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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 191 | 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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Photo of Patrickbrusil


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-23-2012 17:37:14 | More by Patrickbrusil
Photo of lilredrocket


3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-23-2012 14:59:17 | More by lilredrocket
Photo of bambam2517


3/5  rDev -15.5%

750ml bottle into a tulip glass, poured at 45F.

A - Really appealing golden orange in color, very little froth formed and body is very still. Instantly regretting not letting this age a couple of years minimum.

S - Strong pineapple dominates, brown sugar and spices right along with it. I agree that it smells cake-ish, alot like a pineapple upside-down cake to me.

T - Wow, really falls down for me here. Pineapple still present, but the sweetness overwhelms so much that its cloying. White wine flavors there too, right where I dont really want them, in my beer.

M - Comes on so strong, hits hard and then quickly dissipates with very little heat. Impressive for a beer this high in ABV. That is the only thing remarkable about it in this category though.

O - Bummer. Don't know if it would have improved with age, but I am so underwhelmed that I do not care to find out.

12-23-2012 05:53:47 | More by bambam2517
Photo of StaveHooks


1.98/5  rDev -44.2%

750ml split with my wife
Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Slightly hazed golden amber with a white capped head. Little to no lacing

S - Smells like ham glaze, sweet, cooked pineapple, apples, pears, cinnamon, nutmeg

T - Tangy pineapple juice, tart white grape juice, tart apples, sweet malts, alcohol is very present and clashes with the strange sweet tangyness. There's a brief hint of spice but I can't hold it my mouth long enough let it play out.

M - Thick syrupy body, drinks pretty hot,

The first sip I couldn't help but to shudder. There's something not right here and it slaps you straight in the face. Nice aroma but the flavor is just not good.

12-23-2012 01:33:34 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Dreamer


4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

12-22-2012 21:40:47 | More by Dreamer
Photo of smcolw


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

12-22-2012 17:07:43 | More by smcolw
Photo of RebornStussy


2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

12-22-2012 15:31:52 | More by RebornStussy
Photo of scootny

New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

A prodigious head that recedes on the faster side but is quite lovely. Aroma is heavy with pale malt and a lovely tropical pineapple fruitiness. Bread and fruit. Nice. The slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is complex and artful. Dominant malt front gives way quickly to pineapple and toasted coconut with a coconut water finish. Clean and firm bitterness as you swallow blooms with a white wine vinous persona. Where is the booze? Oh, in the back of my throat in a balancing act to the heavy malt body. This is a complex and sophisticated beer that brings a lot to the table. Dry and quaffing it has a drinkability that belies its abv and position as a spiced holiday ale. That said it has an almost wine like persona but more complicated in its placement as a beer to respect. Feel is quenching and pleasingly dry. Hops are mild and well placed. A great hoiday beer that went well with several cheeses and veg pepperoni. A good solid brew for the holidays and I expect this one to turn into a highly coveted beer as the edges soften with age. Will be getting a few more of this one.

12-22-2012 05:47:46 | More by scootny
Photo of jlindros


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose malty, light sweet malts, Belgian tripel like earthy spices, light fruity esters and floral fruits, light sweet malts.

Taste sweet candy malts, boozy, chewy almost doughy malts, Belgian malts, hot tingly booze, a bit of fruits and nuts, hint citrus like fruit and some fresh pineapple juice, with light Belgian esters, hint phenols. Finish is hot, boozy, more light phenols and esters, belgian tripel like spices lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb for the high abv level, but quite boozy.

Overall decent but nothing special, fairly hot and boozy, typical Belgian strong flavors and aromas though.

12-22-2012 03:54:17 | More by jlindros
Photo of TXhomebrewer


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-22-2012 01:05:17 | More by TXhomebrewer
Photo of mdillon86


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-21-2012 02:58:55 | More by mdillon86
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-21-2012 01:15:22 | More by mikeradebaugh
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-20-2012 21:55:22 | More by nmann08
Photo of SDG1070


4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-20-2012 18:58:54 | More by SDG1070
Photo of csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

12-20-2012 18:07:29 | More by csustar001
Photo of Nightrain87


4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-20-2012 05:56:10 | More by Nightrain87
Photo of roblund


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-19-2012 15:07:28 | More by roblund
Photo of IamMe90


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Served in a duvel tulip glass from a 750ml bottle ($11.99 at riley's in madison)

Appearance: Pretty standard; cloudy orange with minimal head, reminds me of a saison or other belgian styles.

Smell: The best part, strong pineapple with some clove and yeast.

