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Squatters 529 - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

61 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 43
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pokesbeerdude on 03-04-2010

In 2004, a beer drinking adventure throughout Belgium inspired us to create a Flanders Style Oud Bruin. The quest to share the beauty and deliciousness of Flemish brown sours started off by filling our oak barrels with ale in July of 2008. After 529 days of barrel aging with lactobacillius, pedioccacus and wild yeast, we then kept with tradition by blending aged sour beer with the malty sweetness of a younger beer. 529 is re-fermented in the bottle with champagne yeast, so please pour slowly and enjoy.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a solid beer. post drinking reflection on this leads me to remembering its smell as its best feature. although there is a sexy semitransparent reddish color and oatmeal tinted inch of head, all I can think about is the nose, which was just so sour, acidic, and welcomed. been saving this one for just the right occasion, and finally it came today. id call this more of a Flemish red than an oud bruin, but whats it really matter? the nose is dry red malt, bacterial yeasts, and a sour cherry or raspberry touch that's more jammy than fresh fruit. plenty of acid in the feel, its obvious before any real flavor sets in, but there is plenty of oak, piquant yeast, and residual sugar in this beer. its amazing how drinkable this is, as the sourness doesn't suck all the moisture out of your mouth like some, and the fruit is way way back there, like you have to dig to find it. maybe a little too acidic in terms of feel, but the carbonation is right on, and at just past 7% abv, I could comfortably drink this all day. I think an exemplary version of the Flemish red style, so interesting that its listed otherwise, but that happens. nose is its best feature, but sensational all around. if squatters had better distribution this would be world renowned. nearly full marks.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Hazed rusty brown

SMELL: Lemongrass, tart cherries, nutmeg, rose water, mint, shortbread, melon rind, musty, vinous, medicinal

TASTE: Smooth, slick, bone-dry, tart, oak, cherries, yeast, biscuity, brown malt, wild herbs, lemony, musty cellar, broth, long finish

We've been funkified! Lacto, Pedio and other wild beasts sat in a barrel with this beer for 529 days, and it shows! So complex and interesting. A damn fine example of the sour beer movement that’s currently tempting palates in the US today.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have sampled 529 several times over the last few years, but never had my own bottle. Multiple samples over the weekend leave me confident in ability to review.

Light copper orange, slightly murky, second pour was towards the end of the bottle. Creamy offwhite foam sits on the surface, leaving spotty lacing around the edges.

Crisp apple and cherry, cidery tartness, mild damp woody funk.

Flavors of apple butter, dried tart cherry, somewhat cidery but balanced with a mild sourness overall. Light oak dryness, wet straw, and smooth malty flavors blend seamlessly with it's fruity tart overtones. Low on vinegar/acetone if at all. Pretty clean and balanced. Drinkability is high, as the palate acclimates to the mellow sourness easily. Will seek out my own bottle in the future... a perfect beer for the autumn season.

Photo of TexIndy
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got from Ummagum as part of our back and forth shipments- many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info on the bottle but did a little research and found that it was a 2/10 limited release. It was a dark reddish brown color with excellent carb streams. It had a fair sized fizzy tan head that settled into a good collar and foam cap that was continually fed by the streams. Good sheeting that slowly slides back into the glass. Some sticking.

The aroma was outstanding. Funky, vinegary tart, sour cherries and sweet malt. So sour that it curls the nose hairs - hell yeah! One of the best smelling oud bruins that I've had. Definitely brings the sour and funk. Very reminiscent of the better AmWildAles out there. The taste was just as good as the aroma and more than delivered on the sour aroma promise. Tart and sour from the start and only lets up after the finish. Enough of the malt and fruit flavors to give a great balance and not make it too sour and tart. Really enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel was full with tongue shredding carbonation (good thing in my opinion in this style). Bit of a dry finish and aftertaste.

Overall, an exceptional Oud Bruin that I most highly recommend if you can find it. You always hear that Utah is a beer desert with the beer laws,etc but this blows that perception away. Hell it makes me want to do a road trip and soon! Excellent beer and look forward to the other Squatters brew that he sent me. Not available here in TX - got from Matt. Rotation - if here and not a limited release, it would be in the sour rotation as a regular. As is, I'll need to get some more shipped before they sell out. [R;Y;ship]

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, and also examined in a champagne flute. Thanks kindly to colts9016 for the bottle. This is my first ever Flanders Oud Bruin.

Somewhat cloudy body, but a deep dark red but of course brown malty looking colored body. Towards the bottom is looks pink. Real interesting in the light it seems to be chameleon like in appearance changing color. Not much lacing in the tulip although the flute has more. Head does form but falls quickly when poured.

