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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with minimal retention on a hazy amber with slight orange hue body. Minimal lacing.

S: lots of spices for the season including cinnamon, maple, candy apple, nutmeg and yams.

T: nice caramel malt base with nutmeg and red apple up front moving to yams finishing with mostly cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. Minimal brown sugar for sweetness.

M: medium slightly chewy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the spices aren't overwhelming and although I describe them in sections they run together except for the cinnamon in the finish which lingers for a while. A very nice and complex brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yams, brown sugar, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yams and maple syrup? fantastic! was stoked for this one!!! poured a cloudy maple leaf color with a virbant but fleeting white head. nose is sweet and belgian yeasty, alcohol as well. taste is sweet, tangy, and seasonally appropriate. the maple is faint, but its properties are prominent. sugars, sap, this is a cold day beer. it paired nicely with a tomme brule cheese and a toasted whole wheat loaf. for the price i probably will not buy it again, but a unique take. definitely my first yam beer, to be commended!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 09 on tap at Tap & Table. I had this from a bottle once before and it's better this time around. The color is a really nice autumn brown and very clear. From the bottle it was cloudy and brown kinda muddy. The spices are really well done in this beer the usuage of yams in the batch is great idea as well. It's slightly sweet but mostly spiced. This beer is awesome for the thanksgiving season! Definitely try it.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy caramel amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. When viewed from a distance, the beer is opaque. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yams and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose—nutmeg and cinnamon seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has hints of brown sugar and associated sweetness from this and the yams.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer as it manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a nice alternative to a pumpkin beer if you are looking for something seasonal to have during the autumn months, such as during Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting and complexly challenging, it's easy to draw comparisons to American Brown Ales and pumpkin additions. But this is different- let's see how...

Pouring a medium brown with a mild haze, the beer builds a very sturdy foam stance with stubborn staying power. A dirty-white foam (not quite tan, but darker than eggshell) attempts to lace but never makes it happen. Still the head formation and retention is impressive.

Spicey cinnamon and brown sugar adorn earthy-sweet scent of... I guess, yams?. Again I want to think it's pumpkin but with more earthiness and starchy scents. This all builds on a mildly toasty Brown Ale base. But this Brown Ale compliments the spicy start with built-in notes of white pepper, corriander, and alcohol.

Flavors bound with the vegitable (yams), yeast (fruity/spicy) and residual flavors of maple syrup. Notice that the beer doesn't allow for added sweetness from maple syrup, only the taste. But not is all terrific as the Begian-y tartness mixes with the astringency of added spice for a taste/texture that might be more bitey and distracting than benneficial. Low on hops, this kinda beer doesn't need 'em. The beer has enough balance built into it's complex matrix.

Creamy and full from the start, which carries pasta the mid palate before starting it's late phase. The starchy aroma and flavor manifests itself in texture even moreso. An abrupt late drop of texture brings about the astringent feel and unappealing type of bitterness that closes the beer without drying. The battle of early creaminess vs. late bite will bennefit the former but the later does hurt a bit.

I love the concept and refusal to go with the norm (sounds like something Dogfish Head would have brewed), but the execution needs some work. I need more savory flavors and sweetness from the maple syrup and I need a more pungent/earthy flavor of Belgian Brown (maybe a Flander's Bruine) to counter the sweet/starchy base of maple and yams. Though asking the impossible, a guy can dream- can't he?

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a welcome new swath of this brewery's offerings to make it up here once again to Alberta. It's cold and rainy outside right now, so what better thing to keep me the hell out of that, eh?

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly tan head, which leaves some approaching island profile lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of zesty gingerbread and sugary mashed yams, a battened-down Belgian yeastiness, some prominent dark orchard fruit as it warms, mixed savoury spices (ok, some nutmeg, clove, and star anise put their hands up the fastest), a subtle caramel malt sweetness, and some cozy, coddling alcohol esters. The taste is quite yammy (it's a word now) up front, that holiday side dish thing hard to dismiss, with a hearty attendant caramel/toffee malt, even more muddled seasonal spices, a gentile yeastiness, some bruised banana, overripe plum, and rotting pumpkin fruitiness, reduced brown sugar, very weak weedy and earthy hops, and a crazily respectful boozy warming.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their plain and barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the various sugars fencing anything else out, it would seem. It finishes near-sweet, among the yam, dark sugar, malt, alcohol, and pasty spice essences.

Maybe it's just me, but this totally reminds me of being in Denver the past couple of years around this time, with the weather alternating between sunny and cold-ass rain, and the autumn (read: pumpkin) beer offerings very forceful and insistent in their flavourful attacks on my very being. Yeah, I'm gonna miss that this year, but thankfully this one, with its initially overly apologetic yam and dark sugary backbone, does the same trick, with style, and just a soupcon of aplomb.

