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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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very good

1,646 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,646
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
Gots: 278 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

rdooley, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Roland45s, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

golf4collet, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a mini-snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

A- Pours a copper colored body with a gushing, 2 finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no retention.

S- I get lots of spicy notes - heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves upfront. There's a huge fruity character too - lots of banana, green apple, and white grapes. Candied sugar and raisins. There's another scent I can't quite identify.. maybe it's the yams?

T- The belgian character is definitely present here - huge dark fruit and spice notes.. ripe bananas, nearly overpowering clove and cinnamon, sweet caramel and brown sugar. No hop presence. Mild booziness on the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.. a sipper indeed.

Dollar for dollar, this was a good beer and a nice representation of a Belgian ale. Maybe a little overpowering in the sweetness category. I'd save this one for dessert. Worth a try.

gcamparone, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Oct 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jason_nwx, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

braican, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ImperialStout, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

BlackBelt5112203, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

damienblack, Oct 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

bcm75, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

liamt07, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- well its pretty when it poured out. It's a brownish orange color sparkling clear which I imagine is had to accomplish with he sweet potatoes in it. It has a thin off white head. The head has no sustain, probably the least head retention I have seen in a commercial beer. I imagine that is also due to the sweet potatoes.

Smell- bread cinnamon clove yeasty with what I can detect is a significant amount of booze smell. Phenolic ?! not sure but it smells kinda like a moonshine wash.

Taste- cinamon clove and a significant boozey warmth. dont taste too much sweet potatoe but the fermented maple syrup is a familiar aspect of this beer. little to no hop profile. Not sure if its the alcohol of unfermented sugars that leaves it a bit sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel- mild carbonation, boozey warmth and a of course a bit syrupy. but not sticky. I think its best aspect might be the mouthfeel, because it does feel like a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

Overall- I thought this beer was okay, I would have enjoyed it along with a thanksgiving dinner but It is not something that an average beer drinker would appreciate. I have had beers that disguise the alcohol content better at a higher ABV. I have had beers that I think do the spice additions better. But as a lover of sweet potatoes I was curious. I think this would be better barrel aged or cellared .

Uncle_Jimmy, Oct 07, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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.

ElSid, Oct 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

king75, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- A very hazy almost brown amber color. A large off white head with decent retention.

S- A spicy smelling brew. A lot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smells like a pumpkin brew in spite of the yam base. A touch of hops on the back end which I didn't expect.

T- A huge spice at first. A strong cinnamon and allspice. A touch of hop bitterness in this beer. A lot of caramel or candied sugary from this beer, perhaps from the fermented yams. A hint of molasses. The belgian yeast is somewhat subtle in this beer with the other bold flavors taking the stage. Not much maple syrum flavor but a leftover sweetness.

M- A huge body from the yams. A smooth, big beer. A sticky mouth feel. Quite warming.

O- An awesome beer. Sort of like an imperial pumpkin ale but not quite. A different beer and well done.

TwelveOunces, Oct 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MRsojourner, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

coz, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

vermilcj, Oct 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

hellhammermario, Oct 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

atone315, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jhillwastaken, Oct 02, 2013
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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