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Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by MiScusi on 09-21-2008

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice fall season brew with a sweet malty and spicy character.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Relatively simple and modern design with autumn tonalities and a subdued background of fallen leaves under the text. Front label notes briefly main ingredients and style, unfiltered nature of the brew, and in a one liner notes that it does not need pumpkins to be a reliable seasonal brew. Back label notes cellaring and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and only shows Alc. by Vol. (10%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber with a half inch foamy head. Little retention bringing it down to a thin ring and minimal lace.

S - Spicy, pumpkin pie aromas, molasses, cinnamon, clove.

T - Maple sweetness and malt character over a pumpkin-yam range.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Rather drinkable. A good fall brew that could become a bit dull towards the second half of a large bottle.

Notes: I love beer diversity and a yam based brew is really welcome, but when its use does so little to be different than pumpkin, and in fact seems to pick up exactly the role of that vegetable I don´t think that bragging about how you don´t use it is necessarily an asset. And in that regard while calling it a pumpkin ale is inaccurate is not entirely off the mark, sure there is a sense of BSDL there but the overall effect is of seasonal autumn pumpkin-like beer, a rather good at it sure. However, the price and large serving does only make really suitable for sharing on a table since otherwise it ends up feeling a bit dull. Maybe I could find such an occasion, on the other hand when I think of big brews to share and maybe surprise this is not one that necessarily comes to mind.

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Photo of erz316
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into westmalle chalice

odd looking belgian dark. a diaphanous medium brown, with no real head. the nose is strong and delicious, but not really much of a belgian dark strong happening here. the taste is pretty much the exact same for pumking, except they do not use as much maple syrup, so its not as sweet. the feel is really off, way to thin an undercarbonated. the sweetness is too much for a belgian dark strong, and I would never come back to this for a belgian of that style. ooh foxy lady.

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

750ml bottle. Glad/surprised to see this one.

A- A nice, rich caramel beer. Not much of a head on this one, but what little is there is sticking around.

S- Rich. Runs the gamut of holiday spices... cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin (I know there's no pumpkin in it).... caramel, vanilla, bourbon? Lots of things going on in this one.

T- Lip-smackin' good. Rich, nutmeg/cinnamon/caramel/vanilla/bourbon/maple syrup/molasses/candi sugar. A multi-layered beer. I'm impressed. As my first Bruery beer, I couldn't ask for much more.

M- Pretty good, good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel (although could be a biiiit fuller), and a sweetness that is just on the good side of cloying. A sweet beer, but I'm not put off by it. The spices really help cut through the sugars.

D- Very good. No sign of the ABV, this beer is a delight to drink. I'm snagging a bottle to bring home for Thanksgiving. A great beer!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at GingerMan, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a 1 finger fine, creamy white head with decent retention. Brew is a cloudy reddish-brown. Lacing is inadequate... there barely is any.

S: Brown sugar, pumpkin spie, caramel, yams? (I'm not sure how liquid yams are supposed to smell...), and other red fruit. Almost like a pumpkin beer.

T: Yeasty, maple syrup opening. Pumpkin spice supported by a very malty backbone throughout. Brown sugar on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied and a bit oily but very silky and smooth. Coarsity appears at the end, culminating into a sharp finish. Also very clean at the end.

D: Highly drinkable and an incredible mouthfeel makes this a very enjoyable beer. Kinda like ST Pumking but with a distinct not-quite-pumpkin taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A beautiful looking Belgian style, with a tea brown color and a frothy head that sticks and laces with the best of the continent

Smell: Yams, clove, nutmeg and allspice, underneath - maple and molasses also dominant

Taste: Maple, nutmeg and molasses overwhelm the tastebuds at the outset; so much so that it is hard to taste the malt character of the beer underneath; if you wait long enough, the spices start to come through, however; after the swallow, the sweetness abates a bit to let in the yam character (and the Belgian yeast elements as well) but the damage was already done

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy feel; slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: An execeptional but ultimately flawed beer, to my palate; great look and feel, but the molasses is just a bit too much and overwhelms the palate; if the sweeter elements were a bit more subtle, this would be extraordinary

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Photo of wknight167
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a murky brown with an orange tint and a short lived 1/2 finger head.

