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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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1,991
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.48%
 
 
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Photo of mikedashg
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours murky brown orange full of yeast with a tab head

S- spices sweet yams orange pumpkin

T- very complex and sweet yams pumpkin spices vanilla oak brown sugar

m- creamy but low carb

d- probably one of the fav holiday beers very complex and all the flavors go great together

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from The Cellar Liquor Store in Steamboat, CO. $9.

A: Murky brown in color with a cream colored head, decent head retention, a nice cap sticks around nicely. Nice lacing. Fairly cloudy.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, maple syrup, very heavy on the sweet smells, and spicy smells. As for straight up yams, I don't quite get that, but its pretty close. For the most part the spices really shine in this one. Interesting.

T: Has all the flavors of a well made pumpkin pie, lots of different spices, notably allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The yams lend a slightly different flavor than pumpkins, maybe a little sweeter? Very strongly flavored beer, however, there are almost no beer flavors here. A few yeasty profiles, and underneath a slight malty presence, but other than that the focus is on the spice. Interesting, but very tasty.

M: Medium body, fairly warm alcohol, light carbonation, quite sticky and sweet. A little more carbonation would be nice, but it fits well with the beer to be a little lower on the carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink, definitely a dessert beer, could sub for pie really. Tasty and a beer I'll look forward to each fall. This beer would be an excellent gateway beer. It tastes like straight up pumpkin pie, and that would go over well with just about anyone.

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Photo of UGman958
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says they used yams, molasses, maple syrup, and fall spices to make this strong Belgian-style ale; I think the brewers emptied a fully stocked horn o' plenty into the mash tun. But the beer was good--for the most part.

My 750 ml bottle unleashes a dark brown torrent. Carbonation roars skyward in a mushroom cloud of foam--then crashes down and disappears before I can jot a note about its creamy, off-white color (I have a good memory). So where's the head? Did someone slip Diet Coke into my beer bottle again? A sniff reveals maple syrup. My first sip finds more maple syrup chased by sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and spicy Belgian yeast. Its body is light with cola-like carbonation. An intensely sweet brew, but aside from that, there's not a ton going on here. The flavors don't kick you in the teeth and shout "taste it!" the way a Chimay Blue or De Dolle Oerbier does. Autumn Maple simply didn't linger long on my palate.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $8. Well, I was hoping to cellar this until next year to allow the flavors to mingle a bit, but I couldn't resist it's call as I opened the beer fridge on this chilly Thanksgiving night.

Uncapped and poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. The ale appears a mildly murky crimson chestnut color with about two fingers of fizzy, quickly fading ecru foam. A nice looking pour. The flavors and aromas are of cinnamon, nutmeg, a pungent bitterness that I'm guessing is coming from the molasses, a good amount of maple sweetness, banana taffy notes, spicy cracked black pepper, caramel, roasted sweet potatoes/yams, belgian yeast. Medium bodied and I'm glad to see the carbonation problem that plagued last years release has been resolved. This ale is quite effervescent and the spiciness from the pepper and/or yeast lingers well after each sip. The alcohol is well hidden as well. Overall, this is something I'll look forward to each fall. Put me down for a bottle next year.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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 steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this one on a whim...

A: Awesome color! White laced head starts off nice and thick but quickly fades.

S: Smells a little bit like sweet potatoes / Thanksgiving dinner. Decent smell.

T: Kind of tastes like vegetables with hints of maple syrup. Very good taste. Lots of flavors going on to try and put your finger on. Some good spices on the back end of the flavor.

M: Over-carbonated for my taste. Kind of leaves your mouth feeling very acidic.

D: Goes down easy. A little awkward up front because of all the flavors going on. Once you get past that and distinguish some of the flavors, it goes down nice and smooth.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Would compliment a Thanksgiving dinner very well. If you like a lot of flavors bouncing around your pallate, then you might enjoy this one.

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Photo of Lunch
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD (11/21/09) into my Bruery snifter at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a dark, thick, and cloudy chestnut brown capped with a 1.5 finger light beige head that dissolves quickly leaving only traces of lacing.

