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 Fern13
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle served in Bruery tulip glasses.

Appearance: Hazy redish orange in color, absolutely no carbonation.

Smell: Smells like thanksgiving. Yammy, sweet, nutmeg, molasses, cinnamon and other spices.

Taste: Yam taste is very prevalent with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup becomming more prevalent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, flat, rich, with a residual alcohol taste.

Overall: A good beer, ideal for thanksgiving dinner. Autumn in a bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip based on the Belgian-esque qualities assumed in this one.
The appearance was an almost dark brown color with copper hues along the sides. Arranging above, a one finger white to off white foamy head retains itself for a good minute before gently dissipating into a clingy semi-thick foamy lacing.
The aroma takes some sweet potatoes and brown sugar to roll right on into spicy Belgian yeast. Some cinnamon and nutmeg rounds out with maple syrup.
The taste involves all of the previously mentioned flavors to meld extremely nice. Light woodiness shows up to balance nicely.
The mouthfeel was fairly sticky through the syrupy portion. I'd say this was about medium bodied.
Overall, if the carbonation was a bit bumped up in this one, it might not be as sticky as I had sipped. However, it is a still a wonderful from The Bruery for Autumn.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle from optimator13; thank you for this "want!" Split into tulip glasses...

Pours a mahogany brown color with about a finger’s breadth of tan, bubbly head. Head lingers briefly before subsiding to a ring and patches of bubbles scattered across the surface of the liquid. Ruby hues glow near the edges of the glass.

The aroma is of warm yams covered in butter and brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin (though this could be from the pumpkin we’re carving while drinking this one), cinnamon, some yeasty funk, and hints of oak and vanilla. Very complex and inviting nose.

Tastes of funk, yeast, yams, brown sugar, cane sugar, pumpkin spice, dark fruits, maple, cinnamon, and more sugar. It is reminiscent of a Dubbel that has been loaded with sugar and seasonal flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, but finishes dry and sticky with a sugary resin coating the mouth.

Overall, a good seasonal ale but I really wish they had limited the amount of sugar that comes through in the taste and mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- murky brown, i got a 1/4" off white head with a hard poor that quickly faded to a lacing atop the brew.

S- smells just like a pumpkin ale with all the usual spices that accompany that style, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, but an awesome hint of yam occasionally hits me as i search, setting this brew apart from anything else i have tried.

T- I snuck a sip as i was reviewing the smell and the yams hit me hard and the mouthfeel was almost creamy, but as i continue to sip, the belgian yeast rears it's ugly head, and turns the brew sour. Spicey, green apple comes to mind and if i take a couple minutes between sips, the sourness lingers on my tongue. Though i wish for the yams total come back, the mix of a pumpkin ale type brew and belgian yeast is interesting and i've never had anything like it.

M- Medium body that coats your tongue and leaves a numbing/tingling feeling

O- Didn't someone mention something about maple? Maybe if the yeast hadn't taken over, i'd be able to find more layers to this beer, but after splitting the bottle into two servings, and racking my brain both times, my review remains the same. On the other hand, without the belgian yeast, maybe this brew falls in line with everything else, leaving it boring and passed over. I have never tried a beer that taste so different then it smells. If i were blind folded and asked to name the style of the brew by smell, i would say pumpkin ale, if asked the same question by taste, i would say a farmhouse/saison. This beer is very interesting, not too many brews lately have left me wondering.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a light brown color with a lot of active carbonation. The beer is hazy and the slight head it did had did not last long. The beer gives off a strong aroma of yams. Despite the higher ABV I do not get a strong alcohol smell. You can smell the cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and other fall spices. The taste is very similar to the aroma but you get a little more alcohol flavoring. The beer has a nice warm feeling to it and great carbonation. It sticks to your mouth and the sweetness sticks in your mouth.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle, received as a gift for my Halloween birthday.

Autumn Maple pours an amber-brown, somewhat hazy color with not much of a head and a bit of lacing. True to its description, it does bring reminders of damp, late fall days.

Smell is dominated by a ton of sweetness and fruit. Maple syrup and molasses are both there as are hints of dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs perhaps.) Also quite a bit of spice--mainly cinnamon and nutmeg to go along with the presence of Belgian yeast strains. A nice, complex aroma.

Tastes of dark malt, fruit, and brown sugar. There is also the bite of pepper and sharpness of cinnamon. Abv is noted with a stinging presence. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is fill, biting, and thick. The sting of alcohol is very notable.

Overall, this is a nice sipper for a cold fall evening. A bit of complexity, if not the most well-rounded flavor. They definately capture the essence of fall, though. A good job.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Musty, fruity, with hints of holiday spices, syrup, and herbal hops. Stewed apricots on the nose. Amber brown body with a deep tan head; strong alcohol nose on this one. I wouldn't have guessed yams, but on a fourth take I can pick it up.

A fruity pear entry, oily, medium bodied, with pronounced alcohol heat signaling the entry to the finish. Medium carbonation and decently balanced. Spicy hop flavor, a tad earthy, all starting with a Belgian candi-sugar entry. Sadly this beer is just too hot fresh as it noticeably hinders drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in flute

A) Dark amber, one finger head, non-transparent. It's almost flat barley carbonated

S) Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple, dried fruit

T) Maple up front, spices towards the end and fusel alcohol aftertaste

M) thick no carbonation, almost batter

O) very tasty beer worth the price, but this one isn't for everyone.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of podes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,078 ratings