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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: 91
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of joepais
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of StarRaptor
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of iasanlee
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Aroma is of citrus and spice. A clear sour character is present as well as some yeasty/bready notes. A delicate floral hop aroma.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a huge effervescent rocky white head. Loads of great white lacing sticks to glass.

Flavor is unlike any past Saisons. Orange and lemon dominate with a real clean and pleasant sour flavor. Peppery spices and faint hints of clove. Dry quenching finish.

Medium-light in body with a prickly carbonation feel.

I would imagine that this is what a Saison Dupont mixed with a Cantillon Classic Gueze would taste like. This is a top notch offering, and I am pleased to have had the chance to try this limited gem. The lacto addition is welcomed, and I hope to keep seeing more beers that push the envelope come from Utah. Great job!

Photo of RuckusDu
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.

Photo of Douglas88
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.

Photo of Khazadum
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TexIndy
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]

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
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!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of craytonic
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release; Sampled May 2010
I could only let this sit for a week in my fridge before its siren song could no longer be resisted; as such I could tell it was still not completely settled as a haze could be seen through the bottle. A standard pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan-tinged, off-white head. The beer is a hazy, pale honey color that shows a yellow tinge to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh cut weeds, a light ripe-cheese note, grassy grain, buttery oak and spicy wood aromatics; these last play a definite role here as the barrel seems to strongly finish after each draught of the aroma. It is interesting how buttery the oak character gets here, this is very different than one would find, for example, in a Bourbon barrel aged beer. A hint of orange aromatics that were noticeable at first now seem to have faded. There is just a hint of tartness in the finish that perhaps boosts a very light lemon-like aromatic note too. This is a very nice aroma, that is quite complex and engaging.

Light feeling as it first hits my tongue, a prickly texture belies an ample carbonation and there is a definite tartness to this that is so well integrated with the ample oak flavors it seems like it might be derived directly from the oak. Buttery oak flavors lean a touch towards coconut, both of which mix well with the hay-like, soft, pale-grain character that is found in the finish. Speaking of the finish, there is quite a bit of spiciness from the oak, as well as a sharp, barrel induced astringency and even a very soft, but firm hop bitterness that lingers just a touch on the palate after each sip. A soft citrus note, combined with the oak, make me think of a buttery orange sauce somehow. This has a fruitiness to it (that is boosted by the light tartness) that makes me think of a tropical fruit like white wine; it reminds me of starfruit, perhaps a touch of kiwi, some floral perhaps-peachy notes (this becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms up), as well as that general, soft, but lush citrus note. As it warms a vibrant, though admittedly subtle, grape character starts to come through; reminds me quite a bit of chardonnay grapes.

There is a vinous quality to this beer (the oak certainly helps with this perception) that reminds me of a fruity, oaked, yet flinty Sauvignon Blanc. This perception is only boosted as the beer warms up from the mid 40s that it started out from. In fact I would even recommend that this starts out at about 50*F (10*C). The tartness is quite the anchor for this beer, it is light and perfectly acceptable for a Saison, yet adds to the complexity and boosts so much in this beer; it is just about at the perfect level.

The oak ends up being the "dominant" note here, but it is not really dominant, as the base beer and fermentation character play an almost equal role. Really what I am trying to say is that this ends up being very well integrated and tasty, with a complexity that is there if you want to explore everything that this beer has to offer. On the other hand, everything works harmoniously to make this a flavorful quaffing beer that I can see pairing very well with a plethora of light summer meals and lots of seafood too. Definitely a fantastic beer, and actually quite unique in some ways; it definitely fits in the farmhouse / Saison vein, but somehow manages to take it in a direction that is a bit unexpected based on all the other examples of the style I have experienced. The buttery, spicy oak definitely contributes to this, but it works so well with this beer that I don't feel that this takes this even out of some fabricated, tight interpretation of the "style" that is Saison. In the end it is the interesting direction that this beer represents that makes it so enjoyable and complex.

Photo of utopiajane
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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

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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.