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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 310 | FT: 17
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 09-21-2008

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
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Ratings: 1,805 | Reviews: 587
Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown/copper color with a small light brown head which dissipates rather quickly into a fizzy top layer, leaving no lacing behind. Wow. The aroma is really strong on this one. This began with a strong aroma of Belgian yeast and burnt caramel, with hints of allspice and molasses. Oh yeah.... and YAMS. The first sip was quite spicy, with a sweet backend, almost tasted like teriyaki sauce. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice all dominate the flavor up front, but burnt caramel and sweet yams to end It. There is also a very noticeable spice from the alcohol content. Mouthfeel on this is kind of syrupy, while displaying a great amount of carbonation. Just like someone mentioned earlier, kind of a medicinal feel to it. I think this is a great, and creative interpretation on this style of beer. Cheers to The Bruery for keeping it creative and different, while maintaining the high-quality we have come to expect from them.

Photo of Hex92
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty. I have tried a few different beers from the bruery and I have liked most of them. This was no exception. Before it warmed up it just tasted like a real nice dubbel I thought....as it warmed up the flavor became more complex.

The carbonation is a bit higher than I like, but the overall mouth feel is pretty good. The taste is hard to describe as it warms up. It definitely changes , but I don't get the taste of yams, maple...maybe a bit of spices.

I would buy this again. I would like to set a bottle aside and see how the flavor develops over a year or two.

Photo of cteague23
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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

Photo of ParadoxGuitarist
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great Belgium fall style, but sets itself part by staying away from pumpkin and turning to yams instead.

Photo of jaydoc
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sommersb
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Photo of codewarrior
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Argonaut just started carrying The Bruary, and I very quickly snagged 2 bottles of Autumn Maple, 2 bottles of Mischief and a bottle of White Orchard. The Bruary always seems to be creating new and ridiculous flavor combinations, but this also means they sometimes miss the mark. My first cracking of any Bruary brew is typically greeted with trepidation and anticipation.

A: Muddy, rusty brown-orange (this is a good thing) dollops of rich head, sort of pondish, little patches of froth lingering here and there throughout the drink (this is also a good thing).

S: Sweet and brown-sugary, rich depth of flaor from the yam. Just a hint at spice.

T: Slowly builds up to a sweet rich body, like the crisp brown sugar crust on top of a baked candied yam. Fades into earthy yammitude and stays there forever.

F: Creamy and full. Rich, lingering, delightful. Like a blanket in my mouth.

D: Here's the thing, most fall seasonal veg beers sell it way too much on the spice. You end up with a flat pumpkin pie sort of taste, heavy on all the pumpkin pie trimmings, light on the pumpkin (Pumpking, Dogfish Head Punkin being the 2 most notable exceptions to my memory). The Bruary here decided to go for the throat of fall food. Earthy, thick, starchy, sweet veggies. And they nailed it. There is just enough spice to season the yam properly, but the focus is on the flavors of the yam itself, not the spice. Very, Very nice.

Photo of 40ontarget
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Brewsmith
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during AHA rally. It's thanksgiving in a glass. Orange amber color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is spices like pumpkin pie meets candied yams. Taste is rich, full malt, some sweetness, and yes you can taste the yams! Some alcohol. Full bodied and smooth for a beer that strong.

Photo of t420o
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumn maple

A- aggressive pour produces a 1 finger off white head with very fine bubbles. Beer is dark amber brown in color with some orange highlights. Leaves decent lacing 4

S-pumkin spices like nutmeg an cinnamon. Clove, slight maple, some alcohol. A deep and very rich smelling aroma 4 

T- pumpkin spices upfront with a sligyly spicey taste like a rye beer. Suprisingly I do get the yams and it is delicious. The slightly sweet mixed with the cinnamon and spice is supurb. Al sligjt alcohol warmth that is very welcome.  A near perfrlect fall beer and excellent way to start off my fall beer season. 4.5 

M- good mouthfeel. Light carbonation that works here and good weight 3.5

O- a very good beer that is perfect
for fall. My new go to fall beer for occasions. I really enjoy the yams in this 4


Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Nice beer. poured a dark brown, not black. Nice head retention. No overly sweet and good use of maple. We paired this with some Leige waffles with chocolate drizzle. Very good belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 09 on tap at Tap & Table. I had this from a bottle once before and it's better this time around. The color is a really nice autumn brown and very clear. From the bottle it was cloudy and brown kinda muddy. The spices are really well done in this beer the usuage of yams in the batch is great idea as well. It's slightly sweet but mostly spiced. This beer is awesome for the thanksgiving season! Definitely try it.

