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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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85
very good

1,655 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
Gots: 279 | FT: 15
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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

djrn2, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful burnt umber with orange streaks and a nice off-white head.

S: The yams certainly come through in the initial whiff. Lots of spicing on top. Even without actual pumpkin, I've got no problem with this being classified as a pumpkin ale--all of the same spicing with a nice twist. In addition to the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, maple and vanilla definitely come through with a little bit of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Much like the smell. When poured from the fridge, the sweetness was more noticeable, along with the sweet potatoes. As it warmed up, more of the spices and other notes started to show more presence.

M: Medium bodied without much--if any--alcohol presence. No carbonation issues with this year's batch.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style. One of my new favorite fall seasonals.

Thorpe429, Sep 27, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy caramel amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. When viewed from a distance, the beer is opaque. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yams and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose—nutmeg and cinnamon seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has hints of brown sugar and associated sweetness from this and the yams.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer as it manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a nice alternative to a pumpkin beer if you are looking for something seasonal to have during the autumn months, such as during Thanksgiving dinner.

metter98, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A beautiful looking Belgian style, with a tea brown color and a frothy head that sticks and laces with the best of the continent

Smell: Yams, clove, nutmeg and allspice, underneath - maple and molasses also dominant

Taste: Maple, nutmeg and molasses overwhelm the tastebuds at the outset; so much so that it is hard to taste the malt character of the beer underneath; if you wait long enough, the spices start to come through, however; after the swallow, the sweetness abates a bit to let in the yam character (and the Belgian yeast elements as well) but the damage was already done

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy feel; slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: An execeptional but ultimately flawed beer, to my palate; great look and feel, but the molasses is just a bit too much and overwhelms the palate; if the sweeter elements were a bit more subtle, this would be extraordinary

brentk56, Nov 14, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam."

--Popeye the sailor man

Murky English toffee with hazy orange highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking led to a high altitude pour, which led to a loose collection of ecru colored bubbles that isn't lasting long and isn't laying down any lace. It goes without saying that undercarbonation is an issue. The beer itself still looks fantastic.

Since no pumpkin was used in the brewing of Autumn Maple, calling it a pumpkin ale isn't valid. Having said that, it smells like a pumpkin ale. Since yams don't taste like pumpkins, the spices must be causing the confusion. By my nose, cinnamon and nutmeg are the most prominent. Also present are allspice, vanilla, molasses and maple syrup. Other than a lack of power brought about by a lack of bubbles, I like it.

It's a damn shame that these guys released such a potentially awesome brew when they had to know that it was horribly undercarbonated. In spite of that, AM's deliciousness is obvious. That is, if you like sweet, generously spiced pumpkin ales... which it isn't... but you get the idea.

Molasses and maple syrup ensure that this big ale is on the sweet side, although it's nowhere near as sweet as a big malty barleywine or some double stouts. It's doubtful that very much of either one was used or they would have overpowered the other ingredients. That sort of restraint was not used when it comes to the spices... and the beer is better for it.

The flavor profile consists of yams with a thin coating of maple syrup, golden brown sugar, a surprising amount of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of clove from the Belgian yeast. The alcohol is buried (almost) without a trace. Oh, what depth and complexity might have been present if proper carbonation had created more volume.

Mouthfeel was bound to take a significant hit. However, it isn't as if the beer is totally flat, so I've decided to cut it some slack. As one who prefers fewer bubbles rather than more bubbles (in most cases), an average score seems reasonable.

I knew about the carbonation issue prior to purchasing this 750 ml bottle. I pulled the trigger anyway because the thought of a yam-based Belgian brown ale with a 'pumpkin ale' palette of spices sounded too good to pass up. If The Bruery fixes things with the next batch, look out.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 23, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting and complexly challenging, it's easy to draw comparisons to American Brown Ales and pumpkin additions. But this is different- let's see how...

Pouring a medium brown with a mild haze, the beer builds a very sturdy foam stance with stubborn staying power. A dirty-white foam (not quite tan, but darker than eggshell) attempts to lace but never makes it happen. Still the head formation and retention is impressive.

Spicey cinnamon and brown sugar adorn earthy-sweet scent of... I guess, yams?. Again I want to think it's pumpkin but with more earthiness and starchy scents. This all builds on a mildly toasty Brown Ale base. But this Brown Ale compliments the spicy start with built-in notes of white pepper, corriander, and alcohol.

Flavors bound with the vegitable (yams), yeast (fruity/spicy) and residual flavors of maple syrup. Notice that the beer doesn't allow for added sweetness from maple syrup, only the taste. But not is all terrific as the Begian-y tartness mixes with the astringency of added spice for a taste/texture that might be more bitey and distracting than benneficial. Low on hops, this kinda beer doesn't need 'em. The beer has enough balance built into it's complex matrix.

