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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,410 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1410
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%

Brewed by:
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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Photo of rand


3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 750 mL bottle to nonic pint glass

Picked this up last year primarily for my girlfriend because she loves pumpkin beer, and this is supposed to convey that 'holiday feel' without any actual pumpkin. Instead, they used sweet potatoes (the label says they used yams, but what Americans think are yams are actually sweet potatoes...Google it), and a lot of them. First, I don't get the West Coast aversion to a good pumpkin beer. Second, although this does have a late fall/winter holiday feel to it, it's a little too 'experimental' for standard holiday comfort. That being said, it got tastier as I worked through the bottle. The specs:

A: The title says it all - a brown, sort of rusty color, not unlike the deciduous leaves you'd rake in the fall. Cloudy, opaque, and there's apparently plenty of carbonation as it forms a nice, frothy, 2-inch head.

S: The sweet potatoes and the Belgian yeast combine to make a light, earthy aroma, like a garden after the rain. Bready, sweet; the maple and molasses are readily apparent. There's booze in there but not as much as you'd guess.

T/M: The molasses hits the palate first...hard. Where some beers (especially big stouts) infer their notes of molasses, this beats you over the tongue. Upon further sips, the flavors unravel a bit as the big, ripe, fruity esters of the Belgian yeast strain play nicely with the maple syrup. The sweet potatoes not only lend their flavor, but make the brew chewy, a little chalky. Thankfully, there are ample scrubbing bubbles because it's a lot to take down - even with the carbonation there's plenty of sticky residue between swallows. The booze pops in mid-sip to break things up a bit, but man, the molasses really sticks around throughout the sip. I'd definitely tone down the molasses next batch. Finishes long and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:24:30 | More by rand
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight orange hue body. Minimal lacing.

S: lots of spices for the season including cinnamon, maple, candy apple, nutmeg and yams.

T: nice caramel malt base with nutmeg and red apple up front moving to yams finishing with mostly cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. Minimal brown sugar for sweetness.

M: medium slightly chewy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the spices aren't overwhelming and although I describe them in sections they run together except for the cinnamon in the finish which lingers for a while. A very nice and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:32:04 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a smal head of tan foam on top of an amber body with light haze. The head settles fairly quickly and else's little lace.

S - Lots of brown sugar, clove, maple, and spices.

T - Intense brown sugar and molasses up front. Lots of nutmeg and clove in the middle with a finish of cinnamon, more brown sugar and caramel.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet syrupy finish.

D - Not bad, it is certainly a different take on a fall beer and one that is exactly what you would expect from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:31:17 | More by nickfl
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat murky medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before . Sticky lacing spackles are quite resilient.

S- Rich aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice with some vegetal quality in the back from the yams. Smells like a sweet potato.

T- Spicy, somewhat sweet flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg but has a metallic aftertaste that's kind of off. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden as multiple sips are taken without batting an eye. The yam/sweet potato taste isn't as apparent as in the aroma which saddens me. The booze becomes more noticeable as it warms.

M- Soft and not so lively from the medium-low carbonation. Heavyish body.

O- Was expecting a bit more from this one but I must give it extra points for how incredibly drinkable it is for a 10% beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:27:00 | More by Immortale25
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2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was my first experience with a yam brewed beer. I must say that while the beer description was great, the beer its self was not to my liking. I drank this beer on a cool winter day, and I just could not enjoy this beer. The smell was defiantly a tuber brewed beer, smelling sweet and earthy, but the flavor was peculiar. On initial taste, the beer is overpowering. I suggest letting the beer breath for at least a few minutes. Again, earthy and sweet, not a regular flavor for beer. I believe the intent of the brewers was to have you enjoy one of these after thanksgiving dinner with a piece of pie. Best of luck in your adventures, Z.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 19:32:32 | More by Gravelost
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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle for $3.99 on clearance. Can't beat it.

Appearance - Murky deep orange/brown. Billowing khaki head that nearly overflows the glass. Settles quickly, though. Thick collar.

Smell - Very spicy. Distinct Belgian character to it. Bright light malts balance with a deep brown sugar and maple aroma. Inviting.

Taste - Maple comes out much more here, with the spice being subdued into the finish. Dominated by caramel malt, detracting a bit from the complexity. Lingering sweet finish, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Nowhere near as sweet as I remember it. Boozy.

