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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Reviews: 593
Hads: 1,884
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 149
Gots: 346 | FT: 18
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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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Reviews: 593 | Hads: 1,884
Photo of OStrungT
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown colow, with a thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a mild maple syrup flavor. It has a slight cinnimon aroma as well. Some yam and marshmally aroma also.

Wow...This beer is unique. It tastes like it smells. Yams, marshmallow, maple syrup and cinnimon. It is a little over sweet.

This beer is full bodied. It is too sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The sweetness is overpowering.

Overall: Nice try. It is unique, and if is wasnt so overpowering, it might be good. As it is, it is way too sweet.

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Photo of tpd975
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark pumpkin orange hue with no sight of a head.

S: This one smells of Thanksgiving dinner. Tons of sweet yams smathered in brown sugar and sweet gooey marshmellow. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg as well. This one is loaded with sweetness and spice.

T: I love this beer. Want a couple bottles to go with Thanksgiving dinner next year. Yams for sure in the flavor. Just like mama makes. Tons of brown sugar and cinnamon. A touch of pumpkin with more sweetness and pie spice.

M: Medium in body, smooth.

D: Tasty as hell, can't believe people don't rave about this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.64/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light burgundy color ale with a very thin bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of yams is dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by yams with some sweet malt but absence of carbonation and overpowering of sweetness renders this beer quite gross. Body is very thin and somewhat oily with no carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I must admit that I am very disappointed by this one - no carbonation and grossly sweet makes for a total mess. This is surprising considering the very good beers I had from the brewery previously.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a ruby hue and barely a trace of any bubbles. Zero head or lacing.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt, brown sugar, and plenty of cloves. Spicey and sweet with a hint of burnt banannas and caramel.

Medium bodied with a syrupy, thickish mouthfeel.

Caramelized sugars, syrupy malt, and holiday spice start the palate. Cloves, nutmeg, maple syrup, and toffee follow through along with sweet yams and a hint of pumpkin.

Finishes with a lingering sweet spice, a building warmth, and clovey phenols.

This ones quite sweet and will be difficult to finish the bottle with having no carbonation to liven things up.

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Photo of mentor
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Left-over judging bottle given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts at 2008 GABF. Pours a one finger tan head over a clear copper brown liquid. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spice and some pumpkin vegetal.

Tastes dry spice. Lacking 'lighter' spice characters over darker brooding spices. Baker's chocolate, drying booziness, pumpkin is mild. There is a little bit of brown sugar or maybe grain-based fruitiness (raisins). Md-light body. Not very impressive, but I had high expectations, based on the oak aged Levud I had a while back.

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a collection of large bubbles on top that gathered quickly to a ring, leaving little lacing. A lot less carbonation than the other Bruery beers I've popped open.

The aroma has lots of sweet brown sugar mixed in with the yams which have a more vegetal sweetness. There are lots of spices in the background as well, with cinnamon and nutmeg possibly.

The taste follows the aroma with lots of sweetness from the yams and brown sugar which dominate throughout. The spices again remain in the background and come out in the finish, leaving a tingling burn on the palate in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very slick with little carbonation, seemed almost flat.

This is an interesting beer from Bruery who is doing lots of creative things. I wouldn't put this up with the best pumpkin-style beers or Breury's best but it's still tasty. I think a little more carbonation would have helped things a bit.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pops open quite contrary to the Black Orchard I just hit up from The Bruery. This one is a complete 180 compared to that. I heard no sound as I removed this bottlecap and had to pour this fucker straight into the glass to obtain even a semblence of a head. Body is a dark murky auburn tone. No lace. A lot going on with the aroma. Yes, there is yammy, squashy sugary sweetness that prevails. Also some herbal, vegetal like aromas. The nose is very sweet to say the least.

It's true. This beer has no carbonation whatsoever. Does the Bruery have quality control issues?? These are the first 2 bottles I've ever tried from them but they present a completely dichotomous irony.

I do enjoy this beer quite a bit more than the Black Orchard. The flavor of this is complex and unique and it's quite drinkable. The 10% is very nicely hidden. There's an over-riding sweet quality to this beer, but it never becomes cloying. Rather, it's quite enjoyable as an entity unto itself. This is the kind of beer I'd crave especially in October. This has autumn written all over it. Some juicy and rich malt tones. Belgian like candy tones with plum accents. It's also got some vegetal qualities and sugary yam, maple and brown sugar/molasses. They do a nice job taking all these sweet indgredients and creating a unique and flavorful beer that is not too sweet or cloying. Good work. Pump up the CO2 a tad and we've got a solid beer all around.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when I had started asking when we'd see more tuber-based beers, this comes along. My fervent prayers have been answered in the form of The Bruery's Autumn Maple!

