The Bruery’s 5 Golden Rings, part of their ’12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series, stands out as the sole golden ale in the collection. With an ABV of 11.5%, this festive brew incorporates cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, complemented by the enticing flavors of sweet and tangy pineapple. While the holiday spirit is evident, the overall impression raises questions about its immediate appeal.

Tasting Experience

Appearance: The pour reveals a hazy bright amber gold, crowned with a thin white cap, setting the visual stage for the experience.

Aroma: Dominating the olfactory senses is a gigantic tripel-like perfumy Belgian yeast, providing a distinct aromatic profile.

Taste: The taste journey unfolds with tripel yeast, intensified pineapple juice, and bitter spicy hops, with a hint of clove. The finale leaves the palate with the lingering sweetness of overly ripe fruits.

Mouthfeel: Presenting as full-bodied with modest carbonation, the mouthfeel contributes to the overall impression of this winter ale.

Critical Analysis

The immediate verdict on The Bruery 5 Golden Rings is one of reservation. Freshly sampled, the beer fails to win the favor of the reviewer. The overpowering sweetness of the pineapple, set against the backdrop of a style not typically associated with such sweetness, raises concerns.

Aging Potential

A glimmer of hope is cast on the beer’s future potential. With a forecast of seven years until the arrival of 12 Drummers Drumming, the expectation is that the beer may evolve positively. The anticipation suggests that the beer might mellow and find its sweet spot in the next year or two, potentially transforming into an enticing brew.

Final Verdict

While the current state may not align with the reviewer’s preferences, a silver lining is presented in the form of a possible transformation with age. For those enthusiasts who revel in the combination of sweetness and a robust Belgian golden ale, The Bruery 5 Golden Rings might still hold appeal, especially for those seeking a festive punch. However, for now, the immediate impression leans towards caution rather than wholehearted endorsement.