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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: 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 nickfl
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles gently and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - lots of pineapple, pear, malt, and clove alcohol notes.

T - Pineapple and dense malt up front. Some pear, guava, and clove in the middle. Finishes with syrupy malt, lightly herbal hops, and lingering spicy alcohol.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but it seems like this beer has a lot of potential to improve. The alcohol is spicy, but not quite hot and the malt is just a bit too thick for my taste. The best thing I can say about this is that I am really looking forward to the barrel aged version next year.

nickfl, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy equal parts golden and amber body with a single finger head which has little retention or lacing.

S: red apple, pineapple and other tropical fruits, belgium yeast, clove. overall the fruits dominate.

T: the booze is fairly well hidden. molasses, red apple, tropical fruits, belgian yeast, clove and other miscellaneous herbs, lemon, tartness and peppercorn.

M: thick and syrupy with moderate to high carbonation and a semi dry finish. I actually like the texture here although it is different for the style.

Overall: I like the balance of sweetness and tartness. the mouthfeel is very tick with this one coating the palate quite a bit. Nice beer though and good seasonal one.

kylehay2004, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Lantern, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Ozurr
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Ozurr, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

SFC21, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

brewdude1982, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown copper with a nice 2 inch foamy, thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Sour/bitter belgian yeasts, almost bret like funky sour aroma. Grape, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, herbel spices and a little sugar note.

Taste - Huge pineapple and belgian yeasts at first sip. Really sweet and sour. Warmth of booze comes in soon as the overload of sweet dies down some. Lots of grape, lemon and herbel fruits mixed in with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with the sweet pineapple/bitter sour yeasts. Palate gets more pineapple and yeasts, along with some malts and alcohol. The aftertaste is sour, warm and pienapple flavored.

Overall - You better like pineapple to like this, and like some sourness also. I like this for the fact its different but man, its going to get a chore to drink this whole bottle, im guessing a 2 hour commitment. I would love to try this without the belgian yeasts, and maybe some centenial and cascade hops added to this, the monster pineapple profile this has is just screaming for a insane double ipa. Worth a drink, not my favorite 12 beers of xmas so far, and it seems im not liking them slighty more each year. Theres always next year...

wvsabbath, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of MIA4IPA
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

MIA4IPA, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

PEIhop, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled . Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours brilliant clear orange with a finger and a half white head that fades quickly and leaves small patches of lace.

Smells of tart yeast, sweet apples, tropical fruits and a whiff of booze.

Taste follows the nose- funky tart yeast, Granny Smith apples, pineapple, nutmeg, sweet bread, lemons, pepper, slight bannana and a small alcohol bite. Several nice flavors that do well to keep this drinking much smoother than expected for 11.5% abv.

Medium feel with zesty carbonation. Long sweet and funky aftertaste.

Yes this is a sweet beast but I found that the sweetness cuts what would otherwise be some overpowering yeast. Not as pineapple-forward as I was hoping but still pretty good. I'll most likely buy at least one more bottle to enjoy over the holidays.

ThickNStout, Dec 11, 2012
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.

John_M, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, winter '12
Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Pours a deep, hazy golden orange color. Two full fingers of fluffy off white head. Lots of carbonation present initially. Fizzy.

S: Smells like a Belgian golden ale. That noticeable Belgian yeast spicy strain of yeast. Maybe some other spices. Some fruity note possibly coming from the pineapple juice. Nothing mind blowing. Not getting the "cake-like" spices.

T: Up front, you taste that Belgian yeast spice character first. Noticeable. Then you do get some soft creamy malts in the mid palate. Some sweetness for sure, that pineapple juice addition really playing a major role. You get that sweet/tart of pineapple. It's like a boozy fruitcake. Definitely taste a little booze and lingering heat on throat.

M: It's a big medium. It's not overly thick, but it has this strange soft creamy character.

inlimbo77, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ElSid
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Beers of California

#32

On-tap at the Bruery

A: Golden orange with a good amount haze, but minimal foam.

S: Mostly grainy with notes of peachy pineapple sweetness and banana peppery spiciness. Alcohol warmth becomes more noticeable as the beer settles.

T: Follows the nose with a grainy breadiness which builds to a peach and apricot fruit sweetness with hints of funk, barnyard, and unpleasant mold. Somewhat leathery ending with a straightforward peppery, banana finish with hints of nutmeg and moderate warming alcohol.

M: Good lacing on the glass with medium body and mouthfeel, but minimal carbonation.

0: The palate feels a bit old and worn. I was hoping for more spice notes. Essentially a Belgian touted as a Christmas ale but lacking in overall spice complexity leaving the holiday spirit out of this brew.

ElSid, Dec 10, 2012
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.

tdm168, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of nova009
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy golden straw color with orange tints, one finger fizzy head that quickly dissipates down to a nice white covering, spotty lacing on the glass

S- sweet, pineapple and other tropical fruits, maybe mango and papaya, slightly bready malt notes, not much of a belgian smell to it, clove hits at the end, I have to really get my nose in the glass because the smell isn't very strong

T- overwhelmingly sweet, pineapple and the rind, slightly tart, a weird funky (and not in the good sour way) and bitter taste hits the middle of the sip, bready malt...this is a bizzare combination of flavors that doesn't mesh particularly well

M- medium body, light carbonation, slightly chewy, covers the whole palate, slight alcohol burn on the tongue but barely noticable

O- This has probably been my least favorite sampling from the Bruery, it's too sweet and the flavors don't mesh well, Oh and I just noticed I didn't write any notes related to belgians, that's because the characteristics of a belgian pale were practically non-existent, save your money on this one, it costs too much for what you're gonna get

nova009, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

JMBSH, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing

S-tropical fruit, bready malt, spices, herbal notes, hints of sweetness

T-bready malt and grain, pineapple, spices, slightly sugary, some herbal flavors

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly slick

O-an interesting ale with pleasant flavors which I think will improve with some aging

MDDMD, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of auggie
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

auggie, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

dextermcgurk, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -15.5%

2dogbrew, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4/5  rDev +12.7%

YobroitsJoe, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Rfunk
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Rfunk, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

AlexM, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles.

Strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar.

More of the same in the flavor. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. A touch of clove in there also.

Very tart and sweet which dries out the mouth. low carbonation. A lingering burn. Syrupy.

I can see where some people might like this beer, but it wasn't my taste. For me it was a little too sweet, tart, and not enough carbonation.

Kromes, Dec 08, 2012
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.