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5 Golden Rings - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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5 Golden Rings - Bourbon Barrel-Aged5 Golden Rings - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 barrel aged edition has taken on notable flavors from the time spent in oak, adding a level of burnt wood, sweet boubron and under-ripe fruit.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was the fifth and final beer of our Snobs United Tasting Last Night.

This beer was a beautiful specimen.

Pours really murky just like all of the Bruery beers tonight.

It had the least amount of head and lacing, but nice legs when swirled.

Nose and palate are full of Banana, Fermented Pineapple, Fresh Oak, Bourbon, sweet bready malts, Vanilla and some spices.

Overall this was much better than standard 5 Golden Rings and I wish I had a little more. But that's why I have extras :)

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 11/20/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, murky, muddy brown with a finger and a half of fluffy ecrue head. The foam fades quickly without leaving any lace.

Aromas of vanilla, pineapple, bourbon and vague spices. A pronounced alcohol "chill" is noticeable in and amongst the tantalizing sweetness.

Flavors are big, bold, boozy and sweet. The pineapples are actually still quite prevalent but bourbon battles it for top billing. Spiced grilled pineapple, hot (but not too hot) bourbon, oaky vanilla, burnt caramelly malts, allspice, tangy citrus, mild cinnamon, some ginger and a healthy kick of alcohol. I like the play between the fruity, spicy base beer and the earthy barrel character. It's a hot but quite tasty bourbon soaked pineapple upside down cake.

Slick, semi-oily medium body with a mellow yet present carbonation. Bourbon, spiced pineapple and sweet oak linger in the aftertaste.

A pleasing blend of pineapple, bourbon, spice and sweet malts. I seem to have been in the minority of people that truly enjoyed 5 Golden Rings a year ago and I must say that I find this barreled version significantly better than it's reviews and score would indicate. It's a sipper for sure but I didn't have a problem drinking a whole bottle over the course of an evening. Quite glad to have a couple more to bust out for future ocassions.

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of errantnight
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Even when The Bruery's 12 Days series beers haven't been great, I've always been able to count on the barrel aged variety. Not this.

Sweet, thin bourbon juice. Sticky, cloying, without being full bodied. Hot and alcoholic, with dominant bourbon notes. I like bourbon, but this tastes watered down and spiked with fructose.

Just unpleasant, if not quite undrinkable.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NickMunford
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OCT 12, 2014
Thanks, Abraham! What a refined, refreshing beer, so well put together in its stark minimalism! Such finesse! Oh wait, sorry - wrong beer. Clear golden amber with a thin, white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this beer has long lasting legs. The nose is a heavy, boozy, sweet blend of vanilla, bourbon and coconut , along with spicy alcohol, fresh green cardamom, sweet syrup and mild pineapple. Medicinal booziness, which actually works because I am fighting a cold. Palate opens with a big, sweet, boozy, messy blend of coconut, bourbon, vanilla and simple syrup; dates and toffee are also present. The mod palate has a stale, canned pineapple character, along with cardamom. Most definitely a chore, this beer has a long, messy finish with cheap booze and some spice. Meh.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a murky, chunky golden/copper color. Lots of floaties. A minimal white head tries to rise, but the bubbles fizzle out in a second. No lace. Looks pretty unattractive to me.
S: Just odd. Musky, dank, almost rotten fruit aromas. Slightly tart. Wood aromas are strong, and take over toward the end. I am not sure what this is suppose to be?
T: Musky, dank, slightly tart fruits. Kind of like when you bite into an under rip and mushy orange. More pineapple comes through eventually. A cloying sweetness. Moldy, dank, wet wood flavors. A mess.
M/D: A full body with almost no carbonation. Viscous and resiny. Fusel alcohol, hard to drink, not something I care to partake in at all.

Obviously meant for sharing with the alcohol, and not really meant to be a Belgian Strong Pale Ale either. Still, the several times I have had this with friends, I have not enjoyed it. I don't remember finishing my glass on any occasion either. I'm finding more and more mediocre and overpriced beers from these guys all the time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud

Light fizzy head fades fairly quickly, almost no lacing, clear iced tea brown color, decent legs

Nose sweet candy, cheap rum and pineapple, just a touch of bourbon and barrel, weird fermented fruit molasses thing, candy, alcohol little fusel

Taste sweet candy. super sweet, syrupy and boozy, fusel alcohol, little pineapple syrup and apple brandy, syrupy mess as well, rummy pineapple and a touch of bourbon vanilla barrel but barely, more generic fruits and burnt pineapple candy, bitter rind, tannic

Mouth is med bod but very syrupy and fair boozy hot alcohol, decent carb

Overall eh, a bit too messy and hot but not too bad

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3.44/5  rDev -7%

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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of oldsailor
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just was not good, period

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5 Golden Rings - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 159 ratings