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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 120
Gots: 284 | FT: 15
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 beershrine
1.98/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

beershrine, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jeffthepony, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark auburn color with lots of frantic bubbles. A nice dollop of foam appears with decent retention, but leaves little lacing.

Lots of spices in the nose...mostly cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Notes of brown sugar and dark malts combined with a hefty whiff of yeast remind me of fried sweet plantains.

Taste pretty much follows the nose...lots of yeast and spices. Sweet potatoes, molasses, and mulled wine flavors. Some definite booziness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation and finishes dry.

Had this after Thanksgiving dinner with some pumpkin pie, which made for a great combo. The Belgian influence makes for an interesting take on the pumpkin/autumn beer genre.

HumanParaquat, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -20.4%

baybum, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

sbanacho, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

rkcrozier, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev +6.1%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Cody66
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Cody66, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of joeseppy
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going to drivel on here.

Bought a bottle for the Thanksgiving dinner.

WOW...excellent compliment and balance to the turkey and mom's dinner.
This will be at every Thanksgiving dinner to come.

Yams culminate this Belgium style brew into what could be tradition for this time of year.
Notes of banana and caramel...not too sweet though.

Bruery has a winner here!!!! Kudos

joeseppy, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into wine glass for thanksgiving desert. Pours a hazy burnt orangey amber with a half finger of head. Smell is sweet Belgian malts with a hint of banana and clove. Taste is super sweet Belgian malts with a ton of sugar...almost over sweet but has a good molasses and banana note. Its a good brew just a bit over sweet. Nice looker though...

DrinkSlurm, Nov 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mkennedy119, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

crobinso, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

GoldThunder, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served with Thanksgiving dinner at cellar temp.

Dark orange to burnt sienna. Skinny finger of dense, creamy, light beige. head. Caramel, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, molasses, and some faint cooked carrots on the nose. Plenty of spice and yeast too. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe cloves. Very nice.

Singed caramel and toasted malt up front. Palate quickly fills up with sweet caramel, molasses, rummy fruits, and pumpkin pie filling. Warming toward the finish. Mulled wine and pumpkin pie spices around the edges. Lingering overripe fruit in the finish. Warming, but not boozy. Medium-full body, with a smooth, lightly carbonated feel. Tasty and a very good beer to pair with Tday dinner!

alexgash, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown color with a big tan head. There is a very sweet matly aroma with some potato notes. There is a a full flavor with sweet potato flavor some sweet maple syurp lots of yeasty flavors. Good full flavor more sippable then not. Overall a very interesting beer novel taste very enjoyable worth a try.

vette2006c5r, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

wbumgarner, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a finger of sandy head

The aroma is very vegetal with the yams making up the majority of the aroma. All spice, cinnamon and molasses make up the rest of the scent.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Yam forward, full of spice, molasses and vanilla. Getting some heat from the booze on the back end.

Full in body with a touch too much carbonation. It doesn't ruin the beer by any means but it could stand to tone it down a bit...

Overall, this was a really good beer. The Bruery has made yet another interesting and delicious beer. Very glad that I got to have this beer.

dcloeren, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jmaharaj
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Orangey pale hue, like unripe mango. cloudy with a white head that lingers thin on top of the beer. Belgian yeast comes through first on the nose followed by warming alcohol. there is some sweetness, not so much maple, maybe brown sugar and a strong scent of unripe jackfruit. The taste is pleasant but relatively one dimensional. spicy belgian yeast, some powdery fruit and not much maple or yam, which is what got me excited about this. A little thin and undercarbonated for me. All in all not bad, but somewhat dull.

jmaharaj, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- murky brown, i got a 1/4" off white head with a hard poor that quickly faded to a lacing atop the brew.

S- smells just like a pumpkin ale with all the usual spices that accompany that style, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, but an awesome hint of yam occasionally hits me as i search, setting this brew apart from anything else i have tried.

T- I snuck a sip as i was reviewing the smell and the yams hit me hard and the mouthfeel was almost creamy, but as i continue to sip, the belgian yeast rears it's ugly head, and turns the brew sour. Spicey, green apple comes to mind and if i take a couple minutes between sips, the sourness lingers on my tongue. Though i wish for the yams total come back, the mix of a pumpkin ale type brew and belgian yeast is interesting and i've never had anything like it.

M- Medium body that coats your tongue and leaves a numbing/tingling feeling

O- Didn't someone mention something about maple? Maybe if the yeast hadn't taken over, i'd be able to find more layers to this beer, but after splitting the bottle into two servings, and racking my brain both times, my review remains the same. On the other hand, without the belgian yeast, maybe this brew falls in line with everything else, leaving it boring and passed over. I have never tried a beer that taste so different then it smells. If i were blind folded and asked to name the style of the brew by smell, i would say pumpkin ale, if asked the same question by taste, i would say a farmhouse/saison. This beer is very interesting, not too many brews lately have left me wondering.

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

TerrapinWakenBake, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BeerHunter76, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DWarcher, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

pburland23, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange/brown with a slight brownish head. Smelled sweet and vegetal like some brown sugar and molasses coated yams. Some alcohol showed itself. Flavor followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel, not much life to it. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but not sure I need to try it again.

denver10, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ReeseMax3, Nov 18, 2012
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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