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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 124
Gots: 294 | 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 FridayDave
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

FridayDave, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of bootdown21
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

bootdown21, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of purdueflyguy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

purdueflyguy, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

sendbeer, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.4%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of 3SH33TS
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

3SH33TS, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

MarioM, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of sandiego67
4/5  rDev +6.1%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jco3rd
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

rodlavers, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of bmf0
1/5  rDev -73.5%

bmf0, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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

sommersb, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

thecheapies, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

matttttYCE, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of dav
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dav, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

scottfrie, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

tfsimpkins, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

DocJitsu, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

CA_Infidel2o9, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ThatCracker
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ThatCracker, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of cmoody91
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cmoody91, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of pcarney8
4/5  rDev +6.1%

pcarney8, Dec 10, 2012
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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