Photo of little_star
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter glass just before first pitch of the Sox game.

Pillowy, tight light tan head. Deep amber/orange color. Seems to be a slight haze to the beer. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of sweet potatoes, a bit of tartness, slightly yeasty

Flavor is rather interesting. Fall spices, brown sugar, a slight notion of maple and some nice Belgian yeast flavors. Not sure I can taste the yams.... But it was definitely a fall spice/flavor...
Definitely a beer that needs to be served at cellar temp and allowed to open up.

Medium body with slight carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer. I am not eating food with this but I get the sense this would go well with Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with a huge frothy tan head. Somewhat transparent body.

S- Belgian yeast and spices dominate the nose with complementary notes of sweet potatoes, maple syrup, candied sugar, brown sugar and sweet dried fruit.

T- Belgian dark ale flavor up front with dark fruits and Belgian spices. The middle of the taste is where the Autumn flavors kick in. Yams, spices, cinnamon, brown sugar. Overall, flavors work well together.

M- Pretty heavy with medium-high carbonation. Full-bodied and a slow drinker.

O- Strong take on a Belgian style fall beer. Very flavorful and full bodied.

Photo of Torps
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with deep reddish highlights and a beige one finger head. Lots of carbonation lines the edge of the glass leaving a very fine ring. Looks super appetizing. Aroma is predominately sugar and spice and everything nice. Reminds me of pecan pie for some reason. Smells a bit "hot." I can tell there's a good amount of ABV lurking inside. Taste is fig, raisins, molasses and spices. I'm reading the label right now and it's spot on.. "..brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices." If that's not an accurate description I don't know what is. Mouthfeel is on par with other top belgian strong dark ales. I wouldn't say this is a super drinkable beer. I'm through one glass and I'm feeling a lil cloudy-headed already.
Overall, a pretty good brew and perfect for the fall months!

Photo of azagthoth
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle administered by myself and a good buddy several weeks ago.

Appearance - Beneath a half inch ecru head, a ruddy brown achievement presented itself with an overt acknowledgement of most prudish carbonation! An instantaneous improvement from last year's inauguration of Autumn Maple.

Smell - A flagitious act of converting Mother's kitchen on Thanksgiving into spicy liquid bread! A phenolic hint of clove propels this seasonal beverage accompanied by trails of brown sugar, yams, and molasses to follow the nose. There are substantial cinnamon & sweet scents that act as a testament to the Autumnal equinox.

Taste - Hits you from numerous corners! The ambrosial use of spices edict the buds. The brown sugar and molasses finely counterbalance the phenols, as booze infused yams come in for the sip's cessation.

Mouthfeel - Creamy & bodacious with immeasurable girth! Undoubtedly this sits alongside the most full bodied ales that The Bruery has conceived to date.

Drinkability - I rarely say this, but I would dissuade anybody into devouring a 750ml on their own. For me, this is an exclusive moment to where a compartmented pour is doubtlessly most ideal for a serving. The old saying of "less is more", couldn't be more true!

Photo of Photchkiss
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of fear025
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Boozy with dark fruit and molasses.

Appearance:Light brown with amber highlights. It's got a nice amount of head with good retention.

Taste:This beer has a deep rich sweet flavor. There's a little cider, molasses, also some spices (coriander and cinnamon).

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body with good carbonation.

Drinkability:This makes a great dessert beer with very complex flavors.

Photo of d_kizzle
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Ruddy orange-brown with a huge creamy tan head.

S - Cinnamon and nutmeg, obvious notes of sweet potato and brown sugar. Slightly funky yeast.

T - Definitely follows the nose. Perfectly captures Fall in a bottle, can't help but picture falling leaves and roast turkeys.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Gets a bit boozy towards the end, but overall it's a pleasant experience.

D - Decent. A really nice brew that I can take in small servings, but it's not my favorite style. I'm gonna give it a few extra points, though, because this is my girlfriends favorite beer, she can (and has) easily put an entire bottle away by her lonesome. Thanks, Bruery ;)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Took this over to my beer gru's house for a snobbery session. I picked this one up on clearance for $10. At first the taste was void not great but it grew on me as it warmed. Bonus points overall because it is very easy to drink for 10%. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer that I hope to have again, depending upon cost.

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a somewhat small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled of Belgian yeast, malt, and a variety of spices.

T: A solidly complex taste - though a little wild - of Belgian yeast, malt, cinnamon, a little pepper, and a sweet, sugary quality.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied, though not as much as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

D: This is a decent, drinkable American version of a Belgian beer.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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