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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,647 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
Gots: 278 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

CaptainHate, Sunday at 07:06 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

zacalabeer76, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

I would hardly call this a "fruit / vegetable" beer - more like a thick solid Octoberfest or even a Scotch ale with a slight touch of funk of some sort that takes over where hop bitterness might come in. The 17 pounds of yams used in the brewing process is not only a surprise, but a non-event. More like a "so-what" - it adds a little sweetness.

Had on tap at the Public House in Brookline, MA and really enjoyed - think solid mouthfeel, little to no alcohol warming considering the ABV, a moderate amount of sweetness that is balanced out by a very small amount of funk of some sort. Little to no head, and didn't really get much smell out of it.

Overall, a pretty decent fall beer if you're not in the mood for coiffing.

hopley, Sep 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

dwoolley1, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jnikkel, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

thegerm87, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of rden4654
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

On second try this is a decent beer.

rden4654, Sep 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

nwatson, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Andy_Luft, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Roland45s, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

gio540, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a dark, bloody, hazy orange color. One inch head.

Smells like pumpkins to me, but I guess I can't tell the difference between the smells of pumpkins and yams. Lots of nutmeg and brown sugar in the aroma, too.

Lots of great rustic, earthy tastes in this one. Yams up front, very sweet, with some typical pumpkin ale spicing of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with sweet, slightly earthy maple tone. Pretty creamy, and thick.

Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

A great twist on the fall seasonal tradition. Loved this one.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of drpimento
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this. Poured at a good temperature with a small to medium sized, light tan, foamy head that soon settled to a ring and an island with some lace. Color is a clear amber copper with no bubble trails. Aroma is, to me, barely distinguishable from pumpkins, but my snooter don't work so well. Nevertheless, lots going on - spice, malt, sweet caramel starch, fleeting pepper, a wink at hops. Flavor is like nose, tang is up front followed very closely with the malt, starch, caramel, spices and an array of lovely, interesting complexities. Body/carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, true, of good length, and only at the very end do I get the alcohol smack down. I like it!

drpimento, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of organicbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby. Brilliantly clear. big tan head that quickly disapeared.

S-Rum raisin with some clove thrown in. Nice that this isn't an over spiced mess like most pumpkin beers. Some perfumy alcohol. Very nice

T-Raisin. Some alcohol. Dark Crystal malts. Rummy. No hop flavor

M-Medium thick bodied but not sickly sweet. Medium carbonation, could be a bit higher.

D-Much better than all of those over spiced pumpkin beers out these days. Actually a nice base beer with a bit of spice underneath. Alcohol is a bit too high to have more than one.

organicbrewer, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of hermit990
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky reddish-brown. Some yellow hues around the edge of the glass. 2.5 to 3 finger, rocky off-white head that recedes to a ring on top of the beer.

Smell: A lot of sweetness up front, some light fruit (banana) and dark fruits lead off, followed by a big brown sugar/molasses aroma. Loads of spice aromas are prevalent as well, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice. Hints of an earthiness follow, some of that sweet potato/yam character, a bit of nuttiness (walnut or pecan) as well, with some very subtle notes of a wooden aroma. Very complex, interesting smell.

Taste: Lots of spice upfront - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. This fades into just a light sweetness from some fruit character - banana/raisin - mixed in with some more of that brown sugar/molasses note. Afterward, there's a vegetal, sweet potato note, mixing in with a slight buttery flavor and a more pronounced walnut taste before the sweet, spicy finish. Becomes a just a bit sweeter as it warms, unlocking some of the maple syrup flavor.

Mouthfeel: Big body to this one. Some definite warming character from the alcohol. Not much carbonation presence. A very good winter (or autumn) warmer.

Overall: This is an interesting take on the pumpkin beer by The Bruery. The addition of yams gives this a more uncommon dimension. The price isn't too bad, especially for an offering by The Bruery ($11.99 per bottle in my area). Reminds of a sweet potato casserole, covered with brown sugar and spices. Very nice on a cool, autumn night, or around the winter holidays. One to sip and experience. Really enjoyed this one.

hermit990, Sep 21, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown with red tints light tan head small bubbles a decent size head.

S: Belgian yeast spice not much else on the nose

T: Yams in the taste here they don't show up in the smell tangy beer on the tongue with maple syrup and molasses. a slight starchy taste as well.

M: med to heavy high carbonation

D: very drinkable good beer

overall: this thing is a very strange and wonderful beer I was not expecting what I got

JamisonM, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a bottle of 2010 that I've been cellering properly. I just had a bottle of 2011 a few weeks ago, so I will be reviewing this one, and giving notes on the fresh one.

