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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Reviews by SirElton:
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SirElton from California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jun 14, 2013
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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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GRG1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Nov 09, 2013
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Lob from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 29, 2012
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theminutemen from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 08, 2013
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RebornStussy from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Dec 22, 2012
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Kromes from Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Dec 08, 2012
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Pugs78 from California

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Jan 14, 2013
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dogfishandi from New York

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian chalice.

Pours a cloudy sunset type of orange color, about a 1/4 inch of head off of the pour that rather quickly faded to a thin ring. Lacing is quick to fall back into the beer, maybe a touch of alcohol legs.

Initially the aroma is pineapple juice, apple, pear, sweet sugary bread, as it warms a bit of a almost solvent alcohol aroma comes out, throughout there is a bit of spice, maybe more of a yeasty spice, fruit cake like.

Quite a bit of fruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some grape, a sweet bready almost caramels malt gives the impression of fruit cake. The spice is light, maybe from a bit of age, more a yeasty spice, a bit of phenols

Almost a bit syrupy and heavy for the style, could prolly use a bit more carbonation as well.

I expected a bit more out of this. Not really bad, just not worth a second bottle, unless you want the whole series, but I couldn't really see this aging well.

Aug 04, 2013
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Hanzo from Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dec 25, 2012
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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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chippo33 from Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Dec 18, 2012
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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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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is fruit forward with pineapple and peach; sweet caramel malt, spicy. Flavor of well integrated mixed fruit, light citrus, holiday spices. Finishes with pineapple, honey, cloves and allspice. Light to medium bodied. Warming and somewhat alcohol forward. Similar to a sweet trippel. An interesting take on a Belgian strong pale with the pineapple blending nicely with the other fruit flavors. I will probably cellar one of these to check it out at the end of the cycle.

Dec 26, 2012
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bluckbeyes from Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jan 22, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a white cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained silky topping back to the surface.

The aromatics are filled with pineapple and spicy clove. Almost tart smelling with some earthen aspect. It gets sulfuric when swirled. Overall an interesting twist on a pale belgian golden ale.

The taste is spicy with a flavor of clove and earth. Some fruity elements of pineapple and pears. A smsll hint of cinnamon and nutmeg with a warming alcohol inclusion. There is lots of apple to cider flavoring that comes forward as the brew warms up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a thick and creamy feel. It is very rich in the feel with the alcohol being hidden initally and then really warming up as the experience continues. This is a nice twist that is unique and worth a try. Having had it, I dont think I would buy it again but wouldnt mind maybe having this with some age on it.

Dec 31, 2012
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JxExM from New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jan 13, 2013
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leftstagebrew from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Jan 12, 2014
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SocalKicks from California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dec 15, 2012
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VonWeissenheimer from New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jan 17, 2013
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 07, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another Bruery beer. Why do I do this to myself. At least I only got a sampler.

Bright, golden yellow pour, clear, or nearly so, with a moderate foamy head that receded to a ringlet and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of sweet fruit in the aroma, like canned fruit cocktail, almost; distant floral hop quality. Sweet taste, almost sickeningly so, again like fruit cocktail, complete with pineapple, pear, peach, cherry, some banana esters in there as well; notes of light clovey spice and corriander, with a touch of vodka-like booze that was more tasted than felt. Light-medium body, a bit sticky with sweetness, and just kind of messy all over. Not really sure what they were going for, nor am I sure it will hold up for another 7 years.

But I got the vertical going anyway, for whatever reason.

Dec 18, 2012
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MaseFace from Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

May 03, 2013
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2dogbrew from Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dec 08, 2012
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TonyTalon from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dec 05, 2012
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 607 ratings