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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,786 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 128
Gots: 303 | 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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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 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.

Photo of bminor7
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/1/2009.

I'll start by saying I was very excited for this beer based on the flavor implications.

A - muddy brown. 1 finger foam subsides with limited lacing. legs.

S - brown sugar, yeasty, malty...almost tripel-like. can detect a hit of yam and maple syrup, but it's not strong enough to be obvious.

T - candi sugar...like an offering from Unibroue or Ommegang. yeasty. alcohol is there as well. fluffy malts and spice and lots of residual sweetness. pretty good, but i can't really pick out the damn yams and maple syrup, both of which i really like.

M - high carbonation and light/medium body

D - tasty...10% but i could see this being better with more yam/maple flavor covering a barleywine base.

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

Very nice orange hue to it though a tad hazy/muddy looking. Nice aroma-somewhat bready and biscuit like. Decent level of spices going on. Pumpkin like aroma is definatley there-yeah I know it isn't a pumpkin beer! Solid malty taste up front. Again a nice "pumpkin like" flavor-can I tell the difference between a yam and pumpkin? I doubt it. Moderate caramel and sugary sweet taste. Yeasty and earthy notes come thru in the finish. A Belgian pumpkin beer for sure. Good body-sweetness may make it a bit slick overall. Very drinkable and enjoyable. The initial booziness I found rapidly faded into more of a spice quality. My gears are turning for next years homebrewed pumpkin beer after this one. Well worth trying.

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

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- a very deep, cloudy amber. A nice frothy light tan head sits on top. A little lacing, not much though.

S- Very forward with belgian yeast and sugars, a nice spice and the yammy aroma is quite nice as well.

T- There's a bit of booziness to start, but it quickly transitions into a very nice belgian brown/dubbel base flavor which is accented nicely by the yams and spices.

M- medium to slightly thick, well carbonated.

O- A very interested and pleasant take on the pumpkin/yam beer. I'll certainly seek this out once a year.

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

750 mL bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured (in several successive stages) in to a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull mahogany, sort of a muddy, dirty looking brew. It's not the most appealing hue, a problem that seems to be magnified the larger the serving vessel (it looks a lighter, nuttier, amber orange in a slightly smaller snifter that a friend is drinking out of). This in and of itself wouldn't merit the above score if the head or lacing were anything other than fleetingly ethereal. The fizzy, slightly tanned head is eruptive at first, rising as high as two fingers before collapsing as quickly as it came. There's no lacing of which to speak (at least in my glass - my friend's class does indeed have some good head retention as well as a nice healthy collar, though the aperture of her glassware is narrower), nor even any surface dusting. Alas!

** The second pour does a little better. A thin dusting of lace does stick around for a little while, as do a few specks of lacing and a nice bubbly, spongy collar of foam. Nothing outstanding, but an update worthy of a slight score bump.

Aroma: Yam and banana heavy, very starchy, but almost like bananas flambe. Alright, precisely like bananas flambe - a lightly spiced, estery banana & sweet potatoe note, drizzled with heavily-caramelized toffee and saccharine notes.

Taste: You truly can taste each individual promised component in this one, which is something that you usually don't get too often. The base beer is pleasant - a nice Belgian dark, not too heavily toasted, with some decidedly Belgian yeast spice overtones and a faint banana note. These blend wonderfully with whatever additional spices were added by those at the Bruery (nutmeg, cloves, perhaps allspice, and something else both earthier than all of these and more peppery than all of these), but the latter also blends wonderfully with the yam addition. There are a lot of heavy, full, starchy sugars in this one that meld in interesting ways both with the roastier, sweeter sugars that form the base beer, but also with the higher esters produced by the yeast strain. I suppose with bananas and yams being so closely related, it almost makes sense. And, of course, the more I drink this the more I realize that the other obvious component of the base beer - the heavily roasted, sweet, caramelly malt backbone - is of course augmented by the molasses and brown sugar additions. Just a very well-adjusted, complex beer with an interesting array of unusual components that seem to augment the base beer in pretty much the right ways.

