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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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603 Reviews
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Reviews: 603
Hads: 1,933
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 154
Gots: 366 | FT: 18
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 09-21-2008

Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the "pumpkin" beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 25, SRM: 15, Release: Fall
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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and heavy, and despite its pleas to be not considered a pumpkin spice beer, it still more or less tastes like one - albiet, a very good one. The maple comes out a bit in the leafy, autumnal rich and grassy flavor of the leaves, and less in the candy sweetness of the syrup. But don't fret, the yams provide plenty of hearty sweet flavor. The spices are well done, and when I served it at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, it was a perfect complement to the rest of the classic meal.

The texture is, as I said, quite thick and hearty, and the 9% abv certainly lets its presence be known, but there is more of a burn from the cardamom and nutmeg and yam (né pumpkin) flavor than from the booze. Rest assured, this will f--- you up if you drink it all, but with a beer this intensely flavorful and dense, and in such a big bottle, it's probably best shared with one or two others.

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Photo of Jacksteinberg
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The boozy-ness over powers the tastes of the maple. The smell is faint. Light mouthfeel (good for a brown). Overall mediocre, doesn't feel true to the name.

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Photo of McStagger
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very nice crimson. Slightly cloudy, with a finger or so of khaki head. Fairly rapid carbonation rising to form the head.

S: Smacks of pumpkin spice mixed with belgian yeast. Spicy intermingles with sweet. Like taking a whiff of the sweet potato pie and spice rack at the same time. Belgian yeast has the slight edge, with serious hits of phenolic fruit. But the spice underlies, with shots of nutmeg and clove. Not getting much in the way of yam, with the yeast notes fighting the other adjuncts.

T: Phenolic belgian yeast up front. Tons and tons of maple in the beginning give way to belgian qualities as it opens up. Maple is still a constant undertone. The brown ale components flex mid palate, revealing soft chocolate notes that quickly tighten up into notes of belgian spice with a slight hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Detectable heat going down the hatch.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip based on the Belgian-esque qualities assumed in this one.
The appearance was an almost dark brown color with copper hues along the sides. Arranging above, a one finger white to off white foamy head retains itself for a good minute before gently dissipating into a clingy semi-thick foamy lacing.
The aroma takes some sweet potatoes and brown sugar to roll right on into spicy Belgian yeast. Some cinnamon and nutmeg rounds out with maple syrup.
The taste involves all of the previously mentioned flavors to meld extremely nice. Light woodiness shows up to balance nicely.
The mouthfeel was fairly sticky through the syrupy portion. I'd say this was about medium bodied.
Overall, if the carbonation was a bit bumped up in this one, it might not be as sticky as I had sipped. However, it is a still a wonderful from The Bruery for Autumn.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was a good tasting beer. It just didn't really get many of the flavors it boasts on the bottle to me. Dark brown color. Smells sweet and a slight alcohol aroma. Tasted sweet too, kinda get the maple syrup. Otherwise it just seemed to turn a brown ale into the taste of a golden ale to me. It was still pretty good beer, just not what you thought NYD.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly light brown from the bottle, but settles into a darker, copper-tinged brew in the glass. Translucent and slightly hazy, and topped by a large light cream colored head. Very good retention and nice lacing. The colors themselves certainly evoke Fall.

Big, sweet aroma, shot through with tons of spicy Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and nutmeg; maple syrup and cedar; sweet potatoes and brown sugar. Now it looks and smells like Fall in a glass.

Flavor follows: despite not being a pumpkin beer, it's quite similar to most pumpkin brews, as the same spices dominate the brew, followed by a slightly sour woody lacing, sweet and spicy Belgian yeast with a touch of must, and light brown sugar and caramel. It's more complex than most Fall brews, but similarly spicy and sweet.

Lively and sticky; moderately full bodied, surprisingly. Pretty drinkable, but sticky enough to make it a slow sipper.

This is a very different take on a Fall beer, yet simultaneously familiar. The Belgian yeast provides the biggest departure.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from Bruery.....this is a perfect autumn beer, very well made managing to balance out the fall spices with the sweetness of the maple syrup....a great autumn beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. 5oz served in a minisnifter.

I don't know what to say about this saison. It's a medium brown body, one finger white head that dies out quickly, no lacing. Smells of a ton of spices; a bit of cinnamon, yam, molasses, allspice, a hint of maple, Belgian yeast esters and a bit of minerals to it. Despite all the spices, this is smelling quite sweet. Flavour backs this up as well, sweet toffee, yam, molasses and a bit of maple rounds out the spices that are a bit less prevalent than on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit too sweet but well carbonated.

