5 Golden Rings | The Bruery

5 Golden Rings5 Golden Rings
BA SCORE
3.57/5
593 Ratings
5 Golden Rings5 Golden Rings
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
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
202
Trade:
20
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden honey color with a short dense cream colored head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is candy like. It has a tripel type of aroma, with candi sugar, bubblegum, and clove popping through. This is followed by some cinnamon notes. The brew has some floral honey notes as well. Very nice.

The taste starts off with a belgian pale malt base. Some nice clove and bubblegum notes from the yeast and a peppery spice from the hops. The addition of pineapple juice does not quite work so well. The pineapple juice stands out and doesn't really blend well with the belgian base. Along with the cinnamon and ginger, the pineapple leads to a sweet flavor. Perhaps some more nutmeg or clove would help. It borders on cloying but the pale malt is dry so that helps balance. The flavor is not bad but seems off just a tad.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate without much of an offset. The ABV does pop through and gives some belly burn.

A decent holiday brew. Sweet and dessert like. The pineapple juice needs to be better incorporated into the brew as it stands out too much but the base belgian ale is good.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze and a one inch head of white. A few whisps remain on the surface and elongated dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, candied apples, pineapple pulp, and sugar-dusted cloves.
Candied fruit and rum follow through.

Medium bodied with a slickish, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Booze-laced fruit juice and pineapples start the palate. Rum soaked fruit cake, spice-dusted apples and wine-like boozy fusels step forward.

Finishes very warming, fruity and spicy.

Plenty of pineapple, spice, and booze in this one. It should hold up very well in the cellar.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, pineapple, citrus hops, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, ginger, cinnamon, other spices, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and lightly grainy malts, pineapple juice, citrus hops with a bit of bitterness, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger, other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great BSPA with the spices being complex and well balanced and the pineapple juice is a nice touch.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A solid opaque body, kind of a dirty orange color, with a bit of hinting muddy brown. A very creamy top off tan in appearance, but with about two fingers out on the pour. Fairly solid looking Belgian like brew.

Nose is quite spicy. Hints of gingerbread and pineapple. Brown spices of nutmeg and clove, with a little bit cinnamon hot spices. Pretty solid Christmas smelling brew.

Taste is quite a surprise. A good mix of tartness and hot brown spices. Pineapple and sour tart with lots of juicy quality. A good decent malt backbone on the finish though. The tartness on this though isn't really that pleasant and doesn't seem to jive so much with the brown dry hot spicy character. Carbonation is pretty mild on this.

Overall it's not bad, but it's not something I would want to have again, just not my thing.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with nutmeg and cinnamon and ginger.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with ginger and cinnamon and a bit of rye bread. It had a clean and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was one of the more enjoyable Xmas beers from the Bruery. It had an enjoyable holiday scent and taste, with fantastic body. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was really easy to drink. Probably best fresh.

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4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very aggressive pour yields two plus fingers of mostly larger bubbles which has it simmering down to the surface at an accelerated pace, just off-white and not quite tan in color, has a few decent sheets as you turn the glass but none of the lacing truly sticks. Slight gauziness to the liquid with a very fine sediment floating about, looks like slightly rusty orange to yellow water, only a few fat and lazy bubbles to be seen. The nose is yeasty and clearly on the sour side with obvious pineapple backed up by cherry, white grape fruit and clove to caraway seed spice, tart lemons, witch hazel, white pepper, damp earthiness and ending with a rose petal led floral lift. Just about medium-bodied with an initially fluffy carbonation which tones down swiftly as it passes through the mid-palate. Comes off as almost acidic, has plenty of grip and the pineapple and lemon team up for a mouth puckering tang. Wild yeasts, coriander and cumin spices, and pepper keeps it percolating. Not at all boozy, perhaps all that sourness masks this some. While amped out and stylized, does not push the envelope too far. Could easily pair this with the holiday ham and such.

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