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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Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pixote
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmamay22
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly hazy golden yellow. Fluffy white head holds up well. Strong spicy peppery herbal flavor from the nose. Fruity esters are well restrained. Sage comes through clear as a bell.

Taste has a nice interplay between the black pepper phenols and sage herbal spiciness. The herbs and phenols overtake any subtle nuances from the esters or malt. Light bodied. Carbonation is higher than your average beer, but short of the bottle conditioned Belgian saisons.

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Photo of mig100
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light haze accompanying the golden hay body. The head is a sticky, clingy, gelatinous force of nature that starts off at 2 fingers and recedes to a nice 1/4 ring.

Aromas of sage, pale malts, hay, juicy orange, grapefruit, pear, and barley. A beautiful yet still simplistic aroma.

The flavor starts out hop forward, and fades to fruity esters and breadiness, with notes of pear, apple, and grapefruit rind. A touch of yeast and bubble gum finish out the profile with more planty hop bite.

Feel is relatively creamy and very carbonated. It leaves a dry, dusty finish on the palate.

Overall, Cellar Door is a pretty decent Saison. It doesn't quite come together in the flavor for me, and it's a little hoppy for my tastes, but that's part of the history of farmhouse ale recipes. Great for a hot summer day with a little more bite and bitterness.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blisscent
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tefiguer
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

UPDATE - The new version is quite unique. I can't believe there is no lime or lemon in this beer. The smell is bright fresh lime, saison yeast, and subtle sage/general spice. The taste follows with more sage coming through and less lime. Refreshing and lovely beer.

This is an interesting and tasty beer. The smell is sage spice over a light fruity background. The taste is more traditional saison leaning toward spicy rather than fruity yeast. The sage comes through mostly as a peppery finish. yb

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Photo of jcantella
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Stillwater web site: “over the ages the term 'cellar door' has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language.”

In this case, I’m thinking “numerous” is somewhere around two times– not sure where that’s coming from. In the contest for most beautiful term, I’ll nominate “evolutionary bean-feast.”

You can’t tell from online images of the label, but on the actual bottle the beer name is damn near inscrutable. The concept for the art is pretty cool, but the words get lost in the design.

Appearance: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, with 2 inches of robust foam. Large bubbles dissipate over several minutes, leaving a quarter-inch of lather-like head. The beer itself is pale gold, with a steady stream of bubbles rising steadily from the bottle of the glass, even 10 minutes after pour.

Smell: From the bottle, white grapes, peach. From glass: more of the white grapes, followed by pepper and an herbal note, almost lavendar.

Taste: The sage works really well, appearing at the beginning and end of each sip. A bit of pear and sweet tangerine shows up in the middle. The sage tag teams with the saison yeast to cut through that sweetness pleasantly.

Mouthfeel: Lots of effervescence on the tongue, quickly followed by warming alcohol notes, finishing nice and dry. The sweetness suggests an ABV higher than the listed 6.6%, but it never feels heavy.

This beer had so much carbonation that, upon being uncapped, it audibly fizzled. Great option to pair with a meal, particularly categories like Italian that tend to favor wine.

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

Superb golden body, clear, with a lovely white head, thin but persistent, and lots of lacing. Nose is heavy on apple and limestone, mild bread and toast, and wheat core. Tasty and very pleasant, a very well crafted saison.

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Photo of OB1
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AAG
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ta_hagen
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clalalive
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HungarianCount
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks and tastes like a farmhouse ale. light in color and body, with a beautiful, white head to it.

this might be the first time i've enjoyed citra in anything. pepper and lemon zest come to mind, along with a general spiciness and a bit of funk. sage is noticeable in the aftertaste.

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Photo of godawgs
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 13tido
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour served in a table glass. Pours a faintly hazy straw yellow. Prominent wheat on the nose. The palate opens with cloves and faint banana, cracked pepper, and a slight lactic acid/sour funk. The mouthfeel is medium, and balances creamy and carbonation well. Overall, a solid saison, with more of a bent towards the pepper and sour than I would have expected. Similarly, the predilection for cloves is a strong plus.

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Photo of Oakley
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,216 ratings.
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