S: Rich and full bouquet of sweet autumn fruit, yams, molasses, cinnamon, maple syrup, Belgian yeast, clove, seasonal spice, dark fruits, and nutmeg.

T: Tastes is quite similar to the smell containing layers molasses, dark fruit, yams, maple syrup, and Belgian yeast all wrapped in a sweet Belgian-y malt. Hints of spice, clover and nutmeg are also apparent. The flavor is certainly nice bu it seems a little muddled.

M: Full-bodied with low carbonation leaving a slightly thicker mouthfeel than desired.

D: Quite drinkable as the 10.5% abv. is hidden completely, but will certainly catch up with you after a while.

Overall this was certainly an interesting experience and a pleasant autumn treat. There was just something about it that seems a little off and perhaps unbalanced/unrefined, but as this was my first occasion with Autumn Maple, I will see what another bottle brings. Recommended.

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Photo of azagthoth
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle administered by myself and a good buddy several weeks ago.

Appearance - Beneath a half inch ecru head, a ruddy brown achievement presented itself with an overt acknowledgement of most prudish carbonation! An instantaneous improvement from last year's inauguration of Autumn Maple.

Smell - A flagitious act of converting Mother's kitchen on Thanksgiving into spicy liquid bread! A phenolic hint of clove propels this seasonal beverage accompanied by trails of brown sugar, yams, and molasses to follow the nose. There are substantial cinnamon & sweet scents that act as a testament to the Autumnal equinox.

Taste - Hits you from numerous corners! The ambrosial use of spices edict the buds. The brown sugar and molasses finely counterbalance the phenols, as booze infused yams come in for the sip's cessation.

Mouthfeel - Creamy & bodacious with immeasurable girth! Undoubtedly this sits alongside the most full bodied ales that The Bruery has conceived to date.

Drinkability - I rarely say this, but I would dissuade anybody into devouring a 750ml on their own. For me, this is an exclusive moment to where a compartmented pour is doubtlessly most ideal for a serving. The old saying of "less is more", couldn't be more true!

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Photo of theghost3
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to billab914 for this Thanksgiving dinner special. Pours a cloudy, orange-brown with a 1-finger beige head that quickly dissapates. Medium lacing, good legs.

The smell is made up of a blast of scents right away. There's an overwhelming clove smell with yams, cinnamon, yeast, winter fruits, maple, molasses, and allspice. The taste is made up of sweet malts, yams, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, yeast, and molasses. Feel is thick with some alcohol warming & acidic qualities.

This is a flavorful, rich beer. Drinkablity is high, but the booziness makes it a sipper. Goes well with multiple foods. I had it with Thanksgiving dinner, and it went well with roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a mahogany with an off-white froth and decent lacing. The nose is soft and complex with aromas of Belgian yeast, Yams/pumpkin, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit, slight funk, & a slight tart character. The flavors cover everything listed above with a slightly tart finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry with some weight and a long finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer that I was happy to have last Thanksgiving, thrilled to have this Thanksgiving, and look forward to having at my next. An absolute must try!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark orange with a nice white billowy head. It smells spicy with a touch of yams and alcohol. The flavor is spicy and dominated by alcohol. I could detect some yam flavor, especially when it warmed up. It has a nice flavor, but it seemed hotter than other beers. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The drinkability suffers somewhat to me due to booziness of this beer. Don't get me wrong I think this is a very good beer and it didn't disappoint, but the alcohol was a little too much for me. I would recommend this beer and I hope to try other beers from The Bruery sometime soon.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with a few people on Thanksgiving. Quite yummy, but I really wish brewers would back off on the spices and let the flavor of the base vegetable shine in beers of this style (pumpkin beers and the like)

The pour is very attractive, crimson in color with excellent clarity. A thin, tan head rises briefly, receding to a disk. The nose really is a melange of rich sweetness and spices, with cinnamon and nutmeg being quite prominent. Molasses and maple syrup are apparent, but the yam character is rather whelmed by the high level of spices. Yeast character is present, but again, plays second fiddle to the spices. The palate opens with a rich sweetness with brown sugar, vanilla and maple syrup with a definite molasses component. The spices really dominate the mid-palate and the finish, big and prominent. The yams aren't particularly noticeable Drying on the finish with a touch of alcohol, this medium-bodied beer is quite perfectly carbonated, it's soft and smooth on the palate. I drank about 8oz of this beer, and could have consumed more, but it's a beer I will drink about once a year.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle, received as a gift for my Halloween birthday.

