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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,655 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 116
Gots: 279 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Beerbuddy21, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cjgiant, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Massbmx, Dec 09, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruddy old brown color, some haze/sediment on bottom of bottle. Light brown head is diminishing.
S: as stated on the bottle-sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup dessert spices. An interesting take and unique.
T: saa. Full sweetness. Nothing to balance it out though. Minimal hop bitterness noted. Some rummy alcohol. A sipping/dessert beer.
M: glad this didn't suffer from carbonation issues I heard previous batches did. Full-bodied and viscous.
O:delivers exactly what the label description says. I could see needing to be in the mood for this one though, or as a dessert pairing.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Glad/surprised to see this one.

A- A nice, rich caramel beer. Not much of a head on this one, but what little is there is sticking around.

S- Rich. Runs the gamut of holiday spices... cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin (I know there's no pumpkin in it).... caramel, vanilla, bourbon? Lots of things going on in this one.

T- Lip-smackin' good. Rich, nutmeg/cinnamon/caramel/vanilla/bourbon/maple syrup/molasses/candi sugar. A multi-layered beer. I'm impressed. As my first Bruery beer, I couldn't ask for much more.

M- Pretty good, good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel (although could be a biiiit fuller), and a sweetness that is just on the good side of cloying. A sweet beer, but I'm not put off by it. The spices really help cut through the sugars.

D- Very good. No sign of the ABV, this beer is a delight to drink. I'm snagging a bottle to bring home for Thanksgiving. A great beer!

ShogoKawada, Nov 15, 2009
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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.

hopley, Sep 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nolen12, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

elkinbrown, Sep 22, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a sparkling clear Light brown color with a tan head that is decent but not persistent.

S: A lot to take in with a sweet yam/ pumpkin pie spice aroma and a baked brown bread and roasted/caramel malt backbone and some fruity esters from the yeast. Some raisins and currants add a bit to the mix. Hops hard to get a hold of but somewhat earthy.

T: Sweet potato pie, caramel, fresh baked brown bread, molasses, pumpkin pie spice, and a decent hit of roasted barley. Some esters are there from the yeast and rum soaked raisins come to mind with the hit of alcohol in the background after a few sips.

M: Medium body with some tight, crisp, prickly carbonation.

D: I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes brown ales. It definitely takes it to another level with yams, spices and generous alcohol. Serve it up at Thanksgiving or keep it to yourself on a nice fall evening.

scottbrew4u, Oct 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

coz, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Lob, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ncelauro, Oct 12, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage. I saved this last year with the hopes to have it with Thanksgiving food, but all of my plans fell through to the point where I said, "screw it," and opened it tonight with some cassoulet.

Pours a murky brown tinged amber with (alongside an aggressive pour) about two fingers of an off-khaki head. Maintains head retention quite well for a year old beer, but it eventually dies down over the course of an hour. Leaves minimal stickiness or lacing behind. Looks viscous and intensely sugary. Let's hope it's not a Bruery diabetes bomb.

As far as beers of this type go, this smells quite good - especially in light of my fears that this one of the unfortunate bottles that suffered a widespread infection in the 2012 batch. Instead of some off-flavors, I instead get a lot of the flavors advertised on the bottle, none which seem to have faded very much in the past year: big caramel, molasses, squash (the yams, I suppose), brown sugar, light maple, dates, plums, and a truffle-like biscuit character that is distinct. The alcohol is not necessarily hidden here (this is a beer from The Bruery after all) but it only provides minor sweetness underneath the diverse array of seasonal ingredients. I'm happy with how well the yams and maple have held up after a year. Quite good stuff at the front.

I'm really glad that I aged this for a year - if I remember well how this was fresh, this was far sweeter, vegetal, and syrupy when it was first bottled, but a year of aging has allowed a lot of those aspects to mellow out a bit. Brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin (or squash - but certainly not yam), spicy molasses, dates, raisins, prunes... Lots of seasonal, festive flavors packed into one beer. Reminds me of a cross between a pumpkin ale and spiced rum. Bready in character, but nothing too malty - the sweetness and spices are well balanced, and prevent this from becoming too cloying. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here at 20 proof. Carbonation has held up decently well with the bottle conditioning, but it does get a little syrupy in the long run. I easily drank two glasses of this in one evening, and I'm looking forward to cooking the rest with some lamb or duck.

I'm glad this ended up being enjoyable, in spite of my fears of how this would turn out aged. Can't say the same amount of praise for this when fresh, but I'm definitely interested in trying the barrel aged variant. Not my favorite release of all time during this season, but it's undeniably food friendly, and very good to use for cooking as well. A success overall from one of the most divisive breweries there is.

magictacosinus, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

cestlavie, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

thampel09, Jan 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

leinie13, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

KJ2013, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

touchmeimsac, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Dizzy242, Sep 20, 2014
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JVan, Jul 05, 2012
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.