Autumn Maple
The Bruery

Autumn MapleAutumn Maple
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #81
ABV:
10%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,659
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Reviews:
644
Ratings:
2,098
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Autumn MapleAutumn Maple
Notes: Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the "pumpkin" beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 25, SRM: 15, Release: Fall
Reviews: 644 | Ratings: 2,098 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large (750 ml?) bottle that is not dated but which has been waiting in my cellar for at least 2 years.
Served in a Belgian snifter where the dark copper colored body displayed an excellent beige head and ample lacing.
This has a judicious use of spices that create different effects in the aroma versus the flavor. The spicing, while a major part of aroma and flavor, is mild enough to allow both the Belgian brown base and, more subtly, the yams, to make substantial contributions.
Feel. Smooth with medium carbonation and body.
Overall. An excellent gourd beer with very well hidden ABV.

Nov 22, 2020
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whynot44 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark amber/brown color with a decent tan head that persists all the way down, leaving bits of lacing. The aroma is maple, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, malt and a bit of funk that must be yam.
The taste is mostly the same but the spices are more pronounced and molasses/brown sugar seem to join the maple, malt, yam background with just a bit of hops bitterness in the finish to set you up for the next sip.
The body is medium heavy, smooth, creamy. almost syrupy.
Altogether this is far better than most "pumpkin" beers and a decent winter warmer or desert sipper.

Nov 05, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes 10/27/12: Gently poured from the 750 ml bottle a muddy dark amber/light brown brew fills the glass becoming somewhat clearer as it warms in the glass. The pour produces 2 fingers of foamy, light tan,somewhat lasting head that leaves blotches and streaks of lace. Aroma is roasted malt, musty Belgian yeast, sweet potato, marshmallow, maple, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of prune and alcohol. There is also a faint sourness. Taste is similar to the nose but is more heavy to sweet potato backed by sugar, maple and dark malts with cinnamon and nutmeg there too being most prominent in the finish and aftertaste. All these flavors are awash in an alcohol warmth and thin sour note. Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, medium carbonation; smooth, a little thick/syrupy, slightly sticky, the spicy dry finish is warming. Overall a bit heavy and best suited to a small pour before the fire at the end of a long day or with the Thanksgiving meal dessert. Hell it would make a great dessert all by itself. A nice variant take on the pumpkin ale style; sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin. It has a character similar to a Strong Ale.

Oct 29, 2019
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Way too carbonated. The bottle kept flowing, which left me at half of the 750 :( Based on the taste alone, I probably wouldn't buy it again. Sticking with Bruery's BA offerings.

Dec 11, 2018
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bfox419 from California

4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic fall beer. Imperial brown ale base spiced with cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, maple syrup. Sweetness of the yams also comes through. Low bitterness, but enough to balance out the sweetness. Far better than any pumpkin beer I've had.

Aug 01, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark brown with a very thick light tan head. Head recedes slowly and leaves virtually no lacing. The aroma is cinnamon, maple syrup, cloves, and brown sugar. Flavor follows the nose, pretty sweet but not cloyingly so. Feel is smooth and a little dry. Overall a drinkable beer but not anything special.

Jun 28, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. The brew pours out extremely murky and ends up being almost the exact same color as a yam or sweet potato. Has a half finger of creamy, light tan crown. I'm usually not too big into this style of beers but this is by far the best I've had from the category. The balance and mix of all the flavors and spices really worked to make it great. I think a lot of it has to do with the addition of molasses and maple syrup to tame the other spices while still letting you know that they are there.

Jan 30, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I opened this in the sink, because I've been gushed at before by some Bruery beers. This one was like a volcanic eruption.
When things settled down, the beer turned out to be a golden brown color. There was a medium-sized tan head with good retention.
It had a sweet potato and maple syrup aroma. There was a hint of spice.
Spice was much more prominent in the taste. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet potato and maple syrup.
Medium-bodied, easy to drink.

Jan 28, 2018
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ocher color with a finger's worth of khaki foam that settles rapidly. Very mild aroma smells of tart cherries with a touch of alcohol and little else.

The taste is much sweeter than the nose would suggest, yielding brown sugar and caramel along with a blend of pumpkin pie grade spices. Belgian yeast lends a fruity underpinning, while very mellow, warming alcohol adds a touch of heat in the finish. Medium body and high carbonation make for a smooth, luscious mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian style ale that strays from the typical Belgian brown with its overt sweetness that comes across a little too heavy-handed for my tastes.

Jan 14, 2018
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear amber/orange pour. Not too much head.
S: Clove, yams (too much), cinnamon, maple.
T: Actually really close to the nose, but not as pleasing
M: Medium body, slightly coating. Little low on carb.
O: I am not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, and maybe I let this ago for too long, but it was 'meh' as far as Bruery beers go.

Dec 03, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased for $12.99 for 25oz. Poured into a small snifter. Bottle #s – B#347, 08/21/16,
12:10, 009533

Drinks like a Dubbel. 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy muddy brown with red tinges with a four-finger light tan head. Some lacing. 3.75

S – Molasses, brown sugar 3.5

T – Brown bread, vanilla, spiciness – rye/black pepper, hops evident but minor and of course a strong maple flavor. 4.25

MF – Well carbonated with a dry bright finish. Warming. 4.0

Oct 16, 2017
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Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed with molasses and spices, this is my first beer from the Bruery, and won't be the last if you ask me.
What a wonderful beer, has a nice sweetnes to it from the maple syrup.

