5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 571
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 24
Gots: 198 | FT: 20
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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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with ginger and cinnamon and a bit of rye bread. It had a clean and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was one of the more enjoyable Xmas beers from the Bruery. It had an enjoyable holiday scent and taste, with fantastic body. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was really easy to drink. Probably best fresh. (588 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden honey color with a short dense cream colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is candy like. It has a tripel type of aroma, with candi sugar, bubblegum, and clove popping through. This is followed by some cinnamon notes. The brew has some floral honey notes as well. Very nice.

The taste starts off with a belgian pale malt base. Some nice clove and bubblegum notes from the yeast and a peppery spice from the hops. The addition of pineapple juice does not quite work so well. The pineapple juice stands out and doesn't really blend well with the belgian base. Along with the cinnamon and ginger, the pineapple leads to a sweet flavor. Perhaps some more nutmeg or clove would help. It borders on cloying but the pale malt is dry so that helps balance. The flavor is not bad but seems off just a tad.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate without much of an offset. The ABV does pop through and gives some belly burn.

A decent holiday brew. Sweet and dessert like. The pineapple juice needs to be better incorporated into the brew as it stands out too much but the base belgian ale is good. (1,160 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: pineapple, honey, sweet light malt. Very creamy – they have the Belgian carbonation thing down very well. Starts creamy and luscious with some light malt flavors and then the pineapple bursts forth. Appearance: brilliant orangish amber. Medium body to medium light. More fruit than just pineapple – finishes sweet but then there is some faint hops in the background, some citrus and some hard to define spices. Like a white wine with a little bit of alcohol on he end – no way tastes like 11.5% abv – a stealth beer. (530 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1612th Review on BA
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@TheBruery

App- A very buttery looking golden color with a good bit of shimmering highlights around the edges. A small off white head was there and then feel to only a couple dots of cling around the glass.

Smell- A good amount of aromatics on this one, but didnt do it for me. It was too buttery. Howevery, the pineapple and deeper citrus aroma filled the nostrils. The spices were leaning towards nutmeg note. A bit more alive than the others in the series.

Taste- For a spiced golden it was good. Wasnt as good as the other in the series like the aromatics, but the flavor with the different fruits is quite nice. A bit more golden vs dark and spicy as the others but it seems to work. Still young, but flavorful.

Mouth- A bit of a solid medium body with a similar carbonation level. A bit thick and spicy. The residual citrus and nutmeg are nice, but just need to develop a bit more IMO.

Drink- I think the idea is there and this will develop nicely. Solid beer that has potential to age nicely. (1,042 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. It's been a long time since I've been this excited over a beer. Pineapple juice!

3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice spiciness. Candied pineapple, mango, and sugarbread. Rich, sugary maltiness. They really nailed the pineapple, at least so far.

4.0 T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of pineapple in this, through and through. It even has the slight tartness of pineapple juice. Mango and orange can be found as well. Spices mentioned above. Everything meshes into a unique beer experience that also happens to be quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and not too syrupy like a lot of Bruery beers.

4.0 D: This may be my favorite installment of the Christmas series. It's interesting and tasty. I think I have to go pick up another bottle. (955 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five Golden Rings is a cloudy straw color. It’s very hazy, much more than I would’ve expected. A little light behind it gives it a much brighter gold look. A soft collection of white bubbles gathers on the surface, but dissipates quickly. That’s a bit disappointing, but isn’t too surprising given the alcohol content. Lacing was definitely lighter and spotty. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s interesting. It starts out with a mix of spicy and fruity notes. The fruit notes are definitely citric, mostly pineapple. The spicy esters are a product of Belgian yeast. Pepper and clove are the strongest spices. Belgian yeast has a nice presence. Secondary scents include lemon, honey, and light orange. It is rather deep and complex. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t smell like 11.5%. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s that strong.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It’s very spicy up front. Clove and pepper are by far the strongest, but Belgian yeast has certainly imparted some other spicy notes that I can’t quite identify. It is sweet and fruity. Pineapple is easily noted and has a nice flavor. Better than expected. It works well with the spicy notes. Apple, pear, and lemon are also noted. Honey is a secondary flavor, but it adds nice depth. More depth is added by herbal and earthy flavors. It is complex. Alcohol is strong, but I wouldn’t say it’s boozy or hot. It’s a little warm. That’s all. Finishes fruity and spicy.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is very light and soft. It has a smooth feel. Goes down surprisingly easy for such a big beer, too.

