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100% Brett Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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84
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 25
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DovaliHops on 09-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of maple, brown sugar, caramel and pumpkin and sweet potatoes. The beer smells about how I remember the regular Autumn Maple smelling, only a little bit sweeter.

The flavor is different than the original. I get a light funk from the brett, which comes through a little bit leathery. I also get a lot of brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkins, yams and alcohol. I also get a little bit of dark fruit and cherries, though I don't think any dark fruit is in the beer. There is also some maple and vanilla in the flavor, which is very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A beer I am glad I got to try.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another big thanks to scott (merc7186) for sharing this gem at our last tasting!

750ml. bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a hazy, almost murky looking dark reddish brown color with just a bit of some off white head, faded to ring after a few minutes. small spots of lace left on the glass.

the first thing i pick up is this funky kind of meaty quality. smells sweet with your usual pumpkin spices. a bit of the yam detectable, possibly just from the spice. slight alcohol noticeable as it warms.

a very nice, slightly spicey yam/ pumpkin base with some seasonal spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and a very unique meaty, funky quality. almost like a savory kind of thing, dare i say umami? i was expecting maybe some sort of barnyard funk from the brett, but its very slight, if even there at all.

medium bodied, but a full thick mouthfeel. the slightest hint of tartness. sweet. the alcohol is very well hidden, would not have guessed 10%

a solid beer, the brett really works in different ways, combining with the other flavors to really make for an interesting unique taste. id seek this out, however i definatly need to try the original version to better identify some of these flavors going on.

Photo of ehammond1
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

(Aged for 6+ months)

A murky, flat mixture of browns and dark oranges with very little visible carbonation and just the slightest film on top masquerading as a head. This leaves the glass oily and spotted with minimal stick. About as ugly as a beer can get.

The aroma is probably this beer's only saving grace, and even then, it's nothing particularly special. It smells of yams and gingerbread, caramel and toffee, and some alcohol heat.

The flavor too is yam and gingerbread forward, along with some bread crusts and plenty of caramel, and mild alcohol presence. This is overly sweet and the lack of carbonation really hurts it.

Medium to heavy bodied with very low carbonation. Disappointing, to say the least.

I didn't particularly enjoy this one, though I'm hoping this was a bad bottle.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from IP with WomanCan'tSail. Lovely, complex brew. Yet one cannot drink too much of it. Dark colour with lots of thick lace. Smoke, wild boar in the aroma. The taste is sweet and rich, with molasses and some cherry and smoke. Weird, and lets try some beercycles of it.

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium brown color. Has a moderate white head that quickly faded.

Smell: Baked yams, brown sugar and bready Belgian yeast notes.

Taste: The baked yams and brown sugar in the nose come through prominent in the taste. Some spice notes also are present. Finishes drier and cleaner than the regular Autumn Maple.

Mouth-feel: The light side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: I've been an Autumn Maple fan since it first came out. To my tastes the 100% Brett version is smoother and cleaner tasting than the regular Autumn Maple. A good variation of Autumn Maple.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my buddy caSSino while he was in town visiting. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, yam, caramel, and maple syrup. The flavor was of sweet malt, yam, caramel, wood, very slight funk, and maple syrup. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This is definitely the most intense Autumn Maple as far as flavors of the yams and maple syrup comig through that I have had to-date. I was a little disappointed that the Brett took a backseat to these flavors and aromas. I could see this one developing quite nicely in the future while sitting in a cellar. A definite must try if you have access to one of these and love maple syrup and yams.

Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2011, 750ml bottle, poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep reddish-brown color with some rust color around the edges. Small fizzy white head quickly reduces completely, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma of stewed cinnamon apples with brown sugar, ripe pear, ketchup, molasses & apple cider. There is a big vegetal aroma that kicks in near the finish, perhaps from the addition of the yams, along with some booze, dried leaves & fig. The aroma is quite complex, it's just all over the map with no rhyme or reason

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of molasses, brown sugar and caramel. Fruity notes of baked apples and pears kick in, followed by vegetal yam flavors, hickory smoke & BBQ sauce. As it nears the finish, a sour apple tartness kicks in before eventually finishing dry with a linger of yeast & dark fruit

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a smooth, slightly warming finish

O- this one was just all over the place. It's actually pretty good, I just can't figure out what the goal was here. I've never had such a variety of aromas/flavors from a beer. Worth a try, but I prefer regular AM to this one

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Chris (cavery) for this beer! Cheers buddy and hope you have a Merry Christmas! Split between my brother-in-law and myself.

Appearance – Pours a murky brown into a generic tulip. About a half finger of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Slight pumpkin and spices, a hint of barnyard funk, just a hint of tartness. Yam comes in as the beer warms up, along with some other earthy aromas.