Nose- Yams with belgian yeast notes (specifically banana), maple and toffee. Smells sweet.

Palate- Seasoned yams a little over the top in my opinion. Caramel, maple. Strong belgian yeast notes. Alcoholic warming is present, but does not deter from the beer

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Almost cloying.

Drinkability- Two would be too many for me.

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Photo of capra12
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on 11/10/09 served out of a short snifter glass at the gingerman nyc.

Appearance:slightly cloudy blood ruby/ with hint of amber with little head.

Smell: belgian yeast with sweet orange vegetables and a slight earthiness

Taste: opens with intense malts, spicy and an earthy tanginess which mellows out at the middle as an alcoholic earthy almost pumpkin but more yam like profile come in after the middle as a less intense and tangy profile returns at the finish leaving a malty, tangy and vegetable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied at most with moderate carbonation and slighty coarse all throughout.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, it reminds me of a cross between southern teir pumpkin and leviathan quad. I recommend this to someone who opens with an intense malt profile with tangy and spiciness which workd well as an earthy middle emerges with the malt and tangy profile finish.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured (in several successive stages) in to a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull mahogany, sort of a muddy, dirty looking brew. It's not the most appealing hue, a problem that seems to be magnified the larger the serving vessel (it looks a lighter, nuttier, amber orange in a slightly smaller snifter that a friend is drinking out of). This in and of itself wouldn't merit the above score if the head or lacing were anything other than fleetingly ethereal. The fizzy, slightly tanned head is eruptive at first, rising as high as two fingers before collapsing as quickly as it came. There's no lacing of which to speak (at least in my glass - my friend's class does indeed have some good head retention as well as a nice healthy collar, though the aperture of her glassware is narrower), nor even any surface dusting. Alas!

** The second pour does a little better. A thin dusting of lace does stick around for a little while, as do a few specks of lacing and a nice bubbly, spongy collar of foam. Nothing outstanding, but an update worthy of a slight score bump.

Aroma: Yam and banana heavy, very starchy, but almost like bananas flambe. Alright, precisely like bananas flambe - a lightly spiced, estery banana & sweet potatoe note, drizzled with heavily-caramelized toffee and saccharine notes.

Taste: You truly can taste each individual promised component in this one, which is something that you usually don't get too often. The base beer is pleasant - a nice Belgian dark, not too heavily toasted, with some decidedly Belgian yeast spice overtones and a faint banana note. These blend wonderfully with whatever additional spices were added by those at the Bruery (nutmeg, cloves, perhaps allspice, and something else both earthier than all of these and more peppery than all of these), but the latter also blends wonderfully with the yam addition. There are a lot of heavy, full, starchy sugars in this one that meld in interesting ways both with the roastier, sweeter sugars that form the base beer, but also with the higher esters produced by the yeast strain. I suppose with bananas and yams being so closely related, it almost makes sense. And, of course, the more I drink this the more I realize that the other obvious component of the base beer - the heavily roasted, sweet, caramelly malt backbone - is of course augmented by the molasses and brown sugar additions. Just a very well-adjusted, complex beer with an interesting array of unusual components that seem to augment the base beer in pretty much the right ways.

Mouthfeel: Whatever carbonation issues the first batch of this beauty had, this one's clearly fixed. The beer itself is sticky without being thick - it would have to be sticky with all these residual sugars - and avoids the cloying thickness by having a nice amount of well-integrated effervescence.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Sure, there's a little bit of heat - sort of that typical Belgian beer-esque heat that's farther back in the throat, warming without being hot, and any "heat heat" is covered up by the spices - but it's not too bad. Sure, it's fairly high in abv% - at 10.5%, you're gonna feel it unless you're a tank. And it's fairly impressive enough combination and collection of flavors that it manages to withstand the force of both of these. Kudos to the Bruery - work on that retention, enhance those aromas ever so slightly, and you'd have a real serious winner on your hands.

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Photo of bminor7
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/1/2009.

I'll start by saying I was very excited for this beer based on the flavor implications.

A - muddy brown. 1 finger foam subsides with limited lacing. legs.

S - brown sugar, yeasty, malty...almost tripel-like. can detect a hit of yam and maple syrup, but it's not strong enough to be obvious.

