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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,769 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 298 | 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 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.

Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

Photo of Burkbom23
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of deereless
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GuttaMane138
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of drbenderdo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Photo of ThickNStout
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.

Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gshackles
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of M1A2
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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