Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 141
Gots: 320 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Reviews by goodspeed94:
Photo of goodspeed94
4.79/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Bruery tasting room.

A: Nice brown color with a tint of rusty orange. Not much of a head, but some lingering foam throughout. Looks to be moderately carbonated.

S: Wow. This beer smells incredible. Take a bunch of cooked yams and coat them with about half a bottle of Aunt Jemima and take a big whiff. Other spices come through strong on the nose, cinnamon, vanilla, aroma of a fresh baked bread. Makes me hungry.

T: Thanksgiving dinner liquified. This is by far the best autumn beer tasted to date. The yams obviously plow through out of the gate, but as the beer warms and opens, all other spices really work well together. The beer literally melts in your mouth. With all the commotion, one can still appreciate that this is a belgian brown ale.

M: Perfect carbonation, like a soft cooked yam melts away on your tongue. Alcohol very well balanced for being a 10.5% monster. Give me a glass of this and send me to an apple orchard and I'm a happy man.

D: Very drinkable. Despite all the yam flavor and spices, the beer is not too thick that it is filling. Great from the tap.

Awesome beer, awesome brewery. Like whats going on there and look forward to many future offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tjumfrid
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElSid
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is very nice, but it is very strong. I get a ton of sweet potatoes as well as some assorted spices which include nutmeg and brown sugar. The flavor is more yams, brown sugar, alcohol, nutmeg and cinnamon. The yams come off very similar to pumpkins, making this beer taste like a top-notch pumpkin ale. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I love the use of yams in the beer. Very creative and very well done.

Photo of amidabha
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a vigorous pour among four glasses produced an intense three inch highly carbonated head. the pour released a wonderful autumn smell in my nose.

the yams and maple syrup are an interesting and complex combination that pleased the entire crowd. the belgian brown style adds to this complexity and makes it more lively the first day of autumn. the high carbonation gives this strong brew a great and deceiving bite.

as much as i like this brew i'm glad i had more than one friend to share it with because it may be a bit too for myself. now that i know this one i plan on buying it again so i can better mix it into a session. give this a shot, it may surprise you.

Photo of magictrokini
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with absolutely no head. Maple syrup and pumkins are prevalent in the nose, as is molasses and spice. You can really taste the yams, and I'm not sure that's a good thing when it comes to beer. Heavily spiced, nutmeg, cinnamon, and very sweet due to the maple syrup. The flatness of the mouthfeel really detracts from the beer as there is no carbonatin at all. I applaud the attempt but I will not be gettign this one again.

Photo of wattoclone
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cloudy brown with small white head. The description is better than the actual experience. There is a complex flavor of maple, pears and nuts, but very tart, similar to an Oud Bruin.

Photo of ehammond1
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy copper and auburn with bright orange edges. Very light khaki foam and spots of lacing down the glass.

As the beer warms, the aromas really open up. It starts off pretty muted, but eventually the aromas showcase yam, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, along with a faint Belgian yeast tang. All in all very nice, though incredibly subdued and muted at lower temperatures.

The flavor also takes significant warming to really shine through, though I really like it when given the opportunity. This is like liquid pumpkin pie (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg), as the affiliated spices really shine through.

Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. A great fall sipper, and the alcohol is remarkably well hidden.

For the style, I think this one is nearly perfect. I love this stuff!

Photo of boatshoes
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a bottle of this up from New Beer Distributors in NYC on a recent trip and visit to the shop. Quite a selection, though questionable freshness on some brews. That's for another section however.

Appearance- Pours a deep shade of brown with about a finger of off-white head. Fairly mild looking with decent levels of carbonation and some lacing left as I drink this one.

Smell- Very sweet smelling with lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and sweet spices coming through. Smells almost like a pecan pie perhaps.

Taste- Similar to the nose, with huge amounts of sweet brown sugar and molasses, a subtle spiciness, and flavors of candied yams coming through. Just a hint of alcohol on the back of the tongue as it goes down. Pleasant but very sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin for such a sweet beer and the carbonation to be somewhat prickly as a result as well. A bit disappointed in this respect as I anticipated it would feel and drink more like a barleywine. Combined with the somewhat cloying sweetness of this beer after a glass, I put a bit of a hurting on the drinkability.

