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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
81
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 549
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I made a mistake by opening this for myself to finish. About 1/2 through.

Oops, this one must need 7 years for the independent flavors to meld. I am a dick about throwing stuff away; so I have to finish this one. Gha...

If there is pineapple juice in here, it must be the acid from it. I will need to take heartburn pills at 2am.

I am a fan of The Bruery. Not sure where they are going with this one. Perhaps in 7 years...

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly gleaming gold with amazing clarity. A 3/4" top of virgin white head on it, really makes for one looker of a beer. Aroma was massively boozy. Like huge. Some spice accoutrement, nutmeg, ginger, coriander, clove.

Taste, egad man, did I just drink gasoline? This is the hottest beer I've ever drank from the Bruery, and I've had some of their 19.5% stuff. Difference here, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of malt heft into this one, it looks like it has a rather mellow and light body from the color. I really could not, no matter how much I tried, get into this beer to taste any secondary aspects of the beer, it was just fire in the mouth of an alcohol burn. If you restrain yourself, you can pick up light orange peel and sweet notes.

Of any of their beers meant to be drank years from now, this one really did leave the impression that I don't want to touch it for a long time. I'll adjust my score upon subsequent tastings, but the first one just came off as fire water and not much else.

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2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours as a decent golden color with a white head on top. The retention is thin, no lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is a little fruity, boozy and spicy. The taste of the beer is loaded with spice, very Christmassy, not really the greatest tasting beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation and smooth drinkablity. Overall this beer isn't the greatest. I just wasn't impressed with some of the flavors it had. It's an ok beer but I just don't care for it.

Photo of IHyphySF
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Excited to try this because many of the other beers in this series have been really tasty.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a light orange/salmon color. The color is almost the same hue as a bottle of peanut oil but a little bit more pink. The pour starts with a fast foaming head which dissipates quickly.

Smell - Pineapple, nail polish remover, strong apple cider or some sort of high abv fermenting fruit liquor. The smell of this before the sip i know it is going to taste like its posted 11.5% abv.

Taste - Booze Booze Booze! After the taste of rubbing alcohol subsides i do taste the subtle farmhouse style ale which i correlate with golden belgians. The aftertaste is sweet where i can taste the pineapples but it has a crazy taste like windex or some sort of industrial cleaning solution flavor to it because of the booze flavor.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation so it is quite easy to drink but at the same time it is hard because of how hot this bottle is.

Overall - Kinda disappointed after last years holiday styles from The Bruery have been amazing and wish they could have made this fifth one a little bit more palatable. After tasting this i tried hard not to pour this down the drain but after i was done with one cup of it i had to pour the rest down the drain. Maybe with age it will tame down this beast because i have had success with other beers i thought were to hot in the beginning like damnation 23.

Photo of beerhan
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a thick urine yellow with a fuzzy white head

S-lots of fruit juice and Belgian yeast and some pineapple coming through.

T- initial pineapple taste with some rice and Belgian yeast. As it warms up it tastes like alcohol and poison.

M- super thick and unpleasant. Lots of carbonation for what it is and boozy. Very hard to drink.

O- this is the worst thing that I have had from the bruery. A below average overpriced beer that I am unfortunate enough to have had. Maybe 7 years will help this beer until then I want to forget ever having this.

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2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear orange. After a forceful pour, the glass swells with foam. The head dies away rather quickly as if exhausted by the pour. I am left with a famished cut of off white foam. Laces well.

S-A sweet, excessively yeasty aroma. Cloves. Basil. Candied sweetness. Alcohol is a noticeable component of the aroma; that stinging heat. The pineapple juice can be detected as well.

T-It tastes like someone poured seasoning into pineapple juice. Peppery, Belgian yeast. Concentrated pineapple and apple juice. Finishes with a long winded, hot sweetness that clings to the back of my teeth.

M-The back of the bottle says it will keep for 7 years. I laugh at such a statement, it's basically flat already. No carbonation. The lack of bubbles really let's that oily sweetness soak into every crevice of my mouth.

O/D-Thankfully this was gifted to me. I'm not even going to attempt to finish this bottle. Flat, spicy, boozy, juice from concentrate. Still waiting for the Bruery to make a beer that I actually enjoy from start to finish.

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.