Bouquet is a fruity sparkling wine, perhaps sour cherries, with yeasty funkyness complete with barnyard must. Slight hint at something sweet, like some type of sugar. A sense of dry apple cider and sweet apple. Small hint of malt as well. Pretty complicated and fun to nose around in, really like that.

Taste at first is very sour, but tolerable. Not too viscous surprisingly, but it feels like sour lemons. Teeth coating, much of what on the bouquet doesn't seem to come through on the palate however. A little fizzy but a good balance on carbonation between not being flat, and not being like a champagne either. Hints at crispness but not quite getting there. ABV is solidly masked, feels like a typical 5% Lambic.

Well this seems like a good start, really enjoyed this unfortunately I don't have much else to compare it to. Very enjoyable experience though.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buckeyeboy brought this to a recent tasting... Footbalm was the Utah Pusher.. though I certainly need no coaxing on the new found Brewers' freedom from the Beehive State... Big props to Jeremy and Eric!!

Pours a slightly cloudy brown/amber... 1/2" tan head .. only hints and spots of lacing...

Nose shows a nice acetic fruitiness... sour cherries and bits of peach or apricot... pretty rich as some sweetness draws out misc maltiness...

flavor pretty much mirrors the nose yet is much more complex than my notes show... some oakiness shows as tannic elements and vanilla ... tannic apricot skin and sour cherry essence... lite balsamic presence.. pretty aggressive and still needs some time to meld.. all the funk is there, yet some bottle time will allow things to mesh and develop.

Good medium body gives the carbonation time to catch up.... good right now and will be excellent with time.... I appreciate the chance to try the 529 fresh and still have bottles for the future.... Appreciations galore to the fellas. Eric.. soooo... when are you coming back up to Boise???

3.5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great sour. The sour level is near perfect and then a nice brown ale base in there to round it out.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

3.75 A: Well hazed plum color. One finger of frothy beige head that retains fairly well and leaves a short ring of lacing.

3.25 S: When I first took a whiff of this, I wasn't getting much. So I let it warm up...a lot. Even then, there wasn't enough aroma. It smells like how I imagine a Flanders beer would smell if it wasn't given enough time for the bugs to do their thing. Very little in terms of acidity, but what is there is acetic-centric. About the same level of funkiness - mild and I dare say insufficient, but pleasant nonetheless. This beer is decidedly flowery, which is something I'm not used to in the style, but it works. Plum, currant, mixed berries, and white grape fruitiness. Hints of vanilla and oak. Again, not bad, but lacking power.

3.5 T: The taste has the same problem as the nose - lacking strength. That said, the flavors are good, but there's no real focus. Mildly acetic, mild wildflower and apple orchard funkiness with a bit of rotting wood. Fruits listed in the nose. Vanilla and oak come out a bit stronger in the taste. There's a good balance here, but there's just not enough flavor. I haven't had many beers in recent weeks, so I trust my palate more than ever right now.

2.5 M: This is the worst aspect of the brew. It's a bit too thin which gives a watery vibe to it. It's light to lighter medium body. The carbonation is also a bit too low and what is there is neither creamy, nor spritzy (either one is fine and at least one is necessary for me). Nothing here is even up to par.

3.0 D: Hard to put this beer at anywhere other than average. It has potential and will probably be a lot better next time if they reuse the same barrels, but it definitely needs some more body, better carbonation, and a lot more time with the bugs.

Photo of wedgie9
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush CBC event. Pours cloudy brown with sediment and a thin, lace white head. Nose is sour with some sulfur, brett funk, burnt rubber, and pitted fruit. Flavors are of sour apricot, peach, and red wine vinegar. Body and carbonation are medium with a great pitted fruit finish. The sulfur is a bit of a problem on the nose, but the fruitiness of this beer is awesome.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 11/12 bottle served at Squatters Brewery.

A: pours a crisp, dark, clear red. Translucent. Not much head. Settles to fizzy ring.

S: Tart,cherries, wild yeast gives strong funk smell. Oaky smells

T: Follows the nose. Strong tart. Oaky. Sweet 4.5

M: high carbonation. Light body. Crisp. Dry 4.0

O: great surprise. By far the best offering from Squatters or Wasatch I've had. Very strong flavors that have an awesome complexity.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chuck for sending this one my way. Shared at Black Tuesday.

A: The pour is a dark orange color with some brown tint and a fluffy off-white head.

S: Not quite as big on the sourness as you might expect from a Flemish sour beer, but they're calling this an oud bruin, so perhaps that explains it. Some light lactic/lemon notes, cherries, lots of oak, and a bit of sweetness (notably, vanilla).

