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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
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130
Ratings:
586
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
34.76%
 
 
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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Center-pour into tulip...

A: hazy medium amber body, finger's worth of ivory head that didn't persist; negligible bits of lace

S: made me think of orchards of pale-fleshed ripe fruits; presumably this is attributable in part to the use of pineapple in the brewing

T: I liked what the pineapple did for the flavor profile - you have a nice complement of pale malt flavors and the fruitiness of the yeasts and hops; the pineapple provides a lush flavor that is suggestive of holiday feasts' and treats' spices and fruits. Citric/acidic notes linger.

M: warming, full, soft, fuzzy; bit of a bite on the aftertaste, a little bitter, peachy sweet

O: I enjoy the sweet strong pale ales like this. This one in particular has a refined but lush character - it is suitable for warming and slow drinking. I'd buy this again. Perfect for winter holidays and cold weather drinking - a great December drink.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy deep orange - some gold around the edges - off white head, fades to a little cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity - so fruity that this kind of smells like a bizarre cocktail - the pineapple is quite obvious, and it adds to the yeasty esters, including banana - clove, bubblegum, and some earth - the spices are quite potent, particularly cinnamon and ginger - basically, it smells too sweet and too spicy - booze is pretty obvious, too

Taste: Pineapples, cinnamon, ginger, and sugar - candied pineapples, bananas, clove, and bubblegum - cinnamon, ginger, and allspice add to the mix, and add to the sweetness - lots of sugar - lacking any malt character to back up the sugary spice booze blast - maybe this would calm down over time

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, low carbonation, sticky sweetness

Overall: I would happily turn these rings over to Sauron

I think I would rather use the rest of my glass to glaze a ham or something. This is way too sweet, way too spicy. Bleh.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

Misty clarity, the color of a nearly ripe tomato. A thin, fizzy tan head is gone soon, replaced with thick legs.

Bright aroma. In this order: Pineapple juice, caramel, pear syrup, alcohol, old crackers. Very sweet.

Juicy. Where in the nose the particular notes are in differing proportion, they're more equal in the flavor. All the same stuff -- pineapple and pear chunks, caramel, booze -- but balanced. A touch of ginger, maybe some nutmeg.

Smooth, syrupy medium body, effervescent. Tangy on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol digs onto the nose.

Good if a little one-dimensional and sweet. Goes down more easily than it should.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian chalice.

Pours a cloudy sunset type of orange color, about a 1/4 inch of head off of the pour that rather quickly faded to a thin ring. Lacing is quick to fall back into the beer, maybe a touch of alcohol legs.

Initially the aroma is pineapple juice, apple, pear, sweet sugary bread, as it warms a bit of a almost solvent alcohol aroma comes out, throughout there is a bit of spice, maybe more of a yeasty spice, fruit cake like.

Quite a bit of fruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some grape, a sweet bready almost caramels malt gives the impression of fruit cake. The spice is light, maybe from a bit of age, more a yeasty spice, a bit of phenols

Almost a bit syrupy and heavy for the style, could prolly use a bit more carbonation as well.

I expected a bit more out of this. Not really bad, just not worth a second bottle, unless you want the whole series, but I couldn't really see this aging well.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden amber with a white head and little lacing.

S - Christmas ham, over ripe pineapple, allspice, light cinnamon. Can't tell you the last time I had fruitcake but reminds me of ham and fruitcake.

T - Sweet malt with an alcohol kick followed by clove like spice. Pineapple juice, allspice, yeasty phenols.

M - Medium body and almost syrupy which makes it feel more like a ham with pineapple and clove the more you drink it.

D - A bit late on the advice but do not drink with a xmas ham dinner or you might not be able to tell the two apart. Served this one at about 50-55F and it either became more tolerable as it warmed or as my tongue went numb to the flavor. Have heard from homebrewers that have tried that it is impossible to make a decent pineapple beer. Thought I would give this one a try to prove them wrong but alas it might be true.

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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 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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Split the bottle with angrybaboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold. Small tight bubbly collar. Vague wispy cap. Oily splotches of lace.

Smell: Floral. Pineapple juice. Tons of spice. Loaded with allspice, ginger, and cinnamon. Huge hit of The Bruery's Belgian yeast strain. Clove and some.serious spiciness. Pale malt sweetness. Some powdery yeast as well. So much pineapple. Almost like a dessert. Pineapple upside-down cake.

