Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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Autumn MapleAutumn Maple

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Photo of gford217
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a collection of large bubbles on top that gathered quickly to a ring, leaving little lacing. A lot less carbonation than the other Bruery beers I've popped open.

The aroma has lots of sweet brown sugar mixed in with the yams which have a more vegetal sweetness. There are lots of spices in the background as well, with cinnamon and nutmeg possibly.

The taste follows the aroma with lots of sweetness from the yams and brown sugar which dominate throughout. The spices again remain in the background and come out in the finish, leaving a tingling burn on the palate in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very slick with little carbonation, seemed almost flat.

This is an interesting beer from Bruery who is doing lots of creative things. I wouldn't put this up with the best pumpkin-style beers or Breury's best but it's still tasty. I think a little more carbonation would have helped things a bit.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up two bottles of this, excited as much by the hype as the honest and sincere recommendations. There were raised expectations for this, as the place where I purchased it called it their favorite Bruery beer.

This is for the 2011 vintage, opened December 2011.

It is a brown ale with Belgian yeast. Brown colored, like a few shades lighter than a paper bag. It’s tart—surprisingly so. An aroma of cherries with a touch of roasted yams comes through.

I can taste the yams. It’s dry, dry, dry on the finish, bracingly dry, with just a touch of maple and molasses sweetness to balance it out. The 10% alcohol is present throughout, and becomes even more pronounced as it warms. The tartness dies down but I started to pick up an almost chalky flavor—the dry finish didn’t work with the alcoholic booziness that became ever more present. Yams and the malty-smokey-molassas notes become more pronounced as it opens up. It took its time to grow on me, but it didn’t excite or thrill me as I had expected (and hoped it would). To be honest I felt it was a bit of a let down. We’ll see how the second bottle is after another year or so of rest.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip/snifter type glass

Pours about 1 finger of light tan head. Fades to a ring around the glass. Color is a dark ruby hued copper.

Aroma: The yams are present with some molasses, and maple syrup. Has some nut flavors as well. Some brown sugar and spice notes.

Taste: Wow, this is an interesting beer. Lots of yams, maple syrup, molasses, and brown sugar. Spice notes and nut flavors a well. A lot like the smell. Some grassy hops stick out here with some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing, but a little hot. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a huge flavored aftertaste, a tad hot.

Overall, this is a big beer. I am surprised to see this one being 10%, but I can taste it. A sipper for the evening. I may have troubles with this 750.

EDIT: I had a very hard time finishing this beer. I shared some with friends and still could hardly finish this.

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Photo of BTPete
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to tulip. Bottled purchased recently from beer store.

A: Dark red with 1 inch head that dissipates. Some lacing on glass. Lighly bubbling

S: Spicy cinnamon and sweet molasses.

T: Spice comes through first. Finishes sweet and malty. Medium alcohol feel.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation. I found it smooth in my mouth.

D: Drinkable but spiced beers inevitably have a limit with me. Will split another 750 by 2 or 3 people. Nice autumn offering. Different with the yams etc, so that was a nice change over the typical pumpkin offering. I enjoyed.

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Photo of dtivp
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby hues, half of a finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind with no lacing.

Aroma of sweet molasses, maple syrup and yeast.

Taste is initially sweet with brown sugar, molasses , yams and ends with a spice , yeast and an earthiness flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium leaning light body with very llight carbonation, creamy smooth and a slight alcohol warming from the 10.5%.

Overall this is a nice fruit/ vegetable beer, probably better enjoyed in the crisp fall weather, I would prefer a good pumpkin beer over this, however, it is a solid beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade hook up!

A: Pours a hazy apple cider/caramel brown color. Popped the cap and, uh oh, no rush of air. Poured into the glasses and not a trace of carbonation or head or lace or anything.

S: Nice thanksgiving-y type aromas of spiced cider, maple glazed sweet potato, various spices, tart green apple, and an underlying Belgian brown ale scent.

T: See above. Tastes like a Belgian-y brown ale blended with spiced apple cider and Grade B maple syrup.

M: Smooth and rather lifeless. This really suffers from the lack of carbonation.

D: Interesting but flawed. I'd love to revisit with a properly carbonated example. Very odd...

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my DT tulip glass. Thanks for the trade Mattolish!

