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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured a really intense dark orange brown color reminiscent of pumpkin pie with off-white soapy head that left a little bit of spotty lace.

S- Huge aroma of ginger, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato. This smells like Thanksgiving.

T- Big ginger notes, allspice, some nutmeg, big pumpkin pie and sweet potato notes, some maple sweetness, spicy belgian yeast notes, and pie crust flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish that I think cuts the sweetness very well.

M- Very dry, some nice alcohol warming, pretty smooth, and soft carbonation. This goes down so easy for 10% ABV.

O- While not properly a pumpkin beer this is the best pumpkin (or yam) beer I have ever had. Very balanced flavor profile between the spices, sweetness from the yams and maple syrup, and bitterness. Very complex and easy to drink.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep orange amber color.

The aroma is of maple syrup sweetness, pumpkin (or yams), as well as a lot of the autumn spices like cinnamon, clove, all spice. A bit of marshmallow.

The flavor follows of yam (which can be mistaken for pumpkin) in the front then spices and Belgian yeast notes. It rolls into maple sweetness and then cleans up with a punch of booze on the end. The booze is really there.

There's a medium body. The carbonation cleans up the beer on the end with a bit of drying.

A big "pumpkin" beer and great for the season. A bit big of alcohol for drinking by itself, but definitely works for dessert or food pairing.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Late 2012 release but I can't find the bottle date. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with almost two fingers of pale tan head. Head recedes to a long lasting thin layer that leaves a little lace.

Sweet, inviting nose of brown sugar, yams, maple and a little spice.

Tastes like a sweet potato pie with a booze kick. Plenty of maple, brown sugar, candied yams, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, molasses, mild vanilla and a little kick of booze. Far less alcohol heat than I remember that it had while fresh.

Medium heavy body with moderately soft carbonation. Pie spice and yam aftertaste.

This is a slightly different yet familiar take on the classic pumpkin beer. Similar spices but a good bit more sweetness and depth. Typically a little hot, a year has settled this one down. I'm looking forward to trying the barrel aged version soon.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Very classy looking beer, burgundy in color, off white/tan head doesn't last too long. Smell is oak, pumpkin spices, brown sugar, green tea, not much maple. The maple comes out a tiny bit more in the taste but is still disappointingly subtle. The yam I think has a cleaner less punchy flavor than pumpkin which in my opinion is a good thing. Pumpkin can be very pungent depending on the species and ripeness and I've definitely enjoyed a minority of the many pumpkin beers that I've tried; sufficed to say I'm not the greatest pumpkin beer fan. Mouth feel is good, decent amount of carbonation, medium bodied, a little bit of alcohol spice on the finish. The alcohol is actually very well hidden in this beer. Overall I think if you're going to call out the main ingredient in a beer then it should be front and center, the maple is too subtle. But that's about my only serious complaint. The yam works amazingly well as a pumpkin replacement. The flavor is extremely well balanced, the pumpkin spices are not overpowering. A perfect beer to enjoy on a cold evening cozied up in front of a roaring fire.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy/murky reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some ruby red + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a medium patch of thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out) over the top of slightly grainy malts with some molasses + maple sweetness. There is also a light aroma of yam/pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy and toasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of maple syrup + molasses sweetness and a moderate amount of yam/pumpkin. The beer is also loaded with pumpkin pie spices with moderate flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove along with light amounts of vanilla. There is also a nice hint of Belgian yeast along with just a touch of sweetness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really tasty fall beer offering and definitely one that I will enjoy again - the flavors go great with some German pretzels while watching football, it really makes me think of the autumn. Alcohol is well hidden so I would recommend sipping this one since it could easily sneak up on you. Nice complexity to the flavors with depth.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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