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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

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624
Ratings:
2,033
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an above average attempt at a Fall Spiced Ale.

Murky brown color with small & Airy off white head

Maple in done in moderation, not too much or little

Fairly creamy body and nice amounts of spice make this a well balanced beer

The booze is fairly well hidden

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Photo of codewarrior
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber poured into a Chalice

Argonaut just started carrying The Bruary, and I very quickly snagged 2 bottles of Autumn Maple, 2 bottles of Mischief and a bottle of White Orchard. The Bruary always seems to be creating new and ridiculous flavor combinations, but this also means they sometimes miss the mark. My first cracking of any Bruary brew is typically greeted with trepidation and anticipation.

A: Muddy, rusty brown-orange (this is a good thing) dollops of rich head, sort of pondish, little patches of froth lingering here and there throughout the drink (this is also a good thing).

S: Sweet and brown-sugary, rich depth of flaor from the yam. Just a hint at spice.

T: Slowly builds up to a sweet rich body, like the crisp brown sugar crust on top of a baked candied yam. Fades into earthy yammitude and stays there forever.

F: Creamy and full. Rich, lingering, delightful. Like a blanket in my mouth.

D: Here's the thing, most fall seasonal veg beers sell it way too much on the spice. You end up with a flat pumpkin pie sort of taste, heavy on all the pumpkin pie trimmings, light on the pumpkin (Pumpking, Dogfish Head Punkin being the 2 most notable exceptions to my memory). The Bruary here decided to go for the throat of fall food. Earthy, thick, starchy, sweet veggies. And they nailed it. There is just enough spice to season the yam properly, but the focus is on the flavors of the yam itself, not the spice. Very, Very nice.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml served in The Bruery's tulip. Served a bit cooler than the recommended 50F.

A - Beautiful mahogany with ruby red highlights, good clarity, big carbonation streams from the bottom. Small off white head fades quickly leaving spotty lacing.

S - Sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins. Some fruity esters from the yeast. Clean fermentation with some floral notes as well as it warms.

T - Wow. Sweet malt backbone is perfectly spiced. The yams are there but not overpowering. This brew shows loads of malt complexity and hides the big ABV really well. The belly warms instantly however. Black figs, yams, raisins, allspice sweetness. There is a mild bitterness to keep it from being cloying sweet...

M - Medium bodied, huge Belgian hyper-carbonation scrubs the palate, super dry and crisp finish leaves you puckered for more.

D - Despite the huge 10.5% ABV, I will give this an above average. It has made me re-think my position on fruit/vegetables in brewing. Very well done!

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

Thanks Stevmo!

A- murky golden orange, 1/4" quick fading off white head

S- raw yam, molasses, pumpkin ale spices, earthy, tart, belgian yeast

T-pumpkin ale spices, molasses, belgian yeast, hint of yam

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

O- i have had this one before but it was an infected batch and tasted like sour apple. Glad to finally try it as intended. It's pretty straight forward and nothing awe inspiring. It's basically a pumpkin ale w/ molasses & belgian yeast. I was hoping for more of a candied yam flavor/aroma, but just got raw yams instead. Was hoping for a creamy mouthfeel w/ low carbonation but got medium body w/ crisp carbonation which was off putting & didn't go w/ the flavor/aroma. All & all a decent brew and i enjoyed it.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanksgiving Day 2011. Bomber poured into one of my mom's Coors Light pint glasses.

A: Pours a hazy light orange color with a moderate off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malt sweetness and "fall spices" rise from the glass, all at a moderate volume. I think I can smell the Molasses as well.

T: Lots and lots of Fall/holiday flavors in this, and in typical Bruery fashion, all of it is artistically rendered. The "brown base" and molasses combine to lay the foundation for this beer. The belgian yeast strain builds upon that, adding a bit of breadiness and spice. The yams are present, as advertised. I think there's a touch of cinnamin here as well. All of these flavors take turns moving towards the forefront here.

