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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,650 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
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 grub
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours hazy red-brown with a big fluffy light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is neat. funky and spicy. cinnamon and clove. bit of horse blanket. leather. nutmeg. white bread. bit of spicy rye bread character too. cracker.

taste is good. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of caraway rye. nutmeg. clove and cinnamon, but faint and very well integrated. bit of vanilla. hints of leather and horse blanket. light caramel and butterscotch.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the spice and funk is well balanced and mixes well against the base beer. i'm generally not fond of spiced brews, but rather enjoyed this one.

grub, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, rocky, off-white head blossoms over a rich, clear ruby to mahogany beer sparkling with effervescence, before quickly dissipating leaving a thin sticky lace as a reminder of its moment in the tulip glass.

Nutmeg and clove are accompanied by hints of cinnamon, unfortunately this is countered by a strong presence of Windex.

Autumn Maple has the expected spice, from the nose, and a moderate tartness, followed by cherry cough drops and cranberry. The layering is more muddled than one would hope for, and the finish is light and quick.

A medium body with slick texture and light carbonation, character is a bit undeveloped. The alcohol is present, but well tamed for 10.5%.

This bottle is worth finishing, but with so many superior versions of this style, this is realy just a curiosity. When looking for a sipping beer, avoid this one, as the aroma is a turn-off, and certainly holds back the flavors as well.

SLeffler27, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, picked up at Premier in Buffalo. At the epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange, brownish red, neat colour, thick eggshell head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, some decent lace spots stick.

Smell is interesting, sweet, some yams, caramel, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla, biscuit, light bit of funk, malty, slightly one dimensional but neat.

Taste is similar, neat yam/gourd character, pumpkin, vanilla, a bit funky, caramel, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of alcohol, toast, sweet in the finish, pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. ABV is well hidden. Not bad, but doesn't hang with the rest of these.

Viggo, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of bartle
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to one of the Erics for this bottle.

Pours a nice brown, slightly copper to orange. Creamy off white head.

the aroma is spicy, cloves, bready, touch of sulphur, maple sweetness blended with caramel. Very nice.

I was expecting this to be much sweeter from the nose. It's nice a balanced with a touch of bitterness to balance all the sweet stuff going on. Following from the nose there is some spices, cloves, pepper, a hint of honey or very light maple syrup sweetness. Balanced with a nice earthy tone in the beer.

Medium carbonation, nice body being full, and being fairly dry on the finish.

This is worth trying, though not my favourite of the Bruery beers.

bartle, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure whose bottle this was, so thanks to Eric! Probably the least impressive of the 14 Bruery beers we ploughed through, but still real nice.

Orange-brown pour with an off-white film. From here on in I feel like I'm reviewing Maudite. The nose and flavour profile are almost identical, but a little weaker. Certainly some spiciness from the yams, some honey, light breadiness. Mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

Good, but not as complex as their other stuff and outclassed by its barrel-aged brother. Sits uneasily in this category. Glad I tried it, but there's way better to come.

bobsy, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in the Black Booty 3 BIF from jmoore50. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a translucent, yeasty amber orange color with a finger of cream colored head that fades quickly dropping down to a thin collar and sparse islands of bubbles on the surface. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet and spicy...cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, sweet potatoes, molasses. Interesting and a bit unique. I'm liking it though.

T - Sweet up front with sugary malt, molasses, maple, sweet potatoes all contributing. A good amount of alcohol enters the flavor along with a slight sourness on the fringes...and of course spices are in the middle of it all - cinnamon and nutmeg especially. Some yeasty flavors too, but not really Belgian in nature - more bread yeast like. Interesting and good. This is a pretty catch all style, so I guess it is to style, but a bit outside of the box...not necessarily a bad thing.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation...pretty fizzy in feel. A bit of alcohol warmth. Sweet sugars of a multitude of types and sources in this recipe coat the mouth and feel a bit sticky as they go down.

