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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,644 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
Gots: 277 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Kevincredible, Oct 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Camel242000, Jan 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of brianmandell
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

brianmandell, Saturday at 07:33 PM
Photo of hilgart1
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

hilgart1, Sep 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

badmotherrucker, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

RobertColianni, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of hellhammermario
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

hellhammermario, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of ZacharyJ
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Very Hazy. Small quarter inch head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing that lasts throughout.

S- Sweet. Very fruity. Smells oddly of pumpkin, even though there is none in the beer. Some light berry notes.

T. Overpoweringly sweet. Can't taste any maple or molasses. Tastes a lot like apple cider.

M- Sugared apples and grape linger in the strong after taste. Not much as far as carbonation.

D- Tough to get through the full pint. Actually tossed a little bit in with my chicken to see if I could get any real pleasure out of this brew. To fruity, and sugary for this guy.

ZacharyJ, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of suncrust
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Unfiltered, light coppery brown color with a small, brown head. Not much to look at. Kind of a brothy, soup stock sort of vibe. Earthy but light. Light carbonation with little activity. The head dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't stick to the glass.

S- Sharper smells with lemon accents. Initially a big yam boldness, belgian yeast, light dark bready aromas and a spicy fruit character. Overwhelming roasted mashed yam/sweet potato smells, light banana, and clove characters throughout. Extremely sugary- dark maple syrup and vague spice shine with the roasted yams bouquets to round this one out.

T- Sweet brown sugar melded with a light roasted yam character and plenty of belgian yeast. A little lemon citrus upfront. Sweetened maple syrup darkness mixed with molasses and herbal tea dominants the palate. Sugary bourbons, roasted textures, a mild lemon acidity, and a lemon herbal tea character from the spices finishes it out.

MF- Lingering candied traits and a modest spiciness on the tongue. A big belgian beer that's not overly thick but offers virtually no drinkability. Incredibly sugary, mild astringency.

O- This beer reminds me a lot of bourbon sweet potatoes served at a Thanksgiving dinner. Very sweet, lots of alcohol, a gigantic amount of maple syrup, all with roasted yams buried underneath the flavors. Booze stands in the finish amid a molasses and syrupy belgian style brew. Disappointing, rough to drink. Didn't like the balance between the flavors much. This beer could have improved from a different yeast choice. Also, not a fan of maple syrup…. that turned me off a bit.

suncrust, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks, I guess, to DearthVader, poured to a La Fin du Monde Tulip.

Pours a dark brown with reddish brown edges, scratch that, poo brown with and hint of red, hazy and near impossible to see through, with a 2 1/2” off white leaning to beige head with average retention that leaves scarce lacing.

Smells of mostly maple a slight breadiness and roast malt, smell and tastes like an average dubbel. Really odd taste aside from the maple and roasted malt. A slight hop bitterness and a good bit of alcohol present. I see what they were going for they just missed with the taste. Mouthfeel is low is carbonation slightly smooth mouth but full bodied and a lingering hotness.

Overall, an odd beer but there is certainly room for improvement for this style and I'm just not really a fan of maple based beers, but seriously thanks, as always, to Brian but, unfortunately, I agreed with you on this one.

LSUPT, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Cobrabob428
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%

Cobrabob428, Thursday at 06:54 AM
Photo of nassaubeercop
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, no lacing.

S-Earthy, rasin, maple syrup

T- Light pumpkin pie spice sweetness, even though this beer is made with sweet potatoes it has a typical pumpkin beer flavor. Some malt and a little alcohol, little or no hop bitterness. For a beer with maple in it's name I can't really taste it.

M- Light carbonation. Champagne like bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Slight malt aftertaste.

O- Not a bad beer but kinda mild.  Rather disappointed. Kinda reminiscent of an English brown with a little sugar and spice thrown in. I had expected a much bolder beer with much more maple and fall flavors.

nassaubeercop, Sep 03, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy brown colow, with a thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a mild maple syrup flavor. It has a slight cinnimon aroma as well. Some yam and marshmally aroma also.

Wow...This beer is unique. It tastes like it smells. Yams, marshmallow, maple syrup and cinnimon. It is a little over sweet.

This beer is full bodied. It is too sweet. It leaves a sweet aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. The sweetness is overpowering.

Overall: Nice try. It is unique, and if is wasnt so overpowering, it might be good. As it is, it is way too sweet.

OStrungT, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours amber, lighter than I expected. Good foam.

I like the aroma, it smells like sweet potato mash with cinnamon.

Well, OK. Not a lot of sweetness...some rotten maple syrup...seems overly bitter for the style. Alcohol, while not tasted, is extremely warming here. I'm not a fan. This should be sweeter, creamier, and around 7%.

Thin feel, which I would probably like if I thought the beer tasted better.

