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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,508 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 113
Gots: 238 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 09-21-2008)
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Well, I've been one happy puppy ever since Patrick's wares have reached the Proper Coast. This is the latest entry...into a Duvel tulip we go after snagging a few at braineater's fine establishment, Walsh's in Brighton Center...

Pours with a nice maple candy-colored head and a turbid root beer barrel candy/caramel ice cream topping brown. Leaves light lacing with moderate head retention. The turbidity gets a little cloudy (OK, that's redundant), but that's the only beef. After further review, it's the color of bourbon. Extra credit.

This definitely has a solid Belgian yeast strain...more of a Dubbel character or a BSDA than a spicy pumpkin or fall ale. There's a little bit of clove spice and some biscuity-ness (is there Special B in here?). Hops? Sure...probably more on the Styrian Goldings side. Very noble. Sweetness comes from the ummm...everything, just about. Molasses are definitely there. Even getting a smidge of the yams, although more like company sweet potatoes, which is just fine.

This is probably one of the best Thanksgiving dinner beers you could imagine. Let me rephrase that. I can see this tasting like sweet potatoes or yams with brown sugar. Whereas an Allagash Fluxus would be a better pairing because it's dry enough to keep it clean, this is just as hearty as almost every dish on the Thanksgiving table. The maple syrup and brown sugar are definitely there, as are the yams and maybe a tinge of molasses. I'm babbling. It's wicked good. Move on.

One rap on this deal - it's definitely hefty. Finish is long, aided by the very enjoyable Belgian yeast strain and the spice and biscuit of the apparent Special B. Hops add a little bit of bite, but the ample carbonation from residual yeast electricity and sugards also give it a little zip. Feels like it should have a big roasted skin on it. Mission accomplished.

I understand that for the most part BA exhibits similar characteristics to Harvard in the grade inflation department. Personally, I've been trained to see a "B" rating and I think "holy crap, this must not be good." Autumn Maple is a non-inflated B+. Maybe better. Complexity, innovation and a great deal of pleasure out of this brew. It's carting a few extra L-Bs but it's damn good. Congratulations, Patrick, I see you've done it again...another fine job.

09-19-2009 22:29:55 | More by IBUnit63
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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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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.

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Medium bodied mouthfeel has a Belgian yeasty character.

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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.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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