Brownish color. No head or carbonation. No lacing at all. Totally flat beer. Cinnamon cloves and pumpkin/yam in both the nose and taste of this beer. A bit sweet with great flavor.

If I were judging this purely on flavor it would get very high marks. Maybe the best tasting "pumpkin" beer I have had. The total lack of carbonation killed it for me. It was so flat that it ruined the mouth-feel and drinkability of this one .

I hope if they brew this again that they adjust the carbonation of this beer. If they do I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yeasty farmhouse style Belgian ale, reminds me of something Unibroue might produce.

Pours a milky translucent brown with a light tan head.

Aromas of sugary yams and yeast.

Mouthfeel is particularly astringent, dried my mouth out the way a well oak-aged red wine might.

Tastes of yams and sweet malts, not much spice other than nutmeg. The yeast is definitely powerful, and little to none of the maple syrup taste I was really hoping for, kind of a big disappointment considering the $14 price.

I was pleased however that the typical fall pie spices were not at all dominating like most pumpkin beers, just mild nutmeg and yam.

Not a bad beer, the 10% alc packs a punch, but yeast is a bit overpowering for me and the lack of maple hints were a disappointment

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Photo of SHODriver
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rusty brown hue with a finger of off white head that dissipates slowly
S: smells sweet and of spice and yeast
T: sweet caramel and yam flavor on the palate with some cinnamon and some spicy yeast character. Slightly bitter aftertaste with a lingering yeast and spice presence.
M:light on the palate without being watery and carbonation that is prickly after sitting on the tongue for awhile but is not overbearing
O: A nice twist on the fall beer style that is along the same lines but delightfully different. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Kshock
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third time ive had this beer and still dont get it....why yams?!?!? oh well....

A- Deep brown with a red hue. Almost no retention on the beer, resides to a white ring around the edges.

S- Fall spices (cinnamon, Nutmeg, allspice, and of course yams)

T- Sweet with some sour like characteristics up front, then the spices kick in on the back-end, dominating the flavor profile from there on out. The sourness is kind strange, takes away from the spices, which are surprisingly balanced.

M- nice soft medium body that is quite slippery on the finish. Goes down pretty easy

O- strange beer, not really pumped on it. Could be really good but i dont think "its the right combination shit for a m***er to F***Ed up on"- Kat williams

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Photo of floridadrift
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal creep that is yammy and semi-sweet. Light and entry-level craft beer style. Widely available. Brown with light brown head, not super thick but smooth. Ages well for up to a year.

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Photo of denver10
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange/brown with a slight brownish head. Smelled sweet and vegetal like some brown sugar and molasses coated yams. Some alcohol showed itself. Flavor followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel, not much life to it. Overall, I enjoyed the beer but not sure I need to try it again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather murky, muddy medium brown color, with a little bit of brownish foam. Aromas of maple, candied yams and pumpkin spices. This one tastes like Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle--more yams, sweet potato pie, pecan, brown sugar and maple syrup. A pretty solid offering, but not one I'd drink a lot of .

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- well its pretty when it poured out. It's a brownish orange color sparkling clear which I imagine is had to accomplish with he sweet potatoes in it. It has a thin off white head. The head has no sustain, probably the least head retention I have seen in a commercial beer. I imagine that is also due to the sweet potatoes.

Smell- bread cinnamon clove yeasty with what I can detect is a significant amount of booze smell. Phenolic ?! not sure but it smells kinda like a moonshine wash.

Taste- cinamon clove and a significant boozey warmth. dont taste too much sweet potatoe but the fermented maple syrup is a familiar aspect of this beer. little to no hop profile. Not sure if its the alcohol of unfermented sugars that leaves it a bit sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel- mild carbonation, boozey warmth and a of course a bit syrupy. but not sticky. I think its best aspect might be the mouthfeel, because it does feel like a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

Overall- I thought this beer was okay, I would have enjoyed it along with a thanksgiving dinner but It is not something that an average beer drinker would appreciate. I have had beers that disguise the alcohol content better at a higher ABV. I have had beers that I think do the spice additions better. But as a lover of sweet potatoes I was curious. I think this would be better barrel aged or cellared .

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Photo of rudzud
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at Julio's a while back. Somewhat forgot all about it.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip with a nice creamy two finger head that slowly faded to leave a cream coloured curtain atop the deep amber brew. Very small bubbled coming up from the bottom of the tulip.

