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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1409
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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elgiacomo

Georgia

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

16oz Growler. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear brown/copper/red with a one finger light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is spicy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, etc, definitely picking up the yams and some notes of maple syrup and vanilla, mild fruity esters deep underneath. Very good strength.

Flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, moving to the yams, maple syrup, vanilla, finishes with strong fruity notes and quite sweet. 10% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Interesting and overall pretty tasty beer. I’ve never been big on pumpkin beers, but this one always caught my eye every year, but I never could pull the trigger as I knew 750ml would be just way too much. With a recent opportunity to purchase a 16oz growler, I couldn’t pass it up.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2012 23:47:28 | More by elgiacomo
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scootny

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great follow up to the traditional pumpkin ale at the Thanksgiving table. A very clear garnet brown with a decent light khaki head. Light to moderate lacing on the glass after a quick fade. There is some stickiness apparent in the liquid. A deep rich nose full of sweet malts and Belgian yeast. The yams add a thick layer of decadence to the dark breads and malt. Banana is enhanced by them. Dark fruits are sitting on top of them. This is so pleasing to my nose I could smell it for days and still want more. A bit of earth balances the thick sweet breadiness, a light touch of alcohol adds a flourish. Taste is in line with the nose. Dark fruits and large slices of sweet brown bread in the front. Some notes of maple syrup. Earthy mellow hops to balance and bitter the finish. Complex spiciness that makes you wonder if it is spice or the basics. The usual holiday bouquet is here but is so well integrated you just enjoy it without focusing on it. Feel is supple with a light syrup consistency. Moderate carbonation is spot on and just a bit short of creamy when fresh poured. After a bit of time however the bubbles take on a gentle personality and add just enough movement to keep the beer from getting heavy. A nice experience overall on balance. Drinkability is surprising for a BSDA. This went down like a lager almost and with good food a real winner. A great beer for the holiday table as well as anytime Belgian dark urgings. Really good stuff here.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2010 07:27:38 | More by scootny
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Nesued

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful growler from the great staff at Green's on Piney Grove Road in Columbia, SC. Kudos for their continued efforts on bringing outstanding offerings to Columbia!

Appearance - Toffee/amber in color, clear with a moderate carbonation and a moderate head as well. Good to see a balanced carbonation from a The Bruery product! Great thin head retained once the brunt faided.

Smell - Spice greets your nose. Some allspice, caramel and nutmeg round out your first impression. True to the expectation of this "harvest" ale.

Taste - Rich molasses and maple lead you into a very smooth initial presentation. Sweet middle with the alcohol making an appearance. Not as "boozy" as you would expect for a whopping 10.5% offering which adds to the drinkability. The finish again is filled with the sweet maple presence. Not much hop bite to temper the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation fades over time to make this a bit thicker than expected. That combined with the malty/sweet body is a down tick for me. The linger is long on this beer.

Drinkability - I found myself coming back to this growler after the first glass. Drinking this cold seems to improve this offering, as this adds to keeping the CO2 in solution longer. A sipper? Sure. The ABV is high enough.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 23:49:22 | More by Nesued
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bmacx1082

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a tan head.

S- Lots of spice and dark fruit scents of yams

T- Spice, maple, and caramelized dark fruit flavors. Yams are even more evident than in the smell.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- This is a nice brew that's easy to drink. It's definitely a change of pace from your usual fall seasonal pumpkins. I had no problem finishing off a 64 oz. growler and was left feeling nice with the 10.50% ABV.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2009 03:58:27 | More by bmacx1082
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KALIKGOLD

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Went down to the Charleston Beer Exchange in downtown Charleston, SC. They have "Rare Beer Tuesday's" which happens to be today, 09/29/09.

I poured it from the growler and noticed the dark hazy color, almost like sweet tea. There was no real head on the beer, maybe 2 fingers at most and off-white in color, which had a very short retention time.

It smells like grandma's house on Thanksgiving. Immediately my nose was greeted with cinnamon, clove, maple syrup, brown sugar, almost like a candied ham or yam for that matter.

The taste is an orchestra of cinnamon, brown sugar, clove with an aftertaste of candied yams and vanilla icecream mixed together, you know when you burp up candied yams after Thanksgiving dinner. A very Southern taste!

This is definately very drinkable, especially when in good company, and a beer to share for sure. The alcohol leaves a perfect burn in the back of your throat, very nice on a cold day.

