5 Golden Rings
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.58 | pDev: 15.92%
May 05, 2022
Nov 03, 2012
Notes: 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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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2012 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Somewhat ugly... golden brown pour. Cloudy with thin off-white head. Falls fast... nice little ring of lacing.

S: Ginger, pineapple, and spice. Bready.

T.F: As other reviewers have noted... there's some definite pineapple bread going on. Modest sweetness... fruit and spice. Strong ginger with milder cinnamon and allspice. Malts and sugars to go with the juice. Medium bodied and sticky. Ginger and lingering pineapple at the finish.

O: An interesting mix with the pineapple, spice, and a golden ale but it mostly worked... and this held up super well in the cellar. Would be interesting to compare it to one of the re-releases.

May 05, 2022
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Feb 14, 2022
3 by RMW66 from Australia on Oct 11, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a creamy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear yellow around the outer edges but is a cloudy and deep orange amber with brown notes in the middle.

The smell is good. It has a strong pineapple notes with slight yeast notes.

The taste is pretty good. The pineapple is the strongest note and supplemented by a bread note to make it taste like pineapple bread. There are hints of cinnamon and allspice but they get lost in the pineapple.

The feel is decent. It has a medium body with very little carbonation to it and a slight burn in the finish.

Overall, a flavorful beer worth getting. It's pretty nice to have something different from a dark ale, which is the usual style in the line-up.

Jan 03, 2021
3.76 by michiganmatt from California on Dec 31, 2020
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Dec 31, 2020
4.61 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 31, 2020
4.5 by bubseymour from Maryland on Jul 25, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brycemc from California

Day 5 (2019 release):

Pours a opaque dark golden hue, into a tulip. Head is small.

Nose is belgian yeasts, some banana notes, pineapple, a bit of spice.

Taste: Is pineapple bread a thing? Alcohol apparent, allspice, ginger, breadiness, but not sweet. Belgian golden ale with pineapple notes basically. Quite nice.

Feel: medium body, just off dry, long warming finish (a contrast to the style, which is nice).

Overall very good, unique. Will be interesting to see what it tastes like in a dozen years.

Dec 31, 2019
3.85 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 08, 2019
3.71 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Sep 21, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Purchased at a local bottle shop in early 2013; consumed on 8/19/17. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy very dark gold bordering on bronze. Lots of visible carbonation but only a short-lived thin off-white head before it fades to a ring of foam.

S: Fruity – Belgian yeast esters, and I’ll buy into the pineapple. Biscuit malts with mild caramel sweetness. Some Christmas type spices – I’m thinking nutmeg, ginger, allspice. But they’re not completely dominant here on the nose, for which I'm thankful.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast – apple, clove, banana. Pineapple and a milder lemon citric acid adds just a hint of a tart note, but the sweet biscuity malts with moderate caramel is more dominant. Some Christmas type spices again near the swallow, with more ginger than I got on the nose. Sweet pineapple with the caramelly malts in the hang.

M: Medium heft to the body for style. Low carbonation sensation. The alcohol seems pretty obvious – maybe a little hotter than this should be.

O: Really not my favorite. I can’t remember if I have another of these – I’m gonna hope not. The spices just don't do it for me here, and this is not a beer that I enjoyed on a personal level. In fairness, I suppose it’s pretty close to what was on the label. But not for me.

Mar 22, 2019
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
3.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
3.89 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had years ago but forgot to upload notes and rating to site. Has a fruity tang, especially pineapple, upfront, with belgian yeast, christmas spices and malty and peppery base. Very odd. Guess it could age into something good? For now pretty discombobulated and boozy, but does something meld together at end of sips with herbal background.

Nov 12, 2018
3.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 17, 2018
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

750 poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a murky dark brown color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was dominated by spices, and the pineapple was barely noticeable.

The pineapple had a bit more presence on the tongue, but this beer was still dominated by the spice rack.

The body was on the light side of medium, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was good, depending on how you like spice. Overall, I suspect my bottle was past prime, and a shell of its former self. If you have, drink it now, more time isn't gonna help.

May 10, 2018
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jan 30, 2018
3.75 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jan 14, 2018
3.96 by sendbeer from Georgia on Dec 29, 2017
4 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Mar 04, 2017
3.89 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Feb 19, 2017
4 by elamb106 from New York on Jan 05, 2017
4.27 by kreiner from California on Jan 04, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

A: Transparent, light golden amber, no head
S: Pineapple, sweet caramel, green apple, cinnamon, earthy spice, light alcohol
T: Sweet apple, earthy spices, alcohol, pineapple, Belgian yeast, ginger
M: Prickly carbonation
O: The huge apple and alcohol flavors are a bit too much to make this very enjoyable

Dec 30, 2016
3.61 by kingmaker from Louisiana on Dec 14, 2016
4.02 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Dec 11, 2016
4.25 by Rhyzy from Illinois on Jul 21, 2016
3.37 by RBorsato from Virginia on May 14, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JohnCassillo from California

Aged three-plus years. The spice that might be perceived on initial tasting has largely been replaced by a light sweetness and mild tangy finish provided by the pineapple flavors. Aroma has a subtle bit of pineapple and malt, while the taste is tropical and caramel wrapped up together. Mouthfeel's only barely carbonated, and only at the finish. Booze is hidden pretty well too.

Apr 12, 2016
3.73 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Apr 07, 2016
4.25 by Grinky from Illinois on Jan 13, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ClePaul from Ohio

5 Golden Rings

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

Summery: Real nice smooth and fruity Belgian ale with fruit added. Super tiny carbonation bubbles. I don't think I would seek it out. However I am really glad I tried it. Unique and refreshing. A bit flat on the body~

Jan 12, 2016
3.77 by Furlinator from California on Jan 12, 2016
3.5 by knicks19947 from New York on Dec 28, 2015
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2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Bright yellow, tons of clarity, virgin whit e head. Rubbing alcohol or fusel alcohol its so strong on the nose. Tons of spice rack in this.

Taste, fuck this is hot. 80 proof is what I was jokingly thinking. I think there might be some citrus in here, but all I taste is my mouth burning.

One of the Bruery's worst beers. Put it alongside Melange 11, Roble Blanco etc. . .

Dec 23, 2015
3.58 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Dec 16, 2015
3.5 by kmanjohnson from California on Oct 28, 2015
3.99 by Redgoatman from California on Oct 22, 2015
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