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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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Reviews: 624 | Ratings: 2,031
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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,

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of colts9016
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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%.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of ccg
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an above average attempt at a Fall Spiced Ale.

Murky brown color with small & Airy off white head

Maple in done in moderation, not too much or little

Fairly creamy body and nice amounts of spice make this a well balanced beer

The booze is fairly well hidden

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Photo of AryaSparge
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Warm brown body with medium-light head. Right off the bat, the smell is like pumpkin pie spice--malty, but obvious notes of cinnamon and maple syrup. Taste is sweet, with hints of roasted malt, fruity and spicy Belgian yeast (borderline Saison?), and finishes pancakes-and-syrup sweet. Besides the cinnamon/nutmeg pie spice, I wouldn't have thought typical "pumpkin beer" flavor profile.

Overall, it was neat to try a beer that was both decidedly Belgian and Brown at the same time, but I think the sugar of the beer often overshadowed any of the more complex flavors this beer had.

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Photo of Lobina
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look was all about fall. Brownish orange and very cloudy. Limited head. Didn't get a lot of aroma from this one. Not sure why. Was hoping for more. Didn't get the taste either. more of a barley wine taste which is not my cup of tea. Enjoyed the feel but overall for the price would not go back. If I did I would age this a year or so.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 25/12/15

A clear reddish amber with a two finger tan foam that's gone in a flash leaving no lace

S brown sugar, yams, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, vanilla, a little maple, about what I expected

T more sugars and some booze added to the mix, pie spices all over the place

M medium weight enough bubbles to give it some life, a little heat and a spicy finish

O a pumpkin beer without the pumpkin, a little extra booze then most but nothing to really make it stand out

Solid beer but just another in a long line of spiced autumn ales, way over priced and I doubt I'd grab another

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Photo of Slack
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012.

Medium amber in color and translucent with moderate lacing.

Aroma is a mix of candied yams, molasses, raisins, and vanilla.

Taste is those same candied yams, molasses, mild yeast, maple syrup, and mild allspice.

Mouthful is medium and soft. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is sweet and warming.

Aging this beer was the bees knees. It developed a lot more body and depth. The yam and molasses are much more pronounced and the alcohol is in the picture. Much more reminiscient of a barley wine. Great stuff.

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

Pours Amber in color with a plentiful 2 finger head.

Aroma is pretty much dominated by the brown sugar and molasses. Definitely a Belgian yeast character.

Taste is like a malt forward Belgian saison. More molasses and brown sugar. Some bright citrus plays through. Some allspice, clove, and cinnamon.

Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer. I see it pairing well with thanksgiving dessert. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass, dark amber, mahogany color with head that fades. Smell is of a rich Belgian dark ale, the yams and fall seasonal spices, and maple syrup are all hard to detect. Delicious beer, but maple and yams are underwhelming. Wish there was more to it, as I opened this on Thanksgiving.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When you put them colors together that scream fall, this is the color. Aroma was all dark gourd and sugar. More fall stuff.

Taste, a nice spin on pumpkin beers, this one is yam/substantially. Covers some alcohol heat very well, would have guessed less than 10.5%. Not a malt bomb, even though a hop presence is not discernable. Some nutty presence to it. Viscosity was slightly sludgy for style, thought it was kinda cool even though it is far from my cup of tea.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is a brownish amber with a thin head that remains with the beer.

Aroma: Definitely a lot of spice and that slight sourness I've come to expect from a pumpkin type beer.

Taste is lots of spice and a thin belgiany quality like a spiced triple. Not really picking up anything distinctly yam. but a decent fall beer overall.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nutmeg heavy on nose and tongue. The yams and maple are overpowered by the alcohol and the nutmeg. A little too much carbonation for this type of beer. It is a big powerful cold fall eve beer.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and heavy, and despite its pleas to be not considered a pumpkin spice beer, it still more or less tastes like one - albiet, a very good one. The maple comes out a bit in the leafy, autumnal rich and grassy flavor of the leaves, and less in the candy sweetness of the syrup. But don't fret, the yams provide plenty of hearty sweet flavor. The spices are well done, and when I served it at a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, it was a perfect complement to the rest of the classic meal.

