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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,795 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,795
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 130
Gots: 305 | 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 Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 thampel09
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
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 vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark auburn color with lots of frantic bubbles. A nice dollop of foam appears with decent retention, but leaves little lacing.

Lots of spices in the nose...mostly cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Notes of brown sugar and dark malts combined with a hefty whiff of yeast remind me of fried sweet plantains.

Taste pretty much follows the nose...lots of yeast and spices. Sweet potatoes, molasses, and mulled wine flavors. Some definite booziness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation and finishes dry.

Had this after Thanksgiving dinner with some pumpkin pie, which made for a great combo. The Belgian influence makes for an interesting take on the pumpkin/autumn beer genre.

Photo of kbuzz
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of EB1
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of denver10
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange/brown with a slight brownish head. Smelled sweet and vegetal like some brown sugar and molasses coated yams. Some alcohol showed itself. Flavor followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel, not much life to it. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but not sure I need to try it again.

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 millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Nightrain87
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Phigg1102
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 Dreadnaught33
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle with my wife for a halloween alternative to pumpkin beer! A nice choice.

A: Pours a pretty brown-crimson mix that is opaque with bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a nice tan color of about a pinky or a little less, leaves some lacing.

S: Smell has a nice earthiness to it, like the flesh of a pumpkin or I guess a yam! Has some nutty and spicy festive holiday like notes to it with maple a slight hint of the maple. Some flutters of yeast and some belgian type straw malts. The smell is kind of weak and has a little bit of metal to it, but whats beneath that is good.

T: Taste has a lot of the nose in it, with some slight burnt caramel at the back and some metallic notes again as in the smell. Some fruity, ripe plums in there as well and maybe some red grape. The maple is sort of a cohesion to a lot of the flavors, and the yam meat/flesh is basically the core of the flavor and almost acts as the malt for me. A nice beer.

M: A little thin for me, though the alcohol is very slight which is amazing. A good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth over the palate overall.

Overall a nice beer, but not great. An interesting alternative to pumpkin beers.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,795 ratings.