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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 20
Gots: 193 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-03-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

nmann08, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

acurtis, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has faint hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mixture of pineapple aromas along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has initial flavors of sweet candi sugars and pineapple juice; these transition into notes of ginger, Belgian yeast and pale malts towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The pineapple flavors lend a slight amount of tartness to the mouthfeel, which has some dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer seems to be a little sweeter compared to other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but seems like it has just enough dryness and ginger to make it rather drinkable. There are absolutely no traces of alcohol in the taste.

metter98, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's spicy, it's floral, it's vinous. It sounds a lot like I'm describing a wine. ...oh, by the way: it tastes wine-like too. The Bruery's fifth installment of a twelve-year series is chocked full of fruity-spicy balances that is normally relegated to the lexicon of grape- not grain.

But here we are, and the beer pours much like those oak-aged chardonnay. It's strong golden body is highlighted with mild haze and ample bubbles. Rising to the surface, the beer is partly spritzy and partly frothy, giving the ale a part-beer, part-wine appearance. Broken lace adorns the glass and starts to remind us that we are, in fact, drinking ale.

Honey-sweetened malts kick things off while cracker-like malts contribute to the beer's initial aromas. Floral notes of orange blossom, clove, and allspice captivate the nose with soft and spicy potpourri. Lightly sulfury character says apples, while acidic tones say lemons. Tropical fruits round out the aromatic show with aromas now found in American IPA (but, we'll see about that bitterness).

Deliciously spiced, the malt flavor is straight forward with honey, thin caramel, and dry bread and biscuit. But the beer's malty foundation is dwarfed by the spice and fruit to come. Apricots, pineapple, banana, and apple all seem to be of the dehydrated (concentrated) fruit sweetness. But as the sweetness quivers, the spicy additions come to play- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and white pepper balance the fruit and malt with ease and carry its taste to a spicy, oaked chardonnay-type woodsiness and slight cork-like must.

Medium in body, the Belgian strong pale ale is creamy and tart to start. But soon after its high effervescence subsides, so does its residual malt textures. What's left is fruit impressions without the weight and an echo of spice that's supported by alcoholic warmth. The beer is light and effortless in its finish, while seemingly vinous tannic with white wine-like properties.

I'm seeing how this beer is built for the future. Though relatively fresh, all of the individual tastes, aromas, and nuances are easily deconstructed. But as the beer develops over years, the tastes will certainly meld the malt, fruit, and spice into a fusion of all while retaining a dry honey taste that should reveal high level of savory succulence for years and years to come.

BEERchitect, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

GRG1313, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours as a decent golden color with a white head on top. The retention is thin, no lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is a little fruity, boozy and spicy. The taste of the beer is loaded with spice, very Christmassy, not really the greatest tasting beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation and smooth drinkablity. Overall this beer isn't the greatest. I just wasn't impressed with some of the flavors it had. It's an ok beer but I just don't care for it.

Knapp85, May 12, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -15.5%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, a very cool idea for a decade-plus spanning release series. Muchas gracias to DoktorZee for schlepping this back from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, solid medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some broad, random specks of spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dense, meaty Belgian yeast, black pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg, and yes, yes, yes - musty, fruity, sugary pineapple! The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel, some rather encompassing, yet softly caring, and generally funk-free earthy yeast, reserved clove and allspice, um, spice, and a nicely integrated tropical pineapple fruitiness, sugary in its own special way. All very pleasant, to be sure, but that only distracts from the increasingly salient fact of - where be the booze, Balthazar?

The bubbles are agreeably tame, yet supportive in their finely fizzy way, the body a sure heavyweight, something I really don't encounter all that much, and not just for the style (and especially for the style), and smooth enough, the effect of the fruit, spice, and alcohol all having their say. It finishes definitely on the sweet side of things - malt, pineapple-dominant fruit, and seductive spice all contributing equally.

One large and in charge BSPA - it may be (sort of) pale, but honey, this ain't light. There's a thorough heaviness to all herein, a gravitas that, along with the pineapple, abounds in an 'Aloha from Hawaii' sensibility. Pretty balanced, given the big sugary inputs, and still crazily understated, with the 23 points of alcohol proof drawing little overt attention to itself.

biboergosum, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -15.5%

SocalKicks, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

nickfl, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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

russpowell, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool beer ive been dying to try. nearly a 50dollar bottle at falling rock in denver, but thats the price you pay sometimes... the pour is hazy pale yellow in color, washed out looking, with some fine sediment in suspension and an inch of white head. the nose is really tart, almost pushing a sour beer, its funky from the yeast, fruity from the pineapple, and quite boozey as well. i dont taste a ton of pineapple, but i taste its acidic sweet/tart kick, its contributes more to feel than to taste i think, but it works gloriously well in combination with the yeast. i think this beer could be improved by a heftier richer malt body, i found the fruit flavors and essences to be overwhelming in the absence of any serious malts. however, this was a delicious brew, with fine carbonation and just a little too light of a body. overall im sure it was overpriced at the bar, but i am glad i got to try this. its been a brilliant series so far. good bottle to share at this abv!

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Bruery tulip with a Bruery bottle opener, just because. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice tight white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, nice retention. Looks good.

Can definitely pick up the pineapple in the aroma, there is also a lot of malt and sweetness, hints of the yeast.

Beer is heavy in body, the pineapple comes through in there as well but there is an almost smoky / spicy flavor that grows and becomes a little off putting. I drank the bottle but the aftertaste got too much toward the end, not a repeat.

drabmuh, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose malty, light sweet malts, Belgian tripel like earthy spices, light fruity esters and floral fruits, light sweet malts.

Taste sweet candy malts, boozy, chewy almost doughy malts, Belgian malts, hot tingly booze, a bit of fruits and nuts, hint citrus like fruit and some fresh pineapple juice, with light Belgian esters, hint phenols. Finish is hot, boozy, more light phenols and esters, belgian tripel like spices lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb for the high abv level, but quite boozy.

Overall decent but nothing special, fairly hot and boozy, typical Belgian strong flavors and aromas though.

jlindros, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head. This is a nice looking beer. The smell is sweet with a strong spice note. I'm definitely getting some pineapple. The sweetness carries over to the flavor. There is less spice in the taste with a good amount of pineapple. The finish is sweet and malty and has a significant alcohol burn. I think this one might mellow out over time, but I don't know that I'll buy more to find out.

oline73, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another Bruery beer. Why do I do this to myself. At least I only got a sampler.

Bright, golden yellow pour, clear, or nearly so, with a moderate foamy head that receded to a ringlet and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of sweet fruit in the aroma, like canned fruit cocktail, almost; distant floral hop quality. Sweet taste, almost sickeningly so, again like fruit cocktail, complete with pineapple, pear, peach, cherry, some banana esters in there as well; notes of light clovey spice and corriander, with a touch of vodka-like booze that was more tasted than felt. Light-medium body, a bit sticky with sweetness, and just kind of messy all over. Not really sure what they were going for, nor am I sure it will hold up for another 7 years.

But I got the vertical going anyway, for whatever reason.

Rifugium, Dec 18, 2012
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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.