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Squatters Fifth Element - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

60 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%


Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fifth Element is a delightfully complex and rustic "Old World" style Belgian farmhouse ale. Aged in American oak barrels for a year and bottle conditioned, this artisan Belgian ale is sure to refresh.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-31-2008)
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elNopalero

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a cloudy hazy straw color. There’s an aroma reminiscent of wet hay contrasting with an underlying funky tartness. The flavor, wow, comes out of nowhere with a sharp bitterness. More bitterness than I expected while still being sour, with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 08:07:09 | More by elNopalero
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utopiajane

New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a finger of loose white foam that fell off to a thin ring. Left some soapy lace as it drank. This beer is radiant in the glass. Nose is uplifting and brawny with brett, yeasty funk, buttery oak and lively with tart citrus. Grapefruit and lemon entice the nose with the promise of all that sour while a touch of floral and bread underneath dazzles and tempts you into the glass. Taste is lively, spirited, smooth, but tart. Very tart. Malt opens up mid palate a little grainy, a little grassy to enhance the buttery oak smoothness. Spice grants a little pepper and becomes more prominent as it drinks. Drinks light and engages you with each sip as the hops leave their touch of hay and bitter on the finish. This was my first sour and I can say that it’s robust like ale, drinks like very dry white wine, has a softness to the body that is pure delight against the sour and is far more complex than I expected. This was a luscious and reviving farmhouse ale and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 09:21:19 | More by utopiajane
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, 11/12 vintage.

3.5 A: First pour was a nearly clear light orange color. Every pour since then has been progressively more cloudy as is expected in a bottle conditioned brew. One and a half fingers of foamy white head that doesn't last very long, but does leave a decent amount of lacing.

3.75 S: Tart and funky nose. A lot of dusty, old wood with dry-rotten sweat socks. An almost acetic tartness. Just hints of wildflower herbalness. Hay and a small nondescript light fruitiness.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but amplified five fold. Lots of dusty old woodiness, basement funk, and old crispy sweatsocks. Hay, light grassiness and herbal wildflower, hints of light fruits and honey. Acetic tartness. Very tasty.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Quite a tasty brew. I can't identify any faults. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 22:37:07 | More by DavoleBomb
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by dc55110, thanks!

Peachy golden w/ some haze. Hay, lemon, lactic aroma. Clean sourness, light on the palate; one of the better American wild ales I have had. The carbonation is not harsh but the beer is quite bubbly/prickly. Quite puckering at the end but I could definitely drink a growler of this!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:25:27 | More by tewaris
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Clear golden, minimal head

SMELL: Musty, oak, mint, yeast, mineral, withered flowers, pale broth, kumquats, faint sauerkraut, green peppercorn, jasmine, alcohol

TASTE: Wisp of carbonation, medium body, mild tartness, wood, doughy biscuits, herbal, medicinal, mellow alcohol, vague spice, dried grass, vinous, yeast, semidry finish

The oak barrel maturation brings forth a ton of complexity here. Unfortunately, it’s lacking in carbonation, but this is forgiven elsewhere, such as with the wine-like character that brings this beer to a place where most don't even think about going. We suggest finding the stinkiest of soft cheeses to pair with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:43:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks Heather for the bottle!

A - About a finger of all white head. Maybe the slightest yellow in it. The bubbles are loud as they pop. Body is cloudy and just a wonderful wheat color. Really an excellent looking beer.

S - Spot on lemon/grapefruit sour aroma. This is filled by a grainy backbone. Some green raspberries and a little rhubarb.

T - Up front sour that has a lot of lemon qualities. Green berries as well. Moderate acidity. There is something that comes up late that seems off to me. Almost that banana, cloyey flavor.

M - Very full of carbonation and body. Drying. A wonderfully refreshing beer.

O - Something I could sit down with on a regular basis. Just a great beer that is so refreshing and delicious. Nice balance of acidity and farmhouse. Mmmm.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 17:08:48 | More by RuckusDu
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, David.

Appearance: Cloudy straw blond body that's highly effervescent. Head retention is minimal.

Smell: A ton of barnyard funk and pineapple up front. Very lactic and chardonnay-like. Peppery, phenolic, a hint of grain. Surprisingly very nice.

Palate: Quite tart and lactic, with big pineapple brett and lactic chardonnay notes. Faint acetic and acetone flavors. Becomes more lemony toward the finish, more pineapple and lacto, slightly yogurt-like. Light-bodied, supremely quaffable. Acidity is balanced. This is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:31:12 | More by largadeer
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Spencer_Douche_Bag for sharing

