Autumn Maple - Midnight | The Bruery

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Autumn Maple - MidnightAutumn Maple - Midnight

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The nights are getting darker and autumn is in its element. This variation of our fall seasonal brings both forces together for a limited time. Midnight Autumn Maple is a dark imperial ale brewed with midnight wheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, maple syrup and a whole lot of yams.

Added by jeff1973 on 11-08-2016

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Walnut
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed. Brought it to the tailgate, and I remember that the flavors--the maple syrup and yams--did not mix well with the other flavors.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that has good retention

S- a nice bouquet of autumn spices; allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Maple and chocolate sweetness, as well as a hint of vanilla. Undertones of brown sugar and prunes

T- spice notes of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon up front, followed by sweet maple, brown sugar and caramel. Mid-palate has some apple cider notes, before turning into vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit flat

O- a fine choice before thanksgiving dinner

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice yams and baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, little Belgian sugars as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice yams and cinnamon. Good baking spices here. Little acrid and burnt with some dark malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid enough beer. Nice yam and spice notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud
Big foamy creamy thick head, great retention, nice lacing, decent legs, basically black beer

Nose sweet candy yams, decent spices, cinnamon, allspice, etc, basically autumn pie spices, brown sugar candied yams, etc, little alcohol sweet syrupy booze

Taste sweet candy malt, syrupy candied yams and brown sugar molasses like, more spices like pie spices, burnt spices bring bitterness, a little bitter hop note, big fruit, dark raisin yam fruit thing, mild spices late with a little burnt brown malts, lingering bitterness

Mouth is med bod but syrupy, lighter carb but light alcohol warmth

Overall eh, not too bad, but not good

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. 2017 edition, so a year old.

At first, this beer is looking very nice in the glass, coal black body with initially a good size tan head with slow streams of carbonation. Over the course of the drink, the head disappeared completely and could not be restored even through some agitating.

Aroma is mostly of fresh & dried fruit. I'm getting a faint sniff of what might be yams, but not sure on this.

Initially, this seems like a complex and layered beer. spices first, some molasses and a a very light bitterness, then dried fruit and some warmth from the abv. The vanilla and yams don't come through at all. The problem comes when this beer warms up and flattens out. The only taste you get is molasses with a faint bitterness. This gets very trying about 10 ozs in. (kinda the opposite of most beers as they warm

mouth is between medium and full, finish molasses and warmth with a faint bitterness.

Overall, a 12oz bottle would have been more than enough for me, and I drained poured the last 6 ozs. just got bored with it.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wotan
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first few sips are nice, but by the time you finish a glass, it iw over-powering. Wanted to like this, but just can't.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge bomber poured (partially) into large Tallgrass globe snifter. 2017 vintage.

A coffee brown-to-black, almost purple shaded body, with a nice tall khaki head of 2 fingers, settling in at half a finger height.

Aroma is of sweet iced caramel coffee and yams; flaked blackberry cobbler; pumpkin; decadent spice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and dried vanilla; slight fruit bread at the tail end.

Flavor is mega delicious with tons of sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, iced vanilla coffee, and slight spiced cake. Nice acidic coffee bite on the finish.

Feel is creamy, with an outstanding balance of carbonation, a really distinct acidity, and a drying finish.

Overall, fall in a bottle. Really captures the crisp, cool autumn breeze, chilly bonfires, and broken heart, all without laying a single finger on a pumpkin. Nicely done.

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Photo of arrowsmith_
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head.

This smells of autumn spice - nutmeg mainly with a firm vegetative character I assume to be the yam inclusion.

It tastes spiced with earthy nutmeg leading the way, clove and cinnamon spice bring up the back. This is dry with no malt backbone which I think overall hurts this brew, it just needs something more.

Its medium in body with modest carbonation. Its just ok. I honestly think if you were given this blindly, you wouldnt even know this was the midnight version without seeing it. I was hoping/expecting a stout-ish base but thats clearly not what happened here.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola, tons of fizzy carbonation, head is a bit lacking. Aroma is pretty rich - lots of cinnamon, vanilla & yam/pumpkin. Couldn't really detect any of the maple syrup or dark wheat, but still pleasing. Taste has less of the pumpkin / yam, really dials-in on the vanilla and the maple syrup definitely finds its way in at the end. Spice is a little dry, anc tongue gets really really dried out from it. Not bad and a little twist on the regular pumpkn beers that clog the shelfs come autumn, but needs more balance and definitely more body.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Midnight Autumn Maple pours nearly pitch black. It is clean,perhaps a little thin looking even coming out of the bottle, and is capped by a thin and quickly receding deeply tanned head. The ring stays around the edge but does not lace.

It smells like a Belgian Christmas Ale. Mulling spices, sweet sticky buns, and dark fruits from below. Just a touch of vanilla, but you must search for it.

The flavor is full and lively with spices. It seems as if this were packed with them all. Anise, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla seem to coat dried figs and plums. A roasted nuttiness, cola, and molasses emerge in the end.

A wonderfully balanced brew, sweet and sticky but it's spices keep it in check. A little tingle from a combination of a light carbonation and its spices are appropriate and welcomed.

A daily beer this is not. It's one to savor sip after sip and enjoy the transformation in that duration. It's a great winter ale, and perfect to enjoy on a cold and drizzly night. Robust, and focused on its use of spices. A big thanks goes out to my brother for sharing this one with me. Cheers!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Wade's Wines, Agoura Hills, CA. 5oz taster pour.

Pours a deep crimson brown, tan head of foam with heavy but thin lacing.

The nose is full of Belgian spice, yeast.. also getting distinct hints of pumpkin and cinnamon.

The flavors start out very herbal, a really fantastic array of holiday spirit. Also getting some nutmeg, subtle vanilla, and an overall finishing sweetness that really compliments the contrasting start to the beer's flavors.

Smooth and fairly thin-bodied, a quality that I think could be an improvement on this beer. A heavy bodied beer with these same characteristics would have been perfect. Finishes slightly sticky.

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Photo of thebeers
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red tinted dark brown with a pretty, thin tan head that leaves a small crown. Sweet aroma with a flash of all spice. Sweet tasting as well, with some toffee and maple, and a good dose of Christmasy spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. There's a distant hint of light coffee as well. Medium bodied slightly creamy feel with modest carbonation. Could make for a good Christmas beer. A bit strong for Oktoberfest season. : )

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Autumn Maple - Midnight from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 57 ratings