vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Stillwater is knocking everything out of the park for me. This one pours hazy golden/yellow with a moderate white head that leaves fairly quick and is quite small. The aroma is flowery, floral, powdery, spicy and lightly tart. I’m guessing the spiciness that’s detected is the white sage. There is only a hint of barrel on the aroma. There is also some saison earthiness. Medium / light body that starts with some smoothness, but sharpness from semi-sharp gentle carbonation comes in quickly. The flavor starts with mild, if any, toastiness of the malt, spice, pepper, red wine hints, mild sourness, husks and mild citrus. The finish shows more of the wine traits with some tannins and lots of spice. Great beer. Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/03/2011. The beer pours a murky straw color with a medium thick white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lace on the glass. Yeast and red table wine in the nose. Medium body with a somewhat funky and vinous character, and notes of yeast, herbs and spices. The finish is consists of yeast and fruity esters with a bit of oak left behind. Pretty good overall. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Serving: 750 ml bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy gold with a large white head. The nose is sage, yeast, dough, and dust. The taste is heavy on the sage with a slight minty note, some Brett, spice, yeast, and bread. Nice. Light body with average carbonation. The sage is a little aggressive but it’s still a quality brew. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big rocky white head that doesn’t leave much lacing but does stick around as a thick cap for the duration.
Aroma has plenty of sage and spicy oak with some white grapes. The fruity notes from the yeast are really solid but the most interesting part of the nose is probably the emerging funkiness from the wine barrel.
The taste is even more herbal, almost medicinal with the sage and wine barrels dominating. There are some sweet fruits in the back and, again, there is the light funkiness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is pretty lively with strong carbonation and medium bodied overall.
Stillwater continues to deliver unique saisons with the white wine bringing a distinctive character to this particular brew. Very well crafted. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle poured into at tulip glass is cloudy medium yellow with lots of carbonation and a heavy white head. Aromas are tart, sage, and earthiness with some spice. Taste is tart with some spice, but the sage is much mellower than the original Cellar Door. Some nice spicy flavors on the back side. Barrel has produced some nice sourness around the edges. The brett gives a little funk to the party as well. The red wine notes are there in the sourness, but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is clean, short dry finish. Overall, a remarkable version of a remarkable beer that is one of my favorites from this brewer. Excellent in many ways. Well done!
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2011
75cl bottle shared by brainlair. Small off-white head, cloudy apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, spicy, some orange, light wood/sour. Taste is moderately sweet, spicy, some vinous, wood, herb. Light-medium body, light acidity. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 750mL thanks to brainlayer. The pour is a glowing light golden with a big, white head. Huge effervescence. Good retention and lace. Nose is not very Bretty, More lemonade, chamomile, and mild sage. Taste is lemonade, salty, chamomile, mild tartness. Very refreshing and quenching but losing the sorbet palate I love in normal Cellar Door. Loses peach ice cream character as well. Holding onto a bottle to see what it does. Massive carbonation isn’t helping. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6 10/11/2011BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
750mL. Mild GUSHER. Pours cloudy peach with a larger, white head. Webby lace. Amazing pineapple sorbet nose with fresh Brett C and muted white pepper and sage. Wow. Taste is light and quenching with pineapple, pear, oatmeal, honey, herb garden, lavender. Richer, quenching palate. Really beautiful. Has characteristics that remind me of Cabinet Artisanal beers from Terry as well Jolly Pumpkin and Jandrain. Really amazing variant of Brian’s best beer. This is clearly the first homerun from Stillwater and shows a lot of potential once DOG brewery is ditched.
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is vinous, oak, fruity esters, floral hops, hay and straw malt, citrus notes. Flavor is sage, floral notes, citrus hops, fruity esters, Belgian yeast, light malt, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 murky gold, small bubbled white film head. Red wine and yeast combine for lightly vegetal note, but red wine survives, light Brett in pineapple, and it continues to open up as it breathes. Ultra pineapple flavor, faint leather and red wine, light sage lingering, comes together very nicely, carbonation in control, brett just faintest touch. BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottled. This beer has sage in it...you can actually taste the sage (in the finish)...and it was tasty. Pretty cool when you’re adding Thanksgiving herbs to beer and its completely drinkable and enjoyable. Well done and interesting.