Creamy and full from the start, which carries pasta the mid palate before starting it's late phase. The starchy aroma and flavor manifests itself in texture even moreso. An abrupt late drop of texture brings about the astringent feel and unappealing type of bitterness that closes the beer without drying. The battle of early creaminess vs. late bite will bennefit the former but the later does hurt a bit.

I love the concept and refusal to go with the norm (sounds like something Dogfish Head would have brewed), but the execution needs some work. I need more savory flavors and sweetness from the maple syrup and I need a more pungent/earthy flavor of Belgian Brown (maybe a Flander's Bruine) to counter the sweet/starchy base of maple and yams. Though asking the impossible, a guy can dream- can't he?

BEERchitect, Dec 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light burgundy color ale with a very thin bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of yams is dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by yams with some sweet malt but absence of carbonation and overpowering of sweetness renders this beer quite gross. Body is very thin and somewhat oily with no carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I must admit that I am very disappointed by this one - no carbonation and grossly sweet makes for a total mess. This is surprising considering the very good beers I had from the brewery previously.

Phyl21ca, Apr 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sending this bottle out to the Southeast. Arrived yesterday and immediatly thrown into the fridge. This one was served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 11/08/2008.

The pour was rather uninspiring I have to admit. I had heard about the carbonation problems on this one, and it really hit home once I opened the bottle. No head, no foam, no bubbles, no nothing. Just a flat, lifeless, brown liquid. Nearly opaque in its darkness was the only saving grace to this one.

The aroma was pleasant, albeit a little lighter then I was expecting. Nice touches of molasses and maple syrup weighed in heavily, though the spices seemed to be all but covered up under a bit too hot alcohol profile. The flavor though started to redeem itself quite nicely. Rich notes of maple syrup and molasses washed over the tongue immediatly, falling into a spiced yam like flavor that was layered on top of a nice bready malt profile. Lots of alcohol in thiso ne, as the sips starting to warm as I went through it. The carbonation level came into play again in the feel as it just did not have any life to it and it really could have benefitted from this here. Still though, admirably sippable for sure.

Overall, I am looking forward to getting this one again next year, as this years batch has suffered far too greatly from lack of carbonation. It just felt lifeless and dull, which is a shame as this may have been a remarkable brew otherwise.

mikesgroove, Nov 10, 2008
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a mild off-white/khaki colored head.

S: The nose is sweet and spiced, a nice combination actually. I pick up the array of spices used along with a really pleasant sweetness, but not so much the yams. Lots of nutmeg, brown sugar, and maybe a touch of maple.

T: Though I did not notice them on the nose, I get quite a bit of yam flavor (which is nice because I often don't get pumpkin in pumpkin beers). Again, the nutmeg and brown sugar are strong and provide a really nice flavor. A nice bready flavor, almost of rye bread, actually.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation, even on tap.

D: This is a really nice beer to enjoy a glass of when it starts getting a little cooler out (though that won't happen for some time here in Southern California). I always look forward to this beer.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight orange hue body. Minimal lacing.

S: lots of spices for the season including cinnamon, maple, candy apple, nutmeg and yams.

T: nice caramel malt base with nutmeg and red apple up front moving to yams finishing with mostly cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. Minimal brown sugar for sweetness.

M: medium slightly chewy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the spices aren't overwhelming and although I describe them in sections they run together except for the cinnamon in the finish which lingers for a while. A very nice and complex brew.

kylehay2004, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 09 on tap at Tap & Table. I had this from a bottle once before and it's better this time around. The color is a really nice autumn brown and very clear. From the bottle it was cloudy and brown kinda muddy. The spices are really well done in this beer the usuage of yams in the batch is great idea as well. It's slightly sweet but mostly spiced. This beer is awesome for the thanksgiving season! Definitely try it.

Knapp85, Mar 31, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when I had started asking when we'd see more tuber-based beers, this comes along. My fervent prayers have been answered in the form of The Bruery's Autumn Maple!

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark, deep, garnet-hued body with a very thin, whitish head.

Smell: Toasted yams, caramel-scented malts with a rich, smoked spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and balmy allspice. Molasses and maple are present, though remain light. Slight fruitiness.

Taste: Tastes of caramelized grains match well the flavor of maple-glazed over-roasted yams (similar in many ways to a pumpkin ale, but lacking that squashy, vegetable quality you occasionally get). Slight touch of molasses. Minor appleskin and raisin fruitiness. Rather all-around robust spice character. Tiny nod of cracked cloves from the yeast. No more than a touch of earthy hop bitterness. It certainly hides the alcohol well. Drying finishes with a final adieu from the yams.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. A tad undercarbonated, but, then again, isn't the entire season of Autumn?

Drinkability: Fairly good. It's definitely unique, which is never a bad thing, and with a few tweaks here and there, particularly in the carbonation department, The Bruery could have a real winner on their hands.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.