10 Lords-A-Leaping
The Bruery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
10 Lords-A-Leaping10 Lords-A-Leaping
Notes: 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.
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a creamy and off-white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a hazy dark mahogany brown color.

The smell is good. It has a variety of spices such as ginger and notes of cinnamon, cloves, and dried apples along with nutmeg and a bit of orange peel. In other words, the very smell the label describes is what comes out.

The taste is good and more interesting than the smell. It has the same spice notes but the ginger and anise come out more while the orange peel is more orange and citrus instead of sweet.

The feel is good. It has as heavy body but a slightly thin texture to it with tingling carbonation to it.

Overall, a good beer that has aged well.

Jan 06, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery empties out their spice rack for this one--a dark, wheat ale with enough spices to warm your winter night. The ale pours deep brown with a thin head. The flavors come at you in abundance and in waves, with the prevailing taste of various dark fruits mitigated by cinnamon and nutmeg, with a Belgian coriander and clove wit bite. Nicely done, but the beer does lose a slight bit of character at the bottom of the glass. Or else this would have been an ale Hall of Famer.

Dec 24, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a teku

A- pours brown in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- an array of spices on the nose; cinnamon, clove, ginger and coriander all popping through, including some zesty citrus undertones. Belgian candi sugar, spicy yeast and toasted wheat close it out

M- slightly sweet and malty up front with notes of figs and raisin, immediately followed by spice notes of cinnamon, clove, anise and zesty citrus. The finish gives a bit of apple, brown sugar and allspice. Lingers of peppery yeast and dark sugars

O- a easy sipper with all of the spices held in check, none overpowering the others

Dec 12, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 10/3/17, had 9/6/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a two and a half inch foamy head with great retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of lots of spices, Belgian yeast, some malt, wheat, light toffee, peppercorns when warm. The flavor follows closely to the aroma- lots of spices, malt, light Belgian yeast, wheat, some chocolate and toffee, light cola, peppercorns when warm, light citrus on the finish. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

They call it a Witbier, so it’s the best Witbier I’ve ever had. Whatever style, this was a lot better than I expected. The spices are so well blended it’s hard to pick them out individually, even though you know what they are. Solid base beer, too. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Mar 26, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle of 2019 re-brew. Poured into Trillium The Six States glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small off-white head. Not much retention. No lacing. Only a thin ring remains. Beer is very dark brown or black.

S: Lots of spices and dried fruits. Cloves, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper. Dried orange peel, raisins, plums.

T: Definitely get more of the wit style here. Malty, with orange and spice. Alcohol well-hidden.

F: Full-bodied, not much carbonation. Pretty well executed and balanced.

O: One of the better efforts of this series.

Mar 15, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent version of the style. Looks like a stout or a porter and then the smell and taste hit you. Strong spice presence, orange peel being one of the strongest flavors. Lighter bodied, and the booze is extremely well hidden. Man, this one is good.

Jan 05, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin white head that fades to leave light lacing.

S - Aromas of spicy herbal meat. There are loads of wit and spices. Little bit of sweeter malts as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of weird spice notes that all clash. There are some light wheat as well but citrus peel and spices dominate the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, pops alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a decent beer but just waaay over spiced. Total waste of a wit.

Serving Type: bottle

Feb 17, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split with rudzud
Debt foamy thicker dark head but mild retention, mild legs, very dark basically black

Nose is a little weird, spices, coriander, generic spices, citrus, fruit esters, big, mild alcohol notes, but also the sad Bruery vegetal and bbq sauce like notes, mild toasted biscuity too

Taste more sweet malts, brown sugar, little toffee caramel, sweet candy, dark fruits, little soy bbq sauce, hot alcohol, some vegetal notes, tons of weird blends of spices, almost like spiced meat

Mouth is med to fuller bod syrupy, thick, sweet almost cloying, mild carb, hot booze

Overall another mess of a beer

Feb 17, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Before I review this, I think this is miscategorized as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's just not the same as a Corsendonk, Maudite or Scaldis Noel; it's lighter than they are and just gets lumped in with the rest of the dark Christmas ales by default. As the label accurately describes it's a dark imperial wit with spices.

Now that's out of the way, I poured a 10/3/17 750 ml bottle into a DFH tulip. Dark brown body with a small light tan head that falls away quickly with a fair amount of lacing. Smell is just a carnival of flavors with coriander, allspice and orange peel predominating, particularly as it warms up. Taste replicates the smell but with a malty component that didn't reveal itself in the smell. The alcohol is very well hid. Mouthfeel was a bit thin at the suggested serving temp of 50 degrees but filled out as it warmed up.

