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Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.12%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-11-2009

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by ebrauser:
Photo of ebrauser
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml to a pint glass. The beer spent probably close to six months in the cellar/fridge, so that might have adversely affected it.

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a thick pillowy white head

Aroma: Belgian yeast, aromatic hops, and a small hint of alcohol.

Flavor: Sweet, acidic, and vinous. Starts off with belgian yeast and moves into an acidic middle with white grapes and pears. It finishes with an alcoholic punch in the back of the throat, sort of a solvent-esque tinge.

MF: Heavy body but the sweetness makes it drinkable enough. The finish was not as dry as expected in a belgian golden.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of green apples, mild citrus, grassy hops, pale malt, and coriander, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of green apple and grapefruit peel flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of spices jump into play - coriander as with the aroma - and are buttressed by grassy hop flavors. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer however no one facet really stood out to me. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Misty, mustard straw colored with a medium-sized white head which retains and laces well.
The nose brings pears dusted in powdered sugar and cloves, candied lemon peel, and basil-like leafiness.
It brings a sugary, rock-candy sweetness upon touching the teeth. Backings of melon and pear. A touch of caramel, then it dries a bit with wheat toast. Yeast adds clove, banana, and pepper, and just a touch of oxidized, brown-bag deadness. Not a flaw or distraction on it own, but perhaps a suggestion that it not likely to age well. Lemon peel later on, with touches of herbs, as it ends and lingers with sugary white grape vinousness.
Uppity carbonation upfront, giving lift to the moderately full body making it seem much lighter. The bubbles slow over time, but never fade entirely, giving it a bit more girth, but it never feels fat. It's drinkable beyond it's ABV, but it's sip-worthy too.
It may lack a bit in total depth, but it hits mostly all the right notes. If it were priced differently ($16/750mL bottle at the brewpub, $10 in stores), I'd absolutely return. There's a good deal of likeability as well as versitility here.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my third Squatters beer. So far I've enjoyed all of what they've had to offer. Their Hop Rising was delicious, their Outer Darkness wasn't as "stout" as I like my stouts but it was still a good brew, and now I'm having this Hell's Pass. It's good to see the brewery making a variety of beer styles.

I poured this baby into my Duvel glass and oh, does it look delightful. The beer is a crystal clear golden. I don't know if my glass has etching at the bottom of it but there is some serious bubble-age coming from the bottom, like a hot spring. The head forms a bit slowly but gets lovely, white, and foamy. There's some exceptional lacing on my glass, leaving a thin layer of once-head around the glass. A nice thin layer of bubbles remains on top throughout drinking.

I get a triumvirate of smells coming from Hell's Keep. Interestingly, it does not smell of fire, pitch, stone, blood, sweat, excrement, or any other smell I'd associate with a keep that's in Hell. Mostly what I get is Belgian yeast, a white sugary sweetness, and slight lemon citrus. Underlying is a hay-like aroma that adds a sort of saison/barnyard character. Some booziness tingles the nose just a tad but it doesn't intrude.

The taste is much like the smell except the hops and hay maltiness are more pronounced. I'd say the flavors are all balanced here perfectly. It might not be the most tasty beer you'll have (That's a stupid statement, I admit) but they're all good and all well-balanced. Just a bit of bitterness at the beginning with some lemon and some banana as well. Sweet bananas, yes, that's a good description of the sweetness, though the banana isn't very strong. After the hop bitterness and fruity sweetness comes the flavors that linger like the grainy malts, a bit of warming booze, and the white sugary sweetness. It reminds me of a sugar cookie in a way.

Hell's Keep is an overall smooth beer but there's enough carbonation to tingle the tongue at the beginning. It's medium-bodied and very easy to drink.

This is another enjoyable offering from Squatters. I hope to see more from them in the future.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smells of some grassy notes and a little yeast spice.