Appearance: golden yellow pour, good white head and some lacing
Smell: Light citrus, slightly sour, touch of brett, lemongrass, mild funk and a touch of oak. Very enjoyable
Taste: Tart lemon and lime, touches of orange and lemon grass with some faint spices. Really enjoyable
Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation, a bit dry to keep you gulping
Overall: Great sleeper I need more of.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:16:22 | More by craytonic
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is world class! easily the best brew i had on my trip to utah this week. 20 bucks for a cork and cage 750ml. pours a hazy glowing pale hay color with a rising champaign-like white head that settles back to a half inch. smells like a classic farmhouse, funky fruity yeast, tart and sour, woody, spicy, balanced. flavor is equally exciting, sour up front, then yeasty and fruity through the middle, upheld by mild bready malts and tempered by a nice oaked mellowness the melts to a vanilla sweetness in the finish that tickles with the bright carbonation. there is a white wine-like tartness in the finish as well. feel is perfect, spot on. major carbonation over a just under medium body and a thousand flavors all at once dancing. its got a great finish and a complementary but not prohibitive abv. this is infinitely sessionable and a beer id like to share with all my farmhouse loving mates here in denver. honestly one of the most enjoyable glasses of beer ive had in ages, which is really saying something! find this one, and dont let the price turn you away.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 21:06:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for bringing this to Saturday's tasting.

Pours a clear golden color with a short white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some nice citrus and peach notes plus light acidity. Touch of Brett there as well. Flavor is nice with light acidity and some fruity notes. Light body with good carbonation and a nice dry, somewhat-acidic finish. Really a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:58:19 | More by Thorpe429
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the pub in SLC, $13. Into a NB Globe. Bottle notes this as 8.0% for this, the 5th release.

A: Hazy gold in color with a bone white head that foams up to about half an inch before completely fading away leaving behind a few nice gobs of lacing with large windows.

S: Funk and sour with a nice malt backbone in there, grainy and sweet, but mostly funky. Definite saison yeast presence, and a little bit of oak in there as well. Slightly floral hop presence as well. Smells quite good. Nothing is overwhelming from the funk to the malt, just a nicely balanced sour smelling beer.

T: Wow, impressive stuff here. Tons of citrus/lemon sourness with a nice orange flavor. Peppery saison yeast lends an earthy, spicy note. Perfect amount of tartness that never totally hits full on sour. Definite funky notes linger on the tongue forever after the swallow, and mix with the saison yeast to dry things out and enhance the mild bitterness. Impressive stuff.

M: A surprising amount of heft in the body, dry and slightly puckering. A bit of warmth on the swallow, and tons of spit thickening lacto in here as well. Impressive.

O: A perfect hybrid of saison and wild ale, tart enough to pucker you up but never full on sour, dry enough to keep you coming back for more as it almost dries and etches a permanent flavor to your tongue. Great work Squatters!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:42:13 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice light golden yellow body, low lacing, low head, good collar handling.

Crisp white wine notes, grape skins, lactic sharpness, low funk, some hay rope.

Crisp citric acid, some lactic, grape tannins, light clove spice, finishes bitter nature of citric and a gentle yeasty character.

Too crisp, light body, lingering bitter that is gentle on the palate, dry nature and perfect yeast character

If you called this an American wild ale, I'd have loved this even more. Very unique combination.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:12:12 | More by Khazadum
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers and a thanks go to JohnGalt for the hookup with a couple squatters brews during our most recent trade. From a 750ml bottle into a cervoise, this brew appears a hazed golden yellow color. 2 fingers worth of lightly off-white head sit atop. As the cap fades, it produces thick patchy patterns of lace. A pillow of head revives to the surface with a light swirl.

The smell of this brew opens up with raw oak character and lemony scents of lacto. There is a fruity element like pear skins and green apple flesh. Dry smelling peppery yeast is present along with mild clove and accenting spices. Overall a fine smelling saison/farmhouse brew.

The taste is lemony and tart with minor fruit inclusion like pear and sour apple. There is a dry oakiness that seems like virgin barrels were used here instead of used. The yeast character of pepper and clove is present mixed with some lemon rind/zest bitterness. There is a mild alcohol warmth down the back of the throat that exaggerates the dryness of this brew.

This is a fantastic take on the saison style. The minor hints of wild character really make it stand out and keep me interested throughout. It is medium to light bodied with a high level of lively carbonation. This was very easy drinking. I could have easily taken down the entire bottle myself but split it with a friend instead. I would certainly enjoy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 18:36:24 | More by stakem
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin white head that lingers. The nose is light, brett and oak, a touch leathery and earthy. There are citric notes, oranges and peach complimenting the brett. The flavor is also light, the brett and oak are up front with a note of mineral. Lots of peaches step up in the back with a note of citric acid but light. Light body, very soft and delicate feel, moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, brett and peach dominates.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 20:09:13 | More by cpetrone84
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joepais

Maine

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Santa for this one.
Split into snifters the pour produced a small white head on a nice orange yellow body which was cloudy.

The first hit on my nose was slightly funky with a little oak. Followed up with some light citrus notes spice and yeast.

Flavor was funky and that is what I like in a farmhouse, citrus sour and a hint of spice on the backend. Balanced out with enough malts sweetness to make it drinkable. The mouthfeel was medium to light with ample carbonation.

One of my favorite Saison’s to date I enjoyed every drop and added it back to my wants. Tons of flavor and the oak age added a lot of interesting character to the brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 19:06:54 | More by joepais
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came to me courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John.

5th Element has a golden body with a slight haze to it. The head is billowing and white, and the thin white lacing that is left behind is pretty nice.