I honestly had pretty low expectations for Five Golden Rings. The description of it did not sound very good. Much to my surprise, it’s pretty good stuff. I’d be interested to see how this develops over the next few years. But, if you’re curious, it’s well worth cracking open now. (1,939 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep colored orange with a healthy head that lingers throughout the beer. Smell is sweet - smells like a Belgian triple with some spice and fruit. Taste is very sweet. Definite pineapple, spices, and kumquat or some other strong citrus flavor. Didn't notice the high ABV initially but as you drink more of this beer it becomes apparent. Also the sweetness of this brew wears on you after a bit. Different. (413 characters)

Photo of Dope
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear, amber-gold pour. Big fluffy and frothy white head. Head fades away at a moderate pace but leaves only the smallest bits of lacing behind.

S: Spicy. Ginger and cinnamon maybe? Touch of breadiness and a little tropical fruit.

T: Whoa. Very strong flavors up front. Lots of ginger primarily. Swear I get a little cinnamon maybe but I'm not sure. Some other spices I can't identify. A bit of yeasty bread in the middle. Some pineapple in the finish that mixes in. Long lingering spicy finish. Flavor and spices are strong enough that I shudder at every sip. Not in a good way, either.

M: Heavy, thick.

O: Whew, tough one to drink. Just a mess of super strong spices and fruit. No real indication of alcohol but super harsh nonetheless. I could not drink this one and ended up drainpouring it. Just an unpleasant combination of strong flavors. Maybe with some age on it it would be decent. For reference, I love some of the stronger beers like 120min, Chocolate Rain, etc but this was just ...bleh. A mess of a beer. (1,034 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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, pineapple, citrus hops, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, ginger, cinnamon, other spices, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, pineapple juice, citrus hops with a bit of bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger, other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great BSPA with the spices being complex and well balanced and the pineapple juice is a nice touch. (647 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 buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is peach in color with one inch of off-white head.

S - The aroma gives off scents of pear, pineapple, and cinnamon.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. I get pear, pineapple, and cinnamon. i do also taste some Belgian yeast spiciness.

M - Moderate

O - It is a well done BSPA with added spices to give it a Christmas feel. i really enjoyed this beer. It is probably the best new to me Christmas beer of this season. (472 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 donkeyrunner
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Our traditional Bruery Christmas beer on Christmas.

Bright orange with a thin, insta-skim head. Smells like pineapple juice and fuzzy Belgian yeast phenols. Tastes like it smells - fuzzy pineapple. Tangerine/nectarine (I don't know that I can tell the difference) in back.

Good but intensely juicy brew. Like a pineapple, tangerine cocktail. Had I known I would have brought fruit and mini-umbrellas. (403 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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 (390 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: marmalade/peach cloudy, trace white head, no lacing

S: belgian yeast, pineapple, winter spices

T: solid pineapple, belgian yeast, mild earthy, winter spices
hint of booze in finish

M: med body, smooth/mild oily/firm carbonation

O: Like Bruery, little steep in price, LOVE that they
experiment like Dogfish Head of the West Coast. ABV is
very well hidden, sneaks up on you.
Would recommend, might get again.

QUITE NICE, NOT MUST HAVE! (441 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- On the lighter side of amber, foamy white head that fades quickly an leaves a ring of bubbles atop the body. Some light comes through the body, but there is a definite cloudiness to it.

S- Sweet sugary bread, peppery yeast, pineapples, some clove and orange.

T- Very sweet, almost like pineapple soda syrup. Hints of sweet bread, some Belgian yeast provides a little depth, but there is a ton of sweetness here.

M- Fairly drinkable for a big 11.5% beer, medium carbonation, somewhat syrupy.

O- A 750 of this is too much for one person. Just way too much overpowering sweetness. (584 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle served cold into a goblet on a cool rainy night in early June.

Five Golden Rings is a bright golden amber with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet like tropical fruit and slightly spicy like the yeast character in a saison or tripel.

