Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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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630
Ratings:
2,046
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -11.8%
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 -7.9%
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 +7.1%
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 -16.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +16.3%
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 +7.9%
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 -8.4%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a burgundy color with a creme colored head. -well retaining and some nice lacing as well.

The nose on this one is distinctly Belgian, but with a twist. The candied dark fruits and clove spicing are met with a does of maple syrup, brown shuggah, allspice, and whats this??? yams?!

I get a mouthfull of thanksgiving in every sip. An initial rush of sweetness in the way of sweet potatoes, maple syrup, plums and figs, is met by a well spiced character and finished semi-sweet but with some warming from the booze. The spice seems to linger on for a bit, not quite ready to leave my taste buds alone.

The full body on this is complimeneted by lots of tiny CO2 bubbles and the beer has an overall slick feel that could by called syrupy -although not quite overly-so.

This is one interesting take on a "pumpkin" beer. I think it works pretty well with the Belgian yeast and all. I may have to pick up another bottle to share with the fam. on Turkey Day.

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Photo of BTPete
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to tulip. Bottled purchased recently from beer store.

A: Dark red with 1 inch head that dissipates. Some lacing on glass. Lighly bubbling

S: Spicy cinnamon and sweet molasses.

T: Spice comes through first. Finishes sweet and malty. Medium alcohol feel.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation. I found it smooth in my mouth.

D: Drinkable but spiced beers inevitably have a limit with me. Will split another 750 by 2 or 3 people. Nice autumn offering. Different with the yams etc, so that was a nice change over the typical pumpkin offering. I enjoyed.

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Photo of craytonic
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pour is near flat. Not a good start. From skimming a few reviews, this seems to be a common theme, and negatively impacts all scores, particularly mouthfeel and drinkability. Even with that, a nice autumn-colored beer. Lets call it a wash and go for "average"

Smell: Would have guessed pumpkin ale, but I guess it is yams. I think it is more the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg that give it the pumpkin pie feeling. Bit of molasses, maple syrup, and vanilla as well.

Taste: Similar to the smell, tastes near pumpkin-ale with lots of brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Bit of toffee. Definitely some maple syrup, vanilla, and molasses. A bit sweet. Would love to see what actually goes into this one.

Mouthfeel: Near flat. Completely kills the beer.

Drinkability: Just can't drink it near-flat. If they are confirmed to fix this, I will give it another try. Category is BSDA? Really?

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Tried the 2010 version, it was carbonated but smell and taste are worse.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown body. Smallish, tan head. Short retention time. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich, warming spices like cinnamon and clove. Yams, molasses, brown sugar, and a light yeasty note or two.

T: Hearty, warming flavors reminiscent of pumpkin pie and warm maple and brown sugar oatmeal. Sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar, syrup and yams. Good amount of spice.

M: A bit heavy and syrupy. Light carbonation and a lingering after taste.

D: An interesting take on the belgian strong dark. Worth a try for sure. I am not sure how much, and how often I'd like to enjoy such a dense beer.

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Photo of bmacx1082
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a tan head.

S- Lots of spice and dark fruit scents of yams

T- Spice, maple, and caramelized dark fruit flavors. Yams are even more evident than in the smell.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- This is a nice brew that's easy to drink. It's definitely a change of pace from your usual fall seasonal pumpkins. I had no problem finishing off a 64 oz. growler and was left feeling nice with the 10.50% ABV.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice fall season brew with a sweet malty and spicy character.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Relatively simple and modern design with autumn tonalities and a subdued background of fallen leaves under the text. Front label notes briefly main ingredients and style, unfiltered nature of the brew, and in a one liner notes that it does not need pumpkins to be a reliable seasonal brew. Back label notes cellaring and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and only shows Alc. by Vol. (10%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber with a half inch foamy head. Little retention bringing it down to a thin ring and minimal lace.

S - Spicy, pumpkin pie aromas, molasses, cinnamon, clove.

T - Maple sweetness and malt character over a pumpkin-yam range.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - Rather drinkable. A good fall brew that could become a bit dull towards the second half of a large bottle.

