Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,772 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 299 | FT: 16
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle for $3.99 on clearance. Can't beat it.

Appearance - Murky deep orange/brown. Billowing khaki head that nearly overflows the glass. Settles quickly, though. Thick collar.

Smell - Very spicy. Distinct Belgian character to it. Bright light malts balance with a deep brown sugar and maple aroma. Inviting.

Taste - Maple comes out much more here, with the spice being subdued into the finish. Dominated by caramel malt, detracting a bit from the complexity. Lingering sweet finish, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Nowhere near as sweet as I remember it. Boozy.

Overall - I don't love the style, but I enjoyed this. Tough to distinguish the yam base. Tasty combination of extraneous flavors.

Photo of tjumfrid
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 TKEbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -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 cjacobsen
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one over.

(A) Pours a dark ruby, almost brown. Slight haze. Really nice beige head that leaves lacing.

(S) Smelled of molasses, dark fruits, maple syrup, sweetness, and you do pick up a bit of the yams. Smells very sweet.

(T) Just like the nose suggested, this beer is really sweet. There is a lot of maple syrup. The molasses and some of the sweet malts add to the sweetness of this brew. There is a bit of licorice that sticks around into the aftertaste.

(M) The carbonation is quite present and gives a slight bite. The beer is medium bodied and kind of chewy. Little bit of graininess to it.

(O) Fruit/Vegetable beer huh? It was really sweet and big on the syrups. The sweetness in the smell almost lead me to think it was almost had some wild ale aspect.

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best meal choice to accompany this beer? Pancakes, perhaps. The main thrust of this beer is a distinctive sugary malt, with caramel, brown sugar and some spicing thrown in for good measure, along with some Belgian yeast phenols. A touch boozy toward the end, with a lasting bittersweet finish.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle says this is a Belgian-style brown ale. BA has it as a pumpkin ale. I'll try to keep both styles in mind. Virtually no lacing.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown-orange, with four fingers of off-white head that slowly, slowly subsides. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Definitely smells like a pumpkin ale. The smell is dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Malt in the background. Good smelling beer.

Taste: Doesn't taste all that much like it smells, which is surprising. The traditional 'Belgian' flavor dominates, backed by some spices. The finish is long and smooth, with almost a vanilla-honey aftertaste. I'm not sure I'm getting the maple syrup, or the yams, or the other flavors advertised, or maybe I'm just tasting what happens when they all blend together. Alcohol is definitely evident, as the beer warms all the way through. Maybe some pumpkin-like flavors come through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, and high carbonation. Nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: Definitely a good beer to sip on on a cold winter night. It smells like a pumpkin ale, but tastes like a Belgian brown. I'm not really sure how to best classify it. My nose says one thing, and my tastebuds say another. It's a beer I definitely would have to be in the mood for, and I might pick up another one for when the weather cools.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml (1pt 94 fl.oz.) bottle. Tripel Karmeliet Oversized Chalice glass. Pours brown in color, reddish ruby to the light. Headed by beige crown showing fairly good retention. Toasted & caramel malts, figs, dats, ripe orange pulp hues, nutmeg & herbs are displayed on the aroma profile. Toasted & caramelish upfront. Full body. Soft carbonation. Flavor of molasses, maple syrup notes , brown sugar, slight phenolic touch & anice hints are balanced by herbal bitterness in the middle. Sweet no-cloying finish. Gentle warming, no harsh, kind & sugary ABV through the throat. Ripe fruit apricot-like on the aftertaste.

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours amberish brown with a thin bubbly head that disappears to barely a wisp. A few dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of yams - coated with brown sugar, maple syrup, pepper, mild cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of molasses. A Belgian yeast strain throws in some bubblegum and cotton candy that (surprisingly) blends well together.

The taste of a Belgian bubblegum/sugar sweet dominates the sweet yams and spiciness that were present in the nose at first. But, as it progresses, they come through again, mixed with a sweet maltiness. With all of these sweet descriptors, it doesn't become cloying, though does remain sweet in character. A mild spiciness and touch of tannic dryness keep sweetness from being sticky. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, though some appears as it nears the end.

