Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
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Gots: 320 | FT: 16
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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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Photo of hermit990
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky reddish-brown. Some yellow hues around the edge of the glass. 2.5 to 3 finger, rocky off-white head that recedes to a ring on top of the beer.

Smell: A lot of sweetness up front, some light fruit (banana) and dark fruits lead off, followed by a big brown sugar/molasses aroma. Loads of spice aromas are prevalent as well, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Hints of an earthiness follow, some of that sweet potato/yam character, a bit of nuttiness (walnut or pecan) as well, with some very subtle notes of a wooden aroma. Very complex, interesting smell.

Taste: Lots of spice upfront - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. This fades into just a light sweetness from some fruit character - banana/raisin - mixed in with some more of that brown sugar/molasses note. Afterward, there's a vegetal, sweet potato note, mixing in with a slight buttery flavor and a more pronounced walnut taste before the sweet, spicy finish. Becomes a just a bit sweeter as it warms, unlocking some of the maple syrup flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big body to this one. Some definite warming character from the alcohol. Not much carbonation presence. A very good winter (or autumn) warmer.

Overall: This is an interesting take on the pumpkin beer by The Bruery. The addition of yams gives this a more uncommon dimension. The price isn't too bad, especially for an offering by The Bruery ($11.99 per bottle in my area). Reminds of a sweet potato casserole, covered with brown sugar and spices. Very nice on a cool, autumn night, or around the winter holidays. One to sip and experience. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Cavery
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml split with Klym and SundaySour over the weekend.

An attempted "proper pour" into Lost Abbey tulips.

A: Mahogany with some rich shades of cherry and plum. Different colorings come through in the spectrum of deep dark tree saps. A beer that visibly has maple syrup in it. Big ups on the visual. A little bit of heady froth sticks modestly sticks to the glass.

S: Sweet caramelized yams, a really light mixed breakfast smell. A combination of French toast, maple syrup, and other continental fair into one liquid emulsion. Quite a nose-full, I could wake up to this.

T: Sweet potato pie, lightly roasted pecans. The lightest maple sugar finishes out the dough in the pie crust. Lingering taste of spiced sweet potato chips blended with a mild Belgian yeast to create a Frankenstein recipe of sweet potato fries. However, this is not too sweet at all, really quite savory. Beets make a sugary appearance in the background.

M: A light/medium body that dries to create patches of cotton mouth. Really matches the flavor to create a uniquely crisp finish. This is really unexpected, and I had to really dwell on the mouth to pick this out. This is really the secret sauce to the success of this beer. The worker behind the scenes that sensitizes the taste buds to the light flavors of fall.

O: Just a really solid alternative fall beer. A front runner for a breakfast/brunch brew. The savory over sweet aspects make this a thanksgiving master pairing. Let grandma take a swig. But watch that ABV, and don't let her drive. She'll thank you for it, but she might also ask for a fresher bottle for comparison. I can't help but agree with her. As good as this is, maybe it's even better fresh.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a burgundy color with a creme colored head. -well retaining and some nice lacing as well.

The nose on this one is distinctly Belgian, but with a twist. The candied dark fruits and clove spicing are met with a does of maple syrup, brown shuggah, allspice, and whats this??? yams?!

I get a mouthfull of thanksgiving in every sip. An initial rush of sweetness in the way of sweet potatoes, maple syrup, plums and figs, is met by a well spiced character and finished semi-sweet but with some warming from the booze. The spice seems to linger on for a bit, not quite ready to leave my taste buds alone.

The full body on this is complimeneted by lots of tiny CO2 bubbles and the beer has an overall slick feel that could by called syrupy -although not quite overly-so.

This is one interesting take on a "pumpkin" beer. I think it works pretty well with the Belgian yeast and all. I may have to pick up another bottle to share with the fam. on Turkey Day.

