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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,788 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 128
Gots: 303 | FT: 16
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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 Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving beer 2013

Bottled in 2012

A- pours a clear, ruby brown color with a dark tan fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving no lace behind

S- powdery yeast aromas up front with some banana, sweet molasses/brown sugar combines with the banana to give an aroma of banana nut bread, the yams add another sweet aspect and combine with some subtle spiciness, a hint of vanilla on the finish, very nice

T- sweet dark bread with some nutty flavors, cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice kicks in mid-palate and is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the molasses, Belgian yeast flavors provide fruity banana with some musty/earthiness to close it out

M- viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy finish, lingering alcohol at the end

O- I really enjoyed this, it's definitely a sipper as the ABV is definitely noticeable. It pairs amazing well with thanksgiving food, especially pumpkin pie. A lot of other reviews stated that it was too boozy, I did not find this. Perhaps the year of aging mellowed it out a bit.

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a muddy brownish copper with golden edges. There is about a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is complex - maple, pumpkin and assorted fall spices. The taste starts off mildly tart and the flavor builds to include seasonal spices and yams. There are both sweet and dry notes on the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. This is a pretty complex offering that would be perfect alongside turkey with all the trimmings.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CGMLS3
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Photo of claytong
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 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 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 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 SLeffler27
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, rocky, off-white head blossoms over a rich, clear ruby to mahogany beer sparkling with effervescence, before quickly dissipating leaving a thin sticky lace as a reminder of its moment in the tulip glass.

Nutmeg and clove are accompanied by hints of cinnamon, unfortunately this is countered by a strong presence of Windex.

Autumn Maple has the expected spice, from the nose, and a moderate tartness, followed by cherry cough drops and cranberry. The layering is more muddled than one would hope for, and the finish is light and quick.

A medium body with slick texture and light carbonation, character is a bit undeveloped. The alcohol is present, but well tamed for 10.5%.

This bottle is worth finishing, but with so many superior versions of this style, this is realy just a curiosity. When looking for a sipping beer, avoid this one, as the aroma is a turn-off, and certainly holds back the flavors as well.

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 Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Nunya
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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

Poured into my favorite Dogfish Head glass on 2/9/11

A - Pours a nice almost clear brown with an inch of foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles

S - The maple syrup is really coming on strong mixed with the yams, not sweet, almost starchy smelling with a mix of vanilla and sugar cookie. Interesting though I can't say overly appealing.

T - The taste pretty much follows the aroma but i"m liking it alot more. The maple syrup is strongest with the yams in the background. Not sickeningly sweet, but you can tell there is alot of maple syrup.

M/D - Medium-Heavy bodied, a bit syrupy, alcohol is hidden well but burns a little in the finish. Still easy to drink but maybe not one i'd go back to over and over again. Finally nice to try this one.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.