Taste: Straight up pineapple. Juice with a little bit of flesh. Tons of spice. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. A.good hit of spicy ginger as well. Sweet pale malts and some beastly Belgian yeast. Some banana as well. Something like cake in the sweetness. It is pineapple upside-down cake with Belgian yeast thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick mediumish body. Moderate to high carbonation. A little wet.

Overall: It's a cake and it's a lie.

So much pineapple. And that's the best part.

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Photo of vkv822
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Deep golden with a thin, craggy white head.

A good bit of spice comes through in the nose. Cinnamon and ginger predominately.

More ginger and cinnamon upfront with some clove and light fruit/tropical notes in the finish.

Medium body, low carbonation.

A unique take on the style, the spices are an enjoyable/well done addition.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Truely a hazy golden color with about a half finger of small white bubbly head. It dissipates to apmost nothing and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Tons of clove, cinnamon and other heavy spice notes. Also, lots of fruit and big pineapple notes.

Taste- Wow, palate explosion. Seriously my paoate almost couldnt handpe the explosion. The front of the tongue is hit will all the big spices and then quickly transitions to sweet fruitty flavors and then with 1 foul swoop is cut down with a sour pineapple and lemon finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice amiunts of carbonation that pairs well with the flavor profile.

Overall- Pardon my french, but this beer is a kick in the ass to the palate. My downside is that because its so extreme, it is kind of hard to drink. This is probably served best as a 6oz sipper to share with a bunch of friends on a cold winter night.

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Photo of impending
2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

D+

an incredible disappointment
the only thing that makes any sense is that it must age properly for the vertical
which accepts facing the fact that it is a mess day one
I indubitably believe this will age into something special
it will taste appropriately evolved, a complexity will appear

I don't share the goal of possessing the vertical
although I do believe it will be an epic tasting
maybe the best ever

but today
it is not worthy of consumption
a massive disappointment
no cheers for today
jd

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear, golden color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little tropical...the pineapple is definitely there, but in a "hard-to-explain-way". Some strange spices that I haven't really ever smelled in Bruery beers before. They call this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...but when I think of Belgian Strong Pale Ale...I think of Duvel. This is nothing like Duvel, and I doubt The Bruery wanted it to be. However, had they made this seem more like Duvel...I would rate it much higher. Scent is very sweet...very fruity. A little overly sweet. Could be due to the high ABV. Taste is overly sweet as well, and a bit too boozy. I have never tasted PiaPT or 2TD fresh, but 3FH and 4CB were much better fresh. This one is just a bit unbalanced and overly sweet right now. The tropical fruit flavors are disappointingly overcome by booze and sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is tangy and hot. Drinkability is fair...as long as you take your time with it. Overall, I had much higher expectations from my favorite brewery. Not a great offering from them IMO.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +14%

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a slightly hazy gold/orange with three fingers of foamy white with a little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is Brett in the nose some banana and a slight bubble gum aroma. There is also some orange zest in the aroma that has a candy-like feel to it.

The taste has real zing to it and really let's out some Belgian candy flavor. There is a banana flavor that really comes out a bit like La Fin Du Monde but with some other fruit flavor that leans toward grape and even a little pear. There is a dryness that has a cider flavor but gives more of a back end punch of tartness. Tartness where the bitterness should be.

The feel of this beer is has a full body that has a medium feel for most of it but then leans into you feeling heavier than expected. It a good drinkable feel and even with age is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml

A- Pours a bright golden color. Fairly opaque, but not really hazy. Bright pearly white head formation that breaks down to a film.

S - Very yeasty nose. A little bit of breadiness combined with all the Belgian hall marks, some white pepper and spiciness along with a citrus note .

T - Starts off on the very sweet side, some pilnser malts seem to be hiding in there. Mid-stream gets more Belgiany, with potent hint of the white pepper. Citrus flavors sneak in, very estery. Finishes with an almost sour almost cider-like flavor.

M - Full bodied, not much corresponding carbonation. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but not out of line in relation to the abv. The sour flavors in the aftertaste coat the tongue.

O/D - An alright beer, the sourness comes through a little too much for me. Filling, and obviously an ABV you have to be careful with. It is pretty mean to the palette.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cloudy orange with a decent white head

S-oh wow. it smells like a strong belgian pale ale with pineapple juice. wow you can really smell the pineapple!! it has a certain funk to it as well. smells awesome!

T-comes in with a quite a warm taste of strong pale belgian malts. its a very thick and syrupy taste. definitely has a touch of pineapple juice to it. has a matching after-taste. really the flavors are very warm and thick, but not bold as they should be. this is meant for aging i think. actually, the after-taste is full of pineapple.

M-way too thick and syrupy.

