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The Target: The Bruery’s 5 Golden Rings

Brewed by: The Bruery
Placentia, California USA
Style: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
ABV: 11.5 %

Commercial description: 5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ 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.

APPEARANCE (4/5)

Pours a slightly hazy marmalade color with peachy highlights with a finger’s worth of ivory head that didn’t persist. A minimal amount of patchy islands of lace are left behind as I drink.

AROMA (10/10)

In the aroma I’m getting a slighly tart and funky Belgian yeast notes, along with some winter spiciness… allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Waves of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and a little boozy sweetness are also noticeable. As the pour warms a bit I’m getting more and more of the ginger.

FLAVOR (17/20)
No surprises here. Much like the nose, I get some tart yeast notes, along with huge lush pineapples. A sweet and sour thing going on here. Finishes with the slight warmth of booze and spices. Allspice, cinnamon and ginger as noted on the nose. I like the use of spices here; however the whole taste profile seems a bit disjointed. Maybe time would help balance it out.

MOUTHFEEL (3/5)

A slightly thick and syrupy body with moderate carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, herbal, slightly grainy and crisp/slightly dry finish.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (8/10)

Not bad, but it seems like this beer has a lot of potential to improve. It’s a bit too sweet and the flavors don’t mesh well. The alcohol is spicy, but not quite hot and the malt is just a bit too thick for my taste. I would take a chance in buying it and laying it down for a while. Age this one for sure.

FINAL SCORE (42/50)

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Beertography and Review: The Bruery Saison Rue

Brewed by: The Bruery
Placentia, California USA
Style: Saison
ABV: 8.5%

Commercial description: Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. Enjoy!

APPEARANCE (5/5)

Pour results in a beautiful golden honey/amber hue with slight haze presents. The head an enormous fluffy and creamy three finger head with excellent retention.  The lacing is also amazing, some of the best I’ve ever seen on any beer clinging all the way to the rim of the glass.

AROMA (10/10)

Nose is complex, and so delicious! Brettanomyce funk lands the first lab squarely on your nose. Old wet hay…classic barnyard funkiness.  Brett is followed by sharp, zesty lemon, banana and bubblegum. Some biscuit and toasted bread, with a subtle spiciness. An orangey marmalade note and a hint of sweet vanilla lingers at the end.

FLAVOR (18/20)

Taste is equally fantastic. The traditional phenols of a classic Saison are there along with some very slight undertones of earthy, brett character. A crisp but lightly sweet pale malt body, with light, sharp lemony citrus notes and a hint of barnyard funk overlaying the peppery yeast and sweet orange notes.  Just a bit of crisp hop bitterness towards the finish. The spiciness of the rye really comes alive as it warms up. Amazing.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Nicely dry, effervescent and clean–though perhaps just a bit too hoppy to be as clean as a great Saison should be.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)

Overall, one of the most interesting Saisons I have ever tried. It is complex. Brewed with the unique elements of rye and brettanomyces, this beer is so well balanced, it takes the Saison style into a richer, more complex direction

FINAL SCORE (47/50)

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