Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,771 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 299 | FT: 16
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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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Photo of bminor7
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured lovely deep mahogany with a bit of off-white head. Sweet, light brown sugar, lots of caramel. Well spiced, like Christmas yams but without the nasty yam flavor. Little bit of cinnamon or allspice with some marshmallows. A dose of sweet maple in the finish. Very good, I will consider this again.

Photo of Chris24tian
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 DCon
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Jacobpaul81
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 5/5
Poured a dark brown with a nice thin head that stuck around until beer was finished. Beer appeared a bit thin in the glass.

Aroma 4/5
The Aroma was very good. Very sweet. The maple smell is strong with evidence of cinnamon, nutmeg and other American Harvest spices. The yam smell is quite faint.

Taste 4.0/4.5
Very sweet and Maple/Molasses flavoring is very strong with first sips. The finish is clean and warming. Leaves a malty alcohol taste in the mouth. Maple/Molasses flavor is strong throughout with a nice nutmeg spice giving it bite. Yams take a backseat to the stronger Maple flavor but the flavor profile is present.

Mouthfeel 4.0/4.5
I expected based on it's sweet aroma and color that it would be a bit thicker. Carbonation is very nice and the beer goes down smooth. The beer has a biting aftertaste I attribute to the alcohol. For all the sweetness, it ends a bit on the bitter side.

Drinkability 4/5
Alcohol is on the higher side, but the body is mild. Not thin, but thinner than a dark brown. Alcohol is strong. Beer is warming with a nice maple + nutmeg taste reminiscent of the flavors associated with the harvest season. Very good autumn beer to pair with a traditional autumn meal.

Other
Tasted with a dinner of Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes. Good beer. I plan to buy several bottles. Paired very well with the sweet potatoes and tenderloin.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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 jtd1969
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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 wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a monster 4+ inch head and tons of foamy, sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, sweet potato, maple sugar, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamin, nutmeg, lots of other spices. Some alcohol, yeasts and some dark fruits.

Taste - Much like the smell, load of yams at first sip. Lots of cinnamin, nutmeg, allspice and all the added sugars mixed in with the yams. Alcohol adds some warmth too all the thanksgiving day flavors this beer has. The yeasts add a sour note, espically at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the yams and spices, and alcohol. Loads of sugars and yeasts also. Palate gets yams, spices and sugars also, with a sour note from the yeast. Afertaste is warm, yammy, spicey and malty.

Overall - A nice big beer. If you enjoy sweet potato and all the spices this beer has then this is a must try. I was worried it would be too over the top with everything in it but its balanced well, and all the flavors work well and just add nice flavors. Only thing is this bottle is a bit much to drink by yourself so make sure you split it with someone. The bruey is kind of like the west coast verison of dogfish head, but there beers are very well balanced and there unique flavors work well together. Worth a drink for sure.

Photo of LastDaze90
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: burnt umber, tan head that lasts all the way down. Very attractive and matches the colors on the bottle label.

Smell: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a brown ale flourish of heartiness. Not sickly sweet like many pumpkin beers can be. Not overtly boozy either.

Taste: immediately you taste a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, then it gives way to a sweet syrupy flavor that is equal parts molasses and maple syrup. The sweetness lasts only a few moments and is squashed by the spiciness, which is a product both of the added spices and the alcohol. Autumn maple's yam character is much more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: the yams really add a nice creaminess to the beer and I love the kick of the spiciness that introduces the flavor of the beer and then comes in to save the beer from cloying sweetness in the finish. Light warming sensation from the alcohol but nothing aggressive. This is a sipper for sure.

Autumn Maple is a great take on the pumpkin ale style. Leave it up to The Bruery to take the road less traveled and create a pumpkin ale-style beer and leave the pumpkin out completely. The yams work nicely on the mouthfeel and likely help this beer achieve the high ABV (lots of fermentable sugars in yams). The beer is spicy, sweet, and alcoholic without overdoing any of those things. Really good stuff.

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Interdasting, drank slow, got hot, drank slower, got hotter, delicious spice, sweet, enjoyed.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.