100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple - The Bruery
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Reviews by Overlord:
3/5 rDev -18.7%
Pours a dark brown. CAnt' see through glass. Very little head.
Smells slightly tart/funky, with the familiar autumn maple sweet base coming through. No spices in nose. Interesting. I would haven't have thought it was possible to mask that aspect of the base beer.
Taste is all over the place. The brett is strangling and overpowering, and the sweet, yammy, oak-y undercurrent is fighting for air. I'm not too sure this beer is really in harmony. The brett is like a sledgehammer. I'm struggling to cut through it.
Mouthfeel is good for the style.
11-09-2010 00:13:24 | More by Overlord
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4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
Brown appearance, a little bit of orange thrown in there for good measure, light on the head side, very light. For being 100% BA, it doesn't exude a ton of sour aroma or funk.
A complex amount of Thanksgiving and Christmas flavors, pumpkin, yams all that 'good' stuff (I'm not a yam fan). Comes across neither sweet nor spicy at first, you have to really search to find them, but then it evolves as you drink more, a little bit of the wood flavor comes out, followed finally by a minimal amount of sour, and then it grows, and grows until you do have quite a sour complimentary aspect to the beer.
Complex, but easy drinking at the same time, never detected an appreciable amount of alcohol in here.
11-30-2010 18:53:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.
A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, light yellow head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate retention but nice legs. Head retention and lacing need a bit of work but good overall.
S: Nose is cinnamon, brown sugar, and other sweet spices. Yam sweetness is actually detectable. Some nice muted oakiness also. Moderately aromatic. Decent.
T: Opens sweet potatoes, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, clove, and some other sweet spices. An oddly muted tartness is present towards the middle. Yam sweetness with notes of vanilla and a bit of booziness towards the end. Finish is sticky and sweet with near no aftertaste. This is decent, but its not as good as the original.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, warm, and oily in the mouth. Silky but with some heat going down. Spicy and accented finish with a slightly woody aftertaste that dissipates quickly. Really smooth and drinkable for such a high abv beer. And from the Bruery no less!
O: While I thought this was an interesting take on Autumn Maple I appreciated the originial version a lot more than this take. An interesting beer and the fact that it still tastes 90% like Autumn Maple means I think its solid, but in the end, not as good as its base.
05-14-2011 14:01:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, and mikesgroove at one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy red orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, yams, maple syrup, and coriander. The flavor was of sweet malt, yams, maple syrup, and slight sour. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The slight sour aspect going on in this one really added a nice touch to the base beer. This kind of reminded me of Nano Series: S.A.M. that I had awhile back. Only the sour on this one was not as pronounced as with the S.A.M. Glad I have another bottle of this one sitting in the cellar to share with others in the future. Definitely worth trying despite the low ratings it has gotten recently.
06-27-2011 13:33:38 | More by thagr81us
4.23/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel as part of a DC bottle share. Bottle brought by WorldWideStout, much thanks. Vintage 2010. From notes.
Reddish orange amber body, with a light tan color, kind of creamy off the pour, fairly solid.
Bouquet brings an almost vinous apple wine like character, mild brett, with some large apple butter qualities along with some mild nutmeg and squash.
Palate hits with playful and noticeable carbonation. Light funk. A real interesting toasty quality to this and charred squash. Mild sugar sweet and sour balance. Some other fruits seem to come out the sourness accents. Orange and tangerine fruit as well.
Overall pretty interesting, kind of a bit of fun drink I must admit.
10-17-2012 00:34:49 | More by smakawhat
4.47/5 rDev +21.1%
I really loved this one. Shared at with some good friends this one was poured into a snifter.
Nice orange pour with a small head that faded off slowly and left a nice light bit of lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma is funky, did not see that coming. Nice sourness that sits on top of caramel sugar, fruit notes, and light earthy and wood like taste. Criso and clean with a nice medium body that lets the flavor really expand on the palate. Nice dry finish lets the sour really explore.
Overall very solid beer. Thanks for bringing this one Calton.
07-01-2011 17:11:55 | More by mikesgroove
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Sampled at Black Tuesday, and then again at a tasting thanks to alfrantzell.
It pours, unsurprisingly, the color of yams. Only a thin crust manages to form, but it retains well.
Aromas of caramelized yam and fall spices come through strongly behind a foundation of oak barrel. Fruity and leathery notes from the brettanomyces don't quite gel with the base beer, but it's still pretty enjoyable.
The palate opens with fruity acetic sourness, which is initially dominant until the beer warms up. Caramelized yams and spices begin to appear toward the mid-palate, while the brett lends a slight phenolic character reminiscent of plastic. Oak and tannins have a slight presence in the finish, though the beer ends on a more spicy note. Sweetness from both malt and yams reveals itself much more as the beer reaches room temperature, which is something of a saving grace as it helps to balance the phenols and acid from the brett.
A strange one, but ultimately interesting and enjoyable. Last year's Bourbon Barrel Aged Autumn Maple is a superior beer, however.
11-02-2010 16:27:39 | More by largadeer
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Bottle shared on New Years Eve with therealnomayo and cmurren25, didn't know what to think and hears why...