M: Carbonation is more present here than in other bottles I've had. That's appreciated. Otherwise, there's not much overly remarkable in the mouth here. It's a bit on the thin side, and finishes a touch too sweet for my tastes.

D/O: This is a unique and interesting seasonal brew. Lots of crazy unique flavors, all shining through in a seasonally-appropriate fashion. But it's not terribly drinkable for me. I enjoy it as a unique beer appropriate for the holiday, on rare occassion. I will certainly have this beer again... a year from now.

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Photo of Aenema
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany topped with a 1.5 finger tan head and minimal lacing.
Smell - Nose is mostly of sweet potatoes and yams with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste - Similar to the nose, but less flavorful than expected. Cinnamon, yams and nutmeg stand out.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light body with a fizzy, high-carbonation and slightly dry finish.
Drinkability - Although fairly drinkable a bomber was plenty. Not a very sessionable beer.
Overall - Lots of potential that just didn't click. Unfortunately this beer sounds much better; or even much more interesting, than it really is.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium red/light brown with minimal white head that goes away quickly

S: Lots of brown sugar, spices, a touch of maple syrup, and what might be the yams. However, there's something sour to the smell I'm not liking. Not sure if it's a tart berry smell, or funk or whatever, but I don't like a sour smell in spiced beers.

T: The taste is much better. It starts off as a rich, sweet, almost syrupy kind of maple/cinnamon/brown sugar flavor, then moves into a tart sort of cider, with fresh, crisp apple flavors in the middle, but finishes with an earthy sweetness that I could only describe as a sweet potatoesque finish.

O: This is a good one, but I'm sure there are better autumn seasonals than this out there. Still, not a bad brew.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours and dark orange color like yams.

S- Very boozy smell with smell of Maple Syrup and Molasses.

T- Taste of molasses and yams and booze.

M- semi-dry very heavy carb gritty to the pallet.

D- Pretty good beer taste very good. Worth a try.

Cheers..

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Photo of Shumista
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently got this one in a trade. I have been interested in The Bruery's beers for a while and this was the first one I had a chance to get. A little out of season but I typically don't mind drinking beers out of season anyways. Poured from 750 ml magnum into a tulip glass (and refilled several times).

Pours medium murky hazely brown, with a great looking lighter hazel head. Really looks good in this glass. Smells belgiany with everything the label promises. The spices dominate the smell with the smell of what must be yams in there too. Taste again is exactly as promised. Maple, molasses, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg etc.), and what has to be yam all with a distinctive belgian strong dark ale backbone. No flavor dominates in an unpleasant way. A very complex sipper as you work through the layers of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some warmth. Surprisingly I was able to finish the bottle on my own throughout the course of cooking and eating dinner.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy looking dark ruby brown mixture, that has a nice light tan head which sticks around for a while and decent lacing. Aroma is like pumpkin pie mixed with yams and holiday spices. So it's big on pumpkin pie with yams, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, and Belgian yeast/candied sweetness. The flavor is on par with much of the same pumpkin pie, yam, and spices, with the light twist of the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is light overall. Light-medium consistency and body, medium carbonation, and a light finish.

Overall this is a very nice pumpkin/spice/holiday type beer. A bit high on the ABV for a beer of it's type, but still enjoyable and definitely a different and original take on the pumpkin style beer.

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Photo of drcarver
2.82/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber bottle.

A - nice light brown/deep amber color. sparkling with a quick head formation and equally as quick dissapation. Bit of lacing hangs on the top.

S - what a shock, it smell like vegetables and some sweetnees. I would say maple syrup or molasses but definitely sweet.

T/M - like drinking liquid sugar. i feel diabetic now. molasses and yam flavor comes rushing in to the room, beats up all the spices and beer flavor and drags their corspes down your throat in a sticky ooze. Flavor hangs for a while but cleans up nicely. Second sip isn't any easier, but the maple comes through. Full bodied and syrupy.