Mouthfeel: Whatever carbonation issues the first batch of this beauty had, this one's clearly fixed. The beer itself is sticky without being thick - it would have to be sticky with all these residual sugars - and avoids the cloying thickness by having a nice amount of well-integrated effervescence.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Sure, there's a little bit of heat - sort of that typical Belgian beer-esque heat that's farther back in the throat, warming without being hot, and any "heat heat" is covered up by the spices - but it's not too bad. Sure, it's fairly high in abv% - at 10.5%, you're gonna feel it unless you're a tank. And it's fairly impressive enough combination and collection of flavors that it manages to withstand the force of both of these. Kudos to the Bruery - work on that retention, enhance those aromas ever so slightly, and you'd have a real serious winner on your hands.

Photo of kels
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for sharing this one pwoods!

Pours a nice coppery-orange amber, somewhat murky, with an initial, huge, fluffy dense tan 2 finger head. Fades to a full and soft skim with dense swaths of lace slipping quickly back down.

The nice spiciness of the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg come through, along with sweetness of the yams and caramelized malts. There's a nice fruity pruneness and powdery sugariness.

The molasses is so very evident in the taste. It presents like in gingersnaps alongside the spiciness. Brown sugar, yam sweet-earthiness, and crispy toasted grains, sugar-sweet malt, almost saacharine and very sticky from the syrup. Pretty present carbonation and warm alcohol barely avoids being medicinal.

Drinkaiblity is pretty high. Very enjoyable flavors with a little sharpness from the alcohol.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a snifter.

A -- Pours a deep reddish brown with one finger of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly leaving only small spots of lacing.

S -- Brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices up front. Also some vanilla and bready malts. Smells good. A little sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

T - A bit of candi sugar, brown sugar and maple-glazed yams followed by a significant spice presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg stand out. Similar to the smell, there is some sweetness, but this wasn't nearly as sweet as I thought it might be. I really enjoyed the taste.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy. Finishes pretty dry from the spices.

O- I haven't had this fresh, but with more than a year on it, this is a very enjoyable beer on a cold winter night.

Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring and leaves a little lacing.

S: Nutmeg, pumpkin, and yams dominate the nose. Smells similar to many pumpkin ales, but with the emphasis more on the pumpkin and sweet potatoes than the spices that normally go with them.

T: Similar to the taste, pumpkin and sweet potato flavors dominate this beer with a touch of nutmeg. The finish has a light bready bitterness and some warm alcohol notes.

M: Medium-thick body and medium carbonation, this beer is thick and fairly creamy. The carbonation provides a bit of a bite to go with the bready flavors and it's surprisingly not too sweet.

O: Overall, a good beer and definitely better than most fruit/veggie beers. I'd almost consider it more of an imperial pumpkin ale and it's better than most of those as well. Not too sweet or overloaded with spices, this beer is filling and goes down easily.

Photo of Maseitz
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 1 PINT 9.4 FL.OZ. - 750 ML bottle of this in a trade w/ ipaking67 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan (price unknown). Poured from the Red labeled bottle with The Bruery in Orange & states its a Belgian Style Brown Ale Brewed With Yams, Molasses, Maple Syrup, & Spices into a 16oz Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass. No freshness date ever from The Bruery.

Aroma- Has a nice brown ale aroma during the whole time of the smell and then has a faint sour aroma in the background! Very good.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that stays for a long time. Has a dark copper body that is semi-hazy. Sweet lacing is left behind!

Flavor- Yams are huge in this category! Pumpkin flavors mingle in here as well even though it does not say anything about Pumpkin in the description. Leaves a medium to high bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium-Full Carbonation, Smooth but then has a light pucker at the finish.

Overall Impression- Such a strange brew(in the best way possible). Enjoyed greatly and if you can, try it yourself! A great brown ale and perfect for the season. Thanks again ipaking67!

Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped. 2011 Edition. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy ruby-brown, with a finger of thick beige foam. Bits of lacing.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, creamy sweet yams and candi sugar. Maple syrup is certainly there too. A touch sour and acidic. Plenty of spicy malt and/or yeast.

