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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 117
Gots: 279 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the first incarnation of this beer and it was horribly undercarbonated so hoping this one turned out better.

pours a big white head, lacing, creamy, chewy looking.

Light smell, not too much on it. Some spices.

Decent taste, some heat, no real maple or other vanilla, molasses flavors, only some spice and yeast.

Overall a disappointing beer but not bad.

Murchmac, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark copper color.

S: Brown sugar with a hint of spices.

T: Slightly sweet with brown sugar and maple being rather prominent. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly sour Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

D: An interesting beer. A good one to sip on a cool fall evening.

willjschmidt, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass an almost crisp dark orange with a decent off white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a nice amount of spice alongside dried fruits, molasses and a hint of maple. The taste is sweet brown sugar, spice, burnt caramel, dried fruits and molasses, nice and complex. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol, great for a cold December day.

atsprings, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly clear mahogany with lots of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of dry Belgian yeast, with earthy maple and brown sugar and copper hops and lemon zest and light fruity esters.
T: It tasted like rick maple and sweet brown sugar, with sour Belgian yeast and candied yams and lemon zest. It had a sharp bittersweet aftertaste with noticeable alcohol.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little smooth carbonation.
D: This was a very nice unique dark Belgian ale. It had a good scent and flavor, with great body. But it did have a bit of alcohol heat, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not sure if age would help mellow it out. This was a nice change of pace, but nothing I would drink regularly.

Pencible, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: 750ml bottle at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Dark amber color with some haze--much more haze towards the end. Light tan head. Very malty aroma, yeasty, with hints of sugar and spice. Taste is malty and bready, starchy, dry potatoes. Disappointing in that the maple was not very pronounced. Kind of flat. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lots of sediment towards the end made the beer very harsh and yeasty. Fair overall... I don't mind some trub in my beer, but the high yeast sediment here killed it towards the last quarter of the bottle, making it almost impossible to finish even with careful pouring, and the maple taste was stale and almost not worth mentioning. Very underwhelming.

Rifugium, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting and complexly challenging, it's easy to draw comparisons to American Brown Ales and pumpkin additions. But this is different- let's see how...

Pouring a medium brown with a mild haze, the beer builds a very sturdy foam stance with stubborn staying power. A dirty-white foam (not quite tan, but darker than eggshell) attempts to lace but never makes it happen. Still the head formation and retention is impressive.

Spicey cinnamon and brown sugar adorn earthy-sweet scent of... I guess, yams?. Again I want to think it's pumpkin but with more earthiness and starchy scents. This all builds on a mildly toasty Brown Ale base. But this Brown Ale compliments the spicy start with built-in notes of white pepper, corriander, and alcohol.

Flavors bound with the vegitable (yams), yeast (fruity/spicy) and residual flavors of maple syrup. Notice that the beer doesn't allow for added sweetness from maple syrup, only the taste. But not is all terrific as the Begian-y tartness mixes with the astringency of added spice for a taste/texture that might be more bitey and distracting than benneficial. Low on hops, this kinda beer doesn't need 'em. The beer has enough balance built into it's complex matrix.

Creamy and full from the start, which carries pasta the mid palate before starting it's late phase. The starchy aroma and flavor manifests itself in texture even moreso. An abrupt late drop of texture brings about the astringent feel and unappealing type of bitterness that closes the beer without drying. The battle of early creaminess vs. late bite will bennefit the former but the later does hurt a bit.

I love the concept and refusal to go with the norm (sounds like something Dogfish Head would have brewed), but the execution needs some work. I need more savory flavors and sweetness from the maple syrup and I need a more pungent/earthy flavor of Belgian Brown (maybe a Flander's Bruine) to counter the sweet/starchy base of maple and yams. Though asking the impossible, a guy can dream- can't he?

BEERchitect, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a brown/red color with lots of bubbles released from the bottom of the glass. One finger head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A great aroma, one that only gets better as the beer warms. Get a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg up front then some brown sugar and molasses. These flavors just intensify as it warms.

T: Very similar to the nose, and again opens up a lot as it warms. The spices are very nice, but the molasses and brown sugar really make it. The yams show up afterwards with a nice malt backbone. There is a warm finish from the alcohol which actually plays well to offset the sweetness.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation, very crisp. A very well made beer, very tasty and was the perfect beer to have with Thanksgiving. I definitely want to get another bottle for next year!

mdaschaf, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of drewba
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - translucent brown with orange and red around the edges. Pours a beefy three finger head that turns into a small, bubbly layer on the top with a fair amount of bubbles around the edges. Heavy lacing.

