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:
14
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Enjoyed with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.

750 ml bottle served cool into a goblet.

Autumn Maple is a redish orange amber color with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but doesn't linger long. Minimal lace is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and spicy with more than a hint of alcohol. The spices are most intense but none are immediately distinguishable. I get muddled cinnamon and clove, maybe some alspice.

Flavor is big too but, again, a lot of flavors integrated together. There seems to be a yam in there somewhere but the spices seem to dominate. The balance is good with not too much sweetness considering the maple/yam combination.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and low in carbonation. The alcohol is definately present and falls just shy of being "hot" even though it has cellared for over a year.

Overall a pretty good beer considering what they were going for. I know the Bruery goes big but the spice notes almost get in the way of enjoying this beer.

As far as a pairing with Thanksgiving, it was a very good call. It was especially good with the baked sweet potatoes.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SFC21
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very fall reddish brown color with a thin khaki head. Very cloudy, almost opaque in the glass.

S - As strange as it may sound my first thought was that it smelled like Tripel Karmeliet, a similar malty and herbal profile. As it warmed up a bit the yams came through along with some brown sugar. The 10.5% abv also makes itself known.

T - Molasses and yams are prevalent but not overwhelming. Some herbal flavors, some vanilla and maple syrup. Lots of subtle flavors co-mingling that work together nicely. Booze presence in the finish along with a slight tartness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - A solid if not spectacular fall beer and a nice change of pace from the pumpkin ales. It was interesting to taste the different flavor the yams brought to the table as compared to pumpkin.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep ruby brown ale with a firm 2-finger head of tawny foam; some lacey drapes and motes cling to the glass

S: face-palm of exactly what's advertised: sweet yams, maple and molasses

T: this is a good beer if you're into imperial pumpkin-style ales - it's sweet, with lots of sweet savory flavors - almost as if someone food-processed Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with marshmallows and infuded that into a brown ale; some vegetal notes

M: a little tacky/chalky aftertaste to this filling and medium-bodied beer; alcohol is well-masked

O: I do like imperial pumpkin ales, and this is reminiscent of them - very autumnal, very seasonally flavored and sweet - truly a good beer

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Yam ale. Very nice balance, with a lot of flavor. Notes of yam, candied pecan, cinnamon, ginger and all spice. Very simple nose, with sweet malt. Autumn colored ale, with a long lasting head. Interesting, well balanced flavor. Sweet, strong. Pretty nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Devman171
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with a 1/4 inch of head. The aroma is lots of the Belgian yeast. Cloves, coriander, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is more of that Belgian yeast upfront followed by lots of spices. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and coriander. Banana and some dark fruits. Not picking up on much yams or maple syrup. Yeasty finish. Medium bodied with a mild alcohol presence. I'm not a pumpkin fan so I appreciate the change on this one but I'm not digging it all that much. Overall, I won't be buying this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SierraFlight
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery poured into a taster by the server trying to entice bottle purchases. Appearance is brown with orange highlights, tan head the quickly settles to a film, and minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet potato pie spices, maple syrup, brown sugar, and malt. Taste is light brown sugar and yam sweetness complimented by the nutmeg, clove, and allspice bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation,thick texture, clean finish.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of byronic
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass an almost crisp dark orange with a decent off white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a nice amount of spice alongside dried fruits, molasses and a hint of maple. The taste is sweet brown sugar, spice, burnt caramel, dried fruits and molasses, nice and complex. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol, great for a cold December day.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hulmeville inn. The only place on earth you can drink a temptation while smoking. Cool.

A- comes to me with a small wisp of light tan head that settles quickly to a solid ring. Hazy copper brown in color with a nice orange yellow glow at the edges.

S- sweet maple glazed yams with cinnamon and nutmeg. Honey wheat bread and other spices. Hints of cherries.

T- opens up sweet and malty with fall spices and fruits galore, cherries and peaches come to mind. Caramel. Maple syrup, and some bready sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of cloves. Sweet fruity finish.

M- above medium in body and a bit less in carb. Small fizz builds in the mouth nicely.

D- at no time can you feel the abv till your liver processes it. A fabulous brew a little different for the style but great all the same.

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