Flavor is sweet up front with the pineapple making itself known. It follows with a surprising kick of spices and herbs. I get pepper, clove, coriander, and maybe some rosemary and mint. It finishes with another unexpected twist: tartness. It's a little like a wild yeast but also a bit tannic like a dry wine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A complicated beer but fairly easy drinking. The alcohol is there but it's sneaky the way it creeps up.

Overall an interesting beer. I bought two more to cellar so it will be interesting in a few years time to see how it's mellowed, hopefully. (859 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened on Christmas Day

A - Golden colored pour with some active foam that retains. Cloudy look. Some lacing.

S - Clearly can make out fresh pineapple and spice. Smells like a caribbean punch.

T - Flavors of sweet pineapple and cake are dominant. Great cocktail\dessert beer. Sugary sweetness bears out in each sip. Bready notes from the yeast give a pastry cake flavor.

M - Balance is incredible to hold all thi ssweetness and ABV into a smooth drinking ale. The only gripe I can think of is that this is too sweet to have mor than a glass of.

O - Wonderful holiday drink to share among guests. Might be a bit of a novelty but easily a beer for a casual beer drinker to enjoy. (683 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze and a one inch head of white. A few whisps remain on the surface and elongated dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, candied apples, pineapple pulp, and sugar-dusted cloves.
Candied fruit and rum follow through.

Medium bodied with a slickish, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Booze-laced fruit juice and pineapples start the palate. Rum soaked fruit cake, spice-dusted apples and wine-like boozy fusels step forward.

Finishes very warming, fruity and spicy.

Plenty of pineapple, spice, and booze in this one. It should hold up very well in the cellar. (645 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 12/23/12

Golden brown and tangerine hued; look mighty similar to honey. Foam rises rapidly, cresting at two and a half fingers before dissipating to a thin layer. Some lace, halfway down the glass. Decent, considering the abv.

The aroma has a lot of pineapple juice follow by toasty grains, hay and prairie grass. Overtones of pepper and perhaps a little ginger. There are also notions of pear and alcohol. The grass becomes more appreciable over time, which is probably a good thing. Smells good, though there seems to be an underlying heaviness.

Yup, the aroma tried but wasn't able to bluff it's way out of the reality that this is one mess of a beer. This is floored with slick alcohol heat. Pineapple juice, fermenting fruits, spices and grains are muddled together in this sticky, boozy glob. The flavor (alcohol) is too closely tied to the feel to warrant separate paragraphs. Heavy, cloying and with a penchant for causing weary palates. Carbonation is very low which makes the sluggish feel that much worse.

My fiance doesn't like beer so, of course, I asked for her take on this. She took not one, not two, but three sips before asking me if I don't like it. Then she said it's like a mesquite hot wassail. Then she drank more.

If this were cut down by about 4-5% abv, it might be alright. As it stands, I'm glad this is the only bottle I'll ever come across. (1,404 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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... (1,244 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

Misty clarity, the color of a nearly ripe tomato. A thin, fizzy tan head is gone soon, replaced with thick legs.

Bright aroma. In this order: Pineapple juice, caramel, pear syrup, alcohol, old crackers. Very sweet.

Juicy. Where in the nose the particular notes are in differing proportion, they're more equal in the flavor. All the same stuff -- pineapple and pear chunks, caramel, booze -- but balanced. A touch of ginger, maybe some nutmeg.

Smooth, syrupy medium body, effervescent. Tangy on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol digs onto the nose.

Good if a little one-dimensional and sweet. Goes down more easily than it should. (659 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian chalice.

Pours a cloudy sunset type of orange color, about a 1/4 inch of head off of the pour that rather quickly faded to a thin ring. Lacing is quick to fall back into the beer, maybe a touch of alcohol legs.

Initially the aroma is pineapple juice, apple, pear, sweet sugary bread, as it warms a bit of a almost solvent alcohol aroma comes out, throughout there is a bit of spice, maybe more of a yeasty spice, fruit cake like.

Quite a bit of fruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some grape, a sweet bready almost caramels malt gives the impression of fruit cake. The spice is light, maybe from a bit of age, more a yeasty spice, a bit of phenols

Almost a bit syrupy and heavy for the style, could prolly use a bit more carbonation as well.

I expected a bit more out of this. Not really bad, just not worth a second bottle, unless you want the whole series, but I couldn't really see this aging well. (952 characters)

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