Autumn Maple pours an amber-brown, somewhat hazy color with not much of a head and a bit of lacing. True to its description, it does bring reminders of damp, late fall days.

Smell is dominated by a ton of sweetness and fruit. Maple syrup and molasses are both there as are hints of dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs perhaps.) Also quite a bit of spice--mainly cinnamon and nutmeg to go along with the presence of Belgian yeast strains. A nice, complex aroma.

Tastes of dark malt, fruit, and brown sugar. There is also the bite of pepper and sharpness of cinnamon. Abv is noted with a stinging presence. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is fill, biting, and thick. The sting of alcohol is very notable.

Overall, this is a nice sipper for a cold fall evening. A bit of complexity, if not the most well-rounded flavor. They definately capture the essence of fall, though. A good job.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at Thanksgiving- poured chilled in a goblet from the 750ml

A - A slightly cloudy medium caramel brown w/ quickly descending cream head w/ a tiny bead and no lace clings

S - A mild sweet aroma w/ light fruit ester and mild maple odor. The scent has spiced notes which are somewhat strong and mild brown sugar accents the nose

M - The feel has a mild brown sugary malty texture w/ slightly slick texture and sweet, yet smooth spiced middle. The carbonation level is relatively low w/ spicy and mildly syrupy finish

T - The taste is both dry w/ earthy flavor and had mild molasses up front w/ a peppery, clove accent flavor. The mild maple note carries the middle w/ a sweet/savory combo and a tinge of alcohol pokes through as it warms w/ more molasses and light yeast note. the taste is tangy and sweet as it finishes

D - The drinkability is good, and the sweet potato fragrance and taste goes well with the brown, nice sweet flavors to balance the spices and the drinkability while good, is not the type of ale I would be interested in drinking more than 1 of really not beneficial given the strength

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 release

Autumn maple pours a dark amber color. It's a little hazy, but penetrating light gives it nice scarlet highlights. This year's release appears to be sufficiently carbonated. A light tan head rises to nearly two fingers tall. It dissipated rather quickly and left light lacing behind, but just the sight of bubbles is very promising. I recall hearing bad things in that department about last year's release.

The nose is good. Nice and spicy. I understand that yams were used to brew this, however, I can't appreciate any real impact. It's full of pumpkin spices and is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are very much in the mix and probably are responsible for that. It smells rather sweet and does have a syrupy smell. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overpowering. Overall, it smells good.

This is good beer. I was apprehensive after reading about the 2008 release. I'm impressed with this one. It is very spicy. Pumpkin spices are rather strong throughout. Ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon are the primary flavors. I'm still not getting anything that suggests yams. Perhaps the effect is negligible or I'm just missing it. It is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale to a degree, but it's sweeter than most. Maple syrup adds much in that respect. There's an ancillary vanilla flavor that adds more depth. The only thing really holding back the flavor here is the overly strong alcohol flavor. It's a little strong and warm. My bottle indicates 10% abv for this year's release. Finishes spicy and warm.

Autumn Maple has a medium body that is smooth. It seems a tad thin. Carbonation is light. Much lighter than I anticipated. It would benefit from a few more bubbles, but it's not altogether flat. Drinkability is above average. The flavor is good, but it's a bit warm and needs more bubbles. I suspect more bubbles might soften the boozy blow a little.