D - Interesting and different. Overall I like this beer, but the spices are a bit much to have a lot of...split this bottle and this made it the perfect amount in a session. Definitely would go for this again, in moderation...maybe sided by side with the BA version I have in my cellar next time.

portia99, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Shumista
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently got this one in a trade. I have been interested in The Bruery's beers for a while and this was the first one I had a chance to get. A little out of season but I typically don't mind drinking beers out of season anyways. Poured from 750 ml magnum into a tulip glass (and refilled several times).

Pours medium murky hazely brown, with a great looking lighter hazel head. Really looks good in this glass. Smells belgiany with everything the label promises. The spices dominate the smell with the smell of what must be yams in there too. Taste again is exactly as promised. Maple, molasses, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg etc.), and what has to be yam all with a distinctive belgian strong dark ale backbone. No flavor dominates in an unpleasant way. A very complex sipper as you work through the layers of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some warmth. Surprisingly I was able to finish the bottle on my own throughout the course of cooking and eating dinner.

Shumista, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it has been some time since I have had a Pumpkin beer or a "Fall Beer" but I say this should be called Yam Maple to remove the seasonality from the title. This beer is fantastic

Pours a Red hazy hue with a strong white head of large bubbles.
Aroma of Yams, sweet potato, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, belgian yeast and sweet malt. This is a bounty of sweet aromas that I have not smelled in about two months since I had my last "fall beer"...

Taste is very similar to the aroma. No flavor is overpowering the other, a very well balanced Belgian Strong Ale with flavors of Sweet potato, Maple syrup, Cinnamon, brown sugar, lightly roasted malts and caramelized sugars.

My tastes are slightly different from the average beer connoisseur but I would drink Fall brews all year long. This fine brew has good carbonation, nice body and is very drinkable. I brewed a strong pumpkin ale that this comes very close to in flavor. Will be looking forward to stocking up on these next fall.

alpinebryant, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date. Huge thanks to mb2696 for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color that produced a decent off-white to tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A spiciness of nutmeg & cinnamon with ample pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, & maple syrup. Wait, apparantly the pumpkin I smell must be yams! This smells amazing! Nutty & sweet. I can see how this is called Autumn Maple, cause its perfect for Fall.

(T)- Very rich with a dense molasses & maple spiciness. The sweetness of the yams comes out caramel-like with ample nutmeg & cinnamon. Definitely has more flavor & oomph than your average 6pk of pumpkin brew.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance of flavor. Rather thick, almost a chewy feel due to how many yams were used in this. At first I didnt like how dense & almost chewy this was, but it grew on me the more I had of this. For what this is, the thick mouthfeel doesnt bother me.

(D)- A very interesting & unique brew that really suits the fall & early winter season. The yams used instead of pumpkin creates a nice rustic feel to the beer. Full-bodied & rich. Tons of flavor; alot more than your average brown ale/pumpkin beer. My new personal favorite for the fall season. . . now if I can just acquire more of this somehow. The only thing that bothers me is that this is under the Belgain Strong Dark category. . . doesnt fit it really at all.

sweemzander, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to trying this for a good while. I've been plotting to try to make a homebrew with sweet potatoes, so hopefully this will give me some inspiration. Oh, and by the way, let me geek out a tiny bit, if you won't judge me too harshly (and wouldn't that be the pot calling the kettle black). This beer is not made with yams. It's made with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are from South America and are the awesome, delicious orange root vegetables that we all know and love. Yams are from Africa and are starchy and white. Okay, who cares. On to the beer.

he beer pours into an oversized wine glass a dark red-tinged brown. The pour yields a large off-white head that sticks around and laces.

The aroma is hoppin'. Who's up for a game of count the spices? Nutmeg comes through strongly. Cinnamon plays a good supporting role. Cloves. Maple syrup. And the sweet potatoes are certainly there, too. The smells are fragrant and delicious in parts, but the entire effect is a tiny bit muddled and overwhelming. As for the taste...on the one hand, it's cleaner than the smell. The maple syrup is stronger than in the smell, and the spices step back a bit. On the other hand, it's a bit too sweet. The heat of the alcohol cuts the sweetness a little.

