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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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1,540 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 113
Gots: 249 | FT: 14
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 ritzkiss
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml consumed by the fire, looking out as the wind and the rain raged one - nice setting!

Poured a hazy orangey/amber, not overly dark, nice thick head rises up, maintains at least some lacing.

Nose is much more Belgian-y that I expected, lots of esters coming off the yeast, coupled with the spices it gives off a strong Belgian profile. Hints of cinnamon and cloves, light pumpkin smell.

Taste is much more in line with yams rather than pumpkin, fresh and earthy while still sweet. Nice Belgian yeast profile makes this more than your average pumpkin ale, hints of maple syrup and molasses though it's not very dominant. Pumpkin pie spices are lightly applied. This is not over-the-top yam/pumpkin in any way, it's allowed to lightly complement the Belgian characteristics. Light hop drying in the finish.

This is a really unique beer that I enjoyed drinking - though what I was really craving was a well spiced pumpkin beer. Still, hard to fault the integration of yam into a balanced, drinkable beer. Well done.

ritzkiss, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

brycevolk, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous deep red amber with a light tan head. The head is whipped and lovely, but fades all too quickly, leaving splashy lace on the sides of the glass. The color of this beer could easily be the hue of a maple leaf fluttering in the cool autumn air.

The aroma is sweet, rich and spicy. There is a nice cherry/cider sort of character to the malt that is quite inviting. Notes of cinnamon and clove are also present, as is a little bit of nutmeg. There is a faint hint of maple, and as it warms a touch of alcohol comes out.

The flavor is quite well balanced with a big fruity malt profile. Cherries, tart apples, raisins and brown sugar are all flavors in the sweet aspect of the nose. Clove, cinnamon nutmeg and allspice play off of this sweetness. There is an interesting sort of starchy sweetness here that I can only assume are coming from the yams. Not at all like a pumpkin, but not like any sort of malted grain character either.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation. It finishes quite balanced between sweet and dry, leaving spicy notes on my tongue.

Pretty tasty and drinkable, especially for style. If I had a complaint, it would probably be that this beer does not taste quite as exciting as the ingredients might lead you to think it would. Still, it is a well made beer with some great flavors, and for that I tip my hat in the Bruery's general direction.

zoso1967, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it has been some time since I have had a Pumpkin beer or a "Fall Beer" but I say this should be called Yam Maple to remove the seasonality from the title. This beer is fantastic

Pours a Red hazy hue with a strong white head of large bubbles.
Aroma of Yams, sweet potato, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, belgian yeast and sweet malt. This is a bounty of sweet aromas that I have not smelled in about two months since I had my last "fall beer"...

Taste is very similar to the aroma. No flavor is overpowering the other, a very well balanced Belgian Strong Ale with flavors of Sweet potato, Maple syrup, Cinnamon, brown sugar, lightly roasted malts and caramelized sugars.

My tastes are slightly different from the average beer connoisseur but I would drink Fall brews all year long. This fine brew has good carbonation, nice body and is very drinkable. I brewed a strong pumpkin ale that this comes very close to in flavor. Will be looking forward to stocking up on these next fall.

alpinebryant, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

cestlavie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-23-11

Pours a very cloudy deep brown color, lighter on the edges where the light filters through. A sizable off white head sits on top, quickly bubbling away to a thin ring.

Smell is tart and sour, very pungent. Lots of malt beneath, with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Very complex and interesting, and very good.

Taste is a little confusing. None of the flavors are as distinct as the smell, mostly just sweet maple syrup and more hops than you'd expect. Still good, with a sweet, warming finish and balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation to go with the tartness.

Drinkability is also good, the strong flavors mask the alcohol and the balanced flavors are easy on the palate.

Overall, a different and interesting beer.

BMoney575, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice ruby red color with a nice 1 finger head. Has a little lacing on the glass

S-Has a nice carmel aroma up front followed by some spices like clove and cinnamon and it also has a good amount of booze smell to it as well

T- Wow. a lot of flavors going on and i'm not sure thats a good thing. It has a brown sugar flavor up front followed by a peppery molasses flavor and then ends with a yeasty funk to it

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall this was a decent beer but i was excepting a lot more from it.. It had a nice nose to it but the flavors did not translate. It was very spicy and peppery and was hard to pick out exact flavors. I would not seek this out again but would prob. drink a glass if offered.

zrab11, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +6.1%

thampel09, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Growler. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear brown/copper/red with a one finger light brown head that leaves some spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is spicy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, etc, definitely picking up the yams and some notes of maple syrup and vanilla, mild fruity esters deep underneath. Very good strength.

Flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, moving to the yams, maple syrup, vanilla, finishes with strong fruity notes and quite sweet. 10% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Interesting and overall pretty tasty beer. I’ve never been big on pumpkin beers, but this one always caught my eye every year, but I never could pull the trigger as I knew 750ml would be just way too much. With a recent opportunity to purchase a 16oz growler, I couldn’t pass it up.

elgiacomo, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

aquazr1, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've been one happy puppy ever since Patrick's wares have reached the Proper Coast. This is the latest entry...into a Duvel tulip we go after snagging a few at braineater's fine establishment, Walsh's in Brighton Center...

Pours with a nice maple candy-colored head and a turbid root beer barrel candy/caramel ice cream topping brown. Leaves light lacing with moderate head retention. The turbidity gets a little cloudy (OK, that's redundant), but that's the only beef. After further review, it's the color of bourbon. Extra credit.