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Photo of BWood
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice fall beer. Great alternative to a pumpkin ale which is everywhere. I can taste the yams and nice subtle spice notes. I will definitely get more..

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Photo of Brew_42
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy and dark amber with little to no head to speak of. Not a particularly pretty beer, but the taste is what matters.

Smell- Maple, cinnamon, and vanilla with some Belgian yeast.

Taste- Follows the nose in a very balanced way. Maple and cinnamon up front and vanilla towards the end with some warmth from the ABV. This is what I always have hoped for when I see a maple beer. I have been let down by some great breweries but this beer incorporates maple flawlessly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall- This beer is exactly what it markets itself to be, a delicious alternative to pumpkin beer. After several years of pumpkin beer, this is a welcomed alternative. Great beer for a cool fall night.

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dark auburn in color. Wonderful aroma on this beer - I get caramel, molasses, vanilla, cinammon, maple syrup, and what I would've sworn was cardamom. Medium weight, and fairly carbonated. The taste pretty well follows the aroma, unfolding a medley of flavors that are hard to notate individually. Tons of cinammon, nutmeg, and various spice. I swear there's cardamom in this beer. Less prevalent is the maple syrup, which is kinda creeping along in the background. Not strong, but once I picked up on it, it made the beer for me.

In all honesty, I felt like this beer would be the result if you were to mix Sour in the Rye with 3 Floyds Alpha Kong. I dunno. Either way, great beer.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer on a cold autumn night in Colorado, from a vantage point where I could practically hear falling leaves scraping against the window as they listlessly fell onto a fading suburban lawn. It's a fine setting for this dark brew, and shortly after the pour I get a real sense of how appropos it is. THe aroma is packed with molasses, and seasoned with dark pepper and bay leaf. Overall, my impression is a scent that is both deep and sweetFascinating aroma. Lots of molasses and black pepper and all spice and even bay leaf. It's a smell worth of competing with a slow cooker running through a deep autumn afternoon. And now we move to the body, thick and deep in palate and flavor. Sweet potato tang and sweetness appear here, borrowing some spice from the nose for a pungent, but deep, dulcet and satisfying flavor. Dark molasses provides that body and sweetness, mixing together well with all the other flavors. But do take cautious: this is immensely boozy. Let it age a season or two, or if you just prefer strength to finesse.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown and a thin tan head with no retention. Sweet maple and spice with some yam aromas. Syrup and spice initially with Belgian yeast and candy. Light alcohol and dry, yeasty finish. Slick, smooth and low carbonation.

A little sweet but the Belgian elements balance it out. An interesting beer to perhaps age and mellow out the sweetness but I'm not sure it will improve that much.

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Photo of m0ntels
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to try a yam beer once I heard of it. Very similar to a pumpkin beer overall, so not too exciting there. Very bold flavors all around though. Yam, spice, and yeast all strong but well balanced. I wouldnt drink this all the time, but one on the first chilly autumn evening wouldnt be a bad way to kick off the season.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal creep that is yammy and semi-sweet. Light and entry-level craft beer style. Widely available. Brown with light brown head, not super thick but smooth. Ages well for up to a year.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a welcome new swath of this brewery's offerings to make it up here once again to Alberta. It's cold and rainy outside right now, so what better thing to keep me the hell out of that, eh?

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly tan head, which leaves some approaching island profile lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of zesty gingerbread and sugary mashed yams, a battened-down Belgian yeastiness, some prominent dark orchard fruit as it warms, mixed savoury spices (ok, some nutmeg, clove, and star anise put their hands up the fastest), a subtle caramel malt sweetness, and some cozy, coddling alcohol esters. The taste is quite yammy (it's a word now) up front, that holiday side dish thing hard to dismiss, with a hearty attendant caramel/toffee malt, even more muddled seasonal spices, a gentile yeastiness, some bruised banana, overripe plum, and rotting pumpkin fruitiness, reduced brown sugar, very weak weedy and earthy hops, and a crazily respectful boozy warming.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their plain and barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the various sugars fencing anything else out, it would seem. It finishes near-sweet, among the yam, dark sugar, malt, alcohol, and pasty spice essences.

