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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ‘12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series. The only golden ale in the bunch, we spiced up the natural pause in the classic song with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with the delicious sweet and tangy flavor of pineapple. The resulting ale is a true holiday treat that can be enjoyed fresh or cellared until 2019, when 12 Drummers Drumming will be released.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-03-2012)
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Uanof

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden color with little to no carbonation and a quickly dissipating head that reduces to a 1/8" around the glass edge.

S: fresh tropical fruits, fresh sweet citrusy yeast and definitely some diced pineapples.

T: the pineapples are even more noticeable in the palate from the first sip. It's a fresh juiciness of tropical fruits and paradise playing alongside a more prominent malt bill. Astringent, dusty, boozy and a lot of sweetness; the juices stick around for a little while.

M: it presents itself with a full body and the pineapples provides a thick dryness on the back end of the palate.

O: this beer seems to be well achieved according to it's description, but it certainly isn't a flavor that's made for the masses. It conserved itself pretty well for being aged year and a half.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 09:53:31 | More by Uanof
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SHODriver

California

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice golden orange with a small off white head that is quick to fade without a trace
S: smells of fruity esters, some spice and a little bit of caramel sweetness
T: taste is of fruity esters, some pineapple and some nice spice notes. There is also an underlying sweetness. swallow is a huge wave of pineapple and fruity esters
M: heavier side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a fairly dry finish
O: Overall, not bad but not great. It's a little too sweet and fruity for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:02:46 | More by SHODriver
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear orange. After a forceful pour, the glass swells with foam. The head dies away rather quickly as if exhausted by the pour. I am left with a famished cut of off white foam. Laces well.

S-A sweet, excessively yeasty aroma. Cloves. Basil. Candied sweetness. Alcohol is a noticeable component of the aroma; that stinging heat. The pineapple juice can be detected as well.

T-It tastes like someone poured seasoning into pineapple juice. Peppery, Belgian yeast. Concentrated pineapple and apple juice. Finishes with a long winded, hot sweetness that clings to the back of my teeth.

M-The back of the bottle says it will keep for 7 years. I laugh at such a statement, it's basically flat already. No carbonation. The lack of bubbles really let's that oily sweetness soak into every crevice of my mouth.

O/D-Thankfully this was gifted to me. I'm not even going to attempt to finish this bottle. Flat, spicy, boozy, juice from concentrate. Still waiting for the Bruery to make a beer that I actually enjoy from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:49:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- On the lighter side of amber, foamy white head that fades quickly an leaves a ring of bubbles atop the body. Some light comes through the body, but there is a definite cloudiness to it.

S- Sweet sugary bread, peppery yeast, pineapples, some clove and orange.

T- Very sweet, almost like pineapple soda syrup. Hints of sweet bread, some Belgian yeast provides a little depth, but there is a ton of sweetness here.

M- Fairly drinkable for a big 11.5% beer, medium carbonation, somewhat syrupy.

O- A 750 of this is too much for one person. Just way too much overpowering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:42:06 | More by stephenjmoore
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bierdeflanders

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: funk, pineapple, pear

A: orange amber with two finger head

T: lots of pineapple, some yeast notes, finishes with a nice alcohol warmth

M: medium and crisp, very refreshing

O: pretty impressed with this holiday beer. The sweetness from the pineapple, make this beer very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 04:55:36 | More by bierdeflanders
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Mongrel

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not going to spend too much time on this one, since I'll likely be pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain very soon.

It starts off great with a hazy orange-gold appearance and a nose reminiscent of a saison - bright and spicy, with tropical fruit. Initial taste is good too - big, crisp and spicy, with a pineapple juice punch. Again, like a big saison. But things go downhill after about one second on the palate. In comes a lingering metallic bitterness that's possibly attributable to the way the acid in the pineapple has aged (this bottle is over a year old). The sweetness also becomes cloying, but somehow still cannot mask the big booze. Overall, it's just a mess.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:05:07 | More by Mongrel
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Our traditional Bruery Christmas beer on Christmas.

