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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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609 Reviews
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Reviews: 609
Hads: 1,943
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 155
Gots: 368 | FT: 18
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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 DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours Amber in color with a plentiful 2 finger head.

Aroma is pretty much dominated by the brown sugar and molasses. Definitely a Belgian yeast character.

Taste is like a malt forward Belgian saison. More molasses and brown sugar. Some bright citrus plays through. Some allspice, clove, and cinnamon.

Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer. I see it pairing well with thanksgiving dessert. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown with red tints light tan head small bubbles a decent size head.

S: Belgian yeast spice not much else on the nose

T: Yams in the taste here they don't show up in the smell tangy beer on the tongue with maple syrup and molasses. a slight starchy taste as well.

M: med to heavy high carbonation

D: very drinkable good beer

overall: this thing is a very strange and wonderful beer I was not expecting what I got

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Photo of drpimento
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this. Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium sized, light tan, foamy head that soon settled to a ring and an island with some lace. Color is a clear amber copper with no bubble trails. Aroma is, to me, barely distinguishable from pumpkins, but my snooter don't work so well. Nevertheless, lots going on - spice, malt, sweet caramel starch, fleeting pepper, a wink at hops. Flavor is like nose, tang is up front followed very closely with the malt, starch, caramel, spices and an array of lovely, interesting complexities. Body/carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, true, of good length, and only at the very end do I get the alcohol smack down. I like it!

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dark auburn in color. Wonderful aroma on this beer - I get caramel, molasses, vanilla, cinammon, maple syrup, and what I would've sworn was cardamom. Medium weight, and fairly carbonated. The taste pretty well follows the aroma, unfolding a medley of flavors that are hard to notate individually. Tons of cinammon, nutmeg, and various spice. I swear there's cardamom in this beer. Less prevalent is the maple syrup, which is kinda creeping along in the background. Not strong, but once I picked up on it, it made the beer for me.

In all honesty, I felt like this beer would be the result if you were to mix Sour in the Rye with 3 Floyds Alpha Kong. I dunno. Either way, great beer.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: burnt umber, tan head that lasts all the way down. Very attractive and matches the colors on the bottle label.

Smell: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a brown ale flourish of heartiness. Not sickly sweet like many pumpkin beers can be. Not overtly boozy either.

Taste: immediately you taste a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, then it gives way to a sweet syrupy flavor that is equal parts molasses and maple syrup. The sweetness lasts only a few moments and is squashed by the spiciness, which is a product both of the added spices and the alcohol. Autumn maple's yam character is much more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: the yams really add a nice creaminess to the beer and I love the kick of the spiciness that introduces the flavor of the beer and then comes in to save the beer from cloying sweetness in the finish. Light warming sensation from the alcohol but nothing aggressive. This is a sipper for sure.

Autumn Maple is a great take on the pumpkin ale style. Leave it up to The Bruery to take the road less traveled and create a pumpkin ale-style beer and leave the pumpkin out completely. The yams work nicely on the mouthfeel and likely help this beer achieve the high ABV (lots of fermentable sugars in yams). The beer is spicy, sweet, and alcoholic without overdoing any of those things. Really good stuff.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby. Brilliantly clear. big tan head that quickly disapeared.

S-Rum raisin with some clove thrown in. Nice that this isn't an over spiced mess like most pumpkin beers. Some perfumy alcohol. Very nice

T-Raisin. Some alcohol. Dark Crystal malts. Rummy. No hop flavor

M-Medium thick bodied but not sickly sweet. Medium carbonation, could be a bit higher.

D-Much better than all of those over spiced pumpkin beers out these days. Actually a nice base beer with a bit of spice underneath. Alcohol is a bit too high to have more than one.

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Photo of IHyphySF
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - At first pour it had a small head and then quickly dissipates into a dark root beer color and actually looked like coca cola in a pint glass. This large bubbles formed in the bottom and around the pint glass.

S - Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle! Sweet potato and pecan pie which follows through with a light smell of apricots. The smell is complex but you can differentiate between the spices which i can smell nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves.

T - First initial taste it was Thanksgiving in a bottle. The sweet potatoes shine but finish with almost sweet carrots which turns to an apricot finish. The spices that i described above are a little subdued but hit you at the aftertaste.