D - Not really.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark red-orange. Very Hazy. Small quarter inch head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing that lasts throughout.

S- Sweet. Very fruity. Smells oddly of pumpkin, even though there is none in the beer. Some light berry notes.

T. Overpoweringly sweet. Can't taste any maple or molasses. Tastes a lot like apple cider.

M- Sugared apples and grape linger in the strong after taste. Not much as far as carbonation.

D- Tough to get through the full pint. Actually tossed a little bit in with my chicken to see if I could get any real pleasure out of this brew. To fruity, and sugary for this guy.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The thing about this beer is, it tastes a lot like most fall, pumpkin/squash beers.
and the heavy alcohol taste is not very appealing when it comes to being a drinkable beer.

It pours a dark brown, with a golden tint to it.

Smells kinda nice. It has those herbal spices, maybe a faint maple or "molasses" .
It also smells like it might have a heavy alcohol content.

The thing I don't like about the taste, is that the 10% alcohol is kind of in your face.
There are cinnamon and other spices apparent, and a faint taste that I get from most pumpkin/squash beers. I can taste a bit of good things going on in here, but its a little overpowered.

The mouthfeel was not that pleasant, and the people with me agreed.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a tulip, room temperature

A = pours a dark orange, almost no head, moderate carbonation

S = yeast, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg

T = malty, yeasty, then a little spice comes through. Not overpowering yam flavor, but you can tell it's in there

M = Spicy as above, fairly thick, medium carbonation

D = medium drinkability, next time I'd split the bottle. I'm not typically a huge fan of Belgian style ales, but knowing this going in to the beer, it's a nice different take on the style. Definitely can see this as a nice one to sip on a cool autumn night, but not an every day beer for me.

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Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB goblet.

A - Cloudy brass orange. Opaque. Yeast settling at the bottom of the glass. Poured with lots of head and is now settled to a small skim and a ring at the glass.

S - sweet malty, yeast, pumpkin (yams actually) flesh. I almost expected more spice, but I'm kinda glad I'm not getting slapped with nutmeg and pumpkin spice. Smell comes out more with a little warmth.

T - wow quite nice! Still not too much spice. YAM (its not pumpkin) really up front, but sweetened up with the maple syrup that the name kinda gives away. Some nutmeg and earthyness. Belgian yeasty.

M - Medium mouth feel. Really nice and what I'm looking for with this type of beer. Not a lot of carbonation, but there's a small carbonation kick after the sip that almost is in place of the pumpkin spice that too often overloads these fall beers. Not so much a lasting after taste, and that 10.5% ABV is compliments nicely giving you a warming feeling, but not an alcohol burn.

D - It's a nice slow sipper. Not completely a dessert beer tho very enjoyable. This would probably go well with Thanksgiving dinner rather than Thanksgiving desert. It totally drives home the thoughts of Autumn leaves, and the changing seasons.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottle says this is a Belgian-style brown ale. BA has it as a pumpkin ale. I'll try to keep both styles in mind. Virtually no lacing.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown-orange, with four fingers of off-white head that slowly, slowly subsides. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Definitely smells like a pumpkin ale. The smell is dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Malt in the background. Good smelling beer.

Taste: Doesn't taste all that much like it smells, which is surprising. The traditional 'Belgian' flavor dominates, backed by some spices. The finish is long and smooth, with almost a vanilla-honey aftertaste. I'm not sure I'm getting the maple syrup, or the yams, or the other flavors advertised, or maybe I'm just tasting what happens when they all blend together. Alcohol is definitely evident, as the beer warms all the way through. Maybe some pumpkin-like flavors come through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, and high carbonation. Nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: Definitely a good beer to sip on on a cold winter night. It smells like a pumpkin ale, but tastes like a Belgian brown. I'm not really sure how to best classify it. My nose says one thing, and my tastebuds say another. It's a beer I definitely would have to be in the mood for, and I might pick up another one for when the weather cools.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown with red tints light tan head small bubbles a decent size head.

