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Squatters Fifth Element - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

61 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 86
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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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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
More User Reviews:
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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%

dc55110, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

StarRaptor, Apr 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

theminutemen, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but my buddy picked it up at the brewery so it's gotta be fresh. Was a hazy golden yellow color with massive carb streams. It had a good sized white head that settled into a thick collar and central foam from the etching. Good sliding lace with good amount sticking. Excellent appearance for a saison.

The aroma was excellent as well. Fruity, spicy, lemony, oaky and good dose of funk which I didn't expect but really enjoyed. Dry aroma. The flavor follows the aroma and was quite enjoyable. Good tart bite from the lemon and funk to start with the fruit and spice following along. Oak is there but not overwhelm. Lot of elements in this one but they blend nicely. Only thing keeping this from a 5 was there was a bit of wateryness that muted the flavor at the end. Even though the aroma was dry it never showed in the taste. Mouthfeel was medium with lively carbonation. Nice aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent saison with benefits (that being the wild ale like funk). Highly recommend. My 2nd Squatters beer and both have been exceptional. Would love to get more of them. Not avail here - ummagum shipped me one. Rotation - if avail near me, this would be in the saison rotation as a regular player [R;Y]

TexIndy, Aug 29, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buckeyeboy pulled this one out a coupla weeks ago... He promised he would so the rest of the peeps wouldn't crack their bottles too soon. Thanks Jeremy and Footbalm (for my share :-)

This was opened at the Derby party....

Light hazy yellow... big frothy head... great retention and lacing...

nice fruity nose.... some dusty funk... floral perfumy notes.... smells more dry than the palate shows.

a tad sweeter than I had hoped for.. phenols show as white pepper and minor clove.... some background lite tangerine and tropical fruitiness that makes me think of pineapple.... the funk is pretty much masked by the fruits... body is bigger than most continental saisons, and the carbonation seems tame despite the foamy pours...

Pretty cool... great, yet seems too sweet for my palate... and the fruitiness also seemed a tad high... the complexities just aren't there in the level that I am hoping for... but I'm nitpicking.. this is a great beer....

Thanks again to Jeremy and muchos applause to Footbalm.... Eric is such a cool cat... I may have said this before, but he is like a beer ninja.. swoops in.. throws down... has some cool beers and then escapes... You had better hang next time around.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

JohnGalt1, May 11, 2010
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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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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush CBC event. Pours golden with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Smells like a peach bellini with stewed apricot. Flavor is somewhat sour with peach flavor really coming through and a sweetness on the back of the palate. Carbonation is medium with an oily body and a medium finish. This is a very good and unique beer that would be great with food.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

aasher, Jul 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

ebrauser, Jan 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

BIll_Currie, Jul 24, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Quiroga for sharing this beer. Another beer from Utah? What is going on here?!

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a towering white head.

S: The nose is quite inviting with notes of lemon, lemon zest, and grass. There is a nice, mild funk and hints of wet oak. Also a bit of spice and yeast.

T: The flavor has a subtle tart lemon flavor as well as some lemon and orange rind, fresh grass, and yeast. The oak is mild but does help to add some additional dryness to the beer. Just a touch of sweet malts and fruits to add some balance and complexity.

M: The body is light to medium with a very lively carbonation that helps add to the perceived dryness.

D: What is it with Utah breweries cranking out some pretty decent beers? I really enjoyed this one a lot, especially on such a hot day.

womencantsail, Sep 08, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at the brewpub in downtown Salt Lake City. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. The bottle has a ton of foam in it, and the brew is quite carbonated and fizzy. The aroma is very nice; an initial sourness, some strong oak aspects, a funky yeast and citrus notes also. The flavor did not disappoint; tons of dry yeasty flavors and dried apples dominated initially, some more citrus, followed by an awesome finish of funky barnyard flavors and finally a rich and mellow oak touch. The barrel aged aspect is done really well; it is noticeable, but does not dominate. The mouthfeel is fizzy and champagne like. An awesome beer, Squatters has done it again! Anyone who still thinks Utah cannot make good beer should try this. I've had this a few times now and it is just awesome.

Douglas88, Nov 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

zrab11, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

DerwinWentworth, Apr 15, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Khazadum, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

superspak, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 26, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

stakem, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

maddox716, Oct 05, 2013
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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.