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5 Golden Rings - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
80
good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 502
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%


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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy deep orange - some gold around the edges - off white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity - so fruity that this kind of smells like a bizarre cocktail - the pineapple is quite obvious, and it adds to the yeasty esters, including banana - clove, bubblegum, and some earth - the spices are quite potent, particularly cinnamon and ginger - basically, it smells too sweet and too spicy - booze is pretty obvious, too

Taste: Pineapples, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar - candied pineapples, bananas, clove, and bubblegum - cinnamon, ginger, and allspice add to the mix, and add to the sweetness - lots of sugar - lacking any malt character to back up the sugary spice booze blast - maybe this would calm down over time

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, low carbonation, sticky sweetness

Overall: I would happily turn these rings over to Sauron

I think I would rather use the rest of my glass to glaze a ham or something. This is way too sweet, way too spicy. Bleh.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:45:57 | More by angrybabboon
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Kromes

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:03:42 | More by Kromes
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socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 14:21:58 | More by socon67
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scootny

New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A prodigious head that recedes on the faster side but is quite lovely. Aroma is heavy with pale malt and a lovely tropical pineapple fruitiness. Bread and fruit. Nice. The slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is complex and artful. Dominant malt front gives way quickly to pineapple and toasted coconut with a coconut water finish. Clean and firm bitterness as you swallow blooms with a white wine vinous persona. Where is the booze? Oh, in the back of my throat in a balancing act to the heavy malt body. This is a complex and sophisticated beer that brings a lot to the table. Dry and quaffing it has a drinkability that belies its abv and position as a spiced holiday ale. That said it has an almost wine like persona but more complicated in its placement as a beer to respect. Feel is quenching and pleasingly dry. Hops are mild and well placed. A great hoiday beer that went well with several cheeses and veg pepperoni. A good solid brew for the holidays and I expect this one to turn into a highly coveted beer as the edges soften with age. Will be getting a few more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:47:46 | More by scootny
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Center-pour into tulip...

A: hazy medium amber body, finger's worth of ivory head that didn't persist; negligible bits of lace

S: made me think of orchards of pale-fleshed ripe fruits; presumably this is attributable in part to the use of pineapple in the brewing

T: I liked what the pineapple did for the flavor profile - you have a nice complement of pale malt flavors and the fruitiness of the yeasts and hops; the pineapple provides a lush flavor that is suggestive of holiday feasts' and treats' spices and fruits. Citric/acidic notes linger.

M: warming, full, soft, fuzzy; bit of a bite on the aftertaste, a little bitter, peachy sweet

O: I enjoy the sweet strong pale ales like this. This one in particular has a refined but lush character - it is suitable for warming and slow drinking. I'd buy this again. Perfect for winter holidays and cold weather drinking - a great December drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 16:24:42 | More by Greywulfken
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impending

California

2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

D+

an incredible disappointment
the only thing that makes any sense is that it must age properly for the vertical
which accepts facing the fact that it is a mess day one
I indubitably believe this will age into something special
it will taste appropriately evolved, a complexity will appear

I don't share the goal of possessing the vertical
although I do believe it will be an epic tasting
maybe the best ever

but today
it is not worthy of consumption
a massive disappointment
no cheers for today
jd

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 06:44:52 | More by impending
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:12:33 | More by ThickNStout
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:42:06 | More by stephenjmoore
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SHODriver

California

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice golden orange with a small off white head that is quick to fade without a trace
S: smells of fruity esters, some spice and a little bit of caramel sweetness
T: taste is of fruity esters, some pineapple and some nice spice notes. There is also an underlying sweetness. swallow is a huge wave of pineapple and fruity esters
M: heavier side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a fairly dry finish
O: Overall, not bad but not great. It's a little too sweet and fruity for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:02:46 | More by SHODriver
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:13:58 | More by Oakenator
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised that I liked this one based on the lukewarm reviews. The scores on BA are one of the reasons that I have been reluctant to try this one. Much to my surprise, I sort of like it.

The beer poured a reddish-orange hue with a soft white head. The foam left behind a noticeable lacing in the glass, as if to say beer was here. The aroma was big time pineapple with a layer of spices in the background. The pineapple was also very present in the initial taste. I do not think I have every had such a dose of pineapple in a beer before. Cinnamon and clove were also noticeable with the Belgian yeast laying the backbone. The thick mouthfeel on this one allowed the flavors to linger. The added benefit of this occurs with the nice warming sensation that begins in the aftertaste. This holiday beer not only warms the cockles of your heart, it lights up your digestive track. Many of the non-craft beer drinkers around me also enjoyed this unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 16:07:23 | More by JohnnyHopps
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden amber with a two plus finger egg shell white frothy head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of tart citrus fruit , spice and some alcohol after the swirl.

Taste dominated by the pineapple, hints of sweet banana, ginger and the booze is not hiding.