Overall - I don't love the style, but I enjoyed this. Tough to distinguish the yam base. Tasty combination of extraneous flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:10:49 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

When poured, a dark, hazy maple brow with very little foam and absoutle no lace. The smell had a sour/sweet aroma, with maple and spices. The taste had a sweet/sour/salty flavor of sweet/sour/salty spices, maple and candy. This Fruit/Vegetable Beer was to sour/salty for my palate. The flavor was short, but the saltyness just stayed to long on the aftertaste. For me a waste of money and time!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:28:47 | More by BeerManDan
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty. I have tried a few different beers from the bruery and I have liked most of them. This was no exception. Before it warmed up it just tasted like a real nice dubbel I thought....as it warmed up the flavor became more complex.

The carbonation is a bit higher than I like, but the overall mouth feel is pretty good. The taste is hard to describe as it warms up. It definitely changes , but I don't get the taste of yams, maple...maybe a bit of spices.

I would buy this again. I would like to set a bottle aside and see how the flavor develops over a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:06:47 | More by Hex92
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tripel in Playa Del Rey served in a tulip glass. First pours off a fresh keg, not cold.
The hazy brown color bode well, a yam ale should be unclear. The smell was lightly spiced.
The taste started lightly spiced like the smell, then the sweet maple flavor came thru and it was warming, wonderful and washed over my taste buds like syrup, not the mouth feel but everything else I like about it. Each sip was better and better as it warmed.
We had 2 more and each was better but I wouldn't recommend doing that again as the 10% abv in this libation had us feeling very festive.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 21:20:14 | More by FridayDave
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage poured on 27DEC12

Poured a nice reddish brown with about 2 finger head that dissipated quickly.

Don't really get the yams, get a little fall spices and some maple flavor. Get a spiciness from the yeast.

Taste the yams molasses and syrup really come though. Definitely sweet start that lingers throughout the finish. Don't taste any of the alcohol and don't get any warming so it was hidden well for 10%.

Feel a little thin would have preferred for it to stick around a little bit longer.

Overall a decent beer but probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:25:17 | More by purdueflyguy
Photo of MarioM


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into tulip

A: First of all, great looking beer, almost seems thick. Cloudy and copper like but almost slight red in color. Carbonation was obvious with a lot of noise coming from the bubles building themselves up to a single finger tan head, built up quickly with small bubbles, but didn't linger long with no lacing after a few seconds to a minute. This is my first brew from The Bruery and let me say, I am excited!

S: Belgian yeast, slight sweetness, malt, brown sugar, dried fruits, cherries and some pumpkin spice notes. This beer smells great! Reminds me of winter and the holidays.

T: Oh damn! Alcohol is there but is perfectly balanced with brown sugar, its sweet but just right, pumpkin spice, molasses and definitely some maple syrup like the bottle says. The Belgian yeast makes all the ingredients come together and become a unique, special and tasty brew that packs a punch!

M: This beer smells, looks and tastes great but also feels really good. Its really smooth, warm feeling. Spices and alcohol work together, linger together and makes for a great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more, and more and more.

O: This is a great holiday brew! Its very balanced even with all those wonderful holiday flavors, looks great, smells and feels good. I've only heard of good things from BA community about this brewery and now I get it! Will buy again and share with others, people need to know whats up and I will make sure it happens! Yum!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:55:49 | More by MarioM
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had to edit this because it changed some much as it warmed a bit, which influenced my perception of the flavor and mouthfeel more than anything. The intriguing aspect, the maple, comes out much more and as a result, renders the feel much smoother and creamier. Not as bad as my initial response below. Definitely worth a try.

Poured from 750ml bottle into a stemmed wine glass. Cloudy caramel in color, with a very thin tan head, recedes pretty quickly. No lacing. Smells very belgiany, with spices and a blend of the other elements supposedly used in the brewing process: yams, molasses, and maple syrup. Taste is similar, but with some dark fruit added. Mouthfeel is sharp, crisp, and somewhat refreshing with a buttery/pastry aftertaste. It's definitely rich. Overall, not a huge fan of this beer and I suppose I hyped it up myself because I was so interested in the maple aspect. I would be interested in trying this with some age on it. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 22:21:20 | More by rodlavers
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-19-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-11-2012
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

Pours a dark orange-brown and hazy beer. The big off-white head has a fair level of retention, with little lace to show. Aromas are very spicy and highlight cinnamon and clove. Other smells are of pumpkin and yam fruit/vegetables.

