5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 22
Gots: 196 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. It's been a long time since I've been this excited over a beer. Pineapple juice!

3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice spiciness. Candied pineapple, mango, and sugarbread. Rich, sugary maltiness. They really nailed the pineapple, at least so far.

4.0 T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of pineapple in this, through and through. It even has the slight tartness of pineapple juice. Mango and orange can be found as well. Spices mentioned above. Everything meshes into a unique beer experience that also happens to be quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and not too syrupy like a lot of Bruery beers.

4.0 D: This may be my favorite installment of the Christmas series. It's interesting and tasty. I think I have to go pick up another bottle.

Photo of impending
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

D+

an incredible disappointment
the only thing that makes any sense is that it must age properly for the vertical
which accepts facing the fact that it is a mess day one
I indubitably believe this will age into something special
it will taste appropriately evolved, a complexity will appear

I don't share the goal of possessing the vertical
although I do believe it will be an epic tasting
maybe the best ever

but today
it is not worthy of consumption
a massive disappointment
no cheers for today
jd

Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle served cold into a goblet on a cool rainy night in early June.

Five Golden Rings is a bright golden amber with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet like tropical fruit and slightly spicy like the yeast character in a saison or tripel.

Flavor is sweet up front with the pineapple making itself known. It follows with a surprising kick of spices and herbs. I get pepper, clove, coriander, and maybe some rosemary and mint. It finishes with another unexpected twist: tartness. It's a little like a wild yeast but also a bit tannic like a dry wine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A complicated beer but fairly easy drinking. The alcohol is there but it's sneaky the way it creeps up.

Overall an interesting beer. I bought two more to cellar so it will be interesting in a few years time to see how it's mellowed, hopefully.

Photo of sweemzander
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Subtle white froth.

(S)- Definite hints of the ginger and cinnamon with a slight clove-like twinge to it. An underlying sweetness meets fig and honey.

(T)- Quite spicy yet sweet at the same time with obvious pineapple citrus meets a simple golden ale.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets quite a sweet fig and pineapple candy profile. The spiciness of this pretty much goes everywhere on the palate.

(O)- A bit simple yet I think this was completely over-spiced. Would be very surprised if this would even last til this pseudo-vertical is completed.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5 Golden Rings poured lightly hazy from a bomber bottle. Amber in color, with a small but durable off-white head. Vinegar (or similar) in the very sour aroma: smells like a good marinade ... or a bad beer. Well, the taste is similar and no better. There is some pineapple and ginger in the very tart taste. Medium bitterness.

O: brewer’s description sounds wonderful; the beer is not. Hard to drink despite some attractive aspects.

Photo of dtivp
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden amber with a two plus finger egg shell white frothy head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of tart citrus fruit , spice and some alcohol after the swirl.

Taste dominated by the pineapple, hints of sweet banana, ginger and the booze is not hiding.

Mouth Feel medium body, light carbonation, sweet, sticky, with some alcohol bite.

Overall, the beer is a little over powered by the sweetness and then the alcohol hits you. Glad I tried it, not my favorite Belgian pale ale.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color with one finger of bone white head, modest retention and lacing.

Smell is wonderfully tart- some funk, some citrus a bit of hops. Nothing complex, just a plain old good tart smelling golden ale.

Taste is a different story- pineapple juice comes through strong at the beginning and throughout. A slight hop bitterness after the initial pineapple note, which gives way to a slight funky yeast tartness, then back to the pineapple and candi sugar to finish sweet, but by no means sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is very nice and different than usual- I'm ordinarily a big fan of prickly carbonation, especially with belgians, but this one works nicely without the pinpricks. Medium bodied, light carbonation, milky pineapple feel on the tongue. This is a wonderful brew and I felt that way from the first sip. I would recommend buying it if you find it- I plan on obtaining another bottle.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split the bottle with angrybaboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Small tight bubbly collar. Vague wispy cap. Oily splotches of lace.