T - candi sugar...like an offering from Unibroue or Ommegang. yeasty. alcohol is there as well. fluffy malts and spice and lots of residual sweetness. pretty good, but i can't really pick out the damn yams and maple syrup, both of which i really like.

M - high carbonation and light/medium body

D - tasty...10% but i could see this being better with more yam/maple flavor covering a barleywine base.

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Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light brown colored...small light tan head.

S-Vegetal. I am no yams expert but that is probably the scent I am smelling...also has some mild spicing and a nice hit of maple. I should note the first thing I thought when I smelled this is it smells like a dubbel.

T-Dubbel like...spicing gives hints of a a pumpkin ale although no pumpkin is used...sticky sweet with an underlying maple sweetness.

M-Sticky...medium bodied...borders on cloying but the heat from the abv keeps thing in check.

D-I thought this sounded pretty unique and I am glad I tried it but it is a one-time thing. Maybe a once a year thing. I couldn't see this being a staple in my fridge but a nice unique offering.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy copper/toffee color with a creamy tan head that leaves great lacing. Not as dark as I was expecting but it looks great.

S- Lots of spice and dark fruit scents coming through in the nose. I can definitely smell that this was brewed with yams and molasses.

T- Huge rush of tart Belgian flavor with tons of spice and maple. Yams are even more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. A sweet toasted malt flavor takes a back seat to caramelized dark fruits and spice. A hot sting of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Very yammy aftertaste that lingers.

D- Well, this brew is what it is. Very appropriately named Autumn Maple but maybe an even better name could have been Autumn Maple Yams.

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Photo of dborginis
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow this stuff is killer. Pours a reddish-copper with some head that quickly dissipates.

Smells heavily of booze and spices. Very sweet and boozy, its a pleasant taste, but gets to be too much over time.

A fair amount of carbonation, but the alcohol just makes it tough to drink more than a few ounces of it. Like I said, a pleasant taste, but very hard to drink.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a bottle of this up from New Beer Distributors in NYC on a recent trip and visit to the shop. Quite a selection, though questionable freshness on some brews. That's for another section however.

Appearance- Pours a deep shade of brown with about a finger of off-white head. Fairly mild looking with decent levels of carbonation and some lacing left as I drink this one.

Smell- Very sweet smelling with lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and sweet spices coming through. Smells almost like a pecan pie perhaps.

Taste- Similar to the nose, with huge amounts of sweet brown sugar and molasses, a subtle spiciness, and flavors of candied yams coming through. Just a hint of alcohol on the back of the tongue as it goes down. Pleasant but very sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I found the mouthfeel to be a bit thin for such a sweet beer and the carbonation to be somewhat prickly as a result as well. A bit disappointed in this respect as I anticipated it would feel and drink more like a barleywine. Combined with the somewhat cloying sweetness of this beer after a glass, I put a bit of a hurting on the drinkability.

Overall, a decent and interesting dessert beer. Very aptly named Autumn Maple, and if you're into sweet fall dessert beers, this is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, forms two inches of head over a cloudy rust orange with amber highlights. Too boozy for lacing, I guess. I love the crystal foam it gets on the side with a swirl.

Smells of Belgian yeast, some pumpkin, raisin, a little brown sugar. Booze hits you there as it warms.

Taste carries through on the smell with some slightly tart character & sweetness like dark fruits & nutmeg. Noticeable spices, but not that different from a Belgian brown, which was the base style. The booze really picks up in the taste. There's kind of a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste that's a little hard to take after a while.

Mouthfeel's kind of tingly & really hits the alcohol sensors. A bit rich after a while, like eating a heavily seasoned pie.

Overall not bad. A sipper for sure, & I'm not sure it delivered as heavily on all the fronts it purported to (didn't detect any maple, for instance). It seems very similar to a lot of big, alcoholic American-Belgian styles. Had I no context & didn't know all the ingredients, I'm not sure it would have made much of impression. I'm curious how it might age.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown with a decent cap and not much lace.

S - Pumpkin/squash pie with some vanilla.

T - Pumpkin pie/yams (I suppose) with sweet malt, toffee and brown sugar, raisins, and alcohol.

