5 Golden Rings - The Bruery
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Reviews by Slammy:
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Drank on 1/4/2013, 1/6/2013
Received as a gift
Served at roughly 55 F
A - The beer poured a beautiful, if slightly murky, amber/orange color. A full 2+" head subsided rather quickly; the lacing was quite noticeable throughout drinking, which somewhat surprised me as the head retention was not that impressive.
S - Pineapple hits you right away. When I read the label upon receiving this bottle as a gift, I was reluctant to say the least. However, the pineapple did not overwhelm and I was soon able to get hints of very pleasant malt notes that lingered beneath clove and coriander.
T - The first thing I tasted was a slight tartness - not bitterness - on the tongue. This was a nice surprise, but unexpected. The pineapple smell that was evident tasted instead strongly of mango, which was strong, but did not mask a taste of butter. The alcohol was quite brilliantly masked by the brewers (quite the feat at 11.5 ABV). I digress here for a moment; I was not able to finish the bottle in one sitting and vacuumed the remaining 1/3 of the bottle to consume a couple days later. While the beer had definitely lost some of its carbonation, the result was a rounder, more balanced tasting experienced highlighted by wonderful notes of caramel. Just in case someone wants to try this, I found that the beer was enhanced by the simple dish of roasted tomatoes and French bread that I was eating with it. This may have been an aberration, but it turned out to be a delightful one if it was.
M - Strong carbonation hit my tongue initially, but there was very little there in terms of substance. The beer slid over my tongue rather quickly without lingering. The taste, however, did stick around for a while on the roof of my mouth.
O - There were certainly ups and downs to this beer, but I generally liked it. I am not usually a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one was better than average. I would not buy it again to drink, but would certainly drink another glass if it were handed to me!
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2013 06:46:25 | More by Slammy
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3/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 17:38:46 | More by Alieniloquium
3.68/5 rDev +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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 03:54:46 | More by superspak
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
80 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.