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Squatters 529 - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

55 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 43
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: pokesbeerdude on 03-04-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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

brentk56, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

emerge077, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this one. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - This one is a slow gusher - have a glass ready. Pours with a finger-plus of foam that settles to a thick ring and leaves spotty lacing. The body is an slightly hazed orange-brown color with some reddish highlights.

S - Vanilla, cherry, light oak, lactic sourness, and a decent amount of sugary malt sweetness.

T - I like the taste a little better than the nose, but it doesn't quite warrant the bump to a 4.5 (docked appearance to offset). Definitely more sour than the nose, and gets increasingly sour as it warms up. Vinous notes, nice blend of cherries, fruits, and both acetic and lactic notes. Less oak than I expected for a beer aged 529 days. You can definitely perceive the young beer blended into this.

M - A little zestier and grittier than I prefer - you can definitely tell it was made with champagne yeast. Medium bodied, with a solid dry finish. Well-hidden 7.15%.

D - This was quite enjoyable. I refilled my glass and would definitely have this again. A pleasant surprise from Squatter's and competitive with other US Flanders Oud Bruins.

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Rifugium, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

MarkyMOD, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, May 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

orangesol, May 10, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

stakem, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mothman, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Gonzoillini, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 16, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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

JohnGalt1, May 26, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

HopHead84, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Axnjxn, Feb 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

bsuedekum, May 09, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mhaugo, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 18, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 20, 2013
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Squatters 529 from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.