Squatters Hell's Keep
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #244
ABV:
7.75%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,668
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
121
From:
Utah Brewers Cooperative
 
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  15
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Photo of Beginner2
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good American rendition in the Duvel tradition.

But, Hell's Keep does not quite Look the part of Duvel. Squatter's rendition does have a rocky head on a crystal clear body (foam is 2/3 less dense and doesn't have really active protein, a sign of flaccid yeast.) Smells are average as the yeast does not produce an explosion of fruited malts. Tastes give me a fine malty, fruity clobber with 7.5%... for which I had no idea was coming. In addition to concealing that well, there is considerable salivation; producing a very nice accompaniment to a caprese sandwich. In the finish, a bit more hops would have been appreciated to cleanse the palate and complement the basil. OK bubbles, but more helps in the Duvel competition. Best advice: work on the yeast some more; the rest is easier.

While this my second from Utah Brewers Cooperative (first was from Wasatch, the other half), I write a brewer review as further homage to their unique and intelligent strategy of two good brewers consolidating to simplify production and distribution. Since I speculate these are the two business procedures that keep micros as micros, this Coop strikes me as smart in overcoming expansion issues that, in a state like Utah, must be even stronger. Big OA Kudos for that.

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Photo of Radome
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Pizza Rock, Las Vegas. Nice color and clarity, but the head was almost non-existent, a side effect of too low carbonation for the style. Aromas good, but lacking any real yeast character. Flavors also lacked yeast character, leaving it tasting almost pilsner-like. Overall, a decent, enjoyable beer, but disappointing as a BPA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a perfectly clear orange amber color with a small white head of foam. The head fades rather fast time to leave a trace of wispy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a sweet candied sugar smell with a great showing of a lightly toasted malt aroma. Along with these smells comes a good showing of bubblegum and some light fruits, with apple, pear and apricot. There is a little bit of clove and nutmeg as well, and with a hint of banana and herb, the aroma is overall super inviting and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins some of the sweeter flavors that were detected in the nose. Some candied sugar as well as some peach, apricot, and apple are the base of the sweet, which is supported by a nice lightly toasted bready flavor. As the taste advances a big bubblegum and light yeasty tastes come to the tongue and are joined by some of the spice flavors of nutmeg and clove that were present in the nose. Toward the end, some light alcohol and a bit of grain and herb come to the tongue to leave one with a pleasantly warming Belgium ale taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more crisp with a carbonation level that is normal. For the mix of alcohol, sweet, yeast, spice, and malt the feel is spot on, accentuating everything just right without letting one flavor overpower the taste profile.

Overall – This was a very tasty and enjoyable Belgium strong ale. Reminds me a bit of Delirium Tremens, but a tad bit on the sweeter side. Very tasty!!!

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Photo of sjdevel
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has a nice sharp bite upon sip. Smooth and quite sweet, but it does dry out towards the end. Great Belgian Yeast flavors. This was pretty low on carbonation, but very flavorful though.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 3/14/18.

Beautiful on-point hazy Tripel appearance with a gold color, and a big lacey white head.

Big floaty peppery cloudy yeast flavors on the nose, bubble gum, banana, and ethanol. Woo-hoo!

Flavor is grainy to start, followed by equal amounts of banana and ethanol, tailing out with bubble gum and faint peppery yeast, and what seems like suggestions of faint steamed cabbage.

Feel falls flat a bit, pretty watery overall - I could have used more heat and carbonation, would have knocked it out of the park.

Overall a very tasty Belgian Tripel that if I could find it in 6 packs around here I would nab them fast.

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The appearance is a classic golden look, very light and well-carbonated. The aroma is quite nice, smells very rich. Unfortunately that richness just doesn't work for me in the taste. It's very heavy on the clove and sweet, rich maltiness, somewhat of a floral note to it. I don't really enjoy it, but at least it's got a good body to it, and the aftertaste is quite nice.

Maybe I just don't care for the style.