Photo of trentbent
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure I'd love this beer but I was sure my guests would love it. But it turns out that I knew I would love this beer and I ended up drinking almost a third of the bottle. It's definitely a tricky beer to pull out at T-day (the perfect beer but...) some people just don't love a complex beer like this. Have you ever had sweet potatoes with maple syrup? Yeah. So this is that and somehow better. It takes a moment, but it strikes you that the flavor and mouthfeel of this ambitious T-day beer is rightly balanced. I was sad when the bottle was done, despite all the other beers at my fingertips (I over-prepared for Thanksgiving cuz it was my first time hosting...lots of leftover food and beer!) Thanks The Bruery, let's make this a tradition.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle supplied by oglmcdgl, poured into some small snifters, thanks for the shot.

A- Autumn Maple has a brown bark of a tree look with some hazy copper and some old rust look to it. Has some dark pink up to light. Not that much of a head, just some beige foam, minimal lacing.

S- What a nose on this one. I was expecting big things because this is Bruery beer after all, and i was not dissapointed. A big whiff of fresh baked bread. Applesause also comes to mind. Kind of smells like a pastry or a apple pie. Not so much pumpkin but there are alot of spices in this. Candied yams.

T- Being classified as a pumpkin beer, i was expecting alot of it. It's there but way muted with all the other ingredients. The main tastes out of this are apples and yams. Under that a big dose of brown sugar and cinnamon. While im sure hops are used, they dont come up on the radar. Some sweet malts and mollases. This is one kick ass "Brown ale"

M- The carb is a bit much on 1st sips when the beverage is cold. It was almost a bit to rough going down. Warming this one up does wonders to the smoothness of the quaff. Autumn Maple is a bit above medium bodied (even though the liquid looks thinner than that) with a sweet taste during and after. Picking up a little alcohol from the 10%, it is not totally muted.

D- I really enjoyed this, exceeded expectations as im not a big pumpkin guy and the amount of it in this beer is why I like this so much, there is so much more going on in this beer. The 10% is very high so splitting a bottle with a like minded friend is the way to go. I'm going to pick up some bottles for thanksgiving, it's sort of a no brainer. The Bruery is doing big thangs for such a young Bruery.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice deep hazy brown color with a very carbonated head.
Smell: A bit like spiced yams and also a slight whiff of maple syrup.
Taste: It has a nice bitter flavor with a hint of yeast that gives the flavor weight. It also has good undertones of spices and maple.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice creamy beginning to this beer. It goes down smooth and balances all of the flavors that are in it. Very good brew.

Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's during the St. Somewhere promo on 9/5/09. Since it was so good and it was one of the most reasonably priced growlers, I had to take this one home with me. I thought a beer like this deserves a special glass, so i poured this "Pumpkin Ale" into my Maudite Snifter.

If you think this beer is going to pour a yam or pumpkin orange, then you don't know The Bruery very well. This beer poured an extremely hazy dark amber orange that was clearly more amber than orange. This beer was so hazy that I couldn't even catch a glimpse of the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. Like I said in a previous review, you gotta love the hazyness! There was no head of foam at first, but then out of nowhere, up rises a great looking pale maple brown colored 1 1/2 creamy head of foam. It had fast retention, but it managed to leave behind a string of foamy rings and just a few tiny spots of lace around the glass.

If you take your time to smell this beer, you're going to find a wide range of aromas. My nose was able to find the scent of yams, a hint of roasted malts, a drop of baker's chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of maple sugar, and a subtle whiff of vanilla beans. Swirling it around will only increase the scent of the yams, but it won't let through any other aroma? How could it not? There were more than enough aromas to satisfy any beer's lovers sense of smell. Why a perfect 5? How could I not? There was so much going on in the smell that every time I put my nose to the beer there was another new aroma for me to smell.

The taste of this beer started off dry with dry roasted malts and a touch of baker's chocolate. After that, this beer shows off that it was actually brewed with yams. It was a dry yam taste and it didn't last all that long. After the yams, this beer rolls into the spice part of the taste that contained a subtle spice taste of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. After all the spices, this beer finishes up with a pinch of maple sugar, a drop of molasses, and more dry roasted malts. As you can tell, the taste wasn't as complex as the aroma, but not much can compare to that.

