100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by slayer3604:
Photo of slayer3604
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a bonfire with a fat bubbly head on it that died down a bit from the acidity.

Smells like a Thanksgiving dinner...spice, pumpkin, burnt caramelized plum, rum raisin...the list goes on. Has a nice spritzy sourness to it as well...

Tart, creamy, malty, spicy and plentiful. Sour maple has a great tart smack at the end. We were pairing it with fresh pumpkin pie...the best pairing ever. It was lacking in body....Needs more booty.

Mouthfeel was sharp and creamy and then died off within seconds. It has a nice lingering spice ambiance...4/5...

Pretty strong, tart and spicy...could be more drinkable...Maybe in 3 years!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of StormKing47
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of KevSal
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A nightcap to the Bachelor Weekend Tasting, complete with fatguy domination and big-nutted squirrel photoes on the bottle courtesy of some dag in California via Alex.

A - It's a brown beer with a brown head, that's really about it. It looks formidable enough, no lacing or retention, but it is a deep brown, opaque color that is not bad.

S - Smells a bit like a holiday beer, with yams, pumpkin, spice. I guess there is some barrel in there as well, although for something that says 100% barrel fermented I expected more.

T - Yams, spice, oak, funk. I hope this fell under the category of "Experimental" and then "Oh shit, we need to bottles this and sell or we're taking a big $ loss", cause this is weird and not particularly good. I like yams at Thanksgiving, but not really anywhere else.

M - Light carbonation in a medium bodied beer, not sure of more or less would have helped. Maybe nothing would have.

D - I hypothesized during this tasting that the Bruery will go bankruptcy eventually because of their wierd business model, marketing, and beer. All they need to do is keep churning out beers like this and they will prove me right.

Photo of Bubba83
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Kegatron for letting me grab this out of a box as his trustee. Poured at 50 degrees into a Bruery tulip.

Appears nice in the glass, dark brown in color, with a light tan head and big bubbles on top from the hard pour. At first I thought it was undercarbed due to the incredibly large size of the bubbles and almost no head, but then it started to crop up and cascade to the top into a little under a finger width. Surprisingly good retention after that initial scare, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite sour, and almost identical to an Oud Bruin. There's maybe a bit more sweetness here in the aroma, but it's kind of indescript and I doubt I could pick out yam blindfolded. Perhaps some brown sugar is noticeable, though.

Sweet sugary goodness on the initial sip, but that quickly gets a little cloyingly sweet with lots of brown sugar before souring up with a bunch of vinegar and red wine character. A little bit of cinnamon spice on the tail end makes this beer a bit of a confusing hodgepodge. The flavors work together better than I expected, but I was expecting it to taste pretty bad.

The mouthfeel seems a little bright and poppy for a beer like this, but I think the consistency is about spot on. Kind of a medium/oily feel which moves about the mouth well. Fairly wet finish.

Drinks pretty poorly. It's a challenging beer because of the way the flavors play out, but I wouldn't mind that if they worked in conjunction a little better. A pretty weird experiment of a beer that turned out, well.... weird. Honestly, if you just think of it as an Oud Bruin and forget about the Autumn Maple part it's not half bad. I advise drinking this when you're in a weird mood so you can fit right in.

Photo of mulder1010
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a tulip. Thanks to Nicks6217 for this.

A-- Poured a deep reddish brown. Honestly a strange looking hazy color. A light brown head that quickly went away and left a small bit of lacing.

S-- A sort of strange funky smell. Get barnyard mixed with some yams and maple syrup. More funky barnyard than anything else.

T-- Different, very different. A lot of spices, namely cinnamon. Maple syrup, some yams and oak. First thought was a sour ale on acid.

M-- A little bit of sour, a little bit of sweet. How about all over the place. Lighter feel and more carbonated that I thought it would be. Not a lot of yams but more maple syrup. A little bit of barrel but not what I expected one bit.

D-- A little bit boozy but that is OK. Just reminds me more of a sour with spices than a brown ale with spices. A lot of funk in this. Obviously an experimental beer. A different one at that.

Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Tuesday

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a nice big off-white head and some sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A very interesting nose to this beer. Mildly tart up front with the usual spices of Autumn Maple coming through, not much of the yams, though. The wood is quite strong, but I like that characteristic.

T: Light lactic tartness with faint hints of slightly tart dark fruits (mainly cherries and plums). That seemed sort of strange, but I like it for whatever reason. The spices are pronounced with the woodiness being a bit more subdued.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D: Like Gunga Galunga, this was a really interesting beer. I liked the combination of the mild tartness with the generally hearty character of Autumn Maple.

Photo of davey101
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to BeerAndBourbon for this want of mine.

A - Dark reddish brown, fairly cloudy body. Almost no head forms, just some large dirty off white bubbles around the edge. Some decent legs and lacing

S - Its amazing what brett does to a beer. Smells like an oddly spiced thanksgiving gueze. Bright funky tones and vinegar, followed by some fall spices and earthy yam aromas and finally a bit of alcohol. The funk is very dominating.

T - Tart. Funky horse blanket and some notes that are borderline citrus, but not in the fruity sense. This is accompanied by earthy yams, caramel, and some nutmeg. A bit of oak as well, but no bourbon notes. Very interesting and unique. Mouth feel is a bit thin, but carbonation is moderate and decent for the flavors.

O - This is a much different beast than the regular autumn maple. The funk is on full display here, where as the yams and fall spices are faint and in the background. I think I liked this beer, it was just so....weird.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12

A - Pours a cloudy carmel brown with a few tan bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Tart, spices, oaky, maple sweetness.

T - Tart oakiness, then autumn spices and the some subtle maple sweetness.

