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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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583 Reviews
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Reviews: 583
Hads: 1,846
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 148
Gots: 331 | FT: 18
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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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Reviews: 583 | Hads: 1,846
Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently at one of our favorite spots. Poured a nice dark amber/lite brown. Head of about an inch that disappeared rather quickly.
Odor is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, syrup and some other spices came to mind when first smelling.
Taste is rather sweet and maple syrup like at first. Middle to end brings some more spice and little bit of alcohol . Mouth feel is smooth and relatively flat. It seems like there is very little carbonation.
Overall, a very good beer with sweetness throughout. Great for sipping and savoring. (532 characters)

Photo of trentbent
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure I'd love this beer but I was sure my guests would love it. But it turns out that I knew I would love this beer and I ended up drinking almost a third of the bottle. It's definitely a tricky beer to pull out at T-day (the perfect beer but...) some people just don't love a complex beer like this. Have you ever had sweet potatoes with maple syrup? Yeah. So this is that and somehow better. It takes a moment, but it strikes you that the flavor and mouthfeel of this ambitious T-day beer is rightly balanced. I was sad when the bottle was done, despite all the other beers at my fingertips (I over-prepared for Thanksgiving cuz it was my first time hosting...lots of leftover food and beer!) Thanks The Bruery, let's make this a tradition. (752 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my The Bruery "June 15th, 2013, Rue the Day" snifter, drank 11/28/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - amber-brown coloration, little clarity (cannot see through), tannish-brown coloration on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - like a spiced yam, some nutmeg, molasses

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a big spice and sweet character that immediately hits; as it develops in the mouth, there malt sweetness fully develops and some alcohols are detectable; on the aftertaste, it's sweet but not cloying so and resolves impressively dry

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated, big time mouthfeel from the booze

O: 8/10 - a favorite Fall ale from a brewery that doesn't see a true Fall; I like their eschewing of pumpkin but still creating an excellent seasonal Fall beer

TOTAL = 39/50 (984 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a deepber brown with half a finger of tan head which dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - maple syrup, cinnamon, some dark fruits, molasses

T - exactly as it smells plus a lotta yams

M - medium/lighter bodied. Good carbonation, Would have liked it be more full bodied (292 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle obtained during a June stop in Seattle. Poured into a chalice: ruby orange, clear yet rich-looking, with little visible carbonation, and a fluffy head that settles to a ring-around. Lacing seems nice to start.
Smells like spice and some cinammon, with a vegetable vibe to it that's tough to describe. Different. I actually get an impression of baked ham in a fork with spicy mustard! Certainly a nose that's in tune with the season.
Tastes slick and low carbonated, with flavors that are vegetable-like (the yams), and a spice blend (mostly all-spice) that works well with the former. Certainly a sweet edge due to the syrup, where maple flavor doesn't come to the forefront quite like the overall seeetness of its sugar. Not complex, although more sipping gives me more of an apple note. A mild burn briefly pops through afterward, then levels off. A sipper. Wish it were better carbonated. Seems perfect to accompany a holiday meal, so as intended, this will be had with Thanksgiving dinner. A different type of beer, and despite not favoring this style, appreciated. Update following meal: score on this brew bumped up by nearly a full point, just because it compliments this type of meal (incl turkey, cranberry sauce, broccoli, hot rolls etc.) perfectly. (1,275 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in flute

A) Dark amber, one finger head, non-transparent. It's almost flat barley carbonated

S) Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple, dried fruit

T) Maple up front, spices towards the end and fusel alcohol aftertaste

M) thick no carbonation, almost batter

O) very tasty beer worth the price, but this one isn't for everyone. (357 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The thing about this beer is, it tastes a lot like most fall, pumpkin/squash beers.
and the heavy alcohol taste is not very appealing when it comes to being a drinkable beer.

It pours a dark brown, with a golden tint to it.

Smells kinda nice. It has those herbal spices, maybe a faint maple or "molasses" .
It also smells like it might have a heavy alcohol content.

