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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 576
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 22
Gots: 198 | FT: 18
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:
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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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 576
Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a bright orange color with a very wispy head.

Smell: pineapple and some spice comes through to the nose.

Taste: very fruit forward beer. Pineapple is up front with some ginger, pepper, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this beer was way too fruity and overloaded the golden ale qualities I expected. Tough to have more than one pint in a session.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber with a white head and little lacing.

S - Christmas ham, over ripe pineapple, allspice, light cinnamon. Can't tell you the last time I had fruitcake but reminds me of ham and fruitcake.

T - Sweet malt with an alcohol kick followed by clove like spice. Pineapple juice, allspice, yeasty phenols.

M - Medium body and almost syrupy which makes it feel more like a ham with pineapple and clove the more you drink it.

D - A bit late on the advice but do not drink with a xmas ham dinner or you might not be able to tell the two apart. Served this one at about 50-55F and it either became more tolerable as it warmed or as my tongue went numb to the flavor. Have heard from homebrewers that have tried that it is impossible to make a decent pineapple beer. Thought I would give this one a try to prove them wrong but alas it might be true.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tulip glass, poured at 45F.

A - Really appealing golden orange in color, very little froth formed and body is very still. Instantly regretting not letting this age a couple of years minimum.

S - Strong pineapple dominates, brown sugar and spices right along with it. I agree that it smells cake-ish, alot like a pineapple upside-down cake to me.

T - Wow, really falls down for me here. Pineapple still present, but the sweetness overwhelms so much that its cloying. White wine flavors there too, right where I dont really want them, in my beer.

M - Comes on so strong, hits hard and then quickly dissipates with very little heat. Impressive for a beer this high in ABV. That is the only thing remarkable about it in this category though.

O - Bummer. Don't know if it would have improved with age, but I am so underwhelmed that I do not care to find out.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles.

Strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar.

More of the same in the flavor. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. A touch of clove in there also.

Very tart and sweet which dries out the mouth. low carbonation. A lingering burn. Syrupy.

I can see where some people might like this beer, but it wasn't my taste. For me it was a little too sweet, tart, and not enough carbonation.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy deep orange - some gold around the edges - off white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity - so fruity that this kind of smells like a bizarre cocktail - the pineapple is quite obvious, and it adds to the yeasty esters, including banana - clove, bubblegum, and some earth - the spices are quite potent, particularly cinnamon and ginger - basically, it smells too sweet and too spicy - booze is pretty obvious, too

Taste: Pineapples, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar - candied pineapples, bananas, clove, and bubblegum - cinnamon, ginger, and allspice add to the mix, and add to the sweetness - lots of sugar - lacking any malt character to back up the sugary spice booze blast - maybe this would calm down over time

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, low carbonation, sticky sweetness

Overall: I would happily turn these rings over to Sauron

I think I would rather use the rest of my glass to glaze a ham or something. This is way too sweet, way too spicy. Bleh.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, cloudy dark orange and gold with a thin near-white head. Leaves the glass dotted with spots of stick. Appropriate and pretty enough.

Lots of authentic, juicy, even spicy pineapple character in the aroma, along with a distinctive, Belgian, tangy, perhaps sulfuric yeast character. The aroma also presents some fusel alcohol notes.

The flavor is sweet, earthy, and very pineapple forward, along with lots of fusel alcohol harshness. It's not a very drinkable beer. There's some white fruit element as well (apple, pear), along with sweet honey biscuit and some very faint black pepper. Interesting, but not particularly drinkable or enjoyable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

One of The Bruery's weaker offerings of late.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

P: Dark golden apricot body with a decent crown of white creamy head that bubbles down to a thin silky layer. Wet lacing around the edges.

S: Overpowering pineapple booze, tropical bubblicious gum, powdery yeast, ginger, white grapes, hints of honey, black pepper, allspice and cinnamon. Banana esters appear once agitated.

T/M: Odd! Pineapple juice, lemon zest, a hefty dose of allspice, pickled ginger, clove and black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy with just a pinch if stinging carbonation. Finish is semidry with cinnamon apple peels lingering in the back of the throat. Similar to drinking hot apple cider. Booze was not as abrupt as the smell and highlights the flavors.

O: 5 rings of oddness. At first I hated this beer. The first smell and taste almost caused me to grab something else. But it really opened up once it warmed and had a chance to breathe. The pineapple is the elephant in the room that actually works to an extent. This is an interesting take on the style and I can't say I hate it. I would like to see how this one ages for the next 7 years. May have to hunt another one down. Cheers!

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Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern for $6.50. A pineapple Belgian? I figured coming from the Bruery, it'd be worth a shot. In hindsight, I don't recommend this one. The pineapple flavor upfront tastes interesting and unusual, but it grows too strong as the beer warms. It's contrasted by by a too-dry spicy finish that comes off astringent. Kudos to the brewers for hiding the high alcohol, but the feel and flavor balance is off.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass

A: Golden color with a slight haze. Little to no lace.

S: Spices (cinnamon, ginger), citrus (pineapple)

T: Very strong spice notes (ginger, cinnamon), slight pineapple, wheat. Alot of alcohol almost hot.

M: Medium body, very warm on the tongue due to the alcohol content. little to no carbonation.

