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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,532 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 113
Gots: 247 | FT: 14
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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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

M1A2, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

klipper, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, ruddy brown/amber tone with a solid finger+ of a creamy tan head; decent retention and lacing. good looking beer.

aroma is real nice bouquet of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin notes that couple with some traditional BSDA characterisics: belgian yeast, dark fruits, and brown sugar. definitely some notable alcohol in there too.

much the above mentioned pull through in the flavor. here i pick up on the yams, maple sugar, and molasses. a fair amount going on; reasonably complex and tasty, though decidedly on the sweet side and packs a bit of a boozy, bitter finish that detracts somewhat. not sure what to make of the aftertaste, either... something vaguely unpleasant about it.

medium-bodied, medium to low on the carbonation. this is one of those beers that is definitely a unique and tasty take on the style, yet the sweetness of it reins in its drinkability - a small doses type of brew. that said, i think it's a solid autumn ale that i'll be looking to buy again - maybe when the leaves start falling. would love to try the barrel aged version.

original review on: 09-19-2010

BostonHops, May 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I decided that I really haven't tried enough beers from The Bruery, so more support is in order. This was the first beer of this new declaration.

It seems as though some people are using yams in their fall beers as opposed to pumpkins. I can appreciate that, since I certainly don't need any more pumpkin beers in my life. So whereas using different ingredients is cool, it seems to me like the yams just thicken up the beer as opposed to giving it any broad character that will be more than minutely noticed. If one wanted to be negative, one could say it clogs the beer. But it isn't so much a bad thing. Just making a note of it. So overall here, we get a thick dark Belgian ale that is quite hearty. Which makes for a good fall beer and an excellent alternative to all those stupid pumpkin beers.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JasonB, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Romulux, Apr 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

brez8791, Apr 08, 2012
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2.38/5  rDev -36.9%

Poured into my CBS snifter

Poured dark brown with lots of bubbles, hardly any head.

Smells of sweet potatoes along with some pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is similar. Sweet potato/yam really comes out. Some brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Really sweet and malty.

Low carbonation levels and a thick syrupy mouthfeel.

This one didn't do it for me at all. Too sweet and the low carbonation only enhanced that. Wasn't a horrible beer, but a drain pour nonetheless because it was too sweet to finish even between 2 people.

jmarsh123, Apr 06, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - At first pour it had a small head and then quickly dissipates into a dark root beer color and actually looked like coca cola in a pint glass. This large bubbles formed in the bottom and around the pint glass.

S - Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle! Sweet potato and pecan pie which follows through with a light smell of apricots. The smell is complex but you can differentiate between the spices which i can smell nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves.

T - First initial taste it was Thanksgiving in a bottle. The sweet potatoes shine but finish with almost sweet carrots which turns to an apricot finish. The spices that i described above are a little subdued but hit you at the aftertaste.

M - Lightly carbonated and was one of the most deliciously carbonated beers i have had in awhile for a belgian style brown ale. It had a nicer almost stouty beer feel but then it was smooth and then it felt like a brown ale but easily drinkable.

O - I was impressed had it on tap and it seemed like that keg was flat but this second time in the bottle it was able to keep a great carbonation and i can't wait to open more of them in the next upcoming years.

IHyphySF, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

A - Pours a super cloudy copper-brown with a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is full of maple syrup, sweet yams, rich caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and clove, and some light dark fruit and booze.

T - Starts off with some rich maple syrup with some brown sugar and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some yams comes through with some molasses, cinnamon, clove, and a touch of raisin. The finish is a mix of strong spices with some more yam, molasses, and some light booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a thick, sweet, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of complex flavors that really come together nicely. I like the maple syrup and the yams and I think they really create a great unique flavor here.

ngeunit1, Mar 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

dominic4beer, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Blochhead, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dracook, Mar 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, murky brown with a red tint. One finger fine light brown head with little retention, but some lacing. Aroma dominated by yam, with spices, almost cola-like and faint sweet malt. Interesting flavor of caramel, maple and sweet yam; cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish of caramel malt ending somewhat dry with some tannic elements. Body is medium, somewhat creamy. Somehow this works nicely, this is a tasty autumn ale. Could have been cloying, but the slightly dry finish balances the flavors nicely, althouth the tannins were a bit of an off flavor. Overall, I really liked this beer and will buy annually.

LiquidAmber, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JustinMatthew, Feb 25, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dense brown body with a glowing base and a creamy light tan head that last for a good bit. There is a microbubble net that glides up the side of the glass.

S- The light cidery note gives way to a melanoidin toffee note in the finish.

T- The cidery flavor has some yeasty ester character to follow with a brassy molasses tang in the finish with a iodine yeast flavor that lingers a bit. There is a sweet potato note that comes through a bit in the last few glasses.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft alcohol warmth that grows as the beer opens up.

O- The well-blended flavors make it a bit mute with the iodine molasses brassy character sticking out and not any real malt character or other flavor to grab on to.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2012
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.