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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 113
Gots: 248 | FT: 14
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%

GoldThunder, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

troygreer, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

kevboat, May 22, 2012
Photo of amidabha
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

a vigorous pour among four glasses produced an intense three inch highly carbonated head. the pour released a wonderful autumn smell in my nose.

the yams and maple syrup are an interesting and complex combination that pleased the entire crowd. the belgian brown style adds to this complexity and makes it more lively the first day of autumn. the high carbonation gives this strong brew a great and deceiving bite.

as much as i like this brew i'm glad i had more than one friend to share it with because it may be a bit too for myself. now that i know this one i plan on buying it again so i can better mix it into a session. give this a shot, it may surprise you.

amidabha, Sep 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

jgknittel, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HSGB1316, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of 360logic
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

O: A maple syrup brown with a very light translucence. Thick off-white head forms that lingers for quite a while leaving delicate lacing. Looks quite a bit like an American Brown Ale.

S: Pumpkin pie spices initially, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Then a very malty, starchy background follows. All those yams make smelling this reminiscent of sweet potato pie. Rich and substantial aroma here, perfect for fall.

T: A touch of sweetness up front, followed very balanced hops. The spices are clearly evident but not overwhelming. This all gives way to a very malty backbone that covers your palette and fills your mouth. The finish is honestly like swallowing a bite of chilled sweet potato pie.

M: Medium to heavy body. It does wash down your throat fairly cleanly, but there's a little chewiness to it as well. A good balance.

O: A nice balanced, moderate brew for Bruery's more typically bold style.

360logic, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of ahurd11085
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

Man was I let down by this one. I had high hopes for this beer, and this is the first time the Bruery hasn't knocked my socks off.

A: 750 mL bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a fairly clear brownish red with an off white one finger head.

S: Yams, yams, more yams, a bit of nutmeg and other spice, and more yams. I can pick up trace hints of alcohol and Belgian phenols behind the yam onslaught.

T: Pretty much what the nose suggested. There are traces of toasted malt, phenolic flavors, spice and sweetness, but all of it is crushed by the dominate yam flavor. Just way too much, totally out of balance. Maybe age will help?

M: Good, a pleasant heaviness that doesn't become too viscous or clinging. Moderate carbonation

D: Awful. On one hand the alcohol was very well hidden, but the flavors are just so crushing that I couldn't finish more than 4-6 oz before I had to hand off the bottle to a friend, who had less than that before handing it off to the drain.

ahurd11085, Oct 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

VonWeissenheimer, Jan 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

jkelly482, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of MrELovesBeer
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

Holy sh*t. These past couple of years, I've been a huge pumpkin beer fan. I went into New Beer in NYC and asked the owner what's a beer that's rare and going quick and he pointed me to this. Thank the LORD.

Pour is beautiful. The perfect amount of head, sustained, right into a tulip glass. Lacing is perfect, sustained streaks on the side of the glass.

Aroma - as advertised. Maple syrup, yam, autumnal spices...all mixed perfectly.

Full disclosure, I drank a Cigar City Good Gourd quickly after this so I may have killed some of the Bruery's flavors too soon. That said, I remember a perfectly balanced beer, the yam flavor mixed well with the sugar from the molasses. A perfect example of an autumnal beer, not too sweet, not too pumpkin-y. Could have many more of these.

MrELovesBeer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Pagzzz
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Purchased the bottle a few weeks ago in Santee. Was in the mood for some holiday beers and binged on about a half dozen bottles, including this one.

Aroma: Faint caramel with hints of raisins and other dried fruit. Medium esters with slight tangy notes, reminiscent of belgians but not overtly so. Some slight spice, but subdued.

Appearance: ZERO head, not even the faintest ppffftt when uncapping. murky brown color with some orange tint. Kinda like muddy water.

Flavor: Tangy sourness is most apparent. A little insipid, but some caramel maltiness is apparent. Brown sugar is subtle and blends with esters to produce dark fruit character. Overall, not too pleasant. Can't really taste spices or maple.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but totally lacking carbonation which should be evident in a belgian inspired style. Problem with bottling line as some other reviewer noted? Alcoholc warmth is smoot and background.

Overall, not especially pleased given the price, but I like supporting local beers. So will try again next year (if its around) to see if problems solved.

Pagzzz, Dec 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

dmcdede, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Sparcus, Dec 28, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Picking through the selection of Bruery bottles at Ledger's in Berkeley, I grabbed this one to try.

Pours smooth with a mellow head that washes around nice and evenly, like a beer tide. A lovely dark apricot color.

Nose is as advertised: spice and syrup and brown sugar.

Tastes like a savory holiday pie, with a bready and dark spice background.

Mouthfeel is nice, with medium body and mellow carbonation.

Drinkability stretches as far as your taste for the spice flavor. I read in someone eles's review that they drank it with Thanksgiving dinner, and that sounds perfect.

Rizow, Dec 19, 2009
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

peacehammer, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mrgabe, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of azagthoth
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

azagthoth, Dec 03, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -31.6%

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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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

TheElbow, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ColieMae, May 22, 2014
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2.45/5  rDev -35%

I had high hopes for this beer, but that was not to be the case.

My first Bruery beer, and I don't think I will be buying this again next year.

Smell is clove, some yams, and just a tinge of alcohol. First sip was awkward. I didn't know what to think of it. Taste is of yams and spice, with a slight alcohol burn (to be expected at 10%). I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it.

As it warmed, I thought it would get better, but I was wrong. Slightly boozy, sweet, and yam tasting. Bitter finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Definitely not my cup of tea. I've never drain poured a beer, but I definitely thought about it, and struggled to get the last few gulps down.

I split this with a friend and he shared the same sentiments as me. I understand this is supposed to be an alternative take on a pumpkin beer, but nothing about this reminded me of pumpkin or pumpkin pie. It was more like my grandma's sweet potato marshmallow casserole that didn't turn out right.

I guess you either love it or hate it.

DoubleD89, Oct 02, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +27.3%

Served on tap at the Bruery tasting room.

A: Nice brown color with a tint of rusty orange. Not much of a head, but some lingering foam throughout. Looks to be moderately carbonated.

S: Wow. This beer smells incredible. Take a bunch of cooked yams and coat them with about half a bottle of Aunt Jemima and take a big whiff. Other spices come through strong on the nose, cinnamon, vanilla, aroma of a fresh baked bread. Makes me hungry.

T: Thanksgiving dinner liquified. This is by far the best autumn beer tasted to date. The yams obviously plow through out of the gate, but as the beer warms and opens, all other spices really work well together. The beer literally melts in your mouth. With all the commotion, one can still appreciate that this is a belgian brown ale.

M: Perfect carbonation, like a soft cooked yam melts away on your tongue. Alcohol very well balanced for being a 10.5% monster. Give me a glass of this and send me to an apple orchard and I'm a happy man.

D: Very drinkable. Despite all the yam flavor and spices, the beer is not too thick that it is filling. Great from the tap.

Awesome beer, awesome brewery. Like whats going on there and look forward to many future offerings.

goodspeed94, Nov 09, 2008
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

RocAFella1, Dec 18, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

Jacobpaul81, Sep 19, 2010
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.