S - Picking up some nice spice notes mainly allspice and a little nutmeg. Getting a very slight sweetness, not much in the way of yam aroma. There is the nice tell tale yeast strain smell that the Bruery is known for.

T - Similar to the nose with the spice notes up front. Still not getting much in the way for yam taste or sweetness. Infact, no much in the way of maplesyrup either. Theres somethign earthy on the back but its very faint. The strongest aspect is the slightly funky yeast strain.

M - Low carbonation results in a somewhat creamy beer. The 10.5 % isnt felt in the mouth but its kinda heavy. Works with this flavor profile.

D - Its a good beer, not my thing, but considering the ABV is drinks fairly well. The smell could really use some boosting, as well as the flavor. This drinks more like a winter warmer than a "yam" beer. I respect how nicely the ABV is hidden and how long the foam hangs around for but this was still somewhat dissapointing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Brown ale brewed with yams, maple syrup & spices.

A: Dense garnet red with a creamy, slight sandstone colored head. Good show of carbonation along the outer edges of the vessel. Good head retention atop.

S: The yams are evident on the nose smelling like sweet potatos on thansgiving. The spicing however is muddled, cardamon, some nutty brown malt are low key, run of the mill and do little to entice. Some cola,cork, honeybread and dried molasses with some cinnamon rounds things out.

T: Brief sweetness upfront of honey caramel and cola is quickly followed up sweet potatos (yams), cinnamon, and nutmeg spicing. Some citrusy nuttiness, fennel, and chicory are also noted along with some dry starchy grains, dried honey and a spicy element of alcohol and pine. Sweet toasty honey malt adds highlights.

M: good substance to it, a tingly carbonation factor and is creamy and thick.

O: Overall the flavor is interesting, but a bomber becomes a bit much to tackle alone, best split amongst a friend or two. Drinkability is a bit uneasy, unless in smaller proportions, warming spicy alcohol bite, dry powdery spicing, not bad overall just a bit challenging to consume by the bomber. Definitely not an everyday brown, it does seem to get better as it warms showing a bit more complexity. Take it for what it is, an interesting concoction best shared with a friend or two during the chilly fall months and pumpkin season.

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Photo of samie85
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a crimson edged dark brown color with half a finger of light brown sugar head.

S-Smells of candied yams, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with some vanilla.

T-A sweet malt and perhaps yam foreground with a spice filled (see above), dry finish.

M-Rich, full bodied at first with low carbonation and a drying, light finish.

D-A little sweet at first, but the spice kind of balances out at the finish. A 12 oz. of this would be doable, but a full 750mL of this one is a little much to put down by yourself.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-tap this beer was a cloudy copper color with a head that displayed nice retention and left spots of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, yams, and spices. The flavors were a bit odd in my opinion, semi-sweet malts, alcohol, light esters, hints of maple and a lot of spices in particular nutmeg that seemed to sit on top of everything else. I didn’t get the subtleties I was hoping for due to this element. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation a little low.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk (it was mis-labeled as the Melange, which affected my impression of it as I was expecting a blend of an imperial stout and flemish red NOT an S/H/V). Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus, wheat, and clove. Flavor is very witbier-like with lots of clove and citrus. Decent beer but certainly not what I expected.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Almost looks like apple cider... no head on this beer.
Aroma- Sweet, Yammy, Maple syrup and some faint spice.
Mouthfeel- Low carbonation which I find nice for this style of beer and it's quite smooth.
Taste- Malt, sweetness, nutmeg, alcohol warmth, maple... not much yam taste. The yam is more on the nose than in the taste. This is a great fall beer... a little expensive in my opinion... but definitely a unique beer to seek out.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to NB Globe.

A: appears a murky brown, thin white head, some lacing, decent retention

S: huge sweet notes- molasses is the dominant aroma here, some candi sugar along with a spicy profile as is common in BSDA's, the yam and maple are ever so faint and pretty hard to find. Notes of cinnamon and allspice are evident towards the end.

T: very sweet up front paired with a dash of spice, like the nose, the molasses takes center stage. I am having trouble detecting anything that is noticeably yam. I do pick up a slight hint of maple on the finish. The speciatly ingredients are subtle (except the molasses) and in the end, it just tastes like a spicy BSDA. In other words, it is not living up to what the label states.

MF: high carbonation, big body, slightly syrupy.

