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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: 623 | Ratings: 2,007
Photo of wattoclone
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cloudy brown with small white head. The description is better than the actual experience. There is a complex flavor of maple, pears and nuts, but very tart, similar to an Oud Bruin.

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


A - poured a half finger thick tan head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. The body was a bright reddish-brown color.
S - big yam aroma with hints of molasses and Belgian yeast.
T - yams, molasses, big spices.
M - medium and coating.
O - interesting and I liked it, maybe a little more spice to balance out the sweetness would make it even better.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a very complex beer but what is so interesting is that the nose and flavors were so identical. I catch Belgian yeast at first with sweet potatoes, light clove, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, malt, toffee and then an odd turn to bubblegum. Complex and pleasantly different this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Not AWESOME, but i'm not upset I bought it to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Same feeling I get with each Bruery beer I try: it'd taste a ton better if the price point was lower.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer I have had from The Bruery. Technically this is not a pumpkin beer, but I am going to say that its in the same category.

Look: Dark brown, very attractive, not very hazy but does have a bit of that going on.

Aroma: Sweet esters and yeast, along with some spices, maybe cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste: Interesting beer. I got more of the Belgian component from this one, more yeasty and ester based than anything else. They say they use "yams" I wonder if they mean the actual tropical root "yam" or the misnomer that people refer to sweet potatoes as? Anyway, it does have a bit of an earthy component. Some nuttiness and maybe a slight bit of maple syrup in there. But not very dominant. Some vanilla. I also got some of the spices, maybe cardamom and allspice, not not a lot there, his one was more on the sweet side and the alcohol was not all all that well hidden.

Overall: This was an interesting beer. It really wasn't a pumpkin beer but an autumn beer. I don't know what they mean by yams. I live in the South and a damn yam is not a sweet potato! If it is sweet potatoes then they need to say what it is, anyway, this is an interesting beer and has intrigued me enough to try some of their other offerings which I have heard are much better anyway. It was a good deal for the beer considering the flavors and size of the bottle. I would suggest this one and I might purchase this one again next year. If I decide to even hop on the fall beer train. I am kind of over it at this point and this was the last one of the year and I saved it for the last "Fall" holiday, Thanksgiving!

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Photo of hagbergl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: burnt umber, tan head that lasts all the way down. Very attractive and matches the colors on the bottle label.

Smell: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a brown ale flourish of heartiness. Not sickly sweet like many pumpkin beers can be. Not overtly boozy either.

Taste: immediately you taste a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, then it gives way to a sweet syrupy flavor that is equal parts molasses and maple syrup. The sweetness lasts only a few moments and is squashed by the spiciness, which is a product both of the added spices and the alcohol. Autumn maple's yam character is much more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel: the yams really add a nice creaminess to the beer and I love the kick of the spiciness that introduces the flavor of the beer and then comes in to save the beer from cloying sweetness in the finish. Light warming sensation from the alcohol but nothing aggressive. This is a sipper for sure.

Autumn Maple is a great take on the pumpkin ale style. Leave it up to The Bruery to take the road less traveled and create a pumpkin ale-style beer and leave the pumpkin out completely. The yams work nicely on the mouthfeel and likely help this beer achieve the high ABV (lots of fermentable sugars in yams). The beer is spicy, sweet, and alcoholic without overdoing any of those things. Really good stuff.

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Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: A hazy amber color with a thick light brown head. Minimal retention with some minimal spotted lacing.

Nose: maple syrup, mixes with malt well. Yams and spices.

Taste: Fig, raisin, yam, and maple.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750mL bottle into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Cloudy orange and brown body with a few yeast particles visible. The head is light, sudsy and a finger and a half thick before settling into a lacy film over the body. 4

Well here's a surprise. This beer is quite fruity and spicy like a darker Belgian beer. Maple wafts in and out with some slight yam-like aroma. I like the combination. 4

The Belgian qualities really stand out on this with potent fig and raisin flavors. The yam and maple come in afterwards but the transition is subtle and tasty. The finish is peppery and as I continue drinking I notice a more vinous, grape-like taste to the beer. There's a sharp, harsh taste about mid-palate that otherwise interrupts the pleasant blend of flavors. 3.75

The beer is yeasty and lively like a dubbel with a candy-like sweetness and then a dry, wine-like feel. The beer is a bit thinner in body than I would expect, coupled with a colorful carbonation. 4

This beer takes an interesting direction with the Belgian qualities, as I thought the ingredients would be much more suited to a dark stout. It mostly works, despite a few hiccups in the form of harshness or flavors that don't quite mesh. In the end, it's enjoyable, but not necessarily a beer I'd have more than one of.

