100% Brett Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, from the Provisions store,

A: Pours a deep burnt orange to brown. Medium white head, average retention, limited lace.

S: Gorgeous full yam smell with hints of leather, vanilla, and fall spice.

T: Vanilla and marshmallow cream on top of a gorgeous pure yam flavour. Shades of BA Autumn Maple at points. Light brown sugar with a delightful spicy under current.

M: Full-bodied as always, the carbonation is on the light end and I love it for this. Almost like a cask beer. Not flat at all, but the lowered carbonation allows the drinker to experience much more complexity of flavour as opposed to the regular Autumn Maple which I've had this year where the carbonation can get in the way. Much like the fantastic growler I had in '08, the lighter carbonation just allows this beer to shine.

O: This floored me. The best incarnation of Autumn Maple I've had, even better than the 100% Barrel Fermented from last year which brought a great acidity into the picture. For $15 this is a screaming value, I have to go pick up another bottle or 2 of this for Thanksgiving dinner and for Halloween night.

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Photo of John_M
4.49/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazt reddish brown color with little bit of whit bubbles. Not much carbonation in appearance. Scent is A TON of yams and cinnamon with inviting Brett aromas. Little bit of dark fruit. Taste is more predominately yam-forward than the regular version. Strong yam flavor with a lot of cinnamon and slight nutmeg/dark fruits...raisin. Alcohol well hidden. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than appearance portrays... Well carbed and highly drinkable. Overall, better than original. Not as good as Barrel Fermented. Solid holiday beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 2011 bottle on 9/9/2011:

Appearance: Redish brown, light white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Yams, Molasses, Slight Funk, Brown Sugar, Figs, Spices.

Taste: Yams, Molasses, Sweet, Slight Funk, Spices, Nutmeg, Cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, subtle carbonation.

Overall: Good alternative to pumpkin beers. I expect it will improve with age. Definitely better than the traditional autumn maple.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I forgot who shared this at a tasting hosted by starrdogg.

A: Pours a copper color with golden edges and a little fizzy head, dies to nothing.

S: Smells like a lot of yams covered in a lot of real whipped cream. Like a great thanksgiving side dish, semi sweet. I don't really get any funkiness of brett that I was expecting and I dont care.

T: Very different than the smell....Still nice yams but with cinnamon cooked apples and a bit of maple. Not super sweet, kind of savory, not tart at all actually. Some good spices, subtle but great. Sweet potato.

M: Decent, sort of thinner and slick.

Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


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Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark nurky brown in color with dark orange highlights and a very thin head that hardly left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to detect a lot of the elements from the base beer such as yams, spices such as cinnamon, all spice, brown sugar, maybe a little caramel, some booze, toffee but the bretty funk was muted in the aroma.

T: some nice yammy , cinnamon, caramel flavor upfront on the palate alongside some toffee, a little burnt sugar, sweet potatoe notes, booze presence but a touch of brett funk that did not really play a huge roll on the taste.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet ,yammy, spice, boozy, slightly funky, bready and frothy finish.

O: I thought it was just ok and honestly thought the brett would play a bigger role on the over characteristics of the beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, and Brett. Taste is much the same with fruity and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors from the Brett.

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100% Brett Autumn Maple from The Bruery
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.