Tastes of mostly a dry, bready malt character with some yeast additions. There is a good amount of citrus grassy notes as well, but the beer does not have a sharp edge. Very lightly sweet with some hidden apple notes. Yeast adds peppery notes in the middle. Alcohol also sneaks in, but does not detract.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my most recent trade with Wasatch... Huge thanks buddy.

Looked like the cap might be leaking through a thin layer of black wax.. some small bubbles of beer were blowing out.... So I did what any self-respecting BA would do... Immediately chilled it down a bit and cracked it... Poured into my small La Trappe goblet.

Thankfully, the beer was still plenty carbonated .... very carbonated actually, I think some Boise heat and UPS jostling may have just forced up some beer into the neck.

Easy 2 finger thick egg shell white head... the brew is a slightly hazy pale sunset gold.

Nose is pretty spicy.. with some apple skin... fairly malty... good aroma across the board.

Flavor is every bit a well made BSPA.. fruity esters reminds of a slightly underripe pear... quite a nice bite of white pepper too... good bitterness.

The body is lite/medium with a bunch of carbonation.

No problems with the cap made it's way into the finished bottle .... the smallest amount of beer actually made it out and in fact my only "real" complaint is I would even like the carbonation notched back a tad more.... Thanks again John.

Edit: Glad John shipped this in a styro shipper.... looks like it probably spent most of the trip upright.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light yellow, slightly hazy.
S: sweet like cheap beer, white wine, slight booze, slight cotton candy.
T: sugary finish, metallic, boozy, dark fruit, nutty, bready aftertaste once you get past the metal.

I enjoyed the dry finish and intense carbonation. Overall, I think there are better strong pales on the market. However, it is nice to try something different.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a hazed gold color with a stark white head. Fair retention and a little lacing.

Yeast is quite prominent on the nose, more phenolic than I was expecting. Very clove-y and even some bubblegum. Grain is light as well as the hops, the yeast really drives the aroma on this one.

Malts are light and crackery, Im glad it stays on the dry side of things. Maybe some dust and honeyed hay as it warms. Yeast still plays a major role here, much clove for sure. Hops give it a little bite on the back end. Not bad, not bad...still not as good as a fresh Duvel though and it is pretty pricey at 10 bucks. It just lacks a bit of the crisp, ultra-dry deliciousness Duvel does. Still though, this is one of the better American made BSPAs I have had in quite some time. Good job Squatters! On a side note, Im surprised the label on this flies in Utah, haha.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle courtesy of JohnGalt1.

A: Cloudy golden honey shade with a huge frothy white head and great retention.

S: Floral hops and yeast are most prominent. Somewhat earthy with a little apple and grain aroma.

T: Flavor is spicy and phenolic initially with banana, pear, and perfect touch of sweetness. Hops are pretty restrained and the finish is long and fruity.

M: Feel is soft with heavy, but fine carbonation.

Thought this was a solid example of the style, and a pretty well balanced beer lacking any glaring weaknesses. A very drinkable BSPA. Thanks for the opportunity Toby.

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with an epic tall white colored head.

Clear light scent of honeysuckle malt and powdery yeast. Light coriander scent. Has all the proper smells but it is a little lite on scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a lite hop bite. Mild coriander taste. Powdery yeast flavor not unlike a sweet roll. Tasty yet it seems a bit light.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer that in no way hints at it's strength. Only thing is the beer seems a little light for the style. Perhaps my taste buds are warped from all the extreme beers I have drank?

This is an excellent beer for a breakfast or fresh fruit dish. In particular this would go perfect on a hot summer day with cold melon.

Photo of Maltzilla
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for this bad boy!

Appearance: The carbonation really plays a strong role in this beer's appearance . . . almost like poring a glass of champagne! Golden, bubbly, light and crisp looking.

Smell: Got a good amount of fruit notes on this one. Some citrus and very nice spice to it as well.