10.5% ABV? Yeah right! There was no way that it could possibly this high. if it was that high, then all the alcohol must have been hidden by the yams and all of the spices. The aftertaste was that of dry roasted malts, yams, baker's chocolate, cinnamon, maple, and nutmeg. 10.5% ABV? Are you sure? It just can't be!

Although it's brewed with yams, this is one of the better Pumpkin beers I've had. Is it a must try? Not really. It's more of a must smell type of beers. This beer was so good that I could really see me opening a bottle or drinking another growler of this in the fall or early winter.

Photo of Kevin73
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Very classy looking beer, burgundy in color, off white/tan head doesn't last too long. Smell is oak, pumpkin spices, brown sugar, green tea, not much maple. The maple comes out a tiny bit more in the taste but is still disappointingly subtle. The yam I think has a cleaner less punchy flavor than pumpkin which in my opinion is a good thing. Pumpkin can be very pungent depending on the species and ripeness and I've definitely enjoyed a minority of the many pumpkin beers that I've tried; sufficed to say I'm not the greatest pumpkin beer fan. Mouth feel is good, decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied, a little bit of alcohol spice on the finish. The alcohol is actually very well hidden in this beer. Overall I think if you're going to call out the main ingredient in a beer then it should be front and center, the maple is too subtle. But that's about my only serious complaint. The yam works amazingly well as a pumpkin replacement. The flavor is extremely well balanced, the pumpkin spices are not overpowering. A perfect beer to enjoy on a cold evening cozied up in front of a roaring fire.

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A review archived in my phone, almost a year old now, but leaving me eager for a new batch of this.

The Bruery Autumn Maple

A: Tea coloured, a hazy brown, certainly unfiltered. Head forms nicely, though maybe it recedes just a slight bit quickly. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: This smells like the Thanksgiving season. The aromas of yams are quite notable, with warm scents of nutmeg and cinnamon complement it nicely. Molasses add a nice touch, smooth and somewhat mellow... Strangely, the maple is not something I really detect all that strongly. Nonetheless, it smells awesome. As it warms, maple comes through much more.

T: Sweet and spicy, full of yam flavour. Sugary sweetness of maple syrup adds a great touch here. It's certainly "bold and spicy," as the bottle claims... It's a nice dessert beer or brew to imbibe in over a chilly evening. The Belgian yeast strain adds a unique quality, slightly fruity, which works well with the other flavours. Excellent.

M: I might have expected a beer like this to be sticky, leaving a gooey residue over the palate. That's not the case... It has a very assertive carbonation, chewy and rich body, followed by a dry finish. In the sense of mouthfeel, it might just be perfect.

D: This is a damn fine beer, well balanced, bold, and bursting with complex flavours which are perfect for the season. The only thing that MIGHT hold it back is the very seasonal nature of it. To me, it's a Thanksgiving beer and anything beyond that wouldn't be quite right.

Photo of Freshcraft
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml/tulip - pours a beautiful dark amber red, with a generous 2inch off white head, which dissipates somewhat fast. nice lacing on this one, creeps down the glass. Aroma - Metallic, brown sugar, dirt. Tastes of sweet maple, mild spiciness, and dark fruits, very unique and hides the 10% abv amazingly. very smooth over the palate, 0 alcohol burn, very little carbonation, a nice sweet malty finish. Overall this beer is surprisingly light bodied and very drinkable. this could get dangerous....

Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fitting tawny autumn brownly rust hue capped firmly with a dull beige crown of finger high foam. Keeps a moderate skim and heftier collar at the top of the goblet and creeps a light lacing of some strings and tiny spots as its sipped.

Complexly subtle aroma that does its name some justice. Quite Autumnal in spice and dark fruity nuances across the nose. Spiced well with pumpkin/yam and cinnamon to top it while underscored with a nice meld of darker sweet tones that bring maple, vanilla, and fig to bare. A small hint to chocolat' and cream reach the nose as it warms.

Taste is more of the deeper dark malts coming thru with a nice fluffy tone of breadyness dusted with chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon. The maple is there in a tender flow and tow that carries most of the flavor as it then touches to some of the yam/pumpkin spices and warms slightly late with more mapley maltyness and a pinch of fig pudding.

