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:
2,052
Reviews:
630
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
164
Gots:
390
For Trade:
14
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 spycow
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.1/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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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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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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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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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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