S - Sweet potato, spicyness from coriander, orange peel, pepper, some kind of sweet fruit, maybe apricot or raisin. The smell is large and impressive, but not my favorite smell. A friend of mine said "This smells exactly like a Hacker Pschorr, but with yams".

T - Lots of sweet potato, but none of the sweetness from the beer comes from that flavor. A plethora of spicyness, mostly coming from what's listed in the smell - coriander, orange peel, banana, pepper, anise, fresh apple cider, caramel. The hop profile is barely peeking out in the finish, a small amount of bitter and citrus. The sweetness is really hanging around. Personally, this feels much more like drinking a yam infused hefeweizen instead of a brown ale.

M - medium body, high carbonation - small bubbles, yay! Coats the mouth and is crisp, very nice.

D - This isn't really for me, so the sustainably isn't high. The sweetness limited me to a glass, and the other two guys I split a bottle with didn't want any extra after their first pours.

drewba, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with ample carbonation, a bit cloudy which 't out of line for a Belgian style brew. Nice white head with ample lacing.

Aromas starts out spicy with some nutmeg, clove and maybe a little cinnamon. All spells are subtle but still nice.

The tastes begin with Belgian yeast spice and with the other spices mentioned above. Everything is fairly balanced, yet uninpiring to be honest. Some caramel/brown sugar sweetness, but not as much as you'd think and it's not the least bit cloying. Beglian Yeast flavors really dominate the flavor profile

Mouthfeel is spot on thanks to the Belgian yeast. Thick enough to support the flavors and let them linger, but not overdone. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Easy to drink if you like the flavor profile.

Overall this is a nice take on the Pumpkin ale, Autumn ale style. Normally beers this high is ABV have questionable drinkability because they are too slick and cloying but this is simple and pleasant on the palate.

claspada, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

scootny, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ZacharyJ
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Very Hazy. Small quarter inch head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing that lasts throughout.

S- Sweet. Very fruity. Smells oddly of pumpkin, even though there is none in the beer. Some light berry notes.

T. Overpoweringly sweet. Can't taste any maple or molasses. Tastes a lot like apple cider.

M- Sugared apples and grape linger in the strong after taste. Not much as far as carbonation.

D- Tough to get through the full pint. Actually tossed a little bit in with my chicken to see if I could get any real pleasure out of this brew. To fruity, and sugary for this guy.

ZacharyJ, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, $8 for 10 oz glass.

1 1/2 fingers of tan head, medium dissipation with not a lot of lacing. Nose is pretty complex, molasses, vanilla, nutmeg fairly noticeable, I had a hard time picking up any cinnamon notes. Taste is equally complex, sweetish up front, blackstrap molasses, grade A (light) maple syrup, with the above spice profile. I don't really know what the yams are supposed to add, imagine it adds to the sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, light for the style, light on effervescence, a bit sticky. ABV fairly noticeable, hidden by the sweetness, but not sure I'd want to have more than a glass of this. Could do some interesting holiday food pairings with this. Worth a try.

jdense, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful growler from the great staff at Green's on Piney Grove Road in Columbia, SC. Kudos for their continued efforts on bringing outstanding offerings to Columbia!

Appearance - Toffee/amber in color, clear with a moderate carbonation and a moderate head as well. Good to see a balanced carbonation from a The Bruery product! Great thin head retained once the brunt faided.

Smell - Spice greets your nose. Some allspice, caramel and nutmeg round out your first impression. True to the expectation of this "harvest" ale.

Taste - Rich molasses and maple lead you into a very smooth initial presentation. Sweet middle with the alcohol making an appearance. Not as "boozy" as you would expect for a whopping 10.5% offering which adds to the drinkability. The finish again is filled with the sweet maple presence. Not much hop bite to temper the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation fades over time to make this a bit thicker than expected. That combined with the malty/sweet body is a down tick for me. The linger is long on this beer.

Drinkability - I found myself coming back to this growler after the first glass. Drinking this cold seems to improve this offering, as this adds to keeping the CO2 in solution longer. A sipper? Sure. The ABV is high enough.

Nesued, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of spointon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into 2 tall weizen-type glasses.

A= This one poured a cloudy brown/orange with a 3/4" tan head. The head dropped to a tiny ring and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Lots going on in the smell. I noted sweet and toasty malts, molasses, Belgian yeastiness, and a sort of starchy sweetness that must have been from the yams.

