5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 23
Gots: 196 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of HighRollerII
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pineapples pineapples pineapples! Sweet and delicous

Photo of Neorebel
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this after aging 2.5 years. 5 Golden Rings is a gleaming light copper color, topped with a sugar-white head, holding steady at about 1/8" after the initial pour. The aroma has pleasing notes of dried pineapple, fresh sugar cane, and maple syrup. As for the flavor, I was extremely impressed. The Bruery is top quality, but I believe a little mellowing with age greatly enhanced this libation. Apple cinnamon, very tart pineapple, brown sugar, and nutmeg make this a pretty spicy treat that indeed calls into mind the food and drink of Christmas holiday tradition. With a sticky mouthfeel, a decent bit of alcohol heat is detected as well. Overall, it was a decadent experience I was careful to enjoy slowly.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, pineapple, citrus hops, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, ginger, cinnamon, other spices, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, pineapple juice, citrus hops with a bit of bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger, other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great BSPA with the spices being complex and well balanced and the pineapple juice is a nice touch.

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 brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze and a one inch head of white. A few whisps remain on the surface and elongated dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, candied apples, pineapple pulp, and sugar-dusted cloves.
Candied fruit and rum follow through.

Medium bodied with a slickish, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Booze-laced fruit juice and pineapples start the palate. Rum soaked fruit cake, spice-dusted apples and wine-like boozy fusels step forward.

Finishes very warming, fruity and spicy.

Plenty of pineapple, spice, and booze in this one. It should hold up very well in the cellar.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-ish to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pineapple citrus and smokey ham. In the taste, well, it tastes of the pineapple rings that came off a ham after it was cooked. A light spice and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pineapple and salty smoke in the aftertaste. It is seriously just like the pineapple off of a cooked ham. Sweet, salty, smokey, and touches of spice.

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 ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled . Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours brilliant clear orange with a finger and a half white head that fades quickly and leaves small patches of lace.

Smells of tart yeast, sweet apples, tropical fruits and a whiff of booze.

Taste follows the nose- funky tart yeast, Granny Smith apples, pineapple, nutmeg, sweet bread, lemons, pepper, slight bannana and a small alcohol bite. Several nice flavors that do well to keep this drinking much smoother than expected for 11.5% abv.

Medium feel with zesty carbonation. Long sweet and funky aftertaste.

Yes this is a sweet beast but I found that the sweetness cuts what would otherwise be some overpowering yeast. Not as pineapple-forward as I was hoping but still pretty good. I'll most likely buy at least one more bottle to enjoy over the holidays.

Photo of rdickey
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fine, two-finger head sits atop the beer, which is a dense, cloudy gold. The head lingers and leaves fine sheets of lacing that gently slide down into the beer.

S: The advertised pineapple is definitely out front, but it’s accompanied by cloves, black pepper and some citrus notes that promise tartness once it gets into my mouth. Very intriguing.

T: First, this beer is just huge, although not in a bad way; it’s not hot, it’s just huge. The taste is interesting – the traditional strong pale ale elements of cloves and other spices, along with mild tartness and funk, form a sort of foundation but definitely aren’t the end of the story. The pineapple doesn’t quite dominate those flavors, but it definitely gets all over them. I like it, but I suspect that some aging might allow the flavors to mellow and blend a little better.

M: Pretty traditional for the style. Despite the big flavors it stays pretty light in the mouth, although the huge ABV of course can’t be hidden.

D: Often we praise big beers that hide their alcohol well. In this case, however, I think it’s a good thing that the alcohol is so obvious, because otherwise you would be tempted to drink this a little faster than is prudent. You probably will anyway.

Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very aggressive pour yields two plus fingers of mostly larger bubbles which has it simmering down to the surface at an accelerated pace, just off-white and not quite tan in color, has a few decent sheets as you turn the glass but none of the lacing truly sticks. Slight gauziness to the liquid with a very fine sediment floating about, looks like slightly rusty orange to yellow water, only a few fat and lazy bubbles to be seen. The nose is yeasty and clearly on the sour side with obvious pineapple backed up by cherry, white grape fruit and clove to caraway seed spice, tart lemons, witch hazel, white pepper, damp earthiness and ending with a rose petal led floral lift. Just about medium-bodied with an initially fluffy carbonation which tones down swiftly as it passes through the mid-palate. Comes off as almost acidic, has plenty of grip and the pineapple and lemon team up for a mouth puckering tang. Wild yeasts, coriander and cumin spices, and pepper keeps it percolating. Not at all boozy, perhaps all that sourness masks this some. While amped out and stylized, does not push the envelope too far. Could easily pair this with the holiday ham and such.

Photo of IamMe90
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a duvel tulip glass from a 750ml bottle ($11.99 at riley's in madison)

Appearance: Pretty standard; cloudy orange with minimal head, reminds me of a saison or other belgian styles.

Smell: The best part, strong pineapple with some clove and yeast.

Taste: Belgian yeast, clove, sweet malt, pineapple (great pineapple taste!) and alcohol spice on the finish. Very pleasant but the alcohol really helps to balance the sweetness of the malts and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Thick, very thick. Would prefer it slightly thinner with more carbonation, but I'm glad it's thicker rather than less thick.

Overall: I like it. I was apprehensive given the reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me of a good belgian strong pale but with some unique twists, especially the pineapple presence. Will be buying another to age for awhile and see how that makes it.

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened on Christmas Day

A - Golden colored pour with some active foam that retains. Cloudy look. Some lacing.

S - Clearly can make out fresh pineapple and spice. Smells like a caribbean punch.

T - Flavors of sweet pineapple and cake are dominant. Great cocktail\dessert beer. Sugary sweetness bears out in each sip. Bready notes from the yeast give a pastry cake flavor.

M - Balance is incredible to hold all thi ssweetness and ABV into a smooth drinking ale. The only gripe I can think of is that this is too sweet to have mor than a glass of.

O - Wonderful holiday drink to share among guests. Might be a bit of a novelty but easily a beer for a casual beer drinker to enjoy.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with ginger and cinnamon and a bit of rye bread. It had a clean and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was one of the more enjoyable Xmas beers from the Bruery. It had an enjoyable holiday scent and taste, with fantastic body. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was really easy to drink. Probably best fresh.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown copper with a nice 2 inch foamy, thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sour/bitter belgian yeasts, almost bret like funky sour aroma. Grape, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, herbel spices and a little sugar note.

Taste - Huge pineapple and belgian yeasts at first sip. Really sweet and sour. Warmth of booze comes in soon as the overload of sweet dies down some. Lots of grape, lemon and herbel fruits mixed in with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with the sweet pineapple/bitter sour yeasts. Palate gets more pineapple and yeasts, along with some malts and alcohol. The aftertaste is sour, warm and pienapple flavored.

Overall - You better like pineapple to like this, and like some sourness also. I like this for the fact its different but man, its going to get a chore to drink this whole bottle, im guessing a 2 hour commitment. I would love to try this without the belgian yeasts, and maybe some centenial and cascade hops added to this, the monster pineapple profile this has is just screaming for a insane double ipa. Worth a drink, not my favorite 12 beers of xmas so far, and it seems im not liking them slighty more each year. Theres always next year...

Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: marmalade/peach cloudy, trace white head, no lacing

S: belgian yeast, pineapple, winter spices

T: solid pineapple, belgian yeast, mild earthy, winter spices
hint of booze in finish

M: med body, smooth/mild oily/firm carbonation

O: Like Bruery, little steep in price, LOVE that they
experiment like Dogfish Head of the West Coast. ABV is
very well hidden, sneaks up on you.
Would recommend, might get again.

QUITE NICE, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

A - golden orange with a huge, dense, white head that has great retention

S - lush fruit, funky yeast, faintly spicy

T - fruity, funky, faintly spicy, mildly tart

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The pineapple didn't come through as much as I would have thought it would, but there is definitely a more forward fruitiness in the flavor. For the most part this was almost all about the yeast for me. It was funky and lent a traditional Belgian spiciness to the flavor. Overall, this was a good beer, but I think there are better ones for this style available. It's definitely worth a try though.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Center-pour into tulip...

