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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,768 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 296 | FT: 15
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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CenCalMario
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle, shared w/myself, by myself, on a lonely and cold night in November.

Appearance is inviting, nicely carb'd, good reddish brown hued beer. Good head, retention is low - dissipates quickly.

Smell is nice. Not super complex in the nose. Get a nice sense of the base beer, really like the barrel version but this one is a good substitute.

Taste is great! Wow, really nice this regular version. Lots of flavors and very complex even without the barrel treatment. This beer is right up my alley. The taste is a sneaker as it comes up swinging from a smell/nose that isn't as complex. I get the yams, some residual sugar.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied but medium in "weight." Refreshing and zesty carbonation.

Overall this is a nice beer, feel good about recommending this one as a good, lower priced version, of the barrel-aged AM. Will definitely buy more!

Photo of bpgpitt10
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Maybe a burnt orange color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pretty average.
S: Not too bad. Some nice spice smells with a some of the yammy-ness to it. A bit of some rich sweetness... molasses or maple syrup like.
T: Just totally off. It's overly sweet and the yams taste more like undercooked yams than sweet delicious ones. Decent amount of spice coming through but that plus the belgian style sweetness is the show here. Totally unbalanced.
M: Medium mouthfeel to it. Nothing too overly special here.

Overall: Really just not very good. It had some interesting smells, but the flavor was very unbalanced. Nice try, but something I really didn't enjoy. Plus... it's dang pricey.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Copper in color with only a 1/8 inch head and no retention at all

Smell: Caramel, allspice, and yams

Taste: Lots of caramel malt upfront with very subtle but nice notes of maple syrup, cinnamon, and yams maybe a hint of molassess

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Overall: I would say overall the beer is a bit of a let down I was expecting big bold flavors of the fall and I did not get that. The fall flavors are there but are subtle. Good beer for what it is. Definitely worth a try and I will drink this again

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle with my wife for a halloween alternative to pumpkin beer! A nice choice.

A: Pours a pretty brown-crimson mix that is opaque with bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a nice tan color of about a pinky or a little less, leaves some lacing.

S: Smell has a nice earthiness to it, like the flesh of a pumpkin or I guess a yam! Has some nutty and spicy festive holiday like notes to it with maple a slight hint of the maple. Some flutters of yeast and some belgian type straw malts. The smell is kind of weak and has a little bit of metal to it, but whats beneath that is good.

T: Taste has a lot of the nose in it, with some slight burnt caramel at the back and some metallic notes again as in the smell. Some fruity, ripe plums in there as well and maybe some red grape. The maple is sort of a cohesion to a lot of the flavors, and the yam meat/flesh is basically the core of the flavor and almost acts as the malt for me. A nice beer.

M: A little thin for me, though the alcohol is very slight which is amazing. A good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth over the palate overall.

Overall a nice beer, but not great. An interesting alternative to pumpkin beers.

Photo of Auracom
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one from the Bolingbrook Binny's as part of my horror movie marathon. Poured into an Abita tulip on a very late Saturday, October 29th, 2011.

A - Pours a rather lifeless, murky, deep caramel-brown. About a head's worth of white foam dissipates over the course of 3-4 minutes.

S - Big spice notes. Ground cinnamon and nutmeg overlay earthy grains and thick molasses. Yam aroma is at the very end of the nose and pretty subtle.

T - A bit more balanced. Again, spices mix with molasses and maple syrup to form a semi-sweet frontend. The yam flavor comes through in the middle and back of the drink, and it's much more of a natural, organic taste and feel. Finish is adequate but lacking something.

M - As I've come to expect from The Bruery, good carbonation. Medium (but slightly too thin) body. Decently smooth.

D - Managed to kill a bomber on my own, but the final 8-9 ounces were very difficult to push through. I sort of expected this. It's a good seasonal fall brew and feels far better crafted than many pumpkin offerings, so that's worth something. I guess I'd have like a thicker feel coupled with some sort of barrel effect, so I really ought to check the bourbon version.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to burgundy in color with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - a thick molassesy smell. Very malty. Belgian yeast I assume.

T - just insanely fall flavored. I feel like the molasses and maple play a huge part in this. It's real good.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O - super good beer. Dark, thick, sweet and all the fall time flavors you want.

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

Bottle, split four ways and toasted to a good friend no longer with us

A.Brown with hint on burnt orange

S. Did I just order a side of yams with a nice maple coating?

T. Yams, maple syrup, nutmeg nuttiness, cinnamon and subtle Vanilla

M. very light, mild, but perfect carbonation

O. Very good for something different and a nice seasonal treat for a special occasion, not sure I would be having or wanting this too often.

Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with a twinge of red in color, one inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, alcohol, pumpkin spice

Taste: pie crust, caramel, and bread dominate—bit of pumpkin spice and apple at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, bitter start with a sweetish end, crisp

Overall: A complex brown ale where the spices are there but they are muted at times. Unfortunately this one was a bit of a disappointment. While it is not bad, it just did not have the flavor to justify its price. I did not get any maple taste whatsoever but plenty of sweeter brown ale. I will not be picking this one up again.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruery Provisions on 2011 Black Tuesday. Taster tulip glass.

Pours reddish brown with a cap of tan/off white foam, some lacing and decent retention. Smell is very yam forward (never thought I'd say that), cinnamon and allspice and faint syrupy/molasses. Taste is big on yams again, some malt but the spices and syrup barely come through. Taste is off dry. Slight off taste lingers on the tongue, with the ingredients not quite coming together. Medium body and medium-light carbonation are fine.