T: Again, not intensely sour, but pleasantly puckering. Tart cherries and drying, tannic wood (and wine) make up a big portion of the flavor. Very subdued vinegar notes, but overall, this could be more tart.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation. The beer is quite dry, which I like.

D: An overall good beer. Not astonishing, and I do wish it was more tart, but enjoyable and almost necessary on a day like Black Tuesday.

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John! Poured into a Buzzards Bay gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Pours a dark amber color that shows ruby highlights when held to the light. No head with only a collar that might be two or three bubbles thick. No lacing.

S - Funky...tons of barnyard. Rather tart and sour, brett, horse manure. Rather intense on the funk which I happen to like.

T - Funky, sour, and more funky. Like the aroma, lots of barnyard going on here. Rather tart with some lemon showing thru.

M - Thinnish, a bit puckering. Light carbonation that is still fizzy. Tart, yeasty, funky.

O - Good overall, missing some of the fruitiness I'd expect in the style, especially the cherry aspects, but has a nice sourness/tartness, tons of funk (which I really enjoy). Fairly simple flavor profile overall, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to StonedTrippin for sharing this treat with us. We cracked the cage and cork on a bottle labeled 11/12, pouring a golden tawny brew. It held a one and a half finger tall head of creamy eggshell colored bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving spots of lacing and ridges around the glass. The head was easily reproducible with a swirl. Punctate sediment was noted through the cidery haze of clarity, with carbonation appearing moderate. The aroma gave an enchanting mix of oak and chicory warmth, smooth sourness and funk of Bretty yeast, amber and red malt base, and puckered fermented cherry. As the beer opened up, it became more complex with floral and citric hop bite and sweetness, along with sweetly toasted cornbread, and raw sunflower seeds. Our first impression was that this beer was no nonsense, and that the sweetness was done to just the right degree. As we sipped, you hit a solid wall of oak. You eventually break through with immediate funk and tart punch from the yeast, green apple acetaldehyde, vinegar acidity, and pale, caramel, and reddish malts. The middle came to a peak with full, juicy, Bretty yeastiness to pucker. This decimated the palate, finally allowing malty and lightly hopped sweetness to carry us to the finish, where the hops gave grass, nectars, and muddled citric sweetness, and a more raw caramel sugariness. The yeast did, however, stay on board, giving further intense juiciness to the back, while the stark wood countered. The aftertaste breathed of warm and toasty caramel, red, and paler malts, big oakiness, Bretty goodness, light coininess, black licorice, baker’s yeast, and the faintest smoky, meaty warmth. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nicely soft slurp and sip, with great froth, cream, and pop on the back. The mouth was coated and oily, with eventual pucker of the yeast, and light dryness from the barreling. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its easiness and drinkability for the style. Starting from the aroma, from the very beginning things started out well blended. You get pretty much all the components at once, offering immediate complexity, depth, and warmth through all of the solid woodiness, sourness, and maltiness. I actually had to remind myself to take sips every now and again, in between having my nose constantly to the bottom of the glass. The flavoring followed beautifully, but was unique for the style in the sense of how clean it was. There was just enough residual dextrin sweetness to balance the immense pucker and bite of not only the yeast, but of the wood too, without tipping the scales in the overly malty direction. The soft slurp helped to ease some of this bitterness as well, making it undeniably palatable. This is a fantastic, well-blended beer, and we are so grateful to have gotten to drink it.

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hojaminbag for sharing this bottle with orangesol and I. Looking forward to this one, my first Utah sour!

A-Hazy orange kissed reddish copper with a small off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Earthy, musty lemon zest, sour cherry and a sublte astringent oak zing. Somewhat muddled and light but pleasant.

T-Montmorency cherries, oak and lemon zest up front with moderating musty earthiness in the finish.

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp and crisp. Good lingering flavours and a pleasing oak dryness.

D-A solid Flanders Red for sure, especially for Utah! A bit muddled and could use some tweaking but quite nice as it is.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and Caged 750ml from the brewpub in Salt Lake City, $18. Barrel aged for 529 (Hence the name) days with Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and wild yeast, then refermented in the bottle with champagne yeast.

A: Rich amber in color with some nice orange/red hints to it, off white head of about 1/4 an inch. Fairly cloudy and a few chunks of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Great head retention, excellent lacing. Nice.

S: Funky! Lots of sweaty feet, tart lemon like citrus, definite barnyard funk, has an interesting slightly sulfuric smell to it as well. Definite oak aspect as well, wood chips. A few brown malt smells as well.