The thing I don't like about the taste, is that the 10% alcohol is kind of in your face.
There are cinnamon and other spices apparent, and a faint taste that I get from most pumpkin/squash beers. I can taste a bit of good things going on in here, but its a little overpowered.

The mouthfeel was not that pleasant, and the people with me agreed. (720 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a brownish caramel. Thin, disjointed head of individual bubbles. Not much lace.

S-Very sweet of course. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol. Some autumnal spices.

T-The yams come through a bit. A bit like mashed sweet potato. Rich, full brown sugar and caramel. Maple syrup, cinnamon and the entire medley of Fall spices. High octane. Dark fruitiness.

M-Slow sipper for sure. Subtle carbonation. Body is full but not quite viscous. Alcohol comes out.

O/D-One glass is enough for me. A big, rich Fall beer. Probably won't have it again but it was unique and worth a pour. (593 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a dark orangey brown, with not much head at all. The aroma is heavy in cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The taste is actually a nice combo of the spices as well. I'm a little disappointed that there isn't more of a maple flavor though. The mouth feel is great, and it hangs around just long enough to let the palate experience the spices. (346 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a muddy brownish copper with golden edges. There is about a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is complex - maple, pumpkin and assorted fall spices. The taste starts off mildly tart and the flavor builds to include seasonal spices and yams. There are both sweet and dry notes on the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. This is a pretty complex offering that would be perfect alongside turkey with all the trimmings. (462 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy caramel amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. When viewed from a distance, the beer is opaque. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yams and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose—nutmeg and cinnamon seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has hints of brown sugar and associated sweetness from this and the yams.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer as it manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a nice alternative to a pumpkin beer if you are looking for something seasonal to have during the autumn months, such as during Thanksgiving dinner. (907 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a goblet at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a lots of haze and a thick finger of creamy tan foam atop. Quite attractive.

Smell: malty, nutty and sweet; not terribly maple-y, but I imagine a lot of that character fermented out. It's got a little bit of a pumpkin spice character going on; it's definitely autumnal. Overall, pretty good.

Taste: rich and malty; quite sweet and highly reminiscent of pumpkin spice. Not bad, although it lacks subtlety. The alcohol is definitely an element here, but it's not overpowering, which could have been a danger here. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a super smooth and creamy consistency. I really like it a lot; excellent.

Overall: a nice, if unremarkable, autumn ale. I probably won't go back to this well, but it's definitely worth a try if you are a fan of autumnal and/or pumpkin beers. (906 characters)

Photo of JSuperman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended by a sales member at our local Bristol Farms so I decided to give it a try. At $11 it was a bit more expensive than I wanted but I hoped it would be worth the hype. In short, it was!

This is a classic winter ale that is perfectly suited for a cool evening and a fire (in fact, I've already set aside another bottle for Thanksgiving). It is very sweet and full of lingering spicy flavor. The body is full, almost like a dopplebock in the level of flavour and heaviness. I preferred the taste at the beginning of the bottle more than I did during the last half. This is likely due to the sweetness of the maple and yams and I would suggest you share the bottle (something I neglected to do!).

If this beer was a holiday it would be Thanksgiving. It is full of fall, spicy flavors with a wonderful full-bodied, sweet taste that reminds you of your grandmas sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie. (912 characters)

Photo of DaveSchultz
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – It almost looks like apple cider. A little bit of head that disapates gradually. Dark golden brown in color and cloudy.

S – Sweet potatoes and nutmeg. Brown sugar... I suppose that’s the molasses. The booze is faintly detectable.

T – Wow! I’m drinking T-Day dinner. Much like it smells; sweet potatoes, molasses, and spices.

M – Thick, rich, and creamy.

O – I love it. While it’s very rich, it is very well-balanced. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s boozy, but not too boozy. It’s spiced, but not overly spiced. Dare I say, move over Pumking, I’ve got a new favorite Fall beer. “Blasphemy!” you might say. I know! I know… but… this is VERY good. And, this is the first beer that I’ve had that is brewed with YAMS. Unique and delicious; if you haven’t already, this is a must try.

