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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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Photo of Gosox8787
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle, 2012 vintage. Served chilled and poured into my Portsmouth Brewery snifter glass and enjoyed over about an hour span as it warmed.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color with a nice beige head and good retention on the first pour.

Aroma: Big belgian yeast and clove notes upfront. Some toasted malt and a touch of yam, although not as much as the label would have me believe. Ginger, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg round out the spices. The booze is much stronger than I expected.

Taste: The belgian yeast is really strong here and paired with some really strong booze notes. I really expected the sweetness of the yams and the spice notes to round out the booze much better, but it's just not happening for me. The ginger and nutmeg give off some nice flavor, but also give off a strange bitterness. I wish I got more maple though. This just doesn't come together for me.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the lower side, with a pretty full body.

Overall, an interesting beer where the concept seems better than the execution. I wanted to like this beer a lot more than I did. The maple notes are barely there and the yams are lacking as well in my opinion, although I've never had a beer with yams so I don't know how qualified I am to judge that. The spice notes wear thin quickly and don't mesh as well with the base beer as I'd expect. I have another bottle and I think a couple years might really help smooth out the edges....hopefully.

Gosox8787, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a finger of sandy head

The aroma is very vegetal with the yams making up the majority of the aroma. All spice, cinnamon and molasses make up the rest of the scent.

The taste follows the nose to the T. Yam forward, full of spice, molasses and vanilla. Getting some heat from the booze on the back end.

Full in body with a touch too much carbonation. It doesn't ruin the beer by any means but it could stand to tone it down a bit...

Overall, this was a really good beer. The Bruery has made yet another interesting and delicious beer. Very glad that I got to have this beer.

dcloeren, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DrFunkenstein, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to stout glass.

Good looking pour, with 3-4F tan head over top of a deep, deep orange body - slight translucence. Zero lacing or head retention as it warmed.

Smell is a malt bomb, with spice. Molasses, cinnamon, orange spice, and cardboard.

Taste is nice - was worried about a 10.5% 'Pumpkin', but there is plenty of rich complexity to mask the alcohol. Maple and yams come through in the flavor. Reminded much more of a Dubbel than a Pumpkin Ale.

Carbonation was present, but muted in the thick mouthfeel. Pretty syrupy overall, so matched my expectations.

I like Pumpkin Ales, and especially the Imperial variety, so I found this to be quite drinkable and a terrific Fall seasonal.

BeerImmediately, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

pperez38, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a crimson edged dark brown color with half a finger of light brown sugar head.

S-Smells of candied yams, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with some vanilla.

T-A sweet malt and perhaps yam foreground with a spice filled (see above), dry finish.

M-Rich, full bodied at first with low carbonation and a drying, light finish.

D-A little sweet at first, but the spice kind of balances out at the finish. A 12 oz. of this would be doable, but a full 750mL of this one is a little much to put down by yourself.

samie85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Drk93TT
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Drk93TT, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours more of a ruby red, with brown highlights then anything else. For it's body, the head is tanner then what I would expect, is pretty thick, and carbonation seems tight.

S: The aroma is that of candy yams, and the yeasty Belgium spices you would expect in a Trappist brew. The maple and molasses add a sweetness to the aroma.

T: The flavor follows suit, sweet candy yams, with a small alcohol burn on the finish. This brew could be much more complex then it's drinking. I expect more spices and yeasty notes. As far as molasses and maple syrup goes, they aren't present much at all, but maybe that was The Bruery's plans all along.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is average....probably lower. This beer needs to beef up it's volume. The drink is a little above average for it's ABV.

Overall, this brew says its a Belgium Brown Ale, BA classifies it as a BSDA, but I'm saying this brew happens to look and drink like a Belgium Dubbel. With a more hefty mouth feel,I'd definitely bump up the scores.

TKEbeerman, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy brown with a finger of foamy parchment head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, maple sugar, molasses, vanilla, earthy yeast. Can't really find the yam influence.

Taste -- Taste is quite sweet with maple sugar and dark molasses, along with rum raisin and candied yams. Additionally there is some dark fruit presence and faint yeast and fermentation character. Overall, the sweet adjuncts overwhelm the base beer.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- While Autumn Maple isn't a bad beer, it's by no means a great BSDA. Certainly interesting, a big hit with the family on Thanksgiving, but not something I'll be awaiting eagerly next Fall.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, ruddy brown/amber tone with a solid finger+ of a creamy tan head; decent retention and lacing. good looking beer.

aroma is real nice bouquet of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin notes that couple with some traditional BSDA characterisics: belgian yeast, dark fruits, and brown sugar. definitely some notable alcohol in there too.

much the above mentioned pull through in the flavor. here i pick up on the yams, maple sugar, and molasses. a fair amount going on; reasonably complex and tasty, though decidedly on the sweet side and packs a bit of a boozy, bitter finish that detracts somewhat. not sure what to make of the aftertaste, either... something vaguely unpleasant about it.

medium-bodied, medium to low on the carbonation. this is one of those beers that is definitely a unique and tasty take on the style, yet the sweetness of it reins in its drinkability - a small doses type of brew. that said, i think it's a solid autumn ale that i'll be looking to buy again - maybe when the leaves start falling. would love to try the barrel aged version.

original review on: 09-19-2010

BostonHops, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Burkbom23, Monday at 12:14 AM
Photo of GuttaMane138
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

GuttaMane138, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Pecan, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at South Bay in SD.

A - Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of cappuccino head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing. Carb is subtle.

S/T - Light coffee, brown sugar, maple, yams, some pumpkin, roasted toffee, cloves, and light bittering hops. Very complex.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, lightly malt dominated, sweet, and smooth.

D - Great quaff, but cannot drink a whole bottle if I wanted too. It's just too rich.

MisterClean, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of cyrushire
3/5  rDev -20.4%

cyrushire, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +6.1%

bernat1971, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

BUNZILLA, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

moonknight31, May 14, 2013
Photo of Mersh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Mersh, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Houser
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Houser, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish brown color. Very hazy. You can't see through it. AN off white colored head thats fairly thin disappears quickly.

S: Smell is more belgian than anything. The yeast really stands out. Also some brown sugary cinnamon and nutmeg. An ever so slight touch of vanilla.

T: A lot of alcohol soaked pumpkin flavors on the front of the tongue. The spices are there, nutmeg cinnamon. Mid tongue the sweetness appears. Maple syrupy brown sugar and vanilla.

M: The yams work to make this beer very soft on the pallet. It's medium bodied but it seems very undercarbonated to me. Just a touch more as far as carbonation would do wonders for this beer.

Overall: I've about given up on finding a pumpkin beer that blows me away. I was hoping this one would but it felt short. I have one left to try and then i might just throw in the towel on pumpkin style beers all together.

BigMike, Nov 17, 2011
Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.