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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 115
Gots: 260 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

capped 750ml

These guys are something else, I look forward to the opportunity to try anything new from The Bruery. Yam beer, here we go. This one pours an awesome orange/brown hue that screams the season, a small tan head rests atop. Lots of sweetness and gentle breezes of alcohol in the nose, sweet potato malt? This beer is difficult to review because there is so much happening here. Thanksgiving in a bottle really, the light maple syrup note works well with the sweetness and mild spiciness of the brew, the alcohol content is detectable but it cuts right through the flavor in a way that enhances the experience rather than hurt it, this beer is hot in a good way. Im really enjoying this, Thanksgiving in a bottle.

ATPete, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vertical from '09 to '12.

A pleasure to try four years of this unique, tasty brew. Out of the four, the '09 and '11 stand out. As expected, the '09 is the best of the bunch. In the '09, every flavor blends to create a very intriguing fall brew. And of course, the alcohol is completely subdued. That's the issue with the other vintages. Too much burn from the alcohol as well as less-developed flavors. Especially the '12. Way too much booze. But, overall, the spices, yams, molasses, and Belgian yeast all play a part unique to each year. Nothing spectacular, though. Just a well-crafted, enjoyable seasonal brew.

Gatch, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep ruby brown ale with a firm 2-finger head of tawny foam; some lacey drapes and motes cling to the glass

S: face-palm of exactly what's advertised: sweet yams, maple and molasses

T: this is a good beer if you're into imperial pumpkin-style ales - it's sweet, with lots of sweet savory flavors - almost as if someone food-processed Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with marshmallows and infuded that into a brown ale; some vegetal notes

M: a little tacky/chalky aftertaste to this filling and medium-bodied beer; alcohol is well-masked

O: I do like imperial pumpkin ales, and this is reminiscent of them - very autumnal, very seasonally flavored and sweet - truly a good beer

Greywulfken, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Braz
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

Braz, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +6.1%

laxer8811, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

braican, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

dexterk1, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

gueuzegossage, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jkane101, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

StephRai, Thursday at 10:17 PM
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Archemedies, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of gshackles
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 Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Tom-Peters, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +6.1%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of kmanjohnson
3/5  rDev -20.4%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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

ncelauro, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cp45, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

POTABLE83, Jan 29, 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
Photo of jjd315
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jjd315, Sep 28, 2013
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.