Cheers! (836 characters)

Photo of BA_Berto
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : hazy brown, two finger quickly disappearing head.
Smell: brown sugar, yam ,...liquid thanksgiving dinner. One of the better fall beers , but still behind Pumking! Slight maple and vanilla sweetness.
Taste: maple syrup, hints of vanilla, and yams. Well balanced and the taste reminds me a lot of hoppin frog 's double hallow Pumkin ale.
Mouth feel: nice
Overall: everyone has an opinion...if I could buy this for $10+ or Pumking for $7, I will take a Pumking everyday! Having said that, I would try this again, and possibly hope for more maple flavor. (564 characters)

Photo of SoCold
4.74/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the local watering hole on tap. Pub Pint.

One taste and I ordered a growler to go.

It was like I walked into our local apple orchard store and someone hit me in the face with a pumpkin pie and dozen apple crisp donuts. Then told me it wasn't made from either.


Not a big fan of the fruit and veggie beers. I was really surprised at how well this beer was done. Pumpkin, sweet potato, ginger, brown sugar, maple all the wonderful smells of fall.

A must have for anyone who likes the pumpkin style beers, perfect for autumn. (533 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a really intense dark orange brown color reminiscent of pumpkin pie with off-white soapy head that left a little bit of spotty lace.

S- Huge aroma of ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato. This smells like Thanksgiving.

T- Big ginger notes, allspice, some nutmeg, big pumpkin pie and sweet potato notes, some maple sweetness, spicy belgian yeast notes, and pie crust flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish that I think cuts the sweetness very well.

M- Very dry, some nice alcohol warming, pretty smooth, and soft carbonation. This goes down so easy for 10% ABV.

O- While not properly a pumpkin beer this is the best pumpkin (or yam) beer I have ever had. Very balanced flavor profile between the spices, sweetness from the yams and maple syrup, and bitterness. Very complex and easy to drink. (857 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep orange amber color.

The aroma is of maple syrup sweetness, pumpkin (or yams), as well as a lot of the autumn spices like cinnamon, clove, all spice. A bit of marshmallow.

The flavor follows of yam (which can be mistaken for pumpkin) in the front then spices and Belgian yeast notes. It rolls into maple sweetness and then cleans up with a punch of booze on the end. The booze is really there.

There's a medium body. The carbonation cleans up the beer on the end with a bit of drying.

A big "pumpkin" beer and great for the season. A bit big of alcohol for drinking by itself, but definitely works for dessert or food pairing. (654 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Late 2012 release but I can't find the bottle date. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with almost two fingers of pale tan head. Head recedes to a long lasting thin layer that leaves a little lace.

Sweet, inviting nose of brown sugar, yams, maple and a little spice.

Tastes like a sweet potato pie with a booze kick. Plenty of maple, brown sugar, candied yams, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, molasses, mild vanilla and a little kick of booze. Far less alcohol heat than I remember that it had while fresh.

Medium heavy body with moderately soft carbonation. Pie spice and yam aftertaste.

This is a slightly different yet familiar take on the classic pumpkin beer. Similar spices but a good bit more sweetness and depth. Typically a little hot, a year has settled this one down. I'm looking forward to trying the barrel aged version soon. (920 characters)