I highly recommend this beer for the fall. The beer creates a perfect equation for fall and winter, all you need is Autumn Maple(+)Friends(+)A Fire(X)Cold weather and you will be sure to have a good time.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2009 23:28:40 | More by KALIKGOLD
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AltBock

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2009 06:20:19 | More by AltBock
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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Approximately 400 mL on-tap at The Bruery and a growler, a yam beer, but brewed in the style of a pumpkin ale,

A: Pours a deep burnt orange, before trying it I expected it to be lighter, but I think the deep colour goes well with strong nature of the brew. Fair head retention. Edit - The growler I had of this brew had excellent head retention, it looked really good so I'm upping the score.

S: Fall spices galore, definite nutmeg and cinnamon, allspice is used here too, but it's tough to pick out everything.

T: Spicy upfront with a bite of cinnamon. Yams come into play with a sweet finish with their characteristic taste, some marshmallow and an undercurrent of molasses and maple syrup throughout the whole drink. As close to October in a bottle as I've found so far.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on, the perfect amount of carbonation for a beer of this size. Full-bodied, viscous and spicy, no booze to speak of.

D: A beer that drinks as if it had much lower alcohol, but it still contains some heaviness making it more of a sipper. Best of the style I have ever had, I can't wait 'til it comes out in bottles, I know what I'm drinking this Halloween.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2008 18:22:34 | More by Halcyondays
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 12:58:57 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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BierJager89

California

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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threeviews

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a crowned 750ml bottle (Bottled On: 07/15/13) into a 16oz New Belgium globe

A- A conservative decanting from the bottle yields a hazy deep bronze hued beer with nothing more than a single finger's worth of a khaki colored head. Due to the nucleation in the glass, a thin sea-foam textured head remains on the surface of the beer for the duration. 4.25

S- Yammy! The aroma is not much different from a dish of candied yams that Grandma makes...yams/sweet potatoes, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, marshmallow and a hint of butter thrown in for good measure. 4.5

T- While Southern Tier's Pumking nails a dessert in a glass, Autumn Maple replicates a liquid version of that popular sweet and savory side dish which accompanies many a Thanksgiving spread. The complex flavor profile mimics everything detected in the aroma. The sweetness is surprisingly tamed perfectly by the conservative additions of the (common) spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a splash of ginger. A complex brew such as this affords a delicate and lingering finish, balanced by the sweet/savory notes with a spicy/dry finish. 4.75

M- Combined with a nucleated glass and bottle conditioning, a perfect mouthfeel is achieved. The medium-to-full body of the beer (after all, it is 10%ABV) sits well on the palate and is perfect for the dark and cold months of the year. 4.75

O- Next to Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, The Bruery's Autumn Maple stands as a close second (Samuel Adams Fat Jack rounds out my top three for pumpkin/gourdy ales). Despite reviewing a bottle "past it's prime," this beer ages exceptionally well and suits a sub-zero winter just as much as a cool autumn. Along with Uinta and Anchorage, The Bruery stands to be one of my top three breweries in 2013. Regardless of style, I encourage you all to give The Bruery serious consideration...it is worth it! 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 19:16:48 | More by threeviews
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vgarneth

North Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery makes amazing brews and this is one of my favorites. First of all, the Fall is my favorite season and this beer compliments that time of the year perfectly (in my opinion). The appearance is like that of the brilliant maple leaf as it falls from the limb to the ground. Aromas of boozy autumn flavors fill the air and warms my palate as it flows throughout. The best part is that I found this gem in the cooler hidden behind other beers and paid less than $10 for it... Nice!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:11:23 | More by vgarneth
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.26/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:29:45 | More by GreesyFizeek
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alexk307

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Brownish redish with no head. Beer is the same color as the label.

S: Dark sweet fruits, belgian yeast. Not getting ANY maple/pumpkin/spice

T: Tastes EXACTLY like Treogs Mad Elf, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. I don't think I would be able to tell the deference between the two in a blind tasting.

M: Carbonated and full. Not as carbonated as other belgian ales.

O: Low overall because I don't think this was worth the price, and it didn't taste or smell ANYTHING like a pumpkin seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:24:52 | More by alexk307
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VincentFrey

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour / Appearance: Capped bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip. Dark, partially opaque ruby red. Very pretty. Little carbonation; a small ring around the glass but no real head to speak of. For a 10% beer I'm not really surprised, although I'd think the bottle conditioning would have more of an effect. Slight detractor to the appearance, but not a major flaw.

Aroma: Heavy spicing (allspice, nutmeg?) and hints of yam, but not overpoweringly so. Darker malts balance the nose, and faint sugars provide a nice winter warmer aspect. Alcohol is present but masked. Nothing like a brown ale, but a great smell for a yam / pumpkin beer.

