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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 11: 5 Golden Rings presented by Billy Broas

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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 11:  5 Golden Rings presented by Billy Broas

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31 Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Let’s see who is spreading holiday cheer today!

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Blogger: Billy Broas
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Twitter: @billybroas
Beer: 5 Golden Rings
Brewery: The Bruery Beer

  • Style: Belgian Golden Ale
  • ABV: 11.5%

Commercial Description: 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 12 Drummers Drumming will be released.

Why I selected 5 Golden Rings

The Advent Calendar – a Christmas countdown where a prize (in this case, beer) awaits you each day. Advent isn’t the only Christmas countdown, however, and sure enough there is a beer-themed version of this other tradition as well. That is why I picked a beer from The Bruery’s 12 Days of Christmas Series.

This year’s offering is 5 Golden Rings, a strong golden Belgian Ale brewed with pineapple juice and spices. This year marks the first departure in base style from a dark ale, perhaps to give a special nod to the most climactic verse in the song.

5 Golden Rings pours dim gold-orange with a rocky white head and the instantly recognizable Belgian yeast aroma rising out of the glass. The first impression upon tasting is fruit, fruit, fruit. The pineapple is strong and slightly heavy on the palate. Left alone it would be too much but it forms an interesting and pleasant combination with the yeast and spices. The alcohol is aggressive but not hot. Cinnamon and ginger flavors emerge and add depth. As it warms, more of the malt comes through and the pineapple doesn’t seem as dominant.

Whether it’s a fruit beer, spice beer, or Belgian ale I do not know and it doesn’t really matter. This is a holiday beer to a T. Drink it out of a snifter after dessert. The high sweetness and potency make it an excellent sipper while deflating on the couch after a huge meal.

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About BillyBrew:

Billy Broas is a beer blogger and homebrewer out of Denver, Colorado. He is studying to become a certified beer judge and enjoys snowboarding in his free time.  In addition to BillyBrew, he is the founder of an online course that teaches people how to brew beer.

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About The Bruery:
The founding of The Bruery was rather meager. It started as the first homebrew batch brewed by Patrick Rue, his brother Chris, and his wife Rachel who was wondering if they were actually going to clean the kitchen stove once the batch was finished. This first batch was an amberish ale with Cascade hops, consumed after four days of fermentation, one day of crash cooling, and a few seconds after force carbonating. These were proud moments. Patrick started homebrewing as a diversion in the first year of law school. As the years went by, his skill and passion for brewing came to a point where the only thing he wanted to do with the rest of his life is make beer. Thus, money was raised, grey hairs were formed, and the rest is history (at least to us).

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