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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,412 Ratings
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Ratings: 1412
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%

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 BierJager89


4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nectary red, almost completely opaque with a tan head.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, crisp apple, orange, banana, peach and nectarine in the nose.

T: Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, banana, pumpkin and maple.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Taste was a bit of a letdown after the nose, but it's a very good beer. Definitely recommended if you like a nice pumpkin/spice ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 06:07:51 | More by BierJager89
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently at one of our favorite spots. Poured a nice dark amber/lite brown. Head of about an inch that disappeared rather quickly.
Odor is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, syrup and some other spices came to mind when first smelling.
Taste is rather sweet and maple syrup like at first. Middle to end brings some more spice and little bit of alcohol . Mouth feel is smooth and relatively flat. It seems like there is very little carbonation.
Overall, a very good beer with sweetness throughout. Great for sipping and savoring.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 20:33:07 | More by dexterk1
Photo of NewGlarusFan


3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in flute

A) Dark amber, one finger head, non-transparent. It's almost flat barley carbonated

S) Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple, dried fruit

T) Maple up front, spices towards the end and fusel alcohol aftertaste

M) thick no carbonation, almost batter

O) very tasty beer worth the price, but this one isn't for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 15:20:43 | More by NewGlarusFan
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a brownish caramel. Thin, disjointed head of individual bubbles. Not much lace.

S-Very sweet of course. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol. Some autumnal spices.

T-The yams come through a bit. A bit like mashed sweet potato. Rich, full brown sugar and caramel. Maple syrup, cinnamon and the entire medley of Fall spices. High octane. Dark fruitiness.

M-Slow sipper for sure. Subtle carbonation. Body is full but not quite viscous. Alcohol comes out.

O/D-One glass is enough for me. A big, rich Fall beer. Probably won't have it again but it was unique and worth a pour.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 16:36:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a muddy brownish copper with golden edges. There is about a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is complex - maple, pumpkin and assorted fall spices. The taste starts off mildly tart and the flavor builds to include seasonal spices and yams. There are both sweet and dry notes on the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. This is a pretty complex offering that would be perfect alongside turkey with all the trimmings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 05:23:21 | More by 57md
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a goblet at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a lots of haze and a thick finger of creamy tan foam atop. Quite attractive.

Smell: malty, nutty and sweet; not terribly maple-y, but I imagine a lot of that character fermented out. It's got a little bit of a pumpkin spice character going on; it's definitely autumnal. Overall, pretty good.

Taste: rich and malty; quite sweet and highly reminiscent of pumpkin spice. Not bad, although it lacks subtlety. The alcohol is definitely an element here, but it's not overpowering, which could have been a danger here. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a super smooth and creamy consistency. I really like it a lot; excellent.

Overall: a nice, if unremarkable, autumn ale. I probably won't go back to this well, but it's definitely worth a try if you are a fan of autumnal and/or pumpkin beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2013 21:32:22 | More by flagmantho
Photo of SoCold


4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the local watering hole on tap. Pub Pint.

One taste and I ordered a growler to go.

It was like I walked into our local apple orchard store and someone hit me in the face with a pumpkin pie and dozen apple crisp donuts. Then told me it wasn't made from either.

Not a big fan of the fruit and veggie beers. I was really surprised at how well this beer was done. Pumpkin, sweet potato, ginger, brown sugar, maple all the wonderful smells of fall.

A must have for anyone who likes the pumpkin style beers, perfect for autumn.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 20:18:47 | More by SoCold
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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a really intense dark orange brown color reminiscent of pumpkin pie with off-white soapy head that left a little bit of spotty lace.

S- Huge aroma of ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato. This smells like Thanksgiving.

T- Big ginger notes, allspice, some nutmeg, big pumpkin pie and sweet potato notes, some maple sweetness, spicy belgian yeast notes, and pie crust flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish that I think cuts the sweetness very well.

M- Very dry, some nice alcohol warming, pretty smooth, and soft carbonation. This goes down so easy for 10% ABV.

O- While not properly a pumpkin beer this is the best pumpkin (or yam) beer I have ever had. Very balanced flavor profile between the spices, sweetness from the yams and maple syrup, and bitterness. Very complex and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 03:44:42 | More by Hoptometrist
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep orange amber color.

The aroma is of maple syrup sweetness, pumpkin (or yams), as well as a lot of the autumn spices like cinnamon, clove, all spice. A bit of marshmallow.

