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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,484 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 108
Gots: 229 | FT: 13
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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chippo33

Vermont

1/5  rDev -73.5%

10-25-2013 02:55:21 | More by chippo33
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bmf0

Texas

1/5  rDev -73.5%

12-20-2012 16:50:10 | More by bmf0
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PDR84

Indiana

1/5  rDev -73.5%

01-17-2012 10:57:44 | More by PDR84
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M1A2

Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

05-14-2012 13:13:22 | More by M1A2
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JamesBell

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

12-27-2013 02:52:53 | More by JamesBell
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light burgundy color ale with a very thin bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of yams is dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by yams with some sweet malt but absence of carbonation and overpowering of sweetness renders this beer quite gross. Body is very thin and somewhat oily with no carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I must admit that I am very disappointed by this one - no carbonation and grossly sweet makes for a total mess. This is surprising considering the very good beers I had from the brewery previously.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 01:55:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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VALIS666

New Hampshire

1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

02-19-2013 19:30:30 | More by VALIS666
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DearthVader

California

1.95/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750 split with my girlfriend.

Pours a muddy red, with a not so impressive tan head. It has a slightly see through body that looks like flat cherry coke. No legs left behind on my Darkness snifter at all.

Smell is of sweet, brown sugar coated, molasses. I pick up slight hints of Robitussin and cherries on the end.

Taste is sweet cough syrup with more sweet sugars added in.

I was expecting a semi full mouthfeel, but I was left with a stringy, water-like substance that was a struggle to get down.

Overall, I hated it. Enough said. You can't make a bad beer good by adding in more sugar. This is too one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:14:36 | More by DearthVader
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yeastsipper

California

1.98/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Chestnuts roasting in the kitchen prompted me to open a bottle I originally envisioned opening on Thanksgiving. I am trying this beer with the girlfriend - she is hard at work prepping for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast while I am happily sinking into the couch.

Beer poured into an Allagash tulip.

A: The beer looks exactly like sweet tea, minus the ice. Despite an aggressive pour, there is absolutely no head, nor any semblance of carbonation or bubbles rising to the top.

S: This was the strong point of the beer. Very interesting scents with initial notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and raisins. At first I did not detect the yams but the aroma became more distinguished as the beer warmed slightly in the glass. Some of the smells really do (for me at least) conjure up images of fall.

M: The mouthfeel was very weak, which I would attribute primarily to the aforementioned lack of carbonation. It lacked any sort of body. Tangy, and not in a good way.

T: Exhibits some qualities of the more typical Belgian brown ale. However, the more I have, the less I can discern the attributes of the style and the more I notice the yams and spices. It becomes overpowering. There is a bitterness that lingers long after the sip and I find myself wanting to cleanse my palate after each sip.

D: Not good. The bitter aftertaste makes more than a smallish glass of this untenable. There is quite an alcohol wallup - noticed by both me and the girlfriend - which is hidden quite well. As I prefer my beers on the strong side, I view this as a positive.

Overall, this beer was memorable, but for the wrong reasons. I applaud the Bruery for their creativity, but in my (admittedly) novice opinion, the Autumn Maple just doesn't work. If they can get the carbonation worked out, I would be curious to try a small glass on tap next year, but I will not be buying another bottle. Ever. I am looking forward to the Bruery (hopefully) redeeming itself in the bottle of Saison Rue that I will be opening shortly.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 00:09:06 | More by yeastsipper
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beershrine

California

1.98/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Just had this beer on thanksgiving dinner along with a several 6 or 7 other belgian styled beers.
Beer has a rich dark color and pour's nice, settles with no head quickly.
Smell is sweet strong like an extract
Taste: is a very heavy sweet taste with an overload of flavors. I kept smelling a compost pile in my glass with an offending aftertaste of shoe polish, alcohol
Mouthfeel: almost to much to grasp, balance is weird it's all sweet maple syrup... yams?
Overall: I didn't like this beer and I could not get anyone to drink more than half a glass, I think its got to much going on at once. We enjoyed lots of other belgian styled beers and we like them but I won't buy this one again, If you buy this beer do not open it > Wait at least 1 year. This beer is not aged.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:50:45 | More by beershrine
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tectactoe

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.1%

01-29-2014 14:25:20 | More by tectactoe
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leinie13

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.1%

01-29-2012 00:53:30 | More by leinie13
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beerbtl

California

2/5  rDev -47.1%

06-23-2013 21:09:58 | More by beerbtl
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

2/5  rDev -47.1%

11-11-2012 07:07:14 | More by StubFaceJoe
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.1%

11-18-2012 20:25:27 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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Heretic42

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

09-16-2013 16:29:28 | More by Heretic42
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark amber, with a two finger tan head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, maple, and molasses. I'm not a big fan of yams, and this smells too sweet.

The flavor has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, molasses, and maple. This is a very sweet beer, without any balance. Sweet to the point of being cloying.

Medium to full bodied. Somewhat creamy. There is a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. I am surprised that the alcohol is so well disguised, especially for being 10.5%. Other than the alcohol being well disguised, this beer is a mess.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:26:46 | More by hardy008
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my CBS snifter

Poured dark brown with lots of bubbles, hardly any head.

Smells of sweet potatoes along with some pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is similar. Sweet potato/yam really comes out. Some brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Really sweet and malty.

Low carbonation levels and a thick syrupy mouthfeel.

This one didn't do it for me at all. Too sweet and the low carbonation only enhanced that. Wasn't a horrible beer, but a drain pour nonetheless because it was too sweet to finish even between 2 people.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:10:47 | More by jmarsh123
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: 750ml bottle at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Dark amber color with some haze--much more haze towards the end. Light tan head. Very malty aroma, yeasty, with hints of sugar and spice. Taste is malty and bready, starchy, dry potatoes. Disappointing in that the maple was not very pronounced. Kind of flat. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lots of sediment towards the end made the beer very harsh and yeasty. Fair overall... I don't mind some trub in my beer, but the high yeast sediment here killed it towards the last quarter of the bottle, making it almost impossible to finish even with careful pouring, and the maple taste was stale and almost not worth mentioning. Very underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 16:26:39 | More by Rifugium
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DoubleD89

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer, but that was not to be the case.

My first Bruery beer, and I don't think I will be buying this again next year.

Smell is clove, some yams, and just a tinge of alcohol. First sip was awkward. I didn't know what to think of it. Taste is of yams and spice, with a slight alcohol burn (to be expected at 10%). I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it.

As it warmed, I thought it would get better, but I was wrong. Slightly boozy, sweet, and yam tasting. Bitter finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Definitely not my cup of tea. I've never drain poured a beer, but I definitely thought about it, and struggled to get the last few gulps down.

I split this with a friend and he shared the same sentiments as me. I understand this is supposed to be an alternative take on a pumpkin beer, but nothing about this reminded me of pumpkin or pumpkin pie. It was more like my grandma's sweet potato marshmallow casserole that didn't turn out right.

I guess you either love it or hate it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 20:36:35 | More by DoubleD89
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

10-04-2013 02:29:42 | More by Kevincredible
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StarRaptor

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-01-2012 20:38:03 | More by StarRaptor
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Camel242000

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-18-2013 02:37:39 | More by Camel242000
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humulusphile

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-13-2013 07:38:21 | More by humulusphile
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badmotherrucker

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

09-12-2013 01:12:28 | More by badmotherrucker
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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.