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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,540 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 113
Gots: 250 | FT: 14
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gshackles, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ChugginOil
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving!

Poured in a small snifter.

Pours a very dark and murky brown color with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Thin lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is big on molasses. There is a sweet smell resonnating from the glaas. The fruit esters incorporated by the Belgian yeast strain. Some nutmeg is noticed and the 10% is diguised nicely.

The taste is pretty close to what the nose suggests. The subtle sweet molasses is certainly present but the yams are somewhat tucked away, underneath the Belgian yeast flavors. The banana and clove are noticed and again, a well hidden ABV.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with a crisp finish.

Overall, this is very tasty and represents the holiday very nicely. However, I would have liked to taste the yams a bit more and not so much Belgian influence.

ChugginOil, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

NYR_Rob, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

braican, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

RobertColianni, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

POTABLE83, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of litheum94
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Reviewed 11/6/11.

Brown body, with some reddish tones. Light brown head is very active, and goes from a decent covering to a film very quickly.

Molasses. maple syrup and spice dominate the nose. Vague, earthy sweetness, probably from the yams. Very slight must.

Thick molasses sweetness, with an earthy and sweet yam flavor. Tons of spices as well. More caramel malt sweetness. No hop profile. Slight booze on the finish.

I must admit, it took me about half the glass to adjust to the yam flavor. It was very odd at first. But this ended up being a pretty damn good beer, and it is definitely unique.

litheum94, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark copper color with a tan colored head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Some lacing down the tulip glass.

S: Brown sugar, toasted malt....a slight candied yam aroma.

T: A nice toasted malt flavor mixes with brown sugar, belgian spice and molasses. Booze, fig and molasses in the finish.

M: Medium to Heavy body and low carbonation. Almost syrupy in feel.

O: A very interesting beer....not what I was expecting, but it is tasty. As it warms, it has more depth and the esters and dark fruity flavors show through.

Kromes, Nov 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cp45, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle, 2012 vintage. Served chilled and poured into my Portsmouth Brewery snifter glass and enjoyed over about an hour span as it warmed.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color with a nice beige head and good retention on the first pour.

Aroma: Big belgian yeast and clove notes upfront. Some toasted malt and a touch of yam, although not as much as the label would have me believe. Ginger, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg round out the spices. The booze is much stronger than I expected.

Taste: The belgian yeast is really strong here and paired with some really strong booze notes. I really expected the sweetness of the yams and the spice notes to round out the booze much better, but it's just not happening for me. The ginger and nutmeg give off some nice flavor, but also give off a strange bitterness. I wish I got more maple though. This just doesn't come together for me.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side, with a pretty full body.

Overall, an interesting beer where the concept seems better than the execution. I wanted to like this beer a lot more than I did. The maple notes are barely there and the yams are lacking as well in my opinion, although I've never had a beer with yams so I don't know how qualified I am to judge that. The spice notes wear thin quickly and don't mesh as well with the base beer as I'd expect. I have another bottle and I think a couple years might really help smooth out the edges....hopefully.

Gosox8787, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

seanchai, Nov 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Tom-Peters, Dec 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

jjd315, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

pperez38, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a crimson edged dark brown color with half a finger of light brown sugar head.

S-Smells of candied yams, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with some vanilla.

T-A sweet malt and perhaps yam foreground with a spice filled (see above), dry finish.

M-Rich, full bodied at first with low carbonation and a drying, light finish.

D-A little sweet at first, but the spice kind of balances out at the finish. A 12 oz. of this would be doable, but a full 750mL of this one is a little much to put down by yourself.

samie85, Sep 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Hoptometrist, Oct 18, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

scootny, Nov 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a finger of sandy head

The aroma is very vegetal with the yams making up the majority of the aroma. All spice, cinnamon and molasses make up the rest of the scent.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Yam forward, full of spice, molasses and vanilla. Getting some heat from the booze on the back end.

Full in body with a touch too much carbonation. It doesn't ruin the beer by any means but it could stand to tone it down a bit...

Overall, this was a really good beer. The Bruery has made yet another interesting and delicious beer. Very glad that I got to have this beer.

dcloeren, Nov 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Drk93TT, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

sansho, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ncelauro, Oct 12, 2013
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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