Notes: I love beer diversity and a yam based brew is really welcome, but when its use does so little to be different than pumpkin, and in fact seems to pick up exactly the role of that vegetable I don´t think that bragging about how you don´t use it is necessarily an asset. And in that regard while calling it a pumpkin ale is inaccurate is not entirely off the mark, sure there is a sense of BSDL there but the overall effect is of seasonal autumn pumpkin-like beer, a rather good at it sure. However, the price and large serving does only make really suitable for sharing on a table since otherwise it ends up feeling a bit dull. Maybe I could find such an occasion, on the other hand when I think of big brews to share and maybe surprise this is not one that necessarily comes to mind.

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Photo of erz316
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into westmalle chalice

odd looking belgian dark. a diaphanous medium brown, with no real head. the nose is strong and delicious, but not really much of a belgian dark strong happening here. the taste is pretty much the exact same for pumking, except they do not use as much maple syrup, so its not as sweet. the feel is really off, way to thin an undercarbonated. the sweetness is too much for a belgian dark strong, and I would never come back to this for a belgian of that style. ooh foxy lady.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Glad/surprised to see this one.

A- A nice, rich caramel beer. Not much of a head on this one, but what little is there is sticking around.

S- Rich. Runs the gamut of holiday spices... cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin (I know there's no pumpkin in it).... caramel, vanilla, bourbon? Lots of things going on in this one.

T- Lip-smackin' good. Rich, nutmeg/cinnamon/caramel/vanilla/bourbon/maple syrup/molasses/candi sugar. A multi-layered beer. I'm impressed. As my first Bruery beer, I couldn't ask for much more.

M- Pretty good, good carbonation, a decent mouthfeel (although could be a biiiit fuller), and a sweetness that is just on the good side of cloying. A sweet beer, but I'm not put off by it. The spices really help cut through the sugars.

D- Very good. No sign of the ABV, this beer is a delight to drink. I'm snagging a bottle to bring home for Thanksgiving. A great beer!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at GingerMan, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a 1 finger fine, creamy white head with decent retention. Brew is a cloudy reddish-brown. Lacing is inadequate... there barely is any.

S: Brown sugar, pumpkin spie, caramel, yams? (I'm not sure how liquid yams are supposed to smell...), and other red fruit. Almost like a pumpkin beer.

T: Yeasty, maple syrup opening. Pumpkin spice supported by a very malty backbone throughout. Brown sugar on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied and a bit oily but very silky and smooth. Coarsity appears at the end, culminating into a sharp finish. Also very clean at the end.

D: Highly drinkable and an incredible mouthfeel makes this a very enjoyable beer. Kinda like ST Pumking but with a distinct not-quite-pumpkin taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A beautiful looking Belgian style, with a tea brown color and a frothy head that sticks and laces with the best of the continent

Smell: Yams, clove, nutmeg and allspice, underneath - maple and molasses also dominant

Taste: Maple, nutmeg and molasses overwhelm the tastebuds at the outset; so much so that it is hard to taste the malt character of the beer underneath; if you wait long enough, the spices start to come through, however; after the swallow, the sweetness abates a bit to let in the yam character (and the Belgian yeast elements as well) but the damage was already done

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy feel; slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: An execeptional but ultimately flawed beer, to my palate; great look and feel, but the molasses is just a bit too much and overwhelms the palate; if the sweeter elements were a bit more subtle, this would be extraordinary

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Photo of wknight167
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a murky brown with an orange tint and a short lived 1/2 finger head.

Nose- Yams with belgian yeast notes (specifically banana), maple and toffee. Smells sweet.

Palate- Seasoned yams a little over the top in my opinion. Caramel, maple. Strong belgian yeast notes. Alcoholic warming is present, but does not deter from the beer

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Almost cloying.

Drinkability- Two would be too many for me.

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Photo of capra12
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on 11/10/09 served out of a short snifter glass at the gingerman nyc.

Appearance:slightly cloudy blood ruby/ with hint of amber with little head.

