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Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,798 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 130
Gots: 308 | 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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.92/5  rDev +4%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of impending
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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  rDev -46.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.