Bright orange with a thin, insta-skim head. Smells like pineapple juice and fuzzy Belgian yeast phenols. Tastes like it smells - fuzzy pineapple. Tangerine/nectarine (I don't know that I can tell the difference) in back.

Good but intensely juicy brew. Like a pineapple, tangerine cocktail. Had I known I would have brought fruit and mini-umbrellas.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:32:04 | More by donkeyrunner
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is peach in color with one inch of off-white head.

S - The aroma gives off scents of pear, pineapple, and cinnamon.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. I get pear, pineapple, and cinnamon. i do also taste some Belgian yeast spiciness.

M - Moderate

O - It is a well done BSPA with added spices to give it a Christmas feel. i really enjoyed this beer. It is probably the best new to me Christmas beer of this season.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:31:09 | More by buschbeer
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Cellared for one year.

A- Pours a hazy orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch beige head that's short-lived and soon fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Moderate amount of yeasty barnyard funk plus some orange zest, candi sugar and booze.

T- Whoa, you can really taste the pineapple juice. It's actually like drinking a pineapple juice liquor cocktail but just a bit more complex with some yeast and a tad bit of malt at work. Some other flavors come out as a result like mango and orange but it's just full-on pineapple juice through most of the ride. Things become more enjoyable as it warms but I think it's just because I do like pineapple juice.

M- A bit sharp and acidic but not in a very good way since the booze also adds to the bite and creates a discordance. Medium-low carbonation with a lightish body.

O- About as one-dimensional as it gets. Drinkable, but easily the most disappointing in The Bruery's Christmas beer series.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:41:46 | More by Immortale25
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TheCuriograph

New York

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Luminous peach-fuzzy gold. A sort of gauzy clarity, with a small bubbly head that gives way to a halo. Nice column of rising bubbles like sparkling wine.

S - Sharp pineapple and champagne aroma that would suggest a barrel-aged sour more than a golden ale. Some spice in the background.

T - Hot and spicy. Immediate tang of tropical fruit, with some citrus and candied fruit. Borders on sickly sweet. The ABV hits you in face. Really, the whole flavor medley is more reminiscent of a rum punch that a Belgian-inflected ale.

M - Medium heavy, and frothy.

O - Less than spellbinding. An off-kilter nose and taste that's compelling, but there's nothing to bring me back. Still, I'll check in for the next entry.

***

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Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:06:41 | More by TheCuriograph
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy bright orange colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple, spice and a hint of bubblegum.

T - A massive sweetness up front with some warming alcohol. Spice (clove) and a light pineapple presence with some bready/honey sweetness. This beer is bordering on being cloyingly sweet and is difficult to drink.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:06:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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flayedandskinned

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012's Christmas beer from The Bruery.
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a vibrant, cloudy, almost glowing deep gold. A bright white, 2 fingers tall head blossoms. The head has decent retention and leaves some spotting lacing along the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (3.75)
A big allspice and nutmeg presence hits your nose first with supporting notes of sweet, yet spice driven Belgian yeast; mostly impressions of clove and banana. Sweet, biscuit malts and a twang of fresh cut pineapple become apparent as the beer warms. Light alcohol presence.

Taste: (3.75)
Orange forward hops upfront, followed intermingled notes of allspice and clove and bananas from the yeast. Middle of the taste your palate is covered with a sizable coating of sweet, bready malt and tangy impression of pineapple. The beer finishes off dry with lingering notes of juicy pineapple, sweet breads, allspice, nutmeg and more yeast driven notes of banana and clove. Warming alcohol presence, but in taste, it is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
An interesting take on both a holiday ale and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale; I really do enjoy the subtle notes of pineapple, but overall I feel that this beer is a tad too sweet. I think the yeast the Bruery uses is a bit too sweet to be used in conjunction with the allspice and pineapple. I think i would have really liked this beer if the yeast phenols were dialed down a bit to better showcase the pineapple.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:44:20 | More by flayedandskinned
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dogfishandi

New York

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian chalice.

