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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,482
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 107
Gots: 229 | FT: 13
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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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 03:44:42 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-12-2013 22:35:33 | More by gueuzegossage
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-22-2013 04:08:12 | More by elkinbrown
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-29-2014 01:04:57 | More by LakerLeith
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-01-2014 19:07:35 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-25-2014 02:19:10 | More by PappyVans
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, ruddy brown/amber tone with a solid finger+ of a creamy tan head; decent retention and lacing. good looking beer.

aroma is real nice bouquet of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin notes that couple with some traditional BSDA characterisics: belgian yeast, dark fruits, and brown sugar. definitely some notable alcohol in there too.

much the above mentioned pull through in the flavor. here i pick up on the yams, maple sugar, and molasses. a fair amount going on; reasonably complex and tasty, though decidedly on the sweet side and packs a bit of a boozy, bitter finish that detracts somewhat. not sure what to make of the aftertaste, either... something vaguely unpleasant about it.

medium-bodied, medium to low on the carbonation. this is one of those beers that is definitely a unique and tasty take on the style, yet the sweetness of it reins in its drinkability - a small doses type of brew. that said, i think it's a solid autumn ale that i'll be looking to buy again - maybe when the leaves start falling. would love to try the barrel aged version.

original review on: 09-19-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 06:43:19 | More by BostonHops
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

06-13-2013 19:21:57 | More by djre4orm
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-19-2011 16:48:33 | More by Rempo
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Took this over to my beer gru's house for a snobbery session. I picked this one up on clearance for $10. At first the taste was void not great but it grew on me as it warmed. Bonus points overall because it is very easy to drink for 10%. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer that I hope to have again, depending upon cost.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 23:49:34 | More by JamieDuncan
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-23-2014 16:31:36 | More by Drk93TT
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-29-2013 05:18:26 | More by gillagorilla
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy copper/toffee color with a creamy tan head that leaves great lacing. Not as dark as I was expecting but it looks great.

S- Lots of spice and dark fruit scents coming through in the nose. I can definitely smell that this was brewed with yams and molasses.

T- Huge rush of tart Belgian flavor with tons of spice and maple. Yams are even more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. A sweet toasted malt flavor takes a back seat to caramelized dark fruits and spice. A hot sting of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very yammy aftertaste that lingers.

D- Well, this brew is what it is. Very appropriately named Autumn Maple but maybe an even better name could have been Autumn Maple Yams.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:31:47 | More by projectflam86
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-22-2011 14:12:09 | More by patm1986
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-08-2013 19:48:21 | More by braican
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours and attractive orangey garnet with a thick khaki colored head that quickly fades to a ring.
the aroma is somewhat surprising after reading the description on the bottle. it smells a good deal more saison-y than i expected. i suppose i was expecting more along the lines of english barleywine, but i digress... it has a fruity bretty saison aroma, with brown sugar and starchy yam. closer inspection reveals some faint maple as noted in the name of the beer. very complex.
the taste is much like the aroma, except with the maple emerging a bit more and playing interestingly of of the tartness. some allspice and cinnamon in there too. again, this is very saison-like, it's interwoven with those nice farmhouse flavors. sweet and tangy, but drier than it initially seems.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. it's mild, but i don't seem to have the compalaint that many others have about the low carbonation levels. it seems i got an appropriately carbonated one.
the drinkability is good in the respect that the alcohol is well hidden, and there are some really nice complexities, but it's a tad too sweet and tangy to get a solid 4.0 in that category. overall all though, a very nice effort by the brueryy, they've introduced something new and most welcome to the fall seasonal category. a good after dinner sipper, might even go well with the right dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 01:58:57 | More by kmo1030
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-20-2011 00:46:49 | More by Nightrain87
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-03-2013 21:44:20 | More by gpawned
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2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown colow, with a thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a mild maple syrup flavor. It has a slight cinnimon aroma as well. Some yam and marshmally aroma also.

Wow...This beer is unique. It tastes like it smells. Yams, marshmallow, maple syrup and cinnimon. It is a little over sweet.

This beer is full bodied. It is too sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The sweetness is overpowering.

Overall: Nice try. It is unique, and if is wasnt so overpowering, it might be good. As it is, it is way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:45:16 | More by OStrungT
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours more of a ruby red, with brown highlights then anything else. For it's body, the head is tanner then what I would expect, is pretty thick, and carbonation seems tight.

S: The aroma is that of candy yams, and the yeasty Belgium spices you would expect in a Trappist brew. The maple and molasses add a sweetness to the aroma.

T: The flavor follows suit, sweet candy yams, with a small alcohol burn on the finish. This brew could be much more complex then it's drinking. I expect more spices and yeasty notes. As far as molasses and maple syrup goes, they aren't present much at all, but maybe that was The Bruery's plans all along.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is average....probably lower. This beer needs to beef up it's volume. The drink is a little above average for it's ABV.

Overall, this brew says its a Belgium Brown Ale, BA classifies it as a BSDA, but I'm saying this brew happens to look and drink like a Belgium Dubbel. With a more hefty mouth feel,I'd definitely bump up the scores.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:58:47 | More by TKEbeerman
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured into a Bells snifter. The pour is quite beautiful. It is clear and golden brown in color with a massive head that shows good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is very fall-like. There are sweet bready notes, nutmeg, allspice, and a pumpkin-like sweet potato smell.

The beer has a medium full body. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, even though the carbonation level is quite high. The flavor is quite sweet. Big, bready, malty notes are evident on the front of the palate. They blend with flavors of molasses, brown sugar, yams, and holiday spice. As the beer de-gasses a bit, some subtle dark fruit flavors of raisins and dates start to come forward. There is a nice alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, this is a delicious beer. It is a perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. My only issue with it is that it is very rich and it is difficult to drink a lot of it. Share your bottle with friends and family at the holiday table.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 09:55:50 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-17-2013 00:19:18 | More by sansho
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-20-2013 04:32:00 | More by aquazr1
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1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

05-14-2012 13:13:22 | More by M1A2
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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