Flavor: Wow those spices really quick. Oddly there is a very watery aspect to the whole thing, which is incredibly off putting. It's like mulled water on the backend, and I'm halfway wondering if this did get infected. There is some belgian yeast character, but mostly spice water. I'm very disappointed

Overall: Would have been great if it weren't for the mouthfeel and resultant taste. Maybe well carbed it was excellent, but now it's kinda died,

Bottom Line: I'm not going to bother next year, though I may be in the minority. Can't recommend based on the bottle sampled.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:58:11 | More by VincentFrey
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal beer that hits the spot the same way a pumpkin beer does. This reminds me of something made by Southern Tier- good, but definitely a little over the top on the sweet end. Pours a slightly murky amber with little head. Sweet with yams and brown sugar, and moderately spiced with winter spices. Balanced, if a bit sweet. There is also a fairly nice bready finish that is a bit like an uniced cinnamon roll- yeasty,bready, a bit spicy, but not that sweet. All in all, a pleasant experience, especially after the beer opens up for a while. It seems to get less sweet and certainly less carbonated- and breadier.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:04:38 | More by Georgiabeer
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to tbadiuk for sending this beer out West for us to enjoy.
A: Crystal clear brick red that poured out with 2 fingers of pale tan microfilm and settle to a thin spider web of film scattered on top.

S: Big malty scents paired with a roasted squash peppered with nutmeg, maple syrup, molasses, and other autumn spices. Smells like everything that's good about pumpkin pie, fresh molasses buns and roasted squash - relish.

T: Super sweet malts up front leaning towards a sweet sherry followed with roasted squash topped with maple sugar and spices. The finish is almost entirely molasses with yeast notes. Represents the flavours suggested on the bottle boldly, but maybe a little to sweet for my preference, saved half the bottle for dessert course the next day - and looking forward to it.

M: A medium body with a syrup mouth feel and just a hint of carbonation. Perfect mouth feel to support the flavour.

O: Enjoyable sweet offering that will pair excellently with roasted veggies and baked chicken, a little too sweet however to pair with some meals, but would make a nice fireside sipper. Nice stand in for a sherry or even a port.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:28:46 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Autumn maple appears a medium brown in the glass, however a back light transforms the body into a beautiful deep ruby red with bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour results in a massive light tan coloured head, that displays great retention, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Wow, the nose is far more quady than I expected - there is about as much banana-ery Belgian yeast as anything else. Some holiday spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg) is present alongside a touch of sweet potato, some caramel and brown sugar. As the beer begins to warm the nose really opens up, with the Belgian yeast falling behind notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt and an increased spiced character (ginger and all spice join in).

Taste: As with the nose, initially the flavour is very Belgian with a large spicy banana yeast quality. This however fades with warming to reveal fantastic sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar as well as a nice amount of spicing, toasted malt and a little sweet potato. There is only a hint of the 10% noted in the flavour, even at room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Initially, as with most beers, Autumn Maple is over carbonated for my tastes. However the carbonation is smooth enough that the high level isn't too bothersome and it settles down nicely. The body is where this beer shines in comparison to other holiday ales - it is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Autumn Maple is an interesting take on the pumkin/holiday ale style. I think I would have preferred it without the Belgian yeast strain.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:47:47 | More by Thehuntmaster
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magictacosinus

California

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

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage. I saved this last year with the hopes to have it with Thanksgiving food, but all of my plans fell through to the point where I said, "screw it," and opened it tonight with some cassoulet.

Pours a murky brown tinged amber with (alongside an aggressive pour) about two fingers of an off-khaki head. Maintains head retention quite well for a year old beer, but it eventually dies down over the course of an hour. Leaves minimal stickiness or lacing behind. Looks viscous and intensely sugary. Let's hope it's not a Bruery diabetes bomb.

As far as beers of this type go, this smells quite good - especially in light of my fears that this one of the unfortunate bottles that suffered a widespread infection in the 2012 batch. Instead of some off-flavors, I instead get a lot of the flavors advertised on the bottle, none which seem to have faded very much in the past year: big caramel, molasses, squash (the yams, I suppose), brown sugar, light maple, dates, plums, and a truffle-like biscuit character that is distinct. The alcohol is not necessarily hidden here (this is a beer from The Bruery after all) but it only provides minor sweetness underneath the diverse array of seasonal ingredients. I'm happy with how well the yams and maple have held up after a year. Quite good stuff at the front.

