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Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by MiScusi on 09-21-2008

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Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an above average attempt at a Fall Spiced Ale.

Murky brown color with small & Airy off white head

Maple in done in moderation, not too much or little

Fairly creamy body and nice amounts of spice make this a well balanced beer

The booze is fairly well hidden

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Photo of AryaSparge
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Warm brown body with medium-light head. Right off the bat, the smell is like pumpkin pie spice--malty, but obvious notes of cinnamon and maple syrup. Taste is sweet, with hints of roasted malt, fruity and spicy Belgian yeast (borderline Saison?), and finishes pancakes-and-syrup sweet. Besides the cinnamon/nutmeg pie spice, I wouldn't have thought typical "pumpkin beer" flavor profile.

Overall, it was neat to try a beer that was both decidedly Belgian and Brown at the same time, but I think the sugar of the beer often overshadowed any of the more complex flavors this beer had.

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Photo of Lobina
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look was all about fall. Brownish orange and very cloudy. Limited head. Didn't get a lot of aroma from this one. Not sure why. Was hoping for more. Didn't get the taste either. more of a barley wine taste which is not my cup of tea. Enjoyed the feel but overall for the price would not go back. If I did I would age this a year or so.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 25/12/15

A clear reddish amber with a two finger tan foam that's gone in a flash leaving no lace

S brown sugar, yams, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, vanilla, a little maple, about what I expected

T more sugars and some booze added to the mix, pie spices all over the place

M medium weight enough bubbles to give it some life, a little heat and a spicy finish

O a pumpkin beer without the pumpkin, a little extra booze then most but nothing to really make it stand out

Solid beer but just another in a long line of spiced autumn ales, way over priced and I doubt I'd grab another

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Photo of Slack
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012.

Medium amber in color and translucent with moderate lacing.

Aroma is a mix of candied yams, molasses, raisins, and vanilla.

Taste is those same candied yams, molasses, mild yeast, maple syrup, and mild allspice.

Mouthful is medium and soft. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is sweet and warming.

Aging this beer was the bees knees. It developed a lot more body and depth. The yam and molasses are much more pronounced and the alcohol is in the picture. Much more reminiscient of a barley wine. Great stuff.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours Amber in color with a plentiful 2 finger head.

Aroma is pretty much dominated by the brown sugar and molasses. Definitely a Belgian yeast character.

Taste is like a malt forward Belgian saison. More molasses and brown sugar. Some bright citrus plays through. Some allspice, clove, and cinnamon.

Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer. I see it pairing well with thanksgiving dessert. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass, dark amber, mahogany color with head that fades. Smell is of a rich Belgian dark ale, the yams and fall seasonal spices, and maple syrup are all hard to detect. Delicious beer, but maple and yams are underwhelming. Wish there was more to it, as I opened this on Thanksgiving.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When you put them colors together that scream fall, this is the color. Aroma was all dark gourd and sugar. More fall stuff.

Taste, a nice spin on pumpkin beers, this one is yam/substantially. Covers some alcohol heat very well, would have guessed less than 10.5%. Not a malt bomb, even though a hop presence is not discernable. Some nutty presence to it. Viscosity was slightly sludgy for style, thought it was kinda cool even though it is far from my cup of tea.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is a brownish amber with a thin head that remains with the beer.

Aroma: Definitely a lot of spice and that slight sourness I've come to expect from a pumpkin type beer.

Taste is lots of spice and a thin belgiany quality like a spiced triple. Not really picking up anything distinctly yam. but a decent fall beer overall.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nutmeg heavy on nose and tongue. The yams and maple are overpowered by the alcohol and the nutmeg. A little too much carbonation for this type of beer. It is a big powerful cold fall eve beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and heavy, and despite its pleas to be not considered a pumpkin spice beer, it still more or less tastes like one - albiet, a very good one. The maple comes out a bit in the leafy, autumnal rich and grassy flavor of the leaves, and less in the candy sweetness of the syrup. But don't fret, the yams provide plenty of hearty sweet flavor. The spices are well done, and when I served it at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, it was a perfect complement to the rest of the classic meal.

The texture is, as I said, quite thick and hearty, and the 9% abv certainly lets its presence be known, but there is more of a burn from the cardamom and nutmeg and yam (né pumpkin) flavor than from the booze. Rest assured, this will f--- you up if you drink it all, but with a beer this intensely flavorful and dense, and in such a big bottle, it's probably best shared with one or two others.

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Photo of Jacksteinberg
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The boozy-ness over powers the tastes of the maple. The smell is faint. Light mouthfeel (good for a brown). Overall mediocre, doesn't feel true to the name.

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Photo of McStagger
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very nice crimson. Slightly cloudy, with a finger or so of khaki head. Fairly rapid carbonation rising to form the head.

S: Smacks of pumpkin spice mixed with belgian yeast. Spicy intermingles with sweet. Like taking a whiff of the sweet potato pie and spice rack at the same time. Belgian yeast has the slight edge, with serious hits of phenolic fruit. But the spice underlies, with shots of nutmeg and clove. Not getting much in the way of yam, with the yeast notes fighting the other adjuncts.

T: Phenolic belgian yeast up front. Tons and tons of maple in the beginning give way to belgian qualities as it opens up. Maple is still a constant undertone. The brown ale components flex mid palate, revealing soft chocolate notes that quickly tighten up into notes of belgian spice with a slight hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Detectable heat going down the hatch.