A little bit of funk, and some tart, light fruits. Hints of butter.

Bretty funk and tartness are pretty pronounced. Lemon and other light fruits meld with tartness, and then some funky leather flavors follow. The leather mixes with a bit of hay, and light buttery flavors with pale malts also factor into the flavor profile. Slight sugar flavors underneath. Strong notes of oak add a spicy, woody flavor.

Somewhat dry on the feel, with carbonation that is a touch above moderate.

This is a solid beer, and so far Squatter's has yet to miss with the three barrel aged sours that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:22:18 | More by Hojaminbag
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy citrus punch color; the beer was a bit of a gusher and, as often happens, the head was much more impressive on the first pour than later on; the foam left some streaks behind

Smell: Tart fruit and buttery oak

Taste: The fruity tartness jumps out immediately, with starfruit, green apple and unripe citrus elements; by mid-palate, the oak becomes more prominent, bringing along a buttery vinous crispness; after the swallow, the tartness adds some funk, though the buttery oak lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting to read the comments from some others, over time; early reviews discussed the Saison character of the beer but I think the wild yeast has done its job, over time, and this is clearly an American Wild; the buttery oak is an interesting angle and elevates the score (Who knew that diacetyl could become a positive?)

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site) for the opportunity,

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:04:43 | More by brentk56
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a bottle at FoBAB. I made a beeline for this beer when I was drunk and it was announced that it won some award.

A - Bright yellow colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some moderate stick on the sides.

S - Has some decent funk and lemon zest with a bit of wood, grape skins, and bit of a malt backbone.

T - Taste has some nice barynard and hay funk to go with some citrus and lemon zest. It's pleasantly sour with an interesting lemon focus, slight malts, vanilla, and oak.

M - Very dry on the finish. Active carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Good beer, it's more of a cross between a saison and a wild than either one. I liked it, although would like to get a bottle of my own to further examine this as it is pretty interesting and after all the other beers I had drank my palate may have been a bit fatigued.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 14:52:40 | More by AgentZero
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aasher

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one poured a nice cloudy gold in color with a light white lacing. It smells of pure melted butter. It doesn't feature any sour or tart aspects whatsoever. The butter is sooo dominant and clearly not what was intended. The flavor again is pure butter. At the very least I expected a Berliner Weiss style beer but this one couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. Where's the saison yeast or spice? This reminds me of Pechish Woods. It literally melts on your tongue (duh). This is a complete miss for me. Not a quality production from Squatters. Others can have an issue with me reviewing this but hey, they bottled it.

Edit: I was lucky enough to get another bottle of this later down the road. It was very solid and had plenty of funk and brett. I'd rate that bottle as a low A- but my review for the "off" bottle remains since they did bottle it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:56:26 | More by aasher
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:08:44 | More by tmoneyba
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a, as they say it, a vibrant slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves lace all over the glass. The aroma is citrus fruity, with a mix of brett as well. I’m really digging the aroma. Light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The flavor is light and refreshing with nice flavors of fruit (peach), wheat, and florals. Also get some lemon. This would be awesome sitting outside on a hot sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:40:08 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a clear golden orange with active carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity with a light peach flavor. Kind of funky. Lemon citrus. Kind of grassy. Wheat flavors. Orange peel and spice.

Taste: Fairly funky and spiced. Apples, peaches, lemon zest and orange peel. Yeast and wheat flavors. Very oaky. Not really sour, but funky.

Mouthfeel: Funky, spiced, clean. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation ends a little dry.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I would rather have this in the summer. It would be a good treat then. Glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:39:38 | More by mothman
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ebrauser

Utah

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with a pure white head.

Smell: Vinous and grape tones dominate the nose, augmented with earthy hops and slight pepper notes.

Flavor: Intense sourness, classic to a Saison. Grapes, some citrus, and granny smith apples round out the main flavors. The beer was more tart than bitter, and hops were playing second fiddle in this one.

MF: The end was slightly oily and coating, and the sourness would make it difficult to have more than one bomber in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 05:54:51 | More by ebrauser
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to try a bottle at the airport pub. Splitting with a friend to take some strain off that $18.99 price tag! We were even brought out proper glassware, props to the pub on that one!

It's gold in hue, hazy with a white head.

The aroma is very floral, with hints of honey and lots of spices.

The taste is even more floral and spicy, with a little hops and a dominant sour flavor to it.

It's really good, the best yet from Squatters, but it would be tough to drink an entire 750ml bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 18:15:32 | More by theboozecruise
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle, big thanks to Eric! Pours a clear straw gold with a really large meringue head. Awesome aroma of this really soft brett, fully matured and really well integrated. Wonderful nose, reminds me a bit of Duck Duck Gooze. Crisp, spritzy, lightly acidic in the mouth. Some lemon acidity and sourness. Not extremely funky or sour but quite dry. This is enjoyable stuff. Oak starts to come out, maybe some really light cabernet notes. Some slight dischord between the farmhouse and brett and a slight bittering edge. Looking back perhaps the acidity kind of kept me from enjoying this more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:29:19 | More by JAXSON
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