The Christmas season is my favorite for beer. It is this time of year, that the some of the best high gravity beers are released. I eagerly await each year to try the newest Christmas beer from Anchor brewing and the Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing. This year I had a special surprise. As part of my Rare Beer Club monthly membership, I received a bottle of "5 Golden Rings" from The Breuery in Placentia (Orange County), California.
5 Golden Rings is Strong Belgian Golden Ale that is made with a collection of spices and pineapple juice. It is an outstanding 11.5% ABV. It is the best beer I've tasted this year, and the year is nearly over (and I drink a lot of beer). The slight sourness of the Belgian yeasts is offset with the slight citrus and sweetness. It is a thing to behold and I'm officially going to ask Santa for a few more bottles. I'm interested to see how they interpret "6 Geese A Laying."