S: Belgian yeast spice not much else on the nose

T: Yams in the taste here they don't show up in the smell tangy beer on the tongue with maple syrup and molasses. a slight starchy taste as well.

M: med to heavy high carbonation

D: very drinkable good beer

overall: this thing is a very strange and wonderful beer I was not expecting what I got

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Photo of StephenRich
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Proof that the small guys go it best, The Bruery, a small craft brewery in Orange County California which just brought home two gold medals at the World Beer Cup. In the Belgian-Style Flanders/Oud Bruin category their Flemish Style Red Ale Aged in Oak Barrels, the Oud Tart took home the gold. Also in the Experimental Beer category their Autumn Maple brewed with 100% Brettanomyces yeast (a very volatile wild yeast) took home the second gold.

The Bruery focuses on creating richly flavored beers that are unfiltered, never pasteurized, and completely bottle conditioned without additional carbonation added. They are also not shy about experimenting with using exciting ingredients in their beers, a perfect example being Their Autumn Maple; it is brewed with yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses and maple syrup. This really is the stuff that dreams are made of. At least mine are... Is that weird?

This was the first of the Bruery beers that I had tried, so I was plenty excited. It comes in a wine shaped 750 ml bottle branded with 10.5% abv on the side. I let it warm up to cellar temperature around 12C (54F) as would be appropriate for a rich brown ale of this magnitude, and poured it into two large large snifters; for my mate and I.

As I poured it, before I could consider the color, aromas ripped out of the glass at me. It was warm spice and rich deep dark caramel and malt which found its way quickly to my nose. Getting closer into the beer, the nose reveals cloves, cinnamon, molasses, caramel and pale malts, sweet egg bread, biscuit, light wood and hints of alcohol.

The beer though, sitting gently in my snifter was very pretty; it has raised a nice pillowy and fluffy two inch head showing significant density and a creamy egg shell color. It has reasonably strong retention, but slowly fades to a heavy lacing on the surface of the beer, which itself was sublime. I was very happy it was not pitch dark, and it does show fantastic browns, amber orange, glimmers of ruby red, gold, and copper with hues of ivory black streaming through it. From the sight and smell it seems to enjoy significant complexity - but my favorite test was yet to come.

The flavor of course is what I was excited for, and it did not disappoint. First rich caramel, pale and dark malt flavors all make their way gently across your tongue in a recognizable fashion paving the way for the more unique experiences to follow. Soft roasted yam flesh and pumpkin glides in caressing your palate gently bringing with is spices to the edged of your mouth. The clove and cinnamon found in the nose tickle and tease your taste buds as bigger meatier flavors relax deep in your palate.

Bready biscuit malts, caramel and maple sweetness along with soft vanilla and a hint of earthy funk rest deep in the beer. Molasses makes its way in at the end, and more spice and Belgian yeast notes. The beer benefits very well from the bottle conditioning; the body is full but very soothing with soft and delicate carbonation. It really flows gently over your palate but is aggressive enough to make itself known.

The alcohol is perfectly hidden among the balance of sweet and savory favors. Hops are not very apparent, but the sweet flavors are all more on the savory side of things. Overall it creates a very appetizing beer which was a pleasure to enjoy. The finish was warm and smooth, lingering slightly, but encouraging me to go back for more. I loved the spice, and love the brown caramelized flavors of yams, maple syrup and luscious malts.

I would bet that this will also age well in the cellar, but probably only for a couple years. Its balance and spice makes it perfect for food pairings. Try roasted chicken or turkey, cheese plates, tomato pastas, shrimp, and BBQ.

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Photo of Kshock
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third time ive had this beer and still dont get it....why yams?!?!? oh well....

