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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,806 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 310 | FT: 17
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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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Ratings: 1,806 | Reviews: 587
Photo of Aenema
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany topped with a 1.5 finger tan head and minimal lacing.
Smell - Nose is mostly of sweet potatoes and yams with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but less flavorful than expected. Cinnamon, yams and nutmeg stand out.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light body with a fizzy, high-carbonation and slightly dry finish.
Drinkability - Although fairly drinkable a bomber was plenty. Not a very sessionable beer.
Overall - Lots of potential that just didn't click. Unfortunately this beer sounds much better; or even much more interesting, than it really is.

Photo of ncketchum
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a tulip, room temperature

A = pours a dark orange, almost no head, moderate carbonation

S = yeast, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg

T = malty, yeasty, then a little spice comes through. Not overpowering yam flavor, but you can tell it's in there

M = Spicy as above, fairly thick, medium carbonation

D = medium drinkability, next time I'd split the bottle. I'm not typically a huge fan of Belgian style ales, but knowing this going in to the beer, it's a nice different take on the style. Definitely can see this as a nice one to sip on a cool autumn night, but not an every day beer for me.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately clear deep amber color. The head is decent sized, but it fades fast, leaving only a bit of a ring, no lacing. Alright looking. Smells like candy and sweets upfront. A bit of orange zest, starchy sweet potato casserole with a little burnt bits, a bit of toffee, a tiny bit of syrup. It's nice, a little too sweet smelling for me, not enough beer, but nice. The taste is pretty good too. Very similar to the smell, but it's a lot harder to distinguish everything. It's just a rush of sweet candy flavors A(though the beer itself isn't sweet and syrupy) with a mildly spicy finish. I'm interested but not impressed. The alcohol is a little too strong for me. It's not very heavy for a 10.50% beer, which is surprising. The carbonation bites on the finish. Not bad, but not a whole lot of fun. And for the strength, I'm surprised that it's so easy to drink. Though it reminds of a whiskey drink or something a little bit. Interesting enough to try.

Photo of originalsin
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at my local whole foods about two weeks ago. Wasn't quite sure about distribution and how much was produced/the perceived rarity of this one but was glad to get my hands on one and waited for a worthy occasion. Had a girl over for dinner, cooked, and realized we didn't have any wine. Ah ha! Autumn Maple did more than suffice.

Truth be told, she enjoyed it more than I did. But hey, I'm not complaining about that...

Appearance is a nice mahogany color with a small tan had and no lacing. I'm trying so hard not to smell pumpkin in this one but I'm pretty sure I do. Does that even make sense? Otherwise the scent of sweet potatoes mingles with those of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some caramel.

I expected a bit more from this beer on the taste front. "A Belgian Ale brewed with..." I thought I would be blown away by the taste of this one but in that regard this beer is a bit too quiet. The scents noted mostly translate into the taste here. Additionally, there's a bit of a bready element and a bit too much alcohol.

It's light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Again, not quite what I expected. This beer suffers in the mouthfeel category in my opinion. Drinkability is good nonetheless.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caramel colored and translucent, with a foamy off white head.

They aren't kidding when they say they used yams. The scent is immediately associated with candied yams and maple syrup.

The flavor has a strong maple syrup presence. I'm also picking up pumpkin spice and suprise, yams. The finish is sweet.

This has a pretty heavy body, and is very boozy. It leaves an alcoholic burn in the mouth and throat.

The hot boozy feel severely limits the drinkability. The yams and maple syrup are an interesting attempt at the style, but also get tiresome before my first glass is over.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Almost a gusher. Pours up a bunch of head that has little retention. The head is a light beige with hints of yellow while the body is a dark amber with a slight maroon hue which glows a darker medium amber with glints of garnet when held up to the light. No real lacing at the moment. Maybe a couple spots.

Nose- Interesting as it seems to be dominated by an overall bubblegum scent but one that has some subtle complexity. There are definite pumpkin spices involved: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice but they are quite subdued. Slight yam or sweet potato from the bottle with a whiff of milk creaminess. Swirling reveals some of the yam and milk from the glass.