Taste is rich and malty sweet, plus lots of spice notes as in nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Other flavors include vanilla and woody notes, plus a smooth alcohol warmth. Bitterness is low.

Thick mouthfeel, with medium to high carbonation. Finish is of spices and is sweet, malty and fruity. Overall this is an excellent dessert beer -- very rich, sweet and spicy. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:13:46 | More by sommersb
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rust red color with a bone head of meager height. Small pour in my glass offers only so much to criticize.

Maple and cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose. Malty sweet, with a slight hop brush. Vegetable quality reminds me of pumpkin, but I get that it's yam.

Sweet and bitter, spicy and with some hops. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, yam, and muted maple flavors that merely peek out. Hot heat. Slight citric hops offer bitterness and complement the earthy yam flavors.

An imperial pumpkin-like feel with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

Good beer. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:10:13 | More by thecheapies
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy looking dark ruby brown mixture, that has a nice light tan head which sticks around for a while and decent lacing. Aroma is like pumpkin pie mixed with yams and holiday spices. So it's big on pumpkin pie with yams, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, and Belgian yeast/candied sweetness. The flavor is on par with much of the same pumpkin pie, yam, and spices, with the light twist of the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is light overall. Light-medium consistency and body, medium carbonation, and a light finish.

Overall this is a very nice pumpkin/spice/holiday type beer. A bit high on the ABV for a beer of it's type, but still enjoyable and definitely a different and original take on the pumpkin style beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 03:49:35 | More by matttttYCE
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle provided at Thanksgiving by our host.

A: Pours a deep murky caramel color with a very short lived and fizzy light brown head that faded into nothing. Sits like iced-tea in the glass.
S: Yams, citrus and fall spices on the nose. Hints of molasses and nutmeg as well. Smells rather sweet.
T: Follows the nose with very sweet notes of molasses, caramel, sweet candied yams, lemon peel and lightly tart green apples. Spices are present with nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest and pumpkin spice. Finish is drying with a good dose of green apple and cranberry tartness. I get a hint of buttery doughy malt, caramel, tobacco and brown sugar in there as well.
M: Medium body, lowish carbonation with a slick, lightly tart, mouthfeel.
O: Interesting flavor, drinkable, with a refreshing light tartness. Solid all-around.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:22:26 | More by scottfrie
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque, cider amber color. Not vibrant, but certainly not dull. A short caramel colored head appears, but fades just as quickly. The nose is interesting. The obligatory spicy raisin for this style, but I easily detect sweet potato and pumkin pie as well. The cinnamon is nearly overdone. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a light syrupy consistency without being viscous. Some light carbonation toward the finish provides some balance. A lot of sweet raisin and cinnamon up front. Competing bitterness and tartness at the finish. After the tartness, it falls flat on the rear of the tongue, wihich spoils the experience a bit. There's some warmth left in the palate following the finish. I think more maple syrup would've helped how this beer finishes. I wonder how much of the sugar in maple syrup is fermentable. Perhaps too much. If there is enough time between sips, I can taste sweet potato. Interesting to a degree, but not enough to make it a great beer.

ADDENDUM: As the beer warms, the flavors blend much more nicely. I'd recommend enjoying this beer after it has warmed in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:12:38 | More by DocJitsu
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

Thanks Stevmo!

A- murky golden orange, 1/4" quick fading off white head

S- raw yam, molasses, pumpkin ale spices, earthy, tart, belgian yeast

T-pumpkin ale spices, molasses, belgian yeast, hint of yam

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

O- i have had this one before but it was an infected batch and tasted like sour apple. Glad to finally try it as intended. It's pretty straight forward and nothing awe inspiring. It's basically a pumpkin ale w/ molasses & belgian yeast. I was hoping for more of a candied yam flavor/aroma, but just got raw yams instead. Was hoping for a creamy mouthfeel w/ low carbonation but got medium body w/ crisp carbonation which was off putting & didn't go w/ the flavor/aroma. All & all a decent brew and i enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:13:16 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

S: Belgian phenolics, spiciness, some clove and cinnamon.

L: Cloudy brown, off-white creamy head with great retention and lacing.

T: Sweet, brown sugar like malt with some spices. Medium spicy bitterness leading to some "pumpkin pie" like notes. Touch of tartness detectable finishing dry and quite spicy.