Overall, big on yams, which I enjoyed in the beer despite not liking yams much in real life. Some nice supporting spice aroma which doesn't quite appear enough in the taste to really make the beer come together. Not very much maple either, considering the name. In any case, a nice beer to remind you of Thanksgiving, more so than pumpkin beers.

Photo of Cinderbike
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Bruery Provisions in Orange.

A - Murky copper to light brown, light orange/tan head. Pours about a finger's worth and it sticks around for a while.

S - Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Your typical pumpkin pie/beer spice combo. Not really picking up on the ginger. Some malt and faint esters also present.

T - Mmm. Yams instead of pumpkin, and it works. This was actually the first Bruery beer I'd tried, last year around this time. The 2011 version tastes better than I remember. I can pick up on the maple syrup, but the spices dominate. Somewhat belgian. A little sweet.

M - Not a lot to say here you probably don't already know. It's like every other pumpkin ale, but with yams. Smooth, medium body.

O - Not really a pumpkin beer, per se, but still amazing. I can't wait to try the BA and 100% brett versions.

Photo of eclipse54
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle from optimator13; thank you for this "want!" Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a mahogany brown color with about a finger’s breadth of tan, bubbly head. Head lingers briefly before subsiding to a ring and patches of bubbles scattered across the surface of the liquid. Ruby hues glow near the edges of the glass.

The aroma is of warm yams covered in butter and brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin (though this could be from the pumpkin we’re carving while drinking this one), cinnamon, some yeasty funk, and hints of oak and vanilla. Very complex and inviting nose.

Tastes of funk, yeast, yams, brown sugar, cane sugar, pumpkin spice, dark fruits, maple, cinnamon, and more sugar. It is reminiscent of a Dubbel that has been loaded with sugar and seasonal flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but finishes dry and sticky with a sugary resin coating the mouth.

Overall, a good seasonal ale but I really wish they had limited the amount of sugar that comes through in the taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of brotherloco
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy ruby-brown, with a finger of thick beige foam. Bits of lacing.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, creamy sweet yams and candi sugar. Maple syrup is certainly there too. A touch sour and acidic. Plenty of spicy malt and/or yeast.

Initial taste is mildly sweet, and quite earthy. Plenty of vegetable matter in this one. Contribution of maple syrup and molasses are light and very nicely balanced as the Bruery is so good at doing. Middle has a touch of sourness, and finish is mildly dry, but retains a lot of the sweetness.

Medium-full body with fairly light carbonation. Astounding how well buried the 10% ABV is in this one.

Photo of jman892
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark cider brown with some dark red highlights on the edges. Off white bubbly head fades to a cap relatively quickly. There's really no lacing to speak of.

S - Aromas of yeast and spices like cloves and cinnamon. A little bit of raisin in there as well.

T - Yams are noticeable, also a bit bready and yeasty. There is also a nice fruitiness, raisin or plum, balancing this off. There is definite warming from the alcohol. As it warms, the molasses makes itself apparent.

M - Medium bodied, tingly carbonation.

O - A nice seasonal brew, very glad I tried this. Good for a nice cool fall night. Definitely gets better the longer it is in the glass

Photo of seand
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep translucent red amber, with a sizable amount of light tan head. Most of it's gone pretty quickly, but a little retains in a few clumps and around the edge of the glass, enough to leave small streaks of lacing.

S: Yeast and deep spiced and candied malt. Very much evokes an autumnal pie.

T: Sweet, complex, and delicious. Lots of spices, blended very well. Again I'm reminded of pie. I don't use "delicious" lightly - I've enjoyed many great beers where delicious isn't really the right word - but this one earns the adjective.

M: Medium to full body, sticky and chewy, low to medium but prickly carbonation.

This is a great after dinner/cool autumn night beer. Complex and extremely well crafted.

Try it. You'll like it.

Photo of Rukasu
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yeasty farmhouse style Belgian ale, reminds me of something Unibroue might produce.

Pours a milky translucent brown with a light tan head.

Aromas of sugary yams and yeast.

Mouthfeel is particularly astringent, dried my mouth out the way a well oak-aged red wine might.

Tastes of yams and sweet malts, not much spice other than nutmeg. The yeast is definitely powerful, and little to none of the maple syrup taste I was really hoping for, kind of a big disappointment considering the $14 price.

I was pleased however that the typical fall pie spices were not at all dominating like most pumpkin beers, just mild nutmeg and yam.

Not a bad beer, the 10% alc packs a punch, but yeast is a bit overpowering for me and the lack of maple hints were a disappointment

Photo of scottbrew4u
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.

Photo of Jules11788
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown; finger-width head that fades fast, medium lacing

S: Tart green apples, cinnamon, maple syrup

T: Green apples, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, nutmeg

M: Medium-bodied, not much carbonation; ridiculously smooth, very buttery, lightens and opens up as it hits the back of the mouth

O: Really delicious, with lots of interesting flavors bouncing around. Tastes like a mix of green apple pie and pumpkin pie, I really liked it. Would definitely get this again

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amazing rich, rust colored brew. Nice frothy head with nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Immediately hit with the smell of SWEET POTATO(I am from the South). Smells so much like a sweet potato pie. Hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg with a dominant hint of sweet molasses.

Taste: This is like a sweet potato pie in the bottle. All the attributes are there. Like in the nose: sweet potato, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and vanilla. VERY sweet beer. Flavors are very pronounced when beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body with low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This is definitely a beer to serve during Thanksgiving. Perhaps as a dessert beer. Extremely sweet almost too much so. I would like to try the oak aged one. i bet that must balance out that sweetness a bit with a nice boozy bourbon kick.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.