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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,539 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 113
Gots: 248 | FT: 14
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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Photo of daveytheformer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

daveytheformer, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of aleric
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at the Root Note in La Crosse, WI.

A - A dirty reddish-brown. 1-finger eggshell head.

S - Malt, yeast, ester. I can't smell any discernible maple or spices.

T - The alcohol has a strong presence in this beer. Yeast, but lacking some of the harsh phenol tones. Biscuity malt. Very sweet, in some ways similar to Kombucha tea. A hint of spices. The yam becomes more present as the beer warms.

M - Medium weight with a sticky feeling from the sugar.

O - At 10% ABV this is a serious beer. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but it plays the part of a fruit/vegetable beer well without tasting like a dessert.

aleric, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/crimson with a sliver of beige head. Loads lovely carbonation beads hug the side of the glass Minimal head retention && less lacing

S: Brown sugar, cinamon

T: Follows the nose, a touch of maple syrup sweetness/dryness up front, along with boozey pecans and cherry & sweet potatoes. More sweet tater, a bit of molasess, figs, pears, dryness as this warms, very warming . Finishes dry with yams, cinnamon, & brown sugar

Drinks very easy, much better than the first bottle I had last summer, both were purchased in North Carolina

russpowell, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of WeeObese
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado.

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Good clarity.

Smells of fall spices, yeast spiciness, and a earthy flavor. Some sweetness on the nose as well.

Taste was a little disspointed as I figured the beer would have more caramel flavors, and a little more yam. Taste is sweet with a slight carmel, spiciness from the spice additions and the yeast.

Mouthfeel is okay, but a little light for a big dark beer.

Drinkability is actually pretty good for a 10% beer. I would say that the sweetness is the only thing that kept me from having another.

I think the beer may have been a little cool and that I had some unfair expectations of what this beer was and should taste like. It was a good beer just not what I expected.

WeeObese, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light translucent brown with a good head that quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing on the glass.
The smell is enticing, pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove.
Tastes like a Belgian brown, but the spice is overdone.
Mouthfeel is light, would be better if fuller to support the high spice level.
The highly overspiced cinnamon makes this really not very drinkable unless you have your face in an apple pie.

Beerenauslese, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of jayhawk73
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in my snifter with a nice one finger cocoa colored head. Good carbonation and excellent lacing on this brew. No light escapes to the other side of the glass. Nose is really great for the style. Yams, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup are the primary players in the smell. This beer is aptly named- it's not a pumpkin ale, but it smells like fall to me. Really well put together, and not overpowering. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't live up to the nose's promise. It's not as well put together, and tastes jump out at you and then disappear. It almost suffers from an identity crisis for me... None of the 10.5% ABV is noticeable at all. Mouthfeel is medium, w/ a light sugary aftertaste. OK, but I'd like it to have some more substance and character. A little too one dimensional. Overall, this is an interesting brew, but it's just not put together quite right. Still, I'm glad I had a chance to try it. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Deep, dark mahogany brown with hints of orange and a small off white head.

Nose: Candied yams, maple syrup, pecan, Belgian yeast, an abundance of all spice and nutmeg.

Taste: kind of strange but the yams and maple come through pretty quickly with all spice, nutmeg, and some vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of oily presence. Slightly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty great for the style as I enjoy this much more than the usual pumpkin beers out there.

waltersrj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown body. Smallish, tan head. Short retention time. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich, warming spices like cinnamon and clove. Yams, molasses, brown sugar, and a light yeasty note or two.

T: Hearty, warming flavors reminiscent of pumpkin pie and warm maple and brown sugar oatmeal. Sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar, syrup and yams. Good amount of spice.

M: A bit heavy and syrupy. Light carbonation and a lingering after taste.

D: An interesting take on the belgian strong dark. Worth a try for sure. I am not sure how much, and how often I'd like to enjoy such a dense beer.

callmemickey, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of eclipse54
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle from optimator13; thank you for this "want!" Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a mahogany brown color with about a finger’s breadth of tan, bubbly head. Head lingers briefly before subsiding to a ring and patches of bubbles scattered across the surface of the liquid. Ruby hues glow near the edges of the glass.

The aroma is of warm yams covered in butter and brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin (though this could be from the pumpkin we’re carving while drinking this one), cinnamon, some yeasty funk, and hints of oak and vanilla. Very complex and inviting nose.

