5 Golden Rings
The Bruery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.6 | pDev: 15.83%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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brycemc from California

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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JohnCassillo from California

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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ClePaul from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.29/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

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
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this after aging 2.5 years. 5 Golden Rings is a gleaming light copper color, topped with a sugar-white head, holding steady at about 1/8" after the initial pour. The aroma has pleasing notes of dried pineapple, fresh sugar cane, and maple syrup. As for the flavor, I was extremely impressed. The Bruery is top quality, but I believe a little mellowing with age greatly enhanced this libation. Apple cinnamon, very tart pineapple, brown sugar, and nutmeg make this a pretty spicy treat that indeed calls into mind the food and drink of Christmas holiday tradition. With a sticky mouthfeel, a decent bit of alcohol heat is detected as well. Overall, it was a decadent experience I was careful to enjoy slowly.

Jun 04, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong, yeasty aroma has fruity and malty undertones and hints of ginger and - allspice? Coriander? Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale cream head. Flavor is quite sweet, but not cloying, notes of banana, honey, yeast, malt and coriander - and an alcohol bite that will get your attention! Texture is thick and firm, almost syrupy, with a subtle but persistent tingle, leaving a fruity, edgy, honey-sweet finish. Merry Christmas, Joyful Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus, Happy Saturnalia, and of course, Happy New Year!

Apr 30, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Mar 18, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing a single finger frothy, off-white, shortlived head that fades to small islands & surface ring of foam that leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malts, Belgian yeast esters of pear & apple mixed with cinnamon, clove & ginger spices combining to produce the smell of mulled apple cider in a background of light alcohol. Taste is similar but the sugar & mulled apple cider components are more robust with pale malt note being heavy to pie crust & pineapple & white grape fruitiness thrown into the mix. Alcohol, sweetness & spices intensify in the peppery finish which produces a sweet, fruity but slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, is syrupy, thick, chewy & a little prickly. This is truly a Christmas brew but is too heavily spiced for my taste. Similar to what I think very sweet mulled apple cider with a tiny dollop of vodka added would taste like.

Feb 21, 2015
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy gold/orange with three fingers of foamy white with a little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is Brett in the nose some banana and a slight bubble gum aroma. There is also some orange zest in the aroma that has a candy-like feel to it.

The taste has real zing to it and really let's out some Belgian candy flavor. There is a banana flavor that really comes out a bit like La Fin Du Monde but with some other fruit flavor that leans toward grape and even a little pear. There is a dryness that has a cider flavor but gives more of a back end punch of tartness. Tartness where the bitterness should be.

The feel of this beer is has a full body that has a medium feel for most of it but then leans into you feeling heavier than expected. It a good drinkable feel and even with age is a pleasure to drink.

Nov 17, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up locally (found it recently actually), enjoyed from a hoarders high ball glass.

a - brew pours a rich syrupy looking transparent copper yellow with a thin fizzy head that mostly fizzled away except for some bubbles on the surface clinging to the glass....some spotty lace.

s - nose is a fairly sweet pineapple apple with noticeable heat. Compared to the BA which I opened shortly after this one...the non BA carries some big cinnamon notes and lots of all spice. As it warms it gets more complex though always remains sweet.

t/m/o - taste is very rich and leads with boozy sweetness. Lots of apple and pear, a touch vinous...very rich and flavorful. Syrupy. Definitely a chore to drink. A few ounces of is is more than enough. Very big pineapple notes...soft all spice.

Oct 14, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden body with a large white head that settles to a single large island of foam in the middle.

Smell - Belgian sugars. Apples. Some tropical fruits. Booze. A variety of sugars.

Taste - Sharp fruity flavors. Harsh booze. Spices. Not as sweet as the nose suggested. Dry boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and rough. Medium body. Kinda bitter.

Overall - Not loving this. Very rough, without the flavors to back it up.

Jun 15, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity pineapple, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with good strength and a lot of sweetness. Taste of apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of sweetness and some light fruity tartness present on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, pineapple, banana, apple, clove, honey, biscuit, candi sugar, cinnamon, ginger, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of pineapple, spices, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; with huge robustness and minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this was a nice and unique Belgian golden ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of pineapple, spices, fruity/earthy yeast, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the big ABV and sweetness. A nicely enjoyable offering.

May 06, 2014
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Uanof from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden color with little to no carbonation and a quickly dissipating head that reduces to a 1/8" around the glass edge.

S: fresh tropical fruits, fresh sweet citrusy yeast and definitely some diced pineapples.

T: the pineapples are even more noticeable in the palate from the first sip. It's a fresh juiciness of tropical fruits and paradise playing alongside a more prominent malt bill. Astringent, dusty, boozy and a lot of sweetness; the juices stick around for a little while.

M: it presents itself with a full body and the pineapples provides a thick dryness on the back end of the palate.

O: this beer seems to be well achieved according to it's description, but it certainly isn't a flavor that's made for the masses. It conserved itself pretty well for being aged year and a half.

Mar 27, 2014
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Mar 17, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear orange. After a forceful pour, the glass swells with foam. The head dies away rather quickly as if exhausted by the pour. I am left with a famished cut of off white foam. Laces well.

S-A sweet, excessively yeasty aroma. Cloves. Basil. Candied sweetness. Alcohol is a noticeable component of the aroma; that stinging heat. The pineapple juice can be detected as well.

T-It tastes like someone poured seasoning into pineapple juice. Peppery, Belgian yeast. Concentrated pineapple and apple juice. Finishes with a long winded, hot sweetness that clings to the back of my teeth.

M-The back of the bottle says it will keep for 7 years. I laugh at such a statement, it's basically flat already. No carbonation. The lack of bubbles really let's that oily sweetness soak into every crevice of my mouth.

O/D-Thankfully this was gifted to me. I'm not even going to attempt to finish this bottle. Flat, spicy, boozy, juice from concentrate. Still waiting for the Bruery to make a beer that I actually enjoy from start to finish.

Mar 16, 2014
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Mar 02, 2014
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bierdeflanders from California

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: funk, pineapple, pear

A: orange amber with two finger head

T: lots of pineapple, some yeast notes, finishes with a nice alcohol warmth

M: medium and crisp, very refreshing

O: pretty impressed with this holiday beer. The sweetness from the pineapple, make this beer very refreshing.

Feb 09, 2014
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Mongrel from Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not going to spend too much time on this one, since I'll likely be pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain very soon.

It starts off great with a hazy orange-gold appearance and a nose reminiscent of a saison - bright and spicy, with tropical fruit. Initial taste is good too - big, crisp and spicy, with a pineapple juice punch. Again, like a big saison. But things go downhill after about one second on the palate. In comes a lingering metallic bitterness that's possibly attributable to the way the acid in the pineapple has aged (this bottle is over a year old). The sweetness also becomes cloying, but somehow still cannot mask the big booze. Overall, it's just a mess.

Feb 08, 2014
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jan 06, 2014
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Jan 04, 2014
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