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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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, ss09, split and served with some pan seared pork chops with apple

appearance: served in a de konick chalice, murky muddy-amber body, foamy white cap

smell: thick caramel, spiced apple, molasses, cinnamon, maple sugar

taste: nice autumnal belgian - spiced apple, cinnamon, black pepper, caramel, pumpkin & yams, holiday pie, bready and full bodied

mouthfeel: full body, strong alcoholic backlash

drinkability: a little hindered by strength

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice deep hazy brown color with a very carbonated head.
Smell: A bit like spiced yams and also a slight whiff of maple syrup.
Taste: It has a nice bitter flavor with a hint of yeast that gives the flavor weight. It also has good undertones of spices and maple.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice creamy beginning to this beer. It goes down smooth and balances all of the flavors that are in it. Very good brew.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy brown...almost like the color of a yam. Huge tan head that fades and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is like a typical belgian brown with a sweetness from the maple sugar.

T: The taste is Belgian brown with nutmeg and other Christmas spices along with a molasses flavor.

M: The feel is great slighty thick with great carbonation.

D: Pretty good winter brew but the ABV will get you. I shared this with family on Christmas Eve and probably would have trouble drinking more than a glass.

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Photo of Wiessmonkey
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Used about a half cup with peppercorns, paprika and nutmeg to make a reduction glaze for a top sirloin med rare in cast iron skillet.

Served at 54 degrees, in a goblet, no tulips available.

A. rich amber, with light tan head dropped quickly.
S. yam, pumpkin, cinnamon, earthly almost grassy at the end.
T. rally a great fall beer, made me wish i had this two months ago, fall spices with a note of yam, pumpkin, and i even got a little bananas.
M. lightly coating but not too syrupy
D. This was great with food. the peppercorn's spiciness was well balanced by the sweetness of the beer. I don't think that i could drink two of these in one sitting because of the overall flavors becoming more overwhelming as the beer warms towards room temp.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This was one of my top beers for 2009. I was really hoping for something big, malty, and sweet. This delivered. The candied yam and maple taste covered the alcohol pretty well. That's why this could be a dangerous beer if you're not careful. I would have liked to have had this on tap. I will def have to try the other Bruery beers that are available in the Chucktown area.

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Photo of Rizow
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picking through the selection of Bruery bottles at Ledger's in Berkeley, I grabbed this one to try.

Pours smooth with a mellow head that washes around nice and evenly, like a beer tide. A lovely dark apricot color.

Nose is as advertised: spice and syrup and brown sugar.

Tastes like a savory holiday pie, with a bready and dark spice background.

Mouthfeel is nice, with medium body and mellow carbonation.

Drinkability stretches as far as your taste for the spice flavor. I read in someone eles's review that they drank it with Thanksgiving dinner, and that sounds perfect.

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Photo of betterbgood
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the appearance was great, let me explain it had a transparencey of orange and brown, I could see the carbonation, I was drinking it from a Duvel tulip glass, the smell was great i could smell the sweet syrup and yams. the taste was clear almost not heavy in which the ingredients indicate. Mouthfeel was great i could take slow sips, i could savor the flavor. the drinkability was not heavy on the stomach, enjoy.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours and attractive orangey garnet with a thick khaki colored head that quickly fades to a ring.
the aroma is somewhat surprising after reading the description on the bottle. it smells a good deal more saison-y than i expected. i suppose i was expecting more along the lines of english barleywine, but i digress... it has a fruity bretty saison aroma, with brown sugar and starchy yam. closer inspection reveals some faint maple as noted in the name of the beer. very complex.
the taste is much like the aroma, except with the maple emerging a bit more and playing interestingly of of the tartness. some allspice and cinnamon in there too. again, this is very saison-like, it's interwoven with those nice farmhouse flavors. sweet and tangy, but drier than it initially seems.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. it's mild, but i don't seem to have the compalaint that many others have about the low carbonation levels. it seems i got an appropriately carbonated one.
the drinkability is good in the respect that the alcohol is well hidden, and there are some really nice complexities, but it's a tad too sweet and tangy to get a solid 4.0 in that category. overall all though, a very nice effort by the brueryy, they've introduced something new and most welcome to the fall seasonal category. a good after dinner sipper, might even go well with the right dinner.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at South Bay in SD.

A - Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of cappuccino head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing. Carb is subtle.

S/T - Light coffee, brown sugar, maple, yams, some pumpkin, roasted toffee, cloves, and light bittering hops. Very complex.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, lightly malt dominated, sweet, and smooth.

D - Great quaff, but cannot drink a whole bottle if I wanted too. It's just too rich.

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

Thanks to mikedashg for sharing one of these. had it before, but never reviewed.

pours a ruddy brownish caramel with some head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace. i think this might be due to the glass shape, because other people at the tasting got a lot of head and lace. we all were vigorously swirling them too, which is sort of weird.

Smells of sweet brown sugar and there's a slight smell of yams, but not what you would expect. There's very mild spice, but it's not prevalent.

Instantly there's a spiciness that isn't overwhelming, but not so light that I'd call it subtle. The sweetness in the nose shows up in the form of sugar and candied yams. The spice and sweet blend very well and there's even a slight hint of nutmeg that rounds everything out.

Overall, this is a good light bodied holiday brew. It was great for a seasonal tasting.

NOTE: Having this side by side with BA Autumn Maple I really think this one is better. There's more subtlety to it, but I'll get into that in my review of the BA version.

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Photo of mikedashg
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +3.2%
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 -12.4%
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 +6.1%
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 -9.2%
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 steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +6.6%
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 +17.6%
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 +15.8%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +1.3%
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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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,048 ratings.
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