Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,772 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 299 | FT: 16
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%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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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!

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 Ml poured into a snifter

A- A very hazy almost brown amber color. A large off white head with decent retention.

S- A spicy smelling brew. A lot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smells like a pumpkin brew in spite of the yam base. A touch of hops on the back end which I didn't expect.

T- A huge spice at first. A strong cinnamon and allspice. A touch of hop bitterness in this beer. A lot of caramel or candied sugary from this beer, perhaps from the fermented yams. A hint of molasses. The belgian yeast is somewhat subtle in this beer with the other bold flavors taking the stage. Not much maple syrum flavor but a leftover sweetness.

M- A huge body from the yams. A smooth, big beer. A sticky mouth feel. Quite warming.

O- An awesome beer. Sort of like an imperial pumpkin ale but not quite. A different beer and well done.

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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

Photo of magictacosinus
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bort11
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Thin tan head with a mild orange hue. Color is a dark orange that shifts to brown. Dense with light only coming around the edges.

Smell is well spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Warm dark sugar sweetness. Taste really is like Autumn. It's dark and mildly spicy. I don't really taste the maple syrup and molasses, but it is sweet. I do get the yams, which is very complimenting and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, but a full flavor. Mild carbonation and very smooth. Very easy to drink

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.