T: Intense sourness followed by a huge caramel malt profile. Sour notes of lemon, crab apples, and lactic acid, definitely some funk in there too. The malt is an excellent darker crystal malt profile and appears slightly after the sour fades, quite sweet to balance out the sourness. Lastly there's just a slight little bit of spicy hops, very light but still detectable. Not much bitterness, but just enough. Fantastic.

M: Medium body, great carbonation, puckeringly sour, dry and quite lactic. Excellent here.

D: Wow, this beer is hard to not drink. I feel guilty for not sharing this with anyone, but at the same time will have no problem drinking the whole 750. The thing I like about this beer is that the sour is incredibly noticeable, but doesn't dominate the beer, the malt shines and you can even notice a few hops, which makes this incredible. Highly recommended, and I'm extremely happy I bought a second bottle to lay down. Great work Squatters!

Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben aka Hojaminbag for sharing this bottle with Deuane and myself. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours hazy orange with a small pillow of one finger tall off-white head lacing light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of lemon zest, tart cherries, light wood, and the ever present musty funk. Not the strongest nose I have seen, took awhile to pick most of the flavors up.

T - Hints of tart cherries, lemon peel, dry wood tannins, and a very light dark fruit sweetness toward the end. This one isn't very sour, more like a light funk that blends all the flavors together. I enjoyed this one but it really didn't blow me away in any way.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty dry feel with a bit of funk lingering on the pallet thru the finish.

O - This one was pretty good. It could use a bit more tartness but it really isn't a big deal. It is nothing mind blowing, just a solid Flanders.

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another thanks to JohnGalt for hooking me up with this. Poured from a 750ml into a cervoise. The brew appears a hazed amber with more of a reddish look through the body and orange tints at tr edges. 2 fingers of tan head appear and quickly fade. Patches of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes suggestions initially of apple cider vinegar. More smells reveal caramel malt notes mixed with cherry. A light oaky presence is felt. Lots of tart qualities with sour indications hinting with a touch a vanilla smoothness. Smelling this beer initial was meh but it really starts to get salivating with more sniffs.

The taste includes tartness like unripe cherries with a mild caramel and vanilla backing of flavor that doesn't retain much residual sweetness. It displays an level of sourness that is almost too much to be natural. It induces heartburn almost immediately like you are drinking battery acid. More sips reveal some vinegar notes towards the back. Tannic nature is present with mild fruity quality and an alcohol presence developes as the brew get warmer.

This is medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is a very sharp and acidic. There is lots of depth of flavor but at this time I dont feel like it blends together very well. I am a huge fan of sour/wilds but this one just didn't do it for me. I nearly couldn't finish my glass and even when tackling the rest of the bottle that noone else wanted, I still had a rough time finishing it after sampling a few other beers.

Photo of HopHead84
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4/27/2012

Thanks!

A: Dark red with a finger of white foam.

S: Sweet dark cherry with light vinegar. Notes of earth and leather. Lots of plum with a little grape.

T: Much vinegar but not overly acetic. Dark cherry accompanies earth and grape. The beer becomes increasingly medicinal as I drink it.

M: Medium body and syrupy with low carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't a big fan of this one. Couldn't make up its mind between a flanders red and an oud bruin, and the medicinal fruit character was detracting.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice orange/red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, with some oak notes, cherries. The taste is malty/yeasty, funky, nice cherry notes, with a nice touch of oak. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice tasty brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky rust-accented vermillion; the modest head leaves a nice lacing pattern behind

Smell: Tart cherry and black raspberry fruit, along with wood and vinegar elements

Taste: Cherry and black raspberry flavors up front, with a hint of caramel underneath; by mid-palate, there is an oaky character that builds, as does a significant tartness; with the swallow comes more sour flavor as well as a build-up of the woody elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another fine sour from the brewers at Squatters; there is a nice fruit and sour balance on this one

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site), for the opportunity and to JohnGalt1, for the chance to re-visit

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another bottle sent to me by the intrepid, beer-shipping-Utah-resident Wasatch. Thanks John, I was really looking forward to trying this one.

The red/orange body has a fluffy, off-white head on top of it. Fairly get retention and lacing.

529 has a surprisingly strong lemon scent to it, with cherries, wood and a bit of vinegar.

There is a moderate amount of sourness up front. I would expect tart cherries from an Oud Bruin, but a good bit of sour lemon surprises me a bit. Both are present in roughly equal quantities, with the cherries winning out by a nose. The sourness is a bit acidic, but only has trace amounts of vinegar to it. A good, oak background plays a supporting role.

