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Squatters Hell's Keep - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
84
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-11-2009)
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:43:09 | More by cokes
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Pencible

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lots of bread, with some lemon zest and salty grassy hops, and a little earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and earthy bready malt, with some sour yeast and salty lemon zest. It had a clean and sweet/sour aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with smooth natural carbonation. Nice and slick body.
D: This was a pretty nice BSPA with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was really well hidden, so it was easy to drink. But there was nothing unique about this brew. Nothing wrong with it either, but it was forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:36:33 | More by Pencible
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this bottle warm a bit from the fridge. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, slightly thick, off white head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a clear golden amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, malt, spice, vineous. Flavor is a little on the sweet side with some bitterness and carbonic tang to balance. Body is a little soft, full, and carbonation is very good. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. This beer is virtually indistinguishable from the Belgians and super easy drinking. It's not that it's so unique in its characteristics as it is in its being so true to style. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 03:21:34 | More by drpimento
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FosterJM

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:18:55 | More by FosterJM
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:23:45 | More by GeezLynn
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deanhead

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, clear, fluffy white head which reduced to a nice lace hanging on the rim of the glass.

Aroma has hints of hayseed and fresh cut grass
A little on the thin side, slight astringent taste, but sweet and lovely, as well as adequately carbonated.

Slightly solvent like with hints of a floral aroma

Crisp dry finish with a decent mouthfeel for the style.
Overall okay beer. It is a fair interpretation of the style, but lacks the depth of a true golden ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:39:13 | More by deanhead
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NStLincoln

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color out of a 24oz bottle. The head looks just like whipped egg whites. Even leaves the same kind of frothy lacing around the pint glass.

Dusty cloves and a that smell when you put yeast in warm water to activate it.

First thing I notice on the the palate is an alcohol kick on the back end, not unpleasant, but it's there. Also some muted bananas, baking spices, and just a smidge of tropical flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:28:51 | More by NStLincoln
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great job with carbonation and a meringue-like head. Golden body is soothing in appearance, translucent, but hazy if you pitch the trub into the glass from the bottle bottom. Nose has plenty of yummy esters and bready notes. Hint of tropical fruit. Fruity on the palate as well with some wild flavors keeping things interesting. Bready. Clean. Finishes somewhat sweet. Alcohol masked well.

Should be a regular 12 oz release, not some special gold topped bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:39:28 | More by yemenmocha
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:59:45 | More by wisrarebeer
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:30:51 | More by WJVII
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:28:34 | More by brewcrew76
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ebrauser

Utah

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:34:51 | More by ebrauser
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:37:10 | More by ocelot2500
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 09:27:59 | More by DPFRD
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:02:47 | More by JohnQVegas
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:39:23 | More by RedHaze
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gford217

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:23:15 | More by gford217
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:57:20 | More by glid02
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:06:37 | More by ybnorml
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tpd975

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 13:20:38 | More by tpd975
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Maltzilla

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 06:04:36 | More by Maltzilla
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:15:16 | More by Bitterbill
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:05:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:50:48 | More by CampusCrew
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:25:08 | More by stonequarrywest
Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.