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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our í12 Days of Christmasí winter seasonal ale series. This is the only golden ale in the bunch but it definitely packs a holiday punch. We spiced up this 11.5% ABV ode to Winter with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with some delicious sweet and tangy pineapple.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4002) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a reddish gold with a thin white head. Aroma of orang, pineapple and toffee. Flavor dominated by pineapple -- less balanced than the aroma. Lingering pineapple finsih.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9156) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750mL thanks to mixmasterob/my secret santa! Pours a low haze golden. Weak, white head. Nose is sage, honey, chamomile, estery, sugar cube, mild plastic and toilet cleaner. Taste is lemon, paper, harsh/acrid chemical, lemon, butyric acid/stomach bile. Harsh, unpleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours clearer golden with a light amber hue and quickly dissipating head. Aroma has sweet and crispy wheat like malt flavors. The flavor brings syrupy like malts and fruity Belgian yeast, a bit too much on the palate with a thick body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap @ Maxís. Golden body with some white head. Spicy Belgian yeast, sweetness, and other spices. Way too sweet for me with the 11.5% ABV in full force. Might improve with some age but a bit young now (and I usually LOVE Bruery big ABV brews).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13252) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to The Peter (or The Peterís mother-in-law, rather). Pours clear, orange-gold with a fine, white froth. Strong pale malt nose with light spices and citrus. Medium to big sweet flavor with rich and sticky pineapple, white sugar, moderate alcohol. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish with lots of fruits, pineapple, orange, papaya, pale malts, some spices, light bitterness. Very decent, if quite robust.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2013
On tap at World of Beer, Raleigh. Stopped buying these ones, but nice to try in a flight. Lustrous oily gold pour with moderate carbonation. Rich fruity nose with boozy harshness and a bit of indistinct spice. Initially a sharp taste but then the beer is richly sweet, with hints of coconut everywhere, some pineapple in the finish, and a moderate bite from booze and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (583) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bomber, pours slightly hazy gold, with just a quick fizz of head. Noticeable alcohol legs. Big juicy sweetness up front, touch of cinnamon spice on the nose. Cloying pineapple on the tongue, though decently balanced by the Belgian yeast. Finish could be dryer. This is a bit hot, needs some time to mellow out. Still an interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit and yeast aroma with light malt. Malt and yeast flavor with light spice and tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Tropical fruit and spice linger with yeast and malt.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (2519) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy head that laces and sticks nicely. The nose is full of Belgian spices, sugary pineapple and some floral notes. The palate is rich and round with big pineapple notes on the front and backend with a nice mellow sweet spiced midpalate. Lingering sweetness and a touch of spice help balance the beer but its pretty overwhelming and definitely a beer you have to share with a couple people... glad I brought it along to a tasting !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber gold. A top sits a thin white cap.

Aroma: Gigantic tripel like perfumy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Tripel yeast, concentrated/extra pineapple juice, bitter spicy hops, clove. Finishes with overly ripe fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied modest carbonation.

Overall: I am not a fan of this beer fresh. I will say , this beer has 7 years to go for 12 Drummers Drumming and will likely dry out a bit and probably be awesome in the next year or two. The pineapple is just too sweet within a style Iím not usually seeking. For those who like a sweet strong Belgian golden, you may like it now.


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