Taste:Very nice flavor, got some fruits again and definitely good warmth from the alcohol, but nothing overpowering (despite it being quite high in ABV)

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Love this beer. It's deceptively drinkable despite the high alcohol content. You could easily drink this all night and get yourself into a lot of trouble by the end of the evening. The champagne yeast makes this every palatable and enjoyable.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a Delirium snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a good-sized, off-white frothy head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, spicy, a hint of coriander, and yeast. Flavor is pale malts, sweet, citrus (orange), coriander, and yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is light to moderate, dry (almost chalky), and a touch of bitterness. Good beer.

Photo of coloradocut
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours with medium head that disappeared fairly quickly and left a bit of lacing. Color is golden like hard cider.
Smell - Familiar to the style, but a little light on the nose.
Taste - Once again, familiar to the style, but lacking the complexity and sweetness. Light and well carbonated. A little bitter at the finish. 7.75 ABV is well hidden.
Mouth - a little thin with maybe a little too much bubble.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer and was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to see it at an airport bar in Salt Lake City. It's not quite a Duvel or Affligem, but it's really close.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden straw color with a white head. Sweet sugar and bread. Some banana, light citrus, and a nice spice note. There is a little bit of yeast, some straw, and fruit esters. Sweet bread, biscuit, cereal, and a bit of sugar. There are some fruit esters, a mild spice, and a hint of yeast. Some pear and apple flavors on the finish.

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head. Some spots of lace dot the glass during the session.

Smell: Belgian yeast and some pepper are mild but detectable.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with yeast, pepper, some mild citrus tones, moderate bitterness, and a bit of alcohol create a well balanced flavor but on the mild side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: not a bad Belgian ale but overall it is a bit mild. I found this to be easy to drink too.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

668th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
25oz

App- A darker yellow with a one finger quick receding head. A nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Spicy with a bit of rounded out fruits, reds and greens. A little apple, a little pear. Wasn't overly exciting.

Taste- A lot of Belgian in this glass. It was a bit yeatsy, with some sugars and some finer malts. Again wasn't overly exciting but wasnt a pour either. A bit better than I hoped.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. A bit of a yeasty sugary after taste.

Drink- I was impressed with the other bottle of the reserve series I had from squatters and found this in LV. A bit let down, but still better than average

Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A two finger, well formed head sticks around for a minute. As the foam gently recedes, lots of lace is left behind.
S: Earthy, spicy, phenolic, and estery yeast. I like it. Lemon rind and orange fruity aromas. Fresh cut grass and hay. I light peppermint like sweetness as well. This is great.
T: Follows the nose, and it is very enjoyable as well. Spicy, earthy, esters. Lemon and orange. Some bread/biscuit as well. Grassy hops and a light lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. Very refreshing. Easy to drink. I will enjoy this bottle on this slow late afternoon.

I did not have a lot of expectations for some reason. Maybe because I was not a big fan of the stout in the same series. Though this is a very nice example of the style. Very well made, and highly recommend.

Photo of stonequarrywest
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one courtesy of Wasatch... Thanks

Poured into a large DFH Snifter.
Yellow Gold pour with an extremely soft and fluffy off white head of about 2 inches. Great lacing throughout this bottle.
A little spice nose with a malty side.
A taste of a good crisp pear...somehat sweet with a back heat of ABV maybe. NOt usually abig fan of these style, but I tell you this one will definitely make me seek them out. I really enjoyed it.
A bit more carbonatin than i like but it works out....very drinkable !!

Not to mention the label is phenomenal!!!

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden amber color with nice 2-3 finger pillowing white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, banana, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, lemon, bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, biscuit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, biscuit, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying flavors at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong golden ale. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of DPFRD
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden, nice head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing.

S- got some yeasty fruit in there, malt sweetness, kind of earthy.

T- Little bit of malt followed by some green apple. Some grassiness in there with some spice. Finish is mildly bittering.

M- Light, good carbonation.

