The Bruery 5 Golden Rings

Reviewed by on December 4, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Bruery

  • Origin: Placentia, CA, USA

  • Rated On: December 19, 2012

  • Best Before: can be cellared for up to 7 years

  • ABV: 11.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Part 5 of a very cool idea for a decade-plus spanning holiday release series. Made with pineapple juice and the cake-friendly spices of cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

This 750ml bottle pours a hazy, solid medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some broad, random specks of spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of dense, meaty Belgian yeast, black pepper, coriander, clove, nutmeg, and yes, yes, yes – musty, fruity, sugary pineapple! The taste is sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel, some rather encompassing, yet softly caring, and generally funk-free earthy yeast, reserved clove and allspice, um, spice, and a nicely integrated tropical pineapple fruitiness, sugary in its own special way. All very pleasant, to be sure, but that only distracts from the increasingly salient fact of – where might all that booze be, then?

The bubbles are agreeably tame, yet supportive in their finely fizzy way, the body a sure heavyweight, something I really don’t encounter all that much, and not just for the style (and especially for the style), and smooth enough, the effect of the fruit, spice, and alcohol all having their say. It finishes definitely on the sweet side of things – malt, pineapple-dominant fruit, and seductive spice all contributing equally.

One large and in charge strong Belgian-style golden ale – it may be (sort of) pale, but honey, this ain’t light. There’s a thorough heaviness, a gravitas that, along with the pineapple, abounds in an ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ sensibility. Pretty balanced, given the big sugary inputs, and still crazily understated, with the 23 points of alcohol proof drawing very little overt attention to itself.

Brady White

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