Overall, a decent and interesting dessert beer. Very aptly named Autumn Maple, and if you're into sweet fall dessert beers, this is definitely worth a shot.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours more of a ruby red, with brown highlights then anything else. For it's body, the head is tanner then what I would expect, is pretty thick, and carbonation seems tight.

S: The aroma is that of candy yams, and the yeasty Belgium spices you would expect in a Trappist brew. The maple and molasses add a sweetness to the aroma.

T: The flavor follows suit, sweet candy yams, with a small alcohol burn on the finish. This brew could be much more complex then it's drinking. I expect more spices and yeasty notes. As far as molasses and maple syrup goes, they aren't present much at all, but maybe that was The Bruery's plans all along.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is average....probably lower. This beer needs to beef up it's volume. The drink is a little above average for it's ABV.

Overall, this brew says its a Belgium Brown Ale, BA classifies it as a BSDA, but I'm saying this brew happens to look and drink like a Belgium Dubbel. With a more hefty mouth feel,I'd definitely bump up the scores.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fall color that works anywhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving (dark orange and brown for all yall who live somewhere where there is no 'fall' season). Aroma fits as well, sweet, dark sugar, cinnamon (lesser).

Taste, a nice spin on pumpkin beers, this one is all yam. Well not all, but substantially. Covers the alcohol heat very well, would have guessed 7%, not 10.5%. Never feels like a malt bomb, even though a hop presence is not discernable. Some nutty presence to it. Viscosity was slightly sludgy for style, thought it was kinda cool. Hope this one is a frequent seasonal.

Photo of OStrungT
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown colow, with a thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a mild maple syrup flavor. It has a slight cinnimon aroma as well. Some yam and marshmally aroma also.

Wow...This beer is unique. It tastes like it smells. Yams, marshmallow, maple syrup and cinnimon. It is a little over sweet.

This beer is full bodied. It is too sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The sweetness is overpowering.

Overall: Nice try. It is unique, and if is wasnt so overpowering, it might be good. As it is, it is way too sweet.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

A- Poured an apt autumn deep reddish orange body, very little head that dissipated quickly, no carbonation seen in the hazed body.

S- Very decent aroma! Belgian yeast, honey yam, maple, you can pick up some nuttiness/spice too but it is very subtle and blended well. A bit of alcohol as the beer opens up.

T- A "seemingly" complex flavor of belgian yeast, molasses roasted yam, nuttiness, very subtle maple. Great blend with excellent balance! I really enjoyed the flavor. Again, a subtle booze as the beer opens up.

MF- Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. smooth/slick drinkability. Decent but not par for the style.

O- The flavor is there but it only hangs around the palate just enough to make this a fast sipping beer . Great for the holidays! The spices really accent fall/winter. I can see myself grabbing this a lot for a ham/turkey dinner!

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: burnt umber, tan head that lasts all the way down. Very attractive and matches the colors on the bottle label.

Smell: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a brown ale flourish of heartiness. Not sickly sweet like many pumpkin beers can be. Not overtly boozy either.

Taste: immediately you taste a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, then it gives way to a sweet syrupy flavor that is equal parts molasses and maple syrup. The sweetness lasts only a few moments and is squashed by the spiciness, which is a product both of the added spices and the alcohol. Autumn maple's yam character is much more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: the yams really add a nice creaminess to the beer and I love the kick of the spiciness that introduces the flavor of the beer and then comes in to save the beer from cloying sweetness in the finish. Light warming sensation from the alcohol but nothing aggressive. This is a sipper for sure.

Autumn Maple is a great take on the pumpkin ale style. Leave it up to The Bruery to take the road less traveled and create a pumpkin ale-style beer and leave the pumpkin out completely. The yams work nicely on the mouthfeel and likely help this beer achieve the high ABV (lots of fermentable sugars in yams). The beer is spicy, sweet, and alcoholic without overdoing any of those things. Really good stuff.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from 2009 poured into a Delirium tulip

Pours a thick reddish brown with a few bubbles that immediately fade to almost nothing, maybe a few spots left no matter how I swirl or shake the glass.

Smells like sweet potatoes, yams, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie all as promised.

