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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bsuedekum, May 09, 2012
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -28.4%

DerwinWentworth, Apr 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

zrab11, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

StarRaptor, Apr 05, 2012
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!

pokesbeerdude, Mar 26, 2012
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.

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

superspak, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

lackofintellect, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

sarro, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of stakem
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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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

russj117, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

bauermj, Nov 15, 2011
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.

joepais, Sep 24, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hojaminbag, Aug 15, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy citrus punch color; the beer was a bit of a gusher and, as often happens, the head was much more impressive on the first pour than later on; the foam left some streaks behind

Smell: Tart fruit and buttery oak

Taste: The fruity tartness jumps out immediately, with starfruit, green apple and unripe citrus elements; by mid-palate, the oak becomes more prominent, bringing along a buttery vinous crispness; after the swallow, the tartness adds some funk, though the buttery oak lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting to read the comments from some others, over time; early reviews discussed the Saison character of the beer but I think the wild yeast has done its job, over time, and this is clearly an American Wild; the buttery oak is an interesting angle and elevates the score (Who knew that diacetyl could become a positive?)

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site) for the opportunity,

brentk56, Aug 14, 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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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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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.

tmoneyba, Jul 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

kbutler1, Feb 26, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Feb 26, 2011
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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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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

theboozecruise, Jan 10, 2011
Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.