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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 21
Gots: 195 | FT: 17
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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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Strwrs777, Apr 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Metatron6, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev +12.7%

TGS, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

rand, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Jayli, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

orangesol, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

frozenjogurt, Mar 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Unchi, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of MNishCT77
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area early sometime this Winter, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 3/18/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - nice golden-amber coloration, maybe slightly darker than expected for a Belgian golden strong, moderate clarity with slight translucence, typical Belgian-esque frothy head on first pour quickly resolves into subtle glass lacing, fine alcohol legs on swirling

S: 4.25 - lots of Belgian ester-y aroma, tropical fruit (pineapple predominant but also papaya and mango to my nostrils), vanilla hints if you really throw your nose into the glass

T: 3.5 - in three words: boozy pineapple juice;, which translates into too sweet for my liking. I have heard/read others say that they cannot taste the alcohol but I definitely do; unfortunately, the taste is my least favorite aspect of this beer

M: 4.5 - body like Christina Hendricks, really full mouthfeel, almost chewy, probably the best aspect of this beer

O: 4 - overall, I'm glad that I now have ready access to The Bruery's beers in the district, but, unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites; it's too sweet and boozy for my liking without enough additional Belgian characteristic phenol, estery, bannana peel, clove flavors to balance it out; nevertheless, it might benefit from aging, which is what this vertical series of Christmas beers is intended for. I would recommend buying one and cellaring until #12 is released is 2019 to fully see what it has to offer. Cheers!

MNishCT77, Mar 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five Golden Rings is a cloudy straw color. It’s very hazy, much more than I would’ve expected. A little light behind it gives it a much brighter gold look. A soft collection of white bubbles gathers on the surface, but dissipates quickly. That’s a bit disappointing, but isn’t too surprising given the alcohol content. Lacing was definitely lighter and spotty. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s interesting. It starts out with a mix of spicy and fruity notes. The fruit notes are definitely citric, mostly pineapple. The spicy esters are a product of Belgian yeast. Pepper and clove are the strongest spices. Belgian yeast has a nice presence. Secondary scents include lemon, honey, and light orange. It is rather deep and complex. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t smell like 11.5%. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s that strong.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It’s very spicy up front. Clove and pepper are by far the strongest, but Belgian yeast has certainly imparted some other spicy notes that I can’t quite identify. It is sweet and fruity. Pineapple is easily noted and has a nice flavor. Better than expected. It works well with the spicy notes. Apple, pear, and lemon are also noted. Honey is a secondary flavor, but it adds nice depth. More depth is added by herbal and earthy flavors. It is complex. Alcohol is strong, but I wouldn’t say it’s boozy or hot. It’s a little warm. That’s all. Finishes fruity and spicy.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is very light and soft. It has a smooth feel. Goes down surprisingly easy for such a big beer, too.

I honestly had pretty low expectations for Five Golden Rings. The description of it did not sound very good. Much to my surprise, it’s pretty good stuff. I’d be interested to see how this develops over the next few years. But, if you’re curious, it’s well worth cracking open now.

prototypic, Mar 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

wmobley, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of gueuzedreg
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I made a mistake by opening this for myself to finish. About 1/2 through.

Oops, this one must need 7 years for the independent flavors to meld. I am a dick about throwing stuff away; so I have to finish this one. Gha...

If there is pineapple juice in here, it must be the acid from it. I will need to take heartburn pills at 2am.

I am a fan of The Bruery. Not sure where they are going with this one. Perhaps in 7 years...

gueuzedreg, Mar 14, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

StarRaptor, Mar 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Mar 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

bluesplit63, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

st9647v3, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden honey color with a short dense cream colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is candy like. It has a tripel type of aroma, with candi sugar, bubblegum, and clove popping through. This is followed by some cinnamon notes. The brew has some floral honey notes as well. Very nice.

The taste starts off with a belgian pale malt base. Some nice clove and bubblegum notes from the yeast and a peppery spice from the hops. The addition of pineapple juice does not quite work so well. The pineapple juice stands out and doesn't really blend well with the belgian base. Along with the cinnamon and ginger, the pineapple leads to a sweet flavor. Perhaps some more nutmeg or clove would help. It borders on cloying but the pale malt is dry so that helps balance. The flavor is not bad but seems off just a tad.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate without much of an offset. The ABV does pop through and gives some belly burn.

A decent holiday brew. Sweet and dessert like. The pineapple juice needs to be better incorporated into the brew as it stands out too much but the base belgian ale is good.

Gmann, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

msubulldog25, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

pperez38, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze and a one inch head of white. A few whisps remain on the surface and elongated dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, candied apples, pineapple pulp, and sugar-dusted cloves.
Candied fruit and rum follow through.

Medium bodied with a slickish, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Booze-laced fruit juice and pineapples start the palate. Rum soaked fruit cake, spice-dusted apples and wine-like boozy fusels step forward.

Finishes very warming, fruity and spicy.

Plenty of pineapple, spice, and booze in this one. It should hold up very well in the cellar.

brewandbbq, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

MastaShonuf, Mar 09, 2013
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.