Tastes of funk, yeast, yams, brown sugar, cane sugar, pumpkin spice, dark fruits, maple, cinnamon, and more sugar. It is reminiscent of a Dubbel that has been loaded with sugar and seasonal flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but finishes dry and sticky with a sugary resin coating the mouth.

Overall, a good seasonal ale but I really wish they had limited the amount of sugar that comes through in the taste and mouthfeel.

eclipse54, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a ruby hue and barely a trace of any bubbles. Zero head or lacing.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, brown sugar, and plenty of cloves. Spicey and sweet with a hint of burnt banannas and caramel.

Medium bodied with a syrupy, thickish mouthfeel.

Caramelized sugars, syrupy malt, and holiday spice start the palate. Cloves, nutmeg, maple syrup, and toffee follow through along with sweet yams and a hint of pumpkin.

Finishes with a lingering sweet spice, a building warmth, and clovey phenols.

This ones quite sweet and will be difficult to finish the bottle with having no carbonation to liven things up.

brewandbbq, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Fitwitchik
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter

Lovely rusty amber colour with generous creamy head.

Smell of coriander, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, slight maple. Definite Belguim fruity scent.

First taste was ok. Needed to allow brew to warm a bit to get the full flavor. Maple came out along with the yam once warm.

Carbonation was adequate and not too thin.

Overall content with this brew but it's not my ab fav of the Oktoberfest beverages. Hybrids are a seasonal liking for me. Delicious at first then I get fatigued with the cinnamon, nutmeg, spice thing etc...only until Christmas hit the shelves. :o)

Fitwitchik, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of sisuspeed
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Bottle - 750ml

Poured into a tulip glass. Autumn Maple has a beautiful red-chestnut body with a big foamy white head, that later fades somewhat, but sill covers the top of the body. Lacing along the glass.

The aroma is quite spiced. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cloves. Lots of yam and cooked squash drizzled in a brown sugar syrup. Overall, the aroma is a bit of spice bomb, but fits the Fall beer / Belgian style.

The flavor is at first spicy and malty, but then yams and sweet syrup soaked in warming alcohol come running through. Cinnamon and cloves are present, but not over the top. The yams really come through nicely, as does the maple syrup / molasses combo. The ABV is somewhat noticeable on the finish, but works well for a cold autumn or winter night.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet spicy with tingly carbonation. Warming alcohol and a pretty good body.

Drinkability is about average. Lots of spice, very sweet, high ABV. A small tulip glass is about all you would want, but sipping this is enjoyable.

Overall, this is my first brew from The Bruery and I think it is well done for an autumn ale / Belgian. The bottle says you can age this up to 5 years, so if I see a bottle next year I'll probably pick it up and put a few years on it. Go check it out when it's in season.

sisuspeed, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a brownish red plum flesh color, with a thin off white silky head, scant carbonation

S - the maple does indeed shine through, roasted malts, a dark sweetness that must be provided by the yams and/or molasses

T - whoa, sweet bomb, brown sugar and molasses style sweetness are dominating, yams are present and delicious, not sure if I'd get that that aspect if it weren't for the bottle

M&D - will definitely be too sweet for some, but a nice flavor amalgam, survived cellaring for over a year nicely

sinstaineddemon, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown color. Kind of bubbly. Not a lot of lasting head.

S- Mostly just holiday spices. I notice cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. There is also the sweet molasses in the nose.

T- The most noticeable things were the spices and Belgian yeast. Lots of spices and a nice sweetness up front. Yams are not quite as detectable as I had hoped, but the molasses and spices are all there. The mouth was medium bodied, and fairly carbonated.

O- This is not exactly what I was expecting, but it was a great brew. I personally do wish I could have tasted more of the yams, as I feel like the flavor was covered up almost entirely by the yeast and spices. Good seasonal brew overall though.

brother_kenneth, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly clear mahogany with lots of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of dry Belgian yeast, with earthy maple and brown sugar and copper hops and lemon zest and light fruity esters.
T: It tasted like rick maple and sweet brown sugar, with sour Belgian yeast and candied yams and lemon zest. It had a sharp bittersweet aftertaste with noticeable alcohol.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little smooth carbonation.
D: This was a very nice unique dark Belgian ale. It had a good scent and flavor, with great body. But it did have a bit of alcohol heat, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not sure if age would help mellow it out. This was a nice change of pace, but nothing I would drink regularly.

Pencible, Dec 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

freshflesh, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Dbrulet, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jason, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mctizzz, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

xdefeatsy, Sep 11, 2012
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.

boatshoes, Nov 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kwkdmk, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

weonfire, Nov 14, 2013
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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