10 Lords-A-Leaping
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Mar 10, 2022
Sep 26, 2017
Very Good
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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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Photo of 40ontarget
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by 40ontarget from Colorado

Cola colored with a fingers worth of light tan head. The nose is malty, orange, coriander, banana, pepper, cloves, and vanilla. The taste is apple, plum, tart cherries, nutmeg, raisins, cinnamon, and apple pie. I'm not sure what this beer is. Has a good mouthfeel that borders on creamy with medium carbonation. I don't dislike this, but I'm not sure I really like it either. Interesting at best, weird at it's worst. (Found my old notes on this one)

Mar 10, 2022
4.1 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Dec 25, 2021
4 by RMW66 from Australia on Nov 03, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky two finger tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of tons of Christmas spices with a little dark fruit. Hints of roasted malts in there as well
T: Taste is christmas spices and dark fruits up front with some roasted malts and dark chocolate. Hints of charred wood as well. On the swallow there's more dark fruits and christmas spices with some lingering roasted malts and chocolate
M: This beer has a body which is right in the middle of the road to actually being lighter than anticipated. Carbonation is slightly effervescent and potentially a little higher than anticipated while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some good flavors and a great complexity to it which makes it an interesting beer to drink. This beer is pretty balanced in flavor as well. As a belgian strong dark it misses the mark but as a dark wit with some Christmas influence this one drinks pretty nicely.

Sep 25, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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
3.78 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
4.5 by Stengelfoot from California on Jan 04, 2021
3.89 by michiganmatt from California on Jan 02, 2021
3.94 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 27, 2020
4.07 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 25, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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
3.12 by brocktune from Virginia on Dec 24, 2020
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2.03/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by Dbot from Delaware

I wanted to believe...

Dec 18, 2020
Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
4.08 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Jun 29, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

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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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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
4.17 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Mar 11, 2020
4.13 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jan 25, 2020
3.72 by brycemc from California on Jan 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

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
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 04, 2020
3.5 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2020
3.88 by SFC21 from Florida on Dec 23, 2019
4.21 by tyjohnson55 from California on Dec 22, 2019
4.16 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Dec 05, 2019
4.38 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 10, 2019
Photo of rudzud
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 10, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 23, 2019
3.94 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jan 12, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by CaptainHate from Ohio

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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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
3.81 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2018
4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Dec 08, 2018
3.52 by 2beerdogs from California on Dec 03, 2018
3.92 by dukeufo from California on Dec 01, 2018
3.85 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 07, 2018
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