T= Started off sweet and stayed that way throughout. Some burnt/brown sugar notes along side toffee, sweet yams, raisins, and molasses. The yeast notes were rich and fruity. Finished heavy and sweet, but tasty.

MF= Heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level and a tongue coating viscocity.

D= Tasted pretty good but the heaviness and the abv combine to make this a one and done offering. Would make an excellent beer to cook with...possibly next Thanksgiving!

spointon, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy brown with a finger of foamy parchment head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, maple sugar, molasses, vanilla, earthy yeast. Can't really find the yam influence.

Taste -- Taste is quite sweet with maple sugar and dark molasses, along with rum raisin and candied yams. Additionally there is some dark fruit presence and faint yeast and fermentation character. Overall, the sweet adjuncts overwhelm the base beer.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- While Autumn Maple isn't a bad beer, it's by no means a great BSDA. Certainly interesting, a big hit with the family on Thanksgiving, but not something I'll be awaiting eagerly next Fall.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby, murky, off white head that has good retention, but no lacing.

S/T - Toasted, roasted yams, spicy belgian yeast, with an underlying sweetness in the taste. I couldn't really pick out the maple syrup itself.

M - Medium body, high carbonation with that nice bottle conditioned creaminess and a clean, dry finish.

D - Interesting, unique brew that worked well at Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure if I'd get it at any other time.

garuda, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.

750 ml bottle served cool into a goblet.

Autumn Maple is a redish orange amber color with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but doesn't linger long. Minimal lace is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with more than a hint of alcohol. The spices are most intense but none are immediately distinguishable. I get muddled cinnamon and clove, maybe some alspice.

Flavor is big too but, again, a lot of flavors integrated together. There seems to be a yam in there somewhere but the spices seem to dominate. The balance is good with not too much sweetness considering the maple/yam combination.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and low in carbonation. The alcohol is definately present and falls just shy of being "hot" even though it has cellared for over a year.

Overall a pretty good beer considering what they were going for. I know the Bruery goes big but the spice notes almost get in the way of enjoying this beer.

As far as a pairing with Thanksgiving, it was a very good call. It was especially good with the baked sweet potatoes.

GilGarp, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Shared with my parents (and by that I mean I drank most of this because they did not like it, heh). Pours a terracotta color into the available yet lackluster glassware at the hotel I am staying in. A small half finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a rather quick pace leaving little lacing.

Smell - Smells of spices such as nutmeg, heavy molasses, yams, some cider like smells (and actually appearance now that I think of it). Once it warms up there is also the maple (which I may have mistaken as molasses earlier) and more spices (cloves).

Taste - Exactly what you would expect them to be, and similar to the nose. The yams are quite prevalent along with Belgian spices and the other aforementioned spices. There is quite a bit of maple flavor along with a heavy brown sugar presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice and creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure, but damn appropriate on Thanksgiving. I get almost no alcohol heat or burn from the beer and it is a great pre-dinner holiday beer. Really glad I brought this along to try today.

SpdKilz, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter. Courtesy of BA johnjae and shared with him and BA infi.

Pours a translucent reddish amber color with a smallish off-white head that recedes into a thin cap. Bits of sticky, spotty lacing cling to the inside of the glass. Nose has notes of malty sweetness, with a prevalent Belgian yeast presence. Undertones of yams, raisins and other dark fruits. There's also an interesting rum-like aroma, which surprised me. Slight bit of booziness towards the end.

Taste is a bit spicy, with a lot of phenols flying around. Belgian yeast is prevalent throughout the taste, with some breadiness. Some sweet cinnamon, toffee and nutmeg along with an almost saccharine molasses flavor. Hops prickle the tongue at the end, but don't really affect the overall profile of the beer. Alcohol definitely burns down the throat as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is quite drying with lightish-medium body and a slighty chewy finish. Lots of carbonation spreads the flavor around.

Drinkability is above average, thanks to the interesting flavor and smell. The mouthfeel could stand to be a bit less drying, but other than that, I don't really have any complaints. A solid brew from the Bruery.

r0nyn, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of infi
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of BA johnjae. From 11/20 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Beautiful hazy and dark orange-red color with some shades of amber brown within. An eggshell white head sits atop the liquid with some decent retention and some dotted lacing. The smell is incredibly Belgian-oriented, personally. I get tons of Belgian yeast, some holiday nutmeg and cinnamon scents and a little bit of some starchiness from the yams. Not much of a sweetness characteristic in the smell, regardless of the molasses and maple syrup.