Tastes follow suit with some candied fruit, maple syrup, and light coconut. An almost prune juice feel with some cinnamon spice on the end.

Mouthfeel is a but thin for what I expected. I can't remember if it's like this fresher or not.

Overall is good but for what it's comparing to on the bottle I personally do prefer pumpkin beers (DFH-Southern Tier). Although maybe this is just a whole different kind of beer.

Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a brownish-red color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg - with a good amount of vanilla, all with an earthy undertone. As it warms a sweet maple aroma comes out more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nondescript sweet malts and spices hit the palate first and are followed by a husky, almost vegetal character that somehow isn't out of place. Midway through the sip a very small amount of vanilla enters into things and carries through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about any more.

Overall this is an interesting beer that has an earthy character I'm not averse to but that I'm not a huge fan of. Still, a different kind of beer for the autumn months that's worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dense brown body with a glowing base and a creamy light tan head that last for a good bit. There is a microbubble net that glides up the side of the glass.

S- The light cidery note gives way to a melanoidin toffee note in the finish.

T- The cidery flavor has some yeasty ester character to follow with a brassy molasses tang in the finish with a iodine yeast flavor that lingers a bit. There is a sweet potato note that comes through a bit in the last few glasses.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft alcohol warmth that grows as the beer opens up.

O- The well-blended flavors make it a bit mute with the iodine molasses brassy character sticking out and not any real malt character or other flavor to grab on to.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany color, speckled with both reddish and orange highlights, topped with a finger and a half of white head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of malt and notes of black pepper, brown sugar, slight hints of alcohol, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Malty and fruity up front. Notes of freshly baked bread and pumpkin, followed by quite a bit of pronounced sweetness. Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon. Followed by quite a bit of alcohol heat. The beer has a slight sour finish that is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, but smooth, as the beer has no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there’s quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, which, as stated above, provides a pleasant alcohol warmth to the palate.

Overall: This is quite an excellent beer! I love the perfect balance between malt and fruit and sweet and sour. It’s a great quaff on its own, but paired with food, especially Thanksgiving dinner, it’s absolutely brilliant!

Photo of caddybuyer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass. I'm assuming this is a 2010 vintage.

A-Beautiful ruby amber with a light tan eggshell head that settles to a thin ring after about two minutes.

S-Pungent Belgian yeast, bananna and clove. I'm picking up a hint of nutmeg, but smells like a typical quad.

T-Interesting flavor profile. Initial sip brings a creamy sweet, yet slighly funky opening to the palate. Definately picking up yams, but the sweetness seems more honey than molasses or maple. In fact, I'm not picking up much maple here at all. I am a huge fan of big sweet ales, but this is slighly cloying at the warmer temp that I poured it at, and this reminds me more of a candied apple than anything else with its outlandish sweetness that is not really tracable to any particular flavor wedded with what can best be described as green apple. Alcohol is definately present.

M-Creamy, medium-full, and slighly undercarbonated.

D-Overall, a bit of a letdown. I was looking forward to a big maple, yam, Belgian pumpkinfest and got a leftover caramel apple. Oh well. Not a bad beer by any means, and I will approach the other bottle in the cellar with tempered expectations.

Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Courtesy of BA johnjae and shared with him and BA infi.

Pours a translucent reddish amber color with a smallish off-white head that recedes into a thin cap. Bits of sticky, spotty lacing cling to the inside of the glass. Nose has notes of malty sweetness, with a prevalent Belgian yeast presence. Undertones of yams, raisins and other dark fruits. There's also an interesting rum-like aroma, which surprised me. Slight bit of booziness towards the end.

Taste is a bit spicy, with a lot of phenols flying around. Belgian yeast is prevalent throughout the taste, with some breadiness. Some sweet cinnamon, toffee and nutmeg along with an almost saccharine molasses flavor. Hops prickle the tongue at the end, but don't really affect the overall profile of the beer. Alcohol definitely burns down the throat as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is quite drying with lightish-medium body and a slighty chewy finish. Lots of carbonation spreads the flavor around.

Drinkability is above average, thanks to the interesting flavor and smell. The mouthfeel could stand to be a bit less drying, but other than that, I don't really have any complaints. A solid brew from the Bruery.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.