M - Lightly carbonated and was one of the most deliciously carbonated beers i have had in awhile for a belgian style brown ale. It had a nicer almost stouty beer feel but then it was smooth and then it felt like a brown ale but easily drinkable.

O - I was impressed had it on tap and it seemed like that keg was flat but this second time in the bottle it was able to keep a great carbonation and i can't wait to open more of them in the next upcoming years.

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Photo of Jacobpaul81
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 5/5
Poured a dark brown with a nice thin head that stuck around until beer was finished. Beer appeared a bit thin in the glass.

Aroma 4/5
The Aroma was very good. Very sweet. The maple smell is strong with evidence of cinnamon, nutmeg and other American Harvest spices. The yam smell is quite faint.

Taste 4.0/4.5
Very sweet and Maple/Molasses flavoring is very strong with first sips. The finish is clean and warming. Leaves a malty alcohol taste in the mouth. Maple/Molasses flavor is strong throughout with a nice nutmeg spice giving it bite. Yams take a backseat to the stronger Maple flavor but the flavor profile is present.

Mouthfeel 4.0/4.5
I expected based on it's sweet aroma and color that it would be a bit thicker. Carbonation is very nice and the beer goes down smooth. The beer has a biting aftertaste I attribute to the alcohol. For all the sweetness, it ends a bit on the bitter side.

Drinkability 4/5
Alcohol is on the higher side, but the body is mild. Not thin, but thinner than a dark brown. Alcohol is strong. Beer is warming with a nice maple + nutmeg taste reminiscent of the flavors associated with the harvest season. Very good autumn beer to pair with a traditional autumn meal.

Tasted with a dinner of Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes. Good beer. I plan to buy several bottles. Paired very well with the sweet potatoes and tenderloin.

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Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: A hazy amber color with a thick light brown head. Minimal retention with some minimal spotted lacing.

Nose: maple syrup, mixes with malt well. Yams and spices.

Taste: Fig, raisin, yam, and maple.

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Photo of musicman575
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one sweet beer. Maple syrup galore. I'm almost screaming "please turn sour!" come to find out they make this same beer with brettanomyces. I would love to get ahold of it.

It has thick and cloudy burnt orange color with an orangeish tan foam that clears away to a film. Leaves a few bubblies on the side of the glass.

Full bodied beer with tons of rich, toasty malts and gobs of sweetness. I'm thinkin' roasted candied yams, but to be honest, I can't taste actual yams much. It is a maple beer, but it is almost like beer-flavored maple syrup. Phenols are pretty good. Hops show up at the end, but are still pushed aside by the strong sugars and smoky malt aftertaste. Does a pretty good job of covering up the booze until you breathe out. I bet this would be awesome to eat with some sort of fried dessert. I'm also interested to taste one of these that has been cellared.

I rounded the mouthfeel up and the overall down.

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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

I would hardly call this a "fruit / vegetable" beer - more like a thick solid Octoberfest or even a Scotch ale with a slight touch of funk of some sort that takes over where hop bitterness might come in. The 17 pounds of yams used in the brewing process is not only a surprise, but a non-event. More like a "so-what" - it adds a little sweetness.

Had on tap at the Public House in Brookline, MA and really enjoyed - think solid mouthfeel, little to no alcohol warming considering the ABV, a moderate amount of sweetness that is balanced out by a very small amount of funk of some sort. Little to no head, and didn't really get much smell out of it.

Overall, a pretty decent fall beer if you're not in the mood for coiffing.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a monster 4+ inch head and tons of foamy, sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, sweet potato, maple sugar, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamin, nutmeg, lots of other spices. Some alcohol, yeasts and some dark fruits.

Taste - Much like the smell, load of yams at first sip. Lots of cinnamin, nutmeg, allspice and all the added sugars mixed in with the yams. Alcohol adds some warmth too all the thanksgiving day flavors this beer has. The yeasts add a sour note, espically at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the yams and spices, and alcohol. Loads of sugars and yeasts also. Palate gets yams, spices and sugars also, with a sour note from the yeast. Afertaste is warm, yammy, spicey and malty.

