5 Golden Rings | The Bruery

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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
Ratings:
593
Reviews:
131
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
16.52%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
204
For Trade:
20
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Photo of Chisfinest84
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KAP1356
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle my brother brought home for Christmas. Poured into a Delirium Noel snifter...

A - Pours a pretty hazy, orange-gold color. A big, frothy eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers tall. The head recedes and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S - Wow. There is a pretty sweet aroma right off the bat. Sweet notes of candi sugar and malts first. Sweet pineapple, mango, and white grape come next. The spices are mixed in with ginger bein the strongest component of the mix.

T - Sweet flavors just as sweet as the nose. Pale malts, candi sugar and sugary fruits all come out. Pineapple, lemon, and white grape are very strong. Syrupy and sugary meet spices like ginger and all-spice. Yeasty esters add a hint of banana to the overall mix.

M - Sweet and syrupy body here. The syrupy body adds a bit of heft to an orherwise medium bodied beer. The alcohol is a bit hot as well.

O - Not a bad beer, but this one had a lot more going on than I think it needed. It was a bit sweeter than I had hoped. A nice addition to the lineup, but I'm not sure how this one will last until the 12th year.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened on Christmas Day

A - Golden colored pour with some active foam that retains. Cloudy look. Some lacing.

S - Clearly can make out fresh pineapple and spice. Smells like a caribbean punch.

T - Flavors of sweet pineapple and cake are dominant. Great cocktail\dessert beer. Sugary sweetness bears out in each sip. Bready notes from the yeast give a pastry cake flavor.

M - Balance is incredible to hold all thi ssweetness and ABV into a smooth drinking ale. The only gripe I can think of is that this is too sweet to have mor than a glass of.

O - Wonderful holiday drink to share among guests. Might be a bit of a novelty but easily a beer for a casual beer drinker to enjoy.

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Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of runner440
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is fruit forward with pineapple and peach; sweet caramel malt, spicy. Flavor of well integrated mixed fruit, light citrus, holiday spices. Finishes with pineapple, honey, cloves and allspice. Light to medium bodied. Warming and somewhat alcohol forward. Similar to a sweet trippel. An interesting take on a Belgian strong pale with the pineapple blending nicely with the other fruit flavors. I will probably cellar one of these to check it out at the end of the cycle.

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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 bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like pineapples, sweet spices (allspice, cinnamon), bready/grainy malt, and some hay. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice, white grapes, Belgian yeast, pears and some cloves. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but after a while the pineapple and spices started to be a little much. Luckily by that point I was mostly done drinking the bottle. Definitely worth a try if you come across it. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of BlackTuesday
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hanzo
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of hurleymanvw
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass

A: Golden color with a slight haze. Little to no lace.

S: Spices (cinnamon, ginger), citrus (pineapple)

T: Very strong spice notes (ginger, cinnamon), slight pineapple, wheat. Alot of alcohol almost hot.

M: Medium body, very warm on the tongue due to the alcohol content. little to no carbonation.

Spices dominate the beer with a hint of citrus, mainly pineapple. Alcohol is very forward and makes it almost hard to drink. Look forward to thing mellowing out for my next try in 2019.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 3SH33TS
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little surprised that I liked this one based on the lukewarm reviews. The scores on BA are one of the reasons that I have been reluctant to try this one. Much to my surprise, I sort of like it.

The beer poured a reddish-orange hue with a soft white head. The foam left behind a noticeable lacing in the glass, as if to say beer was here. The aroma was big time pineapple with a layer of spices in the background. The pineapple was also very present in the initial taste. I do not think I have every had such a dose of pineapple in a beer before. Cinnamon and clove were also noticeable with the Belgian yeast laying the backbone. The thick mouthfeel on this one allowed the flavors to linger. The added benefit of this occurs with the nice warming sensation that begins in the aftertaste. This holiday beer not only warms the cockles of your heart, it lights up your digestive track. Many of the non-craft beer drinkers around me also enjoyed this unique brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 12/23/12

Golden brown and tangerine hued; look mighty similar to honey. Foam rises rapidly, cresting at two and a half fingers before dissipating to a thin layer. Some lace, halfway down the glass. Decent, considering the abv.

The aroma has a lot of pineapple juice follow by toasty grains, hay and prairie grass. Overtones of pepper and perhaps a little ginger. There are also notions of pear and alcohol. The grass becomes more appreciable over time, which is probably a good thing. Smells good, though there seems to be an underlying heaviness.

Yup, the aroma tried but wasn't able to bluff it's way out of the reality that this is one mess of a beer. This is floored with slick alcohol heat. Pineapple juice, fermenting fruits, spices and grains are muddled together in this sticky, boozy glob. The flavor (alcohol) is too closely tied to the feel to warrant separate paragraphs. Heavy, cloying and with a penchant for causing weary palates. Carbonation is very low which makes the sluggish feel that much worse.

My fiance doesn't like beer so, of course, I asked for her take on this. She took not one, not two, but three sips before asking me if I don't like it. Then she said it's like a mesquite hot wassail. Then she drank more.

If this were cut down by about 4-5% abv, it might be alright. As it stands, I'm glad this is the only bottle I'll ever come across.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bambam2517
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tulip glass, poured at 45F.

A - Really appealing golden orange in color, very little froth formed and body is very still. Instantly regretting not letting this age a couple of years minimum.

S - Strong pineapple dominates, brown sugar and spices right along with it. I agree that it smells cake-ish, alot like a pineapple upside-down cake to me.

T - Wow, really falls down for me here. Pineapple still present, but the sweetness overwhelms so much that its cloying. White wine flavors there too, right where I dont really want them, in my beer.

M - Comes on so strong, hits hard and then quickly dissipates with very little heat. Impressive for a beer this high in ABV. That is the only thing remarkable about it in this category though.

O - Bummer. Don't know if it would have improved with age, but I am so underwhelmed that I do not care to find out.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml split with my wife
Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Slightly hazed golden amber with a white capped head. Little to no lacing

S - Smells like ham glaze, sweet, cooked pineapple, apples, pears, cinnamon, nutmeg

T - Tangy pineapple juice, tart white grape juice, tart apples, sweet malts, alcohol is very present and clashes with the strange sweet tangyness. There's a brief hint of spice but I can't hold it my mouth long enough let it play out.

M - Thick syrupy body, drinks pretty hot,

The first sip I couldn't help but to shudder. There's something not right here and it slaps you straight in the face. Nice aroma but the flavor is just not good.

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Photo of Dreamer
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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