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9 Ladies Dancing | The Bruery

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3.62/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Strong ale brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
222
pDev:
15.19%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
51
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of robebo44
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
2.09/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark chestnut hue with a thick off white head that fades to leave thick wisps.

S - Aromas of boiled root vegetables, cabbage, spoiled milk, little vanilla. Like human sweat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with those fetid cabbage and vegetables soaked in spoil milk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick.

O - Overall this was a downright terrible. Rotten and spoiled milk mixed with garbage.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
2.1/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Split with rudzud
Light fizzy head decent retention and lacing, semi hazy darker auburn colour

Nose is terrible, boiled squash zucchini cabbage, that basically dominates just about everything, under grassy a touch of toasted malts, biscuits and smokey gravy, weird fruits

Taste more cooked vegetables, cabbage, zucchini, squash, etc, also soy sauce, fermented ketchup, more biscuits and smokey gravy, so bad

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little warming alcohol, detect carb, but still slimy

Overall wow this is horrible

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikiMo
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kwright
4.94/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sjdevel
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: dark brown with very little carbonation - high ABV may play a part in this. Stays slightly active throughout with a decent foam ring.
SMELL: rich malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, toffee, wood
TASTE: Wow - a punch of bitterness and strong alcohol bite. Rich dark fruit and then rush of sweetness, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. There's also prune, raisin, banana, and toffee. This gets really sweet but then dries out some with spices kicking in at the same time. Alcohol warmth comes in quickly, but not overly boozy. Very flavorful and desserty (lactose addition is the culprit).
FEEL: Fairly full bodied - was thinking it should be fuller if it was a stout, but this is higher ABV and more Barley Wine -ish.
OVERALL: This is a super flavorful beer and definitely a dessert beer. Not one to drink outside on a hot day (not a lawnmower beer). I really enjoyed this one and it is a slow sipper at 11.3% ABV. This is more on the Barley Wine side with chocolate and coffee. Very good. I thought this one was amazing. I see a few bad ratings on here that this was way too sickly sweet and a mention of it needing "truckloads of yeast" to still not being able to eat up the residual sugars. The Lactose (milk sugar) is indeed the sweetness experienced here - truckloads of yeast could not change that - yeast will not milk sugars - hence the residual sweetness. I think it is ridiculous that people give beers bad ratings across the board for not liking the flavor (like giving it an overall score of 1 and 2-3s across the board). People like this should not be drinking "adult craft beers" and should stick to drinking the beers that ABInbev crank out from rice and sugar. Beers from The Bruery are not random crap beers. They put so much into every beer and they are so complex and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this beer to any true craft beer drinker that enjoys complexity and something that doesn't taste like dirty bubbly water.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mschrei
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

This is my first beer from the ever-incrementing-number-Christmas-Series from the The Bruery. I find this beer very exquisite from the label and its own concept. So, let's dive into another brue from The Bruery, 9 Ladies Dancing that should have >2 years on bottle by now.

A: Pours a black brown body that moves with a beige head. It's good on visible carbonation, not too syrupy and appears to be a very competent Belgian Strong Dark Ale, despite not being one.

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Photo of Prost76
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maximum12
1.95/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Haven’t had these anniversary beers in a long time, 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is dark brown tinged with red. Smells sweet. That’s it.

9 Ladies Dancing is a triumph in converting tons of adjuncts into serious blah. Tons of sugary lactose drives this instantly into dentist-visit territory. And then there are sugar-soaked herbs, touch of chocolate, sugar sugar sugar! Two ounces would have been enough. It would take a truckload of yeast to put down this much residual sugar.

People talk about Black Tuesday being too sweet, but I could drink that until dawn’s early light. This is sickeningly sweet without the benefit of being tasty. To the drain.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sisterofba
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 18 month old 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a plum hue when held up to the light. Fair tan cap that faded almost immediately leaving no lacing. The aroma is more like wine than beer, grapes and leather. The flavor is more chocolate forward but the grapes are still there. Not much vanilla at all. The feel is thin and without much carbonation. Not one of this Bruery's better efforts.

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Photo of WormGod
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid brown, almost like a suspension. Lovely three finger brownish head, and excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is...weird. I get coffee and chocolate, but these are background aromas to a base smell that is sour and almost spoiled. Not pleasant.

Flavor is also odd, not infected, but not the most pleasant beer I have had. I get the cocoa and coffee again. But the dominant flavor is a sour cream like flavor. I'll assume this is from the lactose.

Feel is heavy, with a thick coating finish. Carbonation is the best part of the feel.

Hey Bruery, what the hell is this? This is an extremely poor effort and the first beer in a very long time that I couldn't stomach. I'd expect more for the money I spent.

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9 Ladies Dancing from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 222 ratings