9 Ladies Dancing
The Bruery

9 Ladies Dancing9 Ladies Dancing
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American Strong Ale
3.7 | pDev: 14.59%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
9 Ladies Dancing9 Ladies Dancing
Notes: American Strong ale brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose.
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Reviews by superspak:
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/26/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, and rum; with light banana, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. A little too fruity, but not overdone. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, and rum; with light banana, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, vanilla, cocoa, nutty coffee, cream, rum, light banana/clove, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly drying from bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with very smooth, creamy, fairly silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.3%. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian strong dessert ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, cocoa/coffee/vanilla, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Just a little too fruity/yeasty than I wanted for the overall intent of the beer flavors; but it wasn’t overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 9/29/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, effervescent burgundy with three fingers of loose, quickly dissipating beige head. Anything that resembles head is gone in under a minute, not to return.

Smells interesting but the blend is somehow both enticing and a little bit off. Cheap coffee, dark fruit, cocoa and a strange, almost artificial vanilla note. I keep coming back to smell it some more but there is something I can't put my finger on that just doesn't work for me.

Taste continues the unfortunate trend of being more interesting than good. Bittersweet cocoa, coffee, dark fruit skins, a damp earthy character, stale Nilla Wafers, old bread and just a little bit of alcohol. Perhaps not as bad as that description may seem but far from the rich, delicious tiramisu that I'd expected. I do have to give credit for how smooth it is considering the double digit abv.

Meadium full body with carbonation that is slightly tingly on the tongue but does little to enrich the feel. The aftertaste has a little more coffee, fruit skin and cocoa yet still ultimately fails to capture tiramisu.

I like the direction The Bruery chose for 9 Ladies Dancing but I fear there were some execution issues. I think the downfall was the conflicting base style but understand why they might not have wanted to use a milk stout two years in a row. Here's hoping that miraculous things will happen with my other bottle over the next three years before I drink it with its brethren.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

maybe one of the weaker offerings in this annual series, but still a very interesting beer, just that being based on tiramisu, i expected it to be a little more striking. its pretty in the glass though, with over an inch of almost belgian looking tan head, creamy and bubbly and long lasting. the base beer is brownish red orange, lighter than expected for a coffee beer. speaking of coffee, its extremely light in this, maybe more robust in aroma than flavor, but keeping pretty peripheral here in favor of some of the other added ingredients, and of course the malt, which also has a belgian strong ale feel to it, some of those richer, fruitier specialty malts, rich and caramelized, long boiled, and mellow but assertive. i get the vanilla and lactose here, teaming up to almost make a sugar cookie complexion in here, i see the holiday element at work, but it doesnt scream lady fingers at me, and fades pretty quickly after it arises in the flavor. the cocoa nibs add some needed bitterness and provide a bit lower of a baseline than then grain does here, but it isnt overly impactful either. its cool that all the ingredients meld together so well, but this is more of a sweet strong ale than a flavored beer to me, take that at face value. i think its real impressive how well the alcohol is hidden here, really very remarkable. also cool that its so carbonated, doesnt drink heavy at all. a nice beer to sip on for sure this time of year, but one of the least memorable in the series overall...

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description style is calling this an American strong ale. But to me it resembles more of a Belgian style Quad if anything.

Pours murky cloudy ruby brown.
Fizzy light tan head which dissapates rather quickly leaving an outer ring of lacing which is more slick and oily.
Smells of dark fruits, some breadiness and yeast.
Taste is pretty much a follow up of the nose with a bit of that lactose they mention on the bottle as one of the ingredients. More fruit forward and yeasty than the nose. Figs, caramel, hmmm maybe molasses? Actually (besides the lactose) I detect none of the ingredients described on the label at all. But still very tasty.
Mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Very puzzled by this one but pleasantly surprised! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teromous
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see any bottle date but this is a part of a series released once a year.

Appearance: Right off the bat I notice this beer has a ton of foam when poured. It does subside to a thin layer and a very thick ring of eggshell-white creamy foam around the glass. Not much retention but I wouldn't fault that in a beer boasting 11.3% ABV. The lacing is very nice. The body is a dark opaque brown color that shows more brown than black when held near a lamp.

Aroma: It has a strong spicy aroma that reminds me a bit of cola and malta goya. There is a nice cinnamon scent that permeates the nose. It seems to be without direction but it is nice.

Taste: It has a pronounced woody and yeasty flavor that is very unique. It is the kind of flavor that is so hard to describe that I would immediately default to the recommendation that a person try this beer. It has a bit of banana enveloped by a malty sweet flavor that is not quite caramel but more of a yeasty flavor that does not quite invoke the qualities of cooked or uncooked dough. A bottle of this beer is so rich that you would be hard pressed to share it between only two people. To add to the flavor profile it has a very nice coffee flavor. The beer label does mention that it contains vanilla and unfortunately I don't taste that. One very welcome flavor that I encountered was hazelnut, which only developed after letting the bottle warm up a bit.