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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 kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Very alive and appealing. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Hmm. Caramel, maple, esters, cream, and unexpected yeast. Oh, and malt. Scent is moderate in strength, but certainly pleasant - especially the biscuity yeast notes, which curtail the cream/maple well.

T: Maple certainly comes through, especially on the climax, and lingers through the finish - where it's joined by the nicely positioned caramel. It's yeasty from the midpoint, adding a biscuity note that works in the balance. Unfortunately, while the first half has cream, it consists of little else, as though all the flavour was saved for after the midpoint. Yams come through in the third act but only because I searched for them. Alcohol doesn't hit until it warms the stomach, so bravo on hiding it. This is a relatively complex beer that is well built but badly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch too thick, even considering the ABV.

Dr: It's priced decently in Southern California, and carries a hefty ABV but is very drinkable. As a strange take on a pumpkin beer, it works surprisingly well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.64/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a light burgundy color ale with a very thin bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of yams is dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by yams with some sweet malt but absence of carbonation and overpowering of sweetness renders this beer quite gross. Body is very thin and somewhat oily with no carbonation and alcohol was not apparent. I must admit that I am very disappointed by this one - no carbonation and grossly sweet makes for a total mess. This is surprising considering the very good beers I had from the brewery previously.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful burnt umber with orange streaks and a nice off-white head.

S: The yams certainly come through in the initial whiff. Lots of spicing on top. Even without actual pumpkin, I've got no problem with this being classified as a pumpkin ale--all of the same spicing with a nice twist. In addition to the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, maple and vanilla definitely come through with a little bit of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Much like the smell. When poured from the fridge, the sweetness was more noticeable, along with the sweet potatoes. As it warmed up, more of the spices and other notes started to show more presence.

M: Medium bodied without much--if any--alcohol presence. No carbonation issues with this year's batch.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style. One of my new favorite fall seasonals.

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip/snifter type glass

Pours about 1 finger of light tan head. Fades to a ring around the glass. Color is a dark ruby hued copper.

Aroma: The yams are present with some molasses, and maple syrup. Has some nut flavors as well. Some brown sugar and spice notes.

Taste: Wow, this is an interesting beer. Lots of yams, maple syrup, molasses, and brown sugar. Spice notes and nut flavors a well. A lot like the smell. Some grassy hops stick out here with some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing, but a little hot. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a huge flavored aftertaste, a tad hot.

Overall, this is a big beer. I am surprised to see this one being 10%, but I can taste it. A sipper for the evening. I may have troubles with this 750.

EDIT: I had a very hard time finishing this beer. I shared some with friends and still could hardly finish this.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a smal head of tan foam on top of an amber body with light haze. The head settles fairly quickly and else's little lace.

S - Lots of brown sugar, clove, maple, and spices.

T - Intense brown sugar and molasses up front. Lots of nutmeg and clove in the middle with a finish of cinnamon, more brown sugar and caramel.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet syrupy finish.

D - Not bad, it is certainly a different take on a fall beer and one that is exactly what you would expect from this brewery.

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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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Drafting Room, Exton, PA.

Appearance: Hazy copper. Long lasting bone-white head. Standard lacing (might have been due to a dirty bar glass).

Aroma: Caramelish malt and non-descript spice.

Flavor: Spice, caramel, fruit (apple, berry), subtle underlying tart note. Spicy zest of ginger (or is that alcohol? Or a combination of both?). Maple and cinnamon in finish with a spritz of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a standard carbonation level.

Drinkability: While chilled it's really quite unique and interesting. Only as it warms and you progress through the glass does the spicing really appear. So, pretty damned drinkable!!!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Institute (Philadelphia, PA) during their Pumpkinfest on 10/3/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep murky amber, with a thin covering of off-white head. Fizzy retention around the edges, leaving a foamy cascade of lacing back. The aroma smells of sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Some citrusy and earthy hop undertones, as well as plenty of fall-like spicing and warmth fills out the rest of this in the nose.

The taste is sweet, spicy, and sticky in the mouth. Deep yammy sweetness, with cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in. Earthy hops and a certain amount of roastiness to this, help pull back some of the sweeter tones. This has a definite tangy tart edge to it as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big prickly creaminess to the carbonation, which then sits on a much viscous feel underneath. Alcohol gives this a beefy feel in the mouth, but it isn't distracting, instead giving this more of a pleasant warmth.