Mouth Feel medium body, light carbonation, sweet, sticky, with some alcohol bite.

Overall, the beer is a little over powered by the sweetness and then the alcohol hits you. Glad I tried it, not my favorite Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 20:52:21 | More by dtivp
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

P: Dark golden apricot body with a decent crown of white creamy head that bubbles down to a thin silky layer. Wet lacing around the edges.

S: Overpowering pineapple booze, tropical bubblicious gum, powdery yeast, ginger, white grapes, hints of honey, black pepper, allspice and cinnamon. Banana esters appear once agitated.

T/M: Odd! Pineapple juice, lemon zest, a hefty dose of allspice, pickled ginger, clove and black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and creamy with just a pinch if stinging carbonation. Finish is semidry with cinnamon apple peels lingering in the back of the throat. Similar to drinking hot apple cider. Booze was not as abrupt as the smell and highlights the flavors.

O: 5 rings of oddness. At first I hated this beer. The first smell and taste almost caused me to grab something else. But it really opened up once it warmed and had a chance to breathe. The pineapple is the elephant in the room that actually works to an extent. This is an interesting take on the style and I can't say I hate it. I would like to see how this one ages for the next 7 years. May have to hunt another one down. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:29:51 | More by Hopswagger
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a hazy golden orange with a whips of white head, a film remains around the outer ring of the glass through out... Not much lacing to speak of. It's not a bad looking beer, but the lack of head and lacing lowered the score here.

S: In the aroma I Mainly get bready yeast notes, along with some notes from the spices, I mainly get cinnamon, and nutmeg? (Turns out they used allspice, cinnamon and ginger) as the brew warms I deffinatly start to get more of the spice, particuarly the ginger, as I get vague whiffs that remind me of ginger bread men. There is a bit of sweetness in the aroma as well, although note as much as I anticipated, and while I get citrus I'd be hard pressed to say that I smelt pinneapple persay. Nice comes x-mas time aroma overall.

T: much like the nose, I get some bready yeast notes, along with a bit of sweet citrus, pinneapple comes through more towards the finish, along with the spices, I like the use of spices here, they blend nicley with the yeast notes and seem to balance them out.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation that works very nicley with the brew, keeping it from being syrupy, some lingering x-mas spice in the aftertaste.

O: this is a pretty good x-mas beer, I thought it was tasty and pretty nicley balanced and had a decent drinkability for the abv, defiantly worth enjoying for the holidays, I'm curious as to how this will age.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:55:35 | More by PeterIngemi
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rand

California

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into snifter

Gonna pour one now, off first impression it needs some aging.

A: Dead-on apricot-orange in color, small fizzy head dissipates quickly without leaving a trace.

S: Tropical fruit and pastries anchor the bouquet, with ample alcohol volatiles delivering the aromas. The added pineapple is prominent, and it blends nicely with natural yeasty esters and holiday spices.

T: Bold fruity notes in the front of the palate - the pineapple is there but it's not as prominent as in the nose as the Belgian bacteria do their magic. Still there's lots of pineapple and the brew is sweet; fruitcake-sweet, with cinnamon and clove drying things out a bit. The booze comes on strong mid-sip, joined with a phenolic tone that carries to the finish. Hops aren't a major player, which might have helped balance out the sweet aspects. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...could've used more carbonation to clean the sugary residue.

I actually liked this more as it warmed. My first impression was a little on the negative, and it's a flawed beer, but there are some tasty aspects. I could see this improving over the years.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 06:11:01 | More by rand
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color with one finger of bone white head, modest retention and lacing.

Smell is wonderfully tart- some funk, some citrus a bit of hops. Nothing complex, just a plain old good tart smelling golden ale.

Taste is a different story- pineapple juice comes through strong at the beginning and throughout. A slight hop bitterness after the initial pineapple note, which gives way to a slight funky yeast tartness, then back to the pineapple and candi sugar to finish sweet, but by no means sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is very nice and different than usual- I'm ordinarily a big fan of prickly carbonation, especially with belgians, but this one works nicely without the pinpricks. Medium bodied, light carbonation, milky pineapple feel on the tongue. This is a wonderful brew and I felt that way from the first sip. I would recommend buying it if you find it- I plan on obtaining another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:57:26 | More by Hopdaemon39
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle my brother brought home for Christmas. Poured into a Delirium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a pretty hazy, orange-gold color. A big, frothy eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers tall. The head recedes and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S - Wow. There is a pretty sweet aroma right off the bat. Sweet notes of candi sugar and malts first. Sweet pineapple, mango, and white grape come next. The spices are mixed in with ginger bein the strongest component of the mix.

T - Sweet flavors just as sweet as the nose. Pale malts, candi sugar and sugary fruits all come out. Pineapple, lemon, and white grape are very strong. Syrupy and sugary meet spices like ginger and all-spice. Yeasty esters add a hint of banana to the overall mix.