M - Has a refreshing bit of creamy fizz.

D - Perhaps for dessert - this is a slow-sipper, especially given its high ABV. I'm not a fan of this style so I'm trying to be fair.

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Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber to brown color with a rocky head from a normal pour.
Smells spicy and yeasty (like a normal dark Belgian) but with some nutty sweet nuances. I get a little spice on the nose, but I can't really pick much else out other than maple and maybe some cloves. Nothing too unusual.
The spices come through mainly in the finish. Up front it's a Belgian inspired brown ale. Nutty, a little cocoa, followed by a bitter spicy yeast. The finish leaves remnants of maple sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of allspice.
I had no issue splitting a bomber of this as it doesn't taste 10% at all. I'd have guessed 7-8%.
Not bad, but not really memorable either.

EDIT: On tap this beer carries more weight and is a better experience.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a brownish-red color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg - with a good amount of vanilla, all with an earthy undertone. As it warms a sweet maple aroma comes out more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nondescript sweet malts and spices hit the palate first and are followed by a husky, almost vegetal character that somehow isn't out of place. Midway through the sip a very small amount of vanilla enters into things and carries through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about any more.

Overall this is an interesting beer that has an earthy character I'm not averse to but that I'm not a huge fan of. Still, a different kind of beer for the autumn months that's worth a shot.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml botle pours a murky copper body with a large beige head that retains poorly. Subsequent pours reveal a powdery sediment that looks like spice additions.

Aroma is heavy on the spices, lots of nutmeg and ginger. Yeasty esters are also prominent. A vegetal note that seems more pumpkin than yams is underneath.

Medium bodied mouthfeel has a Belgian yeasty character.

Taste finds the nutmeg and ginger spiciness once again leading the show. Vegetal character still screams pumpkin. Molasses is not noticed, but the maple syrup emerges nicely as it warms. Some herbal hop bitterness isn't bashful, and provides some good balance. Some warming alcohol in the finish.

I expected this one to be a malt bomb. Far from it, however! It ends up evenly balanced and is an intriguing sipper to usher in the changing od the autumn leaves.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml consumed by the fire, looking out as the wind and the rain raged one - nice setting!

Poured a hazy orangey/amber, not overly dark, nice thick head rises up, maintains at least some lacing.

Nose is much more Belgian-y that I expected, lots of esters coming off the yeast, coupled with the spices it gives off a strong Belgian profile. Hints of cinnamon and cloves, light pumpkin smell.

Taste is much more in line with yams rather than pumpkin, fresh and earthy while still sweet. Nice Belgian yeast profile makes this more than your average pumpkin ale, hints of maple syrup and molasses though it's not very dominant. Pumpkin pie spices are lightly applied. This is not over-the-top yam/pumpkin in any way, it's allowed to lightly complement the Belgian characteristics. Light hop drying in the finish.

This is a really unique beer that I enjoyed drinking - though what I was really craving was a well spiced pumpkin beer. Still, hard to fault the integration of yam into a balanced, drinkable beer. Well done.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a somewhat small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled of Belgian yeast, malt, and a variety of spices.

T: A solidly complex taste - though a little wild - of Belgian yeast, malt, cinnamon, a little pepper, and a sweet, sugary quality.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied, though not as much as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

D: This is a decent, drinkable American version of a Belgian beer.

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Photo of Nickls
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a mostly white head that didn't last very long at all; not much lacing; murky burnt orange brown color

S - Belgian yeastiness; dark fruits; some spices touch of cinnamon and vanilla but both very mild; nice enough

T - Yeasty, dark fruits; spices; muddy pumpkin-pie like flavors that are just a bit dense and all over the place; nice, but a little messy

M - Medium; soft carbonation, not bad

D - A definite sipper, but this wore thin on me after a while...dense and a little too sweet for what I would like out of what the brew seems to be aiming for...

Overall, not bad, but I don't think I would need to revisit.

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Photo of originalsin
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at my local whole foods about two weeks ago. Wasn't quite sure about distribution and how much was produced/the perceived rarity of this one but was glad to get my hands on one and waited for a worthy occasion. Had a girl over for dinner, cooked, and realized we didn't have any wine. Ah ha! Autumn Maple did more than suffice.

