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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,786 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 126
Gots: 303 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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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.
cheers
jd

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Late 2012 release but I can't find the bottle date. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with almost two fingers of pale tan head. Head recedes to a long lasting thin layer that leaves a little lace.

Sweet, inviting nose of brown sugar, yams, maple and a little spice.

Tastes like a sweet potato pie with a booze kick. Plenty of maple, brown sugar, candied yams, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, molasses, mild vanilla and a little kick of booze. Far less alcohol heat than I remember that it had while fresh.

Medium heavy body with moderately soft carbonation. Pie spice and yam aftertaste.

This is a slightly different yet familiar take on the classic pumpkin beer. Similar spices but a good bit more sweetness and depth. Typically a little hot, a year has settled this one down. I'm looking forward to trying the barrel aged version soon.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great follow up to the traditional pumpkin ale at the Thanksgiving table. A very clear garnet brown with a decent light khaki head. Light to moderate lacing on the glass after a quick fade. There is some stickiness apparent in the liquid. A deep rich nose full of sweet malts and Belgian yeast. The yams add a thick layer of decadence to the dark breads and malt. Banana is enhanced by them. Dark fruits are sitting on top of them. This is so pleasing to my nose I could smell it for days and still want more. A bit of earth balances the thick sweet breadiness, a light touch of alcohol adds a flourish. Taste is in line with the nose. Dark fruits and large slices of sweet brown bread in the front. Some notes of maple syrup. Earthy mellow hops to balance and bitter the finish. Complex spiciness that makes you wonder if it is spice or the basics. The usual holiday bouquet is here but is so well integrated you just enjoy it without focusing on it. Feel is supple with a light syrup consistency. Moderate carbonation is spot on and just a bit short of creamy when fresh poured. After a bit of time however the bubbles take on a gentle personality and add just enough movement to keep the beer from getting heavy. A nice experience overall on balance. Drinkability is surprising for a BSDA. This went down like a lager almost and with good food a real winner. A great beer for the holiday table as well as anytime Belgian dark urgings. Really good stuff here.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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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.

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.