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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 572
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 23
Gots: 197 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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 Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a bright orange color with a very wispy head.

Smell: pineapple and some spice comes through to the nose.

Taste: very fruit forward beer. Pineapple is up front with some ginger, pepper, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this beer was way too fruity and overloaded the golden ale qualities I expected. Tough to have more than one pint in a session. (421 characters)

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: poured with dark golden color 2 finger bright white head that stayed fora short time good ammount of lacing on the glass crystal clear with a lot of carbonation

S: lots of yeast on the nose with a hint of citrus not much of a pineapple hint

T: right off the bat there is a lot of acidity from the pineapple didn't get any of the pinnapple flavor just a citrus acidity also there was a good ammount of alchol burn on the Tate as well

M: very close to the golden ale style very dry with a good coating on the mouth

O: perhaps with somet time of collaring the alchol burn may mellow out a bit however that may cause it loose some of the citrus flavor (657 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

THe fifth part of the twelve days of Christmas, this is a golden colored beer with soapy whitehead on top, retaining decently and leaving a few dots of lace. The aroma spells spiced, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and Bruery house yeast. Taste has a fun pineapple think going, delivering a sweet and tart flavor. Clove and sugar hit, some booziness adds a peppery spice which has a jagged enough edge. 5 Golden Rings keeps on hitting the theme, but some time in the cellar would be recommended. (539 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml, split

Dark golden body, moderate carbonation. Gah - this is some vile stuff. Sweetness to the max - pineapple is great and all, but it really bothered me in this beer. Spiced to the max - with ginger and allspice being pretty prominent to me. Big, syrupy, and quiet a disappointing offering from a place like the Bruery. (328 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a good sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a cap and minimal lace. Smells of light brown sugar, all spice, pepper, spicy yeast, and a faint hint of ginger. The flavor is sweet with sugary malt up front contrasted by a butt load of spices. Pepper, all spice, ginger along with the spicy yeasty flavors really make this a muddled mess. Tart and tangy finish with a bit of ethanol on the finish. Medium body with a sweet watery mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is not a brew for me, It's too heavy handed on the spice for my tastes. Maybe in 7 years it will meld a bit better. (644 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Bruery tulip with a Bruery bottle opener, just because. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice tight white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, nice retention. Looks good.

Can definitely pick up the pineapple in the aroma, there is also a lot of malt and sweetness, hints of the yeast.

Beer is heavy in body, the pineapple comes through in there as well but there is an almost smoky / spicy flavor that grows and becomes a little off putting. I drank the bottle but the aftertaste got too much toward the end, not a repeat. (535 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- orange red with a thin lacing finishing quickly

Smell-pineapple with citrus notes, hop character is minimal

Taste- spices of nutmeg, hidden alcohol behind light malt character

Mouthfeel-full bodied but only noted after a full swig

Overall- complex taste to decipher, warming to the core (302 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a dense, heavy yellow-orange color, thick throughout with what may also appear to be a touch of chill haze. A small off-white head manages almost a finger with pretty good retention, and light lacing by way of a couple lines and some spotting remains on the glass.
Belgian yeast is evident, adding emphasis to the spicing by way of the clove notes and bringing its dusty sort of earthiness alongside what smells like fresh pineapple juice. The effect it has, though, is to remind me of a dusty can of pineapple slices. There's a candi sugar sort of sweetness as well as a note of something like tropical fruit alongside the pineapple, possibly an effect of the mingling of other notes with the pineapple itself.
The pineapple is strong in this beer and that's good. It seems maybe that maybe the Belgian yeast strain isn't a suitable mate. The effect is a type of sourness going into the finish that reminds me of the taste on my tongue when, attempting to suck the ink toward the tip of a pen after it's hit a dry patch, it explodes in my mouth. It's not exactly that pithy sour bitterness, but it is a sour bitterness. It's not terrible, but it had potential going in that it can't meet.
This beer is thick for its medium body, but the carbonation cuts through that without being too terribly heavy itself. (1,323 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool beer ive been dying to try. nearly a 50dollar bottle at falling rock in denver, but thats the price you pay sometimes... the pour is hazy pale yellow in color, washed out looking, with some fine sediment in suspension and an inch of white head. the nose is really tart, almost pushing a sour beer, its funky from the yeast, fruity from the pineapple, and quite boozey as well. i dont taste a ton of pineapple, but i taste its acidic sweet/tart kick, its contributes more to feel than to taste i think, but it works gloriously well in combination with the yeast. i think this beer could be improved by a heftier richer malt body, i found the fruit flavors and essences to be overwhelming in the absence of any serious malts. however, this was a delicious brew, with fine carbonation and just a little too light of a body. overall im sure it was overpriced at the bar, but i am glad i got to try this. its been a brilliant series so far. good bottle to share at this abv! (974 characters)

Photo of oldp0rt
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml Bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured a nice golden color with a decent head that lasted.

The smell threw me off a bit as all I could detect were spices. Slight pineapple on the nose but quickly covered up by the yeast notes and spices.

Tasted awful. Could not get around the spices. I had half my glass to make sure I tasted it completely between cold-warm but still couldn't finish it. Luckily I was not alone on this bottle but in the end we all dumped it and moved on.