Taste- Starts off with vague notes of the nose while some yam/sweet potato starts to arrive but is then taken over by bubblegum and the spices expressed in the aroma. Fairly thin- I was hoping for a thicker beer that seemed to express maple syrup and molasses but these seem to flit around the edges. I don't notice any heat at all which is impressive for a 10% beer that lacks presence at the moment. An interesting take on the pumpkin beer but at the moment, it's lesser than Elysian Night Owl and most likely, the Great Pumpkin. They may have put a buttload of yams in this beer, but I think it could use more. And some brown sugar. There's lots of caramel and lots of bubblegum. This might work for some but it doesn't work for me. Above average beer that is disappointing in regard to the label description.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied but too light bodied for me. Too much carbonation as well.

Drinkability- Easy drinking but the alcohol is practically invisible. However, this is not worth 10 bucks for a 750. The alcohol content does mitigate the sticker shock a bit.

Overall- I really wanted to like this beer... a lot. The use of yams (or sweet potatoes- I'm assuming they used sweet potatoes as yams are actually sparse in US and, I imagine, impossible to find in California) could have been an intriguing contrast to the season's glut of pumpkins. Nice spice and an above average, almost good beer. Still, somewhat of a disappointment.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint snifter

A - deep caramel; minimal head; no lacing; minimal carbonation

S - Belgian yeasts up front; a little yam sweet; molasses; brown sugar

T - yams; burnt sugar; molasses; sweet and spicy

M - pretty smooth, a little sweet; the Belgian yeasts make this slightly bitter and lingering

O - overall, this is a pretty decent fall offering; seems like it would pair well with turkey and stuffing; unique take on a brown with all that Belgian influence; has the right amount of booze to flavor ratio where I wouldn't want to drink more than a glass and still get my fuzz on wo over committing.

Photo of slaphappysnark
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BdubleEdubleRUN
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from this batch poured into a tulip. The beer pours a very dark reddish brown with a off white / light tan head that dissipates very quickly to a lasting ring with some lacing. Looks great. The smell is a lot like a kriek and very sour smelling, the alcohol is very prevalent on the nose with a light hint of sweet potatos and spice. The taste is very strong of maple brown sugar, sweet potato, nutmeg and other spices. Alcohol is very upfront as well. The mouth feel is sticky with a medicinal burn throughout, a very similar mouthfeel to nyquil. This beer has a lot of good flavors working together to create a nice combonation but are in a battle with the medicinal alcohol taste.

Photo of tjumfrid
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BilbosNuts
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a red, cloudy, garnet color. Its small white head fades away very quickly. It looks very still with a minimal amount of carbonation.

S: The belgian aspect of this beer really comes out in the nose. There is a sharp aroma a belgian yeast and spices along with a scent of cloves. Maple syrup and a touch of yams also make a significant contribution. Some light alcohol stings toward the end.

T: Again, belgian yeast and cloves are the backbone for the taste of this beer. Light yams, molasses, and maple syrup are minor players. It has a rather large alcohol finish.

M: This beer is medium bodied, yet has a sort of watery feel to it. A big alcohol finish leaves a stinging sensation.

O: This was a fine beer to enjoy with the family for thanksgiving dinner. With some age, I could see this one becoming special. As it is now, it was decent but I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of WesWes
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber/red color with a thin offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice yam aroma with a hint of molasses and pumpkin spice. There is a warming dryness that I equate with the maple syrup. The taste is decent. It has an overly complex taste. There is a little too much going on with this one. It has your typical pale and crystal malt flavor with yams and spice. This would have been adequate enough. On top of this you have molasses which adds a buttery/syrupy taste and you have maple syrup which adds alcohol and a nasty dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a nice attempt, but I would be more willing to try a scaled down effort with more carbonation.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always pick up Bruery beers when available. I read the label after picking up the bottle. When I saw that yams was an ingredient, I was a little nervous because I don't eat yams.

This pours and looks like a strong, dark ale. It is thicker than the average ale, and the carbonation was minimal.

The smell is rich. You get the molasses really heavy, and the yam mixes it up a little bit.

This tastes interesting, but it is a bit much to have a bomber. I was glad to split it with a friend because a bomber is too much for one person.

I recommend picking this up to enjoy in the cold weather.

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 Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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 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 Ghenna
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany, with little head retention or lacing. Smells of maple and spice. Malty, almost apple-y flavor. Maple in the aftertaste. Taste is immediately a tempered malt sweet with what I would describe as pumpkin pie spice. The Maple flavor weaves itself in through the secondary part of the flavor profile, and sticks around till the end where both aspects are well balanced. Alcohol is not apparent until it warms up.

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.

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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 jsapunor
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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 TKEbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Brent
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 TheJollyHop
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.