The taste is also Belgian to me, namely reminiscent of a darker Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Lots of breadiness from the yeast and sweetness of the yams. The spices thoroughly impart a lot of beautiful notes onto the taste as well. There's also some slight syrupy flavors towards the end of the taste: no heaviness from either the molasses and maple syrup. Very balanced with flavor component being able to be identified.

Good mouthfeel with its medium-sized body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is also good. The beer was very interesting and unique; something I've never tried before in a beer, especially with the utilization of the yams instead of pumpkins. Definitely gave off a Thanksgiving feel to me while this was being consumed. Worth a consideration for the holiday.

infi, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml served in The Bruery's tulip. Served a bit cooler than the recommended 50F.

A - Beautiful mahogany with ruby red highlights, good clarity, big carbonation streams from the bottom. Small off white head fades quickly leaving spotty lacing.

S - Sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins. Some fruity esters from the yeast. Clean fermentation with some floral notes as well as it warms.

T - Wow. Sweet malt backbone is perfectly spiced. The yams are there but not overpowering. This brew shows loads of malt complexity and hides the big ABV really well. The belly warms instantly however. Black figs, yams, raisins, allspice sweetness. There is a mild bitterness to keep it from being cloying sweet...

M - Medium bodied, huge Belgian hyper-carbonation scrubs the palate, super dry and crisp finish leaves you puckered for more.

D - Despite the huge 10.5% ABV, I will give this an above average. It has made me re-think my position on fruit/vegetables in brewing. Very well done!

ectomorph, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Ruby. Brilliantly clear. Big tan head, quickly disappeared.

S: Rum raisin with some clove thrown in. Nice that this isn't an over spiced mess like most pumpkin beers. Some alcohol (but not 10% worth). Very well done.

T: Raisin. Some booze. Dark Crystal malts. Rummy. Low hop profile (on purpose - tons of yams will do that)

M: Medium-to-thick bodied but not too sweet. Low carbs (again, expected from a Belgian Strong - or Belgian-style Brown as The Bruery's labeled).

D: Much better than many over-spiced pumpkin beers out there. Alcohol naturally sneaks up on you - share the 750 with a friend or two.

Value: At $10.99, well worth it. The Bruery hits another homerun.

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"The autumn air thickly fills my lungs so sweetly, reminding me of her smoky breath. With wine and this bouquet of maple and oak leaves. In death or life we'll always be" - Type O Negative

My first encounter with The Bruery. It's been too long coming if I do say so myself. Mahogany hued caramel color with a billowing sand colored head. Settles into a colored skim which leaves a few lacey smatterings before fading out.

At first whiff there's a steely sour which disagrees with me from right off the bat. Gentle use of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon?), vanilla, gingerbread and a pumpkin-esque character which I'm guessing is the yam. Smells good. Shame about the steely sour though.

The maple comes out immediately in the taste as a beautiful earthen, woody, sweetness. Vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon in there as well I'll reckon.

The mouthfeel is lush in delicate but is unfortunately missing any carbonation. That would've been nice.

If this wasn't 10.5% and if this wasn't an in-season seasonal offering I'd be concerned about an old bottle. Not a fan of the Bruery so far. But one beer does not a brewery make.

UPDATE: I had a sample of this on tap recently with appropriate carbonation. Wow. The carbonation brought all the flavors up front and was a far superior beer than the one I reviewed.

donkeyrunner, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown with red tints light tan head small bubbles a decent size head.

S: Belgian yeast spice not much else on the nose

T: Yams in the taste here they don't show up in the smell tangy beer on the tongue with maple syrup and molasses. a slight starchy taste as well.

M: med to heavy high carbonation

D: very drinkable good beer

overall: this thing is a very strange and wonderful beer I was not expecting what I got

JamisonM, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of tylernim
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful reddish haze. Thick creamy slightly orange head with great retention.

Smell and taste mirror one another. The maple was present, but not too sweet. Belgian yeasts, vanilla, a touch of spice from either the cinnamon or the nutmeg. Perfect warmth from the alcohol. The balance was great. Often times these fall seasonal offerings are overpowered by their one dimensional main ingredient.

The mouthfeel was a nice medium to thick consistency, with nice dancing on the tongue from the carbonation. This is definitely more of a session beer for me, and I don't think that I could drink too many glasses.

Although it's pricey, I'm glad I picked up two bottles. I'll save the other one for a month or two.

tylernim, Nov 07, 2010
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.