A- Both look the same... ruddy, muddy orange. Not much head and no lacing on either. Very cloudy. The 2011 had more carbonation than the 2010.

2010- smells of caramel apples, yeast and roasted nuts. Deep maple notes, cinnamon, clove allspice and nutmeg are a bit more subdued. Tons of yams and apples. Lots of ripe bananas and a touch of sour apple!
2011- Bright and lively! Sweet maple, yams roasted in pumpkin pie spices. Nice yeastiness! Not as deep and rounded in flavor. More upfront pie spice, but not over the top like alot of pumpkin brews.

2010- Sweet and sour caramel apples. Nicely roasted pumpkin and a wonderful banana yeastiness! I love the way all the pie spices have rounded out and melded with the sweet maple syrup! This is one pumpkin brew that really comes alive with age!
2011- Rich roasted yams and sweet pumpkin pie! Really nice blend of spices that don't overwhelm, but blend seemlessly with the syrup, nutty roasted gourds, and yeast.

2010- Tons of lovely belgian style yeast fill the mouth. The sweetness of the spices, maple and yams is unreal! Nice bit of tartness and caramel sweetness. The carbonation is subtle and it really sticks to the tongue.
2011- Pumpkin coffee cake drizzled with pie spiced maple syrup is the best way I can describe it! Friggin Fantastic! Nice bright and lively carbonation!

2010/2011- One of the best, and most unusual fall brews on the market! A really deep blend of spice, fruit, and sweetness! Ages really well considering most pumpkin brews do not.

Thickfreakness, Dec 02, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fitting tawny autumn brownly rust hue capped firmly with a dull beige crown of finger high foam. Keeps a moderate skim and heftier collar at the top of the goblet and creeps a light lacing of some strings and tiny spots as its sipped.

Complexly subtle aroma that does its name some justice. Quite Autumnal in spice and dark fruity nuances across the nose. Spiced well with pumpkin/yam and cinnamon to top it while underscored with a nice meld of darker sweet tones that bring maple, vanilla, and fig to bare. A small hint to chocolat' and cream reach the nose as it warms.

Taste is more of the deeper dark malts coming thru with a nice fluffy tone of breadyness dusted with chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon. The maple is there in a tender flow and tow that carries most of the flavor as it then touches to some of the yam/pumpkin spices and warms slightly late with more mapley maltyness and a pinch of fig pudding.

Smooth, soft, rounded, and tender medium body. Slightly creamy with a small push to some carbonation and warmth, but nothing overwhelming. Great overall breath of texture to it. Tenderly breadish, smooth, soft, and creamy. Yum! The 10% is somewhat hinted at and felt with some late warming attributes, but it doesn't hamper its tone of flavors, body, or drinkability. As it's gone quite quickly due to its quaffable quenching quickness. Excellent Autumnal spirit and core from The Bruery with this one. Yum again I say! Yum!

tavernjef, Oct 01, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

tpd975, May 29, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one sweet beer. Maple syrup galore. I'm almost screaming "please turn sour!" come to find out they make this same beer with brettanomyces. I would love to get ahold of it.

It has thick and cloudy burnt orange color with an orangeish tan foam that clears away to a film. Leaves a few bubblies on the side of the glass.

Full bodied beer with tons of rich, toasty malts and gobs of sweetness. I'm thinkin' roasted candied yams, but to be honest, I can't taste actual yams much. It is a maple beer, but it is almost like beer-flavored maple syrup. Phenols are pretty good. Hops show up at the end, but are still pushed aside by the strong sugars and smoky malt aftertaste. Does a pretty good job of covering up the booze until you breathe out. I bet this would be awesome to eat with some sort of fried dessert. I'm also interested to taste one of these that has been cellared.

I rounded the mouthfeel up and the overall down.

musicman575, Sep 19, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to burgundy in color with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - a thick molassesy smell. Very malty. Belgian yeast I assume.

T - just insanely fall flavored. I feel like the molasses and maple play a huge part in this. It's real good.

M - Medium to heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O - super good beer. Dark, thick, sweet and all the fall time flavors you want.

mattboyer182, Oct 30, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours murky brown orange full of yeast with a tab head

S- spices sweet yams orange pumpkin

T- very complex and sweet yams pumpkin spices vanilla oak brown sugar

m- creamy but low carb

d- probably one of the fav holiday beers very complex and all the flavors go great together

mikedashg, Dec 13, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

squibbs, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My eager young beer cadet (whom is quite the expert now) brought this one over to split. Its quite different than I expected. Very light for 10% and slightly tangy and tart, almost like a wild ale. Not exactly the strong brown ale with maple syrup like I thought. Overall I really liked this one. Highly recommend.

bubseymour, May 27, 2014
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.