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
Ratings:
593
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
204
For Trade:
20
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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy equal parts golden and amber body with a single finger head which has little retention or lacing.

S: red apple, pineapple and other tropical fruits, belgium yeast, clove. overall the fruits dominate.

T: the booze is fairly well hidden. molasses, red apple, tropical fruits, belgian yeast, clove and other miscellaneous herbs, lemon, tartness and peppercorn.

M: thick and syrupy with moderate to high carbonation and a semi dry finish. I actually like the texture here although it is different for the style.

Overall: I like the balance of sweetness and tartness. the mouthfeel is very tick with this one coating the palate quite a bit. Nice beer though and good seasonal one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, herbs, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a very spice and herb forward flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's strong and isn't coming together super well at this time.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool beer ive been dying to try. nearly a 50dollar bottle at falling rock in denver, but thats the price you pay sometimes... the pour is hazy pale yellow in color, washed out looking, with some fine sediment in suspension and an inch of white head. the nose is really tart, almost pushing a sour beer, its funky from the yeast, fruity from the pineapple, and quite boozey as well. i dont taste a ton of pineapple, but i taste its acidic sweet/tart kick, its contributes more to feel than to taste i think, but it works gloriously well in combination with the yeast. i think this beer could be improved by a heftier richer malt body, i found the fruit flavors and essences to be overwhelming in the absence of any serious malts. however, this was a delicious brew, with fine carbonation and just a little too light of a body. overall im sure it was overpriced at the bar, but i am glad i got to try this. its been a brilliant series so far. good bottle to share at this abv!

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This pours as a decent golden color with a white head on top. The retention is thin, no lacing on this one. The smell of the beer is a little fruity, boozy and spicy. The taste of the beer is loaded with spice, very Christmassy, not really the greatest tasting beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, decent carbonation and smooth drinkablity. Overall this beer isn't the greatest. I just wasn't impressed with some of the flavors it had. It's an ok beer but I just don't care for it.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has faint hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has an interesting mixture of pineapple aromas along with some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste has initial flavors of sweet candi sugars and pineapple juice; these transition into notes of ginger, Belgian yeast and pale malts towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The pineapple flavors lend a slight amount of tartness to the mouthfeel, which has some dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer seems to be a little sweeter compared to other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but seems like it has just enough dryness and ginger to make it rather drinkable. There are absolutely no traces of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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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3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, a very cool idea for a decade-plus spanning release series. Muchas gracias to DoktorZee for schlepping this back from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, solid medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some broad, random specks of spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dense, meaty Belgian yeast, black pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg, and yes, yes, yes - musty, fruity, sugary pineapple! The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel, some rather encompassing, yet softly caring, and generally funk-free earthy yeast, reserved clove and allspice, um, spice, and a nicely integrated tropical pineapple fruitiness, sugary in its own special way. All very pleasant, to be sure, but that only distracts from the increasingly salient fact of - where be the booze, Balthazar?

The bubbles are agreeably tame, yet supportive in their finely fizzy way, the body a sure heavyweight, something I really don't encounter all that much, and not just for the style (and especially for the style), and smooth enough, the effect of the fruit, spice, and alcohol all having their say. It finishes definitely on the sweet side of things - malt, pineapple-dominant fruit, and seductive spice all contributing equally.

One large and in charge BSPA - it may be (sort of) pale, but honey, this ain't light. There's a thorough heaviness to all herein, a gravitas that, along with the pineapple, abounds in an 'Aloha from Hawaii' sensibility. Pretty balanced, given the big sugary inputs, and still crazily understated, with the 23 points of alcohol proof drawing little overt attention to itself.

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2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I keep giving The Bruery's beers a chance, and I continue to be disappointed. Beers brewed by reputable brewers in this style tend to be hard to screw up, so I'm hoping this is better than most of The Bruery's other offerings. Acquired at a local beer store for $10.99. I find their aging recommendations (up to seven years) suspect given the style; I see little need or benefit to age/aging a Belgian golden ale. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and a nicely designed label served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. No visible best before/best after/bottled on date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. My first and only beer review of the night.

Opened without issue; just a satisfying 'ksh' as the cap came off; no liquid upsurging or other problems.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour milky head of surprisingly nice milky cream, decent thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Lacing isn't real sticky or impressive, but it's decent. Body colour is a murky dull orange-copper. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible (at least not this high up in the pour). No bubble show. A predictable but generally pleasant appearance. There's noting special or unique about it, but the head does due nicely in terms of retention at this ABV; I'd say it lasted a good minute.

Sm: I get pineapple juice, a cidery mucky apple note, a hint of brett, caramel green apple spice, biscuit malt, rosemary, a bit of ginger, maybe grapefruit esters, and biscuity yeast. I'd say pineapple is dominant, but the spice is a runner-up. Not as fresh as you'd expect a pineapple aroma to be, but it never crosses the fermentation line into tepache-esque (if you'll excuse the pretension implicit in that phrasing). An average strength but interesting aroma. I don't know that I've ever experienced a Belgian golden ale aroma so littered with pineapple, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing. Impressively, no alcohol is detectable in the aroma.

T: Dominant pineapple gives way to a spicy and biscuity body. Brett and a bit of green apple bit on the climax, followed by a torrent of pineapply sweetness - bleh on the finish. Too sweet. There's a hint of tartness buried in the bretty/somewhat lactic notes, which I like and want more of but it never comes. The early second act is a bit lacking in flavour, which compromises the structural balance. I don't get any boozy alcohol or heat; ABV is well hidden. The sticky sweetness is a turn-off though; I don't know that the pineapple focus is doing this beer (or this style) any favors. The spicing isn't all that original, nor is it all that evocative in the flavour. The spices get buried beneath the overbearing sweetness, destroying the beer's potential for subtlety as well as its balance. Where is the crystal malt foundation and delicate subtlety I expect in a good Belgian golden ale? It's sorely missed. Not as yeasty as I hoped; hints of biscuity yeast here and there but little spicy quality. Poorly layered. Hopping is floral but indistinct and adds little.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Sticky. Chewy. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick and filling for the style and lack of flavours. The texture is ill-matched to the flavours. Far too heavy on the palate. Again, crystal malt would give it the light tingly mouthfeel it needs (see Russian River Damnation for an excellent example of the proper way to do this style).

On the burp, I get that nasty pineapple sweetness. Blech.

Dr: I'll finish this bottle over the course of the next hour, but I'm not all that enthusiastic to do it. That said, it does hide its ABV quite well. I think it's getting a bit better as it warms slightly. Still, it's a subpar attempt at the style - and a pricey one at that. I wouldn't bother with this again, and I'd caution friends from picking it up. Another expensive major disappointment from The Bruery.

D+

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of oline73
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles gently and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - lots of pineapple, pear, malt, and clove alcohol notes.

T - Pineapple and dense malt up front. Some pear, guava, and clove in the middle. Finishes with syrupy malt, lightly herbal hops, and lingering spicy alcohol.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but it seems like this beer has a lot of potential to improve. The alcohol is spicy, but not quite hot and the malt is just a bit too thick for my taste. The best thing I can say about this is that I am really looking forward to the barrel aged version next year.

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2.46/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5 Golden Rings poured lightly hazy from a bomber bottle. Amber in color, with a small but durable off-white head. Vinegar (or similar) in the very sour aroma: smells like a good marinade ... or a bad beer. Well, the taste is similar and no better. There is some pineapple and ginger in the very tart taste. Medium bitterness.

O: brewer’s description sounds wonderful; the beer is not. Hard to drink despite some attractive aspects.

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
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