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

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with a nice foamy off-white head on top. Decent retention with a small cap forming on top. Lots of lacing all around the glass.

S: A little bit of fruity pineapple upfront, with a lot of spice mixed in. As it warms a bit of alcohol comes out. There is also a little ginger and light bready malt.

T: A bit fruitier than the aroma. Some pineapple and a little bit of apple. The spice flavor was the exact opposite of the fruit, not very present. Slightly herbal and citrusy.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol pretty well hidden on the taste.

O: Decent, I think it has some potential for the future.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle my brother brought home for Christmas. Poured into a Delirium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a pretty hazy, orange-gold color. A big, frothy eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers tall. The head recedes and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S - Wow. There is a pretty sweet aroma right off the bat. Sweet notes of candi sugar and malts first. Sweet pineapple, mango, and white grape come next. The spices are mixed in with ginger bein the strongest component of the mix.

T - Sweet flavors just as sweet as the nose. Pale malts, candi sugar and sugary fruits all come out. Pineapple, lemon, and white grape are very strong. Syrupy and sugary meet spices like ginger and all-spice. Yeasty esters add a hint of banana to the overall mix.

M - Sweet and syrupy body here. The syrupy body adds a bit of heft to an orherwise medium bodied beer. The alcohol is a bit hot as well.

O - Not a bad beer, but this one had a lot more going on than I think it needed. It was a bit sweeter than I had hoped. A nice addition to the lineup, but I'm not sure how this one will last until the 12th year.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, herbs, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a very spice and herb forward flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's strong and isn't coming together super well at this time.

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Photo of Hex92
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Definately different from the last three in the series. The alcohol taste is prominent. I guess the flavor of pineapple is there, but its not overpowering.

I think it tastes less 'raw' than the four calling birds, it I think this beer will improve with age too.

At this point I will say that the jury is still out. The potential is there for something great, but its not there yet. I will drink another one next year.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 12.24.12

A - Pours a slightly hazy darker orange with a one inch foamy head with great retention.

S - Sweet citrus and fruit, pineapples mostly. Pretty sweet smelling.

T - Pineapple, and some alcohol burn, spices in the finish, but this one makes me thinks it is designed to last.

D - Decent carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Very sweet, but it does have a Christmas flavor to it.

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Photo of rand
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into snifter

Gonna pour one now, off first impression it needs some aging.

A: Dead-on apricot-orange in color, small fizzy head dissipates quickly without leaving a trace.

S: Tropical fruit and pastries anchor the bouquet, with ample alcohol volatiles delivering the aromas. The added pineapple is prominent, and it blends nicely with natural yeasty esters and holiday spices.

T: Bold fruity notes in the front of the palate - the pineapple is there but it's not as prominent as in the nose as the Belgian bacteria do their magic. Still there's lots of pineapple and the brew is sweet; fruitcake-sweet, with cinnamon and clove drying things out a bit. The booze comes on strong mid-sip, joined with a phenolic tone that carries to the finish. Hops aren't a major player, which might have helped balance out the sweet aspects. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...could've used more carbonation to clean the sugary residue.

I actually liked this more as it warmed. My first impression was a little on the negative, and it's a flawed beer, but there are some tasty aspects. I could see this improving over the years.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, big plume of white bubbles, sticky lacing. Scent strong with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, more bitter than sweet, vinous notes throughout with some herbal qualities... lots going on here. Taste begins with light watery tropical and citrus before full bitter grapefruit notes present themselves. Chardonnay like vinous notes and some medicinal herbal qualities, some strong yeast notes round out the taste. Medium bodied, light in carbonation despite big initial head. A little too much going on here, would have liked some thing dialed back a bit.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Uanof
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. There’s a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.

Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though there’s also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To nobody’s surprise, it’s sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - it’s a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winter’s nap.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11.5% ABV, cellaring and serving directions on back label.

A - Pouring hazy golden straw color, this shining beer has a modest off-white head that slowly descends to a skim of foam and ring of tight bubbles with dots of lace left collected on the glass.

S - 5 Golden Rings has a heavily yeasty aroma that bursts fourth with dry, earthy esters of clay, white pepper, lemongrass, hay field, and coriander. Cinnamon sticks swirl the beer into a spicy frenzy with a dash of nutmeg and clove while the pineapple juice adds residual sweetness giving it a moist white cake nose but any trace of the fruit itself is buried deep. Faint warming alcohol doesn't come across quite solvent-like, but it's definitely evident in the nose, though pushed to the back.

T - Spice heavy like the aroma, this beer blends overwhelming yeast esters with more added spice and piles the sweetness on top of that. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove swirl in with the yeast spice of grey clay, coriander, lemongrass, and a touch of bubblegum. Citrus emerges but pineapple escapes me, again leaning towards white, moist cake with sugary vanilla frosting. With each passing sip, this tastes less and less like a beer and more like...something else.

M - Carbonation is here but surprisingly low for the style, which gives the beer a fuller, robust feel as opposed to a crisp, lively one. The sweetness, in conjunction with the fuller feel makes this beer quite cloying, only balanced by a bone-dry spicy finish with a trailing touch of floral bitterness. Warming alcohol penetrates the chest slowly and can be picked up lightly though retro-nasal breathing; a good attribute for a winter brew!

O - An awkward blend of spice and sweetness vying for attention throws one for a loop but I must admit, the lack of alcohol perception in this beer is quite incredible for it's boastful 11.5%. So, 5 Golden Rings is a bit unattractive - ok, average - fresh but, then again, I didn't really buy my bottles to have them fresh. I have faith the two bottles sitting in the basement will mature nicely, developing over the next few years for an epic culmination of aging. It's always good to reflect on where the aged beer has come from though, and this one could certainly stand some age improvements.