Smooth, soft, rounded, and tender medium body. Slightly creamy with a small push to some carbonation and warmth, but nothing overwhelming. Great overall breath of texture to it. Tenderly breadish, smooth, soft, and creamy. Yum! The 10% is somewhat hinted at and felt with some late warming attributes, but it doesn't hamper its tone of flavors, body, or drinkability. As it's gone quite quickly due to its quaffable quenching quickness. Excellent Autumnal spirit and core from The Bruery with this one. Yum again I say! Yum!

Photo of MarioM
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into tulip

A: First of all, great looking beer, almost seems thick. Cloudy and copper like but almost slight red in color. Carbonation was obvious with a lot of noise coming from the bubles building themselves up to a single finger tan head, built up quickly with small bubbles, but didn't linger long with no lacing after a few seconds to a minute. This is my first brew from The Bruery and let me say, I am excited!

S: Belgian yeast, slight sweetness, malt, brown sugar, dried fruits, cherries and some pumpkin spice notes. This beer smells great! Reminds me of winter and the holidays.

T: Oh damn! Alcohol is there but is perfectly balanced with brown sugar, its sweet but just right, pumpkin spice, molasses and definitely some maple syrup like the bottle says. The Belgian yeast makes all the ingredients come together and become a unique, special and tasty brew that packs a punch!

M: This beer smells, looks and tastes great but also feels really good. Its really smooth, warm feeling. Spices and alcohol work together, linger together and makes for a great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more, and more and more.

O: This is a great holiday brew! Its very balanced even with all those wonderful holiday flavors, looks great, smells and feels good. I've only heard of good things from BA community about this brewery and now I get it! Will buy again and share with others, people need to know whats up and I will make sure it happens! Yum!

Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown/amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is maple syrup. Flavor is sweet maple syrup, malts, spices, hints of yam and alcohol. Not cloying. Pricey at $12.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to Jonesy77 for this bottle!

I figured this would par nicely with the Wisconsin evening during Man's Weekend, and I don't think I was proven very wrong. It pours a hazy dark garnet topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose, as many in the room said, elicits memories of Thanksgiving dinners past: candied yams, sweet potatoes, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Only the last couple (especially the yeast) were absent from my past November meals. The taste isn't as delectable, but still holds notes of maple syrup, orange zest, ginger, banana, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel apple. This ain't as much of a meal, but still sits nicely in the tummy. The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a great brew, one I was more than happy to share with my buddies after a long day o' fishin'.

Photo of Jules11788
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown; finger-width head that fades fast, medium lacing

S: Tart green apples, cinnamon, maple syrup

T: Green apples, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, nutmeg

M: Medium-bodied, not much carbonation; ridiculously smooth, very buttery, lightens and opens up as it hits the back of the mouth

O: Really delicious, with lots of interesting flavors bouncing around. Tastes like a mix of green apple pie and pumpkin pie, I really liked it. Would definitely get this again

Photo of ediaz
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into oversized wine glass (didn't feel like doing dishes, sue me.)

A: cloudy warm brown with a finger width head of a fluffy light creme colored head that dissipates to minimal lacing.

S: candied yams, warm bright spice, very appropriate for the theme of the beer (should be a 4.25)

T: sweet potato pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

M: medium-heavyish with light crisp carbonation.

O: for what they're going for, a great effort. This is a beer that you can enjoy at thanksgiving after the turkey, but it's so specific that it limits itself as far as drinkability. I couldn't have it every day or every month for that matter, but I think this will be poured come November.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super cloudy copper-brown with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup, sweet yams, rich caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and clove, and some light dark fruit and booze.

T - Starts off with some rich maple syrup with some brown sugar and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some yams comes through with some molasses, cinnamon, clove, and a touch of raisin. The finish is a mix of strong spices with some more yam, molasses, and some light booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a thick, sweet, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of complex flavors that really come together nicely. I like the maple syrup and the yams and I think they really create a great unique flavor here.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Pincchios snifter. No bottle date but this is the fall 2011 version, from what I believe.

A: Pours a clear deep amber color. You can see through it. Faint half finger white head. Dissipates quickly. Some alcohol feet.