The Bruery has a nice fall beer here. It's certainly something that could be built upon and improved. I don't have any real problems with the flavor. It's good. But, the alcohol taste is too strong and a little warm. More bubbles all around would help, too. At the end of the day, I like Autumn Maple. It's certainly worth checking out. With that said, it needs a couple of tweaks. I suspect this release is a tad better than last year's due to the carbonation issue. Keep working on it, guys. You're getting there.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours amberish brown with a thin bubbly head that disappears to barely a wisp. A few dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of yams - coated with brown sugar, maple syrup, pepper, mild cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of molasses. A Belgian yeast strain throws in some bubblegum and cotton candy that (surprisingly) blends well together.

The taste of a Belgian bubblegum/sugar sweet dominates the sweet yams and spiciness that were present in the nose at first. But, as it progresses, they come through again, mixed with a sweet maltiness. With all of these sweet descriptors, it doesn't become cloying, though does remain sweet in character. A mild spiciness and touch of tannic dryness keep sweetness from being sticky. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, though some appears as it nears the end.

Carbonation is somewhat effervescent, though falls off. Lighter bodied than expected, but has a malty smoothness.

An interesting brew with interesting ingredients that work well with the "Belgian-esque" character. Creative, and enjoyable as a unique autumn brew.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head fades quickly, leaving virtually no lacing. Orange-brown hue.

S: Fall spices, sweet alcohol aroma,

T: Sweet, buttery, warming alcohol, pumpkin/sweet potato flavor

M: Cheeks tingle with the sweetness. Although I have had sweeter beers, mostly barleywines, this brew is a little on the sweet side for my taste. Carbonation dissipates too rapidly, giving the beer a somewhat flat taste.

D: 750 ml bottle is good for 2-3 people easily. I'm glad I tried this, but I probably won't get it again, as there are so many top notch Belgian ales and spiced autumn & winter seasonals that I enjoy much more.

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Photo of bort11
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Thin tan head with a mild orange hue. Color is a dark orange that shifts to brown. Dense with light only coming around the edges.

Smell is well spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Warm dark sugar sweetness. Taste really is like Autumn. It's dark and mildly spicy. I don't really taste the maple syrup and molasses, but it is sweet. I do get the yams, which is very complimenting and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, but a full flavor. Mild carbonation and very smooth. Very easy to drink

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Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle that I've cellared for 1 year, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Autumn Maple is ruby with a very creamy, light tan head that leaves light lace.

Smell is very spicy, sweet brown sugar, and the yam has a over ripe vegetable quality to it.

Taste is okay, not as enjoyable as I remember it fresh, it seems a bit disjointed. There's a pithy Belgian ester that I enjoy, and the spices are very strong, cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit sticky, on the heavier side.

Drinkability is OK, although it's honestly a bit disappointing. I don't know if it's aged pourly or if it was too late in the night when I had it the first time, but I've got 4 more, so I hope it improves! Right now it just tastes a bit to heavy and sharply flavored.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last beer in my autumn kick beer reviews. A long awaited exciting beer acquired in a trade from Solomon420. This also makes a great pre-Thanksgiving beer. So without further ado, here comes my review.

A: Pours a big bubbled rising head that fades as quickly as it rose. It did make it up to about 2 fingers, but quickly falls to 1 finger, and slows way down to a crawl of fading as it hits the rich thick part of the head. It has a rich reddish amber glow color to it with some haze.

N: Hmm, nose has some nice pumpkin aromas, or perhaps yams (since thats what it is). Some sweet molasses syrup and hints of maple. Some slight toasty aromas, and hidden behind all that is some Belgian malts and yeast aromas. Slight fruity Belgian yeast hints its way into the nose, a bit of a yeasty nose. A touch of brown sugar or candi sugar rounds it off.

T: Hits right away with maple syrup. Its not too sweet, but has a sweet flavor to it. The maple is mostly just flavor not maple sweetness. That is followed with some creamy roasted malt flavors and toffee. Next up is some sweet potato/yam flavor, a little fruity, but light. More Belgian malt flavors, and some fruity Belgian yeast flavors, as well as some light warming alcohol, but it hides the 10.5% well. Still a little too sweet as the taste goes, but not overly sweet. I also think the molasses and maple flavors are a little too overpowering, but a nice blend of the flavors, and its a nice autumn warming beer to sooth the soul as the chilly winds creep by blowing the leaves into your face.