Pours a cloudy sunset type of orange color, about a 1/4 inch of head off of the pour that rather quickly faded to a thin ring. Lacing is quick to fall back into the beer, maybe a touch of alcohol legs.

Initially the aroma is pineapple juice, apple, pear, sweet sugary bread, as it warms a bit of a almost solvent alcohol aroma comes out, throughout there is a bit of spice, maybe more of a yeasty spice, fruit cake like.

Quite a bit of fruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some grape, a sweet bready almost caramels malt gives the impression of fruit cake. The spice is light, maybe from a bit of age, more a yeasty spice, a bit of phenols

Almost a bit syrupy and heavy for the style, could prolly use a bit more carbonation as well.

I expected a bit more out of this. Not really bad, just not worth a second bottle, unless you want the whole series, but I couldn't really see this aging well.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:03:30 | More by dogfishandi
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with a golden color and limited head. Light carbonation. Extreme sweetness in the first taste but a thick mouthfeel. Definitely has the smell and taste of pineapple and oranges. Initial impression was that this beer is almost too sweet
Overall it was okay but I think I would only buy again for the full 12 days of Christmas series.. this wasn't anything special

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:09:51 | More by alaimoa
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Phelps

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

Misty clarity, the color of a nearly ripe tomato. A thin, fizzy tan head is gone soon, replaced with thick legs.

Bright aroma. In this order: Pineapple juice, caramel, pear syrup, alcohol, old crackers. Very sweet.

Juicy. Where in the nose the particular notes are in differing proportion, they're more equal in the flavor. All the same stuff -- pineapple and pear chunks, caramel, booze -- but balanced. A touch of ginger, maybe some nutmeg.

Smooth, syrupy medium body, effervescent. Tangy on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol digs onto the nose.

Good if a little one-dimensional and sweet. Goes down more easily than it should.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:11:51 | More by Phelps
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. It's been a long time since I've been this excited over a beer. Pineapple juice!

3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice spiciness. Candied pineapple, mango, and sugarbread. Rich, sugary maltiness. They really nailed the pineapple, at least so far.

4.0 T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of pineapple in this, through and through. It even has the slight tartness of pineapple juice. Mango and orange can be found as well. Spices mentioned above. Everything meshes into a unique beer experience that also happens to be quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and not too syrupy like a lot of Bruery beers.

4.0 D: This may be my favorite installment of the Christmas series. It's interesting and tasty. I think I have to go pick up another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:29:06 | More by DavoleBomb
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impending

California

2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

D+

an incredible disappointment
the only thing that makes any sense is that it must age properly for the vertical
which accepts facing the fact that it is a mess day one
I indubitably believe this will age into something special
it will taste appropriately evolved, a complexity will appear

I don't share the goal of possessing the vertical
although I do believe it will be an epic tasting
maybe the best ever

but today
it is not worthy of consumption
a massive disappointment
no cheers for today
jd

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 06:44:52 | More by impending
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle served cold into a goblet on a cool rainy night in early June.

Five Golden Rings is a bright golden amber with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet like tropical fruit and slightly spicy like the yeast character in a saison or tripel.

Flavor is sweet up front with the pineapple making itself known. It follows with a surprising kick of spices and herbs. I get pepper, clove, coriander, and maybe some rosemary and mint. It finishes with another unexpected twist: tartness. It's a little like a wild yeast but also a bit tannic like a dry wine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A complicated beer but fairly easy drinking. The alcohol is there but it's sneaky the way it creeps up.

Overall an interesting beer. I bought two more to cellar so it will be interesting in a few years time to see how it's mellowed, hopefully.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:49:54 | More by GilGarp
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Subtle white froth.

(S)- Definite hints of the ginger and cinnamon with a slight clove-like twinge to it. An underlying sweetness meets fig and honey.