Taste: Belgian yeast, clove, sweet malt, pineapple (great pineapple taste!) and alcohol spice on the finish. Very pleasant but the alcohol really helps to balance the sweetness of the malts and pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Thick, very thick. Would prefer it slightly thinner with more carbonation, but I'm glad it's thicker rather than less thick.

Overall: I like it. I was apprehensive given the reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me of a good belgian strong pale but with some unique twists, especially the pineapple presence. Will be buying another to age for awhile and see how that makes it.

12-19-2012 06:05:00 | More by IamMe90
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

750ml bottle, a very cool idea for a decade-plus spanning release series. Muchas gracias to DoktorZee for schlepping this back from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, solid medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some broad, random specks of spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dense, meaty Belgian yeast, black pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg, and yes, yes, yes - musty, fruity, sugary pineapple! The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel, some rather encompassing, yet softly caring, and generally funk-free earthy yeast, reserved clove and allspice, um, spice, and a nicely integrated tropical pineapple fruitiness, sugary in its own special way. All very pleasant, to be sure, but that only distracts from the increasingly salient fact of - where be the booze, Balthazar?

The bubbles are agreeably tame, yet supportive in their finely fizzy way, the body a sure heavyweight, something I really don't encounter all that much, and not just for the style (and especially for the style), and smooth enough, the effect of the fruit, spice, and alcohol all having their say. It finishes definitely on the sweet side of things - malt, pineapple-dominant fruit, and seductive spice all contributing equally.

One large and in charge BSPA - it may be (sort of) pale, but honey, this ain't light. There's a thorough heaviness to all herein, a gravitas that, along with the pineapple, abounds in an 'Aloha from Hawaii' sensibility. Pretty balanced, given the big sugary inputs, and still crazily understated, with the 23 points of alcohol proof drawing little overt attention to itself.

12-19-2012 03:47:06 | More by biboergosum
Photo of asigler

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

12-19-2012 03:22:11 | More by asigler
Photo of AdamBear


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

A-dark cloudy orange with a decent white head

S-oh wow. it smells like a strong belgian pale ale with pineapple juice. wow you can really smell the pineapple!! it has a certain funk to it as well. smells awesome!

T-comes in with a quite a warm taste of strong pale belgian malts. its a very thick and syrupy taste. definitely has a touch of pineapple juice to it. has a matching after-taste. really the flavors are very warm and thick, but not bold as they should be. this is meant for aging i think. actually, the after-taste is full of pineapple.

M-way too thick and syrupy.

O-this really is an okay beer, though maybe my least favorite of the past 4 Bruery christmas beers. i really think they made it way too strong. i think they should've made it more mellow, let the belgian flavors come out more. this hits fast and hard.

12-19-2012 00:51:27 | More by AdamBear
Photo of doughanson78


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-18-2012 10:18:11 | More by doughanson78
Photo of ThePaleRider


2.85/5  rDev -19.7%

Had on tap at Toronado in San Diego.

A - Cloudy orange in color with absolutely no head. Obviously no lacing as the beer had no head, but a very pretty color indeed.

S - Belgian yeast, candy sugar, apricots, and granny smith apples. Smells very fresh and alive.

T - Very tart, almost bordering on a sour ale without the berry flavors you'd be used to. Very dry finish. Lots of sour apple, reminds me of a sour jolly rancher. Way too tart and dry! Not impressed in the slightest.

M - No carbonation at all. Leaves a lot of after taste.

O - Just a strange flavor. Strange blend of sour ale and Belgian ale that doesn't really work well together.

12-18-2012 07:59:48 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of Rifugium


2.9/5  rDev -18.3%

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another Bruery beer. Why do I do this to myself. At least I only got a sampler.

Bright, golden yellow pour, clear, or nearly so, with a moderate foamy head that receded to a ringlet and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of sweet fruit in the aroma, like canned fruit cocktail, almost; distant floral hop quality. Sweet taste, almost sickeningly so, again like fruit cocktail, complete with pineapple, pear, peach, cherry, some banana esters in there as well; notes of light clovey spice and corriander, with a touch of vodka-like booze that was more tasted than felt. Light-medium body, a bit sticky with sweetness, and just kind of messy all over. Not really sure what they were going for, nor am I sure it will hold up for another 7 years.

But I got the vertical going anyway, for whatever reason.

12-18-2012 04:06:10 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Hex92


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Interesting beer. Definately different from the last three in the series. The alcohol taste is prominent. I guess the flavor of pineapple is there, but its not overpowering.

I think it tastes less 'raw' than the four calling birds, it I think this beer will improve with age too.

At this point I will say that the jury is still out. The potential is there for something great, but its not there yet. I will drink another one next year.

12-18-2012 04:02:12 | More by Hex92
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.