M: A little thick, but not really thick, it's got some body. Pretty good carbonation, and a touch of alcohol warmth and burn.

F: Still finishes a little sweet, I was hoping it would dry out a little more as I have to go through the whole 750ml by myself. It adds more of the rich creamy roasted malt and toffee flavors at the end as well. A little more molasses and maple flavor linger a bit, but not too long. A couple burps bring back only maple flavor. It's pretty bright as well on the finish. A little more alcohol spice and warmth. I think I'm starting to get some spice and vanilla long after the swallow. Spice such as nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla, an interesting addition.

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Photo of TommyW
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Darker amber with lots of bubbles going up the beer making thinner, off-white head.

S- Caramelized sugars with some burnt sugar as well, caramel malts and some yeasty notes.

T- Caramel malt and sugar mix with some earthy notes from the yeast that leave a tart taste towards the finish.

M- Aggressive carbonation really helps keep the earthy/yeast flavors in check. Medium and very smooth body.

D- A great beer in general, but really nice to have around for Thanksgiving.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer and Bruery glasses supplied by biegaman, thanks Jan. This featured a four finger light brown head, foamy and with sticky consistency. Both lacing and retention are abundant and impressive.

Dark brown in the glass, lot so sediment observed, prune juice colour is unwieldy to the overcast October (when I tasted this) sky and the edges are only slightly brighter under a bright light.

After a few sips, the head shrunk to half a finger and smaller suspended bubbles are now seen. Spicy nose, spiced apple, cinammon, coriander all suggest a very pleasing pumpkin pie.

The spicy character carries over to the taste with hints of allspice, thyme and minced tart. I'm not picking up any of the maple sweetness I expected, on the contrary there is sour dark fruit note in this autumnal mix.

Mouthfeel features good body and density to go with substantial flavour, a bit acidic and a bit gassy, a solid ring remained and head was easily regenerated to the very end of the tasting.

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Photo of Otesanek
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into my ol' workhorse, the dogfish 22oz snifter. Pours out a deep auburn/reddish-brown, slightly murky, 1/2" head falls to heavy fog and a solid ring. Slow falling lace. The aroma is pretty muted, beer might be too cold, so I'm gonna give it a minute to warm... Ok, so not a huge improvement in the smell, I'm getting a sweet Belgian aroma, some spice, both yeasty and added, perhaps some hints of orange. I'm not picking up a whole lot of malt character, which isn't awesome for a brownish beer. The flavor is an interesting maple-milk chocolate, nice and round with a slight alcohol character, this definitely tastes "young," and I could see this aging wonderfully. The spices are nice and mellow, but there. The bitterness is good and strong with an interesting cinnamon bite. I'm not really sure what the yams bring to the table. The mouthfeel is pretty good, although the alcohol is definitely there, which hurts it. The finish is nice and clean. Overall this beer drinks pretty well, only really hindered by the alcohol, which I figure is going to smooth over with a little time. I'm gonna grab a pair of these to throw into the cellar, I'm super pumped these guys are in Ohio now!

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Photo of PBoegel
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams imperial series snifer. Pours with a very effervescent tight beaded light tan fluffy head. Breaks without lacing.

Beer is tawny and hazy brown with deep red highlights. The aroma is very sweet, spicey, and full of clove, apple, cherry and alcohol. Licorice and root beer plus raw maple sap and notes of vanilla.

The flavor has a bit of woodiness upfront and a very big hot alcohol presence. You can see this fading into a mellow compliment with time but it definitely detracts in the young beer state. There are clove, cherry and banana esters in the middle the finish is sweet and spicey with a drying cleanse of the palate from the strong alcohol character.

The mouthfeel is mediumfull bodied, with some astringency and graininess which comes off accentuated by the alcohol. The spices come off as a little heavy and lingering.

This is a hard one to drink without a wingman. The beer has a great deal of depth and promise which is why I score it well, just needs time to age out and have alcohol blend and fade.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,991 ratings.
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