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark, deep, garnet-hued body with a very thin, whitish head.

Smell: Toasted yams, caramel-scented malts with a rich, smoked spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and balmy allspice. Molasses and maple are present, though remain light. Slight fruitiness.

Taste: Tastes of caramelized grains match well the flavor of maple-glazed over-roasted yams (similar in many ways to a pumpkin ale, but lacking that squashy, vegetable quality you occasionally get). Slight touch of molasses. Minor appleskin and raisin fruitiness. Rather all-around robust spice character. Tiny nod of cracked cloves from the yeast. No more than a touch of earthy hop bitterness. It certainly hides the alcohol well. Drying finishes with a final adieu from the yams.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. A tad undercarbonated, but, then again, isn't the entire season of Autumn?

Drinkability: Fairly good. It's definitely unique, which is never a bad thing, and with a few tweaks here and there, particularly in the carbonation department, The Bruery could have a real winner on their hands.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: deep copper brown
S: yeasty, with hints of alcohol and unfermented sweetness
T: a bit thin for alcohol, on sweeter side, unusual with decent taste but not to my liking, bitterness is there but sweetness wins out, very little head, big fat bubbles
M: sweet but not lacquerish
D: it is what it is but not my style

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth/Nanoslug for this.

Pours brown with a ring of huge bubbles around my snifter.

Smell: Faint Pumpkin Spices, Bananas, Vanilla, and Maple Syrup.

Taste: Pumpkin Spices, Molasses, Dark Fruits, and Brown Sugar. Barely any Carbonation.

It's really interesting, I think if it was more carbonation this would be great.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May not be fair since the bottle had been roused quite a bit before opening but poured a hazy brown with some definete yeast sediment. Aroma was that of maple sugar and raisins and roasted malt. Had a little bit of red hue to it. CO2 was on the light side. Belgian yeast flavor followed by brown sugar and some other spices. Mouthfeel was ok but could have been better.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12/27/08- Purchased at Holiday Wine and Spirits in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky-clouded deep caramel colored pour. Light bubbles come out during the pour, but only a super slight rim of head appears and then disappears before you can say a word. Looks rather lifeless and leaves some light lace spotting behind.

Smell- Nose is pretty good with some brown sugar, mollasess and some sweet potato like earthy scent. Smells quite sweet.

Taste- Flavor is about what the nose predicts. Very sweet and very strong in the sugary mollasess dept. Tastes like some light pumpkin-yam flavor and is a bit spicy as well.

Mouthfeel- Damn lifeless. Only a slight trace of carbonation. This is one beer that truly needs some carbonation. Just sugary and sickening without fizz.

Drinkability- Managed about half the bottle before I had to drain pour it. Flavor was fine...and for someone who loves low carbonation and cask conditioned ales, I couldn't do this one. Could be a very good beer. Take notes Bruery as this isn't the only BA that has encountered this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk (it was mis-labeled as the Melange, which affected my impression of it as I was expecting a blend of an imperial stout and flemish red NOT an S/H/V). Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus, wheat, and clove. Flavor is very witbier-like with lots of clove and citrus. Decent beer but certainly not what I expected.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Pagzzz
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased the bottle a few weeks ago in Santee. Was in the mood for some holiday beers and binged on about a half dozen bottles, including this one.

Aroma: Faint caramel with hints of raisins and other dried fruit. Medium esters with slight tangy notes, reminiscent of belgians but not overtly so. Some slight spice, but subdued.

Appearance: ZERO head, not even the faintest ppffftt when uncapping. murky brown color with some orange tint. Kinda like muddy water.

Flavor: Tangy sourness is most apparent. A little insipid, but some caramel maltiness is apparent. Brown sugar is subtle and blends with esters to produce dark fruit character. Overall, not too pleasant. Can't really taste spices or maple.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but totally lacking carbonation which should be evident in a belgian inspired style. Problem with bottling line as some other reviewer noted? Alcoholc warmth is smoot and background.