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Photo of JWU
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- a very deep, cloudy amber. A nice frothy light tan head sits on top. A little lacing, not much though.

S- Very forward with belgian yeast and sugars, a nice spice and the yammy aroma is quite nice as well.

T- There's a bit of booziness to start, but it quickly transitions into a very nice belgian brown/dubbel base flavor which is accented nicely by the yams and spices.

M- medium to slightly thick, well carbonated.

O- A very interested and pleasant take on the pumpkin/yam beer. I'll certainly seek this out once a year.

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Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: a dark ruby red color with some lovely purple and murky brown notes. the head is tan and comes at about 1 finger when poured, but fades pretty quickly to only hang a slight film on top

s: caramelized brown sugar. yams. the yams provide the backbone to this beer as normally you'd detect with the malt. the sweet malt is in here, but the yams really make up the majority of the aroma. there is some spice in here as well - nutmeg, coriander, clove, and some cinnamon.

t: the first thing i'm noticed is some alcohol - wasn't really expecting that. that fades to a nice smooth sweet potato flavor; sweet potatoes with brown sugar sprinkled on top. that fades into a nice graham cracker-like flavor. the more you drink the less strong the alcohol becomes. it ends with some sweet molasses

m: medium mouthfeel with some syrup-like qualities. a small amount of carbonation in here; but carbonation isn't really needed

o: a bit disappointed at the prevalence of alcohol in here - however, it is 10% so a little is to be expected. the reason this works for a fall beer is the mixture of yams and brown sugar - it screams fall. if some of the alcohol heat was lost this would be great

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Photo of dodge408
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Well, I was impressed with this Brown Ale. The quick hit of the molasses soothes out to a candied yam finiish. The aftertaste to me was subtle spices that only lasted for less then a minute. The smell was soft and pairable with it's flavors. If you are looking for a brew with flavors inspired from old fashioned Dutch then It's worth a try.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Autumn Maple, Belgian-style brown ale brewed yams, molasses, maple syrup, and spices. 10% ABV.

A: Just over a finger of slightly fluffy head. Good carbonation noticeable from the quick sizzle as the glass is tipped. Very little lacing. Some slight lacing. The beer is a medium plum/yam skin orange-red. Yellow in the dimple. Bubbles are very tiny, and slide up the inside of the glass nicely.

S: Lots of baked yam scent. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Some slight maple glaze (as you might find in said yam dish, rather than as a separate component). Some toasted cereal grain hiding in the back. Nice, while not overbearing.

T/MF: More yams, but yam skin comes across on the palate. More spice. Slight grass and dirt on the finish. A bit of sourness on the mid-tongue. Not unpleasantly so. Not quite as good on the palate as the smell would lead me to believe, but still good.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3/5  rDev -20.8%

It would be better if the molasses flavor didn't overpower the maple. I like it otherwise. Maybe it's a California thing, but he molasses hit my palate first which was not what I expected.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Pours a dark, murky brown color with a short lived head. The aroma is sweet like candied yams, perhaps a touch of fruit and certainly alcohol. Tastes follow suit with sweet candied yams, alcohol, belgian yeast, stranger dryness and an overall strange profile. The maple adds to the sweetness and the beer really doesn't go anywhere. More of a chore than a pleasure to drink, but certainly interesting.

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Photo of shockney
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Definitely on the sweeter side with a rich auburn appearance and one finger of light brown head. It had some nice cinnamon and nutmeg notes but its spices and flavors were muted overall by the intense, somewhat cloying yam-y sweetness of the beer. It was still a pretty decent beer in my opinion (caveat: I have a hardcore sweet tooth).

I'd definitely only recommend it as a desert beer for someone who really loves yams.

