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Squatters Fifth Element | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

utahbeers.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fifth Element is a delightfully complex and rustic "Old World" style Belgian farmhouse ale. Aged in American oak barrels for a year and bottle conditioned, this artisan Belgian ale is sure to refresh.

Added by Wasatch on 08-31-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,557
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
64
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
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90
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of MAR_801
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasty beer! Really happy Utah is coming out with high quality beers Like this one!!

A: between an orange and yellow hue in color, light in head. With some nice body to it.
Smell: some nice notes of citrus fruits, yeast, funk, woodsy and sour apple.
Taste: citrus, passion fruit, yeasty, sour apple and some nice mellow oak at the end.
Feel: medium mouthfeel, with light effervescent.

Great beer overall!

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Photo of Benish
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has got to be the best Squatters beer I tried. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: bright orange in color with minimal head. The way the beer just shined and dazzled made it one hell of a good looking beer.

Aroma: there is plenty of yeast aroma with a lemony tartness and some mild barnyard character.

Taste: dominantly yeasty with some lemon acidity following through the entire tasting. It's not so complex but yet so delicious. Did not pick up much oak from the barrel age treatment, but this beer really exemplifies a solid farmhouse ale but with additional layers lemon tartness that paired well.

Mouthfeel: light to medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Squatters released a great beer. It is one of those beers to share with a friend. Not because of the alcohol content but because of how almost overwhelming the flavors were. I wouldn't call this an imperial farmhouse ale (there isn't one), but the flavors can be almost overwhelming.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeast/wheat heavy, rather musty. Some slight oak. A wee bit of lemon and grass as well, but the musty notes dominate. Very light, crisp and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a cloudy hazy straw color. There’s an aroma reminiscent of wet hay contrasting with an underlying funky tartness. The flavor, wow, comes out of nowhere with a sharp bitterness. More bitterness than I expected while still being sour, with a dry finish.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of utopiajane
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a finger of loose white foam that fell off to a thin ring. Left some soapy lace as it drank. This beer is radiant in the glass. Nose is uplifting and brawny with brett, yeasty funk, buttery oak and lively with tart citrus. Grapefruit and lemon entice the nose with the promise of all that sour while a touch of floral and bread underneath dazzles and tempts you into the glass. Taste is lively, spirited, smooth, but tart. Very tart. Malt opens up mid palate a little grainy, a little grassy to enhance the buttery oak smoothness. Spice grants a little pepper and becomes more prominent as it drinks. Drinks light and engages you with each sip as the hops leave their touch of hay and bitter on the finish. This was my first sour and I can say that it’s robust like ale, drinks like very dry white wine, has a softness to the body that is pure delight against the sour and is far more complex than I expected. This was a luscious and reviving farmhouse ale and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, 11/12 vintage.

3.5 A: First pour was a nearly clear light orange color. Every pour since then has been progressively more cloudy as is expected in a bottle conditioned brew. One and a half fingers of foamy white head that doesn't last very long, but does leave a decent amount of lacing.

3.75 S: Tart and funky nose. A lot of dusty, old wood with dry-rotten sweat socks. An almost acetic tartness. Just hints of wildflower herbalness. Hay and a small nondescript light fruitiness.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but amplified five fold. Lots of dusty old woodiness, basement funk, and old crispy sweatsocks. Hay, light grassiness and herbal wildflower, hints of light fruits and honey. Acetic tartness. Very tasty.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Quite a tasty brew. I can't identify any faults. Give it a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by dc55110, thanks!

Peachy golden w/ some haze. Hay, lemon, lactic aroma. Clean sourness, light on the palate; one of the better American wild ales I have had. The carbonation is not harsh but the beer is quite bubbly/prickly. Quite puckering at the end but I could definitely drink a growler of this!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Clear golden, minimal head

SMELL: Musty, oak, mint, yeast, mineral, withered flowers, pale broth, kumquats, faint sauerkraut, green peppercorn, jasmine, alcohol

TASTE: Wisp of carbonation, medium body, mild tartness, wood, doughy biscuits, herbal, medicinal, mellow alcohol, vague spice, dried grass, vinous, yeast, semidry finish

The oak barrel maturation brings forth a ton of complexity here. Unfortunately, it’s lacking in carbonation, but this is forgiven elsewhere, such as with the wine-like character that brings this beer to a place where most don't even think about going. We suggest finding the stinkiest of soft cheeses to pair with it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks Heather for the bottle!

A - About a finger of all white head. Maybe the slightest yellow in it. The bubbles are loud as they pop. Body is cloudy and just a wonderful wheat color. Really an excellent looking beer.

S - Spot on lemon/grapefruit sour aroma. This is filled by a grainy backbone. Some green raspberries and a little rhubarb.

T - Up front sour that has a lot of lemon qualities. Green berries as well. Moderate acidity. There is something that comes up late that seems off to me. Almost that banana, cloyey flavor.

M - Very full of carbonation and body. Drying. A wonderfully refreshing beer.

O - Something I could sit down with on a regular basis. Just a great beer that is so refreshing and delicious. Nice balance of acidity and farmhouse. Mmmm.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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