Truth be told, she enjoyed it more than I did. But hey, I'm not complaining about that...

Appearance is a nice mahogany color with a small tan had and no lacing. I'm trying so hard not to smell pumpkin in this one but I'm pretty sure I do. Does that even make sense? Otherwise the scent of sweet potatoes mingles with those of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some caramel.

I expected a bit more from this beer on the taste front. "A Belgian Ale brewed with..." I thought I would be blown away by the taste of this one but in that regard this beer is a bit too quiet. The scents noted mostly translate into the taste here. Additionally, there's a bit of a bready element and a bit too much alcohol.

It's light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Again, not quite what I expected. This beer suffers in the mouthfeel category in my opinion. Drinkability is good nonetheless.

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Photo of Aenema
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany topped with a 1.5 finger tan head and minimal lacing.
Smell - Nose is mostly of sweet potatoes and yams with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but less flavorful than expected. Cinnamon, yams and nutmeg stand out.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light body with a fizzy, high-carbonation and slightly dry finish.
Drinkability - Although fairly drinkable a bomber was plenty. Not a very sessionable beer.
Overall - Lots of potential that just didn't click. Unfortunately this beer sounds much better; or even much more interesting, than it really is.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Slightly hazy with a reddish brown color. A finger of light brown head rises. Retention is short before falling to a thin collar but forgivable due to the 10% ABV. Minimal lacing.

S - Somewhere between a Belgian and a pumpkin ale. A good deal of vanilla with a moderate dose of allspice/cinnamon/nutmeg aroma; again like a pumpkin ale. Molasses and caramel make appearances alongside a bit of Belgian chalkiness. Overall quite sweet and spicy smelling reminding me of the holidays to come.

T - Mostly in line with the aroma but a little more subdued than I would've guessed. Early on the brew is fairly sweet. A good deal of dark bread with pumpkin pie-like spices and a good dose of caramel with added dimension from the maple and molasses. Somewhere in the middle the Belgian character takes over with some phenols, chalkiness, and a dry, overripe fruitiness similar to plums, raisins, and indistinct berries. Alcohol presence and bitterness is a bit strong in the finish, washing away flavors that I wouldn't mind hanging on to for a few seconds.

M - Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Autumn Maple sort of thins out during the finish and the carbonation is a little on the high side. I would prefer a thicker and slightly sweeter beer.

D - Easy drinking, even if the alcohol is rather noticable. This is a pretty interesting hybrid of Belgian meets pumpkin ale, but I wouldn't mind a more substantial mouthfeel.

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Photo of eyncognito
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle received from the ever generous HopHead84. Thank you Shane.

Pours a copper brown color into my Chimay chalice. A white head barely emerges and disappears quickly. No lacing is present. Carbonation is barely visible, not a terrible thing, but a place I would note for improvement. If you didn't know, you'd swear you smell pumpkin. Needless to say, I truly love yams, so when I heard about this beer, I did not think, "huh, weird." I thought, "all right, about time." Nose hits you with pumpkin pie, spices-nutmeg, cinnamon, clove (mild), and allspice. I'v already envisioned what this would smell like with a hot cider mix. Also, hints of the maple sweetness and malt mingle with a mild scent of vanilla, spiced rum, and raisins.

Taste doesn't smack you in the face with pumpkin pie, or yams, yeah whatever. The point is that the initial push of flavor is the sweet malt, toffee and brown sugar, raisins, before the clowning achievement of then delivering the pumpkin pie-in-the-face and the accompanying spices. A gentle alcohol oompf at the end reminds you that you are dealing with a beer that weighs in at 10.5%. Well played in that regard for sure. Mouthfeel is the only thing that seems pedestrian. It is neither a detriment to the drinkability of this beer, nor is it a place where it shines. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice and chewy, incredibly light carbonation, with a well done dry, almost herbal finish.

I almost want to drive the drinkability score up to 4.5, but it falls a hair short due to the carbonation. That said, this beer is in the upper echelon of pumpkin/yam/fall harvest beers. Should Wisconsin start getting the Bruery (and I hear we might), this beer would be a welcome guest for fall and winter festivities.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.