Spices dominate the beer with a hint of citrus, mainly pineapple. Alcohol is very forward and makes it almost hard to drink. Look forward to thing mellowing out for my next try in 2019.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brenden
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a dense, heavy yellow-orange color, thick throughout with what may also appear to be a touch of chill haze. A small off-white head manages almost a finger with pretty good retention, and light lacing by way of a couple lines and some spotting remains on the glass.
Belgian yeast is evident, adding emphasis to the spicing by way of the clove notes and bringing its dusty sort of earthiness alongside what smells like fresh pineapple juice. The effect it has, though, is to remind me of a dusty can of pineapple slices. There's a candi sugar sort of sweetness as well as a note of something like tropical fruit alongside the pineapple, possibly an effect of the mingling of other notes with the pineapple itself.
The pineapple is strong in this beer and that's good. It seems maybe that maybe the Belgian yeast strain isn't a suitable mate. The effect is a type of sourness going into the finish that reminds me of the taste on my tongue when, attempting to suck the ink toward the tip of a pen after it's hit a dry patch, it explodes in my mouth. It's not exactly that pithy sour bitterness, but it is a sour bitterness. It's not terrible, but it had potential going in that it can't meet.
This beer is thick for its medium body, but the carbonation cuts through that without being too terribly heavy itself.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear, golden color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little tropical...the pineapple is definitely there, but in a "hard-to-explain-way". Some strange spices that I haven't really ever smelled in Bruery beers before. They call this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...but when I think of Belgian Strong Pale Ale...I think of Duvel. This is nothing like Duvel, and I doubt The Bruery wanted it to be. However, had they made this seem more like Duvel...I would rate it much higher. Scent is very sweet...very fruity. A little overly sweet. Could be due to the high ABV. Taste is overly sweet as well, and a bit too boozy. I have never tasted PiaPT or 2TD fresh, but 3FH and 4CB were much better fresh. This one is just a bit unbalanced and overly sweet right now. The tropical fruit flavors are disappointingly overcome by booze and sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is tangy and hot. Drinkability is fair...as long as you take your time with it. Overall, I had much higher expectations from my favorite brewery. Not a great offering from them IMO.

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Photo of dtivp
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ElSid
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Beers of California


On-tap at the Bruery

A: Golden orange with a good amount haze, but minimal foam.

S: Mostly grainy with notes of peachy pineapple sweetness and banana peppery spiciness. Alcohol warmth becomes more noticeable as the beer settles.

T: Follows the nose with a grainy breadiness which builds to a peach and apricot fruit sweetness with hints of funk, barnyard, and unpleasant mold. Somewhat leathery ending with a straightforward peppery, banana finish with hints of nutmeg and moderate warming alcohol.

M: Good lacing on the glass with medium body and mouthfeel, but minimal carbonation.

0: The palate feels a bit old and worn. I was hoping for more spice notes. Essentially a Belgian touted as a Christmas ale but lacking in overall spice complexity leaving the holiday spirit out of this brew.

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Photo of Chaney
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Very, very, very murky orange, with a nice 1/3 finger head.

S: Sort of a citrus/pepper combo with an added white pepper element. Nice smell!

T: Ridiculously bitter, plus a good bit of pumpkin ale-ish sort of quality. Pepper and then some... whoa! Not like I was expecting.

M: Not too sugary, but infinitely interesting. Nice lacing, bitter (I defy anyone to say it's not!). The carbonation level was fine.

O: I expected more here. Loved Three French Hens, but thought this one wasn't to my taste.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.37/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of nova009
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy golden straw color with orange tints, one finger fizzy head that quickly dissipates down to a nice white covering, spotty lacing on the glass

S- sweet, pineapple and other tropical fruits, maybe mango and papaya, slightly bready malt notes, not much of a belgian smell to it, clove hits at the end, I have to really get my nose in the glass because the smell isn't very strong

T- overwhelmingly sweet, pineapple and the rind, slightly tart, a weird funky (and not in the good sour way) and bitter taste hits the middle of the sip, bready malt...this is a bizzare combination of flavors that doesn't mesh particularly well

M- medium body, light carbonation, slightly chewy, covers the whole palate, slight alcohol burn on the tongue but barely noticable

O- This has probably been my least favorite sampling from the Bruery, it's too sweet and the flavors don't mesh well, Oh and I just noticed I didn't write any notes related to belgians, that's because the characteristics of a belgian pale were practically non-existent, save your money on this one, it costs too much for what you're gonna get

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained silky topping back to the surface.

The aromatics are filled with pineapple and spicy clove. Almost tart smelling with some earthen aspect. It gets sulfuric when swirled. Overall an interesting twist on a pale belgian golden ale.

The taste is spicy with a flavor of clove and earth. Some fruity elements of pineapple and pears. A smsll hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with a warming alcohol inclusion. There is lots of apple to cider flavoring that comes forward as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a thick and creamy feel. It is very rich in the feel with the alcohol being hidden initally and then really warming up as the experience continues. This is a nice twist that is unique and worth a try. Having had it, I dont think I would buy it again but wouldnt mind maybe having this with some age on it.

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Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Deep golden with a thin, craggy white head.

A good bit of spice comes through in the nose. Cinnamon and ginger predominately.

More ginger and cinnamon upfront with some clove and light fruit/tropical notes in the finish.

Medium body, low carbonation.

A unique take on the style, the spices are an enjoyable/well done addition.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours goldenrod with a small cap of white head. Good head retention, some lace.

S: Pineapple, estery malt, ginger, sugar cane.

T: Sweet sugar cane, bready malt and pineapple. The pineapple flavour is quite good, but the overall malt taste is fairly cloying. Still a good taste overall.

M: Full-bodied, soft carbonation, cloying at times; this beer really needs a couple years to dry out.

O: A solid effort, but not as good as the last 3 fresh. Age this one for sure.

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.