1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Autumn Maple - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Autumn MapleAutumn Maple

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

1,537 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,537
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 113
Gots: 247 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Autumn Maple Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,537 | Reviews: 555 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lcmir23
4/5  rDev +6.1%

lcmir23, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jeffoatess
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jeffoatess, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of dave8910
4/5  rDev +6.1%

dave8910, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

A: A very dark but not completely opaque brown pour. Huge frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, maple, nutmeg, and yams. Belgian yeast lends a nice fruitiness as well. A bit of cinnamon and vanilla?

T: Huge yams up front with molasses and caramelized brown sugar. Remaining spices kick in in the middle and through the end. Strong flavor.

M: Quite heavy, bordering on a nice big stout.

O: Not bad, kinda like a big pumpkin beer without the pumpkin. The yams are very dominant unfortunately - not very well balanced. If you don't like yams don't waste your time with this one.

Dope, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Rckmo10
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Rckmo10, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +6.1%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jmadrigal2
5/5  rDev +32.6%

jmadrigal2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mfield14
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of peacehammer
5/5  rDev +32.6%

peacehammer, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Deep, dark mahogany brown with hints of orange and a small off white head.

Nose: Candied yams, maple syrup, pecan, Belgian yeast, an abundance of all spice and nutmeg.

Taste: kind of strange but the yams and maple come through pretty quickly with all spice, nutmeg, and some vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of oily presence. Slightly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty great for the style as I enjoy this much more than the usual pumpkin beers out there.

waltersrj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.1%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Dael5859
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Dael5859, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with some deep burnt orange hues. Light beige head dissolves, leaving little lacing or retention.

This smells like thanksgiving. Yams and roasted malts with caramel and syrup. Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg create a cornucopia of spice. Light alcohol heat, but not too much.

A bit sweet up front, very distinct notion of candied yams. Spice everywhere with cinnamon and nutmeg at the forefront. Caramelized sugar with a burnt edge, burly malt backbone. Sticky syrupy caramel with some more yams towards the finish. Soft boozy warmth.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. This is a pretty tasty seasonal beer - I was expecting the 10% to be too much, but it managed to stay out of the way enough so you can taste all of the unique flavors. A bit rich, but definitely something I'd have again.

xnicknj, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a medium brown color, has a rich look to it. Not so much hazy as it is dense and cloudy. The head is minimal and has no retention.

The smell is way complex. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice take care of the spices; a bit of vanilla; and a funky fruitness from the Belgian yeast. I wouldn't have guessed maple except for the whole name of the beer. When you stick your nose in the snifter for a sip, you pick up the alcohol.

It's got a strange taste to it. It's not bad, it's just unusual, likely the maple and yams at work. To be honest, there's a lot happening in the mouth that the only thing I pick up is the maple, and I'm not convinced it belongs in a beer.

The beer almost has a creaminess to it, likely the vanilla and yams. Medium-bodied. Sweet and spicy, with even more sweet in the finish, along with a tad of heat from the alcohol and a hint of bittering hops.

This borders on being too sweet with the yams, maple and vanilla all being suspects. It does make a decent cold weather warmer but it's not something I could have often as I think it might be a bit too sweet for drinking often.

RickS95, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of danbar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

danbar, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jwelsh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev +6.1%

emaciated, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tmarq9
5/5  rDev +32.6%

tmarq9, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tbeq00, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +32.6%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Pours a reddish brown color. Very hazy. You can't see through it. AN off white colored head thats fairly thin disappears quickly.

S: Smell is more belgian than anything. The yeast really stands out. Also some brown sugary cinnamon and nutmeg. An ever so slight touch of vanilla.

T: A lot of alcohol soaked pumpkin flavors on the front of the tongue. The spices are there, nutmeg cinnamon. Mid tongue the sweetness appears. Maple syrupy brown sugar and vanilla.

M: The yams work to make this beer very soft on the pallet. It's medium bodied but it seems very undercarbonated to me. Just a touch more as far as carbonation would do wonders for this beer.

Overall: I've about given up on finding a pumpkin beer that blows me away. I was hoping this one would but it felt short. I have one left to try and then i might just throw in the towel on pumpkin style beers all together.

BigMike, Nov 17, 2011
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,537 ratings.