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Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

I would hardly call this a "fruit / vegetable" beer - more like a thick solid Octoberfest or even a Scotch ale with a slight touch of funk of some sort that takes over where hop bitterness might come in. The 17 pounds of yams used in the brewing process is not only a surprise, but a non-event. More like a "so-what" - it adds a little sweetness.

Had on tap at the Public House in Brookline, MA and really enjoyed - think solid mouthfeel, little to no alcohol warming considering the ABV, a moderate amount of sweetness that is balanced out by a very small amount of funk of some sort. Little to no head, and didn't really get much smell out of it.

Overall, a pretty decent fall beer if you're not in the mood for coiffing.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a dark red brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Smells like maple syrup, yams, cinnamon, brown sugar, sweet bread. Tastes predominantly like candied yams with subtle cloves and nutmeg in the finish. Yikes not quite what I remembered from last year. Enjoyable, but too heavy on the yam.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep red, brown that reminds me of fall. Off-White head with no lacing.
S- Fall, spice, earthiness, cherries
T- Earthiness and spices up front. Then, cherries with a faint pumpkin. Great with fall weather.
M- Perfect carbonation with a nice balance to dryness and slick coating of the pallete.
D- I want another!

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Poured crisply - had a nice sweet smell of the yams it boasted as well as everything autumnal, but the taste sadly washed down with more of a cough medicine sensation - very sugary, a little too much for my taste. And the taste lingered for a little longer than I would've liked as well.

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Photo of Flip4beers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Served in a tulip glass and had it on tap.
This years version was the highlight on tap but from the bottle not so much. I guess it does makes a difference. You get spice, nutmeg, slightly hot but drinkable. The color is maple syrup brown but the taste not so much. The overall taste is balanced on tap with the bold flavors of liquid yams, spices, sweet mouthful of goodness. The bottle is lack of any of yams and its heat(alcohol) overpowers it. It's very inconsistent to what I tasted on tap then from the bottle. Go figure! Cheers.

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1.43/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

taste: Dimetapp, Vicks, formented yams, metal

Overall: Really bad! Drain Pour.

Mouthfeel : Please get this out of my mouth ASAP

The only beer I have ever had from the Bruery. My other BA friend shared this and agreed with pouring the left over 2/3 down the drain.

I realize experimentaion is how you create new product. This seems like a mistake they brewed to much of and said well.... Lets put it in a fancy bottle with a fancy label and someone will buy it. Please dont. YUK!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated 25.4 oz/750 mL bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma muddled – no distinctly identifiable odors beyond sweet and aromatic
Head average (3 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body medium brown, opaque
Flavor begins sweet, a salmagondis which makes each unique flavor unidentifiable but blends into a flavorable whole; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is hard to evaluate – it’s supposed to be a brown ale and it’s definitely brown and sweet, but the flavor is so mixed up that nothing stands out except a continual sweetness.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For some reason, I let this one sit for a few years. Still tasted pretty good though. Pours a medium brown color with orange highlights throughout. Head is small, even with a hard pour. Head retention and lacing are minimal. This beer could have used a little more carbonation.

Aroma includes maltiness, an aroma reminiscent of pumpkin (the yams), the usual pumpkin beer spices and some molasses and brown sugar. Very nice.

Flavor is rich, as rich as some of the better pumpkin ales. The sweetness is balanced by the spices and the fairly neutral tasting yam flavor. All the flavors are pronounced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich but lacking in carbonation. I thought I might have stored this beer too long, but I read other reviews complaining about carbonation issues. Still pleasant. no hint of alcohol except for a welcoming warming effect.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit and vegetable beers but his one is pretty good.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Took this over to my beer gru's house for a snobbery session. I picked this one up on clearance for $10. At first the taste was void not great but it grew on me as it warmed. Bonus points overall because it is very easy to drink for 10%. Overall it was a very enjoyable beer that I hope to have again, depending upon cost.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My eager young beer cadet (whom is quite the expert now) brought this one over to split. Its quite different than I expected. Very light for 10% and slightly tangy and tart, almost like a wild ale. Not exactly the strong brown ale with maple syrup like I thought. Overall I really liked this one. Highly recommend.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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