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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Reviews: 592
Hads: 1,882
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 149
Gots: 346 | 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 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 GarrettB
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer on a cold autumn night in Colorado, from a vantage point where I could practically hear falling leaves scraping against the window as they listlessly fell onto a fading suburban lawn. It's a fine setting for this dark brew, and shortly after the pour I get a real sense of how appropos it is. THe aroma is packed with molasses, and seasoned with dark pepper and bay leaf. Overall, my impression is a scent that is both deep and sweetFascinating aroma. Lots of molasses and black pepper and all spice and even bay leaf. It's a smell worth of competing with a slow cooker running through a deep autumn afternoon. And now we move to the body, thick and deep in palate and flavor. Sweet potato tang and sweetness appear here, borrowing some spice from the nose for a pungent, but deep, dulcet and satisfying flavor. Dark molasses provides that body and sweetness, mixing together well with all the other flavors. But do take cautious: this is immensely boozy. Let it age a season or two, or if you just prefer strength to finesse.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown and a thin tan head with no retention. Sweet maple and spice with some yam aromas. Syrup and spice initially with Belgian yeast and candy. Light alcohol and dry, yeasty finish. Slick, smooth and low carbonation.

A little sweet but the Belgian elements balance it out. An interesting beer to perhaps age and mellow out the sweetness but I'm not sure it will improve that much.

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Photo of m0ntels
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to try a yam beer once I heard of it. Very similar to a pumpkin beer overall, so not too exciting there. Very bold flavors all around though. Yam, spice, and yeast all strong but well balanced. I wouldnt drink this all the time, but one on the first chilly autumn evening wouldnt be a bad way to kick off the season.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal creep that is yammy and semi-sweet. Light and entry-level craft beer style. Widely available. Brown with light brown head, not super thick but smooth. Ages well for up to a year.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a welcome new swath of this brewery's offerings to make it up here once again to Alberta. It's cold and rainy outside right now, so what better thing to keep me the hell out of that, eh?

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly tan head, which leaves some approaching island profile lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of zesty gingerbread and sugary mashed yams, a battened-down Belgian yeastiness, some prominent dark orchard fruit as it warms, mixed savoury spices (ok, some nutmeg, clove, and star anise put their hands up the fastest), a subtle caramel malt sweetness, and some cozy, coddling alcohol esters. The taste is quite yammy (it's a word now) up front, that holiday side dish thing hard to dismiss, with a hearty attendant caramel/toffee malt, even more muddled seasonal spices, a gentile yeastiness, some bruised banana, overripe plum, and rotting pumpkin fruitiness, reduced brown sugar, very weak weedy and earthy hops, and a crazily respectful boozy warming.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their plain and barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the various sugars fencing anything else out, it would seem. It finishes near-sweet, among the yam, dark sugar, malt, alcohol, and pasty spice essences.

Maybe it's just me, but this totally reminds me of being in Denver the past couple of years around this time, with the weather alternating between sunny and cold-ass rain, and the autumn (read: pumpkin) beer offerings very forceful and insistent in their flavourful attacks on my very being. Yeah, I'm gonna miss that this year, but thankfully this one, with its initially overly apologetic yam and dark sugary backbone, does the same trick, with style, and just a soupcon of aplomb.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. The color is a a rosy-orange with a frothy tan head and lacing. It's a fairly unique color. The smell is also rather unusual with the yams and a lot of yeast and spice: cinnamon, cloves. There is also some lemon. In a weird way, it reminds me of cocktail sauce. The taste is spicy and the yam taste is unique. There is also some faint sweetness from the molasses. I didn't taste the maple syrup. This ale is nicely carbonated and although the ABV is 10% there wasn't a strong alcohol burn. That said, this is basically a sipper. Overall, this is a unique ale and I'm glad to have tried it. I'd like to try it on draught. It's a nice Fall ale.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with a 1/4 inch of head. The aroma is lots of the Belgian yeast. Cloves, coriander, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is more of that Belgian yeast upfront followed by lots of spices. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and coriander. Banana and some dark fruits. Not picking up on much yams or maple syrup. Yeasty finish. Medium bodied with a mild alcohol presence. I'm not a pumpkin fan so I appreciate the change on this one but I'm not digging it all that much. Overall, I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- the look is possibly one of the best parts, a perfect deeper red with a hint of orange mixed in.

S-Belgian yeast,spciy,dark fruits

T-spicy esters from the yeast, dark fruits a slight banana from the yeast. nutmeg ,clove,cinnamon.

F-Nice carbonation the yams add a nice thick chewy feel. medium body.

O- overall a nice spiced seasonal ale that is a nice change from pumpkin. For the price and flavor it's always good for a once a year buy.

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Photo of 303beer
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear red with lots of carbonation but a rapidly dissipating head. I did not pour the whole bottle. I left about the bottom inch in the bottle. Has a good spice smell and I think I can pick out the yams. Whoa. That's amazing. Taste the Belgian yeast. Taste the yam. Taste the spices. This is a really nice treat.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cask Republic last night. Beautiful ruby color, clear, but with little head or lacing. Nice aroma of spice and big malts. Great flavor, tastes like liquid fall but without drinking one of those pumpkin beers or lattes. Complex, sweet, rich, hints of spice and syrup. Overall flavor profile like candied yams and no touch of alcohol. Lower end of heavy body make this one a sipper, cheers!

