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5 Golden Rings | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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 resulting ale is a true holiday treat that can be enjoyed fresh or cellared until 2019, when 12 Drummers Drumming will be released.

Added by Halcyondays on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
593
pDev:
15.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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202
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's spicy, it's floral, it's vinous. It sounds a lot like I'm describing a wine. ...oh, by the way: it tastes wine-like too. The Bruery's fifth installment of a twelve-year series is chocked full of fruity-spicy balances that is normally relegated to the lexicon of grape- not grain.

But here we are, and the beer pours much like those oak-aged chardonnay. It's strong golden body is highlighted with mild haze and ample bubbles. Rising to the surface, the beer is partly spritzy and partly frothy, giving the ale a part-beer, part-wine appearance. Broken lace adorns the glass and starts to remind us that we are, in fact, drinking ale.

Honey-sweetened malts kick things off while cracker-like malts contribute to the beer's initial aromas. Floral notes of orange blossom, clove, and allspice captivate the nose with soft and spicy potpourri. Lightly sulfury character says apples, while acidic tones say lemons. Tropical fruits round out the aromatic show with aromas now found in American IPA (but, we'll see about that bitterness).

Deliciously spiced, the malt flavor is straight forward with honey, thin caramel, and dry bread and biscuit. But the beer's malty foundation is dwarfed by the spice and fruit to come. Apricots, pineapple, banana, and apple all seem to be of the dehydrated (concentrated) fruit sweetness. But as the sweetness quivers, the spicy additions come to play- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and white pepper balance the fruit and malt with ease and carry its taste to a spicy, oaked chardonnay-type woodsiness and slight cork-like must.

Medium in body, the Belgian strong pale ale is creamy and tart to start. But soon after its high effervescence subsides, so does its residual malt textures. What's left is fruit impressions without the weight and an echo of spice that's supported by alcoholic warmth. The beer is light and effortless in its finish, while seemingly vinous tannic with white wine-like properties.

I'm seeing how this beer is built for the future. Though relatively fresh, all of the individual tastes, aromas, and nuances are easily deconstructed. But as the beer develops over years, the tastes will certainly meld the malt, fruit, and spice into a fusion of all while retaining a dry honey taste that should reveal high level of savory succulence for years and years to come.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian golden ale with pineapple juice. 11.5%.

A: Oxidized pale orange is filled with a medium rise of effervesce. Chalky white head is creamy and in good standing at one finger leaving a thin sheet lacing.

S: Pineapple juice, sweet bready cake, pretty dominate upon opening but fizzles a bit when sitting in the vessel.

T: Funky pineapple slices, yeasty and estery with green pears, lemon and lime juices and a cake like breadiness. Touch of banana, grapes with a passing of sour fruitiness on the close.

M: Fair carbonation, bready and full with a warming of sour fruitiness as it sits on the tongue.

O: Overall somewhat complex, smooth transistion, spicy, though may be a bit much for one serving. May be better justified in a smaller quantity. Could be crisper, the pineapple takes over a bit at times, not something that holds your attention and loses some luster by bombers end.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Excited to try this because many of the other beers in this series have been really tasty.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a light orange/salmon color. The color is almost the same hue as a bottle of peanut oil but a little bit more pink. The pour starts with a fast foaming head which dissipates quickly.

Smell - Pineapple, nail polish remover, strong apple cider or some sort of high abv fermenting fruit liquor. The smell of this before the sip i know it is going to taste like its posted 11.5% abv.

Taste - Booze Booze Booze! After the taste of rubbing alcohol subsides i do taste the subtle farmhouse style ale which i correlate with golden belgians. The aftertaste is sweet where i can taste the pineapples but it has a crazy taste like windex or some sort of industrial cleaning solution flavor to it because of the booze flavor.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation so it is quite easy to drink but at the same time it is hard because of how hot this bottle is.

Overall - Kinda disappointed after last years holiday styles from The Bruery have been amazing and wish they could have made this fifth one a little bit more palatable. After tasting this i tried hard not to pour this down the drain but after i was done with one cup of it i had to pour the rest down the drain. Maybe with age it will tame down this beast because i have had success with other beers i thought were to hot in the beginning like damnation 23.

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The beer pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head. This is a nice looking beer. The smell is sweet with a strong spice note. I'm definitely getting some pineapple. The sweetness carries over to the flavor. There is less spice in the taste with a good amount of pineapple. The finish is sweet and malty and has a significant alcohol burn. I think this one might mellow out over time, but I don't know that I'll buy more to find out.

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 593 ratings
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