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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,797 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 130
Gots: 307 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a slightly vigorous and brownish head that dissipates very quickly and very little lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a clear brown that has a dark copper hue to it. However, seen in the right light, the beer also has bits of red. The beer has a strong maple smell with hints of hops complementing the maple and spices that make their appearance. In addition to the maple, the beer has hints of a banana smell that is probably the yeast and brown sugar, both of which complement the maple. The taste is fairly different from the smell. While the maple does play a central role among the various taste, the hops seem to come out more as an aftertaste. The spices are more distinct than smell. The various spices vary from cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Overall, the beer has a sugary and nutty flavor with a heavier emphasis on spices than other brown ales. Notes of yam are also present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. The beer has a smooth feel but with some texture as it is drunk. Overall, the beer is pretty good and worth getting when available.

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

I would hardly call this a "fruit / vegetable" beer - more like a thick solid Octoberfest or even a Scotch ale with a slight touch of funk of some sort that takes over where hop bitterness might come in. The 17 pounds of yams used in the brewing process is not only a surprise, but a non-event. More like a "so-what" - it adds a little sweetness.

Had on tap at the Public House in Brookline, MA and really enjoyed - think solid mouthfeel, little to no alcohol warming considering the ABV, a moderate amount of sweetness that is balanced out by a very small amount of funk of some sort. Little to no head, and didn't really get much smell out of it.

Overall, a pretty decent fall beer if you're not in the mood for coiffing.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-brown, red color with a medium white head. The scent is blasting with caramel, holiday spices, sweet yams, and brown sugar. The smell is very inviting. Taste does not disappoint. A very distinct maple syrup taste with strong hints of brown sugar and cooked yams. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and syrupy, but still very drinkable. I'm not the biggest fan of pumpkin ales or brown ales, but this beer was a real treat.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of beagle75
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.
2010 vintage.

A: Slightly hazy, dark coppery-amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Muted mixed fruit that seems both tart and earthy. Faint holiday spices can be detected, although alcohol is not present.

T: Begins sweet, with bold tart and juicy fruit. Lactic acidity fades into the middle, where flavors become slightly bready and more earthy while retaining the fruit quality established early. It finishes moderately bitter, accented by spicy herbaceous hops. Alcohol is not detected in the flavor.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly syrupy and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: The Bruery's approach to the crafting of their Fall pumpkin ale by omitting the pumpkin proves nearly infallible. The result is a delicious beer that compliments holiday dinner perfectly. The disparity in intensity between smell and taste is surprising, yet it may be the only mis-step of note found here.

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently at one of our favorite spots. Poured a nice dark amber/lite brown. Head of about an inch that disappeared rather quickly.
Odor is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, syrup and some other spices came to mind when first smelling.
Taste is rather sweet and maple syrup like at first. Middle to end brings some more spice and little bit of alcohol . Mouth feel is smooth and relatively flat. It seems like there is very little carbonation.
Overall, a very good beer with sweetness throughout. Great for sipping and savoring.

Photo of Tilley4
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this one for quite some time now and seeing as how my new Bruery tulip just showed up a few days ago, I thought I'd christen it with this brew...

This has more Belgian Strong Dark aromas coming off it than anything else... Loads of yeast and sugars... hints of the sweet potatoes for sure as well along with the usual suspects of cinnamon and nutmeg... Unusual but not particularly exciting...

Again, I get more Belgian than anything.... It's pretty tasty but there's something just not put together right here... I'm getting the yams but the spice ratios don't seem right to me.. At least that's what I'm getting... Others seem to disagree with me which is OK too...

Fairly average really to me... One of the main brews I traded for and at least I know now what it's all about...

Photo of RickS95
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color, has a rich look to it. Not so much hazy as it is dense and cloudy. The head is minimal and has no retention.

The smell is way complex. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice take care of the spices; a bit of vanilla; and a funky fruitness from the Belgian yeast. I wouldn't have guessed maple except for the whole name of the beer. When you stick your nose in the snifter for a sip, you pick up the alcohol.

It's got a strange taste to it. It's not bad, it's just unusual, likely the maple and yams at work. To be honest, there's a lot happening in the mouth that the only thing I pick up is the maple, and I'm not convinced it belongs in a beer.

The beer almost has a creaminess to it, likely the vanilla and yams. Medium-bodied. Sweet and spicy, with even more sweet in the finish, along with a tad of heat from the alcohol and a hint of bittering hops.

This borders on being too sweet with the yams, maple and vanilla all being suspects. It does make a decent cold weather warmer but it's not something I could have often as I think it might be a bit too sweet for drinking often.

Photo of mattreitz49
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of CGMLS3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown body. Smallish, tan head. Short retention time. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich, warming spices like cinnamon and clove. Yams, molasses, brown sugar, and a light yeasty note or two.

T: Hearty, warming flavors reminiscent of pumpkin pie and warm maple and brown sugar oatmeal. Sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar, syrup and yams. Good amount of spice.

M: A bit heavy and syrupy. Light carbonation and a lingering after taste.

D: An interesting take on the belgian strong dark. Worth a try for sure. I am not sure how much, and how often I'd like to enjoy such a dense beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a brownish red plum flesh color, with a thin off white silky head, scant carbonation

S - the maple does indeed shine through, roasted malts, a dark sweetness that must be provided by the yams and/or molasses

T - whoa, sweet bomb, brown sugar and molasses style sweetness are dominating, yams are present and delicious, not sure if I'd get that that aspect if it weren't for the bottle

M&D - will definitely be too sweet for some, but a nice flavor amalgam, survived cellaring for over a year nicely

Photo of AdamBear
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark cloudy chestnut with a thick light tan head

S-smells like a lot of dark belgian sugars with a lot of caramel. there's also a hint of maple the seems a bit sour smelling. its a strong and unique scent that clears the nostrils.

T-comes in with a stinging and slightly tart taste of sweet caramels and dark belgian malts. that taste slowly becomes weaker. there's a subtle after-taste of maple. its a very sweet and strong taste.

M-high carbonation with a sticky finish

O-i don't know who had the idea to classify this as a fruit beer, but that person was wrong. this is absolutely a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. its also very, very quick hitting, however a whole bottle is still easy drink with much pleasure.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750mL bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Cloudy orange and brown body with a few yeast particles visible. The head is light, sudsy and a finger and a half thick before settling into a lacy film over the body. 4

Well here's a surprise. This beer is quite fruity and spicy like a darker Belgian beer. Maple wafts in and out with some slight yam-like aroma. I like the combination. 4

The Belgian qualities really stand out on this with potent fig and raisin flavors. The yam and maple come in afterwards but the transition is subtle and tasty. The finish is peppery and as I continue drinking I notice a more vinous, grape-like taste to the beer. There's a sharp, harsh taste about mid-palate that otherwise interrupts the pleasant blend of flavors. 3.75

The beer is yeasty and lively like a dubbel with a candy-like sweetness and then a dry, wine-like feel. The beer is a bit thinner in body than I would expect, coupled with a colorful carbonation. 4

This beer takes an interesting direction with the Belgian qualities, as I thought the ingredients would be much more suited to a dark stout. It mostly works, despite a few hiccups in the form of harshness or flavors that don't quite mesh. In the end, it's enjoyable, but not necessarily a beer I'd have more than one of.

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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