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Squatters Fifth Element - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

61 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 88
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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3/5  rDev -28.4%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

elNopalero, Dec 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

JohnnyUtah11, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

maddox716, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BAsbill, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

imperialking, Jun 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

tewaris, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

dc55110, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

thewimperoo, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

theminutemen, Jan 05, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

RuckusDu, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

largadeer, May 18, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

craytonic, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Momar42, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bsuedekum, May 09, 2012
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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.