O: Pretty delicious. I wouldn't recommend this with turkey dinner, but it'd be great with the dessert course.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip based on the Belgian-esque qualities assumed in this one.
The appearance was an almost dark brown color with copper hues along the sides. Arranging above, a one finger white to off white foamy head retains itself for a good minute before gently dissipating into a clingy semi-thick foamy lacing.
The aroma takes some sweet potatoes and brown sugar to roll right on into spicy Belgian yeast. Some cinnamon and nutmeg rounds out with maple syrup.
The taste involves all of the previously mentioned flavors to meld extremely nice. Light woodiness shows up to balance nicely.
The mouthfeel was fairly sticky through the syrupy portion. I'd say this was about medium bodied.
Overall, if the carbonation was a bit bumped up in this one, it might not be as sticky as I had sipped. However, it is a still a wonderful from The Bruery for Autumn.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was a good tasting beer. It just didn't really get many of the flavors it boasts on the bottle to me. Dark brown color. Smells sweet and a slight alcohol aroma. Tasted sweet too, kinda get the maple syrup. Otherwise it just seemed to turn a brown ale into the taste of a golden ale to me. It was still pretty good beer, just not what you thought NYD.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly light brown from the bottle, but settles into a darker, copper-tinged brew in the glass. Translucent and slightly hazy, and topped by a large light cream colored head. Very good retention and nice lacing. The colors themselves certainly evoke Fall.

Big, sweet aroma, shot through with tons of spicy Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and nutmeg; maple syrup and cedar; sweet potatoes and brown sugar. Now it looks and smells like Fall in a glass.

Flavor follows: despite not being a pumpkin beer, it's quite similar to most pumpkin brews, as the same spices dominate the brew, followed by a slightly sour woody lacing, sweet and spicy Belgian yeast with a touch of must, and light brown sugar and caramel. It's more complex than most Fall brews, but similarly spicy and sweet.

Lively and sticky; moderately full bodied, surprisingly. Pretty drinkable, but sticky enough to make it a slow sipper.

This is a very different take on a Fall beer, yet simultaneously familiar. The Belgian yeast provides the biggest departure.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from Bruery.....this is a perfect autumn beer, very well made managing to balance out the fall spices with the sweetness of the maple syrup....a great autumn beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. 5oz served in a minisnifter.

I don't know what to say about this saison. It's a medium brown body, one finger white head that dies out quickly, no lacing. Smells of a ton of spices; a bit of cinnamon, yam, molasses, allspice, a hint of maple, Belgian yeast esters and a bit of minerals to it. Despite all the spices, this is smelling quite sweet. Flavour backs this up as well, sweet toffee, yam, molasses and a bit of maple rounds out the spices that are a bit less prevalent than on the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit too sweet but well carbonated.

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Photo of BWood
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice fall beer. Great alternative to a pumpkin ale which is everywhere. I can taste the yams and nice subtle spice notes. I will definitely get more..

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Photo of Brew_42
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy and dark amber with little to no head to speak of. Not a particularly pretty beer, but the taste is what matters.

Smell- Maple, cinnamon, and vanilla with some Belgian yeast.

Taste- Follows the nose in a very balanced way. Maple and cinnamon up front and vanilla towards the end with some warmth from the ABV. This is what I always have hoped for when I see a maple beer. I have been let down by some great breweries but this beer incorporates maple flawlessly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall- This beer is exactly what it markets itself to be, a delicious alternative to pumpkin beer. After several years of pumpkin beer, this is a welcomed alternative. Great beer for a cool fall night.

Edit:Had another bottle late in the season and it was even better than the first. I let it warm up a bit and all the flavors came through stinger but still balanced. Officially overtakes any pumpkin beer I've ever had. With the exception 8 Maids a Milking I've never had a beer from the Bruery thst wasn't phenomenal

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dark auburn in color. Wonderful aroma on this beer - I get caramel, molasses, vanilla, cinammon, maple syrup, and what I would've sworn was cardamom. Medium weight, and fairly carbonated. The taste pretty well follows the aroma, unfolding a medley of flavors that are hard to notate individually. Tons of cinammon, nutmeg, and various spice. I swear there's cardamom in this beer. Less prevalent is the maple syrup, which is kinda creeping along in the background. Not strong, but once I picked up on it, it made the beer for me.

In all honesty, I felt like this beer would be the result if you were to mix Sour in the Rye with 3 Floyds Alpha Kong. I dunno. Either way, great beer.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer on a cold autumn night in Colorado, from a vantage point where I could practically hear falling leaves scraping against the window as they listlessly fell onto a fading suburban lawn. It's a fine setting for this dark brew, and shortly after the pour I get a real sense of how appropos it is. THe aroma is packed with molasses, and seasoned with dark pepper and bay leaf. Overall, my impression is a scent that is both deep and sweetFascinating aroma. Lots of molasses and black pepper and all spice and even bay leaf. It's a smell worth of competing with a slow cooker running through a deep autumn afternoon. And now we move to the body, thick and deep in palate and flavor. Sweet potato tang and sweetness appear here, borrowing some spice from the nose for a pungent, but deep, dulcet and satisfying flavor. Dark molasses provides that body and sweetness, mixing together well with all the other flavors. But do take cautious: this is immensely boozy. Let it age a season or two, or if you just prefer strength to finesse.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown and a thin tan head with no retention. Sweet maple and spice with some yam aromas. Syrup and spice initially with Belgian yeast and candy. Light alcohol and dry, yeasty finish. Slick, smooth and low carbonation.

A little sweet but the Belgian elements balance it out. An interesting beer to perhaps age and mellow out the sweetness but I'm not sure it will improve that much.

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Photo of m0ntels
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to try a yam beer once I heard of it. Very similar to a pumpkin beer overall, so not too exciting there. Very bold flavors all around though. Yam, spice, and yeast all strong but well balanced. I wouldnt drink this all the time, but one on the first chilly autumn evening wouldnt be a bad way to kick off the season.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal creep that is yammy and semi-sweet. Light and entry-level craft beer style. Widely available. Brown with light brown head, not super thick but smooth. Ages well for up to a year.

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