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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,805 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,805
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 131
Gots: 310 | FT: 17
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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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Ratings: 1,805 | Reviews: 587
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked a bottle of this up the other day and figured that since I'm mostly taking the day off tomorrow, I was going to celebrate with it while I watch the first games of the college football season. Review is from notes taken on 9/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy cidery brown with some hints of ruby; starts with a big two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin, full and even cap that lingers throughout the drink with a pretty thick and foamy ring around the surface; body is cloudy and murky and mostly opaque with the only translucence at the edges; loose and oily spots and swaths of lacing slide back into the beer with only a couple hanging around the sides of the glass.

Smell: The dark and sweet fruitiness just pops out of the glass and into the nose -- raisins and figs abound; definite boozines comes in next and a strong dose of the standard Belgian spiciness. Very enticing and makes my mouth water just waiting to dive into this one.

Taste: Just really freaking good -- the sweet and dark rains and figs dominate and take the lead right up front along with the strong spiciness and alcohol; as it slides around the mouth, the presence of maple and chocolate/molasses makes an appearance that is welcome; really a robust and tasty offering that is hitting the spot.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and borders on medium-heavy; thick and oily in the mouth; carbonation is smooth and soft and really compliments the heavier body; an especially thick and moist coating is left on the roof of the mouth; belly is left quite warm from the higher ABV.

Drinkability: While this may look a little lower compared to the rest of the numbers, I assure you it's only because of the higher ABV -- this is really an outstanding beer and I'll be picking up one to age.

Photo of craytonic
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour is near flat. Not a good start. From skimming a few reviews, this seems to be a common theme, and negatively impacts all scores, particularly mouthfeel and drinkability. Even with that, a nice autumn-colored beer. Lets call it a wash and go for "average"

Smell: Would have guessed pumpkin ale, but I guess it is yams. I think it is more the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg that give it the pumpkin pie feeling. Bit of molasses, maple syrup, and vanilla as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell, tastes near pumpkin-ale with lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Bit of toffee. Definitely some maple syrup, vanilla, and molasses. A bit sweet. Would love to see what actually goes into this one.

Mouthfeel: Near flat. Completely kills the beer.

Drinkability: Just can't drink it near-flat. If they are confirmed to fix this, I will give it another try. Category is BSDA? Really?

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Tried the 2010 version, it was carbonated but smell and taste are worse.

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RichH55
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of zrab11
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Mike
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kevgod
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of POTABLE83
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from The Cellar Liquor Store in Steamboat, CO. $9.

A: Murky brown in color with a cream colored head, decent head retention, a nice cap sticks around nicely. Nice lacing. Fairly cloudy.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, very heavy on the sweet smells, and spicy smells. As for straight up yams, I don't quite get that, but its pretty close. For the most part the spices really shine in this one. Interesting.

T: Has all the flavors of a well made pumpkin pie, lots of different spices, notably allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The yams lend a slightly different flavor than pumpkins, maybe a little sweeter? Very strongly flavored beer, however, there are almost no beer flavors here. A few yeasty profiles, and underneath a slight malty presence, but other than that the focus is on the spice. Interesting, but very tasty.

M: Medium body, fairly warm alcohol, light carbonation, quite sticky and sweet. A little more carbonation would be nice, but it fits well with the beer to be a little lower on the carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink, definitely a dessert beer, could sub for pie really. Tasty and a beer I'll look forward to each fall. This beer would be an excellent gateway beer. It tastes like straight up pumpkin pie, and that would go over well with just about anyone.

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruddy old brown color, some haze/sediment on bottom of bottle. Light brown head is diminishing.
S: as stated on the bottle-sweet potatoes, molasses, maple syrup dessert spices. An interesting take and unique.
T: saa. Full sweetness. Nothing to balance it out though. Minimal hop bitterness noted. Some rummy alcohol. A sipping/dessert beer.
M: glad this didn't suffer from carbonation issues I heard previous batches did. Full-bodied and viscous.
O:delivers exactly what the label description says. I could see needing to be in the mood for this one though, or as a dessert pairing.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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