Carbonation is somewhat effervescent, though falls off. Lighter bodied than expected, but has a malty smoothness.

An interesting brew with interesting ingredients that work well with the "Belgian-esque" character. Creative, and enjoyable as a unique autumn brew.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, forms two inches of head over a cloudy rust orange with amber highlights. Too boozy for lacing, I guess. I love the crystal foam it gets on the side with a swirl.

Smells of Belgian yeast, some pumpkin, raisin, a little brown sugar. Booze hits you there as it warms.

Taste carries through on the smell with some slightly tart character & sweetness like dark fruits & nutmeg. Noticeable spices, but not that different from a Belgian brown, which was the base style. The booze really picks up in the taste. There's kind of a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste that's a little hard to take after a while.

Mouthfeel's kind of tingly & really hits the alcohol sensors. A bit rich after a while, like eating a heavily seasoned pie.

Overall not bad. A sipper for sure, & I'm not sure it delivered as heavily on all the fronts it purported to (didn't detect any maple, for instance). It seems very similar to a lot of big, alcoholic American-Belgian styles. Had I no context & didn't know all the ingredients, I'm not sure it would have made much of impression. I'm curious how it might age.

Photo of bobjonesSD
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We had this on-tap at the pb taproom. It was poured into a chimay goblet, medium brown in color with very little head. Not really a very strong smell to speak of. The taste was heavy on the fall spices with especially strong nutmeg. Really too heavy with the spices but nevertheless very smooth despite the high abv. The malty brown ale base was quite tasty with some discernable belgian esters and phenols. Tough to finish the whole glass with all the heavy spicing.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Musty, fruity, with hints of holiday spices, syrup, and herbal hops. Stewed apricots on the nose. Amber brown body with a deep tan head; strong alcohol nose on this one. I wouldn't have guessed yams, but on a fourth take I can pick it up.

A fruity pear entry, oily, medium bodied, with pronounced alcohol heat signaling the entry to the finish. Medium carbonation and decently balanced. Spicy hop flavor, a tad earthy, all starting with a Belgian candi-sugar entry. Sadly this beer is just too hot fresh as it noticeably hinders drinkability.

Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is a deep, murky amber with a slight white head. The aroma is very spicy and pumpkin pie like, cloves, cinamon, nutmeg. It starts sweet finishes sweet. Lots of clove and pumpkin pie spices going around. Full in body, light carbonation and it has very well hidden ABV. Too sweet for me, interesting beer, just not for me.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle served in Bruery tulip glasses.

Appearance: Hazy redish orange in color, absolutely no carbonation.

Smell: Smells like thanksgiving. Yammy, sweet, nutmeg, molasses, cinnamon and other spices.

Taste: Yam taste is very prevalent with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup becomming more prevalent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, flat, rich, with a residual alcohol taste.

Overall: A good beer, ideal for thanksgiving dinner. Autumn in a bottle.

Photo of ElSid
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a murky copper/brown color with some tints of ruby red, and has about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is decent, but not much lacing at all. Aroma is molasses, yams, and sweet spices. It tastes mostly like spices, candied yams, and some molasses along with a little bit of maple. I do think this brew is spiced too much for my liking as the spices seem to overpower the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it certainly goes down good enough. I think it's a solid beer, but I also thought I would like this one a lot more than I did. With that being said it's certainly worth a try, and I would try this again in the future.

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

Not bad. Orangey pale hue, like unripe mango. cloudy with a white head that lingers thin on top of the beer. Belgian yeast comes through first on the nose followed by warming alcohol. there is some sweetness, not so much maple, maybe brown sugar and a strong scent of unripe jackfruit. The taste is pleasant but relatively one dimensional. spicy belgian yeast, some powdery fruit and not much maple or yam, which is what got me excited about this. A little thin and undercarbonated for me. All in all not bad, but somewhat dull.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter, dark copper colored with a nice off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: vanilla, clove, slight sour balsamic vinegar, nutmeg, caramel malt, maple

T: sweet candied yam, turns bitter, slightly salty, strange

M: thick and sweet

O: really odd take on a fall seasonal

Photo of jsapunor
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My search for the perfect autumn ale has lead me to try this in the middle of spring. Why not! The weather is cool probably for the last time in a long while so let's go.