The only reason for anyone to buy this bottle would be to have the whole set and open them all in 2019. Other than that, do yourself a favor and buy something else. (645 characters)

Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml

A- Pours a bright golden color. Fairly opaque, but not really hazy. Bright pearly white head formation that breaks down to a film.

S - Very yeasty nose. A little bit of breadiness combined with all the Belgian hall marks, some white pepper and spiciness along with a citrus note .

T - Starts off on the very sweet side, some pilnser malts seem to be hiding in there. Mid-stream gets more Belgiany, with potent hint of the white pepper. Citrus flavors sneak in, very estery. Finishes with an almost sour almost cider-like flavor.

M - Full bodied, not much corresponding carbonation. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but not out of line in relation to the abv. The sour flavors in the aftertaste coat the tongue.

O/D - An alright beer, the sourness comes through a little too much for me. Filling, and obviously an ABV you have to be careful with. It is pretty mean to the palette. (890 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 12.24.12

A - Pours a slightly hazy darker orange with a one inch foamy head with great retention.

S - Sweet citrus and fruit, pineapples mostly. Pretty sweet smelling.

T - Pineapple, and some alcohol burn, spices in the finish, but this one makes me thinks it is designed to last.

D - Decent carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Very sweet, but it does have a Christmas flavor to it. (404 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has faint hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mixture of pineapple aromas along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has initial flavors of sweet candi sugars and pineapple juice; these transition into notes of ginger, Belgian yeast and pale malts towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The pineapple flavors lend a slight amount of tartness to the mouthfeel, which has some dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer seems to be a little sweeter compared to other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but seems like it has just enough dryness and ginger to make it rather drinkable. There are absolutely no traces of alcohol in the taste. (946 characters)

Photo of Slammy
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 1/4/2013, 1/6/2013
Received as a gift
Served at roughly 55 F

A - The beer poured a beautiful, if slightly murky, amber/orange color. A full 2+" head subsided rather quickly; the lacing was quite noticeable throughout drinking, which somewhat surprised me as the head retention was not that impressive.

S - Pineapple hits you right away. When I read the label upon receiving this bottle as a gift, I was reluctant to say the least. However, the pineapple did not overwhelm and I was soon able to get hints of very pleasant malt notes that lingered beneath clove and coriander.

T - The first thing I tasted was a slight tartness - not bitterness - on the tongue. This was a nice surprise, but unexpected. The pineapple smell that was evident tasted instead strongly of mango, which was strong, but did not mask a taste of butter. The alcohol was quite brilliantly masked by the brewers (quite the feat at 11.5 ABV). I digress here for a moment; I was not able to finish the bottle in one sitting and vacuumed the remaining 1/3 of the bottle to consume a couple days later. While the beer had definitely lost some of its carbonation, the result was a rounder, more balanced tasting experienced highlighted by wonderful notes of caramel. Just in case someone wants to try this, I found that the beer was enhanced by the simple dish of roasted tomatoes and French bread that I was eating with it. This may have been an aberration, but it turned out to be a delightful one if it was.

M - Strong carbonation hit my tongue initially, but there was very little there in terms of substance. The beer slid over my tongue rather quickly without lingering. The taste, however, did stick around for a while on the roof of my mouth.

O - There were certainly ups and downs to this beer, but I generally liked it. I am not usually a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one was better than average. I would not buy it again to drink, but would certainly drink another glass if it were handed to me! (1,997 characters)

Photo of themind
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holiday beer for me this year, good brew with notes of pineapple. The carbonation is crisp and the flavors are blended well. I enjoyed this beer in terms of one and done. My thoughts on this are the Bruery makes quality beer and anything from them is worth a try. I enjoyed the beer for sure but would pass it up for a second bottle only because its not the type of beer you would drink on a regular basis. Pours a nice head and has a good aroma.

Bottom Line: never had it? gotta try it because its a quality beer. (515 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11.5% ABV, cellaring and serving directions on back label.

A - Pouring hazy golden straw color, this shining beer has a modest off-white head that slowly descends to a skim of foam and ring of tight bubbles with dots of lace left collected on the glass.

S - 5 Golden Rings has a heavily yeasty aroma that bursts fourth with dry, earthy esters of clay, white pepper, lemongrass, hay field, and coriander. Cinnamon sticks swirl the beer into a spicy frenzy with a dash of nutmeg and clove while the pineapple juice adds residual sweetness giving it a moist white cake nose but any trace of the fruit itself is buried deep. Faint warming alcohol doesn't come across quite solvent-like, but it's definitely evident in the nose, though pushed to the back.

T - Spice heavy like the aroma, this beer blends overwhelming yeast esters with more added spice and piles the sweetness on top of that. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove swirl in with the yeast spice of grey clay, coriander, lemongrass, and a touch of bubblegum. Citrus emerges but pineapple escapes me, again leaning towards white, moist cake with sugary vanilla frosting. With each passing sip, this tastes less and less like a beer and more like...something else.