Overall, not especially pleased given the price, but I like supporting local beers. So will try again next year (if its around) to see if problems solved.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 750 ml brown bottle (pretty label), poured to a pint glass. It's the first day of winter and Portland is locked in, as dubbed by the media, an 'Arctic Blast'. Temps in the 20's, nearly a foot of the white stuff on the ground and more on the way. (Pointless) Snow shoveling completed, seems a perfect time for a warming Pumpkin Ale.

A: Color is nice: an autumnal chestnut/orange-brown, a faint haze. Where's the carbonation? A few frothy soap bubbles form a sloppy ring, fading quickly to pencil-thin whitish ring. No visible bubbles - looks kinda sad and lifeless but for a cheery color.

S: Pleasant sweetness: a nose full of nuttiness, pumpkin spices (allspice, nutmeg), dark raisins. Sugary sweetness isn't a bad thing when it smells so much like a pumpkin pie, complete with a flaky and buttery crust.

T: Pumpkin pie spice and a slight dark fruit tartness (Belgian yeast?). A molasses/maple sweetness, though neither are very discernible. Baked apple pie? Something in the finish reminds me of a spicy/syrupy Belgian tripel: slightly tart, a bit fruity (grapes, apples, pears). Drying bitterness in the finish: a more earthy pungency, like a sprinkling of nutmeg or a shaved cinnamon stick. Definitely holds my attention.

M: Where to begin? Syrupy viscosity going down, then a sticky, almost gummy starchiness. Flat (lack of) carbonation makes for a thinner feel, even from a 'heavy' ale. Alcohol warmth is pretty apparent.

D: I expected to really like this, as I'm a big fan of the 'pumpkin ale'. Read the label: 'Belgian-Style Brown Ale brewed with Yams, Molasses, Maple Syrup and Spices'. Sounds great; execution just didn't work for me. Finished the bottle over a couple hours, but probably would not buy again.

PS: The very faint hiss when uncapping and the generally flat appearance/feel leads me to suspect an issue on the bottling line. Purchased only a couple weeks ago, a fall seasonal certainly within the time frame of freshness. Worth noting that this ale seemed anything but 'fresh' from the bottle.

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Photo of Flyer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich woody-red color with virtually no head. Aroma of pumpkin spices. Big flavor of yams, which works surprisingly well, spice, and some notes that remind me of rum-raisin ice cream. For all of that, the body is on the thin side, and combining that with the lack of carbonation, the beer is somewhat unsatisfying. There is less alcohol warming than I'd expect for 10% ABV. Tasty, but not really in a beery way. A worthwhile experiment, worth trying, but not something I'd likely buy again.

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Photo of Floydster
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for ten dollars, tasted on Thanksgiving, reviewed from notes, also had on tap a few weeks before, poured into an oversized wine glass, color is a mix between copper and dark orange, minimal 1/4 inch creamy off white head that leaves a little ring, minor lacing, smell is yams, pumpkin pie, numerous spices, molasses, and caramel, flavor is mostly brown sugar and spices, nice malt backbone, the aftertaste is where you really see the yams and surprisingly it works, never thought it would in a beer, but nice flavor that was perfect over the holiday, mouthfeel is thick, malty, spicy, and chewy, taste lingered a long time, need a lot more carbonation, medium to full bodied, could not drink this whole bottle, strength is there but hidden well, it is very heavy on the stomach though, look forward to seeing how this ages over the years, congratulations to Patrick on brewing another very unique brew, try this when possible

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Photo of SShelly
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 750.

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown. As others have said, not a whole lot of visible carbonation.

Big yeasty saison aroma hits me when I first pour, has a nice background of maple syrup.

Medium sweet malt with tons of spice in the flavor. Lots of other flavors, yams, cinammon, a few I have no idea, all fight for control of your tastebuds, a little overwhelming but tasty at the same time.

Overall, I liked this beer ALOT when i had it on tap at the br(ue)ewery, I think it loses a little of its character in the bottle with the light carb. I found myself really enjoying it in 4-5 oz. increments but not wanting more than that.

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Photo of midaszero
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Mucky brown body with no head at all with a vigorous pour. No lacing at all

S - Sweet dark fruit and rich spices come through the nose that produce great pleasure and a sense of holiday.

T - Yams and molasses. Holiday spice with some apple cider flavor mixed in as well

M - Medium body no zero carbonation. Having no carbonation destroys the mouthfeel.