Smell: Floral. Pineapple juice. Tons of spice. Loaded with allspice, ginger, and cinnamon. Huge hit of The Bruery's Belgian yeast strain. Clove and some.serious spiciness. Pale malt sweetness. Some powdery yeast as well. So much pineapple. Almost like a dessert. Pineapple upside-down cake.

Taste: Straight up pineapple. Juice with a little bit of flesh. Tons of spice. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. A.good hit of spicy ginger as well. Sweet pale malts and some beastly Belgian yeast. Some banana as well. Something like cake in the sweetness. It is pineapple upside-down cake with Belgian yeast thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick mediumish body. Moderate to high carbonation. A little wet.

Overall: It's a cake and it's a lie.

So much pineapple. And that's the best part.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy deep orange - some gold around the edges - off white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity - so fruity that this kind of smells like a bizarre cocktail - the pineapple is quite obvious, and it adds to the yeasty esters, including banana - clove, bubblegum, and some earth - the spices are quite potent, particularly cinnamon and ginger - basically, it smells too sweet and too spicy - booze is pretty obvious, too

Taste: Pineapples, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar - candied pineapples, bananas, clove, and bubblegum - cinnamon, ginger, and allspice add to the mix, and add to the sweetness - lots of sugar - lacking any malt character to back up the sugary spice booze blast - maybe this would calm down over time

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, low carbonation, sticky sweetness

Overall: I would happily turn these rings over to Sauron

I think I would rather use the rest of my glass to glaze a ham or something. This is way too sweet, way too spicy. Bleh.

Photo of weonfire
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly hazy, 2" of light bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - Carmel, biscuit, flowery

T - Initial: sweet pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg and wow- plenty of spice. Finish: pumpkin and plenty of spice. Hop level is very low (1/10), 11.2 ABVs are non existent

M - creamy but not frothy, zero lacing, viscosity is low, thinner then hoped.

O - I will say this is a tough beer to accurately gauge from reading reviews. The beer solely depends on personal preference and what level of spice you like in your winter warmer (not Belgian strong pale ale). I personally find this beer a bit spicier than I would want but looking at the rating its receiving, it is FAR better that that. Flavors and spice pop and for 11.2 ABV- it is hidden extraordinarily. It believe it could use some aging or bitter hops to balance things out.

Photo of rand
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of prototypic
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of gueuzedreg
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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...

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, pineapple, citrus hops, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, ginger, cinnamon, other spices, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, pineapple juice, citrus hops with a bit of bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger, other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great BSPA with the spices being complex and well balanced and the pineapple juice is a nice touch.

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with ginger and cinnamon and a bit of rye bread. It had a clean and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was one of the more enjoyable Xmas beers from the Bruery. It had an enjoyable holiday scent and taste, with fantastic body. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was really easy to drink. Probably best fresh.

Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very aggressive pour yields two plus fingers of mostly larger bubbles which has it simmering down to the surface at an accelerated pace, just off-white and not quite tan in color, has a few decent sheets as you turn the glass but none of the lacing truly sticks. Slight gauziness to the liquid with a very fine sediment floating about, looks like slightly rusty orange to yellow water, only a few fat and lazy bubbles to be seen. The nose is yeasty and clearly on the sour side with obvious pineapple backed up by cherry, white grape fruit and clove to caraway seed spice, tart lemons, witch hazel, white pepper, damp earthiness and ending with a rose petal led floral lift. Just about medium-bodied with an initially fluffy carbonation which tones down swiftly as it passes through the mid-palate. Comes off as almost acidic, has plenty of grip and the pineapple and lemon team up for a mouth puckering tang. Wild yeasts, coriander and cumin spices, and pepper keeps it percolating. Not at all boozy, perhaps all that sourness masks this some. While amped out and stylized, does not push the envelope too far. Could easily pair this with the holiday ham and such.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.