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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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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
More User Reviews:
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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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JohnnyUtah11

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-27-2013 23:36:11 | More by JohnnyUtah11
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-18-2013 11:25:50 | More by beernads
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maddox716

Utah

4/5  rDev -5%

10-05-2013 02:11:54 | More by maddox716
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-14-2013 21:08:25 | More by BAsbill
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Zbeetleman

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-09-2013 06:45:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-24-2013 19:06:43 | More by imperialking
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-23-2013 18:15:29 | More by Kirk
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

06-07-2013 00:38:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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dc55110

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-20-2013 15:15:51 | More by dc55110
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-20-2013 03:02:11 | More by t0rin0
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-19-2013 22:16:03 | More by thewimperoo
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-13-2013 21:00:09 | More by spycow
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-05-2013 16:36:44 | More by theminutemen
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-18-2012 18:33:54 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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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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Momar42

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-15-2012 03:58:21 | More by Momar42
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-09-2012 01:58:49 | More by bsuedekum
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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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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.