(T)- Quite spicy yet sweet at the same time with obvious pineapple citrus meets a simple golden ale.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets quite a sweet fig and pineapple candy profile. The spiciness of this pretty much goes everywhere on the palate.

(O)- A bit simple yet I think this was completely over-spiced. Would be very surprised if this would even last til this pseudo-vertical is completed.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 20:08:58 | More by sweemzander
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pineapple and candi/brown sugar over some slightly more moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger stand out.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with some initial sweetness from the pale malts, candi/brown sugar, and pineapple juice. After the initial sweetness there is a touch of tartness from the pineapple along with the notes of the Belgian yeast and the spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger become more pronounced as the beer warms. Minimal hints of the alcohol as the beer warms up in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light amount of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Like the other beers in the 12 days of Christmas series, this is a solid and enjoyable offering - the initial aroma of the beer just after opening the bottle reminded me a lot of pineapple upside down cake. I like the sweetness of the pineapple, the spiciness of the ginger, and the slight dryness. Easy to drink as the alcohol was relatively well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:09:56 | More by dbrauneis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours as a decent golden color with a white head on top. The retention is thin, no lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is a little fruity, boozy and spicy. The taste of the beer is loaded with spice, very Christmassy, not really the greatest tasting beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation and smooth drinkablity. Overall this beer isn't the greatest. I just wasn't impressed with some of the flavors it had. It's an ok beer but I just don't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:56:53 | More by Knapp85
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5 Golden Rings poured lightly hazy from a bomber bottle. Amber in color, with a small but durable off-white head. Vinegar (or similar) in the very sour aroma: smells like a good marinade ... or a bad beer. Well, the taste is similar and no better. There is some pineapple and ginger in the very tart taste. Medium bitterness.

O: brewer’s description sounds wonderful; the beer is not. Hard to drink despite some attractive aspects.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:45:19 | More by chinchill
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden amber with a two plus finger egg shell white frothy head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of tart citrus fruit , spice and some alcohol after the swirl.

Taste dominated by the pineapple, hints of sweet banana, ginger and the booze is not hiding.

Mouth Feel medium body, light carbonation, sweet, sticky, with some alcohol bite.

Overall, the beer is a little over powered by the sweetness and then the alcohol hits you. Glad I tried it, not my favorite Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 20:52:21 | More by dtivp
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color with one finger of bone white head, modest retention and lacing.

Smell is wonderfully tart- some funk, some citrus a bit of hops. Nothing complex, just a plain old good tart smelling golden ale.

Taste is a different story- pineapple juice comes through strong at the beginning and throughout. A slight hop bitterness after the initial pineapple note, which gives way to a slight funky yeast tartness, then back to the pineapple and candi sugar to finish sweet, but by no means sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is very nice and different than usual- I'm ordinarily a big fan of prickly carbonation, especially with belgians, but this one works nicely without the pinpricks. Medium bodied, light carbonation, milky pineapple feel on the tongue. This is a wonderful brew and I felt that way from the first sip. I would recommend buying it if you find it- I plan on obtaining another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:57:26 | More by Hopdaemon39
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, poured into wine glasses

A hazy golden yellow with orange through the core. A thin white head rises about one finger and then falls to a thin layer over the liquid. The nose is largely of pineapple spice cake. Spicy clove, cinnamon, honey, banana, ginger. On the palate, pineapple takes center stage. This really is a pineapple spice cake in liquid form. Ginger, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon. All coming in waves with pineapple right in the middle. The yeast adds a nice element of spice and fruity esters that help round out a fairly dominant flavor profile. Medium feel, a little slick. High carbonation that works with this profile. Overall, I found this to be an interesting beer. Definitely a risk, but it works. This beer is definitely out personal taste and whether or not you can stomach the spice and pineapple. I found it to be a tasty beer, but nothing that rocked my world.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 17:54:44 | More by ColForbinBC
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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
80 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.