Smell: belgian yeast with sweet orange vegetables and a slight earthiness

Taste: opens with intense malts, spicy and an earthy tanginess which mellows out at the middle as an alcoholic earthy almost pumpkin but more yam like profile come in after the middle as a less intense and tangy profile returns at the finish leaving a malty, tangy and vegetable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied at most with moderate carbonation and slighty coarse all throughout.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, it reminds me of a cross between southern teir pumpkin and leviathan quad. I recommend this to someone who opens with an intense malt profile with tangy and spiciness which workd well as an earthy middle emerges with the malt and tangy profile finish.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured (in several successive stages) in to a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull mahogany, sort of a muddy, dirty looking brew. It's not the most appealing hue, a problem that seems to be magnified the larger the serving vessel (it looks a lighter, nuttier, amber orange in a slightly smaller snifter that a friend is drinking out of). This in and of itself wouldn't merit the above score if the head or lacing were anything other than fleetingly ethereal. The fizzy, slightly tanned head is eruptive at first, rising as high as two fingers before collapsing as quickly as it came. There's no lacing of which to speak (at least in my glass - my friend's class does indeed have some good head retention as well as a nice healthy collar, though the aperture of her glassware is narrower), nor even any surface dusting. Alas!

** The second pour does a little better. A thin dusting of lace does stick around for a little while, as do a few specks of lacing and a nice bubbly, spongy collar of foam. Nothing outstanding, but an update worthy of a slight score bump.

Aroma: Yam and banana heavy, very starchy, but almost like bananas flambe. Alright, precisely like bananas flambe - a lightly spiced, estery banana & sweet potatoe note, drizzled with heavily-caramelized toffee and saccharine notes.

Taste: You truly can taste each individual promised component in this one, which is something that you usually don't get too often. The base beer is pleasant - a nice Belgian dark, not too heavily toasted, with some decidedly Belgian yeast spice overtones and a faint banana note. These blend wonderfully with whatever additional spices were added by those at the Bruery (nutmeg, cloves, perhaps allspice, and something else both earthier than all of these and more peppery than all of these), but the latter also blends wonderfully with the yam addition. There are a lot of heavy, full, starchy sugars in this one that meld in interesting ways both with the roastier, sweeter sugars that form the base beer, but also with the higher esters produced by the yeast strain. I suppose with bananas and yams being so closely related, it almost makes sense. And, of course, the more I drink this the more I realize that the other obvious component of the base beer - the heavily roasted, sweet, caramelly malt backbone - is of course augmented by the molasses and brown sugar additions. Just a very well-adjusted, complex beer with an interesting array of unusual components that seem to augment the base beer in pretty much the right ways.

Mouthfeel: Whatever carbonation issues the first batch of this beauty had, this one's clearly fixed. The beer itself is sticky without being thick - it would have to be sticky with all these residual sugars - and avoids the cloying thickness by having a nice amount of well-integrated effervescence.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Sure, there's a little bit of heat - sort of that typical Belgian beer-esque heat that's farther back in the throat, warming without being hot, and any "heat heat" is covered up by the spices - but it's not too bad. Sure, it's fairly high in abv% - at 10.5%, you're gonna feel it unless you're a tank. And it's fairly impressive enough combination and collection of flavors that it manages to withstand the force of both of these. Kudos to the Bruery - work on that retention, enhance those aromas ever so slightly, and you'd have a real serious winner on your hands.

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Photo of bminor7
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/1/2009.

I'll start by saying I was very excited for this beer based on the flavor implications.

A - muddy brown. 1 finger foam subsides with limited lacing. legs.

S - brown sugar, yeasty, malty...almost tripel-like. can detect a hit of yam and maple syrup, but it's not strong enough to be obvious.

T - candi sugar...like an offering from Unibroue or Ommegang. yeasty. alcohol is there as well. fluffy malts and spice and lots of residual sweetness. pretty good, but i can't really pick out the damn yams and maple syrup, both of which i really like.

M - high carbonation and light/medium body

D - tasty...10% but i could see this being better with more yam/maple flavor covering a barleywine base.

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

A-Light brown colored...small light tan head.

S-Vegetal. I am no yams expert but that is probably the scent I am smelling...also has some mild spicing and a nice hit of maple. I should note the first thing I thought when I smelled this is it smells like a dubbel.

T-Dubbel like...spicing gives hints of a a pumpkin ale although no pumpkin is used...sticky sweet with an underlying maple sweetness.

M-Sticky...medium bodied...borders on cloying but the heat from the abv keeps thing in check.

D-I thought this sounded pretty unique and I am glad I tried it but it is a one-time thing. Maybe a once a year thing. I couldn't see this being a staple in my fridge but a nice unique offering.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,046 ratings.
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