I was expecting something else. This is a big alcohol bomb with some maple and sweet potato flavors, but not enough to keep it interesting for me. Doesn't need to be 10%. At all.

Patrick999, Sep 12, 2010
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2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Maybe a burnt orange color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pretty average.
S: Not too bad. Some nice spice smells with a some of the yammy-ness to it. A bit of some rich sweetness... molasses or maple syrup like.
T: Just totally off. It's overly sweet and the yams taste more like undercooked yams than sweet delicious ones. Decent amount of spice coming through but that plus the belgian style sweetness is the show here. Totally unbalanced.
M: Medium mouthfeel to it. Nothing too overly special here.

Overall: Really just not very good. It had some interesting smells, but the flavor was very unbalanced. Nice try, but something I really didn't enjoy. Plus... it's dang pricey.

bpgpitt10, Nov 04, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was excited to try this given the time of year and the fact I've never tried it before...keyword "was".

A: Pours a dark brown and ruby with a big bubbly deep almond colored head that disappears quickly and completely. No lacing.

S: Smell is an unusual dry earthy brown sugar aroma, hint of maple, alcohol. It's not very inviting. More sweet and dry/earthy than anything.

T&M: Sweet, sugary, not unlike some of Bruery's other offerings (BT anyone?). Lots of brown sugar, molasses, maybe a hint of maple syrup. Could hazard a guess there's nutmeg or clove in here, or both. Not sure, this seems to be a grab bag of spices. Too much that none of them stand out, and lend to the overall taste experience. Wouldn't have been able to guess there's yams in here either. This is mainly a very sweet carbonated syrup beverage. Speaking of carbonation, it's a little on the low side. Could be a bit less watery and a bit more bubbly.

O: I don't know. Bruery has some OK beers and some great beers but I haven't tried anything yet that has blown my mind. And more often than not, it's just a miss for me. This beer is not great. I'd say this is more an experiment and in early development stages than a complete final product. Maybe with some work they could make it good, but until then I will not be buying this again.

EDIT: This ended up being a drain pour :(

julian, Sep 18, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: deep copper brown
S: yeasty, with hints of alcohol and unfermented sweetness
T: a bit thin for alcohol, on sweeter side, unusual with decent taste but not to my liking, bitterness is there but sweetness wins out, very little head, big fat bubbles
M: sweet but not lacquerish
D: it is what it is but not my style

wisrarebeer, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of VincentFrey
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour / Appearance: Capped bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip. Dark, partially opaque ruby red. Very pretty. Little carbonation; a small ring around the glass but no real head to speak of. For a 10% beer I'm not really surprised, although I'd think the bottle conditioning would have more of an effect. Slight detractor to the appearance, but not a major flaw.

Aroma: Heavy spicing (allspice, nutmeg?) and hints of yam, but not overpoweringly so. Darker malts balance the nose, and faint sugars provide a nice winter warmer aspect. Alcohol is present but masked. Nothing like a brown ale, but a great smell for a yam / pumpkin beer.

Flavor: Wow those spices really quick. Oddly there is a very watery aspect to the whole thing, which is incredibly off putting. It's like mulled water on the backend, and I'm halfway wondering if this did get infected. There is some belgian yeast character, but mostly spice water. I'm very disappointed

Overall: Would have been great if it weren't for the mouthfeel and resultant taste. Maybe well carbed it was excellent, but now it's kinda died,

Bottom Line: I'm not going to bother next year, though I may be in the minority. Can't recommend based on the bottle sampled.

VincentFrey, Dec 31, 2013
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2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was my first experience with a yam brewed beer. I must say that while the beer description was great, the beer its self was not to my liking. I drank this beer on a cool winter day, and I just could not enjoy this beer. The smell was defiantly a tuber brewed beer, smelling sweet and earthy, but the flavor was peculiar. On initial taste, the beer is overpowering. I suggest letting the beer breath for at least a few minutes. Again, earthy and sweet, not a regular flavor for beer. I believe the intent of the brewers was to have you enjoy one of these after thanksgiving dinner with a piece of pie. Best of luck in your adventures, Z.

Gravelost, Feb 11, 2013
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2.72/5  rDev -27.9%

nmccabe, Sep 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

TheElbow, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of drcarver
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber bottle.

A - nice light brown/deep amber color. sparkling with a quick head formation and equally as quick dissapation. Bit of lacing hangs on the top.

S - what a shock, it smell like vegetables and some sweetnees. I would say maple syrup or molasses but definitely sweet.

T/M - like drinking liquid sugar. i feel diabetic now. molasses and yam flavor comes rushing in to the room, beats up all the spices and beer flavor and drags their corspes down your throat in a sticky ooze. Flavor hangs for a while but cleans up nicely. Second sip isn't any easier, but the maple comes through. Full bodied and syrupy.

D - Not really.

drcarver, Oct 03, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

kbuzz, Oct 19, 2013
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.