D: this is a slow sipper with its big ABV, I am a bit disappointed as I was hoping for a much more festive/autumn type beer. All I really got out of it was a big boozy spiced up BSDA. I would not purchase this again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a couple of scattered bubbles that quickly disappear. The beer is a rich mahogany color that shows a hazy, brownish red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity with notes of raisins, a touch of rum, baked brown sugar and perhaps even some notes reminiscent of sweet potatoes (I don't know why these are marketed as yams in many parts of the US). There is lots of toffee character, a substantial caramel character as well as a touch of spiciness that reminds me of a touch of nutmeg, ginger, perhaps some all spice and some white pepper and a touch of something herbal.

The beer is almost, though not completely flat; there is just a touch of carbonation that adds a hint of texture to this beer. It is rich and chewy, but lacks a certain fullness somehow because of the lack of carbonation; it almost seems a bit thin somehow, but I wouldn't want it to be thick and rich. Sweet flavors of raisins, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes and a deeply caramelized flavor. The beer finishes with a soft spiciness that provides a bit of piquancy / warmth (the alcohol), a touch of woody pepper, a touch of allspice, some cinnamon, ginger and a soft, almost neutralized nutmeg note. The finish has a touch of astringency to it, perhaps even a touch of hop bitterness though this last is subtle.

I like that the spice character is quite subtle, it is hard to guess what is spice and what is fermentation derived here, which is exactly how I prefer it. The beer itself is not too bad, it definitely really needs the texture and vitality that carbonation would bring to it. I definitely am looking forward to getting the next, carbonated batch of this.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, rocky, off-white head blossoms over a rich, clear ruby to mahogany beer sparkling with effervescence, before quickly dissipating leaving a thin sticky lace as a reminder of its moment in the tulip glass.

Nutmeg and clove are accompanied by hints of cinnamon, unfortunately this is countered by a strong presence of Windex.

Autumn Maple has the expected spice, from the nose, and a moderate tartness, followed by cherry cough drops and cranberry. The layering is more muddled than one would hope for, and the finish is light and quick.

A medium body with slick texture and light carbonation, character is a bit undeveloped. The alcohol is present, but well tamed for 10.5%.

This bottle is worth finishing, but with so many superior versions of this style, this is realy just a curiosity. When looking for a sipping beer, avoid this one, as the aroma is a turn-off, and certainly holds back the flavors as well.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ole 750 provided by buckeyeboy at a weekend tasting.... Thanks Jeremy!!

Pour didn't reveal much in the way of carbonation or lace... orangey brown..

Nose is spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg.. vanilla is there yet more muted.. alot of other stuff going on.. I normally really hate spiced beers, but this is fairly reasonable.

Flavor mirrors the nose... there are some "remnants" of what I think molasses would taste like when fermented out.. same with the maple.. I seem to be getting BSDA flavors, but the spices are knocking them off my palate pretty readily.. sorta reminds me of a spiced apple cider.. dark raisins in a later pour...

Body seems thicker because a lesser carbonation.. Pretty good.. but again, I have a hard time with spiced beers... I wish they would have dialed back the spices by about 50% and maybe fermented a tad warmer and allowed the yeast to do spice work.

Thanks again Jeremy... This was still a pretty enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade with EliottJW. Poured into a Tulip on Thanksgiving, cuz we're classy.

Appearance: Big 3-4 finger head on top of a dark reddish brown beer. Head recedes slowly to 1 finger but never seems to leave. Moderate amounts of lacing. Some floaters swimming around in the brew.

Smell: Sugary sweet smell. Sweet like maple syrup. Sort of a brown sugar kind of scent and some other spices. Does smell quite a bit like a baked sweet potato. Some yeast and caramel malt aroma.

Taste: Maple syrup sweetness, not too overwhelming at first but a little more so as it warms. Then breaks into a spicy sweet potato flavor. Some fruity yeast notes as well as roasted malts. Alcohol provides a bit of a warming feel but it blends pretty well with the syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmth and moderately carbonated. Medium bodied. Smooth, sweet finish.

Drinkability: I took my time with it, I think it took about 2.5 hours to finish the bottle. The sweetness becomes a little cloying, and the alcohol starts to show itself both in the flavor and in your head after a while. Nice body to it though.

Not a bad beer. A different take on fall beer compared to all the other pumpkin ales, but I think it misses the mark.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,049 ratings.
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