Body is medium, carbonation is a little on the high side. A little too sweet to be highly drinkable, but it's sippable and I wouldn't at all mind giving it another try. It's similar to Ommegang Adoration, but not quite as good.

CharlatanSin, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured lovely deep mahogany with a bit of off-white head. Sweet, light brown sugar, lots of caramel. Well spiced, like Christmas yams but without the nasty yam flavor. Little bit of cinnamon or allspice with some marshmallows. A dose of sweet maple in the finish. Very good, I will consider this again.

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. pours brown in color a slightly reddish hue. It started wit ha thick two finger off-white head, but settled out to a thin covering that clung to the sides.

Aroma has the spice and fruit you expect from Belgian yeast, along with some candy sugar. It also has a little cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose as well. It's a very nice smelling beer. The taste is similar to the nose in that it has the cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, belgian yeast. I'm also getting some apple, almost cidery flavors from it. It's sweet but not cloying. There isn't any mistaking it for a Belgian beer, but it's a good twist on a Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and drinkable for the abv %. It's one of the better spiced beers I have had, but I probably won't be drinking it often. It was great to try, very interesting and a very nicely made beer, it's just not a style I enjoy that often.

billab914, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark copper-brown with a small beige-yellow head, and some lacing.

smell is of pumpkin, spice, malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is smooth, lots of pumpkin, maple syrup, spice, and some malt, end is dry.

overall to much vegetable for me.

froghop, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of kels
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for sharing this one pwoods!

Pours a nice coppery-orange amber, somewhat murky, with an initial, huge, fluffy dense tan 2 finger head. Fades to a full and soft skim with dense swaths of lace slipping quickly back down.

The nice spiciness of the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg come through, along with sweetness of the yams and caramelized malts. There's a nice fruity pruneness and powdery sugariness.

The molasses is so very evident in the taste. It presents like in gingersnaps alongside the spiciness. Brown sugar, yam sweet-earthiness, and crispy toasted grains, sugar-sweet malt, almost saacharine and very sticky from the syrup. Pretty present carbonation and warm alcohol barely avoids being medicinal.

Drinkaiblity is pretty high. Very enjoyable flavors with a little sharpness from the alcohol.

kels, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Bottle - 750ml

Poured into a tulip glass. Autumn Maple has a beautiful red-chestnut body with a big foamy white head, that later fades somewhat, but sill covers the top of the body. Lacing along the glass.

The aroma is quite spiced. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cloves. Lots of yam and cooked squash drizzled in a brown sugar syrup. Overall, the aroma is a bit of spice bomb, but fits the Fall beer / Belgian style.

The flavor is at first spicy and malty, but then yams and sweet syrup soaked in warming alcohol come running through. Cinnamon and cloves are present, but not over the top. The yams really come through nicely, as does the maple syrup / molasses combo. The ABV is somewhat noticeable on the finish, but works well for a cold autumn or winter night.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet spicy with tingly carbonation. Warming alcohol and a pretty good body.

Drinkability is about average. Lots of spice, very sweet, high ABV. A small tulip glass is about all you would want, but sipping this is enjoyable.

Overall, this is my first brew from The Bruery and I think it is well done for an autumn ale / Belgian. The bottle says you can age this up to 5 years, so if I see a bottle next year I'll probably pick it up and put a few years on it. Go check it out when it's in season.

sisuspeed, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle. Lightly hazy brown-red with a medium off-white head. Lots of spice and some alcohol in the aroma, with nutmeg and sweet potato standing out. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a boozy kick in the back and a dry finish. I'm going to have to say that this has breached the upper limit of pumpkin (yam) ale. The alcohol is just a little to dominant in the flavor profile, with some complimenting maple and spice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but a little to ambitious.

bulletrain76, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head falls slowly, with random chunky lacing. Aroma is yams and spices. Taste is somewhat harsh upfront, spices in the middle, and the alcohol and yams come together in the close. Lingering afterburn warmth. Mouthfeel is rough for me, not smooth at all, and drinkability is okay. Not as good as I had hoped.

ppoitras, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle at Reserve Society poured into wine glass.

