10 Lords-A-Leaping | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Imperial Wit Ale with ten different spices: allspice, anise, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, dried apples, ginger, mace, nutmeg and orange peel. Brewed for the 10th beer of their "12 Days of Christmas" series.

Added by smithj4 on 09-26-2017

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Photo of psumjl269
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep brown, nearly black. The head is effervescent and tan, and slowly bubbles away. No clinging lace.

The nose is very Belgiany. Spices, clove, and coriander burst to the forefront, with lingering orange and cinnamon in the back. Definitely boasts a spicy experience.

This one starts off really nice, bursting with all sorts of flavors. Anise and cinnamon come through to compliment some nice fruitiness. Not tons of citrus , but apple really comes through. Reading the label, lots of these ingredients are easily found, and that’s not easy to do. The lingering flavors even have a yam quality to them. Very nice.

Good medium body, very smooth. Warming heat as it goes down. Slightly sticky.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured out a dark, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of spices, roasted malt, dried fruits and caramel. Roasty malt with dark, dried fruits and spices.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 12.75. Bottled 10/3/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 12/8/17.

Pours dark brown, bordering black, with a tall three finger cap of deep manilla froth. The bubbles fade to some splotchy surface retention, a narrow band around the edge and a few sparce dots of lace.

Classic Belgian wit aromas that are enhanced by orange, layers upon layers of holiday spice, fruit, wheat and earthy sugar. Enjoyable.

Hearty holiday flavors of grainy wheat, fruity Belgian yeast, clove, allspice, nutmeg, orange peel, banana, desweetened spice cake and an underlying boozey warmth.

Smooth medium full feel with fairly strong carbonation. The warm aftertaste is the expected amalgam of spices over a richly flavorful wit.

The Bruery might have just opened up another style for me. I can take or leave most wits but this is damned tasty. With so much going on here, 10 Lords a Leaping is my favorite "day of Christmas" from The Bruery in several years.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle.

L – Dark brown color. Light tan head is not overly active, but settles to a thin sheen of bubbles and big lacing.

S – Aromas of a brown ale with some smoke. No yeast or hops character. A little spice and black pepper, but not nearly the amount of spice aroma I was expecting from the description. The alcohol also does not reveal itself on the nose.

T – Flavors of dark, roasted malt and smoke. There is a low fruity note from the yeast; no hops. Slight black pepper flavor. Like the aromas, I was expecting much more deep and robust flavors than I found.

M – Medium body. Smooth, moderate carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence.

O – This is a clean and well-made, but not overly interesting beer. It is enjoyable and worth drinking, but was a disappointment because the description and my fondness for The Bruery had really raised my expectations. In my opinion this beer doesn’t match some of the best from The Bruery, including the others I've had from their "12 Days of Christmas" series.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 Lords-A-Leaping pours very dark. Almost black, but didn't look too pretty coming out of the bottle. In the glass, it's sits glossed with a creamy and foamy tanned head. Spotty lacing descends on the glass.

With all the spices put into this, there is a lot going on. Definitely picking up on the tangy ginger and orange peel, and there is plenty of nutmeg. Somehow, I'm getting a slight pina colada style thing going on too.

Whoa! First taste is intense with sharp green apple tartness. The spices cone through mush better here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice...seems a little lemon zest shines a bit as well. A good and hefty sweet creme brulee plays around in the background. There is a bit of a metallic taste in the end, but doesn't distract too much.

Smooth and sweet, the overindulgent spices cut through to make it seemed well balanced. It has a mild carbonation, and there is a definite alcohol warmth especially as it's own temperature rises.

As memory serves, which it rarely does, aside from 3 French Hens, this may very well be my favorite if The Bruery's ode to Christmas line. It still has its flaws, but they seem more minimal as this is a pretty good and easy drinking beer. It truly reminds me of the holidays. Cheers!

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Photo of scootny
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best in the series so far, by far. Deep dark opaque black brown ale. A generous khaki head that has decent retention. Sticky lacing is all over the glass. Head fades to a collar with a touch of bubbles extending into the middle.

Nose has all the listed spices. Coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, etc. More than that though is the wonderful, deep roasted winter wheat malt. It brings bits of banana and lifts up the added cloves to remind me of Aventinus, one of my top five beers. Indeed this brew rivals that benchmark ale while being distinct. Lots of overripe banana, raisins and mild clove. A sharp but pleasant alcohol bite spiced with pepper. The aforementioned wheat malt and light roasted grains. A flourish of cherries as well. The spice melange just keeps revealing so many layers. I think fruitcake and holiday candies, all fresh and sitting out for a family gathering.

Taste is right in keeping with the nose.
Sweet malt carries the dark fruits. Figs, raisins, brown bananas and all those spices. I love how the ginger adds sharpness to the alcohol sweetness. The cinnamon and nutmeg are traditional yes but the mace and allspice are a chef's accent on the whole thing. Low bitterness belies a healthy hop dryness in the finish. Earthy and clean. Flavors of light oak somehow occur without a barrel. Notes of rum candy and mint linger mildly.

Feel is full and velvety with a smoothness in the carbonation that while notes quite creamy, is clear enough. Nice winter weight. A sticky light syrup adds to the heft.

This is a stupendous beer. Definitly the best so far and one I'm going to have to get more of. I would love to see this become a regular holiday offering after the series is done. You knotted out outta the park with this one Patrick and company!

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Photo of lalbertson3
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So smooth. Very silky with some spice and coffee at the finish. Really nice to sip and savor, befitting a seasonal offer at the higher end of the ABV!

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Photo of heymikew
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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