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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Vylo:
Photo of Vylo
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle - it's always a pleasure to see the next iteration in this series show up at this time of the year.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark cola-highlighted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of looming iceberg profile lace around the glass as it evenly diminishes.

It smells of bready and biscuity pale malt, a lesser edgy toasted wheatiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, dried and candied orange peel, muddled earthy spice (clove, metallic cinnamon, and nutmeg, maybe), damp banana chips, a hint of estery yeastiness, and very subtle musty, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy cereal malt, wet wheat crackers, some laid-back ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon spiciness, bruised bananas, faint orange rind, plain old-school yeast, and more well understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its stoic-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with the spices trying, but failing to mar the ideal here. It finishes off-dry, all wheaty, spicy, and gently warming.

Overall - this is certainly a pleasant seasonal offering, the dark wit essences melding well with the various additional blended spices. Not to mention the 21-proof wowee sauce quotient, which is barely detectable in its expert integration. Another Christmastime winner, I gotta say.

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Photo of Radome
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of moundbz
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 scootny
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
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 philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a The Bruery tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine, dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Rich aroma of lightly caramel and wheaty biscuit malt, dried and fresh plums, apples, mixed holiday spices with allspice and cinnamon the most noticable; mostly a fairly classic BSDA profile, but a little grainier. Flavor starts with apples, plums, figs and raisins, then the spice melange develops with some mildly tart over-ripe fruit notes and some husky, wheat. Finishes with witbier grain, dates, figs and some spice astringency. Medium bodied with light, pleasant creaminess and nice mouth feel. This is the most distinctive of this series so far with the wheat base giving a lighter, brighter and slightly tart taste not expected in a BSDA. It looks and smells like that latter style, but the bottle declares it an "Imperial Wit". I see characters from both styles here. It is a bit busy with spices, with a little over-spice astringency, although none of the spices dominate the flavor profile. This is an ale that is a little disconcerting at first, but really grew on me once I was used to the wheat base. A little forward with spice flavors, but covers the ABV quite nicely. Very interesting and probably my favorite from this whole series. Most seemed to be satisfactory BSDAs; this one pushes the envelope a little and for the better. A very nice Belgian dark ale to end the season with. My ninth year drinking the 12 days of Christmas series. Hopefully The Bruery will reissue the Partridge one more time in a few years.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with short light beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat and a mélange of spices are present in the nose—ginger seems to be the most prominent of them.
T: This beer has a very interesting blend of spices that seem to be well balanced. I can only pick out the apples, ginger and nutmeg. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: All of the ingredients in this beer really seem to come together very well and are well balanced. I couldn't believe how drinkable this beer was considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of MeLoynes
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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 mwilbur
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Khaack
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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