The texture is, as I said, quite thick and hearty, and the 9% abv certainly lets its presence be known, but there is more of a burn from the cardamom and nutmeg and yam (né pumpkin) flavor than from the booze. Rest assured, this will f--- you up if you drink it all, but with a beer this intensely flavorful and dense, and in such a big bottle, it's probably best shared with one or two others.

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Photo of Jacksteinberg
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The boozy-ness over powers the tastes of the maple. The smell is faint. Light mouthfeel (good for a brown). Overall mediocre, doesn't feel true to the name.

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

A: Pours a very nice crimson. Slightly cloudy, with a finger or so of khaki head. Fairly rapid carbonation rising to form the head.

S: Smacks of pumpkin spice mixed with belgian yeast. Spicy intermingles with sweet. Like taking a whiff of the sweet potato pie and spice rack at the same time. Belgian yeast has the slight edge, with serious hits of phenolic fruit. But the spice underlies, with shots of nutmeg and clove. Not getting much in the way of yam, with the yeast notes fighting the other adjuncts.

T: Phenolic belgian yeast up front. Tons and tons of maple in the beginning give way to belgian qualities as it opens up. Maple is still a constant undertone. The brown ale components flex mid palate, revealing soft chocolate notes that quickly tighten up into notes of belgian spice with a slight hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Detectable heat going down the hatch.

O: Pretty delicious. I wouldn't recommend this with turkey dinner, but it'd be great with the dessert course.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip based on the Belgian-esque qualities assumed in this one.
The appearance was an almost dark brown color with copper hues along the sides. Arranging above, a one finger white to off white foamy head retains itself for a good minute before gently dissipating into a clingy semi-thick foamy lacing.
The aroma takes some sweet potatoes and brown sugar to roll right on into spicy Belgian yeast. Some cinnamon and nutmeg rounds out with maple syrup.
The taste involves all of the previously mentioned flavors to meld extremely nice. Light woodiness shows up to balance nicely.
The mouthfeel was fairly sticky through the syrupy portion. I'd say this was about medium bodied.
Overall, if the carbonation was a bit bumped up in this one, it might not be as sticky as I had sipped. However, it is a still a wonderful from The Bruery for Autumn.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was a good tasting beer. It just didn't really get many of the flavors it boasts on the bottle to me. Dark brown color. Smells sweet and a slight alcohol aroma. Tasted sweet too, kinda get the maple syrup. Otherwise it just seemed to turn a brown ale into the taste of a golden ale to me. It was still pretty good beer, just not what you thought NYD.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly light brown from the bottle, but settles into a darker, copper-tinged brew in the glass. Translucent and slightly hazy, and topped by a large light cream colored head. Very good retention and nice lacing. The colors themselves certainly evoke Fall.

Big, sweet aroma, shot through with tons of spicy Belgian yeast. Cinnamon and nutmeg; maple syrup and cedar; sweet potatoes and brown sugar. Now it looks and smells like Fall in a glass.

Flavor follows: despite not being a pumpkin beer, it's quite similar to most pumpkin brews, as the same spices dominate the brew, followed by a slightly sour woody lacing, sweet and spicy Belgian yeast with a touch of must, and light brown sugar and caramel. It's more complex than most Fall brews, but similarly spicy and sweet.

Lively and sticky; moderately full bodied, surprisingly. Pretty drinkable, but sticky enough to make it a slow sipper.

This is a very different take on a Fall beer, yet simultaneously familiar. The Belgian yeast provides the biggest departure.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great offering from Bruery.....this is a perfect autumn beer, very well made managing to balance out the fall spices with the sweetness of the maple syrup....a great autumn beer.

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