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Photo of darth_punchbowl
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Maybe the cans I got at DABC were a little old or had been stored badly because this ale was incredibly flat tasting, and had only vestiges of the qualities described by other reviewers. But the body had some heft to it anf i am excited to try it again. Date on the bottom of the 12 ouncer said to enjoy by 06/08/18...

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Photo of huthuty
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium yellow in color
Smells like Belgian malt and spice
Taste is a good balance, often this type of malt can be Overpowering but here it's just enough to have a bite
One of the better beers of the style

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of an white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight spicy hops, and floral notes. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight spicy hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a white one-finger head. Big spicy aroma with clove and yeast standing out. Tastes has biscuit and bread flavors upfront backed by a strong grainy yeast flavor and a hint of clove and pepper in the finish.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clear pale gold with a large head. The aroma is huge with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, and cantaloupe all present. The flavor follows the very clear Belgian yeast bomb route, with banana largest, and plenty of clove, melon, and peanut butter. The mouthfeel is devilishly light with a foamy creamy carbonation. Overall this is an amazing expression of pure yeast flavors with a well hidden ABV. Seems like a baby Tripel - all the flavor with less body and richness. At the price, I find this outstanding.

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Photo of puck1225
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Clear yellow with a nice thick head and good lacing. Nice sweet smell, pears. The taste is sweet and fruity with apples, pears, lemons. Not a bad Belgian ale.

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Photo of matcris
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A fairly clear, lemon/golden in the glass with a moderate amount of bubbles rising. About a finger of white foamy head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Lots of carbonation when I rock the glass and spotty lacing left down the glass. The aroma is yeasty, candied sugar, tartness, pears, and apricot jam. Some tart apple in the flavor, jam, and light dried fruit. Carbonation is full and body is medium. The beer is quite dry but also just a little of that sticky quality. Overall, just a pleasant brew and you definitely get a Belgian vibe from it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with an epic tall white colored head.

Clear light scent of honeysuckle malt and powdery yeast. Light coriander scent. Has all the proper smells but it is a little lite on scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a lite hop bite. Mild coriander taste. Powdery yeast flavor not unlike a sweet roll. Tasty yet it seems a bit light.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer that in no way hints at it's strength. Only thing is the beer seems a little light for the style. Perhaps my taste buds are warped from all the extreme beers I have drank?

This is an excellent beer for a breakfast or fresh fruit dish. In particular this would go perfect on a hot summer day with cold melon.

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Photo of colts9016
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured beer into a tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is billowy, foamy, and creamy. The head, sadly does not have good retention. The head, however did have a lot of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale yellow with tons of yeast obscuring clarity.The beer has a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

Nose: The malt is slight toasted giving off a mild aroma. The beer presents with more of a fruity hoppy aromas, oranges, lemons, perfumes, and ester. I don't smell any strong aromas, the beer is just mild.

Taste: The taste is primarily perfume, lemons, pine, floral, oranges, esters, and hint of pepper. The malt is flimsy and the flavors do not carry over.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent, and slightly warming.

Overall: This beer has potential to be so much more. For a Belgian strong anything, I would expect a punch of flavor exploding on the palate, instead they just meandered aimless. The beer was mild, I did get a pepper note on the tail end of the taste. This beer is just okay.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head. Some spots of lace dot the glass during the session.

Smell: Belgian yeast and some pepper are mild but detectable.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with yeast, pepper, some mild citrus tones, moderate bitterness, and a bit of alcohol create a well balanced flavor but on the mild side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with a bit of dryness arriving late.

Overall: not a bad Belgian ale but overall it is a bit mild. I found this to be easy to drink too.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle bought and shared by T. Thanks
Cloudy golden with loud pop but smallish head for style.
Mix of soft yeast character and pale malt with a bready/doughy character.
Malt flavor matched the aroma. Again with modest yeast characteristics. A couple shots of hop flavor with bittering to cut sweetness. Long reasonable dry finish.
A little bigger than moderate feel and some fullness from carbonation.
A solid drinking ale. Worth a taste and can assist in meeting a belgian fix.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber in the tall tulip with whipped-cream foam. Quite spritzy on the tongue. A medium body and less fullsome than a lot of these strong Belgian-inspired beers. Some aroma of fruit.

