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Squatters Fifth Element - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

62 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 84
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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aasher

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -45.1%

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.

07-15-2011 02:56:26 | More by aasher
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ptykozoon

California

2.85/5  rDev -32%

Pours faded orange. Lacing on the rim.

Lots of butter, too dialectic?..uh oh. Light floral notes.

Medium sour, big butter, lime, orange.

Slight wateriness, lots of carbonation. I thought if I swirled it, I may lose carbonation = may get some undertones and subtleties alas it ends up being quite a simple sour. Better cold, which is not good.

Meh.

11-28-2010 00:56:12 | More by ptykozoon
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BIll_Currie

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -28.4%

07-24-2014 17:57:26 | More by BIll_Currie
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3/5  rDev -28.4%

04-15-2012 21:35:53 | More by DerwinWentworth
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

06-07-2013 00:38:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin white head that lingers. The nose is light, brett and oak, a touch leathery and earthy. There are citric notes, oranges and peach complimenting the brett. The flavor is also light, the brett and oak are up front with a note of mineral. Lots of peaches step up in the back with a note of citric acid but light. Light body, very soft and delicate feel, moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, brett and peach dominates.

11-22-2011 20:09:13 | More by cpetrone84
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

This one came to me courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John.

5th Element has a golden body with a slight haze to it. The head is billowing and white, and the thin white lacing that is left behind is pretty nice.

A little bit of funk, and some tart, light fruits. Hints of butter.

Bretty funk and tartness are pretty pronounced. Lemon and other light fruits meld with tartness, and then some funky leather flavors follow. The leather mixes with a bit of hay, and light buttery flavors with pale malts also factor into the flavor profile. Slight sugar flavors underneath. Strong notes of oak add a spicy, woody flavor.

Somewhat dry on the feel, with carbonation that is a touch above moderate.

This is a solid beer, and so far Squatter's has yet to miss with the three barrel aged sours that I have tried.

08-15-2011 04:22:18 | More by Hojaminbag
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Zbeetleman

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this.

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a clear golden orange with active carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity with a light peach flavor. Kind of funky. Lemon citrus. Kind of grassy. Wheat flavors. Orange peel and spice.

Taste: Fairly funky and spiced. Apples, peaches, lemon zest and orange peel. Yeast and wheat flavors. Very oaky. Not really sour, but funky.

Mouthfeel: Funky, spiced, clean. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation ends a little dry.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I would rather have this in the summer. It would be a good treat then. Glad I had a chance to try this.

02-26-2011 03:39:38 | More by mothman
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

01-09-2013 17:43:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

05-28-2013 22:37:07 | More by DavoleBomb
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle, big thanks to Eric! Pours a clear straw gold with a really large meringue head. Awesome aroma of this really soft brett, fully matured and really well integrated. Wonderful nose, reminds me a bit of Duck Duck Gooze. Crisp, spritzy, lightly acidic in the mouth. Some lemon acidity and sourness. Not extremely funky or sour but quite dry. This is enjoyable stuff. Oak starts to come out, maybe some really light cabernet notes. Some slight dischord between the farmhouse and brett and a slight bittering edge. Looking back perhaps the acidity kind of kept me from enjoying this more than I thought I would.

01-02-2011 04:29:19 | More by JAXSON
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev -5%

Decided to try a bottle at the airport pub. Splitting with a friend to take some strain off that $18.99 price tag! We were even brought out proper glassware, props to the pub on that one!

It's gold in hue, hazy with a white head.

The aroma is very floral, with hints of honey and lots of spices.

The taste is even more floral and spicy, with a little hops and a dominant sour flavor to it.

It's really good, the best yet from Squatters, but it would be tough to drink an entire 750ml bottle by myself.

01-10-2011 18:15:32 | More by theboozecruise
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

07-26-2011 14:52:40 | More by AgentZero
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maddox716

Utah

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Utah

4/5  rDev -4.5%

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a small tulip a nice cloudy pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a slight oak scent, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice little notes of oak, with a touch of spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, but not worth the $15 a bottle, worth checking out though.

08-31-2008 15:38:45 | More by Wasatch
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-17-2014 03:23:41 | More by Azeotrope
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

05-12-2010 05:04:52 | More by wedgie9
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ebrauser

Utah

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

01-12-2011 05:54:51 | More by ebrauser
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

02-26-2011 03:40:08 | More by kbutler1
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Overlord

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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!

07-20-2010 06:54:15 | More by Overlord
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-09-2012 23:58:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.