100% Brett Autumn Maple - The Bruery
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3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle opened on 12.20.13
A - Pours a brown-caramel with a few large bubble that quickly fade away.
S - Caramel, vanilla, spices, raisins.
T - Spices first, then caramel and vanilla, maple and some Brett.
D - Lower carbonation with a pretty heavy body. Sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
O - Bretty played nice with the spices and sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 04:36:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a rich, concentrated, but definitely amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale, cranberry-juice color with gold highlights when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, graham crackers, sweet ginger, and an interesting fruity base that has touches of lemon, perhaps touches of melon, but really I can’t help but think of fresh out of the oven rich, red, brown sugar sweetened, sweet potatoes. There is a hint of medicinal character here, and perhaps some mustiness; the former is brought out by the spices, but like the latter, it is also likely here due to the Brettanomyces. The Brett character is fairly subtle in the nose overall though.
This has a nice prickly carbonation, which couples well with the light sweetness, and medium, somewhat viscous body. The spices contribute a bite to the finish that is a bit woody, and seems like nutmeg and perhaps a touch of allspice like character. There is a ginger bite to this beer as well, though this is not overly aggressive. The spices do somehow contribute an almost dusty (perhaps saw-dusty?), woody note in the flavor. There is a soft tartness to this beer, that while subtle, couples quite well with the sweetness. The sweetness here is brought out by the spices (cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg predominantly), but really reminds me of sweet potato pie; there is a sort of earthiness, not quite fruitiness. Ah, I just realized, some of the woody notes in the finish are contributed by the maple, which definitely contributes to the flavor here. A touch of Brettanomyces phenolics perhaps boost the woody notes and adds a touch of medicinal character and mustiness towards the finish; all in all though, I would be hard pressed to guess that this was 100% Brett fermented, there is that touch of tartness, but the funkiness is actually quite subtle. The malt character plays a pretty prominent role here, but there are so many other things going on that it is easy to over-look; flavors of brown-sugar coated sweet breads, graham crackers, English biscuit notes, and a chewy, whole grain character all are quite noticeable once you pay attention to them.
Quite tasty, despite the Brett character being quite subtle here, I am really enjoying this beer; I like the touch of tartness, and the subtle hint of funk that is brought to this “holiday-inspired” base beer. I also like that the spice character, while playing a prominent role here, does not overwhelm the other flavors.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 02:15:27 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Served in a tumbler.
Mixing a sweet and spiced drink with the relative wild card of Brett? I'm down if you are. This stuff pours a lightly hazy sunrise auburn topped by a short finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, caramel, light biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a touch of funky fruit in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the usual sweet and spicy Autumn Maple goodness up front and the new orange-y fruit of the Brett bringing up the rear, along with a tiny hint of cedar. The body is a solid medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly slick feel. Overall, an interesting take on Autumn Maple, one that shows that Brett use doesn't immediately equate to high levels of funk and whatnot. I still prefer the usual version, but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 06:57:21 | More by TMoney2591
100% Brett Autumn Maple from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.