Squatters 529 - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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3.18/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
04-29-2012 10:20:48 | More by HopHead84
3.26/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
05-20-2013 00:31:51 | More by DavoleBomb
3.43/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
12-09-2011 20:30:28 | More by stakem
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one.
Pours a beige head. Color is an orange gold.
Aroma: Some sour and funk. Apples and sour fruits. Oaky with vinegar and acidity showing.
Taste: Cherry and acidic flavors. Sour and tart. Oak, vanilla, and spice. Grape soda and grape fizz flavors.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, a nice beer. A good amount of sour here. Decent drinkability.
11-16-2011 01:13:47 | More by mothman
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured from a 750 into a snifter.
Muddy amber/ruby color with a 1/4" light tan head, which recedes to a thin layer/ring. Leaves big spots of lacing.
Big, funky nose with notes of rhubarb, sour cherry, and tamarind.
More funk and sour red fruit (of some kind) on the taste, with red wine vinegar and a lingering tart apple finish. Lacks malt balance, and loses flavor as it warms.
Light bodied and kind of thin, but clean and well-carbonated. It works.
With it's crispness and carbonation it's pretty damn drinkable, though the sourness and lack of balance bring it down some for me.
Not a bad oud bruin, particularly for those who like them more sour. The champagne yeast gives it an interesting lighter character.
03-03-2011 21:56:39 | More by busternuggz
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
Reviewed on 5/28/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light brown with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of light fruits including cherry, a hint of oak, malty sweetness, and a hint of sour funk. Flavor of sour cherry and malt. Pretty drinkable and tasty, although not as complex as I would have liked. Solid sour though.
12-23-2010 20:36:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
01-09-2013 17:41:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-13-2011 15:06:28 | More by Deuane
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
05-09-2011 23:23:23 | More by orangesol
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
05-05-2010 16:37:13 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
01-02-2012 00:21:58 | More by portia99
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
01-14-2011 03:58:38 | More by JAXSON
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-14-2010 22:55:35 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-04-2011 20:14:14 | More by Hojaminbag
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-09-2010 22:25:34 | More by Sean9689
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle poured into a mini brandy snifter, shared with many at the Darkness Eve tasting.
A- Pours a Red/Brown clear color, really thin off white head that dissipates to nothing, leaves some splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is rather enjoyable, nice funky notes, sour, dark fruits, cherries really stand out, vinegar, slight oak.
T- Nice dry taste, sour and tart, nice malt characteristics to balance it out, acidity is very nice, nice cherries notes.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth drinking, crisp finish, slightly puckering, well balanced.
O- This was an enjoyable sour, really tasty and easy drinking, great palate cleanser for the epic tasting we were partaking in.
10-29-2011 18:26:13 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Squatters 529 from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.