A- Dark hazy amber/light brown body with small foamy white head.

S- Caramel, maple, molasses, nice baking spices and small amounts of bready yeast.

T- "Butt load of Yams", caramel, pumpkin/sweet potato pie, baking spices, bready yeast.

M- Full body, light and fluffy carbonation, little alcohol burn on the back end.

D- Decent drinkability, just not enough carbonation, needs some time for the alcohol to mellow down.

Schmaltzy, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, tawny amber with a thick beige cap that was quick to settle. Not much in the way of lacing. Interesting aroma of sweet gourd, yam, or pumpkin, some bread, and mild spicing (cinnamon, cloves, allspice), plus faint alcohol as it warmed. Mild bitterness with the same sweetness as in the aroma. Raisins and dried fruit, brown sugar, and lingering spices. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation and light warmth. Pretty good, sort of like a super pumpkin ale.

DrJay, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, ss09, split and served with some pan seared pork chops with apple

appearance: served in a de konick chalice, murky muddy-amber body, foamy white cap

smell: thick caramel, spiced apple, molasses, cinnamon, maple sugar

taste: nice autumnal belgian - spiced apple, cinnamon, black pepper, caramel, pumpkin & yams, holiday pie, bready and full bodied

mouthfeel: full body, strong alcoholic backlash

drinkability: a little hindered by strength

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice deep hazy brown color with a very carbonated head.
Smell: A bit like spiced yams and also a slight whiff of maple syrup.
Taste: It has a nice bitter flavor with a hint of yeast that gives the flavor weight. It also has good undertones of spices and maple.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice creamy beginning to this beer. It goes down smooth and balances all of the flavors that are in it. Very good brew.

pzrhsau, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy brown...almost like the color of a yam. Huge tan head that fades and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is like a typical belgian brown with a sweetness from the maple sugar.

T: The taste is Belgian brown with nutmeg and other Christmas spices along with a molasses flavor.

M: The feel is great slighty thick with great carbonation.

D: Pretty good winter brew but the ABV will get you. I shared this with family on Christmas Eve and probably would have trouble drinking more than a glass.

GregSVT, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Wiessmonkey
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Used about a half cup with peppercorns, paprika and nutmeg to make a reduction glaze for a top sirloin med rare in cast iron skillet.

Served at 54 degrees, in a goblet, no tulips available.

A. rich amber, with light tan head dropped quickly.
S. yam, pumpkin, cinnamon, earthly almost grassy at the end.
T. rally a great fall beer, made me wish i had this two months ago, fall spices with a note of yam, pumpkin, and i even got a little bananas.
M. lightly coating but not too syrupy
D. This was great with food. the peppercorn's spiciness was well balanced by the sweetness of the beer. I don't think that i could drink two of these in one sitting because of the overall flavors becoming more overwhelming as the beer warms towards room temp.

Wiessmonkey, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of JISurfer
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This was one of my top beers for 2009. I was really hoping for something big, malty, and sweet. This delivered. The candied yam and maple taste covered the alcohol pretty well. That's why this could be a dangerous beer if you're not careful. I would have liked to have had this on tap. I will def have to try the other Bruery beers that are available in the Chucktown area.

JISurfer, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Rizow
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picking through the selection of Bruery bottles at Ledger's in Berkeley, I grabbed this one to try.

Pours smooth with a mellow head that washes around nice and evenly, like a beer tide. A lovely dark apricot color.

Nose is as advertised: spice and syrup and brown sugar.

Tastes like a savory holiday pie, with a bready and dark spice background.

Mouthfeel is nice, with medium body and mellow carbonation.

Drinkability stretches as far as your taste for the spice flavor. I read in someone eles's review that they drank it with Thanksgiving dinner, and that sounds perfect.

Rizow, Dec 19, 2009
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.