan of this type of brew. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall it was OK.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear dark straw, big foamy head that gives way quickly. nose; belgian yeast and banana peel. taste; slight pear, biscuit and peppercorn notes dominanted by a simple, clean and astringent grain body. belgiany gum and banana on the aftertaste. not bad, but (despite the fruit hints) a little too simple and one dimensional overall.

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Photo of seagullbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

was a little worried about the sage in description but it fit the standard profile of a saison for me with just a little hint of sage. after trying a few pretty average beers from stillwater this one definitely stood out. really nice and mellow saison that i want in my fridge all the time.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchase at CBX.
A: pours a clear pale gold body, +2 finger fine white foam head, carbonation
S: pale malt, hint of pepper, biscuit, light sage aroma
M: medium light body, creamy
T: pale malt, slight citrus, peppercorn, some earthy notes, soft sage, slight phenolic flavor
O: really great flavor, the sage is very soft but pleasing addition

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

Appearance : A slightly hazy deep, straw yellow color which produced a light 1.5" head which quickly subsides. Almost no lacing retention in the glass.

Smell : A faint herbal scent, combined with drying wheat and just the faintest hint of lavender.

Taste : An initial wash of pear and green apple fruit, which progresses to honeydew melon, and then a bit of hop bitterness and a slight herbal/menthol twinge from the sage. After swallowing, there remains a bit of lemon combined with slight bitterness and a bit of phenol. The alcohol is there, but in line with the style and complimentary.

Feel : Crisp, light, and what seems uncarbonated appearance-wise blossoms into foamy tongue tingling goodness.

Overall : This is the first ale I've had from this brewer, and found it to be very well done. Too bad I was only able to score the one bottle, as I'd like to have one or two more. This is very refreshing, and ideal for the warm sunny days that we're experiencing in Charlotte now. Would pair great with a fruit/cheese plate, or grilled shrimp with lemon zest. (Note to self : buy fruit plate, shrimps, and lemons...) The sage is an interesting addition, and although it can be a pretty strong flavor, I feel it was used judiciously here and imparts a nice complementary note to an already complex brew.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review...
Pours a lovely hay gold with a full two fingers of fluffy white head. The smell is full of citrus, spice and Belgian yeast. The citrus is very enticing and really carries over in the taste. One can also spices and perhaps some coriander alsong with that Belgian yeast. Finishes nicely with a touch of bitter. Feel is nice with medium to low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall a very nice beer. Great for a hot summer day. The nose is really nice and really helps round out this beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle from 04/2013 served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: clear pale straw with a very rocky white head.

Nose: pear, yeast, grainy, honey, graham cracker

Taste: very effervescent, bready and malty, hits the tongue and instantly turns to foam, delicate and fantastic, herbal from the sage, lemony finish

I did not get a chance to try this one fresh but it clearly is still on its game 2 years out. What a great find.

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Photo of JosephBieske
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical farmhouse. Interesting wheat with sage. Aroma reminded me of a spring morning in a small town, and fresh cut hay. Good beer, but no out of this world. Will have another sometime.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had once a while back, picked up a single to revisit at Julio's recently.

A - Poured to a tulip nice orange with light haze and a finger of white head. A thick ring+sparse cap are left by the end along with tiny bits of lace.

S - Great spicy herbs, bready and fruity yeasts, apple cinnamon, lemon merengue, wet hay. Sweet, spicy, kinda tripel-esque.

T - A little more tart farm here with lots of apple and white grape, and more hops coming through revealing earthy tones, pineapple and citrus. Caramel candies, bread, lemony herbal coming through more with warmth.

M - Good feel, well-carbonated, crisp with light tartness. Somewhat intense flavors for the ABV, a tough one to quaff though it kind of begs to be.

O - The sage is great here, particularly awesome in the scent, but started to feel a bit tiresome towards the end. Still, pretty nice, good general farminess and hop usage as well.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very carbonated....smell is great banana malt.... a bit of that belgian mustiness. taste belgian musty pepper. not bad at all! quite enjoyable if you like this belgian farmhouse saison style. nice dry finish.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tulip @ fridge temp. Nice straw color with clean white foam head. Cloudy. Looks like a Saison is supposed to. Lovely nose, yeasts come through I get some banana - it smells like a saison! Nice tangerine nose with a little bit of spice. First sip is a bit blank. Not a big instant flavor hit. Slightly sweet. Hint of sage does come through on the finish. Nose is better than the taste. Just okay.

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Photo of Slack
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with alot of head. Smell is sweet with spice, maybe coriander or lemon. Taste is malty sweet with spice and lemon. No discernable alcohol. Mouthful is light but very carbonated. Overall a great session type farmhouse beer.

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Photo of cujocon
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.6% ABV
12 oz brown beer bottle $3.25 at Provisions Northampton MA
Appearance: coppery gold, small head, sticks around, constant gingerale style bubbling carbonation

Smell: sweet beer yeast

Flavor: tart initial, but not residual,sage flavored traditional beer with tannic hop aftertaste.

Overall: 3/5 I love the smell and the initial sage and citrus flavors, but the hop bitterness isn't for me.
The price is really good, and if I liked beer I might love this one.

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Photo of lushes22
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden color and for the most part clear. Smell of lemon, pepper and sage. Taste of pepper and coriander with sweet finish. They can call it sage but i get more clove. Mouthful is refreshing with medium carbonation and slight dryness. Overall its a unique take on the saison. To me it tastes like a saison and dream weaver mix. The wheat beer is definitely present. Gotta be in the mood for this one.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden color, speckled with some orange and red highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Wow!! Awesome aromas of toasted malt, followed, and almost overpowered by very strong aromas of sage, coriander and black pepper. Amazing.

Taste: Absolutely delicious!! Strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready flavors of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, followed by a touch of caramel-like sweetness and then followed by tons of spices, especially sage, but also some coriander, black pepper and lemon peel. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. With an ABV of 6.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an incredible beer! I love the strong flavors of fresh herbs and spice, especially the sage. This is an awesome beer, and so far one of my favorites from Stillwater, all of which have greatly impressed me and have scored high marks. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mick303
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pour is light golden colour, quite clear with a lot of effervescence and a solid three-finger creamy white head. Shows really good retention and lacing. Very attractive beer.

S - yeasty aromas of cream, stonefruit, peach/apricot, sage notes spring out with an earthy herbalness, some white pepper, lime notes, a big spiciness to it, with the sage and stonefruit/hay yeasty character blending nicely.

T - starts with a lime/peppermint taste then shows more of the sage and creaminess to it, with a definite mintiness to the finish. White peach, wheat maltiness, a rustic hay character, white pepper, and an astringency to the end with the herbal drying character. Overall, a good mix of the saison yeast with its rustic farmy/fruity character and the herbal earthiness, it was a bit intense at times, but the match worked well and balanced the creaminess of the wheat.

M - moderate bodied, plenty of carbonation, but doesn't detract from the spicy creamy body of this beer. Well proportioned, a touch astringent with the spice though.

As a big fan of saisons, this was a nice take on the style, with a definite focus on the earthy herbalness of the sage in the fore. Enjoyable but I wouldn't say it shows the traditional delicacy of the style. Still a nice mix of citrusy, creamy malt and yeasty emerge over the course of this beer, and its a pleasing, if slightly rollicking, trip. Very solid.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good example of the style... Lots of earthiness present with the peppery zing of the sage on the finish... A nice effort but not sure it's with the price point...

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