M - Sweet and syrupy body here. The syrupy body adds a bit of heft to an orherwise medium bodied beer. The alcohol is a bit hot as well.

O - Not a bad beer, but this one had a lot more going on than I think it needed. It was a bit sweeter than I had hoped. A nice addition to the lineup, but I'm not sure how this one will last until the 12th year.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:53:37 | More by KAP1356
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with a golden color and limited head. Light carbonation. Extreme sweetness in the first taste but a thick mouthfeel. Definitely has the smell and taste of pineapple and oranges. Initial impression was that this beer is almost too sweet
Overall it was okay but I think I would only buy again for the full 12 days of Christmas series.. this wasn't anything special

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:09:51 | More by alaimoa
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themind

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:04:57 | More by themind
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beerhan

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 05:09:11 | More by beerhan
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area early sometime this Winter, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 3/18/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - nice golden-amber coloration, maybe slightly darker than expected for a Belgian golden strong, moderate clarity with slight translucence, typical Belgian-esque frothy head on first pour quickly resolves into subtle glass lacing, fine alcohol legs on swirling

S: 4.25 - lots of Belgian ester-y aroma, tropical fruit (pineapple predominant but also papaya and mango to my nostrils), vanilla hints if you really throw your nose into the glass

T: 3.5 - in three words: boozy pineapple juice;, which translates into too sweet for my liking. I have heard/read others say that they cannot taste the alcohol but I definitely do; unfortunately, the taste is my least favorite aspect of this beer

M: 4.5 - body like Christina Hendricks, really full mouthfeel, almost chewy, probably the best aspect of this beer

O: 4 - overall, I'm glad that I now have ready access to The Bruery's beers in the district, but, unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites; it's too sweet and boozy for my liking without enough additional Belgian characteristic phenol, estery, bannana peel, clove flavors to balance it out; nevertheless, it might benefit from aging, which is what this vertical series of Christmas beers is intended for. I would recommend buying one and cellaring until #12 is released is 2019 to fully see what it has to offer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:23:38 | More by MNishCT77
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:10:20 | More by gueuzedreg
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weonfire

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly hazy, 2" of light bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - Carmel, biscuit, flowery

T - Initial: sweet pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg and wow- plenty of spice. Finish: pumpkin and plenty of spice. Hop level is very low (1/10), 11.2 ABVs are non existent

M - creamy but not frothy, zero lacing, viscosity is low, thinner then hoped.

O - I will say this is a tough beer to accurately gauge from reading reviews. The beer solely depends on personal preference and what level of spice you like in your winter warmer (not Belgian strong pale ale). I personally find this beer a bit spicier than I would want but looking at the rating its receiving, it is FAR better that that. Flavors and spice pop and for 11.2 ABV- it is hidden extraordinarily. It believe it could use some aging or bitter hops to balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:40:01 | More by weonfire
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Truely a hazy golden color with about a half finger of small white bubbly head. It dissipates to apmost nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Tons of clove, cinnamon and other heavy spice notes. Also, lots of fruit and big pineapple notes.

Taste- Wow, palate explosion. Seriously my paoate almost couldnt handpe the explosion. The front of the tongue is hit will all the big spices and then quickly transitions to sweet fruitty flavors and then with 1 foul swoop is cut down with a sour pineapple and lemon finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice amiunts of carbonation that pairs well with the flavor profile.

Overall- Pardon my french, but this beer is a kick in the ass to the palate. My downside is that because its so extreme, it is kind of hard to drink. This is probably served best as a 6oz sipper to share with a bunch of friends on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:10:11 | More by BrownAleMale
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flayedandskinned

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012's Christmas beer from The Bruery.
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours a vibrant, cloudy, almost glowing deep gold. A bright white, 2 fingers tall head blossoms. The head has decent retention and leaves some spotting lacing along the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (3.75)
A big allspice and nutmeg presence hits your nose first with supporting notes of sweet, yet spice driven Belgian yeast; mostly impressions of clove and banana. Sweet, biscuit malts and a twang of fresh cut pineapple become apparent as the beer warms. Light alcohol presence.

Taste: (3.75)
Orange forward hops upfront, followed intermingled notes of allspice and clove and bananas from the yeast. Middle of the taste your palate is covered with a sizable coating of sweet, bready malt and tangy impression of pineapple. The beer finishes off dry with lingering notes of juicy pineapple, sweet breads, allspice, nutmeg and more yeast driven notes of banana and clove. Warming alcohol presence, but in taste, it is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
An interesting take on both a holiday ale and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale; I really do enjoy the subtle notes of pineapple, but overall I feel that this beer is a tad too sweet. I think the yeast the Bruery uses is a bit too sweet to be used in conjunction with the allspice and pineapple. I think i would have really liked this beer if the yeast phenols were dialed down a bit to better showcase the pineapple.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:44:20 | More by flayedandskinned
5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
80 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.