D - Lighter body and lower carbonation.

O - Fall spices with a tart oaky presence. Great for Thanksgiving 2012.

Photo of brewdan
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque brown with minimal head.

Smells terriffic; candied yams and bananas? with some spices and sweet toffee and bourbon.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose. Taste is buttery bourbon being prominent and sweet and spicy yams making up the bulk of the flavors but somehow the taste didn't work for me.

Mouthfeel is good but drinkability is hurt because this is just not something you would want to drink much of.

Well, it was a beautiful fall day here in MI and I had my family over for turkey dinner so I was stoked to crack this bottle open but my dad had the same reaction as I did when he replied simply "this one is not good"

Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer received from the ever-generous neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. Per his recommendation, this one was poured into a snifter and reviewed completely blind.

Pours a murky copper color that shines in crimson when held to the light. A tiny head of light tan is super fizzy, bubbling like soda before disappearing within seconds and without a trace.

Fruity aroma, like dark cherries, green raisins and plums. Oak aging has imparted some nice vinous character, along with sweet vanilla, balsamic vinegar and perhaps some clove.

Tart lemons in the initial flavor, followed by the heavy woodiness of untoasted oak in the middle. Balsamic, cherry syrup, sweet maple and orange juice mix with lots of brett tartness. A dry finish seems to wipe the mouth clean, but this is reduced as beer warms. Tiny bit of ethanol.

Light and tickly carbonation. This thing's got a smooth medium body with impressive creaminess and is a pleasure to move around.

I had NO idea what beer this could be before I removed neorunner's covering, but it all makes sense now. The brett somewhat overpowers the other flavors in the beer, but you can pick up a bit of the yams and maple if you search for it. I can see this being excellent with white meat or a salad.

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle poured into a snifter. Cold stored since the release.

A: Appearance is an attractive deep reddish brown with a finger of beige bubbly froth that's fast fading, leaving traces of lace on the glass.

S: Tart and lactic cherries with sweet baked bread and a moderate vinegar presence. Vanilla is accompanied by yam, allspice, ginger, maple, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This smells awesome. I'm really surprised. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting this. Fantastic.

T: Bready and sweet up front, segueing into tart cherry and apple with a firm lactic presence. Oak melds with vanilla. Maple syrup is pervasive and delicious. I detect nutmeg, light ginger, cinnamon, and a touch of molasses as well. The finish is lightly sour, with a low level of vinegar and a decisive tart cherry note accompanying the spice.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one took me by surprise. I really enjoyed this and wish I'd opened it on a weekend so I could drink more of it. Not unlike an Oud Bruin. Recommended.

Photo of stuman77
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I raced up Grand Avenue, fighting tooth and nail just to get to the Orange Circle and pick up my beer allocation, all I could think was, "Why are you going 30 in a 45 zone, guy driving the car in front of me?" However, after finally reaching old town Orange (and battling the requisite Velocitaptor), I parked and prepared myself to pick up some awesome beer. And then to carry a heavy box a few blocks back to my car. Excitedly, I waited for the weekend, when I could chill and drink a few of my newest best friends. Finally, Sunday came, and, with my brother and his fiancée in attendance from Portland, I began the traditional Sunday service of the Minor Reformed Western Coastal Church of Beer. Notes from the sermon:

A: Pours an opaque brown with almost no head. Even after I started pouring a little violently, barely managed to get any head out of it. Still, has an inviting brown appearance.

S: Has a bit of a tart smell, similar to a sour but slightly less pronounced. I found the tart smell somewhat surprising (my expectation was that it would be a bit more robust, rich smell instead of a poignant tartness). I'd call it a pleasant surprise.

T: Complex, complex, complex (in all the best ways). When it first introduces itself to your palate, you get a lot more of the tart flavor. But as you progress through this journey of a beer, you begin to bring out more of the subtle spicy flavor. Once you start picking up that sweet/spicy yam flavor, it opens up, giving you a wonderful barrel aged flavor.

M: For how heavy of a beer it is, the mouthfeel is fairly light. Glides easily across the tongue, with only a bit of thickness to it. Overall I'd say it's a medium mouthfeel, but (again) feels lighter than it looks.

D: As with pretty much all Bruery beers, this isn't something you'd pick up a case of and drink all day while watching football. But, when you want a treat, this is a beer for the role.

Retiring to my couch for some pleasant television, I had but a single thought, which was confirmed by my fellow tasters: I want to drink this beer with a pumpkin pie. Can't wait for the special thanksgiving service of the Minor Reformed Western Coastal Church of Beer.

May hops be with you, and grain guide you, and may yeast be with you and your family.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat sour and tart with some malt, spice, and mild fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors and an acidic quality with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems like there is just too much going on to be really cohesive.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.32/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nanoslug, I believe. From notes.

A: Pours an opaque mahogany body with a light tan head. Poor retention, no lacing... It looks a bit like dirty pond water.

S: There's a general sweet potato note, grapes, oak, mint, caramel. I remember the base beer having some spice to it. Was that removed here?

T: Oddly tart grapes that clash with bretty funk, sweet potatoes, and a spicy finish of cinnamon. A very kitchen-sink-like effect that I find myself scratching my head over. Awful? Not really. Was I clamoring to get more? No.

M: Thin body with zesty carbonation. It never feels watery, so that's... kind of redeeming, I guess. But the flavors don't blend well together at all.

D: Before this came out, there was a lot of apprehension about the Bruery changing a recipe for the worse -- from the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of thought. The apprehension was well deserved, IMO. I've never had BA Autumn Maple, but the base beer sucks, and this one's worse.

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100% Barrel Fermented Autumn Maple from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.