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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
81
good

546 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 22
Gots: 198 | FT: 19
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:
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 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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 rab53
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden body with a large white head that settles to a single large island of foam in the middle.

Smell - Belgian sugars. Apples. Some tropical fruits. Booze. A variety of sugars.

Taste - Sharp fruity flavors. Harsh booze. Spices. Not as sweet as the nose suggested. Dry boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and rough. Medium body. Kinda bitter.

Overall - Not loving this. Very rough, without the flavors to back it up.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly gleaming gold with amazing clarity. A 3/4" top of virgin white head on it, really makes for one looker of a beer. Aroma was massively boozy. Like huge. Some spice accoutrement, nutmeg, ginger, coriander, clove.

Taste, egad man, did I just drink gasoline? This is the hottest beer I've ever drank from the Bruery, and I've had some of their 19.5% stuff. Difference here, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of malt heft into this one, it looks like it has a rather mellow and light body from the color. I really could not, no matter how much I tried, get into this beer to taste any secondary aspects of the beer, it was just fire in the mouth of an alcohol burn. If you restrain yourself, you can pick up light orange peel and sweet notes.

Of any of their beers meant to be drank years from now, this one really did leave the impression that I don't want to touch it for a long time. I'll adjust my score upon subsequent tastings, but the first one just came off as fire water and not much else.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a good sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a cap and minimal lace. Smells of light brown sugar, all spice, pepper, spicy yeast, and a faint hint of ginger. The flavor is sweet with sugary malt up front contrasted by a butt load of spices. Pepper, all spice, ginger along with the spicy yeasty flavors really make this a muddled mess. Tart and tangy finish with a bit of ethanol on the finish. Medium body with a sweet watery mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is not a brew for me, It's too heavy handed on the spice for my tastes. Maybe in 7 years it will meld a bit better.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is fruit forward with pineapple and peach; sweet caramel malt, spicy. Flavor of well integrated mixed fruit, light citrus, holiday spices. Finishes with pineapple, honey, cloves and allspice. Light to medium bodied. Warming and somewhat alcohol forward. Similar to a sweet trippel. An interesting take on a Belgian strong pale with the pineapple blending nicely with the other fruit flavors. I will probably cellar one of these to check it out at the end of the cycle.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, split

Dark golden body, moderate carbonation. Gah - this is some vile stuff. Sweetness to the max - pineapple is great and all, but it really bothered me in this beer. Spiced to the max - with ginger and allspice being pretty prominent to me. Big, syrupy, and quiet a disappointing offering from a place like the Bruery.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like pineapples, sweet spices (allspice, cinnamon), bready/grainy malt, and some hay. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice, white grapes, Belgian yeast, pears and some cloves. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but after a while the pineapple and spices started to be a little much. Luckily by that point I was mostly done drinking the bottle. Definitely worth a try if you come across it. $10.99 a bottle.

5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.