Squatters Fifth Element - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

37 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 63
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 93
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-31-2008

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.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 63
Photo of joepais
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of iasanlee
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (797 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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] (1,287 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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! (1,370 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (3,849 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (1,221 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : It was a gusher. Poured a nice hazy golden yellow color with good head. Left nice lacing on the glass

S : A nice malt aroma with some funky yeast smells

T : Good malt flavor with a nice tartness from the yeast. Some oak notes also

M : Medium body, lots of carbonation

D : It was easy to drink and not something I was expecting to find in Utah. Probably a little overpriced. (381 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (309 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeast/wheat heavy, rather musty. Some slight oak. A wee bit of lemon and grass as well, but the musty notes dominate. Very light, crisp and refreshing. (154 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very generous BA let me try this at Stone sourfest. I will name my sixth born after him.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a sudy soapy head.

Has an interesting aroma, with some biting oak/earth notes, a grass/hay background, and a bit of ... zestiness? Yeah, I'll go with that.

One of the better tasting Saison's I've had. Lots of flavors, muted citrus rinds, some fresh cut grass and hay, a bit of zesty, lemon-y spring to it. Quite dry on the palate ... almost ... salty in aftertaste? Interesting.

Thanks again! (514 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (525 characters)

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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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