O- Nothing wrong with this beer at all; however, throwing Belgian pale on the label makes the hammer come down. I enjoyed it, but in relation to it's counterparts in Belgium, it's a little lacking in depth and body. Still a good brew though.

Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought and shared by T. Thanks
Cloudy golden with loud pop but smallish head for style.
Mix of soft yeast character and pale malt with a bready/doughy character.
Malt flavor matched the aroma. Again with modest yeast characteristics. A couple shots of hop flavor with bittering to cut sweetness. Long reasonable dry finish.
A little bigger than moderate feel and some fullness from carbonation.
A solid drinking ale. Worth a taste and can assist in meeting a belgian fix.

Photo of RedHaze
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

Pours a mildly hazy golden color with a mountainous head that takes forever to sink to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace behind.

Smell; wheat, lemons and pepper kick things off, followed by a little banana and alcohol. There's a faint sweetness in the aroma, but it's way in the background.

Taste; wheat malt and lemongrass with a touch of coriander. Bananas, pepper and a some other spices I can't place fill out the middle, and the finish is dry, and a little bit alcoholic which only helps accentuate the pepper and leading to a somewhat drying effect. After the first few sips the alcohol fades almost completely away.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe just a touch thin, but I think it suites the flavor of the beer perfectly. Drinkability is really good, as I find that I have to force myself to slow down a little.

My first beer from Utah, and it's a damn good one.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber in the tall tulip with whipped-cream foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue. A medium body and less fullsome than a lot of these strong Belgian-inspired beers. Some aroma of fruit.

Not much hop flavor, but this has a moderate amount of the Belgian yeasty flavor with a bready taste. Initial sweetness dries out gradually. Some fruitiness that didn't jump out as a particular flavor. This seems a little simple and less interesting than some, but if you're in Utah it's well worth seeking out. I would have to say it's average but quite sippable.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House. I also saw it at the Utah Beer Cooperative on 3rd West.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch! Excellent extra in a trade!

A: Gold in color, not much of a head, about half an inch that disappeared as soon as it got there. Fairly cloudy. Decent lacing. Nice looking beer, except for the lack of head.

S: Pale malts, spicy Belgian yeast, a little bit of a hop kick, definitely noble in variety. Fairly sugary smelling. All in all smells pretty good.

T: Pale malts, definite spicy yeast strain, slightly apple in flavor, has a sort of cider profile, lots of esters from the yeast strain. Spicy hop bite in the end of it. Not too shabby really. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Not sure if something happened with this bottle but it is definitely flat, and that hurts this beer, as most, if not all Belgian's should have a pronounced carbonation. Dry finish saves it, slightly warm alcohol.

D: Easy to drink, but a little carbonation would be nice, minus that fact this is a tasty beer. A little sad to see its a one time only beer, but still nice. Definitely recommended if you can snag a bottle from Squatters. Nice beer, would drink again.

Photo of kagent777
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle purchased proudly from the Co-op's Beer Store and poured into a perfect pint. Bottle clearly says born on 10/11/12.

Appearance: OK, this one is the biggest head I have seen on a non-homebrew. I did take it out of the fridge to warm a bit before opening, and did pour rigorously. A slight haze on this yellow beer with a rocky white massive head. Hard to tell if this one truly left any lacing due to the huge head.

Smell: Like a bakery, yeasty with a bready maltiness. Fruit from the Belgian yeast phenolics. Some clove spice.

Taste: Pretty much follows the scent. I really like the spicy character presented in this beer. It is present but subtle and not too much in your face. I like when a beer's ABV is around 7%, and this one is a touch over, but it is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Maybe because I had poured this one with a lot of head, but the actual carbonation seemed soft and velvety. The body is medium.

Overall: A solid BSPA. I have no complaint stylistically with this beer. I wish this was not a 10 dollar beer. I had some a this a few years ago, when just getting into craft and I have wanted to revisit it. I am a value minded beer consumer, and this is lower on the bang for the buck scale.

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Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.