This was a nice addition to a very well thought out multi year holiday concept by The Bruery. They recommend aging up to two years and I can't imagine it getting much better than this. But that's why they play the game.

Dec 23, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Rich, unique spiced, herbal, ginger, cinnamon, molasses, dark smoked malt, warming finish. dark bread fruit cake malty nose. dark brown/mahogany hue, semi clear, smaller head and lace. Medium body. Spiced complex with a kick.

Dec 15, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutmeg/spices and grains/malts. The flavor is nutmeg/spices, malts/wheat/somewhat grainy, fruit /mild dark fruitand a sweetish/slightly tart finish.

Aug 05, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Holiday Beer Tasting at JPK's.

1. 10 Lords a Leaping
2. N'ice Chouffe
3. Goose Island Noel
4. Fegley's Rude Elf Reserve

Unanimous Winner of this small 4 beer tasting.

LOOK: cola, small head
AROMA: caramel, bread, cherry. Aroma is very light for a winter beer.
TASTE: Caramel, wood, burnt sugar.
FEEL: thick body, with light carbonation. A little sticky.


Jul 25, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark coca cola color. A finger's worth of white foamy yet fizzling head. Not much lace, actually barely any lace.
The aroma had a pummeling blend of spices ranging from allspice, ginger, nutmeg, anise, coriander and clove up front. Trying to look for some other features but the spices seem to push to them out. After a bit of warmth, some caramel and toffee malt comes out and with a bit of coca cola.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample amount of dark fruits with a light Belgian chocolate trying to push against the big spices flowing in and around my taste buds. Light remnants of dark chocolate, some Belgian chocolate, Belgian waffle sort of sugary content tickles the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Semi-sweet cola to bready and spicy sort of finish.
Overall, as much as I was initially kicking myself for not having this during the holidays, this actually turned out somewhat pretty good. I'd prefer to have again in colder weather.

Jun 16, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing, though.

S: A very enticing aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, light fruit, and some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of a small amount of citrus fruit (orange, in particular), some apples, a bit of spicy Belgian-style yeast (not overpowering, though), toffee, and a bevy of spices (cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, etc.). Lots of Christmasy spices make this beer really work. It's complex and extremely well-balanced.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Well worth a try.

Jun 01, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown, almost black, body with minimal khaki head that left bubbles on glass. Spicy aroma of coriander, clove, cinnamon(?) and something like black cherry. Medium body beer, has some thick maltiness as well, spicy edge, good balance, again get something like black cherry (dark fruits?). Finishes with a spicy and boozy kick.

May 10, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with nice 1+ inch rocky/foamy tan head with decent retention. Eventually settles to a thin skim.
S: Spice and sweet wheat. Darker sweet notes too of toffee, soft molasses, and burnt caramel as well as vanilla. Banana yeast note. A multitude of spices were used in this one...I can pick out cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of ginger, clove, nutmeg, and a hint of orange peel. There's more though...
T: Warming spices hit first of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Quickly followed by layers of sweet malt...toffee, caramel, and soft molasses. Hints of apple, orange peel, vanilla, and banana yeast with a backbone of soft wheat. Wow...dense and complex!
M: Super smooth. Medium body (ABV hidden extremely well). Nice spice complexity. Darkly sweet notes with some fruit sweetness too. Lingers and matures beautifully on the palate too.
D: Wow...simply wow. This is one heck of a brew. Dense, complex, smooth, and surprisingly easy to drink. Like a high ABV holiday dunkelweizen. The Bruery hits another one out of the park...they are making the game seem easy. Seek it out if you can!!

Apr 24, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Feb 03, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Jan 23, 2018
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Radome from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jan 14, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Jan 04, 2018
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scootny from New York

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Jan 03, 2018
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lalbertson3 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Jan 02, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on December 30, 2017. Look is dark brown with a tan head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is all spice with little hop or malt presence. Feel is medium to full in body.

Dec 30, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

Nose is strong licorice/root beer with clove and an assault of other spice medley.

It tastes of apple, pear and cloves before finishing with a strong root beer and anise aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Easily the worst in the Bruery's Christmas beer lineup. Just reading the label you know this was going to be a train wreck - thanks for delivering as expected.

Dec 27, 2017
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