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Squatters 529 - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 43
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-27-2013 00:17:20 | More by Rifugium
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-14-2013 00:45:42 | More by BeerThursdays
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-13-2013 21:18:02 | More by spycow
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-13-2013 13:57:11 | More by Imstillthegman
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-13-2012 17:20:07 | More by codybear127
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-19-2012 19:46:42 | More by bauermj
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

09-14-2012 06:56:13 | More by Travisnin
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-01-2012 20:53:35 | More by mdvatab
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-18-2012 18:34:02 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

05-09-2012 02:13:16 | More by bsuedekum
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-17-2012 17:50:42 | More by HelgaHills
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-07-2012 00:21:17 | More by Khazadum
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-10-2012 05:42:02 | More by imperialking
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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
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-12-2011 02:57:33 | More by Miamilice
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New York

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
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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
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-09-2011 06:00:41 | More by mhaugo
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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
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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
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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
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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
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North Carolina

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
Squatters 529 from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.