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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mdfb79, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick head that leaves a blanket of lace. The liquid dark gold with an orange hue. Appropriately cloudy.

Plenty of "warm" spice aromas, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Notable alcohol.

Very true to the style. The body is chewy and the carbonation high. Lots of alcohol throughout. Lots of Scotch qualities. Plenty of lightly toasted pale ale malts. Oily finish with a long fortified liqueur aftertaste.

smcolw, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +12.7%

MarkyMOD, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I keep giving The Bruery's beers a chance, and I continue to be disappointed. Beers brewed by reputable brewers in this style tend to be hard to screw up, so I'm hoping this is better than most of The Bruery's other offerings. Acquired at a local beer store for $10.99. I find their aging recommendations (up to seven years) suspect given the style; I see little need or benefit to age/aging a Belgian golden ale. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and a nicely designed label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. No visible best before/best after/bottled on date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. My first and only beer review of the night.

Opened without issue; just a satisfying 'ksh' as the cap came off; no liquid upsurging or other problems.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour milky head of surprisingly nice milky cream, decent thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Lacing isn't real sticky or impressive, but it's decent. Body colour is a murky dull orange-copper. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible (at least not this high up in the pour). No bubble show. A predictable but generally pleasant appearance. There's noting special or unique about it, but the head does due nicely in terms of retention at this ABV; I'd say it lasted a good minute.

Sm: I get pineapple juice, a cidery mucky apple note, a hint of brett, caramel green apple spice, biscuit malt, rosemary, a bit of ginger, maybe grapefruit esters, and biscuity yeast. I'd say pineapple is dominant, but the spice is a runner-up. Not as fresh as you'd expect a pineapple aroma to be, but it never crosses the fermentation line into tepache-esque (if you'll excuse the pretension implicit in that phrasing). An average strength but interesting aroma. I don't know that I've ever experienced a Belgian golden ale aroma so littered with pineapple, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing. Impressively, no alcohol is detectable in the aroma.

T: Dominant pineapple gives way to a spicy and biscuity body. Brett and a bit of green apple bit on the climax, followed by a torrent of pineapply sweetness - bleh on the finish. Too sweet. There's a hint of tartness buried in the bretty/somewhat lactic notes, which I like and want more of but it never comes. The early second act is a bit lacking in flavour, which compromises the structural balance. I don't get any boozy alcohol or heat; ABV is well hidden. The sticky sweetness is a turn-off though; I don't know that the pineapple focus is doing this beer (or this style) any favors. The spicing isn't all that original, nor is it all that evocative in the flavour. The spices get buried beneath the overbearing sweetness, destroying the beer's potential for subtlety as well as its balance. Where is the crystal malt foundation and delicate subtlety I expect in a good Belgian golden ale? It's sorely missed. Not as yeasty as I hoped; hints of biscuity yeast here and there but little spicy quality. Poorly layered. Hopping is floral but indistinct and adds little.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky. Chewy. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick and filling for the style and lack of flavours. The texture is ill-matched to the flavours. Far too heavy on the palate. Again, crystal malt would give it the light tingly mouthfeel it needs (see Russian River Damnation for an excellent example of the proper way to do this style).

On the burp, I get that nasty pineapple sweetness. Blech.

Dr: I'll finish this bottle over the course of the next hour, but I'm not all that enthusiastic to do it. That said, it does hide its ABV quite well. I think it's getting a bit better as it warms slightly. Still, it's a subpar attempt at the style - and a pricey one at that. I wouldn't bother with this again, and I'd caution friends from picking it up. Another expensive major disappointment from The Bruery.

D+

kojevergas, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Gavage, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with lots of peppery coriander and, surprisingly, autumnal notes. Hints of clove, ginger and allspice followed by sweet citrus, pale malt and faint grassy hops. The spice presence is very prominent but I can still pickup the pineapple as well as some orange zest, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and an overwhelming pineapple juice presence that clashes with the heavy spice profile. Taste more like a breakfast juice or cocktail than a beer. Really strong artificial pineapple flavor along with pineapple juice and some orange zest before the heavy spices come in. Thankfully
This provides a crisp, somewhat refreshing counterbalance to the overwhelming canned pineapple juice flavor. Some clove, ginger, pepper and coriander toward the back end as well as faint alcohol heat but the high ABV is well masked. An interesting idea but this beer is kind of a mess with extreme flavors on the opposite end of the spectrum clashing with one another.

corby112, Dec 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

yourefragile, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

drewone, Apr 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

orangesol, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

tempest, Jan 05, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

stakem, Dec 31, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pineapple and candi/brown sugar over some slightly more moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger stand out.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with some initial sweetness from the pale malts, candi/brown sugar, and pineapple juice. After the initial sweetness there is a touch of tartness from the pineapple along with the notes of the Belgian yeast and the spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger become more pronounced as the beer warms. Minimal hints of the alcohol as the beer warms up in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light amount of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Like the other beers in the 12 days of Christmas series, this is a solid and enjoyable offering - the initial aroma of the beer just after opening the bottle reminded me a lot of pineapple upside down cake. I like the sweetness of the pineapple, the spiciness of the ginger, and the slight dryness. Easy to drink as the alcohol was relatively well hidden.

dbrauneis, May 26, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

THe fifth part of the twelve days of Christmas, this is a golden colored beer with soapy whitehead on top, retaining decently and leaving a few dots of lace. The aroma spells spiced, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and Bruery house yeast. Taste has a fun pineapple think going, delivering a sweet and tart flavor. Clove and sugar hit, some booziness adds a peppery spice which has a jagged enough edge. 5 Golden Rings keeps on hitting the theme, but some time in the cellar would be recommended.

DoubleJ, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

wrightst, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

superspak, May 06, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

John_M, Dec 10, 2012
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3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

rab53, Jan 23, 2013
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.