The flavor follows of yam (which can be mistaken for pumpkin) in the front then spices and Belgian yeast notes. It rolls into maple sweetness and then cleans up with a punch of booze on the end. The booze is really there.

There's a medium body. The carbonation cleans up the beer on the end with a bit of drying.

A big "pumpkin" beer and great for the season. A bit big of alcohol for drinking by itself, but definitely works for dessert or food pairing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 01:25:09 | More by dar482
Photo of FridayDave

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tripel in Playa Del Rey served in a tulip glass. First pours off a fresh keg, not cold.
The hazy brown color bode well, a yam ale should be unclear. The smell was lightly spiced.
The taste started lightly spiced like the smell, then the sweet maple flavor came thru and it was warming, wonderful and washed over my taste buds like syrup, not the mouth feel but everything else I like about it. Each sip was better and better as it warmed.
We had 2 more and each was better but I wouldn't recommend doing that again as the 10% abv in this libation had us feeling very festive.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 21:20:14 | More by FridayDave
Photo of denver10


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange/brown with a slight brownish head. Smelled sweet and vegetal like some brown sugar and molasses coated yams. Some alcohol showed itself. Flavor followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel, not much life to it. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but not sure I need to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 02:48:45 | More by denver10
Photo of AgentMunky


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Gourmet Haus Stadt.

A: Light tan head. Murky amber auburn. Translucent.

S: Spices. Boring malt. Distant fruit.

T/M: Honestly, it tastes a lot like a pumpkin beer. The spices (clove? allspice?) are similar, as is the general flavor. The yams might be a tad tarter? Puckery and moreish. The mouthfeel is a bit smooth, but the body is substantial. I really enjoy it.

O: Another great Bruery experience. Recommended. Would have again, especially as a pumpkin alternative.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 03:19:02 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of 360logic


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O: A maple syrup brown with a very light translucence. Thick off-white head forms that lingers for quite a while leaving delicate lacing. Looks quite a bit like an American Brown Ale.

S: Pumpkin pie spices initially, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Then a very malty, starchy background follows. All those yams make smelling this reminiscent of sweet potato pie. Rich and substantial aroma here, perfect for fall.

T: A touch of sweetness up front, followed very balanced hops. The spices are clearly evident but not overwhelming. This all gives way to a very malty backbone that covers your palette and fills your mouth. The finish is honestly like swallowing a bite of chilled sweet potato pie.

M: Medium to heavy body. It does wash down your throat fairly cleanly, but there's a little chewiness to it as well. A good balance.

O: A nice balanced, moderate brew for Bruery's more typically bold style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 17:53:30 | More by 360logic
Photo of aleric


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 14:04:07 | More by aleric
Photo of beertunes


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy mahogany color with just a thin cap of light tan head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side, a nice base earthiness, with a tinge of yeast and a faint veggie aspect. I didn't pick up any maple in the scent. The flavors were basically the same, there were some hops poking through, the yeast was a bit bolder, and a certain sharpness at the back. Again, I didn't pick up any maple in the taste.

The body was nicely medium and very smooth. Drinkability was good, but I probably won't have another. Overall, I was a bit unimpressed with this bee, but you may like more than I did. Worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 22:07:00 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tucquan


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-03 in York, PA at the Holy Hound Taproom.

A - Very hazy brown with some dark orange highlights around the glass edge. 1/2-finger tan head with mild lacing.

S - Allspice, yams, alcohol, mild roasted malt and fruity Belgian yeast.

T - Thanksgiving pumpkin pie spices, candied yams, some caramel, very light touch of maple, alcohol. Nice, lingering spicy yam flavor. Sweet but not overly-so.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Slick and clingy but not cloying.

O - A very nice alternative to the Southern Tier Pumking I typically have this time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 22:23:47 | More by Tucquan
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby amber color. Light passes and reveals a cloudiness to the brew. The head is modest, leaving some streaks of lace.

An autumnal smell of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Quite sweet with darker toasted malts--think cinnamon toast.

Starts with toasted (dry) malts. Slightly sour. The swallow brings out a strong alcohol warmth, along with the spices of black pepper and what I would think to be pumpkin, but I guess is yams. (Blindfolded, I would never come up with that). The aftertaste has an element of homebrew here.