A- Deep brown with a red hue. Almost no retention on the beer, resides to a white ring around the edges.

S- Fall spices (cinnamon, Nutmeg, allspice, and of course yams)

T- Sweet with some sour like characteristics up front, then the spices kick in on the back-end, dominating the flavor profile from there on out. The sourness is kind strange, takes away from the spices, which are surprisingly balanced.

M- nice soft medium body that is quite slippery on the finish. Goes down pretty easy

O- strange beer, not really pumped on it. Could be really good but i dont think "its the right combination shit for a m***er to F***Ed up on"- Kat williams

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

750ml bottle at Reserve Society poured into wine glass.

A- Dark hazy amber/light brown body with small foamy white head.

S- Caramel, maple, molasses, nice baking spices and small amounts of bready yeast.

T- "Butt load of Yams", caramel, pumpkin/sweet potato pie, baking spices, bready yeast.

M- Full body, light and fluffy carbonation, little alcohol burn on the back end.

D- Decent drinkability, just not enough carbonation, needs some time for the alcohol to mellow down.

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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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Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
1.43/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

taste: Dimetapp, Vicks, formented yams, metal

Overall: Really bad! Drain Pour.

Mouthfeel : Please get this out of my mouth ASAP

The only beer I have ever had from the Bruery. My other BA friend shared this and agreed with pouring the left over 2/3 down the drain.

I realize experimentaion is how you create new product. This seems like a mistake they brewed to much of and said well.... Lets put it in a fancy bottle with a fancy label and someone will buy it. Please dont. YUK!

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Photo of Ghenna
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany, with little head retention or lacing. Smells of maple and spice. Malty, almost apple-y flavor. Maple in the aftertaste. Taste is immediately a tempered malt sweet with what I would describe as pumpkin pie spice. The Maple flavor weaves itself in through the secondary part of the flavor profile, and sticks around till the end where both aspects are well balanced. Alcohol is not apparent until it warms up.

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Photo of drewba
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - translucent brown with orange and red around the edges. Pours a beefy three finger head that turns into a small, bubbly layer on the top with a fair amount of bubbles around the edges. Heavy lacing.

S - Sweet potato, spicyness from coriander, orange peel, pepper, some kind of sweet fruit, maybe apricot or raisin. The smell is large and impressive, but not my favorite smell. A friend of mine said "This smells exactly like a Hacker Pschorr, but with yams".

T - Lots of sweet potato, but none of the sweetness from the beer comes from that flavor. A plethora of spicyness, mostly coming from what's listed in the smell - coriander, orange peel, banana, pepper, anise, fresh apple cider, caramel. The hop profile is barely peeking out in the finish, a small amount of bitter and citrus. The sweetness is really hanging around. Personally, this feels much more like drinking a yam infused hefeweizen instead of a brown ale.

M - medium body, high carbonation - small bubbles, yay! Coats the mouth and is crisp, very nice.

D - This isn't really for me, so the sustainably isn't high. The sweetness limited me to a glass, and the other two guys I split a bottle with didn't want any extra after their first pours.

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

Thanks to mikedashg for sharing one of these. had it before, but never reviewed.

pours a ruddy brownish caramel with some head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace. i think this might be due to the glass shape, because other people at the tasting got a lot of head and lace. we all were vigorously swirling them too, which is sort of weird.

Smells of sweet brown sugar and there's a slight smell of yams, but not what you would expect. There's very mild spice, but it's not prevalent.

Instantly there's a spiciness that isn't overwhelming, but not so light that I'd call it subtle. The sweetness in the nose shows up in the form of sugar and candied yams. The spice and sweet blend very well and there's even a slight hint of nutmeg that rounds everything out.

Overall, this is a good light bodied holiday brew. It was great for a seasonal tasting.

NOTE: Having this side by side with BA Autumn Maple I really think this one is better. There's more subtlety to it, but I'll get into that in my review of the BA version.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,033 ratings.
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