A- Looks great has a nice brown appeal with a faint ruby hue. A lively stream of bubbles showing off the carb level that leads to a light tan and foamy head. Very lively and fizzy.
S- What an interesting array of aromas. An upfront warm yam smell with a faint ripe grape aroma. As it warms the warm bourbon and vanilla undertones come out and an interesting spoiled fruit and spice mixture to finish.
T- An odd one definitely. Has an opening of sweet yams and crazy spiciness followed by a lactic sourness and spoiled fruit finish. As it warms I pick up the bourbon, vanilla, wood notes and a touch of lactic sourness. Very odd, but strangely decent.
M- Alive! Crazy carb and medium body pushes the flavors everywhere. The stick around to let you taste everything. Has a strange warming from the barrel and a semi-dry finish.
D- I like the normal or barrel aged version better, but this one is not awful. I kind of like how it's odd mixture of flavors meld and make for an interesting experience. Worth a try.
A nice twist on this one, but go back to barrel aging please!
01-13-2011 05:35:47 | More by StormKing47
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Vinegar and alcohol with some yams and a smell that reminds me of cooked vegetables. The sourness dominates and it reminds me of a flanders.
Taste: Vinegar and malt up front, definitely reminds me of a flanders. Dark fruit with a sweetness and strong tartness in the finish. The usual autumn maple flavors are definitely in the background.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This was very different from the original version. More like a flanders than anything else. Don't know that I'd have another, but I'm glad I got to try it.
03-23-2012 02:41:50 | More by oline73
2/5 rDev -45.8%
Maroon body with a small white head.
Acidic, funky nose. I'm starting to recognize it as the signature Bruery funk. Strangely vinous and cherry like.
The yams have gone bad in this one. I'm wondering why this was even made. It's a very strange beer to begin with. Brown sugar sweetness and yammy, like a thanksgiving dessert, then you toss in this sour rotten cherry vinegar flavor. It's like someone threw up on grandma's famous pumpkin pie.
10-13-2011 14:33:09 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.43/5 rDev -7%
Finally getting to this one. Given to me by arbitrator at the fifty fifty release, thanks mihir, I appreciate it.
I love pumpkin ales but I've never been a big fan of the base beer (although I hear the BA version is great.) this ones gettin pretty rare these days. I believe this is 2 years and some change old now. (2009?)
750 poured into a tulip
A- look just like the base, deep slightly murky reddish orange. Barely a half inch of head that doesn't last too long. Disappears quickly to a ring around the glass.
S- smells like a over spiced pumpkin ale with a sourness scent in the back end. Very interesting, not sure which way the flavors will go with this guy.
T- the sourness comes out pretty strong on the front and end, taste like a soured pumpkin ale that isn't intergrated well, more like an accident. Not as bad as the stories I've heard of this guy. It's got a slight taste of oud bruin which is a favorite style of mine, I can enjoy this. I believe the very base beer is a brown.
M- mouthfeel is alright, well carbonated, no alcohol at all which is pretty impressive for a 10% beer, glad I dont need to be in at work till noon tomorrow haha.
O- this is an alight beer, wasnt site what to expect from a beer when it's been 100% barrel fermented, this one was not a complete train wreck however it doesn't surprised me it has been retired. Ive had much worse ( 1 Door comes to mind), and I actually enjoy this more than the regular version.
Give it a shot if you've got one, a must if ur doing a autumn maple tasting.
01-12-2012 08:36:19 | More by KevSal
3.13/5 rDev -15.2%
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle with Amyliz4, Heather, and myself.
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head and some pretty good lacing. There is the nice "galaxy" swirl atop the beer that reminds me of the old space posters in elementary-school classrooms. Some tight bubbles on top. The nose brings a pretty decent amount of initial Brett. The second whiff brings in some light pumpkin and yams--honestly, I can't really tell them apart when there isn't a load of spicing. Some light clove notes.
The taste brings out a bit more of the barrel character with a light lactic presence. Very light, actually. The Autumn Maple base really doesn't come through all that much. There is some light oak and a mild tartness. The body is fairly thin and light with a tiny amount of carbonation. I think this definitely needs some time to further develop the barrel and Brett character. This is just too young at this point.
11-11-2010 03:22:33 | More by Thorpe429
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks a ton to dfclav for this one.
Pours a very little head, with a rosy brownish color.
Nose has light tart aromas, almost barnyard like but doesn't quite get there, yams, maple, light spices, sweet toasty malts, bit of a sweet fruit like aroma, a little creamy aroma too.
Taste is a bit creamy as well, some nice malts, toasty and creamy malt flavors, some maple syrup, light yam flavor, sweet potato even, bit of toasted malts, light oak, very light tart sour funk, very light barnyard like funk, and a little spicy. Finishes dry and mostly clean but a bit of lingering sour fruit-like yam-like flavors and dry malty flavors.
Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.
Overall interesting, not really better than the original, but some nice light funk and sour additions, the lack of carbonation was a little iffy, but an interesting beer overall. Glad I got to try it.
03-20-2011 23:17:10 | More by jlindros
100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.