O-this really is an okay beer, though maybe my least favorite of the past 4 Bruery christmas beers. i really think they made it way too strong. i think they should've made it more mellow, let the belgian flavors come out more. this hits fast and hard.

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

A prodigious head that recedes on the faster side but is quite lovely. Aroma is heavy with pale malt and a lovely tropical pineapple fruitiness. Bread and fruit. Nice. The slightest hint of alcohol. Taste is complex and artful. Dominant malt front gives way quickly to pineapple and toasted coconut with a coconut water finish. Clean and firm bitterness as you swallow blooms with a white wine vinous persona. Where is the booze? Oh, in the back of my throat in a balancing act to the heavy malt body. This is a complex and sophisticated beer that brings a lot to the table. Dry and quaffing it has a drinkability that belies its abv and position as a spiced holiday ale. That said it has an almost wine like persona but more complicated in its placement as a beer to respect. Feel is quenching and pleasingly dry. Hops are mild and well placed. A great hoiday beer that went well with several cheeses and veg pepperoni. A good solid brew for the holidays and I expect this one to turn into a highly coveted beer as the edges soften with age. Will be getting a few more of this one.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice golden orange with a small off white head that is quick to fade without a trace
S: smells of fruity esters, some spice and a little bit of caramel sweetness
T: taste is of fruity esters, some pineapple and some nice spice notes. There is also an underlying sweetness. swallow is a huge wave of pineapple and fruity esters
M: heavier side of medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a fairly dry finish
O: Overall, not bad but not great. It's a little too sweet and fruity for my liking.

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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 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 Kromes
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles.

Strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar.

More of the same in the flavor. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. A touch of clove in there also.

Very tart and sweet which dries out the mouth. low carbonation. A lingering burn. Syrupy.

I can see where some people might like this beer, but it wasn't my taste. For me it was a little too sweet, tart, and not enough carbonation.

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Photo of weonfire
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, slightly hazy, 2" of light bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - Carmel, biscuit, flowery

T - Initial: sweet pineapple, cinnamon, nutmeg and wow- plenty of spice. Finish: pumpkin and plenty of spice. Hop level is very low (1/10), 11.2 ABVs are non existent

M - creamy but not frothy, zero lacing, viscosity is low, thinner then hoped.

O - I will say this is a tough beer to accurately gauge from reading reviews. The beer solely depends on personal preference and what level of spice you like in your winter warmer (not Belgian strong pale ale). I personally find this beer a bit spicier than I would want but looking at the rating its receiving, it is FAR better that that. Flavors and spice pop and for 11.2 ABV- it is hidden extraordinarily. It believe it could use some aging or bitter hops to balance things out.

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Photo of rand
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into snifter

Gonna pour one now, off first impression it needs some aging.

A: Dead-on apricot-orange in color, small fizzy head dissipates quickly without leaving a trace.

S: Tropical fruit and pastries anchor the bouquet, with ample alcohol volatiles delivering the aromas. The added pineapple is prominent, and it blends nicely with natural yeasty esters and holiday spices.

T: Bold fruity notes in the front of the palate - the pineapple is there but it's not as prominent as in the nose as the Belgian bacteria do their magic. Still there's lots of pineapple and the brew is sweet; fruitcake-sweet, with cinnamon and clove drying things out a bit. The booze comes on strong mid-sip, joined with a phenolic tone that carries to the finish. Hops aren't a major player, which might have helped balance out the sweet aspects. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Chewy and viscous...could've used more carbonation to clean the sugary residue.

I actually liked this more as it warmed. My first impression was a little on the negative, and it's a flawed beer, but there are some tasty aspects. I could see this improving over the years.

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Photo of themind
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holiday beer for me this year, good brew with notes of pineapple. The carbonation is crisp and the flavors are blended well. I enjoyed this beer in terms of one and done. My thoughts on this are the Bruery makes quality beer and anything from them is worth a try. I enjoyed the beer for sure but would pass it up for a second bottle only because its not the type of beer you would drink on a regular basis. Pours a nice head and has a good aroma.

Bottom Line: never had it? gotta try it because its a quality beer.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I made a mistake by opening this for myself to finish. About 1/2 through.

Oops, this one must need 7 years for the independent flavors to meld. I am a dick about throwing stuff away; so I have to finish this one. Gha...

If there is pineapple juice in here, it must be the acid from it. I will need to take heartburn pills at 2am.

I am a fan of The Bruery. Not sure where they are going with this one. Perhaps in 7 years...

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5 Golden Rings from The Bruery
3.51 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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