The Bruery 9 Ladies Dancing

Reviewed by on December 23, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Bruery

  • Origin: Placentia, CA, US

  • Rated On: December 23, 2016

  • Best Before: Up to 3 years from now

  • ABV: 11.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Strong Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

This is the 9th version of Orange County’s The Bruery’s series of takes on the 12 days of Christmas.  Wow, I’ve never had a tiramisu-flavoured brew before, and now this is the second one in as many weeks!

This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some scattered south seas islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of sort of spoiled milk (I should know, having dumped out some earlier today – ewwww), gritty and grainy caramel malt, sweet cookie dough, real vanilla extract, fast food coffee, chalky cocoa powder, brown sugar, a touch of estery yeast, and some indistinct earthy bitterness.  The taste is very lactose-forward (milky and creamy, of the warm variety), with some pastry-friendly caramel/toffee malt, ice-cream vanilla, yeasty banana, a sort of smoky coffee essence, dollar store chocolate, some ethereal earthy seasonal spice, and perhaps a minor leafy, weedy, and sort of perfumed floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly tame in its, well, timid-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth to a certain degree, but cut off at the knees by the general acridity (mostly from the coffee, I’d wager).  It finishes off-dry, the various confection-friendly characters landing as such.  Still no real sign of the big boy pants ABV, FWIW.

Overall, I do believe that they got all the input ingredients for tiramisu duly into this brew, and that they all come through in the experience.  But the problem is that in deconstructing them, the end result feels a tad disjointed, like my palate can’t quite put all the pieces back together exactly where they should go.  My bad, maybe I need to hit up the local Italian bakery to better understand the beer that I drink!

Brady White

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