Taste – Candied sugars, yam, a bit of the funk comes through. Honestly, there is an odd metallic tin flavor aftertaste. A nice maple sugar flavor with spices come through at the end.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Easier to drink than the regular, though not as funky/earthy as I was expecting with the “100% Brett” label. However, the brett completely makes this beer more drinkable. I can’t taste the 10% and it is rather enjoyable when all is said and done. Curious what time will do to this.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a thin off-white ring and spotty patches of haze. Earthy aromas of brown sugar, sweet potato, cinnamon, and slightly funky Brettanomyces. The yam character is nicely emphasized, this is a very unique-smelling brew. Taste is similarly earthy and a bit funky, with more sweet potato, maple syrup, cinnamon, and Brett. Again, the Brett really spotlights the yam, making it the true star of this beer. Very unique. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, dry finish, and good carbonation. Overall a very unusual, but well done, take on the Fall-style beer.

Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. I tried this with the regular version and the barrel fermented.

Appearance: A bit darker than the barrel fermented version with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Tart and sweet with some brown sugar, yams, and alcohol warmth.

Taste: Funky but definitely not sour. Brown sugar with a slight bitterness in the finish. I can pick up the yams, but the brett is the most interesting part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer. Very interesting to see how the brett changes the beer. Better than the barrel fermented version, I would have this one again.

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

Drank on Thanksgiving 2011

A- Pours a lighter brown with 1 finger of off white head. Not much lacing but some nice alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

S- First thing i noticed was the brett and slight funk that blends nicely with lots of earthy yams and sweet candy sugars from the maple syrup.

T- Very sweet sugars and dark fruits with a lot of earthy but still sweet yams. The brett doesn't dominate and is very subtle but at the same time creates a nice tart body and adds a bit of flavor in the back end. Very nicely balanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slightly tart finish.

Skål!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared the other night with Amyliz4. Served in a Bruery tulip and reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-dark copper-brown color with a short head and no real lacing. A bit of a collar. The nose is fairly similar to regular Autumn Maple with a bit of yam and spice, but with a little bit of extra fruitiness. Light tropical notes and a touch of citrus. The Brett plays a role, though not a huge one. The body is slightly drier than the normal version and it's not quite as sweet. Good take on the beer and I'd have to say that I prefer this variation over the regular as well as over the bourbon and barrel-fermented versions.

Photo of jlindros
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Membership split with rudzud and threelions.

very little fizzy head fades almost instantly, dark iced tea brown color, touch of lacing.

Nose is weird, sweet brown sugar, molasses, caramel, but soy sauce like bbq sauce thing, vegetal, vinegar, ketchup, decent Smokey aroma, some apple smoked apple.

Taste starts with some baking spices, more sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, etc. With more apple, smoked apple, bbq sauce, hint vinegar and Hint of ketchup. Into rich of smoke. Finish is bitter and icky, little soy sauce and bbq ketchup, touch of a mineral like metallic note. Sticky and little syrupy.

Mouth is med bod, little heavier bod, decent carb, little syrupy sticky.

Overall eh, not as bad as I expected, but still meh.

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich apple cider tan with light white head

Brett up the nose! Yams spices, reminds me of cider spices. The funkiness is all over the aroma here.

Taste is amazing. Thanksgiving on crack. Sweet and sour Brett funkiness. Candied yams and sweet maple notes. I have never had the original so the flavors here are all skewed from the Brett.

Smooth mouthfeel. No trace of the 10% abv. Very creamy.

Incredible beer.  The Brett ads a great dimension to this one. Top notch. I am very interested in seeking out the non brett version of this beer after this experience.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Quite fruity, which is really something I was not anticipating. It has a nice spiciness like you expect from Autumn Maple with particularly strong notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Plenty of bread with a nice graham cracker sweetness. Not much in terms of "funk" that you normally expect from Brettanomyces.

T: The flavor is full of sweet malt, particularly toffee, with some of the graham cracker notes. A strong flavor of apples as well as a few other fruits. Big vanilla flavor with some nice spice notes, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: My only real complain here would be the carbonation. Otherwise quite nice.

Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for procuring this gem for me.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. On the other hand, the nose on this beer is flat out terrific, as I get some light sour funk, brown sugar, some pumpkin, yams, cinnamon and clove. The combination of aromas is complex, intriguing and evocative, and I can't wait to take my first sip. On the palate, this flavor profile is every bit as intriguing and attractive (not to mention unexpected), and much to my surprise, I get literally no sour flavor as well. There's still something of a funky wet blanket, horse sweat flavor, but the beer otherwise is completely dominated by flavors of cherry, mandarin orange, vanilla, yams and brown sugar. The beer is actually fairly sweet (something I was not expecting from the aroma profile), though the funky brett flavor helps to counter that somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with an incredibly smooth, almost satin-like texture. Alcohol is no more than an afterthought in this beer, and drinkability is amazingly high for a 10% abv. beer.

I was hoping this would be good, but I have to say that I was frankly astonished by just how excellent this was. Sampled side by side with the barrel conditioned and regular version of Autumn Maple, and IMHO, this version clearly stood out.

I can see where those who love sour beers would be annoyed, but for me, I thought this beer was absolutely terrific.

Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

829th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML
2011 Bottling

Served at recommended cellar temp

App- A few shades lighter than the regular AM. This was dramatically different in terms of head and bubbles. Poured almost flat with only about an 1/8” and a ring of bubbles. No cling or lace as well.