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly on the palate.

Interesting, but not something I could drink a lot of. Kind of messy with the belgian phenolics and the pumpkin pie like taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:24:58 | More by bum732
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, rich brown/orange with a fluffy tan/off-white head with good retention. Not much lacing. Distinctive-looking.

S: An interesting blend of the familiar smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruits, with autumnal spices: nutmeg, sweet potatoes, maple, and other spicy accents.

T/M: Sweet and sugary. With each sip, the initial sugary, syrupy sweetness soon gives way to a big sweet potato flavor and plenty of spicy hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and other fall/holiday spices. Real tasty and distinctive, and though it's certainly sweet and betrays lots of sugar and maple syrup, it's never gets to the point where it's overbearing or sickly sweet. Well carbonated, kind of tingly and spiky on the tongue.

O: A really original and delicious autumn/holiday beer. I like it better than most pumpkin ales I've had. In many ways it just tastes like a clever, subtle variation on a big Belgian quad or strong ale, rather than the gimmick it might've been given its unusual ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 19:33:53 | More by sevenarts
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint snifter

A - deep caramel; minimal head; no lacing; minimal carbonation

S - Belgian yeasts up front; a little yam sweet; molasses; brown sugar

T - yams; burnt sugar; molasses; sweet and spicy

M - pretty smooth, a little sweet; the Belgian yeasts make this slightly bitter and lingering

O - overall, this is a pretty decent fall offering; seems like it would pair well with turkey and stuffing; unique take on a brown with all that Belgian influence; has the right amount of booze to flavor ratio where I wouldn't want to drink more than a glass and still get my fuzz on wo over committing.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:23:10 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live in Texas and this was hard to get for me
A: Mahogany, poured pretty aggressive which made a mess
S: Yams maple syrup clove brown sugar.
T: Maybe im too much of a noob but i thought it tasted alot like DFH Punkin Ale. I mean in a blind taste test with the exception of the alcohol coming through i wouldnt be able to tell the difference.
M: Heavy with the alcohol burning all the way down
O: Good but not worth the hassel of finding a website that would ship to me. Maybe ill get another and let it sit for a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 14:35:25 | More by JoeDurp
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured into a Bells snifter. The pour is quite beautiful. It is clear and golden brown in color with a massive head that shows good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is very fall-like. There are sweet bready notes, nutmeg, allspice, and a pumpkin-like sweet potato smell.

The beer has a medium full body. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, even though the carbonation level is quite high. The flavor is quite sweet. Big, bready, malty notes are evident on the front of the palate. They blend with flavors of molasses, brown sugar, yams, and holiday spice. As the beer de-gasses a bit, some subtle dark fruit flavors of raisins and dates start to come forward. There is a nice alcohol warmth on the finish.

Overall, this is a delicious beer. It is a perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. My only issue with it is that it is very rich and it is difficult to drink a lot of it. Share your bottle with friends and family at the holiday table.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 09:55:50 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark reddish brown color. Kind of bubbly. Not a lot of lasting head.

S- Mostly just holiday spices. I notice cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. There is also the sweet molasses in the nose.

T- The most noticeable things were the spices and Belgian yeast. Lots of spices and a nice sweetness up front. Yams are not quite as detectable as I had hoped, but the molasses and spices are all there. The mouth was medium bodied, and fairly carbonated.

O- This is not exactly what I was expecting, but it was a great brew. I personally do wish I could have tasted more of the yams, as I feel like the flavor was covered up almost entirely by the yeast and spices. Good seasonal brew overall though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 05:48:13 | More by brother_kenneth
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1.98/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Just had this beer on thanksgiving dinner along with a several 6 or 7 other belgian styled beers.
Beer has a rich dark color and pour's nice, settles with no head quickly.
Smell is sweet strong like an extract
Taste: is a very heavy sweet taste with an overload of flavors. I kept smelling a compost pile in my glass with an offending aftertaste of shoe polish, alcohol
Mouthfeel: almost to much to grasp, balance is weird it's all sweet maple syrup... yams?
Overall: I didn't like this beer and I could not get anyone to drink more than half a glass, I think its got to much going on at once. We enjoyed lots of other belgian styled beers and we like them but I won't buy this one again, If you buy this beer do not open it > Wait at least 1 year. This beer is not aged.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:50:45 | More by beershrine
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.