The body is rich and the carbonation is low. Overall, this is a big beer, worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 16:32:34 | More by smcolw
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yams, brown sugar, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 01:53:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft. 4 ounce pour in mini-snifter.
Appearance: Brushed copper with a thin ring of foam.
Smell: Smells like fall. Nutmeg and pumpkins. Imagine a pumpkin pie before it’s thrown in the oven.
Taste: Sweet caramel, nutmeg, allspice, with a little whiskey bite at the end. I love the soothing warmth it leaves. Like a liquid blanket on a cold day.
Mouthfeel: Sweet, smooth, and soft.
Overall: I love fall beers and this is one of my favorites. It’s not just pumpkin spices thrown into a brown ale and distributed for the season… it’s carefully crafted to compliment this time of year. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 04:00:31 | More by mhaugo
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz tear drop @ Bier Stein

A - Pours a hazy deep red w/ small prickly beige head that fades quick to a ring and leaves no lace

S - Smells of brown sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spices, prunes, fruity esters, sweet malts, light floral notes.

T - Tastes of Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, sweet potato pie, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, and floral alcohol

M - Alcohol warmth, prickly acidity from high carbonation, spicy heat in the semi dry finish, smooth

O - Very rich and deep, complex, fruity esters play well with the spices and maple. Very drinkable, warming, hints of floral from the alcohol. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 22:25:00 | More by jbakajust1
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with some deep burnt orange hues. Light beige head dissolves, leaving little lacing or retention.

This smells like thanksgiving. Yams and roasted malts with caramel and syrup. Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg create a cornucopia of spice. Light alcohol heat, but not too much.

A bit sweet up front, very distinct notion of candied yams. Spice everywhere with cinnamon and nutmeg at the forefront. Caramelized sugar with a burnt edge, burly malt backbone. Sticky syrupy caramel with some more yams towards the finish. Soft boozy warmth.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. This is a pretty tasty seasonal beer - I was expecting the 10% to be too much, but it managed to stay out of the way enough so you can taste all of the unique flavors. A bit rich, but definitely something I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 18:08:17 | More by xnicknj
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Copper in color with only a 1/8 inch head and no retention at all

Smell: Caramel, allspice, and yams

Taste: Lots of caramel malt upfront with very subtle but nice notes of maple syrup, cinnamon, and yams maybe a hint of molassess

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Overall: I would say overall the beer is a bit of a let down I was expecting big bold flavors of the fall and I did not get that. The fall flavors are there but are subtle. Good beer for what it is. Definitely worth a try and I will drink this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 01:11:55 | More by DarthKostrizer
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruery Provisions on 2011 Black Tuesday. Taster tulip glass.

Pours reddish brown with a cap of tan/off white foam, some lacing and decent retention. Smell is very yam forward (never thought I'd say that), cinnamon and allspice and faint syrupy/molasses. Taste is big on yams again, some malt but the spices and syrup barely come through. Taste is off dry. Slight off taste lingers on the tongue, with the ingredients not quite coming together. Medium body and medium-light carbonation are fine.

Overall, big on yams, which I enjoyed in the beer despite not liking yams much in real life. Some nice supporting spice aroma which doesn't quite appear enough in the taste to really make the beer come together. Not very much maple either, considering the name. In any case, a nice beer to remind you of Thanksgiving, more so than pumpkin beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 22:50:08 | More by pmarlowe
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Bruery Provisions in Orange.

A - Murky copper to light brown, light orange/tan head. Pours about a finger's worth and it sticks around for a while.

S - Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Your typical pumpkin pie/beer spice combo. Not really picking up on the ginger. Some malt and faint esters also present.

T - Mmm. Yams instead of pumpkin, and it works. This was actually the first Bruery beer I'd tried, last year around this time. The 2011 version tastes better than I remember. I can pick up on the maple syrup, but the spices dominate. Somewhat belgian. A little sweet.

M - Not a lot to say here you probably don't already know. It's like every other pumpkin ale, but with yams. Smooth, medium body.

O - Not really a pumpkin beer, per se, but still amazing. I can't wait to try the BA and 100% brett versions.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 22:17:25 | More by Cinderbike
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-tap this beer was a cloudy copper color with a head that displayed nice retention and left spots of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, yams, and spices. The flavors were a bit odd in my opinion, semi-sweet malts, alcohol, light esters, hints of maple and a lot of spices in particular nutmeg that seemed to sit on top of everything else. I didn’t get the subtleties I was hoping for due to this element. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation a little low.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 00:04:58 | More by thekevlarkid
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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.