Initial taste is mildly sweet, and quite earthy. Plenty of vegetable matter in this one. Contribution of maple syrup and molasses are light and very nicely balanced as the Bruery is so good at doing. Middle has a touch of sourness, and finish is mildly dry, but retains a lot of the sweetness.

Medium-full body with fairly light carbonation. Astounding how well buried the 10% ABV is in this one.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- A very hazy almost brown amber color. A large off white head with decent retention.

S- A spicy smelling brew. A lot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smells like a pumpkin brew in spite of the yam base. A touch of hops on the back end which I didn't expect.

T- A huge spice at first. A strong cinnamon and allspice. A touch of hop bitterness in this beer. A lot of caramel or candied sugary from this beer, perhaps from the fermented yams. A hint of molasses. The belgian yeast is somewhat subtle in this beer with the other bold flavors taking the stage. Not much maple syrum flavor but a leftover sweetness.

M- A huge body from the yams. A smooth, big beer. A sticky mouth feel. Quite warming.

O- An awesome beer. Sort of like an imperial pumpkin ale but not quite. A different beer and well done.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers with a group of NE FLA BAs courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv
Belgian brown Ale brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices.
"We don't need pumpkins in our beer..."
Enjoyable dark molasses inspired brew, big and bold and "oh so yammy, brown ale for a cold autumn night".
I found this most delicious as a beer to enjoyed in the fall as a an alternative to pumpkin brews which I do not enjoy. Nice dark caramel and molasses notes with a well done mild dash of spice. This molasses fwd brown ale with a dash of Thanksgiving spice.

Photo of jtd1969
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, murky amber Medium carbonation, no lacing

S - Belgian yeast, sweet honey

T - Belgian burnt sugar (caramel), sweet, some yam, lightly crisp hops, nutmeg/allspice/vanilla

M - medium bodied, good carbonation in the mouth

Very good beer. Bruery is really putting out some unique and tasty beers. This is one of them! I recommend it!

Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass an almost crisp dark orange with a decent off white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a nice amount of spice alongside dried fruits, molasses and a hint of maple. The taste is sweet brown sugar, spice, burnt caramel, dried fruits and molasses, nice and complex. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol, great for a cold December day.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for quite a while now, so what better time to try it than the first day of Fall? Decanted in to a tulip glass, head rises very quickly to produce three fingers worth. Color is a murky maple orange/brown mix. Heading is slow to fade, and does not leave residue on the sides of the glass. Spicy nose full of cinnamon and clove, along with some nutmeg, and light pumpkin spice. Funny that none of the ingredients mentioned on the label I can pick up in the smell. Taste is a different story, as the brown sugar and maple syrup really show up. The yams I wish I could taste, but I think the fact that I have never had yams may have something to do with it. I also get a slight hint of juicy fruit in the taste, which may be a result of the higher alcohol content. Speaking of the alcohol, it really works with this beer in that it can be felt and tasted, but it complements many of the flavors. All of the spices really give your palate a full slide show of tastes. As far as drinkability goes, I will need to get another bottle or two while they are still around, as this might be the perfect beer for this season. Next time I pop one of these, I will make sure I am in the middle of some real Boston Fall weather, so that the experience is all the more appropriate. So far, this is my favorite beer from the Bruery.

Photo of Chris24tian
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at GingerMan, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a 1 finger fine, creamy white head with decent retention. Brew is a cloudy reddish-brown. Lacing is inadequate... there barely is any.

S: Brown sugar, pumpkin spie, caramel, yams? (I'm not sure how liquid yams are supposed to smell...), and other red fruit. Almost like a pumpkin beer.

T: Yeasty, maple syrup opening. Pumpkin spice supported by a very malty backbone throughout. Brown sugar on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied and a bit oily but very silky and smooth. Coarsity appears at the end, culminating into a sharp finish. Also very clean at the end.

D: Highly drinkable and an incredible mouthfeel makes this a very enjoyable beer. Kinda like ST Pumking but with a distinct not-quite-pumpkin taste.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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