S: I get lots of nutmeg and clove notes. Definitely spicy. Sweet potatoes are there for the yammy stuff. Maybe some coriander scents too. Yeasty notes definitely there.

T: Obviously no hop character on this one. Drinking with a novice drinking partner that really enjoyed. Lots of spice notes: cinnamon and nutmeg and cardamon etc. The "yam" is really masked. I like sweet potato more than Pumpkin so maybe I am partial to these beer over other seasonals.

M: Medium bodied beer. Good mouth coating of the spices.

O: A rating on this one. Definitely a solid A on this one. Probably the best seasonal/pumpkin/yam beer I have had so far this year. Might actually end it with this one. Can't take anymore...

Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date. Huge thanks to mb2696 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color that produced a decent off-white to tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A spiciness of nutmeg & cinnamon with ample pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, & maple syrup. Wait, apparantly the pumpkin I smell must be yams! This smells amazing! Nutty & sweet. I can see how this is called Autumn Maple, cause its perfect for Fall.

(T)- Very rich with a dense molasses & maple spiciness. The sweetness of the yams comes out caramel-like with ample nutmeg & cinnamon. Definitely has more flavor & oomph than your average 6pk of pumpkin brew.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance of flavor. Rather thick, almost a chewy feel due to how many yams were used in this. At first I didnt like how dense & almost chewy this was, but it grew on me the more I had of this. For what this is, the thick mouthfeel doesnt bother me.

(D)- A very interesting & unique brew that really suits the fall & early winter season. The yams used instead of pumpkin creates a nice rustic feel to the beer. Full-bodied & rich. Tons of flavor; alot more than your average brown ale/pumpkin beer. My new personal favorite for the fall season. . . now if I can just acquire more of this somehow. The only thing that bothers me is that this is under the Belgain Strong Dark category. . . doesnt fit it really at all.

Photo of DaveSchultz
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – It almost looks like apple cider. A little bit of head that disapates gradually. Dark golden brown in color and cloudy.

S – Sweet potatoes and nutmeg. Brown sugar... I suppose that’s the molasses. The booze is faintly detectable.

T – Wow! I’m drinking T-Day dinner. Much like it smells; sweet potatoes, molasses, and spices.

M – Thick, rich, and creamy.

O – I love it. While it’s very rich, it is very well-balanced. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s boozy, but not too boozy. It’s spiced, but not overly spiced. Dare I say, move over Pumking, I’ve got a new favorite Fall beer. “Blasphemy!” you might say. I know! I know… but… this is VERY good. And, this is the first beer that I’ve had that is brewed with YAMS. Unique and delicious; if you haven’t already, this is a must try.


Photo of humuloner22
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer I have had from The Bruery. Technically this is not a pumpkin beer, but I am going to say that its in the same category.

Look: Dark brown, very attractive, not very hazy but does have a bit of that going on.

Aroma: Sweet esters and yeast, along with some spices, maybe cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Interesting beer. I got more of the Belgian component from this one, more yeasty and ester based than anything else. They say they use "yams" I wonder if they mean the actual tropical root "yam" or the misnomer that people refer to sweet potatoes as? Anyway, it does have a bit of an earthy component. Some nuttiness and maybe a slight bit of maple syrup in there. But not very dominant. Some vanilla. I also got some of the spices, maybe cardamom and allspice, not not a lot there, his one was more on the sweet side and the alcohol was not all all that well hidden.

Overall: This was an interesting beer. It really wasn't a pumpkin beer but an autumn beer. I don't know what they mean by yams. I live in the South and a damn yam is not a sweet potato! If it is sweet potatoes then they need to say what it is, anyway, this is an interesting beer and has intrigued me enough to try some of their other offerings which I have heard are much better anyway. It was a good deal for the beer considering the flavors and size of the bottle. I would suggest this one and I might purchase this one again next year. If I decide to even hop on the fall beer train. I am kind of over it at this point and this was the last one of the year and I saved it for the last "Fall" holiday, Thanksgiving!

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on the shelf at Lizardville, and knew that I had to try this unusual take on the fall/spiced vegetable beer. Brewed with yams, molasses and maple syrup, it is safe to say I'm expecting a sweet beer up ahead.