Maybe it's just me, but this totally reminds me of being in Denver the past couple of years around this time, with the weather alternating between sunny and cold-ass rain, and the autumn (read: pumpkin) beer offerings very forceful and insistent in their flavourful attacks on my very being. Yeah, I'm gonna miss that this year, but thankfully this one, with its initially overly apologetic yam and dark sugary backbone, does the same trick, with style, and just a soupcon of aplomb.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. The color is a a rosy-orange with a frothy tan head and lacing. It's a fairly unique color. The smell is also rather unusual with the yams and a lot of yeast and spice: cinnamon, cloves. There is also some lemon. In a weird way, it reminds me of cocktail sauce. The taste is spicy and the yam taste is unique. There is also some faint sweetness from the molasses. I didn't taste the maple syrup. This ale is nicely carbonated and although the ABV is 10% there wasn't a strong alcohol burn. That said, this is basically a sipper. Overall, this is a unique ale and I'm glad to have tried it. I'd like to try it on draught. It's a nice Fall ale.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with a 1/4 inch of head. The aroma is lots of the Belgian yeast. Cloves, coriander, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is more of that Belgian yeast upfront followed by lots of spices. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and coriander. Banana and some dark fruits. Not picking up on much yams or maple syrup. Yeasty finish. Medium bodied with a mild alcohol presence. I'm not a pumpkin fan so I appreciate the change on this one but I'm not digging it all that much. Overall, I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- the look is possibly one of the best parts, a perfect deeper red with a hint of orange mixed in.

S-Belgian yeast,spciy,dark fruits

T-spicy esters from the yeast, dark fruits a slight banana from the yeast. nutmeg ,clove,cinnamon.

F-Nice carbonation the yams add a nice thick chewy feel. medium body.

O- overall a nice spiced seasonal ale that is a nice change from pumpkin. For the price and flavor it's always good for a once a year buy.

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Photo of 303beer
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear red with lots of carbonation but a rapidly dissipating head. I did not pour the whole bottle. I left about the bottom inch in the bottle. Has a good spice smell and I think I can pick out the yams. Whoa. That's amazing. Taste the Belgian yeast. Taste the yam. Taste the spices. This is a really nice treat.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cask Republic last night. Beautiful ruby color, clear, but with little head or lacing. Nice aroma of spice and big malts. Great flavor, tastes like liquid fall but without drinking one of those pumpkin beers or lattes. Complex, sweet, rich, hints of spice and syrup. Overall flavor profile like candied yams and no touch of alcohol. Lower end of heavy body make this one a sipper, cheers!

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber color a rather large head on the pour. Takes a while for the head to dissipate. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and yeast in the nose. Mildly sweet malt flavor with hints of maple. Plenty of tasty yams. Spices follow the aroma well and add to the complexity without overpowering. Belgian yeast is apparent. Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. Smooth texture. A well rounded fall seasonal.

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Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange-brown body that is impossible to see through. It is murky but it has a very nice color to it. I can't even make out shadows through the beer despite it looking light enough to see through. Maybe it is just the color of the beer that makes it seem transparent even though it is nearly 100% opaque. The head is a thick velvety off-white color that fades to a thin cap appearing lovely in both states. It's a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: I get a bit of a funky old house smell in the beer along with a slight twinge of clove. Overall the aroma is pretty faint and unimpressive. When the bottle says "cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup" then mentions a Belgian yeas strain I expect a lot of character. Without any regard to the label the beer itself remains below average but I felt it necessary to relay my impressions regarding the label as well.

Taste: There is a banana flavor and a pronounced plum-like flavor that adds a light tartness to the beer. There is a sweet caramel flavor and a bit of a bready finish. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor in there. The aftertaste has a bit of brown sugar flavor. After the beer leaves the palate there is a clove flavor left over.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel with an even presence on the palate. Not too heavy, not too light. A slight amount of alcohol burn on the tongue. The beer is easy to drink and isn't overwhelming in spice or character.

Overall: This beer really floats in that realm of flavors and character that you'd find in a heavier Dubbel or a lighter Quad. To me this is really the target audience. It's impossible to know the individual contributions each ingredient will make to the final beer without tasting the base beer first, but I feel like a lot of the character in this beer comes simply from the yeast and the recipe minus the spices. When I drink this I don't think "pumpkin beer" (or yam beer, or spiced beer) even though I do pick up a light amount of spices. I would recommend it to fans of Belgian beers first, and then mention that it has spices. To a pumpkin beer drinker it will probably have enough light spice character to keep them interested but I doubt it will blow them away. Overall it was a nice beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery poured into a taster by the server trying to entice bottle purchases. Appearance is brown with orange highlights, tan head the quickly settles to a film, and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet potato pie spices, maple syrup, brown sugar, and malt. Taste is light brown sugar and yam sweetness complimented by the nutmeg, clove, and allspice bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation,thick texture, clean finish.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with nice head. Smells of yams and spices. Tastes of yams, nutmeg, and molasses. Sweet mixed with a strong vegetative taste. Not necessarily my favorite beer, but I think its pretty well done for what they were trying to do here. At the very least its unique.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.