Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings - Gus #32

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Today's review is another one from The Bruery out of California.  This is a brew from their winter seasonal series that each one makes a play on the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song.  Each year they release a new brew with the corresponding verse.  They are big brews meant to be cellared until the last one comes out or drank fresh.  Since I don't have the others I decided to drink mine fresh and give you my tasting notes on it.  This is the review of The Bruery's 5 Golden Rings.  It is a Blonde Ale, a BIG blonde ale, brewed with spices and pineapple.  Let's see how it is.

How it rates with others:

YouTube reviews:
Ryan - StumpyJoeJr's Review

Chris - Beer Geek Nation

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About the Beer:
Style:  Blonde Ale
Alcohol by Volume:  11.5%
Release:  Winter 2012/2013

"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 the 12 Drummers Drumming will be released."

I poured this brew into my stemmed Jester King glass.

Appearance:  This brew poured extremely clear for a bottle conditioned brew.  It was a clear golden with hints of yellow and a nice two to three fingers of a nice white head.  Decent lacing around the glass and I was really surprised how long the head stayed around being such a high alcohol content brew.  Definite alcohol legs on the glass.  A nice looking big golden ale.

Aroma:  At first sniff you do get a little alcohol up front.  It is a big brew so that can be expected.  Some fruity aromas are mixed in, little bit of pineapple, some banana maybe.  Then you get some of the spices.  I pick up the allspice more than anything with subtle hints of the cinnamon.  Maybe just a bit of ginger but nothing too huge.  Pineapple comes out more as you dig deeper with some other fruits.  It smells really spicy and fruity.  A blonde ale with a nice holiday kick!

Taste:  Big pineapple flavors.  It really reminds me of a pineapple wine that a friend of mine made.  Alcohol is present as well but in a sweet way.  Some hints of the allspice again.  Not too much of the ginger again but some of the cinnamon.  It's really warming in the throat and chest as it's a big brew.  Some banana maybe from the yeasts again.  It's a flavor packed brew for sure.

Verdict:  This brew really reminds me of sort of a pineapple upside down cake.  I think it would pair well with that as well.  It's a really big brew and it does pack a ton of flavors.  The pineapple is really nice and it does seem like it would age well.  I'm not sure how much of the spice and pineapple would last as it aged but I bet the flavors would change interestingly.  For a rating I'm going to give it a B-.  Not one of my favorites from The Bruery but definitely not a bad beer.

Again, I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas.  Thanks for reading and giving all the support you guys have.  Let me know what you think of this one if you have had it.  It's definitely an interesting brew.