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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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
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!!

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Photo of psumjl269
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LennyBound
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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