Photo of Kevin73
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Very classy looking beer, burgundy in color, off white/tan head doesn't last too long. Smell is oak, pumpkin spices, brown sugar, green tea, not much maple. The maple comes out a tiny bit more in the taste but is still disappointingly subtle. The yam I think has a cleaner less punchy flavor than pumpkin which in my opinion is a good thing. Pumpkin can be very pungent depending on the species and ripeness and I've definitely enjoyed a minority of the many pumpkin beers that I've tried; sufficed to say I'm not the greatest pumpkin beer fan. Mouth feel is good, decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied, a little bit of alcohol spice on the finish. The alcohol is actually very well hidden in this beer. Overall I think if you're going to call out the main ingredient in a beer then it should be front and center, the maple is too subtle. But that's about my only serious complaint. The yam works amazingly well as a pumpkin replacement. The flavor is extremely well balanced, the pumpkin spices are not overpowering. A perfect beer to enjoy on a cold evening cozied up in front of a roaring fire. (1,139 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy/murky reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a medium patch of thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out) over the top of slightly grainy malts with some molasses + maple sweetness. There is also a light aroma of yam/pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy and toasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of maple syrup + molasses sweetness and a moderate amount of yam/pumpkin. The beer is also loaded with pumpkin pie spices with moderate flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove along with light amounts of vanilla. There is also a nice hint of Belgian yeast along with just a touch of sweetness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really tasty fall beer offering and definitely one that I will enjoy again - the flavors go great with some German pretzels while watching football, it really makes me think of the autumn. Alcohol is well hidden so I would recommend sipping this one since it could easily sneak up on you. Nice complexity to the flavors with depth. (1,450 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, pear, apple, raisin, dark bread, toast, yam, cinnamon, clove, allspice, maple syrup, pepper, nutmeg, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, pear, raisin, apple, molasses, toast, cinnamon, yam, nutmeg, clove, allspice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Lingering notes of dark fruit, apple, molasses, cinnamon, toast, yam, nutmeg, clove, allspice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian strong ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yam, spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,346 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a mini-snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

A- Pours a copper colored body with a gushing, 2 finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no retention.

S- I get lots of spicy notes - heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves upfront. There's a huge fruity character too - lots of banana, green apple, and white grapes. Candied sugar and raisins. There's another scent I can't quite identify.. maybe it's the yams?

T- The belgian character is definitely present here - huge dark fruit and spice notes.. ripe bananas, nearly overpowering clove and cinnamon, sweet caramel and brown sugar. No hop presence. Mild booziness on the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.. a sipper indeed.

Dollar for dollar, this was a good beer and a nice representation of a Belgian ale. Maybe a little overpowering in the sweetness category. I'd save this one for dessert. Worth a try. (930 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- well its pretty when it poured out. It's a brownish orange color sparkling clear which I imagine is had to accomplish with he sweet potatoes in it. It has a thin off white head. The head has no sustain, probably the least head retention I have seen in a commercial beer. I imagine that is also due to the sweet potatoes.

Smell- bread cinnamon clove yeasty with what I can detect is a significant amount of booze smell. Phenolic ?! not sure but it smells kinda like a moonshine wash.

Taste- cinamon clove and a significant boozey warmth. dont taste too much sweet potatoe but the fermented maple syrup is a familiar aspect of this beer. little to no hop profile. Not sure if its the alcohol of unfermented sugars that leaves it a bit sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel- mild carbonation, boozey warmth and a of course a bit syrupy. but not sticky. I think its best aspect might be the mouthfeel, because it does feel like a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

Overall- I thought this beer was okay, I would have enjoyed it along with a thanksgiving dinner but It is not something that an average beer drinker would appreciate. I have had beers that disguise the alcohol content better at a higher ABV. I have had beers that I think do the spice additions better. But as a lover of sweet potatoes I was curious. I think this would be better barrel aged or cellared . (1,370 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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A: Deep amber brown with an effervescent head of off white to khaki foam which dissipates to a thin layer that then slowly fades to a cling on the glass.

S: The spice complexity jumps out with highlights of maple syrup from a base of yam sweetness. The sweetness to build as the beer warms.

T: The allspice and cinnamon build as the molasses and maple syrup join in an attempt to bring a balancing sweetness. The yams add a sweet carbohydrate, slightly candied foundation to the brew. There is very minimal earthy hop bitterness. The yeastiness comes through in the end with a moderate amount of booziness.

M: The beer has a light to medium feel with similar amounts of carbonation.

O: The spices shine here but in the end overwhelm the remaining components of this beer, particularly the candied yam presence. The flavors here don't quite combine into a synergistic whole. A laudable attempt at creating a novel fall brew but overall can use some polishing. (1,017 characters)

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.