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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: 83
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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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.85/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:56:12 | More by ptykozoon
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Douglas88

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 05:03:41 | More by Douglas88
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:12:05 | More by womencantsail
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TexIndy

Texas

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]

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:48:00 | More by TexIndy
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Overlord

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:51:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:04:52 | More by wedgie9
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 08:14:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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iasanlee

Nebraska

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 02:01:06 | More by iasanlee
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mhewes

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 10:35:08 | More by mhewes
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:38:45 | More by Wasatch
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Squatters Fifth Element from Utah Brewers Cooperative
92 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.