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
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20
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: pineapple, honey, sweet light malt. Very creamy – they have the Belgian carbonation thing down very well. Starts creamy and luscious with some light malt flavors and then the pineapple bursts forth. Appearance: brilliant orangish amber. Medium body to medium light. More fruit than just pineapple – finishes sweet but then there is some faint hops in the background, some citrus and some hard to define spices. Like a white wine with a little bit of alcohol on he end – no way tastes like 11.5% abv – a stealth beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-ish to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pineapple citrus and smokey ham. In the taste, well, it tastes of the pineapple rings that came off a ham after it was cooked. A light spice and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pineapple and salty smoke in the aftertaste. It is seriously just like the pineapple off of a cooked ham. Sweet, salty, smokey, and touches of spice.

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4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is peach in color with one inch of off-white head.

S - The aroma gives off scents of pear, pineapple, and cinnamon.

T - The taste is exactly like the smell. I get pear, pineapple, and cinnamon. i do also taste some Belgian yeast spiciness.

M - Moderate

O - It is a well done BSPA with added spices to give it a Christmas feel. i really enjoyed this beer. It is probably the best new to me Christmas beer of this season.

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4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled . Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours brilliant clear orange with a finger and a half white head that fades quickly and leaves small patches of lace.

Smells of tart yeast, sweet apples, tropical fruits and a whiff of booze.

Taste follows the nose- funky tart yeast, Granny Smith apples, pineapple, nutmeg, sweet bread, lemons, pepper, slight bannana and a small alcohol bite. Several nice flavors that do well to keep this drinking much smoother than expected for 11.5% abv.

Medium feel with zesty carbonation. Long sweet and funky aftertaste.

Yes this is a sweet beast but I found that the sweetness cuts what would otherwise be some overpowering yeast. Not as pineapple-forward as I was hoping but still pretty good. I'll most likely buy at least one more bottle to enjoy over the holidays.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fine, two-finger head sits atop the beer, which is a dense, cloudy gold. The head lingers and leaves fine sheets of lacing that gently slide down into the beer.

S: The advertised pineapple is definitely out front, but it’s accompanied by cloves, black pepper and some citrus notes that promise tartness once it gets into my mouth. Very intriguing.

T: First, this beer is just huge, although not in a bad way; it’s not hot, it’s just huge. The taste is interesting – the traditional strong pale ale elements of cloves and other spices, along with mild tartness and funk, form a sort of foundation but definitely aren’t the end of the story. The pineapple doesn’t quite dominate those flavors, but it definitely gets all over them. I like it, but I suspect that some aging might allow the flavors to mellow and blend a little better.

M: Pretty traditional for the style. Despite the big flavors it stays pretty light in the mouth, although the huge ABV of course can’t be hidden.

D: Often we praise big beers that hide their alcohol well. In this case, however, I think it’s a good thing that the alcohol is so obvious, because otherwise you would be tempted to drink this a little faster than is prudent. You probably will anyway.

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