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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,769 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 298 | FT: 15
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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Tilley4
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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 DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikereaser
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Looks reddish brown with a minimal sudsy white head, little to no lacing. Mouthfeel is fine with the carbonation but suffers somewhat from an excess of boozey hotness that dries everything out in my mouth somewhat too much for my taste. The nose absolutely reeks of cloying yams, maple sap, and pumpkin pie spicing....I am shocked to report that this is the first time I have ever experienced a desire for a de-amplification of the nose in my entire beer-tasting experience. Its a great combo of smells which work together well, but the levels are set so high as to be annoying. Tastes like maple syrup at first, but evolves into MEGA sweet potato pie with a boozey alcohol burn to it. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see how it would appeal to others. It just....crams *way* too much yam flavor and scent into my head, when I'm only a lukewarm fan of yams and sweet potatoes. If you go crazy for sweet potatoes, than this beer will be right up your alley.

Photo of cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of RoyMunson. Drinking this side by side with the BA Autumn Maple for science purposes.

Pours a ruby brown in color. Looks like autumn in a glass. Very nice couple inches of head forms on the pour. It sticks around for awhile, but recedes to a froth.
Smell is mostly spices with some malts as well. Lots of nutmeg, alspice and some sweet yams. Smells delicioius, and I just decided what I'll be drinking for Thanksgiving dinner.
All the flavors in the beer are very balanced and complimentary to one another. Which is quite the feat with everything that is going on here.
Incredibly smooth and full on the mouthfeel. I'm really digging this beer!

Photo of wisrarebeer
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

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 Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 braican
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of stephens101
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with random blocks of red and is topped with a dense quilting of tan lace which recedes at a medium pace as small bubbles pop here and there on top. When all is said and done a thin sheet is left on the surface and a few specks of lace cling to the glass. A sweet malty aroma floats to the nose upon initial inspection. Beneath that is some spicy funk and some mild ester fruitiness. Way down below exist some notes of pumpkin and brown sugar. Tastes spicy and a bit yeasty with a pleasant, balancing bitterness in the end. Feels a little dry going down, but there's a small core of offsetting creaminess. Mouth-feel is medium and a slight alcohol heat sticks to the back of the throat. Really enjoying this beer, but might wish for just a bit more umph in the taste department.

Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy but warm deep ruby amber...not unlike maple syrup, hmmm? Two fingers of sturdy tan head sustain pretty much for the duration. Lacing is concentric and sticky.

The aroma is a spice-fest, resplendent with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even pepper, all awash in vanilla, caramel, dark cherry, and syrupy sweetness. Oh...and quite the alcohol note as well.

Upon sipping, the caramel maltiness and honey sweetness slide across the palate, not quite cloying but pressing the sugary envelope. The sweetness buoys a note of candied yams, and enables the maple syrup character to become clearer. A central creaminess yields vanilla and a leathery dark cherry element. Alcohol is not only present, but it hits the sinuses briefly. The finish is actually surprisingly quick and crisp, dropping to a light tinge of sweet bite. The flavor, like the aroma, is quite busy, but it moves in an orderly fashion.

Medium bodied, it has a slickness that keeps the sweet and savory on point for a time, before it decides to cede ground.

Found these notes on my old iPhone from last fall, and decided no time like the present. Do I like this beer? I do. It fits in well for the season, and it might even go well on a short stack. That said, the sweetness and overall busy personality keep it in place for an occasional indulgence as opposed to a go-to dependable. Also, the bold ABV is present and pushy, perhaps more so than I'd want in conjunction with the spinning flavor wheel in place. Yes, I'd drink another, but just one, and then, sparingly.

Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber to brown color with a rocky head from a normal pour.
Smells spicy and yeasty (like a normal dark Belgian) but with some nutty sweet nuances. I get a little spice on the nose, but I can't really pick much else out other than maple and maybe some cloves. Nothing too unusual.
The spices come through mainly in the finish. Up front it's a Belgian inspired brown ale. Nutty, a little cocoa, followed by a bitter spicy yeast. The finish leaves remnants of maple sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of allspice.
I had no issue splitting a bomber of this as it doesn't taste 10% at all. I'd have guessed 7-8%.
Not bad, but not really memorable either.

EDIT: On tap this beer carries more weight and is a better experience.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Almost a gusher. Pours up a bunch of head that has little retention. The head is a light beige with hints of yellow while the body is a dark amber with a slight maroon hue which glows a darker medium amber with glints of garnet when held up to the light. No real lacing at the moment. Maybe a couple spots.

Nose- Interesting as it seems to be dominated by an overall bubblegum scent but one that has some subtle complexity. There are definite pumpkin spices involved: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice but they are quite subdued. Slight yam or sweet potato from the bottle with a whiff of milk creaminess. Swirling reveals some of the yam and milk from the glass.

Taste- Starts off with vague notes of the nose while some yam/sweet potato starts to arrive but is then taken over by bubblegum and the spices expressed in the aroma. Fairly thin- I was hoping for a thicker beer that seemed to express maple syrup and molasses but these seem to flit around the edges. I don't notice any heat at all which is impressive for a 10% beer that lacks presence at the moment. An interesting take on the pumpkin beer but at the moment, it's lesser than Elysian Night Owl and most likely, the Great Pumpkin. They may have put a buttload of yams in this beer, but I think it could use more. And some brown sugar. There's lots of caramel and lots of bubblegum. This might work for some but it doesn't work for me. Above average beer that is disappointing in regard to the label description.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied but too light bodied for me. Too much carbonation as well.

Drinkability- Easy drinking but the alcohol is practically invisible. However, this is not worth 10 bucks for a 750. The alcohol content does mitigate the sticker shock a bit.

Overall- I really wanted to like this beer... a lot. The use of yams (or sweet potatoes- I'm assuming they used sweet potatoes as yams are actually sparse in US and, I imagine, impossible to find in California) could have been an intriguing contrast to the season's glut of pumpkins. Nice spice and an above average, almost good beer. Still, somewhat of a disappointment.

Photo of dexterk1
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.