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber color a rather large head on the pour. Takes a while for the head to dissipate. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and yeast in the nose. Mildly sweet malt flavor with hints of maple. Plenty of tasty yams. Spices follow the aroma well and add to the complexity without overpowering. Belgian yeast is apparent. Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated. Smooth texture. A well rounded fall seasonal.

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Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange-brown body that is impossible to see through. It is murky but it has a very nice color to it. I can't even make out shadows through the beer despite it looking light enough to see through. Maybe it is just the color of the beer that makes it seem transparent even though it is nearly 100% opaque. The head is a thick velvety off-white color that fades to a thin cap appearing lovely in both states. It's a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: I get a bit of a funky old house smell in the beer along with a slight twinge of clove. Overall the aroma is pretty faint and unimpressive. When the bottle says "cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup" then mentions a Belgian yeas strain I expect a lot of character. Without any regard to the label the beer itself remains below average but I felt it necessary to relay my impressions regarding the label as well.

Taste: There is a banana flavor and a pronounced plum-like flavor that adds a light tartness to the beer. There is a sweet caramel flavor and a bit of a bready finish. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor in there. The aftertaste has a bit of brown sugar flavor. After the beer leaves the palate there is a clove flavor left over.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel with an even presence on the palate. Not too heavy, not too light. A slight amount of alcohol burn on the tongue. The beer is easy to drink and isn't overwhelming in spice or character.

Overall: This beer really floats in that realm of flavors and character that you'd find in a heavier Dubbel or a lighter Quad. To me this is really the target audience. It's impossible to know the individual contributions each ingredient will make to the final beer without tasting the base beer first, but I feel like a lot of the character in this beer comes simply from the yeast and the recipe minus the spices. When I drink this I don't think "pumpkin beer" (or yam beer, or spiced beer) even though I do pick up a light amount of spices. I would recommend it to fans of Belgian beers first, and then mention that it has spices. To a pumpkin beer drinker it will probably have enough light spice character to keep them interested but I doubt it will blow them away. Overall it was a nice beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery poured into a taster by the server trying to entice bottle purchases. Appearance is brown with orange highlights, tan head the quickly settles to a film, and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet potato pie spices, maple syrup, brown sugar, and malt. Taste is light brown sugar and yam sweetness complimented by the nutmeg, clove, and allspice bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation,thick texture, clean finish.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with nice head. Smells of yams and spices. Tastes of yams, nutmeg, and molasses. Sweet mixed with a strong vegetative taste. Not necessarily my favorite beer, but I think its pretty well done for what they were trying to do here. At the very least its unique.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red brown body. Nice sized cream head. Yeast Belgian aroma. Hints of banana and fig. Slight tart taste with a banana and maple finish. Has a lot of Belgian style characteristics. It’s ok.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany color, speckled with both reddish and orange highlights, topped with a finger and a half of white head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, and formed a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of malt and notes of black pepper, brown sugar, slight hints of alcohol, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Malty and fruity up front. Notes of freshly baked bread and pumpkin, followed by quite a bit of pronounced sweetness. Brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon. Followed by quite a bit of alcohol heat. The beer has a slight sour finish that is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, but smooth, as the beer has no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10%, there’s quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, which, as stated above, provides a pleasant alcohol warmth to the palate.

Overall: This is quite an excellent beer! I love the perfect balance between malt and fruit and sweet and sour. It’s a great quaff on its own, but paired with food, especially Thanksgiving dinner, it’s absolutely brilliant!

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Photo of BobJude
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite - ended up trying to finishing most of the bottle myself cause the wife hated it. Was OK paired with some dark chocolate, but all the unique flavors never really came together.

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Photo of stakem
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a deep reddish brown color with a yellow cap. The smells of yams is prevalent initially then caramel spice and earth as it warms. As the experience continues its almost soapy. The taste is tart and fruity with some vegetative component that isnt that great. A bit of spice. Inwould not drink this again, its pretty bad.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong aroma has malty, pumpkin and spicy notes. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick, buttery-tan head. Flavor has firm malty, earthy and pumpkin notes with hints of cinnamon and maple syrup. Texture has good body and a fair amount of fizz. Definitely worth seeking for autumn!

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Photo of wattoclone
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cloudy brown with small white head. The description is better than the actual experience. There is a complex flavor of maple, pears and nuts, but very tart, similar to an Oud Bruin.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - poured a half finger thick tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. The body was a bright reddish-brown color.
S - big yam aroma with hints of molasses and Belgian yeast.
T - yams, molasses, big spices.
M - medium and coating.
O - interesting and I liked it, maybe a little more spice to balance out the sweetness would make it even better.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a very complex beer but what is so interesting is that the nose and flavors were so identical. I catch Belgian yeast at first with sweet potatoes, light clove, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, malt, toffee and then an odd turn to bubblegum. Complex and pleasantly different this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Not AWESOME, but i'm not upset I bought it to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Same feeling I get with each Bruery beer I try: it'd taste a ton better if the price point was lower.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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