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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 22
Gots: 197 | FT: 19
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-03-2012

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.
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Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 127
Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Would be a much better beer if it wasn't so damn sweet.
The alcohol profile is masked very well in this one.

Photo of peachesncream
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definitely too sweet and the amount of alcohol was not masked very well. Not a nice blend of pineapple and orange.

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: pineapple, honey, sweet light malt. Very creamy – they have the Belgian carbonation thing down very well. Starts creamy and luscious with some light malt flavors and then the pineapple bursts forth. Appearance: brilliant orangish amber. Medium body to medium light. More fruit than just pineapple – finishes sweet but then there is some faint hops in the background, some citrus and some hard to define spices. Like a white wine with a little bit of alcohol on he end – no way tastes like 11.5% abv – a stealth beer.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing a single finger frothy, off-white, shortlived head that fades to small islands & surface ring of foam that leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts, Belgian yeast esters of pear & apple mixed with cinnamon, clove & ginger spices combining to produce the smell of mulled apple cider in a background of light alcohol. Taste is similar but the sugar & mulled apple cider components are more robust with pale malt note being heavy to pie crust & pineapple & white grape fruitiness thrown into the mix. Alcohol, sweetness & spices intensify in the peppery finish which produces a sweet, fruity but slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, is syrupy, thick, chewy & a little prickly. This is truly a Christmas brew but is too heavily spiced for my taste. Similar to what I think very sweet mulled apple cider with a tiny dollop of vodka added would taste like.

Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy gold/orange with three fingers of foamy white with a little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is Brett in the nose some banana and a slight bubble gum aroma. There is also some orange zest in the aroma that has a candy-like feel to it.

The taste has real zing to it and really let's out some Belgian candy flavor. There is a banana flavor that really comes out a bit like La Fin Du Monde but with some other fruit flavor that leans toward grape and even a little pear. There is a dryness that has a cider flavor but gives more of a back end punch of tartness. Tartness where the bitterness should be.

The feel of this beer is has a full body that has a medium feel for most of it but then leans into you feeling heavier than expected. It a good drinkable feel and even with age is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up locally (found it recently actually), enjoyed from a hoarders high ball glass.

a - brew pours a rich syrupy looking transparent copper yellow with a thin fizzy head that mostly fizzled away except for some bubbles on the surface clinging to the glass....some spotty lace.

s - nose is a fairly sweet pineapple apple with noticeable heat. Compared to the BA which I opened shortly after this one...the non BA carries some big cinnamon notes and lots of all spice. As it warms it gets more complex though always remains sweet.

t/m/o - taste is very rich and leads with boozy sweetness. Lots of apple and pear, a touch vinous...very rich and flavorful. Syrupy. Definitely a chore to drink. A few ounces of is is more than enough. Very big pineapple notes...soft all spice.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden body with a large white head that settles to a single large island of foam in the middle.

Smell - Belgian sugars. Apples. Some tropical fruits. Booze. A variety of sugars.

Taste - Sharp fruity flavors. Harsh booze. Spices. Not as sweet as the nose suggested. Dry boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and rough. Medium body. Kinda bitter.

Overall - Not loving this. Very rough, without the flavors to back it up.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity pineapple, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength and a lot of sweetness. Taste of apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of sweetness and some light fruity tartness present on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of pineapple, spices, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with huge robustness and minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this was a nice and unique Belgian golden ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of pineapple, spices, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the big ABV and sweetness. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Uanof
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Mongrel
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of alaimoa
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
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

Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of impending
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
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

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.