Smell- More juice like than anything else. A bit sweet with a decent amount of yam aroma. A very small amount of sour from the Brett. Does not add much to aroma, takes a bit away IMO. A small touch of the spice still remains.

Taste- Autumn maple is a solid beer. This seems to take away a bit from this one. This version seems to have more of a pepper note and just a touch of the Brett. A bit average offering with so much of the base beer being lost in the fermenting with the sourness.

Mouth- Lighter medium bodied and a bit flat. A little juicy and slightly sour.

Drink- This was a bit average at best. It took away a lot of the best qualities of what makes Autumn Maple unique. The spice, maple and yam aroma and taste. Instead a bit thicker apple juice and a little flat.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of pumpkin, some phenol. Very delightful simple. Bit of pumpkin pie spice.

Flavors of pumpkin, minor spice, some phenol. All about a pumpkin beer done right. bot of butter and bread.

Good body, low carb.sticky. needs time to let Brett grow more.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish copper with a stingy off white head that even a vigorous pour could not bring up to size. Wow that is an odd aroma. Nutmeg crusted french fries smothered in ketchup is what I get initially. There's some dark fruits deep inside but the ketchup chips won't leave my nostrils. I'm pleased to say that no fries remained in the flavor, but I'm also obliged to say how lackluster the flavor is. There's a nice sweet malty caramel and maple flavor up front but that only lasts for a second before the palette is assaulted with spices. This beer remains quite sweet but the spices destroy the flavor for me. Its like a sweet syrupy spice rack around Christmas time. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I have to say that the base beer is not my favorite, but the 100% brett doesn't help it for me either. The bourbon version is tolerable, but I just don't get this beer.

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting albeit not completely successful beer in my book. Murky and hazed dark amber/brown body with a small off-white head. Fair retention and lacing. The aroma is led by yams and sweet potato; vegetal and lightly fruity, with a trace of musty funk and hay from the brett. Smells a bit on the sweet side.

Much like the nose the flavor reminds us of thanksgiving dinner. Sweet potato or yam again the predominant flavor; the brett isn’t particularly aggressive and only lends mild funkiness to the taste. Some malty sweetness, vanilla, pumpkin pie spices. Not super appealing, unfortunately. I like thanksgiving but not sure I want it in my beer.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, lacks crispness and a clean overall feel. Somewhat heavy and lifeless. An odd one, to be sure, and not something I’d be in a hurry to drink again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared this with the guys last night. I'm reviewing this not as a wild ale, but just as a beer.

Pouring much like the regular Autumn Maple, this looks nice in the glass. It smells really nice, with a ton of roasted yam, brown sugar, a rich, creamy, spicy blend (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) and maple syrup. There's no real Brett character here, this is very much like regular AM. The palate is similar, big, syrupy and sweet with a roasted yam character and a milky, spicy, creamy character. It's astounding how much yam flavor is actually in this beer. There's also a mild smoky flavor. The spices are the usual blend, decadently done. Full in body and sweet, this beer is mildly carbonated and is excellent as a dessert beer, but lousy as a wild ale.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/30. thank you to CAbeerCAbeerCA my reserve society buddy. enjoyed from my bruery snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent deep amber with a thin offwhite head that hung out. The bubbles remained and the lacing clung tight to the surface of the beer, but left streaks upon glass swirls.

s - autumn spiciness. some cinammon and sweet potato. really sweet and inviting.

t - sweet autumn nights. like the nose some cinammon and sweet potato and overall craft store spiciness. the funkiness is in the background and serves more to tame back the autumn flavors. nice brown sugar in the forefront as well. almost resembles a brown ale with some autumn spiciness.

m - medium to full bodied without being syrupy. the booziness is in check as well and not all that noticeable.

o - overall, perhaps this one is a bit polarizing as the reviews seem not all that favorable, but i am actually enjoying it quite a lot. that being said, my expectations were checked before going into this and reading some reviews. i didn't expect this beer to be as tasty as it is. it isn't a mind blowing experience, but it is a solid autumn seasonal. the brett is not too funky and the autumn seasoning isn't too intense either. it is rather sweet and this big 750 seems like it might be a chore, but this first glass is pretty tasty.

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Photo of litheum94
2.14/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Vigorous pour produces only a cluster of brown bubbles. They're gone in a blink and leave no trace or lacing. Deep, auburn body.

Sweet yams, earth and a very small amount of Brett sourness. Nutmeg and clove spicing.

Lots of sweetness upfront, with flavors of yams, maple and even some molasses. The residual sugars just coat the mouth. I need to brush my teeth. Very light spicing, with some earthiness. Where the hell is the Brett? This is 100%? The finish has a very slight sour twinge to it, but it is immediately over taken by a boozy burn. Mouthfeel is like a syrup; it should be served as a flavor at Starbucks.

Totally misses the mark for me. This is a disaster. The more I drank this, the less I liked it. Avoid!

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100% Brett Autumn Maple from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.