I'm really glad that I aged this for a year - if I remember well how this was fresh, this was far sweeter, vegetal, and syrupy when it was first bottled, but a year of aging has allowed a lot of those aspects to mellow out a bit. Brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin (or squash - but certainly not yam), spicy molasses, dates, raisins, prunes... Lots of seasonal, festive flavors packed into one beer. Reminds me of a cross between a pumpkin ale and spiced rum. Bready in character, but nothing too malty - the sweetness and spices are well balanced, and prevent this from becoming too cloying. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here at 20 proof. Carbonation has held up decently well with the bottle conditioning, but it does get a little syrupy in the long run. I easily drank two glasses of this in one evening, and I'm looking forward to cooking the rest with some lamb or duck.

I'm glad this ended up being enjoyable, in spite of my fears of how this would turn out aged. Can't say the same amount of praise for this when fresh, but I'm definitely interested in trying the barrel aged variant. Not my favorite release of all time during this season, but it's undeniably food friendly, and very good to use for cooking as well. A success overall from one of the most divisive breweries there is.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 07:08:27 | More by magictacosinus
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a slightly vigorous and brownish head that dissipates very quickly and very little lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a clear brown that has a dark copper hue to it. However, seen in the right light, the beer also has bits of red. The beer has a strong maple smell with hints of hops complementing the maple and spices that make their appearance. In addition to the maple, the beer has hints of a banana smell that is probably the yeast and brown sugar, both of which complement the maple. The taste is fairly different from the smell. While the maple does play a central role among the various taste, the hops seem to come out more as an aftertaste. The spices are more distinct than smell. The various spices vary from cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Overall, the beer has a sugary and nutty flavor with a heavier emphasis on spices than other brown ales. Notes of yam are also present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. The beer has a smooth feel but with some texture as it is drunk. Overall, the beer is pretty good and worth getting when available.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:27:09 | More by HattedClassic
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving beer 2013

Bottled in 2012

A- pours a clear, ruby brown color with a dark tan fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving no lace behind

S- powdery yeast aromas up front with some banana, sweet molasses/brown sugar combines with the banana to give an aroma of banana nut bread, the yams add another sweet aspect and combine with some subtle spiciness, a hint of vanilla on the finish, very nice

T- sweet dark bread with some nutty flavors, cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice kicks in mid-palate and is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the molasses, Belgian yeast flavors provide fruity banana with some musty/earthiness to close it out

M- viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy finish, lingering alcohol at the end

O- I really enjoyed this, it's definitely a sipper as the ABV is definitely noticeable. It pairs amazing well with thanksgiving food, especially pumpkin pie. A lot of other reviews stated that it was too boozy, I did not find this. Perhaps the year of aging mellowed it out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:19:37 | More by Treyliff
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Jjski

New York

4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like yams and maple. I do NOT like any pumpkin beer I've tried other than Heirloom Pumpkin Barley Wine ( almanac).

This is a very complex, Belgian yesat, copper colored, malt-forward, not too sweet, yammy, maple concoction: barrel aged. It still tastes like beer, excellent beer. It does not taste or resemble most pumpkin beers in any fashion.

From first frost until sugaring season, I'm apt to pull one out of the cellar to pair with duck, turkey, roast pork.

IMHO, the Bruery makes great beers. This is one of the more under- appreciated examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 12:00:04 | More by Jjski
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Furlinator

California

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that fades to just a thin film on top that leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc., with baked yam and maple on the finish.

Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove up front with earthy yam, maple and molasses on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This brew succeeds where most pumpkin ales fail. Most pumpkin ales are thin in body and are too spice forward, where Autumn Maple allows the yams and their texture to shine alongside the Autumn spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:36:51 | More by Furlinator
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dexterk1

Illinois

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
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trentbent

New York

4.31/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 02:12:02 | More by trentbent
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my The Bruery "June 15th, 2013, Rue the Day" snifter, drank 11/28/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - amber-brown coloration, little clarity (cannot see through), tannish-brown coloration on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - like a spiced yam, some nutmeg, molasses

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a big spice and sweet character that immediately hits; as it develops in the mouth, there malt sweetness fully develops and some alcohols are detectable; on the aftertaste, it's sweet but not cloying so and resolves impressively dry

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated, big time mouthfeel from the booze

O: 8/10 - a favorite Fall ale from a brewery that doesn't see a true Fall; I like their eschewing of pumpkin but still creating an excellent seasonal Fall beer

TOTAL = 39/50

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:40:43 | More by MNishCT77
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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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