Autumn Maple - The Bruery
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Reviews by Bmoyer0301:
3.2/5 rDev -15.3%
Tonight I reached for a glass in my collection that I only used a few times, a super cool Westmalle Belgian goblet that was made just for these styled ales. It has all different kinds of leafs and designs cut into the very thick glass which just adds to the overall beauty and always delivers a nice thick head. A little bit on the heavier side for glassware but it's still a great chalice for any Belgian ale. Continuing on, I pulled the cap off the 750ml bottle and was greeted with a generous amount of hissing and carbonation which is great for this style of beer. On the pour I decided to tilt the large chalice making sure to not over flow it with head. When I was done, there was a thin half finger thick bone white head that dissipated very quickly to almost nothing after a few minutes. When I hold the chalice up to the light the beautiful deep amber, slightly hazy deep reddish orange colored ale glimmers in the light. This really reminds me of fresh orange blossom honey minus the thickness of course. On a quick check the viscosity appears to be pretty light and only leave a little bit of lacing on the walls which is surprising for such a high ABV beer.
On the front end of this aroma I am picking up loads of sugary molasses and caramelized brown sugar. Almost like the syrup you smother your sweet potatoes and burnt marshmallows with at thanksgiving time. There is a touch of citrus hiding through all the spices as well (from the hops?). Some vanilla is present but nothing overdone, and a small amount of nutmeg rounds out the finish.
Hmm, its pumpkin pie-esque but not like most of the other commercial types of beers out there. In my opinion, many are overdone and too spice forward which really ruins the body and overall flavor. This on the other hand is mild and subdued with the yam flavors and spices which I do enjoy. The only complaints I have are that this is entirely under carbonated and has a slight acidic twang in the finish that I just can't put my finger on. In the finish a oxidized flavor is pushing through that I am not really liking and the cloying sweetness is starting to get to me.
Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy pumpkin and other spiced beers but I am going to say that this one isn't one of my favorites. I had the pleasure to try the bourbon barrel aged version of this and thought it was out of this world. It just seems the regular version isn't quite what I hoped it would be. As I always say, maybe you want to give it a shot and disregard my experience. Just because I don't like this one a lot doesn't mean you won't. So go out on a limb and try something different and see if this is up your ally.
09-04-2011 23:28:15 | More by Bmoyer0301
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3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
A: Light golden color. Goldfish and clear.
S: Strong honey. A resemblance of mead.
T: Starts with honey and yam and finishes with baked beans. Yes..I can taste baked beans.
M: Light, fruity but slightly viscous.
O: A good beer from The Bruery. I'm glad they tried something different for their fall seasonal..not sure it really beat the good ol' pumpkin ale though. It definitely got very sweet towards the end. Good beer overall.
10-01-2013 04:36:16 | More by tjumfrid
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
2010 vintage poured into a snifter.
A -- Pours a deep reddish brown with one finger of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly leaving only small spots of lacing.
S -- Brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices up front. Also some vanilla and bready malts. Smells good. A little sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.
T - A bit of candi sugar, brown sugar and maple-glazed yams followed by a significant spice presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg stand out. Similar to the smell, there is some sweetness, but this wasn't nearly as sweet as I thought it might be. I really enjoyed the taste.
M - Medium/full mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy. Finishes pretty dry from the spices.
O- I haven't had this fresh, but with more than a year on it, this is a very enjoyable beer on a cold winter night.
12-09-2011 01:23:49 | More by warnerry
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
750 ml botle pours a murky copper body with a large beige head that retains poorly. Subsequent pours reveal a powdery sediment that looks like spice additions.
Aroma is heavy on the spices, lots of nutmeg and ginger. Yeasty esters are also prominent. A vegetal note that seems more pumpkin than yams is underneath.
Medium bodied mouthfeel has a Belgian yeasty character.
Taste finds the nutmeg and ginger spiciness once again leading the show. Vegetal character still screams pumpkin. Molasses is not noticed, but the maple syrup emerges nicely as it warms. Some herbal hop bitterness isn't bashful, and provides some good balance. Some warming alcohol in the finish.
I expected this one to be a malt bomb. Far from it, however! It ends up evenly balanced and is an intriguing sipper to usher in the changing od the autumn leaves.
10-27-2009 14:40:40 | More by merlin48
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
Large bottle, w/o any freshness info. Pours dark brown and murky, dark khaki head, moderate collar and fairly minor spotty lacing. Spiced up nose, with sweet malts, and vanilla also coming to the party. Thanksgiving spices, sweat potatos, pumpkin, plenty of dark and sweet malts floating around. Rich, sweet, nice for fall, warming and tasty. Perhaps too sweet for my tastes, but still a nice fall offering from Bruery. Has thanksgiving dinner desserts written all over it.
09-22-2009 01:29:57 | More by Billolick
3.59/5 rDev -5%
The Beers of California
Freshness Date: None
A: Deep amber brown with an effervescent head of off white to khaki foam which dissipates to a thin layer that then slowly fades to a cling on the glass.
S: The spice complexity jumps out with highlights of maple syrup from a base of yam sweetness. The sweetness to build as the beer warms.
T: The allspice and cinnamon build as the molasses and maple syrup join in an attempt to bring a balancing sweetness. The yams add a sweet carbohydrate, slightly candied foundation to the brew. There is very minimal earthy hop bitterness. The yeastiness comes through in the end with a moderate amount of booziness.
M: The beer has a light to medium feel with similar amounts of carbonation.
O: The spices shine here but in the end overwhelm the remaining components of this beer, particularly the candied yam presence. The flavors here don't quite combine into a synergistic whole. A laudable attempt at creating a novel fall brew but overall can use some polishing.
10-07-2013 03:35:03 | More by ElSid
3.15/5 rDev -16.7%
Appearance: dark brown with a twinge of red in color, one inch head, cloudy, high carbonation
Smell: cinnamon, alcohol, pumpkin spice
Taste: pie crust, caramel, and bread dominate—bit of pumpkin spice and apple at the end
Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, bitter start with a sweetish end, crisp
Overall: A complex brown ale where the spices are there but they are muted at times. Unfortunately this one was a bit of a disappointment. While it is not bad, it just did not have the flavor to justify its price. I did not get any maple taste whatsoever but plenty of sweeter brown ale. I will not be picking this one up again.
10-27-2011 14:43:42 | More by tigg924
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.