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:
202
For Trade:
20
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Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a goblet at Liberty St. Tavern for $6.50. A pineapple Belgian? I figured coming from the Bruery, it'd be worth a shot. In hindsight, I don't recommend this one. The pineapple flavor upfront tastes interesting and unusual, but it grows too strong as the beer warms. It's contrasted by by a too-dry spicy finish that comes off astringent. Kudos to the brewers for hiding the high alcohol, but the feel and flavor balance is off.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear bright orange with a small white head. Hardly any retention and a little lacing.

Smells exactly like pineapple juice with some added spices and booziness. Maybe some cinnamon, but pineapple overwhelms most of the spice character.

Similar flavors as well. At times I feel like I am drinking pineapple juice. Some lemon, banana, nutmeg and a flavor I can only describe as "Hawaiin sweet bread" are also noted. A little bit of an alcohol bite, but goes down very smooth. Would never guess this is 11.5%

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. An almost tart aftertaste finishing a bit dry.

Bruery Xmas beers have ranged from meh to horrible for me in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this one, but then again I do like pineapple juice. Spices are restrained enough that it is drinkable although there isn't a ton of depth or complexity to this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, big plume of white bubbles, sticky lacing. Scent strong with notes of citrus and tropical fruits, more bitter than sweet, vinous notes throughout with some herbal qualities... lots going on here. Taste begins with light watery tropical and citrus before full bitter grapefruit notes present themselves. Chardonnay like vinous notes and some medicinal herbal qualities, some strong yeast notes round out the taste. Medium bodied, light in carbonation despite big initial head. A little too much going on here, would have liked some thing dialed back a bit.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, cloudy dark orange and gold with a thin near-white head. Leaves the glass dotted with spots of stick. Appropriate and pretty enough.

Lots of authentic, juicy, even spicy pineapple character in the aroma, along with a distinctive, Belgian, tangy, perhaps sulfuric yeast character. The aroma also presents some fusel alcohol notes.

The flavor is sweet, earthy, and very pineapple forward, along with lots of fusel alcohol harshness. It's not a very drinkable beer. There's some white fruit element as well (apple, pear), along with sweet honey biscuit and some very faint black pepper. Interesting, but not particularly drinkable or enjoyable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

One of The Bruery's weaker offerings of late.

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