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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 22
Gots: 198 | FT: 19
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 corby112
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Heavily spiced aroma with lots of peppery coriander and, surprisingly, autumnal notes. Hints of clove, ginger and allspice followed by sweet citrus, pale malt and faint grassy hops. The spice presence is very prominent but I can still pickup the pineapple as well as some orange zest, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and an overwhelming pineapple juice presence that clashes with the heavy spice profile. Taste more like a breakfast juice or cocktail than a beer. Really strong artificial pineapple flavor along with pineapple juice and some orange zest before the heavy spices come in. Thankfully
This provides a crisp, somewhat refreshing counterbalance to the overwhelming canned pineapple juice flavor. Some clove, ginger, pepper and coriander toward the back end as well as faint alcohol heat but the high ABV is well masked. An interesting idea but this beer is kind of a mess with extreme flavors on the opposite end of the spectrum clashing with one another.

Photo of shamrock1343
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DotBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Rick760Sd
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of CWhite
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rdickey
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fine, two-finger head sits atop the beer, which is a dense, cloudy gold. The head lingers and leaves fine sheets of lacing that gently slide down into the beer.

S: The advertised pineapple is definitely out front, but it’s accompanied by cloves, black pepper and some citrus notes that promise tartness once it gets into my mouth. Very intriguing.

T: First, this beer is just huge, although not in a bad way; it’s not hot, it’s just huge. The taste is interesting – the traditional strong pale ale elements of cloves and other spices, along with mild tartness and funk, form a sort of foundation but definitely aren’t the end of the story. The pineapple doesn’t quite dominate those flavors, but it definitely gets all over them. I like it, but I suspect that some aging might allow the flavors to mellow and blend a little better.

M: Pretty traditional for the style. Despite the big flavors it stays pretty light in the mouth, although the huge ABV of course can’t be hidden.

D: Often we praise big beers that hide their alcohol well. In this case, however, I think it’s a good thing that the alcohol is so obvious, because otherwise you would be tempted to drink this a little faster than is prudent. You probably will anyway.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Paige
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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.

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Ozurr
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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...

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.