Autumn Maple - The Bruery
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4/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2009 22:29:55 | More by IBUnit63
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