The Bruery 10 Lords-A-Leaping

Reviewed by on December 6, 2017 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Bruery

  • Origin: Placentia, CA, US

  • Rated On: December 6, 2017

  • Best Before: bottled October 3, 2017

  • ABV: 10.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

It’s always a pleasure to see the next iteration in this series show up at this time of the year.  Here, we have a dark Imperial wit ale, brewed with 10 different spices.

This 750ml bottle 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.

Brady White

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