Mouthfeel: It is a very thick feeling beer; as if eating raw bread dough. The amount of flavor packed into this beer is simply amazing but it is still very hard to consume. A small sampler glass of this beer would be more than enough to experience the full breadth of this beer. This is not to the determent of the beer; it is simply too rich and complicated for an enjoyable full glass.

Overall: In a nutshell I would recommend buying this beer. The flavors and mouthfeel alone make it a wonderful and enjoyable drink that can be shared with others during the Holidays. If you are drinking alone then this beer would make more than a great companion. I highly recommend buying this beer during this season and beyond.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of The Bruery's 9 Ladies Dancing last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been awhile since I've tired a new beer from The Bruery and I'm interested to see how this one will turn out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's pretty typical for this brewery and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice brown color that took on a little bit of mahogany color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it impart a typical estery yeast aroma with some noticeable spicy aromas coming through and it leads into the malts which impart some caramel malt, lots of sweet malts and toasted malt aromas with a little bit of a candied sugar like aroma. Up next comes a nice and noticeable cocoa aromas with just a little bit of coffee and vanilla showing up in the background with the lactose imparting a nice creamy aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, but I think the it could be better balanced with the belgian yeast being a little overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a very high amount of medium sweetness with the belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects it did in the aroma and it's still just a little too dominating and it's followed by the malts which show up a little less than they did in the aroma, but they still impart all the same aspects. Up next comes the cocoa which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma with the vanilla and lactose showing up in the aroma and the coffee is just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's just a little bit of bitterness with some of that candied sugar sweetness taking it's place and it has a cocoa, candied sugar and belgian yeast like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the balance was a little better the belgian yeast it still a little too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, creamy, a little crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it had most of the aspects that I was looking for, but in the end I still wish that balance was a little better. This beer had ok drinkability, the sweetness might start to wear on me, so one glass is a good amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What i like the least about this bee is the balance, the belgian yeast was too dominating. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but it was nice to try and I would recommend it if your wanted a typical belgian strong ale with a little bit of cocoa and creamy flavors. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if the balance and drinkability were better than this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Bruery beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys this is a solid Belgian Strong Ale, keep it up.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of those beers that smells better than it tastes. All of the promised flavors are in there, coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs, etc, but somehow the flavors just don't come together in totally enjoyable way. These are the types of beers that I normally love, and maybe this is just personal preference speaking, but I think this would have been better as a stout or porter, something with a roastier backdrop. I'm sure the Bruery was trying to do something a little different, and I know they like their old ales. It's not a bad beer by any means, but like a lot if the beers I've tried in this series, I was left a little disappointed (maybe my fault for building it up too much)

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Photo of rudzud
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
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 wvsabbath
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbone1384
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a very deep brown beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of coffee, cocoa powder and toasted malts with a little vanilla
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate with some roasty notes, vanilla and some slight sweetness from the lactose as well. The coffee and chocolate are really the stars here. Swallow is more roasted coffee, vanilla, and lactose sweetness with some lingering chocolate. Hints of spicy yeast at times as well with slight dark fruits.
M: This beer has a fairly full and slightly creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this one isn't bad but it definitely isn't the most true to style. An interesting experiment to be sure but not something that I will seek out again. I have a spare to drink once they release the final installment so it will be interesting to see how it holds up. I'm not sure how this one will fare in bourbon barrels either.

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Photo of Dope
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a nice dark brown with a huge but extremely fizzy light brown head. Head fades like soda and disappears in a hurry. No real lacing. Appears completely still in the glass after a few seconds.

S: Whoa, sharp aroma, made me jump at first. Big sharp burn of something, is it just alcohol? Milky with some chocolate. Lots of dark fruits.

T: Huh. Sweet up front with dark bread, molasses and caramel. Lots of dark fruits. Light chocolate backing. HUGE sharp harshness, like it's extremely boozy but even a hint of something else - I think the carbonation is actually out of control which lends to an odd sharpness (like drinking ice-cold cola quickly). No sign of coffee but plenty of creaminess from the lactose and vanilla.

M: Fairly heavy and syrupy, but insanely high carbonation. Very boozy.

O: What an odd brew. Very sharp and harsh but it's missing some of the key flavors mentioned. Usually coffee is such a dominant flavor but I get none. Literally none. It's kinda barleywine-ish but with the chocolate, vanilla and lactose it's unusually creamy which doesn't really work I don't think. Just an odd, muddled beer. It's not horrible but it just doesn't seem to work together cohesively.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DVMin98
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2


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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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