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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,547 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 112
Gots: 252 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/crimson with a sliver of beige head. Loads lovely carbonation beads hug the side of the glass Minimal head retention && less lacing

S: Brown sugar, cinamon

T: Follows the nose, a touch of maple syrup sweetness/dryness up front, along with boozey pecans and cherry & sweet potatoes. More sweet tater, a bit of molasess, figs, pears, dryness as this warms, very warming . Finishes dry with yams, cinnamon, & brown sugar

Drinks very easy, much better than the first bottle I had last summer, both were purchased in North Carolina

russpowell, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruddy old brown color, some haze/sediment on bottom of bottle. Light brown head is diminishing.
S: as stated on the bottle-sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup dessert spices. An interesting take and unique.
T: saa. Full sweetness. Nothing to balance it out though. Minimal hop bitterness noted. Some rummy alcohol. A sipping/dessert beer.
M: glad this didn't suffer from carbonation issues I heard previous batches did. Full-bodied and viscous.
O:delivers exactly what the label description says. I could see needing to be in the mood for this one though, or as a dessert pairing.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jculler82, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a garnet brown color with a tan head and a huge level of carbonation. Semi-transparent when cold and clear when warms.

S - Candied yams, apple cider, tart aroma, maple syrup, vanilla and light oak. This is a very unique smelling beer, it smells good, but not sure if I like it.

T - Candied yams, caramel, Fall spices, apples, and reminds me a little of a pumpkin beer. Warming on the way down from the alcohol. There's also some molasses and cinnamon flavor coming through with yam and caramel sweetness.

M - Thick, full bodied and heavy. Lip smacking sticky and leaves a clove/nutmeg/caramel/cinnamon aftertaste.

O - Better than I expected but still not one I would seek out again.

jzeilinger, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

enelson, Dec 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Canned cranberry red body. Nice eggnog-off-white head with ok retention and lace.

S - Mellow maple, tart green apple, and brown sugar.

T - Sweet molasses and maple roll into sweet booze. Bready-malt center with a light, almost cranberry-like tartness. Caramel sweetness is balanced by woody bitters through the finish.

M - Medium light body with a warm boozy backbone.

O - Nice profile, but a shade boozy on its own.

P - The Bruery is one of my favorite breweries to serve to company at a meal. I've found a lot of their beers to be interesting enough to keep the beer enthusiasts at the table happy, but still accessible enough for non-craft beer guests to enjoy. The booze in Autumn Maple can be a bit much, but if you pair it with rich foods the booze can become an asset and you might be surprised to find even novice beer drinkers asking for seconds at the table. Think steak with cream peppercorn sauce, cassoulet, ect.

vfgccp, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

dcurrin, Dec 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

gbbass16, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

PowDay, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

smithmd4, Dec 22, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always pick up Bruery beers when available. I read the label after picking up the bottle. When I saw that yams was an ingredient, I was a little nervous because I don't eat yams.

This pours and looks like a strong, dark ale. It is thicker than the average ale, and the carbonation was minimal.

The smell is rich. You get the molasses really heavy, and the yam mixes it up a little bit.

This tastes interesting, but it is a bit much to have a bomber. I was glad to split it with a friend because a bomber is too much for one person.

I recommend picking this up to enjoy in the cold weather.

ummswimmin, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

RocAFella1, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bkny27, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up two bottles of this, excited as much by the hype as the honest and sincere recommendations. There were raised expectations for this, as the place where I purchased it called it their favorite Bruery beer.

This is for the 2011 vintage, opened December 2011.

It is a brown ale with Belgian yeast. Brown colored, like a few shades lighter than a paper bag. It’s tart—surprisingly so. An aroma of cherries with a touch of roasted yams comes through.

I can taste the yams. It’s dry, dry, dry on the finish, bracingly dry, with just a touch of maple and molasses sweetness to balance it out. The 10% alcohol is present throughout, and becomes even more pronounced as it warms. The tartness dies down but I started to pick up an almost chalky flavor—the dry finish didn’t work with the alcoholic booziness that became ever more present. Yams and the malty-smokey-molassas notes become more pronounced as it opens up. It took its time to grow on me, but it didn’t excite or thrill me as I had expected (and hoped it would). To be honest I felt it was a bit of a let down. We’ll see how the second bottle is after another year or so of rest.

elNopalero, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

beerdweeb, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jbakajust1
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz tear drop @ Bier Stein

A - Pours a hazy deep red w/ small prickly beige head that fades quick to a ring and leaves no lace

S - Smells of brown sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spices, prunes, fruity esters, sweet malts, light floral notes.

T - Tastes of Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, sweet potato pie, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, and floral alcohol

M - Alcohol warmth, prickly acidity from high carbonation, spicy heat in the semi dry finish, smooth

O - Very rich and deep, complex, fruity esters play well with the spices and maple. Very drinkable, warming, hints of floral from the alcohol. Nice beer.

jbakajust1, Dec 16, 2011
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.