Poured from a magnum bottle into an oversized goblet, this pours a spinel color, burnt umber, ochre, and hints of topaz. Simply put, I've never seen a beer quite this color. Pours with a one finger soapy head that quickly reduces to a thin wispy lid.

Plenty of molasses and maple syrup in the aroma. The Belgian yeast certainly is there, but frankly, the "food" evoked by this beer's smell for me is baked acorn squash, slathered in maple syrup and butter. It's an earthy, gourd-like smell, that fully evokes fall.

Oh my, this is quite unusual. Starts with a fairly strong alcohol profile, followed quickly by a sweet buttered yam, dripping with maple and dusted with nutmeg, with just the slightest hint of tang before the dry finish. An aftertaste of roasted root vegetable takes hold as you get further into this ale. One thing this wasn't, however, was overly sweet, which I find slightly surprising given the ingredient list.

Medium bodied, with a buttery feel, this brown ale has little to no bitterness, and a pleasantly dry finish.

Move aside pumpkin brews, this autumnal brown ale will pack a yammy for your mouth. Slowly filling, it's hard not to think you're having Thanksgiving dinner putting this one down. In a crowded field of fakey-spiced and weak pumpkin flavored beers, this one is a definite must-try. Better loosen the belt a notch!

Photo of kzoobrew
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch 1. Big Thanks to Jeff. Cheers!

Brown cidery colored body. Cloudy and murky. Little to no carbonation in this bottle. Very large bubbles sit atop due to the aggressive pour. Despite the lack of carbonation the appearance is still quite attractive.

The lack of carbonation does not affect the aroma in the least. Bold warm aroma fills the nose. Warm brown malt and yams are prominent. Sweet maple and brown sugar meld with warm pie spices just behind. The Belgian yeast is rather subdued by comparison, provides a pleasant accent to the overall aroma.

The flavor takes what was picked up in the nose and intensifies it. Yams, maple and brown sugar coats the palate. The molasses flavor develops just behind deepening the flavor. Warm spice flavor is apparent through out. Many pumpkin/spice beers really suffer from being overly spiced, The Bruery really nailed it with this beer, spice level nears perfection. Once again the yeast contributions are subtle in comparison. Soft fruitiness and phenols rest comfortably in the back ground.

Medium bodied beer. The carbonation does hurt the mouthfeel but it does not ruin it. The feel is very smooth on the tongue and lends itself to the beer quite nicely. The finish is on the longer side.

Despite the shortcomings, the short coming rather, this beer really impresses. I first tried this a couple years ago and walked away impressed, this experience was equally as enjoyable. The aroma is simply beautiful and still the flavor manages to put it to shame. Truly an impressive beer, probably the most enjoyable autumn seasoned beer I have had.

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4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a brown/red color with lots of bubbles released from the bottom of the glass. One finger head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A great aroma, one that only gets better as the beer warms. Get a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg up front then some brown sugar and molasses. These flavors just intensify as it warms.

T: Very similar to the nose, and again opens up a lot as it warms. The spices are very nice, but the molasses and brown sugar really make it. The yams show up afterwards with a nice malt backbone. There is a warm finish from the alcohol which actually plays well to offset the sweetness.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation, very crisp. A very well made beer, very tasty and was the perfect beer to have with Thanksgiving. I definitely want to get another bottle for next year!

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4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz flight that I had as part of a fall beer lineup

A - hazy deep, dark, orange/brown color. appears very much like pureed yams... about a finger head, even with the smaller glass

S - Amazing aroma, really captures the yams and molasses well. It has a sweet, but not over sweet consistency to it, and you can't detect any alcohol whatsoever.

T - Instant sweetness hits your palate, with a very refreshing and clean finish. It's really unbelievable that this beer is 10%.

M - moderate carbonation, with a light body to it. Surprisingly crisp.

Once again the Bruery comes through with another fantastic offering. This may be best served in smaller servings, perhaps 4-8 oz pours would be ideal.. Nonetheless, a great autumn beer, and one that should be enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner.

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