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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,051
Reviews:
630
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
391
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,051 |  Reviews: 630
Photo of Angerhaus
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

We might have gotten a skunky bottle.

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Photo of hardy008
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy dark amber, with a two finger tan head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, maple, and molasses. I'm not a big fan of yams, and this smells too sweet.

The flavor has yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, molasses, and maple. This is a very sweet beer, without any balance. Sweet to the point of being cloying.

Medium to full bodied. Somewhat creamy. There is a cloyingly sweet aftertaste. I am surprised that the alcohol is so well disguised, especially for being 10.5%. Other than the alcohol being well disguised, this beer is a mess.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: 750ml bottle at Brigid's, Philly, PA

Dark amber color with some haze--much more haze towards the end. Light tan head. Very malty aroma, yeasty, with hints of sugar and spice. Taste is malty and bready, starchy, dry potatoes. Disappointing in that the maple was not very pronounced. Kind of flat. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Lots of sediment towards the end made the beer very harsh and yeasty. Fair overall... I don't mind some trub in my beer, but the high yeast sediment here killed it towards the last quarter of the bottle, making it almost impossible to finish even with careful pouring, and the maple taste was stale and almost not worth mentioning. Very underwhelming.

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Photo of stakem
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a deep reddish brown color with a yellow cap. The smells of yams is prevalent initially then caramel spice and earth as it warms. As the experience continues its almost soapy. The taste is tart and fruity with some vegetative component that isnt that great. A bit of spice. Inwould not drink this again, its pretty bad.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my CBS snifter

Poured dark brown with lots of bubbles, hardly any head.

Smells of sweet potatoes along with some pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is similar. Sweet potato/yam really comes out. Some brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Really sweet and malty.

Low carbonation levels and a thick syrupy mouthfeel.

This one didn't do it for me at all. Too sweet and the low carbonation only enhanced that. Wasn't a horrible beer, but a drain pour nonetheless because it was too sweet to finish even between 2 people.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Kevincredible
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of StarRaptor
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Camel242000
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of humulusphile
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of brianmandell
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of hilgart1
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of badmotherrucker
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of hellhammermario
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of NorCalBeer
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DoubleD89
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer, but that was not to be the case.

My first Bruery beer, and I don't think I will be buying this again next year.

Smell is clove, some yams, and just a tinge of alcohol. First sip was awkward. I didn't know what to think of it. Taste is of yams and spice, with a slight alcohol burn (to be expected at 10%). I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it.

As it warmed, I thought it would get better, but I was wrong. Slightly boozy, sweet, and yam tasting. Bitter finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Definitely not my cup of tea. I've never drain poured a beer, but I definitely thought about it, and struggled to get the last few gulps down.

I split this with a friend and he shared the same sentiments as me. I understand this is supposed to be an alternative take on a pumpkin beer, but nothing about this reminded me of pumpkin or pumpkin pie. It was more like my grandma's sweet potato marshmallow casserole that didn't turn out right.

I guess you either love it or hate it.

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Photo of probert
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ZacharyJ
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Very Hazy. Small quarter inch head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing that lasts throughout.

S- Sweet. Very fruity. Smells oddly of pumpkin, even though there is none in the beer. Some light berry notes.

T. Overpoweringly sweet. Can't taste any maple or molasses. Tastes a lot like apple cider.

M- Sugared apples and grape linger in the strong after taste. Not much as far as carbonation.

D- Tough to get through the full pint. Actually tossed a little bit in with my chicken to see if I could get any real pleasure out of this brew. To fruity, and sugary for this guy.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, no lacing.

S-Earthy, rasin, maple syrup

T- Light pumpkin pie spice sweetness, even though this beer is made with sweet potatoes it has a typical pumpkin beer flavor. Some malt and a little alcohol, little or no hop bitterness. For a beer with maple in it's name I can't really taste it.

M- Light carbonation. Champagne like bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Slight malt aftertaste.

O- Not a bad beer but kinda mild.  Rather disappointed. Kinda reminiscent of an English brown with a little sugar and spice thrown in. I had expected a much bolder beer with much more maple and fall flavors.

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Photo of LSUPT
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks, I guess, to DearthVader, poured to a La Fin du Monde Tulip.

Pours a dark brown with reddish brown edges, scratch that, poo brown with and hint of red, hazy and near impossible to see through, with a 2 1/2” off white leaning to beige head with average retention that leaves scarce lacing.

Smells of mostly maple a slight breadiness and roast malt, smell and tastes like an average dubbel. Really odd taste aside from the maple and roasted malt. A slight hop bitterness and a good bit of alcohol present. I see what they were going for they just missed with the taste. Mouthfeel is low is carbonation slightly smooth mouth but full bodied and a lingering hotness.

Overall, an odd beer but there is certainly room for improvement for this style and I'm just not really a fan of maple based beers, but seriously thanks, as always, to Brian but, unfortunately, I agreed with you on this one.

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Photo of suncrust
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Unfiltered, light coppery brown color with a small, brown head. Not much to look at. Kind of a brothy, soup stock sort of vibe. Earthy but light. Light carbonation with little activity. The head dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't stick to the glass.

S- Sharper smells with lemon accents. Initially a big yam boldness, belgian yeast, light dark bready aromas and a spicy fruit character. Overwhelming roasted mashed yam/sweet potato smells, light banana, and clove characters throughout. Extremely sugary- dark maple syrup and vague spice shine with the roasted yams bouquets to round this one out.

T- Sweet brown sugar melded with a light roasted yam character and plenty of belgian yeast. A little lemon citrus upfront. Sweetened maple syrup darkness mixed with molasses and herbal tea dominants the palate. Sugary bourbons, roasted textures, a mild lemon acidity, and a lemon herbal tea character from the spices finishes it out.

MF- Lingering candied traits and a modest spiciness on the tongue. A big belgian beer that's not overly thick but offers virtually no drinkability. Incredibly sugary, mild astringency.

O- This beer reminds me a lot of bourbon sweet potatoes served at a Thanksgiving dinner. Very sweet, lots of alcohol, a gigantic amount of maple syrup, all with roasted yams buried underneath the flavors. Booze stands in the finish amid a molasses and syrupy belgian style brew. Disappointing, rough to drink. Didn't like the balance between the flavors much. This beer could have improved from a different yeast choice. Also, not a fan of maple syrup…. that turned me off a bit.

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Photo of keoki9
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%

Photo of bpgpitt10
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Maybe a burnt orange color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pretty average.
S: Not too bad. Some nice spice smells with a some of the yammy-ness to it. A bit of some rich sweetness... molasses or maple syrup like.
T: Just totally off. It's overly sweet and the yams taste more like undercooked yams than sweet delicious ones. Decent amount of spice coming through but that plus the belgian style sweetness is the show here. Totally unbalanced.
M: Medium mouthfeel to it. Nothing too overly special here.

Overall: Really just not very good. It had some interesting smells, but the flavor was very unbalanced. Nice try, but something I really didn't enjoy. Plus... it's dang pricey.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,051 ratings.
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