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.

Added by CheapBeerBuzz on 12-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12/19/14 notes. Got this in the 2013 RS, bottled 11/21/13. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a hazy reddish brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Tons of bourbon and pineapple juice. Lots of tropical fruits, fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, sugar, leather, cinnamon, spices, and bready malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation, not as hot as expected.

Oover this was ok but too much pineapple for me. The base was not my favorite in the Christmas beer series and the BBA version is not either, but this is better than the base. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to portable for the hookup, popped open shortly after opening the non BA version, enjoyed from a reserve society rocks glass.

a - pours a much deeper darker than the original, this is murky and carries more of an amber hue vs the transparent honey look of the original.

s - nose leads with a thick lush chocolate bourbon over the base. The barrels mute the cinnamon found in the original. The barrel dominates here and steps things up a few notches...very strong ale smelling. Nutmeg, dark fruit. On the sweet side still.

t/m/o - taste is a bit of a mess with the tropical fruity syrup of the base beer colliding and clashing with the rich decadent chocolate bourbon. The flavors just don't meld nicely. VERY hot. The abv really shows and although there are some nice qualities to this beer, the sum of the parts seem to not work for me. Very chewy and the bourbon leaves a nice afterglow but the tropical booziness (kind of tripel like) of the base keep trying to fight for dominance. As it warmed it became a bit more complex and my palate was able to find joy in the beverage but taking this bottle down in my own is not a possibility.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

5 Golden Rings - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 157 ratings