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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: 194 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TequilaTom
1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

TequilaTom, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Lob
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Lob, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

P: Dark golden apricot body with a decent crown of white creamy head that bubbles down to a thin silky layer. Wet lacing around the edges.

S: Overpowering pineapple booze, tropical bubblicious gum, powdery yeast, ginger, white grapes, hints of honey, black pepper, allspice and cinnamon. Banana esters appear once agitated.

T/M: Odd! Pineapple juice, lemon zest, a hefty dose of allspice, pickled ginger, clove and black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy with just a pinch if stinging carbonation. Finish is semidry with cinnamon apple peels lingering in the back of the throat. Similar to drinking hot apple cider. Booze was not as abrupt as the smell and highlights the flavors.

O: 5 rings of oddness. At first I hated this beer. The first smell and taste almost caused me to grab something else. But it really opened up once it warmed and had a chance to breathe. The pineapple is the elephant in the room that actually works to an extent. This is an interesting take on the style and I can't say I hate it. I would like to see how this one ages for the next 7 years. May have to hunt another one down. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Dec 29, 2012
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 Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Ralphs66, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Beeradelphia, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -15.5%

IdrinkGas, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber with a white head and little lacing.

S - Christmas ham, over ripe pineapple, allspice, light cinnamon. Can't tell you the last time I had fruitcake but reminds me of ham and fruitcake.

T - Sweet malt with an alcohol kick followed by clove like spice. Pineapple juice, allspice, yeasty phenols.

M - Medium body and almost syrupy which makes it feel more like a ham with pineapple and clove the more you drink it.

D - A bit late on the advice but do not drink with a xmas ham dinner or you might not be able to tell the two apart. Served this one at about 50-55F and it either became more tolerable as it warmed or as my tongue went numb to the flavor. Have heard from homebrewers that have tried that it is impossible to make a decent pineapple beer. Thought I would give this one a try to prove them wrong but alas it might be true.

brewcrew76, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JohnK17, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

tommyd313, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of JRBecks
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

JRBecks, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of NSK79
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

NSK79, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep colored orange with a healthy head that lingers throughout the beer. Smell is sweet - smells like a Belgian triple with some spice and fruit. Taste is very sweet. Definite pineapple, spices, and kumquat or some other strong citrus flavor. Didn't notice the high ABV initially but as you drink more of this beer it becomes apparent. Also the sweetness of this brew wears on you after a bit. Different.

Oakenator, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Pensfan0782
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Pensfan0782, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Gschaf
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Gschaf, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

sgoro, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Chisfinest84
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Chisfinest84, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of KAP1356
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle my brother brought home for Christmas. Poured into a Delirium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a pretty hazy, orange-gold color. A big, frothy eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers tall. The head recedes and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S - Wow. There is a pretty sweet aroma right off the bat. Sweet notes of candi sugar and malts first. Sweet pineapple, mango, and white grape come next. The spices are mixed in with ginger bein the strongest component of the mix.

T - Sweet flavors just as sweet as the nose. Pale malts, candi sugar and sugary fruits all come out. Pineapple, lemon, and white grape are very strong. Syrupy and sugary meet spices like ginger and all-spice. Yeasty esters add a hint of banana to the overall mix.

M - Sweet and syrupy body here. The syrupy body adds a bit of heft to an orherwise medium bodied beer. The alcohol is a bit hot as well.

O - Not a bad beer, but this one had a lot more going on than I think it needed. It was a bit sweeter than I had hoped. A nice addition to the lineup, but I'm not sure how this one will last until the 12th year.

KAP1356, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +12.7%

bum732, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened on Christmas Day

A - Golden colored pour with some active foam that retains. Cloudy look. Some lacing.

S - Clearly can make out fresh pineapple and spice. Smells like a caribbean punch.

T - Flavors of sweet pineapple and cake are dominant. Great cocktail\dessert beer. Sugary sweetness bears out in each sip. Bready notes from the yeast give a pastry cake flavor.

M - Balance is incredible to hold all thi ssweetness and ABV into a smooth drinking ale. The only gripe I can think of is that this is too sweet to have mor than a glass of.

O - Wonderful holiday drink to share among guests. Might be a bit of a novelty but easily a beer for a casual beer drinker to enjoy.

socon67, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

FEUO, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of runner440
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

runner440, Dec 26, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 26, 2012
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 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.

bluejacket74, Dec 25, 2012
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.