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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,798 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 130
Gots: 308 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a dark, bloody, hazy orange color. One inch head.

Smells like pumpkins to me, but I guess I can't tell the difference between the smells of pumpkins and yams. Lots of nutmeg and brown sugar in the aroma, too.

Lots of great rustic, earthy tastes in this one. Yams up front, very sweet, with some typical pumpkin ale spicing of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with sweet, slightly earthy maple tone. Pretty creamy, and thick.

Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A great twist on the fall seasonal tradition. Loved this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of alexk307
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Brownish redish with no head. Beer is the same color as the label.

S: Dark sweet fruits, belgian yeast. Not getting ANY maple/pumpkin/spice

T: Tastes EXACTLY like Treogs Mad Elf, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. I don't think I would be able to tell the deference between the two in a blind tasting.

M: Carbonated and full. Not as carbonated as other belgian ales.

O: Low overall because I don't think this was worth the price, and it didn't taste or smell ANYTHING like a pumpkin seasonal.

Photo of VincentFrey
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour / Appearance: Capped bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip. Dark, partially opaque ruby red. Very pretty. Little carbonation; a small ring around the glass but no real head to speak of. For a 10% beer I'm not really surprised, although I'd think the bottle conditioning would have more of an effect. Slight detractor to the appearance, but not a major flaw.

Aroma: Heavy spicing (allspice, nutmeg?) and hints of yam, but not overpoweringly so. Darker malts balance the nose, and faint sugars provide a nice winter warmer aspect. Alcohol is present but masked. Nothing like a brown ale, but a great smell for a yam / pumpkin beer.

Flavor: Wow those spices really quick. Oddly there is a very watery aspect to the whole thing, which is incredibly off putting. It's like mulled water on the backend, and I'm halfway wondering if this did get infected. There is some belgian yeast character, but mostly spice water. I'm very disappointed

Overall: Would have been great if it weren't for the mouthfeel and resultant taste. Maybe well carbed it was excellent, but now it's kinda died,

Bottom Line: I'm not going to bother next year, though I may be in the minority. Can't recommend based on the bottle sampled.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal beer that hits the spot the same way a pumpkin beer does. This reminds me of something made by Southern Tier- good, but definitely a little over the top on the sweet end. Pours a slightly murky amber with little head. Sweet with yams and brown sugar, and moderately spiced with winter spices. Balanced, if a bit sweet. There is also a fairly nice bready finish that is a bit like an uniced cinnamon roll- yeasty,bready, a bit spicy, but not that sweet. All in all, a pleasant experience, especially after the beer opens up for a while. It seems to get less sweet and certainly less carbonated- and breadier.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to tbadiuk for sending this beer out West for us to enjoy.
A: Crystal clear brick red that poured out with 2 fingers of pale tan microfilm and settle to a thin spider web of film scattered on top.

S: Big malty scents paired with a roasted squash peppered with nutmeg, maple syrup, molasses, and other autumn spices. Smells like everything that's good about pumpkin pie, fresh molasses buns and roasted squash - relish.

T: Super sweet malts up front leaning towards a sweet sherry followed with roasted squash topped with maple sugar and spices. The finish is almost entirely molasses with yeast notes. Represents the flavours suggested on the bottle boldly, but maybe a little to sweet for my preference, saved half the bottle for dessert course the next day - and looking forward to it.

M: A medium body with a syrup mouth feel and just a hint of carbonation. Perfect mouth feel to support the flavour.

O: Enjoyable sweet offering that will pair excellently with roasted veggies and baked chicken, a little too sweet however to pair with some meals, but would make a nice fireside sipper. Nice stand in for a sherry or even a port.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Autumn maple appears a medium brown in the glass, however a back light transforms the body into a beautiful deep ruby red with bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour results in a massive light tan coloured head, that displays great retention, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Wow, the nose is far more quady than I expected - there is about as much banana-ery Belgian yeast as anything else. Some holiday spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg) is present alongside a touch of sweet potato, some caramel and brown sugar. As the beer begins to warm the nose really opens up, with the Belgian yeast falling behind notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt and an increased spiced character (ginger and all spice join in).

Taste: As with the nose, initially the flavour is very Belgian with a large spicy banana yeast quality. This however fades with warming to reveal fantastic sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar as well as a nice amount of spicing, toasted malt and a little sweet potato. There is only a hint of the 10% noted in the flavour, even at room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Initially, as with most beers, Autumn Maple is over carbonated for my tastes. However the carbonation is smooth enough that the high level isn't too bothersome and it settles down nicely. The body is where this beer shines in comparison to other holiday ales - it is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Autumn Maple is an interesting take on the pumkin/holiday ale style. I think I would have preferred it without the Belgian yeast strain.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.