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

Added by MiScusi on 09-21-2008

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Ratings: 2,050 |  Reviews: 630
Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Vylo
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: deep copper brown
S: yeasty, with hints of alcohol and unfermented sweetness
T: a bit thin for alcohol, on sweeter side, unusual with decent taste but not to my liking, bitterness is there but sweetness wins out, very little head, big fat bubbles
M: sweet but not lacquerish
D: it is what it is but not my style

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark cherry color, tinting towards brown with a three finger offtan head. The head fades pretty quickly and leaves a little lacing. The color of this is fabulous, very aesthetically pleasing

S- the spice is very prevalent, getting a decent bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. The yams come out pretty well too. Not as strong of a smell as something like a Dogfish Punkin, but good nevertheless

T- it tastes like fall, which is the major purpose of this beer. It's a little sweet because of the combination of the yams, molasses, and the spices. Could be a little much

M- for a 10% beer, it's not really that thick. Kind of thin, actually. Might be good that it's not thicker with how powerful the flavors are

O- pumpkinish beers aren't my favorite, and though this isn't a pumpkin beer, it's got a lot of the same flavors as one. It's not bad, just really powerful

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Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Shared with my parents (and by that I mean I drank most of this because they did not like it, heh). Pours a terracotta color into the available yet lackluster glassware at the hotel I am staying in. A small half finger of white head is achieved that dissipates at a rather quick pace leaving little lacing.

Smell - Smells of spices such as nutmeg, heavy molasses, yams, some cider like smells (and actually appearance now that I think of it). Once it warms up there is also the maple (which I may have mistaken as molasses earlier) and more spices (cloves).

Taste - Exactly what you would expect them to be, and similar to the nose. The yams are quite prevalent along with Belgian spices and the other aforementioned spices. There is quite a bit of maple flavor along with a heavy brown sugar presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, nice and creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure, but damn appropriate on Thanksgiving. I get almost no alcohol heat or burn from the beer and it is a great pre-dinner holiday beer. Really glad I brought this along to try today.

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Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hardy008
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark amber, with a two finger tan head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, maple, and molasses. I'm not a big fan of yams, and this smells too sweet.

The flavor has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, molasses, and maple. This is a very sweet beer, without any balance. Sweet to the point of being cloying.

Medium to full bodied. Somewhat creamy. There is a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. I am surprised that the alcohol is so well disguised, especially for being 10.5%. Other than the alcohol being well disguised, this beer is a mess.

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Photo of coz
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with random blocks of red and is topped with a dense quilting of tan lace which recedes at a medium pace as small bubbles pop here and there on top. When all is said and done a thin sheet is left on the surface and a few specks of lace cling to the glass. A sweet malty aroma floats to the nose upon initial inspection. Beneath that is some spicy funk and some mild ester fruitiness. Way down below exist some notes of pumpkin and brown sugar. Tastes spicy and a bit yeasty with a pleasant, balancing bitterness in the end. Feels a little dry going down, but there's a small core of offsetting creaminess. Mouth-feel is medium and a slight alcohol heat sticks to the back of the throat. Really enjoying this beer, but might wish for just a bit more umph in the taste department.

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Photo of lanciloti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, paired with the Thanksgiving pecan pie.

A-Tawny brown pour, foamy tan head subsides fair;y quickly, no lacing.

S-Clovey with nutmeg and, well, yamminess. Sweet and spicy with some molasses notes.

T-Nice. Sweet with a strong presence of Belgian yeast. Plenty of spices, heavy on the nutmeg.

M-Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O-Pretty good, better with some age. A nice dessert course beer.


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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruery Provisions on 2011 Black Tuesday. Taster tulip glass.

Pours reddish brown with a cap of tan/off white foam, some lacing and decent retention. Smell is very yam forward (never thought I'd say that), cinnamon and allspice and faint syrupy/molasses. Taste is big on yams again, some malt but the spices and syrup barely come through. Taste is off dry. Slight off taste lingers on the tongue, with the ingredients not quite coming together. Medium body and medium-light carbonation are fine.

Overall, big on yams, which I enjoyed in the beer despite not liking yams much in real life. Some nice supporting spice aroma which doesn't quite appear enough in the taste to really make the beer come together. Not very much maple either, considering the name. In any case, a nice beer to remind you of Thanksgiving, more so than pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Nice beer. poured a dark brown, not black. Nice head retention. No overly sweet and good use of maple. We paired this with some Leige waffles with chocolate drizzle. Very good belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of FriedSlug
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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