Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Not Rated.
Squatters Hell's KeepSquatters Hell's Keep

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 45
Hads: 90
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 5.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (78) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 45 | Hads: 90
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: yellow color, slightly hazy, nice thick rocky head
S: medium nose, fruity with yeast
T: decent beer, traditional Belgian golden ale taste but could have used a bit more hop bite in the finish - a touch cloying in taste
M: nice rounded, need a bit more carbonation
O: decent beer but needed to be a bit cleaner and more hops (326 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9 oz bottle from the Reserve Series bottle I got at my b-day party this brew had an over abundance of head that after a long rest settled into nearly no cap at all with active carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the brew up. There is a clean clear straw color to the brew and is inviting. The aroma is strong of banana and hints of clove. The taste is clean and crisp with a slightly smooth finish. There is definitely a nice banana and alcohol along with some light yeast taste. No rear hop flavor to speak of. There is bold carbonation (which after reading the bottle is as advertised) that ads to the subtle flavors. This is a thin brew with light notes, nothing over powering at all. Clean and clear nothing more or less. Not devilish in the least. (783 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy pale golden with several fingers of white eggshell looking head that stays for quite some time.

S - Spicy with some apple, pale malts, hints of clove and lemon, herbal with belgian yeast notes.

T - Spicy, lemon and apple, light clove, bready pale malts, slight herbal hops and yeasty esters.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Nice and refreshing on the first 70+ degree day of the year. (417 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of DPFRD
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, waxed-cap bottle into Bruery tulip. Another thanks to Wasatch for another great Utah beer.

Pours cloudy golden-copper, with a big, creamy 3 finger-head on top. Nice retention, as the head eventually settles down into a half-inch thick creamy head. Loads of lacing gone wild.

Nose has a surprisingly big dose of higher alcohols, white pepper, candy sugar, just a bit of pear mixed in with the spiciness, maybe a bit of banana but nothing close to what you'd find in a hefe - dry, spicy, and with a pale sweetness.

Taste rachets the nose up a notch. The initial peppery yeast note holds up malt body that is at once bready, hinting at pears and even tropical fruit, and with a nice depth that goes beyond a simple pils malt bill. Maybe a bit of vienna? Finish is long, lush, with the yeast riding out on point with a nice mix of peppery spiciness, floral notes, just a bit of tangy yeast.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied that headed into full, dry, carbonation that moves from smooth and creamy to spritzy.

Drinkability is good, very good actually, surprisingly so. Delicious beer, with a big dose of higher alcohols. (1,134 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of Wasatch shared with the crew at the Brick Store.

Pours clear golden with a big fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a soapy swirl and small collar leaving some delicate lacing along the sides.

Aroma is one part earthy and one part sweet fruits. There is a herbal yeasty spiciness up front which melds nicely with pears and green apples.

The sweet fruits are still there in the taste but the herbs and spices are more prevalent than in the aroma and leave a dry woody finish at the end.

The mouthfeel is probably a little light for the style with a huge carbonation that doesn't help much given the slightly watery body.

It's a solid effort from Squatters and though it's not world class it's drinkable with a highly earthy character. (768 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean golden amber beer. Has a big frothy white head with plenty of lace. There is a nice sweet apple note in the aroma with some peppery spice in the background. The taste is more herbal/grassy. None of the promised apple sweet notes. Not much of a punch in the finish either. Mouthfeel is a bit watery for all that carbonation. I have grown to expect a lot from any beer with the word Belgian on it. Nice try but it didn't get me out of the station. (453 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Aroma sort of grassy, earthy, with notes of dried fruit.

T: Nice fruity flavor with hints of earth, grass, and mild citrus. There is a nice blast of spice and Belgian yeast to round things out.

M: Light in body, zippy carbonation pretty enjoyable.

D: Not too bad. (345 characters)

Photo of Maltzilla
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks,
John!

Slight leakage from the wax dipped bottle..thankfully, John knew what he was doing by putting it in a baggie.

Light hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a cloudy colour of peach with close to a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice and spicy with big notes of clove, yeastiness, corriander, and lemon zest.

The taste is yeasty and spicy and fruity, very authentic for the style, me thinks. Lemon zest and bananas come out nicely with corriander following suit and the cloves are not as strong in the taste as in the smell and that's fine with me. Some bready malt tones are hanging around mid palate..good tasting brew here.

It has a medium body and is very high in carbonation, maybe a tad too much and was the cause of the seapage.

Drinkability? It drinks well for the abv and is tasty so...it's a pretty easy drinker for me.

Hehe...the brewers in Utah are constantly bringing out new beers. You hear that, Wyoming?!?! /hint hint. (986 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

smell: slight fruit and spicy aromas, slight banana notes

taste: balanced beer with the alcohol being so high and sweet flavor. But the overall flavor was dull and nothing dominating flavor

mouthfeel: Very cool with the champage yeats added. light bodied with tons of carbonation. Becareful pouring. It the most carbonated beer I have ever had.

drinkability: overall a decent belgan and I would try again (408 characters)

Photo of stonequarrywest
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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!!! (546 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (1,249 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with wax cap. Awesome label art!

Insane carbonation out of the cold, carefully-handled bottle. I now understand why there was a warning label attached to the neck of the bottle! Giant, rocky, marshmallowy, creamy-white head sits atop a very bubbly (champagne-like) clear golden body. Nose of candied fruits, powdered sugar, banana-y esters, feed hay, and peppery hops.

Light metallic bitterness up front. Soft wheat and tropical fruit notes follow. Banana-y esters dominate, with some grassy, peppery hoppiness around the edges. Slightly warming with some rummy alcoholh is a little drier, with lingering banana. Medium-bodied with a slightly watery feel after the explosive initial carbonation. Not bad, and it's good to see some high-octane, "big-bottle" beers being made in Utah. Keep changing those laws! (825 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Waxed/Cap
3000 Bottles For Now

Poured into a tulip a very nice golden yellow color, slightly hazy, nice carbonation, huge three-finger foamy head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice yeast note, with some corinander and other spices. The taste is malty, with some yeast, slightly sweet, nice bannana notes. Medium body, not much ABV, but still hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew. (457 characters)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.