Squatters 529 - Utah Brewers Cooperative
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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
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-10-2011 18:05:58 | More by cavedave
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-15-2011 15:17:32 | More by emerge077
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle. Pours a copper red color with a light tan collared head. Nice aroma of caramel, sour fruit, acetone, and oak. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Apple and cherry notes in the flavor along with some earthiness. Some white grape too. No real booze notes to mention which is surprising given the ABV. A real easy drinking sour. Nice.
10-23-2011 16:49:41 | More by kbutler1
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
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
08-15-2011 00:11:28 | More by brentk56
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-16-2011 03:12:44 | More by smakawhat
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
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from the Salt Lake City brewpub. The cork was incredibly hard to get out, btw.
A- Watch out, gusher! Pours a clear copper/medium orange, fizzy off-white head with excellent retention, HIGH carbonation. Additional pours become more and more hazy.
S- Not as aromatic as I was expecting. Mild fruit sourness but not much else. Some funk.
T- I like this. Mildly sour/acidic with a strong citrus (lemon) zesty character to the finish. Some oak in there as well.
M- Medium to light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the tongue. Nice.
D- High. Nothing in this beer was overpowering, and it gained complexity as it warmed. Finishing the bottle was a pleasure.
Overall - After being a little let-down by the Root Cellar last night, the 529 was impressive. Not bracingly sour, this is more of a harmonious and balanced sourness. As mentioned above, the cork can be tricky, and mine was a (slow) gusher. Be ready with a glass.
02-13-2011 19:43:00 | More by mrandypandy
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Hey, what a pleasant surprise! Thanks dits!
Pours a ruddy dark amber/deep orange/slurry brown color. Mmm....looks flat and sourish.
Smells like some dank tart cherries, some acid notes, a bit of grape-y/dusty vinousness, and some lighter ... sweet?? ... malted fruit.
Taste is similarly complex, with sour cherries and a bit of soured lemon rind combined with a sweeter plum/lighter fruit flavor. Damn, I thought this was a wild ale. Upon going on line, I see it is an oud bruin. Well, it's almost more flanders reddish with a sweet and sour vibe going on.
Nice bubbly mouthfeel, despite the lack of any real head.
An underrated gem.
01-08-2011 08:22:07 | More by Overlord
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
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
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-28-2010 04:14:58 | More by womencantsail
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-10-2010 19:36:59 | More by MasterSki
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
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
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]
08-11-2010 01:46:47 | More by TexIndy
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
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???
05-26-2010 07:50:48 | More by JohnGalt1
Squatters 529 from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.