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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,796 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 130
Gots: 306 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 09-21-2008

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
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy. Coppery amber in color with a huge 4 finger light tan head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma is of sweet potato pie. Yams, pumpkin pie spices, light molasses and maple syrup, Belgian yeast and alcohol.

Taste is sweet, but for me the alcohol overpowers the added flavorings though I do get a bit of the pumpking pie effect in the aftertaste. I also get the perception of rye, as in in the end, the beer seems to be more tart than sweet.

Medium to medium-thick bodied with light carbonation and a light alcohol burn in the throat.

The taste, perhaps, suffers a bit from the high alcohol content, but having said that, it might be a good idea to grab another one, and hold it for awhile, to let it age.

Photo of Brandywine
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful blood orange color. Almost no head to speak of. Nice alcohol legs and big lacing around the glass.
Smell: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, spicy esters, pumpkin
Taste: a little boozy, mild sweetness, spices are well balanced but the yam doesn't really come through except to give it a richer mouthfeel. Molasses too. There is a nice roasty, spiciness from the belgian yeast although it tastes like rye. Yams really start to come out as the beer warms up. There is also a nice breadiness without any of the yeasty notes characteristic of many belgian beers.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: a first the booziness was a little off putting but it's only appears at the tip of the tongue and actually melds very well with this well balanced beer. None of the spices are too aggressive. This makes for a very nice take on the pumpkin beer.

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my duvel tulip a darkened, hazy burnt orange with some decent loose foam on top. smell is BELGIAN. like a belgian, some fruitiness, some spiciness. as i leaned into it to drink i got a blast of alcohol smell.
taste is laced with alcohol. the spice is secondary. some sweetness.
overall, i didnt realize it was classified as a "fruit/vegetable" beer. i suppose it would be. it's not as novelty as some of the others i have tried in this category and the 10% abv makes a statement that it's a serious brew, regardless. and you will begin to feel it on a cooler autumn evening...

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this one.
Appearance: hazy, orange. Looks like an autumn beer ought to. Fairly full head on the pour that recedes but still lingers in swirls. Lacing is messy but doesn't stick around.
Smell: spices are more up front than the maple but that's there too. Nutmeg is prominent. The maple and molasses provide a nice backdrop.
Taste: the prominence is reversed here. Molasses and maple up front with the drying spices keeping it from being cloying. Very nice.
Overall: Very nice.

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

A- Poured an apt autumn deep reddish orange body, very little head that dissipated quickly, no carbonation seen in the hazed body.

S- Very decent aroma! Belgian yeast, honey yam, maple, you can pick up some nuttiness/spice too but it is very subtle and blended well. A bit of alcohol as the beer opens up.

T- A "seemingly" complex flavor of belgian yeast, molasses roasted yam, nuttiness, very subtle maple. Great blend with excellent balance! I really enjoyed the flavor. Again, a subtle booze as the beer opens up.

MF- Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. smooth/slick drinkability. Decent but not par for the style.

O- The flavor is there but it only hangs around the palate just enough to make this a fast sipping beer . Great for the holidays! The spices really accent fall/winter. I can see myself grabbing this a lot for a ham/turkey dinner!

Photo of jacewg
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the year, either a 2009 or 2010

A: Murky grayish medium brown. Forms a small light tan colored head that fades to just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but with more complexity. Sweet maple and brown sugar, roasted sweet potatoes, autumnal spices.

T: Damn sweet. Too sweet. Maple syrup, brown sugar, baked sweet potatoes, turbinado sugar, and currants. Residual apple juice flavor. Flavor is surprisingly thin with a dominant sweetness that I just can't get past.

M: Medium bodied, but feels thin for the style. As noted previously, this one is sweet, sugary, and comes through on the mouthfeel as well. Mild bitterness, though there is a slight spice astringency.

O: I'll admit I'm biased against pumpkin beers and I was hoping the substitution of yams might make for a better beer. It doesn't. Not only does this beer have the characteristic cinnamon-clove-nutmeg spice component, but it is exceedingly and unenjoyably sweet.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.