Overall - A nice big beer. If you enjoy sweet potato and all the spices this beer has then this is a must try. I was worried it would be too over the top with everything in it but its balanced well, and all the flavors work well and just add nice flavors. Only thing is this bottle is a bit much to drink by yourself so make sure you split it with someone. The bruey is kind of like the west coast verison of dogfish head, but there beers are very well balanced and there unique flavors work well together. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a bottle of 2010 that I've been cellering properly. I just had a bottle of 2011 a few weeks ago, so I will be reviewing this one, and giving notes on the fresh one.

A- Both look the same... ruddy, muddy orange. Not much head and no lacing on either. Very cloudy. The 2011 had more carbonation than the 2010.

2010- smells of caramel apples, yeast and roasted nuts. Deep maple notes, cinnamon, clove allspice and nutmeg are a bit more subdued. Tons of yams and apples. Lots of ripe bananas and a touch of sour apple!
2011- Bright and lively! Sweet maple, yams roasted in pumpkin pie spices. Nice yeastiness! Not as deep and rounded in flavor. More upfront pie spice, but not over the top like alot of pumpkin brews.

2010- Sweet and sour caramel apples. Nicely roasted pumpkin and a wonderful banana yeastiness! I love the way all the pie spices have rounded out and melded with the sweet maple syrup! This is one pumpkin brew that really comes alive with age!
2011- Rich roasted yams and sweet pumpkin pie! Really nice blend of spices that don't overwhelm, but blend seemlessly with the syrup, nutty roasted gourds, and yeast.

2010- Tons of lovely belgian style yeast fill the mouth. The sweetness of the spices, maple and yams is unreal! Nice bit of tartness and caramel sweetness. The carbonation is subtle and it really sticks to the tongue.
2011- Pumpkin coffee cake drizzled with pie spiced maple syrup is the best way I can describe it! Friggin Fantastic! Nice bright and lively carbonation!

2010/2011- One of the best, and most unusual fall brews on the market! A really deep blend of spice, fruit, and sweetness! Ages really well considering most pumpkin brews do not.

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Photo of tpd975
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark pumpkin orange hue with no sight of a head.

S: This one smells of Thanksgiving dinner. Tons of sweet yams smathered in brown sugar and sweet gooey marshmellow. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg as well. This one is loaded with sweetness and spice.

T: I love this beer. Want a couple bottles to go with Thanksgiving dinner next year. Yams for sure in the flavor. Just like mama makes. Tons of brown sugar and cinnamon. A touch of pumpkin with more sweetness and pie spice.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Tasty as hell, can't believe people don't rave about this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a dark, bloody, hazy orange color. One inch head.

Smells like pumpkins to me, but I guess I can't tell the difference between the smells of pumpkins and yams. Lots of nutmeg and brown sugar in the aroma, too.

Lots of great rustic, earthy tastes in this one. Yams up front, very sweet, with some typical pumpkin ale spicing of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with sweet, slightly earthy maple tone. Pretty creamy, and thick.

Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A great twist on the fall seasonal tradition. Loved this one.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber with garnet highlights. The head is minimal, white, and recedes quickly.

S: A sweet and earthy aroma of dark fruits, maple syrup, sweet potatoes, spices (clove, cinnamon, allspice), vanilla, brown sugar, & molasses. The Belgian yeast makes some presents in the nose, but it's small.

T: Taste like Thanksgiving and follows the nose very well. Again, flavors are dark fruits, spices, vanilla, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, & molasses. There are definitely some caramel malts that give this a nice backbone and the sweet potatoes and maple syrup give it a pleasant sweetness in the middle. No alcohol in the flavor.

M: Medium-full body, decent amount of carbonation, & nice, smooth, syrupy texture.

D: Served this at dinner when I roasted a turkey and what-not (no it wasn't Thanksgiving). It went extremely well with the meal and could easily have 2-3 bottles of this in one night. Great for the fall or any "feast" like meal. Highly recommend.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours murky brown orange full of yeast with a tab head

S- spices sweet yams orange pumpkin

T- very complex and sweet yams pumpkin spices vanilla oak brown sugar

m- creamy but low carb

d- probably one of the fav holiday beers very complex and all the flavors go great together

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Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My eager young beer cadet (whom is quite the expert now) brought this one over to split. Its quite different than I expected. Very light for 10% and slightly tangy and tart, almost like a wild ale. Not exactly the strong brown ale with maple syrup like I thought. Overall I really liked this one. Highly recommend.

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Photo of hermit990
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Cavery
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of trentbent
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.