Jan 30, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler via DEps in northern Kentucky. This ale pours a luminous....
well....lightly cloudy yam with brown sugar color and sports a nice head of
off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of
Thanksgiving yams with brown sugars with cinnamon and allspice being the most
prevalent. Flavors exceed the nose with yam and cinnamon notes touched modestly
by allspice and nutmeg that shine on the rear adding to the herbal notes with a subtle
hop character in there for good measure. Nice mouth feel; medium body, lightly
prickly medium carbonation, and a lightly dry finish with nutmeg coming through
on the aftertaste. Overall a solid offering that isn't pumpkin-ed to death and
pretty well balanced for the style.

Cheers

Jan 14, 2017
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the_awesometeer from California

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a light brown color with a lot of active carbonation. The beer is hazy and the slight head it did had did not last long. The beer gives off a strong aroma of yams. Despite the higher ABV I do not get a strong alcohol smell. You can smell the cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and other fall spices. The taste is very similar to the aroma but you get a little more alcohol flavoring. The beer has a nice warm feeling to it and great carbonation. It sticks to your mouth and the sweetness sticks in your mouth.

Jan 02, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 2 pint bottle into pint glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Clear amber, finger width tan head. Second pour is cloudy.

S: Clove, Yams, Allspice, Cinnamon, Molasses, Maple.

T: Yams, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Clove, Allspice, and Banana.

F: Medium body, a bit syrupy as expected.

O: I am a big fan of Pumpkin-esque beers so I really enjoyed this.

Dec 30, 2016
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a great beer! It tastes like crushed Christmas cookies (I came up with this description on my own... I swear). Drinks smooth, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Definitely worth seeking out and trading for!

Dec 18, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 08/02/16

Pours cloudy hazy maroon red-amber with a dense creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like yams, sweet spice, toasted malt, red apple, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, banana, dark fruits, dried fruit, funky peppercorns, hay, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like yams, sweet spice, toasted bready cracker, red apple, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, banana, dark fruits, dried fruit, mild peppercorn funk, some hay, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and syrupy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique beer.

Nov 24, 2016
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just had a cellared version and can say, it needs time. With a little over a year on it it is incredible. I get a flavor that reminds me of melted Christmas cookies with a dubbel as the base. If it counts as a pumpkin beer it's be my favorite.

Nov 03, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy ruby brown with a large head. The aroma presents molasses, cooked banana, clove, candied orange peel, and brown sugar. The flavor features butterscotch, clove, banana, molasses, a hint of maple, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy. Overall this is definitely a dessert beer, but the solid, balanced flavor are very pleasant - the Belgian yeast notes cut through the brown sugar and molasses, but the maple presence coul dbe much greater. This is a good beer, but not great,

Oct 08, 2016
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours brown body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, platinum, sweet, brown sugar smell with some vanilla notes
T: sweet, velvety tasting beer; brown sugar notes; yams noticeable in he aftertaste
M: thick bodied and velvety smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice taste, overall

Sep 28, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pumpkin pie color with a slightly off white head. The head is one finger with poor retention (probably due to the high alcohol content). The beer is cloudy and some carbonation bubble visible.

N: Caramel, fruity, maple, earthy, citrus, alcohol, brown sugar, honey, and some floral,

T: Boozy, caramel, toffee, fruity ester earthy, citrus, brown sugar, honey, spices, floral, and squash.

M: Warming carbonated, and Medium body.

O: This is very boozy beer and i just was not feeling this, honestly I did not like. The maple flavor got lost and I could detect squash not yam flavors. I will not ever pick up another glass of this. Too boozy for me and not enough balance in the beer

Aug 13, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of pumpkin/pumpkin spiced beers but been trying to get into them. Disliked this one for reasons I didnt expect. It had really nice autumn flavours of the yams, the spices and some caramel, but then a big, hot booziness which I was not expecting at 'only' 10%.

Aug 09, 2016
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Mitzvahman72 from California

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With an opaque copper color, it is bright, sweet and malt forward with a citrus marshmallow aroma. The taste is dark biscuit savory with rosemary and a bit of cotton candy booze. It’s slightly too boozy, but is a nice concoction of sweet flavors overall.

Aug 05, 2016
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ccg from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bruery Autumn Maple

Look: Pours with about an inch of dense foam, large bubbles, and lots of lacing. Beer itself is a cloudy, murky-looking medium brown. 3.75

Smell: It has that yeasty/brown-sugar smell typical of Belgians, some banana, and hint of Thanksgiving spice with plenty of sweetness and alcohol noticeable. Not really getting any maple on the nose, however. 3.75

Taste: It's like the smell, but more subdued. There is some yeast, some banana, a hint of spice, and no maple. 3.5

Mouthfeel: A nice, mild chewiness with the carbonation giving it a soft finish. 3.75

Overall: I wish it had more maple character, a bit more body, and a bit less sweetness, but it's a nice, mild beer for an evening. 3.75

Jun 23, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really well put together ale. To pile in all those American Thanksgiving flavors and then add a Belgian yeast and have it all fit together... well it defies explanation. So I merely ask: "How does The Bruery do that?"

Other reviews consider this a dessert beer. I Had it before, during and after dinner and it fit all three... but that was because I was at a farm-to-table restaurant that had its Autumn menu in full.

Two bits of advice on this beer. First, if you like it, go buy another one. Second, if you buy another one, save it for next year. This ale fresh is certainly good, but the flavors are a bit obvious. Mellowed for a year, they should be much mellower.

Had again for Thanksgiving 2016... And I didn't take my own advice. I bought a second bottle and drank it three weeks later. But my advice remains the same, buy it and cellar so the flavors get more subtle.

May 01, 2016
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