Beautiful red orange color. A tan head sits on top for a while. A very pretty beer.

Lots of spices in the smell with cloves and yams and sweetness.

I have to give credit to emmasdad who said this is Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle. Exactly right. Everything is here except the turkey and the stuffing. This beer has a huge flavor profile that softens as it warms. We tried it with some honey ham and then some apple pie and it was terrific with both. The alcohol is more pronounced when cold but as it warms up, it takes a back seat to the rest of the autumn explosion.

I've been disappointed several times searching for a good autumn seasonal ale. This one fills the bill nicely. While it's definitely a niche beer those who like this sort of thing will be rewarded. Next fall, I'll be popping the cork on more of these.

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

A: ruddy old brown color, some haze/sediment on bottom of bottle. Light brown head is diminishing.
S: as stated on the bottle-sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup dessert spices. An interesting take and unique.
T: saa. Full sweetness. Nothing to balance it out though. Minimal hop bitterness noted. Some rummy alcohol. A sipping/dessert beer.
M: glad this didn't suffer from carbonation issues I heard previous batches did. Full-bodied and viscous.
O:delivers exactly what the label description says. I could see needing to be in the mood for this one though, or as a dessert pairing.

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

A: A very dark but not completely opaque brown pour. Huge frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, maple, nutmeg, and yams. Belgian yeast lends a nice fruitiness as well. A bit of cinnamon and vanilla?

T: Huge yams up front with molasses and caramelized brown sugar. Remaining spices kick in in the middle and through the end. Strong flavor.

M: Quite heavy, bordering on a nice big stout.

O: Not bad, kinda like a big pumpkin beer without the pumpkin. The yams are very dominant unfortunately - not very well balanced. If you don't like yams don't waste your time with this one.

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

A-dark cloudy chestnut with a thick light tan head

S-smells like a lot of dark belgian sugars with a lot of caramel. there's also a hint of maple the seems a bit sour smelling. its a strong and unique scent that clears the nostrils.

T-comes in with a stinging and slightly tart taste of sweet caramels and dark belgian malts. that taste slowly becomes weaker. there's a subtle after-taste of maple. its a very sweet and strong taste.

M-high carbonation with a sticky finish

O-i don't know who had the idea to classify this as a fruit beer, but that person was wrong. this is absolutely a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. its also very, very quick hitting, however a whole bottle is still easy drink with much pleasure.

Photo of wknight167
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a murky brown with an orange tint and a short lived 1/2 finger head.

Nose- Yams with belgian yeast notes (specifically banana), maple and toffee. Smells sweet.

Palate- Seasoned yams a little over the top in my opinion. Caramel, maple. Strong belgian yeast notes. Alcoholic warming is present, but does not deter from the beer

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Almost cloying.

Drinkability- Two would be too many for me.

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

Pours a very pretty cloudy amber, with a quickly disappearing off-white head. Minimal sweet and spicy smell (although the minimal part might be my allergy nose), couldn't pick out any of the specific spices. Lots of malty sweet potato flavor with clear cinnamon and nutmeg. Carbonation is pretty overpowering, needed to wait for that to settle down before tasting each sip.

I like this and would drink it again, probably won't seek it out, at least until next fall.

Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the year, either a 2009 or 2010

A: Murky grayish medium brown. Forms a small light tan colored head that fades to just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but with more complexity. Sweet maple and brown sugar, roasted sweet potatoes, autumnal spices.

T: Damn sweet. Too sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, baked sweet potatoes, turbinado sugar, and currants. Residual apple juice flavor. Flavor is surprisingly thin with a dominant sweetness that I just can't get past.

M: Medium bodied, but feels thin for the style. As noted previously, this one is sweet, sugary, and comes through on the mouthfeel as well. Mild bitterness, though there is a slight spice astringency.

O: I'll admit I'm biased against pumpkin beers and I was hoping the substitution of yams might make for a better beer. It doesn't. Not only does this beer have the characteristic cinnamon-clove-nutmeg spice component, but it is exceedingly and unenjoyably sweet.

Photo of Veeral
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

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