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:
203
For Trade:
20
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BeerOps
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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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3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a bright orange color with a very wispy head.

Smell: pineapple and some spice comes through to the nose.

Taste: very fruit forward beer. Pineapple is up front with some ginger, pepper, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: this beer was way too fruity and overloaded the golden ale qualities I expected. Tough to have more than one pint in a session.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Bruery tulip with a Bruery bottle opener, just because. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice tight white head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, nice retention. Looks good.

Can definitely pick up the pineapple in the aroma, there is also a lot of malt and sweetness, hints of the yeast.

Beer is heavy in body, the pineapple comes through in there as well but there is an almost smoky / spicy flavor that grows and becomes a little off putting. I drank the bottle but the aftertaste got too much toward the end, not a repeat.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger of bubbly head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: The aroma was pretty big on herbs, with some spice, citrus, a little pineapple fruit and a little grain coming through as well.

T: the pineapple fruit was more apparent on the palate alongside herbal notes, spices, some citrusy, a little sweet from the malts and a touch of grain flavor on the backend.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, herbal, slightly grainy and crispy finish.

O: pretty good beer I have to say but honestly not my cup of tea. If you like spices and herbed beer this is definitely for you.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy bright orange colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast, banana, pineapple, spice and a hint of bubblegum.

T - A massive sweetness up front with some warming alcohol. Spice (clove) and a light pineapple presence with some bready/honey sweetness. This beer is bordering on being cloyingly sweet and is difficult to drink.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

THe fifth part of the twelve days of Christmas, this is a golden colored beer with soapy whitehead on top, retaining decently and leaving a few dots of lace. The aroma spells spiced, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and Bruery house yeast. Taste has a fun pineapple think going, delivering a sweet and tart flavor. Clove and sugar hit, some booziness adds a peppery spice which has a jagged enough edge. 5 Golden Rings keeps on hitting the theme, but some time in the cellar would be recommended.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's yesteerday. The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is rich and sweet, showcasing considerable tropical fruit (lots of canned peach and maraschino cherry for instance), vanilla, honey and light butter. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but this beer is so sweet, it's almost nauseating. There's a hint of underlying bitterness on the finish, but it's not nearly sufficient to counter and buoy the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is quite full, and the finish is long and cloyingly sweet. Drinkability is dreadful. I was unable to finish even the small sampler glass I purchased.

An interesting beer, but much too sweet IMHO. Cannot imagine what I would do with a full bottle of this stuff.

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