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Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's yesteerday. The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is rich and sweet, showcasing considerable tropical fruit (lots of canned peach and maraschino cherry for instance), vanilla, honey and light butter. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but this beer is so sweet, it's almost nauseating. There's a hint of underlying bitterness on the finish, but it's not nearly sufficient to counter and buoy the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full, and the finish is long and cloyingly sweet. Drinkability is dreadful. I was unable to finish even the small sampler glass I purchased.

An interesting beer, but much too sweet IMHO. Cannot imagine what I would do with a full bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised that I liked this one based on the lukewarm reviews. The scores on BA are one of the reasons that I have been reluctant to try this one. Much to my surprise, I sort of like it.

The beer poured a reddish-orange hue with a soft white head. The foam left behind a noticeable lacing in the glass, as if to say beer was here. The aroma was big time pineapple with a layer of spices in the background. The pineapple was also very present in the initial taste. I do not think I have every had such a dose of pineapple in a beer before. Cinnamon and clove were also noticeable with the Belgian yeast laying the backbone. The thick mouthfeel on this one allowed the flavors to linger. The added benefit of this occurs with the nice warming sensation that begins in the aftertaste. This holiday beer not only warms the cockles of your heart, it lights up your digestive track. Many of the non-craft beer drinkers around me also enjoyed this unique brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/honey with a thumb of cream colored head. Viscous look to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Big-time pineapple & a touch of apple blossom

T: Much pineapple, boozy orange & lemon zest up front. A touch of candi sugar mixes with pineapple as this warms & just a bit of golden delicious apple hard cider. Finishes sweet with slight pineapple tartness & a touch of honey

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, slickens up as this warms

One to cellar, too much pineapple & not much of anything else in this one. I would love to try one about a year from now, but wouldn't risk buying it again. I do consider this a worthy experiment though

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Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A solid opaque body, kind of a dirty orange color, with a bit of hinting muddy brown. A very creamy top off tan in appearance, but with about two fingers out on the pour. Fairly solid looking Belgian like brew.

Nose is quite spicy. Hints of gingerbread and pineapple. Brown spices of nutmeg and clove, with a little bit cinnamon hot spices. Pretty solid Christmas smelling brew.

Taste is quite a surprise. A good mix of tartness and hot brown spices. Pineapple and sour tart with lots of juicy quality. A good decent malt backbone on the finish though. The tartness on this though isn't really that pleasant and doesn't seem to jive so much with the brown dry hot spicy character. Carbonation is pretty mild on this.

Overall it's not bad, but it's not something I would want to have again, just not my thing.

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Photo of Slammy
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian golden ale with pineapple juice. 11.5%.

A: Oxidized pale orange is filled with a medium rise of effervesce. Chalky white head is creamy and in good standing at one finger leaving a thin sheet lacing.

S: Pineapple juice, sweet bready cake, pretty dominate upon opening but fizzles a bit when sitting in the vessel.

T: Funky pineapple slices, yeasty and estery with green pears, lemon and lime juices and a cake like breadiness. Touch of banana, grapes with a passing of sour fruitiness on the close.

M: Fair carbonation, bready and full with a warming of sour fruitiness as it sits on the tongue.

O: Overall somewhat complex, smooth transistion, spicy, though may be a bit much for one serving. May be better justified in a smaller quantity. Could be crisper, the pineapple takes over a bit at times, not something that holds your attention and loses some luster by bombers end.

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Photo of themind
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holiday beer for me this year, good brew with notes of pineapple. The carbonation is crisp and the flavors are blended well. I enjoyed this beer in terms of one and done. My thoughts on this are the Bruery makes quality beer and anything from them is worth a try. I enjoyed the beer for sure but would pass it up for a second bottle only because its not the type of beer you would drink on a regular basis. Pours a nice head and has a good aroma.

Bottom Line: never had it? gotta try it because its a quality beer.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles gently and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - lots of pineapple, pear, malt, and clove alcohol notes.

T - Pineapple and dense malt up front. Some pear, guava, and clove in the middle. Finishes with syrupy malt, lightly herbal hops, and lingering spicy alcohol.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but it seems like this beer has a lot of potential to improve. The alcohol is spicy, but not quite hot and the malt is just a bit too thick for my taste. The best thing I can say about this is that I am really looking forward to the barrel aged version next year.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: The aroma was pretty big on herbs, with some spice, citrus, a little pineapple fruit and a little grain coming through as well.

T: the pineapple fruit was more apparent on the palate alongside herbal notes, spices, some citrusy, a little sweet from the malts and a touch of grain flavor on the backend.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, herbal, slightly grainy and crispy finish.

O: pretty good beer I have to say but honestly not my cup of tea. If you like spices and herbed beer this is definitely for you.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, winter '12
Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Pours a deep, hazy golden orange color. Two full fingers of fluffy off white head. Lots of carbonation present initially. Fizzy.

S: Smells like a Belgian golden ale. That noticeable Belgian yeast spicy strain of yeast. Maybe some other spices. Some fruity note possibly coming from the pineapple juice. Nothing mind blowing. Not getting the "cake-like" spices.

T: Up front, you taste that Belgian yeast spice character first. Noticeable. Then you do get some soft creamy malts in the mid palate. Some sweetness for sure, that pineapple juice addition really playing a major role. You get that sweet/tart of pineapple. It's like a boozy fruitcake. Definitely taste a little booze and lingering heat on throat.

M: It's a big medium. It's not overly thick, but it has this strange soft creamy character.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Sark
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- orange red with a thin lacing finishing quickly

Smell-pineapple with citrus notes, hop character is minimal

Taste- spices of nutmeg, hidden alcohol behind light malt character

Mouthfeel-full bodied but only noted after a full swig

Overall- complex taste to decipher, warming to the core

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