5 Golden Rings | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
46.2%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 593 ratings
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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
Liked:
274
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
15.97%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
202
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of Dasein11
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split the bottle with angrybaboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Small tight bubbly collar. Vague wispy cap. Oily splotches of lace.

Smell: Floral. Pineapple juice. Tons of spice. Loaded with allspice, ginger, and cinnamon. Huge hit of The Bruery's Belgian yeast strain. Clove and some.serious spiciness. Pale malt sweetness. Some powdery yeast as well. So much pineapple. Almost like a dessert. Pineapple upside-down cake.

Taste: Straight up pineapple. Juice with a little bit of flesh. Tons of spice. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. A.good hit of spicy ginger as well. Sweet pale malts and some beastly Belgian yeast. Some banana as well. Something like cake in the sweetness. It is pineapple upside-down cake with Belgian yeast thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick mediumish body. Moderate to high carbonation. A little wet.

Overall: It's a cake and it's a lie.

So much pineapple. And that's the best part.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy deep orange - some gold around the edges - off white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity - so fruity that this kind of smells like a bizarre cocktail - the pineapple is quite obvious, and it adds to the yeasty esters, including banana - clove, bubblegum, and some earth - the spices are quite potent, particularly cinnamon and ginger - basically, it smells too sweet and too spicy - booze is pretty obvious, too

Taste: Pineapples, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar - candied pineapples, bananas, clove, and bubblegum - cinnamon, ginger, and allspice add to the mix, and add to the sweetness - lots of sugar - lacking any malt character to back up the sugary spice booze blast - maybe this would calm down over time

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, low carbonation, sticky sweetness

Overall: I would happily turn these rings over to Sauron

I think I would rather use the rest of my glass to glaze a ham or something. This is way too sweet, way too spicy. Bleh.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of weonfire
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly hazy, 2" of light bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - Carmel, biscuit, flowery

T - Initial: sweet pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg and wow- plenty of spice. Finish: pumpkin and plenty of spice. Hop level is very low (1/10), 11.2 ABVs are non existent

M - creamy but not frothy, zero lacing, viscosity is low, thinner then hoped.

O - I will say this is a tough beer to accurately gauge from reading reviews. The beer solely depends on personal preference and what level of spice you like in your winter warmer (not Belgian strong pale ale). I personally find this beer a bit spicier than I would want but looking at the rating its receiving, it is FAR better that that. Flavors and spice pop and for 11.2 ABV- it is hidden extraordinarily. It believe it could use some aging or bitter hops to balance things out.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of rand
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into snifter

Gonna pour one now, off first impression it needs some aging.

A: Dead-on apricot-orange in color, small fizzy head dissipates quickly without leaving a trace.

S: Tropical fruit and pastries anchor the bouquet, with ample alcohol volatiles delivering the aromas. The added pineapple is prominent, and it blends nicely with natural yeasty esters and holiday spices.

T: Bold fruity notes in the front of the palate - the pineapple is there but it's not as prominent as in the nose as the Belgian bacteria do their magic. Still there's lots of pineapple and the brew is sweet; fruitcake-sweet, with cinnamon and clove drying things out a bit. The booze comes on strong mid-sip, joined with a phenolic tone that carries to the finish. Hops aren't a major player, which might have helped balance out the sweet aspects. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...could've used more carbonation to clean the sugary residue.

I actually liked this more as it warmed. My first impression was a little on the negative, and it's a flawed beer, but there are some tasty aspects. I could see this improving over the years.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of MNishCT77
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area early sometime this Winter, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 3/18/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - nice golden-amber coloration, maybe slightly darker than expected for a Belgian golden strong, moderate clarity with slight translucence, typical Belgian-esque frothy head on first pour quickly resolves into subtle glass lacing, fine alcohol legs on swirling

S: 4.25 - lots of Belgian ester-y aroma, tropical fruit (pineapple predominant but also papaya and mango to my nostrils), vanilla hints if you really throw your nose into the glass

T: 3.5 - in three words: boozy pineapple juice;, which translates into too sweet for my liking. I have heard/read others say that they cannot taste the alcohol but I definitely do; unfortunately, the taste is my least favorite aspect of this beer

M: 4.5 - body like Christina Hendricks, really full mouthfeel, almost chewy, probably the best aspect of this beer

O: 4 - overall, I'm glad that I now have ready access to The Bruery's beers in the district, but, unfortunately, this is not one of my favorites; it's too sweet and boozy for my liking without enough additional Belgian characteristic phenol, estery, bannana peel, clove flavors to balance it out; nevertheless, it might benefit from aging, which is what this vertical series of Christmas beers is intended for. I would recommend buying one and cellaring until #12 is released is 2019 to fully see what it has to offer. Cheers!

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of prototypic
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Five Golden Rings is a cloudy straw color. It’s very hazy, much more than I would’ve expected. A little light behind it gives it a much brighter gold look. A soft collection of white bubbles gathers on the surface, but dissipates quickly. That’s a bit disappointing, but isn’t too surprising given the alcohol content. Lacing was definitely lighter and spotty. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is pretty good. It’s interesting. It starts out with a mix of spicy and fruity notes. The fruit notes are definitely citric, mostly pineapple. The spicy esters are a product of Belgian yeast. Pepper and clove are the strongest spices. Belgian yeast has a nice presence. Secondary scents include lemon, honey, and light orange. It is rather deep and complex. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t smell like 11.5%. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s that strong.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It’s very spicy up front. Clove and pepper are by far the strongest, but Belgian yeast has certainly imparted some other spicy notes that I can’t quite identify. It is sweet and fruity. Pineapple is easily noted and has a nice flavor. Better than expected. It works well with the spicy notes. Apple, pear, and lemon are also noted. Honey is a secondary flavor, but it adds nice depth. More depth is added by herbal and earthy flavors. It is complex. Alcohol is strong, but I wouldn’t say it’s boozy or hot. It’s a little warm. That’s all. Finishes fruity and spicy.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is very light and soft. It has a smooth feel. Goes down surprisingly easy for such a big beer, too.

I honestly had pretty low expectations for Five Golden Rings. The description of it did not sound very good. Much to my surprise, it’s pretty good stuff. I’d be interested to see how this develops over the next few years. But, if you’re curious, it’s well worth cracking open now.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of gueuzedreg
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I made a mistake by opening this for myself to finish. About 1/2 through.

Oops, this one must need 7 years for the independent flavors to meld. I am a dick about throwing stuff away; so I have to finish this one. Gha...

If there is pineapple juice in here, it must be the acid from it. I will need to take heartburn pills at 2am.

I am a fan of The Bruery. Not sure where they are going with this one. Perhaps in 7 years...

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
Beer rating: 46.2% out of 100 with 593 ratings
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