Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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3.78/5
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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
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#20,824
Reviews:
637
Ratings:
2,078
pDev:
12.96%
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Overlord
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light reddish brown. Almost no head. I'm noticing this with some of the Bruery beers. Not sure what's up with that, but I do like a bit of carbonation/head even with very strong brews (unless it's a stout, in which case I don't mind them completely black with only the slightest hint of bubbling murkiness. But I digress).

Smells like ... egads, insane yam smell. Taste brings some crazy spices. Cinnamon? Whoa, flavor explosion. This sucker tastes like it was poured straight from the fermenting vat into your mouth. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, considering the ABV and obvious amount of ingredients that went into it. I detected no maple syrup, though the beer was sweet.

**I just found some tasting notes on this that appear to be about a year old! In any event, repeated bottles demonstrated that the lack of carbonation was an endemic problem. Even on-tap, only mild carbonation, but really flat out of bottle. Will update review/scores.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GilGarp
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours hazy red-brown with a big fluffy light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is neat. funky and spicy. cinnamon and clove. bit of horse blanket. leather. nutmeg. white bread. bit of spicy rye bread character too. cracker.

taste is good. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of caraway rye. nutmeg. clove and cinnamon, but faint and very well integrated. bit of vanilla. hints of leather and horse blanket. light caramel and butterscotch.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the spice and funk is well balanced and mixes well against the base beer. i'm generally not fond of spiced brews, but rather enjoyed this one.

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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with random blocks of red and is topped with a dense quilting of tan lace which recedes at a medium pace as small bubbles pop here and there on top. When all is said and done a thin sheet is left on the surface and a few specks of lace cling to the glass. A sweet malty aroma floats to the nose upon initial inspection. Beneath that is some spicy funk and some mild ester fruitiness. Way down below exist some notes of pumpkin and brown sugar. Tastes spicy and a bit yeasty with a pleasant, balancing bitterness in the end. Feels a little dry going down, but there's a small core of offsetting creaminess. Mouth-feel is medium and a slight alcohol heat sticks to the back of the throat. Really enjoying this beer, but might wish for just a bit more umph in the taste department.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Bottle purchased in August 2010.

A- Pours a clear red/brown liquid with a thin but creamy off-white head.

S- Candy, Belgian yeast, white bread, and just the slightest hint of spices. Overall, a bit on the mellow side considering the ingredients and alcohol content.

T- Some spices, yams, white bread, molasses, and fruit. Definitely has a Belgian aspect to it.

M- Very creamy body but the finish is a bit astringent with some lasting warmth from the alcohol.

O- A very interesting and well made take on the "pumpkin" style. The alcohol is pretty well hidden which adds to the drinkability. Worth trying, especially on a cool fall night.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brownish-red, pink highlights. 1-finger beige head quickly forms to a thin ring, no lace.

Smell is a bit odd but intriguing, dark fruit, dark bread, some spice and tartness...only a hint of what's to come.

Taste has alot more to it, but is quite bizarre... dark fruit, licorice, tons of fall and winter spice, potpourri, a bit of funky tartness, medicinal notes. Not really my cup of tea but the complexity/oddness kept me sipping.

Oily mouthfeel, high carbonation, some booze but felt lower than 10.5%.

I can appreciate this for it's originality, I've never had a beer quite like this. But this is pretty wacky, and overspiced in my opinion.

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2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: deep copper brown
S: yeasty, with hints of alcohol and unfermented sweetness
T: a bit thin for alcohol, on sweeter side, unusual with decent taste but not to my liking, bitterness is there but sweetness wins out, very little head, big fat bubbles
M: sweet but not lacquerish
D: it is what it is but not my style

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,078 ratings