D - I think this beer would be wonderful if properly carbonated but it is not and that makes it a little hard to handle

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Photo of magictrokini
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with absolutely no head. Maple syrup and pumkins are prevalent in the nose, as is molasses and spice. You can really taste the yams, and I'm not sure that's a good thing when it comes to beer. Heavily spiced, nutmeg, cinnamon, and very sweet due to the maple syrup. The flatness of the mouthfeel really detracts from the beer as there is no carbonatin at all. I applaud the attempt but I will not be gettign this one again.

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Photo of errantnight
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another beer absolutely undercut by carbonation issues. Hopefully these are corrected going forward... as it seems the otherwise tasty beers of The Bruery are being effected negatively by these kinks being worked out.

Beer pours a rich ruddish caramel brown with just barely a hint of carbonation. A few tiny bubbles fight through the murk and don't even begin to form a head. That said, the brew has a delicious, saturated looking glow to it that reminds me of fall. Or autumn, as it were.

Aroma is a tidal wave of spices of complex, deep, rich sweetness. There's traditional pumpkin-pie warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg and clove, but there's also a rich brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness.

The beer itself is still relatively full despite the lack of proper carbonation, and it has a rich complex roasted sweetness that comes through the middle. Maple flavors are more subdued than expected, the molasses and biscuity malt flavors playing more with the spices. The sweetness is never simple or cloying, and with the spices (and whatever hops that are used, flavor-wise they're completely absent) this has a nice clean dryness to its finish.

The mouthfeel is just utterly disappointing, it's almost flat. Only scores as "high" as it does here due to the general perception that the beer was properly brewed...

Find this one on tap where it's properly carbonated for a true treat. Try it in the bottle if (like me) you know what you're getting into and don't want to wait until next year to try it. Hope The Bruery gets their carbonation issues worked out (the word is their house yeast simply couldn't handle the higher alcohol content of this beer to carbonate it).

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Photo of GbVDave
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade hook up!

A: Pours a hazy apple cider/caramel brown color. Popped the cap and, uh oh, no rush of air. Poured into the glasses and not a trace of carbonation or head or lace or anything.

S: Nice thanksgiving-y type aromas of spiced cider, maple glazed sweet potato, various spices, tart green apple, and an underlying Belgian brown ale scent.

T: See above. Tastes like a Belgian-y brown ale blended with spiced apple cider and Grade B maple syrup.

M: Smooth and rather lifeless. This really suffers from the lack of carbonation.

D: Interesting but flawed. I'd love to revisit with a properly carbonated example. Very odd...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a couple of scattered bubbles that quickly disappear. The beer is a rich mahogany color that shows a hazy, brownish red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity with notes of raisins, a touch of rum, baked brown sugar and perhaps even some notes reminiscent of sweet potatoes (I don't know why these are marketed as yams in many parts of the US). There is lots of toffee character, a substantial caramel character as well as a touch of spiciness that reminds me of a touch of nutmeg, ginger, perhaps some all spice and some white pepper and a touch of something herbal.

The beer is almost, though not completely flat; there is just a touch of carbonation that adds a hint of texture to this beer. It is rich and chewy, but lacks a certain fullness somehow because of the lack of carbonation; it almost seems a bit thin somehow, but I wouldn't want it to be thick and rich. Sweet flavors of raisins, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes and a deeply caramelized flavor. The beer finishes with a soft spiciness that provides a bit of piquancy / warmth (the alcohol), a touch of woody pepper, a touch of allspice, some cinnamon, ginger and a soft, almost neutralized nutmeg note. The finish has a touch of astringency to it, perhaps even a touch of hop bitterness though this last is subtle.

I like that the spice character is quite subtle, it is hard to guess what is spice and what is fermentation derived here, which is exactly how I prefer it. The beer itself is not too bad, it definitely really needs the texture and vitality that carbonation would bring to it. I definitely am looking forward to getting the next, carbonated batch of this.

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Photo of antilogic
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on cask @ Beachwood. Thanks gabe!

A very interesting beer! My first sip made me "Wow!" with all the flavors to take in. You can definitely taste the yams and it's fairly spiced but very drinkable. Cinnamon, ginger and allspice (i think) jump out at me. The color is light amber and the head was well formed. I hear the bottles have a carbonation problem, but it works well on cask because you don't expect much. It tastes like what a autumn amber should taste like. I wouldn't drink it every day, but I would gladly grab a bottle next autumn to enjoy.

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Yam ale. Very nice balance, with a lot of flavor. Notes of yam, candied pecan, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. Very simple nose, with sweet malt. Autumn colored ale, with a long lasting head. Interesting, well balanced flavor. Sweet, strong. Pretty nice.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.