Squatters Hell's Keep
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Utah Brewers Cooperative
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #141
Ranked #22,332
3.75 | pDev: 9.33%
Jul 24, 2021
Aug 11, 2009
Very Good
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Photo of Barnettaidan81
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Barnettaidan81

Honestly, for me, it’s just— eh. It wasn’t bad, wasn’t really anything special either. It’s gold and clear in the glass actually quite appeasing to the eye, but really underwhelming in the mouth. Kind of reminds me of PBR as harsh as that is. Tastes like a lager with a few spoonfuls of sugar added. This review is a bit skimpy because quite frankly, the beer was too. There just wasn’t much that stood out other than the sweetness. Agai , not bad, not good, just meh.

Jul 24, 2021
3.73 by jsgodfrey from Netherlands on Aug 13, 2020
3.77 by jstern from California on Jun 16, 2020
Photo of Beginner2
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Oct 22, 2019
3.85 by dlin0sbb from Ohio on Oct 22, 2019
4.5 by coffeefrog from Utah on Jul 06, 2019
4.5 by ThatLandonBud from Utah on Jun 22, 2019
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3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Radome from Florida

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.

Jan 19, 2019
3.48 by bplabernie from Michigan on Dec 23, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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!!!

Dec 13, 2018
3.63 by B_B from California on Sep 16, 2018
3.72 by Strigiform_Witness from North Dakota on Jul 09, 2018
3.75 by elglueckert from Montana on Jun 12, 2018
3.75 by Irrationalist from California on May 29, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sjdevel from Utah

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.

May 12, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Mar 14, 2018
3.81 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Mar 03, 2018
4.45 by JasonLWest from Georgia on Mar 02, 2018
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3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by UtahBeerPleb from Utah

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.

Feb 03, 2018
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3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by darth_punchbowl from Utah

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...

Jan 31, 2018
Photo of huthuty
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by huthuty from Utah

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

Nov 03, 2017
3.27 by ERSmarr from Texas on Jun 25, 2017
3.8 by moundbz from North Dakota on Jun 15, 2017
3.72 by Tiernan from Texas on Feb 23, 2017
Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

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.

Feb 07, 2017
3.75 by archero from Texas on Jan 26, 2017
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Karibourgeois from Texas

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.

Jan 17, 2017
Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Czequershuus from Minnesota

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.

Jan 11, 2017
3.74 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Dec 13, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

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.

Nov 16, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by matcris from Arizona

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.

Nov 15, 2016
3.48 by corywalston from North Dakota on Oct 04, 2016
4 by nathanmiller from New York on May 28, 2016
3.53 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Oct 17, 2015
Photo of Darkman89
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Darkman89

Perhaps a bit over sharp on the alcohol content this is still a great beer.

Jun 03, 2015
3.75 by Matt141 from Texas on May 06, 2015
3.5 by brewqueno from Texas on Jan 13, 2015
3.91 by ArkyPalmer from Washington on Dec 28, 2014
3.75 by david18 from New York on Nov 27, 2014
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 24, 2014
Squatters Hell's Keep from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 124 ratings