A: hazy medium amber body, finger's worth of ivory head that didn't persist; negligible bits of lace

S: made me think of orchards of pale-fleshed ripe fruits; presumably this is attributable in part to the use of pineapple in the brewing

T: I liked what the pineapple did for the flavor profile - you have a nice complement of pale malt flavors and the fruitiness of the yeasts and hops; the pineapple provides a lush flavor that is suggestive of holiday feasts' and treats' spices and fruits. Citric/acidic notes linger.

M: warming, full, soft, fuzzy; bit of a bite on the aftertaste, a little bitter, peachy sweet

O: I enjoy the sweet strong pale ales like this. This one in particular has a refined but lush character - it is suitable for warming and slow drinking. I'd buy this again. Perfect for winter holidays and cold weather drinking - a great December drink.

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 MDDMD
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing

S-tropical fruit, bready malt, spices, herbal notes, hints of sweetness

T-bready malt and grain, pineapple, spices, slightly sugary, some herbal flavors

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly slick

O-an interesting ale with pleasant flavors which I think will improve with some aging

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Truely a hazy golden color with about a half finger of small white bubbly head. It dissipates to apmost nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Tons of clove, cinnamon and other heavy spice notes. Also, lots of fruit and big pineapple notes.

Taste- Wow, palate explosion. Seriously my paoate almost couldnt handpe the explosion. The front of the tongue is hit will all the big spices and then quickly transitions to sweet fruitty flavors and then with 1 foul swoop is cut down with a sour pineapple and lemon finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice amiunts of carbonation that pairs well with the flavor profile.

Overall- Pardon my french, but this beer is a kick in the ass to the palate. My downside is that because its so extreme, it is kind of hard to drink. This is probably served best as a 6oz sipper to share with a bunch of friends on a cold winter night.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

Memories of Eddie Izzard come flowing back to me here... This stuff pours a hazy amber-gold (how appropriate) topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises white grapes, mango, orange sherbet, light banana, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of white wine (I got the sense of oaked chardonnay here, though this particular specificity seemed particular to me this evening), pineapple, honey, light Belgian yeast, and very light clove. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty brew. Frankly, when I read the label, I was sure this was gonna be a substantial mess, but the ingredients worked very well together, a sign that cooperation amongst disparate and seemingly inevitably clashing views can indeed coexist peacefully and productively.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a hazy golden orange with a whips of white head, a film remains around the outer ring of the glass through out... Not much lacing to speak of. It's not a bad looking beer, but the lack of head and lacing lowered the score here.

S: In the aroma I Mainly get bready yeast notes, along with some notes from the spices, I mainly get cinnamon, and nutmeg? (Turns out they used allspice, cinnamon and ginger) as the brew warms I deffinatly start to get more of the spice, particuarly the ginger, as I get vague whiffs that remind me of ginger bread men. There is a bit of sweetness in the aroma as well, although note as much as I anticipated, and while I get citrus I'd be hard pressed to say that I smelt pinneapple persay. Nice comes x-mas time aroma overall.

T: much like the nose, I get some bready yeast notes, along with a bit of sweet citrus, pinneapple comes through more towards the finish, along with the spices, I like the use of spices here, they blend nicley with the yeast notes and seem to balance them out.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation that works very nicley with the brew, keeping it from being syrupy, some lingering x-mas spice in the aftertaste.

O: this is a pretty good x-mas beer, I thought it was tasty and pretty nicley balanced and had a decent drinkability for the abv, defiantly worth enjoying for the holidays, I'm curious as to how this will age.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy equal parts golden and amber body with a single finger head which has little retention or lacing.

S: red apple, pineapple and other tropical fruits, belgium yeast, clove. overall the fruits dominate.

T: the booze is fairly well hidden. molasses, red apple, tropical fruits, belgian yeast, clove and other miscellaneous herbs, lemon, tartness and peppercorn.

M: thick and syrupy with moderate to high carbonation and a semi dry finish. I actually like the texture here although it is different for the style.

Overall: I like the balance of sweetness and tartness. the mouthfeel is very tick with this one coating the palate quite a bit. Nice beer though and good seasonal one.

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.

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