I liked this. The combo of the yams, maple syrup, and spice made for a pleasant Fall-like feel in the mouth, and the higher alcohol guarantees you'll get warmed up on those cool Autumn nights. This was definitely a sipper but a damn tasty one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, spices, some fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel, brown sugar, spices and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. There’s a slight touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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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 mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge, rich, and sweet concoction. Tastes very yammy, now that you mention it. Hard to reconcile the candied yam flavor with something you're drinking in a beer glass. The sweetness is just so overpowering. Such intensity of flavor it's a little too close to cough syrup. Nice hazy orangey amber in the glass.

Fascinating flavor if you're keeping a life list of peculiar beer flavorings, but not very drinkable. For the right occasion it might be memorable, though. Out of the bottle at Bottlecraft in in Little Italy, San Diego.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when I had started asking when we'd see more tuber-based beers, this comes along. My fervent prayers have been answered in the form of The Bruery's Autumn Maple!

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark, deep, garnet-hued body with a very thin, whitish head.

Smell: Toasted yams, caramel-scented malts with a rich, smoked spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and balmy allspice. Molasses and maple are present, though remain light. Slight fruitiness.

Taste: Tastes of caramelized grains match well the flavor of maple-glazed over-roasted yams (similar in many ways to a pumpkin ale, but lacking that squashy, vegetable quality you occasionally get). Slight touch of molasses. Minor appleskin and raisin fruitiness. Rather all-around robust spice character. Tiny nod of cracked cloves from the yeast. No more than a touch of earthy hop bitterness. It certainly hides the alcohol well. Drying finishes with a final adieu from the yams.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. A tad undercarbonated, but, then again, isn't the entire season of Autumn?

Drinkability: Fairly good. It's definitely unique, which is never a bad thing, and with a few tweaks here and there, particularly in the carbonation department, The Bruery could have a real winner on their hands.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam."

--Popeye the sailor man

Murky English toffee with hazy orange highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. A barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking led to a high altitude pour, which led to a loose collection of ecru colored bubbles that isn't lasting long and isn't laying down any lace. It goes without saying that undercarbonation is an issue. The beer itself still looks fantastic.

Since no pumpkin was used in the brewing of Autumn Maple, calling it a pumpkin ale isn't valid. Having said that, it smells like a pumpkin ale. Since yams don't taste like pumpkins, the spices must be causing the confusion. By my nose, cinnamon and nutmeg are the most prominent. Also present are allspice, vanilla, molasses and maple syrup. Other than a lack of power brought about by a lack of bubbles, I like it.

It's a damn shame that these guys released such a potentially awesome brew when they had to know that it was horribly undercarbonated. In spite of that, AM's deliciousness is obvious. That is, if you like sweet, generously spiced pumpkin ales... which it isn't... but you get the idea.

Molasses and maple syrup ensure that this big ale is on the sweet side, although it's nowhere near as sweet as a big malty barleywine or some double stouts. It's doubtful that very much of either one was used or they would have overpowered the other ingredients. That sort of restraint was not used when it comes to the spices... and the beer is better for it.

The flavor profile consists of yams with a thin coating of maple syrup, golden brown sugar, a surprising amount of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of clove from the Belgian yeast. The alcohol is buried (almost) without a trace. Oh, what depth and complexity might have been present if proper carbonation had created more volume.

Mouthfeel was bound to take a significant hit. However, it isn't as if the beer is totally flat, so I've decided to cut it some slack. As one who prefers fewer bubbles rather than more bubbles (in most cases), an average score seems reasonable.

I knew about the carbonation issue prior to purchasing this 750 ml bottle. I pulled the trigger anyway because the thought of a yam-based Belgian brown ale with a 'pumpkin ale' palette of spices sounded too good to pass up. If The Bruery fixes things with the next batch, look out.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a brown/red color with lots of bubbles released from the bottom of the glass. One finger head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A great aroma, one that only gets better as the beer warms. Get a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg up front then some brown sugar and molasses. These flavors just intensify as it warms.

T: Very similar to the nose, and again opens up a lot as it warms. The spices are very nice, but the molasses and brown sugar really make it. The yams show up afterwards with a nice malt backbone. There is a warm finish from the alcohol which actually plays well to offset the sweetness.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation, very crisp. A very well made beer, very tasty and was the perfect beer to have with Thanksgiving. I definitely want to get another bottle for next year!

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/crimson with a sliver of beige head. Loads lovely carbonation beads hug the side of the glass Minimal head retention && less lacing

S: Brown sugar, cinamon

T: Follows the nose, a touch of maple syrup sweetness/dryness up front, along with boozey pecans and cherry & sweet potatoes. More sweet tater, a bit of molasess, figs, pears, dryness as this warms, very warming . Finishes dry with yams, cinnamon, & brown sugar

Drinks very easy, much better than the first bottle I had last summer, both were purchased in North Carolina

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,048 ratings.
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