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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,730 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 123
Gots: 294 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +26%

sammyg832, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kevgod, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from The Cellar Liquor Store in Steamboat, CO. $9.

A: Murky brown in color with a cream colored head, decent head retention, a nice cap sticks around nicely. Nice lacing. Fairly cloudy.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, very heavy on the sweet smells, and spicy smells. As for straight up yams, I don't quite get that, but its pretty close. For the most part the spices really shine in this one. Interesting.

T: Has all the flavors of a well made pumpkin pie, lots of different spices, notably allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The yams lend a slightly different flavor than pumpkins, maybe a little sweeter? Very strongly flavored beer, however, there are almost no beer flavors here. A few yeasty profiles, and underneath a slight malty presence, but other than that the focus is on the spice. Interesting, but very tasty.

M: Medium body, fairly warm alcohol, light carbonation, quite sticky and sweet. A little more carbonation would be nice, but it fits well with the beer to be a little lower on the carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink, definitely a dessert beer, could sub for pie really. Tasty and a beer I'll look forward to each fall. This beer would be an excellent gateway beer. It tastes like straight up pumpkin pie, and that would go over well with just about anyone.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

calcnerd, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Massbmx, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750mL bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Cloudy orange and brown body with a few yeast particles visible. The head is light, sudsy and a finger and a half thick before settling into a lacy film over the body. 4

Well here's a surprise. This beer is quite fruity and spicy like a darker Belgian beer. Maple wafts in and out with some slight yam-like aroma. I like the combination. 4

The Belgian qualities really stand out on this with potent fig and raisin flavors. The yam and maple come in afterwards but the transition is subtle and tasty. The finish is peppery and as I continue drinking I notice a more vinous, grape-like taste to the beer. There's a sharp, harsh taste about mid-palate that otherwise interrupts the pleasant blend of flavors. 3.75

The beer is yeasty and lively like a dubbel with a candy-like sweetness and then a dry, wine-like feel. The beer is a bit thinner in body than I would expect, coupled with a colorful carbonation. 4

This beer takes an interesting direction with the Belgian qualities, as I thought the ingredients would be much more suited to a dark stout. It mostly works, despite a few hiccups in the form of harshness or flavors that don't quite mesh. In the end, it's enjoyable, but not necessarily a beer I'd have more than one of.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 05, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruddy old brown color, some haze/sediment on bottom of bottle. Light brown head is diminishing.
S: as stated on the bottle-sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup dessert spices. An interesting take and unique.
T: saa. Full sweetness. Nothing to balance it out though. Minimal hop bitterness noted. Some rummy alcohol. A sipping/dessert beer.
M: glad this didn't suffer from carbonation issues I heard previous batches did. Full-bodied and viscous.
O:delivers exactly what the label description says. I could see needing to be in the mood for this one though, or as a dessert pairing.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 01, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a sparkling clear Light brown color with a tan head that is decent but not persistent.

S: A lot to take in with a sweet yam/ pumpkin pie spice aroma and a baked brown bread and roasted/caramel malt backbone and some fruity esters from the yeast. Some raisins and currants add a bit to the mix. Hops hard to get a hold of but somewhat earthy.

T: Sweet potato pie, caramel, fresh baked brown bread, molasses, pumpkin pie spice, and a decent hit of roasted barley. Some esters are there from the yeast and rum soaked raisins come to mind with the hit of alcohol in the background after a few sips.

M: Medium body with some tight, crisp, prickly carbonation.

D: I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes brown ales. It definitely takes it to another level with yams, spices and generous alcohol. Serve it up at Thanksgiving or keep it to yourself on a nice fall evening.

scottbrew4u, Oct 16, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Glad/surprised to see this one.

A- A nice, rich caramel beer. Not much of a head on this one, but what little is there is sticking around.

S- Rich. Runs the gamut of holiday spices... cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin (I know there's no pumpkin in it).... caramel, vanilla, bourbon? Lots of things going on in this one.

T- Lip-smackin' good. Rich, nutmeg/cinnamon/caramel/vanilla/bourbon/maple syrup/molasses/candi sugar. A multi-layered beer. I'm impressed. As my first Bruery beer, I couldn't ask for much more.

M- Pretty good, good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel (although could be a biiiit fuller), and a sweetness that is just on the good side of cloying. A sweet beer, but I'm not put off by it. The spices really help cut through the sugars.

D- Very good. No sign of the ABV, this beer is a delight to drink. I'm snagging a bottle to bring home for Thanksgiving. A great beer!

ShogoKawada, Nov 15, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- A very hazy almost brown amber color. A large off white head with decent retention.

S- A spicy smelling brew. A lot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smells like a pumpkin brew in spite of the yam base. A touch of hops on the back end which I didn't expect.

T- A huge spice at first. A strong cinnamon and allspice. A touch of hop bitterness in this beer. A lot of caramel or candied sugary from this beer, perhaps from the fermented yams. A hint of molasses. The belgian yeast is somewhat subtle in this beer with the other bold flavors taking the stage. Not much maple syrum flavor but a leftover sweetness.

M- A huge body from the yams. A smooth, big beer. A sticky mouth feel. Quite warming.

O- An awesome beer. Sort of like an imperial pumpkin ale but not quite. A different beer and well done.

TwelveOunces, Oct 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Lob, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JVan, Jul 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

leinie13, Jan 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

Braz, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

brycevolk, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

magictacosinus, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

cestlavie, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

POTABLE83, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Mikeypnh, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

touchmeimsac, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

NYR_Rob, Apr 20, 2014
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,730 ratings.