Just a bit puckering and quite dry. Moderate body with carbonation that is a tick over medium.

I'm starting to dig these sour offerings from Squatters. I hope they make some more.

Photo of cavedave
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks are due to Bartrash for the gift of this bottle at the CdC release, and now the first beer I am tasting after nearly two weeks without beer (on Dr.'s orders). Thanks, Pete!

A cloudy, reddish brown pour is capped by a nice beige finger of foam. Beautiful mountain ranges of lace line the glass. A lively skim and ring remain in place for the whole ride.

Soft tart yeast and light wine vinegar join even lighter hints of floral and alcohol spice for a simple yet enticing aroma. No oak in the nose.

This sip starts tart, tangy, and full of sweet, grabs some vinous flavor, and spreads on the palate with a vinegary taste that is never over the top, always just right to carry, contrast, and frame the other, lighter flavors. Wine grapes and light lemon, a touch of grassiness, oak, other underflavors I cannot put a name to, all combine into a moderately complex taste that is simply delicious.

Highly attenuated and full of taste, light in the mouth, very clean flavors and a finish that is just dry enough. It has none of the vinegar buildup in the mouth some others I've tried had. Super clear out.

This is an amazing beer, as good as any of the Oud Bruins I've tried. I highly recommend it to lovers of the style, and also to those wishing to discover this style at its most easy drinking.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A - pours a copper orange/red, thin ring around the cap, some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - A nice tart/sour funk, some oak, vinegar, some sour fruitiness.

T - Cherries, funk/sour, oak. Very solid but I think I want more cherries and oak. I'm liking the level of tartness.

M - Light, champagne-esk carbonation, fizzy, semi-dry finish. Overall, very solid and holds it own against Red Poppy and the like.

Photo of JAXSON
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 rate.

Bottle, thanks footbalm! Pours a copper maroon with a large fluffy head. Sour and funky, bretty, oaky nose. Red berries and light sweat. Quite sour in the mouth, a very upfront kind of sourness. A tad metallic on the finish. Sour cranberries and a bit citrusy. Nice mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation. A bit one-dimensional in its sour element, I would like to see more dryness with a cleaner finish. Some brett does shine on the back end. This is pretty good and is better than a fair amount of American interpretations on the style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a slow gusher, I look away for a second and am just able to get the beer into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip without spilling a drop. A soft pour produces a two-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves some thick lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a burnt plum color that shows a hazed, reddish hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of berry-vinegar, rich toasted-caramelized malt, hibiscus, perhaps some tamarind aromatics, brown sugar glazed whole grain, a touch of cherry notes and a really rich, though non-descript, concentrated fruit character that leans towards darker fruit varieties (raisins, prunes, cherries, black-berries, etc, but without really being any of those). There is a general background mustiness to this beer as well as a base-funk that is slightly musky, reminds me a bit of damp granite, a sort of floral / fruity cheese quality,

This is lightly sweet feeling (it doesn't really taste sweet, but has a viscousness that sort of adds a perceived sweetness). As it first hits my tongue it really fizzes up quite a bit with excess carbonation. This is more lactic in its acidity than anything, but there is a piquant acetic character that is here just enough to spice up the flavor profile. The beer tastes of fermented, tart raisins, definite tamarind, raspberry-seed flavors and a touch tart cherry (without the sweetness though). There is a certain, not quite tin-like, sort of chalky, dusty, maybe musty note to the finish that mixes with a spicy, hint of balsamic vinegar richness. Subtle notes of toasted grain infuse the taste of this beer, not quite noticeable all the time and there is sometimes even a suggestion of rich caramelized malt sugars. This beer really is quite dry tasting, there is a certain viscousness to the palate presence that keeps this from being light bodied though; I think some of the body is due to tannins and oak extracts that are quite a bit more present than I initially realized. Actually oak really does play quite a role in this beer, I don't know how I missed it at first, but it contributes to the overall spiciness of this brew as well as to the woody oak flavor that tempers the tartness of this beer, there are also some touches of buttery oak and vanillin notes that softly influence the other flavors found here.

As the beer warms up a very soft sweetness starts to become noticeable, it is mostly dominated by the tartness here, but does help to boost the fruit character just a touch more. A second pour sees me noticing more raspberry flavors than I did before as well as some more non-descript berry flavors. I am finally noticing the oak character in the nose as well with a general spiciness as well as a nice oak-plank woodiness. This is quite tasty, it is perhaps lacking a touch more complexity, but this is certainly no slouch. I like the subtleness of the oak here, it is quite well integrated and really accentuates the other flavors as opposed to showing them up.

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Squatters 529 from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.