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: 2,057 |  Reviews: 630
Photo of Kevin73
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of Wrex68
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of ygolordned
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Kempski
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, pear, apple, raisin, dark bread, toast, yam, cinnamon, clove, allspice, maple syrup, pepper, nutmeg, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, pear, raisin, apple, molasses, toast, cinnamon, yam, nutmeg, clove, allspice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Lingering notes of dark fruit, apple, molasses, cinnamon, toast, yam, nutmeg, clove, allspice, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian strong ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yam, spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rdooley
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Roland45s
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of golf4collet
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a mini-snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

A- Pours a copper colored body with a gushing, 2 finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no retention.

S- I get lots of spicy notes - heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves upfront. There's a huge fruity character too - lots of banana, green apple, and white grapes. Candied sugar and raisins. There's another scent I can't quite identify.. maybe it's the yams?

T- The belgian character is definitely present here - huge dark fruit and spice notes.. ripe bananas, nearly overpowering clove and cinnamon, sweet caramel and brown sugar. No hop presence. Mild booziness on the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation.. a sipper indeed.

Dollar for dollar, this was a good beer and a nice representation of a Belgian ale. Maybe a little overpowering in the sweetness category. I'd save this one for dessert. Worth a try.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ImperialStout
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bcm75
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- well its pretty when it poured out. It's a brownish orange color sparkling clear which I imagine is had to accomplish with he sweet potatoes in it. It has a thin off white head. The head has no sustain, probably the least head retention I have seen in a commercial beer. I imagine that is also due to the sweet potatoes.

Smell- bread cinnamon clove yeasty with what I can detect is a significant amount of booze smell. Phenolic ?! not sure but it smells kinda like a moonshine wash.

Taste- cinamon clove and a significant boozey warmth. dont taste too much sweet potatoe but the fermented maple syrup is a familiar aspect of this beer. little to no hop profile. Not sure if its the alcohol of unfermented sugars that leaves it a bit sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel- mild carbonation, boozey warmth and a of course a bit syrupy. but not sticky. I think its best aspect might be the mouthfeel, because it does feel like a mouthfull of mashed potatoes.

Overall- I thought this beer was okay, I would have enjoyed it along with a thanksgiving dinner but It is not something that an average beer drinker would appreciate. I have had beers that disguise the alcohol content better at a higher ABV. I have had beers that I think do the spice additions better. But as a lover of sweet potatoes I was curious. I think this would be better barrel aged or cellared .

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
Beer rating: 65.2% out of 100 with 2,057 ratings
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