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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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609 Reviews
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Reviews: 609
Hads: 1,943
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 155
Gots: 368 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy but warm deep ruby amber...not unlike maple syrup, hmmm? Two fingers of sturdy tan head sustain pretty much for the duration. Lacing is concentric and sticky.

The aroma is a spice-fest, resplendent with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even pepper, all awash in vanilla, caramel, dark cherry, and syrupy sweetness. Oh...and quite the alcohol note as well.

Upon sipping, the caramel maltiness and honey sweetness slide across the palate, not quite cloying but pressing the sugary envelope. The sweetness buoys a note of candied yams, and enables the maple syrup character to become clearer. A central creaminess yields vanilla and a leathery dark cherry element. Alcohol is not only present, but it hits the sinuses briefly. The finish is actually surprisingly quick and crisp, dropping to a light tinge of sweet bite. The flavor, like the aroma, is quite busy, but it moves in an orderly fashion.

Medium bodied, it has a slickness that keeps the sweet and savory on point for a time, before it decides to cede ground.

Found these notes on my old iPhone from last fall, and decided no time like the present. Do I like this beer? I do. It fits in well for the season, and it might even go well on a short stack. That said, the sweetness and overall busy personality keep it in place for an occasional indulgence as opposed to a go-to dependable. Also, the bold ABV is present and pushy, perhaps more so than I'd want in conjunction with the spinning flavor wheel in place. Yes, I'd drink another, but just one, and then, sparingly.

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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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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep red, brown that reminds me of fall. Off-White head with no lacing.
S- Fall, spice, earthiness, cherries
T- Earthiness and spices up front. Then, cherries with a faint pumpkin. Great with fall weather.
M- Perfect carbonation with a nice balance to dryness and slick coating of the pallete.
D- I want another!

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

It would be better if the molasses flavor didn't overpower the maple. I like it otherwise. Maybe it's a California thing, but he molasses hit my palate first which was not what I expected.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.