This definitely has a solid Belgian yeast strain...more of a Dubbel character or a BSDA than a spicy pumpkin or fall ale. There's a little bit of clove spice and some biscuity-ness (is there Special B in here?). Hops? Sure...probably more on the Styrian Goldings side. Very noble. Sweetness comes from the ummm...everything, just about. Molasses are definitely there. Even getting a smidge of the yams, although more like company sweet potatoes, which is just fine.

This is probably one of the best Thanksgiving dinner beers you could imagine. Let me rephrase that. I can see this tasting like sweet potatoes or yams with brown sugar. Whereas an Allagash Fluxus would be a better pairing because it's dry enough to keep it clean, this is just as hearty as almost every dish on the Thanksgiving table. The maple syrup and brown sugar are definitely there, as are the yams and maybe a tinge of molasses. I'm babbling. It's wicked good. Move on.

One rap on this deal - it's definitely hefty. Finish is long, aided by the very enjoyable Belgian yeast strain and the spice and biscuit of the apparent Special B. Hops add a little bit of bite, but the ample carbonation from residual yeast electricity and sugards also give it a little zip. Feels like it should have a big roasted skin on it. Mission accomplished.

I understand that for the most part BA exhibits similar characteristics to Harvard in the grade inflation department. Personally, I've been trained to see a "B" rating and I think "holy crap, this must not be good." Autumn Maple is a non-inflated B+. Maybe better. Complexity, innovation and a great deal of pleasure out of this brew. It's carting a few extra L-Bs but it's damn good. Congratulations, Patrick, I see you've done it again...another fine job.

IBUnit63, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JVan, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of cjgiant
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cjgiant, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +6.1%

sgoro, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-19-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-11-2012
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

Pours a dark orange-brown and hazy beer. The big off-white head has a fair level of retention, with little lace to show. Aromas are very spicy and highlight cinnamon and clove. Other smells are of pumpkin and yam fruit/vegetables.

Taste is rich and malty sweet, plus lots of spice notes as in nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Other flavors include vanilla and woody notes, plus a smooth alcohol warmth. Bitterness is low.

Thick mouthfeel, with medium to high carbonation. Finish is of spices and is sweet, malty and fruity. Overall this is an excellent dessert beer -- very rich, sweet and spicy. Recommended

sommersb, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

capped 750ml

These guys are something else, I look forward to the opportunity to try anything new from The Bruery. Yam beer, here we go. This one pours an awesome orange/brown hue that screams the season, a small tan head rests atop. Lots of sweetness and gentle breezes of alcohol in the nose, sweet potato malt? This beer is difficult to review because there is so much happening here. Thanksgiving in a bottle really, the light maple syrup note works well with the sweetness and mild spiciness of the brew, the alcohol content is detectable but it cuts right through the flavor in a way that enhances the experience rather than hurt it, this beer is hot in a good way. Im really enjoying this, Thanksgiving in a bottle.

ATPete, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

HumanParaquat, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this one on a whim...

A: Awesome color! White laced head starts off nice and thick but quickly fades.

S: Smells a little bit like sweet potatoes / Thanksgiving dinner. Decent smell.

T: Kind of tastes like vegetables with hints of maple syrup. Very good taste. Lots of flavors going on to try and put your finger on. Some good spices on the back end of the flavor.

M: Over-carbonated for my taste. Kind of leaves your mouth feeling very acidic.

D: Goes down easy. A little awkward up front because of all the flavors going on. Once you get past that and distinguish some of the flavors, it goes down nice and smooth.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Would compliment a Thanksgiving dinner very well. If you like a lot of flavors bouncing around your pallate, then you might enjoy this one.

steve8robin, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of impending
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a dull dark dirty dishwater amber, minor mocha colored head subsided fairly quickly, minor lacing.

Aroma is rich in the abundance of spices. All that are professed by the brewer are fully evident. Reaches the level of a classic belgian Noël. Scrumptious.

Taste is huge as well with the complexity of the ingredients. Maple is a strong initial flavor. Earthy, chalky yeast rides the length of the sip. A nice somewhat dry note appears at the beginning of the end similar to a scotch ale minus the peat moss. Alcohol is far forward and appropriately balanced against the initial sweetness. Full bodied mouthfeel.

Tremendous improvement with warmth,
a very big flavor.

impending, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vertical from '09 to '12.

A pleasure to try four years of this unique, tasty brew. Out of the four, the '09 and '11 stand out. As expected, the '09 is the best of the bunch. In the '09, every flavor blends to create a very intriguing fall brew. And of course, the alcohol is completely subdued. That's the issue with the other vintages. Too much burn from the alcohol as well as less-developed flavors. Especially the '12. Way too much booze. But, overall, the spices, yams, molasses, and Belgian yeast all play a part unique to each year. Nothing spectacular, though. Just a well-crafted, enjoyable seasonal brew.

Gatch, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +6.1%

laxer8811, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gueuzegossage, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jkane101, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Archemedies, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep ruby brown ale with a firm 2-finger head of tawny foam; some lacey drapes and motes cling to the glass

S: face-palm of exactly what's advertised: sweet yams, maple and molasses

T: this is a good beer if you're into imperial pumpkin-style ales - it's sweet, with lots of sweet savory flavors - almost as if someone food-processed Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with marshmallows and infuded that into a brown ale; some vegetal notes

M: a little tacky/chalky aftertaste to this filling and medium-bodied beer; alcohol is well-masked

O: I do like imperial pumpkin ales, and this is reminiscent of them - very autumnal, very seasonally flavored and sweet - truly a good beer

Greywulfken, Oct 04, 2012
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.