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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3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of threeviews
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a crowned 750ml bottle (Bottled On: 07/15/13) into a 16oz New Belgium globe

A- A conservative decanting from the bottle yields a hazy deep bronze hued beer with nothing more than a single finger's worth of a khaki colored head. Due to the nucleation in the glass, a thin sea-foam textured head remains on the surface of the beer for the duration. 4.25

S- Yammy! The aroma is not much different from a dish of candied yams that Grandma makes...yams/sweet potatoes, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, marshmallow and a hint of butter thrown in for good measure. 4.5

T- While Southern Tier's Pumking nails a dessert in a glass, Autumn Maple replicates a liquid version of that popular sweet and savory side dish which accompanies many a Thanksgiving spread. The complex flavor profile mimics everything detected in the aroma. The sweetness is surprisingly tamed perfectly by the conservative additions of the (common) spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a splash of ginger. A complex brew such as this affords a delicate and lingering finish, balanced by the sweet/savory notes with a spicy/dry finish. 4.75

M- Combined with a nucleated glass and bottle conditioning, a perfect mouthfeel is achieved. The medium-to-full body of the beer (after all, it is 10%ABV) sits well on the palate and is perfect for the dark and cold months of the year. 4.75

O- Next to Uinta's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, The Bruery's Autumn Maple stands as a close second (Samuel Adams Fat Jack rounds out my top three for pumpkin/gourdy ales). Despite reviewing a bottle "past it's prime," this beer ages exceptionally well and suits a sub-zero winter just as much as a cool autumn. Along with Uinta and Anchorage, The Bruery stands to be one of my top three breweries in 2013. Regardless of style, I encourage you all to give The Bruery serious is worth it! 4.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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

A- Golden dark brown some orange highlights, dark khaki head with lacing around the glass.

S-Sweet booze covered nuts, brown sugar,vanilla cookies,some yeast and breads.

T- Iget an intial hit of booze along with syrupy sugars,cinnamon,nutmeg. Yams do make an appearance somewhere in the middle but not as predominant as I expected. Pretty tasty.

M- Full frothy enough carbonation, does have a bit of a syrupy consistency.

D- Very tasty although the abv was a bit too high for me, you dont get weary from this onslaught of winter flavors. Worth picking up if you see it.

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Into a goblet.

A: Murky plum-burgundy; gorgeous coloring. A cm head off the pour, that's gone as quickly as it appears. Some spotty lacing.

S: Christmas in a glass. Spicy: cloves, cinnamon, candied sugar, molasses. Some dark fruits: prune, plum, and some banana from the Belgian yeast. Some veggie/yam notes pull through as well.

T: Cloves and maple up front, followed by Belgian candied sugars. I get a lot of spice and some heat from the alcohol. A banana center with some esters pulling through. Seems to be a lot more going on in the nose but the taste is still great.

M: A little spicy, with some boozy heat and a tickle from the light carbonation. Syrup in the kettle does not a syrupy mouthfeel make.

Pretty tasty, easy drinking beverage overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Brew_42
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy and dark amber with little to no head to speak of. Not a particularly pretty beer, but the taste is what matters.

Smell- Maple, cinnamon, and vanilla with some Belgian yeast.

Taste- Follows the nose in a very balanced way. Maple and cinnamon up front and vanilla towards the end with some warmth from the ABV. This is what I always have hoped for when I see a maple beer. I have been let down by some great breweries but this beer incorporates maple flawlessly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with slight carbonation.

Overall- This beer is exactly what it markets itself to be, a delicious alternative to pumpkin beer. After several years of pumpkin beer, this is a welcomed alternative. Great beer for a cool fall night.

Edit:Had another bottle late in the season and it was even better than the first. I let it warm up a bit and all the flavors came through stinger but still balanced. Officially overtakes any pumpkin beer I've ever had. With the exception 8 Maids a Milking I've never had a beer from the Bruery thst wasn't phenomenal

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of juhl31
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-crazy clear, crazy no head retention. burnt orange in color with an off white head

-those yams come in strong, the belgian yeast and some spices. with some butterscotch

-yams and like a yam bitterness in the end. cooked sugar, almost like a quad tastes

-pretty hot with a surprisingly smallish body for the %age

-i give the drinkability a pretty high score for the fact that it is my favorite "halloween" beer in a style i roughly hate. this i can drink though

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bingja18
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of NoYouDidnt
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This was a good tasting beer. It just didn't really get many of the flavors it boasts on the bottle to me. Dark brown color. Smells sweet and a slight alcohol aroma. Tasted sweet too, kinda get the maple syrup. Otherwise it just seemed to turn a brown ale into the taste of a golden ale to me. It was still pretty good beer, just not what you thought NYD.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,053 ratings.
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