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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,806 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 310 | 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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Ratings: 1,806 | Reviews: 587
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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