Not much hop flavor, but this has a moderate amount of the Belgian yeasty flavor with a bready taste. Initial sweetness dries out gradually. Some fruitiness that didn't jump out as a particular flavor. This seems a little simple and less interesting than some, but if you're in Utah it's well worth seeking out. I would have to say it's average but quite sippable.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House. I also saw it at the Utah Beer Cooperative on 3rd West.

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Photo of kagent777
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle purchased proudly from the Co-op's Beer Store and poured into a perfect pint. Bottle clearly says born on 10/11/12.

Appearance: OK, this one is the biggest head I have seen on a non-homebrew. I did take it out of the fridge to warm a bit before opening, and did pour rigorously. A slight haze on this yellow beer with a rocky white massive head. Hard to tell if this one truly left any lacing due to the huge head.

Smell: Like a bakery, yeasty with a bready maltiness. Fruit from the Belgian yeast phenolics. Some clove spice.

Taste: Pretty much follows the scent. I really like the spicy character presented in this beer. It is present but subtle and not too much in your face. I like when a beer's ABV is around 7%, and this one is a touch over, but it is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Maybe because I had poured this one with a lot of head, but the actual carbonation seemed soft and velvety. The body is medium.

Overall: A solid BSPA. I have no complaint stylistically with this beer. I wish this was not a 10 dollar beer. I had some a this a few years ago, when just getting into craft and I have wanted to revisit it. I am a value minded beer consumer, and this is lower on the bang for the buck scale.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy golden amber color with nice 2-3 finger pillowing white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, banana, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, lemon, bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, biscuit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, banana, pepper, clove, biscuit, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying flavors at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong golden ale. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden straw color with a white head. Sweet sugar and bread. Some banana, light citrus, and a nice spice note. There is a little bit of yeast, some straw, and fruit esters. Sweet bread, biscuit, cereal, and a bit of sugar. There are some fruit esters, a mild spice, and a hint of yeast. Some pear and apple flavors on the finish.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light yellow, slightly hazy.
S: sweet like cheap beer, white wine, slight booze, slight cotton candy.
T: sugary finish, metallic, boozy, dark fruit, nutty, bready aftertaste once you get past the metal.

I enjoyed the dry finish and intense carbonation. Overall, I think there are better strong pales on the market. However, it is nice to try something different.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden orange color. Large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is buttery at first... A lot of butter and diacetyl. Belgian yeast and pears with green apples and more butter. Taste is initially buttery with some lovely Belgian yeast flavors. Buttery popcorn flavor with fresh pears and some melon. Light clove. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high. Overall, first beer I've had from this brewery, and it's definitely tasty.

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Photo of coloradocut
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours with medium head that disappeared fairly quickly and left a bit of lacing. Color is golden like hard cider.
Smell - Familiar to the style, but a little light on the nose.
Taste - Once again, familiar to the style, but lacking the complexity and sweetness. Light and well carbonated. A little bitter at the finish. 7.75 ABV is well hidden.
Mouth - a little thin with maybe a little too much bubble.
Overall, I enjoyed the beer and was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to see it at an airport bar in Salt Lake City. It's not quite a Duvel or Affligem, but it's really close.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a quite good hoppy belgian ale. pours cloudy orange juice from concentrate yellow colow, with a fluffy white head, indicative of the nice belgian yeast that is featured in the aroma and flavor of this american bent on a belgian pale ale. smells like citric hops and belgian yeast in equal parts, and tastes about the same. the yeast up front, hops later on. the feel is excellent, very bubbly and a medium body. this beer really surprised me as most of the other brews at squatters were pretty average. this one stood out as a bold yet balanced expertly crafted ale. a must try when you visit.

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Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 121 ratings