The Bruery 10 Lords-A-Leaping
Reviewed by Brady White on December 6, 2017 in Holiday Guide
- 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 !!
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.