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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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pineapple and candi/brown sugar over some slightly more moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger stand out.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with some initial sweetness from the pale malts, candi/brown sugar, and pineapple juice. After the initial sweetness there is a touch of tartness from the pineapple along with the notes of the Belgian yeast and the spices - cinnamon, clove, and ginger become more pronounced as the beer warms. Minimal hints of the alcohol as the beer warms up in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light amount of acidic prickliness and just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Like the other beers in the 12 days of Christmas series, this is a solid and enjoyable offering - the initial aroma of the beer just after opening the bottle reminded me a lot of pineapple upside down cake. I like the sweetness of the pineapple, the spiciness of the ginger, and the slight dryness. Easy to drink as the alcohol was relatively well hidden.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. There’s a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.

Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though there’s also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To nobody’s surprise, it’s sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - it’s a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winter’s nap.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze/honey with a thumb of cream colored head. Viscous look to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Big-time pineapple & a touch of apple blossom

T: Much pineapple, boozy orange & lemon zest up front. A touch of candi sugar mixes with pineapple as this warms & just a bit of golden delicious apple hard cider. Finishes sweet with slight pineapple tartness & a touch of honey

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, slickens up as this warms

One to cellar, too much pineapple & not much of anything else in this one. I would love to try one about a year from now, but wouldn't risk buying it again. I do consider this a worthy experiment though

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with a nice foamy off-white head on top. Decent retention with a small cap forming on top. Lots of lacing all around the glass.

S: A little bit of fruity pineapple upfront, with a lot of spice mixed in. As it warms a bit of alcohol comes out. There is also a little ginger and light bready malt.

T: A bit fruitier than the aroma. Some pineapple and a little bit of apple. The spice flavor was the exact opposite of the fruit, not very present. Slightly herbal and citrusy.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol pretty well hidden on the taste.

O: Decent, I think it has some potential for the future.

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

Nice thick head that leaves a blanket of lace. The liquid dark gold with an orange hue. Appropriately cloudy.

Plenty of "warm" spice aromas, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Notable alcohol.

Very true to the style. The body is chewy and the carbonation high. Lots of alcohol throughout. Lots of Scotch qualities. Plenty of lightly toasted pale ale malts. Oily finish with a long fortified liqueur aftertaste.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

Memories of Eddie Izzard come flowing back to me here... This stuff pours a hazy amber-gold (how appropriate) topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises white grapes, mango, orange sherbet, light banana, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of white wine (I got the sense of oaked chardonnay here, though this particular specificity seemed particular to me this evening), pineapple, honey, light Belgian yeast, and very light clove. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda syrupy feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty brew. Frankly, when I read the label, I was sure this was gonna be a substantial mess, but the ingredients worked very well together, a sign that cooperation amongst disparate and seemingly inevitably clashing views can indeed coexist peacefully and productively.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a good sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a cap and minimal lace. Smells of light brown sugar, all spice, pepper, spicy yeast, and a faint hint of ginger. The flavor is sweet with sugary malt up front contrasted by a butt load of spices. Pepper, all spice, ginger along with the spicy yeasty flavors really make this a muddled mess. Tart and tangy finish with a bit of ethanol on the finish. Medium body with a sweet watery mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is not a brew for me, It's too heavy handed on the spice for my tastes. Maybe in 7 years it will meld a bit better.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one.

A - golden orange with a huge, dense, white head that has great retention

S - lush fruit, funky yeast, faintly spicy

T - fruity, funky, faintly spicy, mildly tart

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The pineapple didn't come through as much as I would have thought it would, but there is definitely a more forward fruitiness in the flavor. For the most part this was almost all about the yeast for me. It was funky and lent a traditional Belgian spiciness to the flavor. Overall, this was a good beer, but I think there are better ones for this style available. It's definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
3.51 out of 5 based on 593 ratings.
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