M - Carbonation is here but surprisingly low for the style, which gives the beer a fuller, robust feel as opposed to a crisp, lively one. The sweetness, in conjunction with the fuller feel makes this beer quite cloying, only balanced by a bone-dry spicy finish with a trailing touch of floral bitterness. Warming alcohol penetrates the chest slowly and can be picked up lightly though retro-nasal breathing; a good attribute for a winter brew!

O - An awkward blend of spice and sweetness vying for attention throws one for a loop but I must admit, the lack of alcohol perception in this beer is quite incredible for it's boastful 11.5%. So, 5 Golden Rings is a bit unattractive - ok, average - fresh but, then again, I didn't really buy my bottles to have them fresh. I have faith the two bottles sitting in the basement will mature nicely, developing over the next few years for an epic culmination of aging. It's always good to reflect on where the aged beer has come from though, and this one could certainly stand some age improvements. (2,300 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. There’s a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.

Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though there’s also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To nobody’s surprise, it’s sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - it’s a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winter’s nap. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Very, very, very murky orange, with a nice 1/3 finger head.

S: Sort of a citrus/pepper combo with an added white pepper element. Nice smell!

T: Ridiculously bitter, plus a good bit of pumpkin ale-ish sort of quality. Pepper and then some... whoa! Not like I was expecting.

M: Not too sugary, but infinitely interesting. Nice lacing, bitter (I defy anyone to say it's not!). The carbonation level was fine.

O: I expected more here. Loved Three French Hens, but thought this one wasn't to my taste. (534 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/honey with a thumb of cream colored head. Viscous look to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Big-time pineapple & a touch of apple blossom

T: Much pineapple, boozy orange & lemon zest up front. A touch of candi sugar mixes with pineapple as this warms & just a bit of golden delicious apple hard cider. Finishes sweet with slight pineapple tartness & a touch of honey

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, slickens up as this warms

One to cellar, too much pineapple & not much of anything else in this one. I would love to try one about a year from now, but wouldn't risk buying it again. I do consider this a worthy experiment though (655 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern for $6.50. A pineapple Belgian? I figured coming from the Bruery, it'd be worth a shot. In hindsight, I don't recommend this one. The pineapple flavor upfront tastes interesting and unusual, but it grows too strong as the beer warms. It's contrasted by by a too-dry spicy finish that comes off astringent. Kudos to the brewers for hiding the high alcohol, but the feel and flavor balance is off. (430 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear bright orange with a small white head. Hardly any retention and a little lacing.

Smells exactly like pineapple juice with some added spices and booziness. Maybe some cinnamon, but pineapple overwhelms most of the spice character.

Similar flavors as well. At times I feel like I am drinking pineapple juice. Some lemon, banana, nutmeg and a flavor I can only describe as "Hawaiin sweet bread" are also noted. A little bit of an alcohol bite, but goes down very smooth. Would never guess this is 11.5%

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An almost tart aftertaste finishing a bit dry.

Bruery Xmas beers have ranged from meh to horrible for me in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this one, but then again I do like pineapple juice. Spices are restrained enough that it is drinkable although there isn't a ton of depth or complexity to this one. (881 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, big plume of white bubbles, sticky lacing. Scent strong with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, more bitter than sweet, vinous notes throughout with some herbal qualities... lots going on here. Taste begins with light watery tropical and citrus before full bitter grapefruit notes present themselves. Chardonnay like vinous notes and some medicinal herbal qualities, some strong yeast notes round out the taste. Medium bodied, light in carbonation despite big initial head. A little too much going on here, would have liked some thing dialed back a bit. (589 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, cloudy dark orange and gold with a thin near-white head. Leaves the glass dotted with spots of stick. Appropriate and pretty enough.

Lots of authentic, juicy, even spicy pineapple character in the aroma, along with a distinctive, Belgian, tangy, perhaps sulfuric yeast character. The aroma also presents some fusel alcohol notes.

The flavor is sweet, earthy, and very pineapple forward, along with lots of fusel alcohol harshness. It's not a very drinkable beer. There's some white fruit element as well (apple, pear), along with sweet honey biscuit and some very faint black pepper. Interesting, but not particularly drinkable or enjoyable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

One of The Bruery's weaker offerings of late. (785 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained silky topping back to the surface.

The aromatics are filled with pineapple and spicy clove. Almost tart smelling with some earthen aspect. It gets sulfuric when swirled. Overall an interesting twist on a pale belgian golden ale.

The taste is spicy with a flavor of clove and earth. Some fruity elements of pineapple and pears. A smsll hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with a warming alcohol inclusion. There is lots of apple to cider flavoring that comes forward as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a thick and creamy feel. It is very rich in the feel with the alcohol being hidden initally and then really warming up as the experience continues. This is a nice twist that is unique and worth a try. Having had it, I dont think I would buy it again but wouldnt mind maybe having this with some age on it. (1,020 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Deep golden with a thin, craggy white head.

A good bit of spice comes through in the nose. Cinnamon and ginger predominately.

More ginger and cinnamon upfront with some clove and light fruit/tropical notes in the finish.

Medium body, low carbonation.

A unique take on the style, the spices are an enjoyable/well done addition. (369 characters)

5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.