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Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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1,988
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3.79
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13.19%
 
 
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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with blood orange highlights when held to the light. One inch of very bubbly head evaporates quickly, settling to a thin white film on the surface.

Mouthfeel is medium-full but with enough carbonation to bring some tangy flavor to the tongue.

This beer hits the nose with molasses, brown sugar, coriander and citrus. There's an earthy undertone that I would guess comes from the yams.

The taste gives you a lot to think about. The sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors come through first. Then the coriander and cinnamon flavors meld in nicely. Some yammy earthiness and depth comes at the midpoint and escorts the beer to its finish which melds that earthy flavor with some hop and alcohol bitterness. the flavor of the yams comes through pretty unmistakably and is distinct from the sweetness. If yams aren't your thing, this isn't your beer.

I'm rating this in comparison to the other fall/pumpkin beers since the yams are really a replacement for that gourd. Based on that standard, I think this beer does quite well. It's not overly spiced and you can actually taste the yams (whereas many pumpkin beers are designed to mimic pumpkin pie rather than actual pumpkin). Not my favorite style or my favorite example of the style, but it is evocative of the season and is worth a try when the leaves change. A worthy experiment from a forward thinking brewery.

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Photo of JSuperman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended by a sales member at our local Bristol Farms so I decided to give it a try. At $11 it was a bit more expensive than I wanted but I hoped it would be worth the hype. In short, it was!

This is a classic winter ale that is perfectly suited for a cool evening and a fire (in fact, I've already set aside another bottle for Thanksgiving). It is very sweet and full of lingering spicy flavor. The body is full, almost like a dopplebock in the level of flavour and heaviness. I preferred the taste at the beginning of the bottle more than I did during the last half. This is likely due to the sweetness of the maple and yams and I would suggest you share the bottle (something I neglected to do!).

If this beer was a holiday it would be Thanksgiving. It is full of fall, spicy flavors with a wonderful full-bodied, sweet taste that reminds you of your grandmas sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on 4/1/11 into a cigar city snifter

Pours a dark reddish amber with a huge fizzy head that dissipates to no lacing on the glass.

Smells of maple and malt. Tons of spices, molasses, maple, and earthy hits.

Taste is the same. Lots of smooth malt and spices. Maple and other tastes come through but this beer is not great by any standard.

Over all is medium. Not a great beer and high ABV makes for an Oscar Blues substitute.

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Photo of musicman575
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one sweet beer. Maple syrup galore. I'm almost screaming "please turn sour!" come to find out they make this same beer with brettanomyces. I would love to get ahold of it.

It has thick and cloudy burnt orange color with an orangeish tan foam that clears away to a film. Leaves a few bubblies on the side of the glass.

Full bodied beer with tons of rich, toasty malts and gobs of sweetness. I'm thinkin' roasted candied yams, but to be honest, I can't taste actual yams much. It is a maple beer, but it is almost like beer-flavored maple syrup. Phenols are pretty good. Hops show up at the end, but are still pushed aside by the strong sugars and smoky malt aftertaste. Does a pretty good job of covering up the booze until you breathe out. I bet this would be awesome to eat with some sort of fried dessert. I'm also interested to taste one of these that has been cellared.

I rounded the mouthfeel up and the overall down.

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Photo of alexk307
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Brownish redish with no head. Beer is the same color as the label.

S: Dark sweet fruits, belgian yeast. Not getting ANY maple/pumpkin/spice

T: Tastes EXACTLY like Treogs Mad Elf, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. I don't think I would be able to tell the deference between the two in a blind tasting.

M: Carbonated and full. Not as carbonated as other belgian ales.

O: Low overall because I don't think this was worth the price, and it didn't taste or smell ANYTHING like a pumpkin seasonal.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap toronado SD, would love to try a bottle after a year in storage. As the toronado staff noted, this would be awesome with thanksgiving meal. A bit sweet, some spice but with great texture. Really interesting nose and sweet and lingering finish. Like a thanksgiving meal wrapped up into a brew. Very enjoyable. I don't have a lot of experience with this style brew.

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Photo of Jjski
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like yams and maple. I do NOT like any pumpkin beer I've tried other than Heirloom Pumpkin Barley Wine ( almanac).

This is a very complex, Belgian yesat, copper colored, malt-forward, not too sweet, yammy, maple concoction: barrel aged. It still tastes like beer, excellent beer. It does not taste or resemble most pumpkin beers in any fashion.

From first frost until sugaring season, I'm apt to pull one out of the cellar to pair with duck, turkey, roast pork.

IMHO, the Bruery makes great beers. This is one of the more under- appreciated examples.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer from the Bruery for me. I've been looking forward to this one. Gorgeous fall in MN this year, so let's have a beer to match.

Pours golden brown, ample carbonation, a bit cloudy. Apparently previous years were undercarbonated. Mine isn't at all. Nice white head with a careful pour.

Smells are spicy. Nutmeg, clove, belgian spices. Feels like a pumpkin beer to my nose, but the label says yams. Whatever it is, I like it.

Tastes are right where you're expecting them to be. Belgian spice, with the other spices mentioned above. Yam/pumpkin pretty obvious too. Everything in harmony, a good integration of flavors. Some sweetness, but not as much as you'd think. I was expecting "too sweet" to be a criticism of this beer, but it really isn't. Very belgiany, which I'm not a huge fan of in general, but works with the spices here.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Thick enough to support the flavors and let them linger, but not overdone. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Easy to drink if you like the flavor profile. I liked the flavor profile. So I finished the 750ml easily.

I liked this beer. I don't know if I've had a better fall harvest pumpkin belgian strong dark ale. I also don't know if i've had another fall harvest pumpkin belgian strong dark ale. But if I had, I imagine it would not have been as good as this one.
Would like to try the barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of jman892
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark cider brown with some dark red highlights on the edges. Off white bubbly head fades to a cap relatively quickly. There's really no lacing to speak of.

S - Aromas of yeast and spices like cloves and cinnamon. A little bit of raisin in there as well.

T - Yams are noticeable, also a bit bready and yeasty. There is also a nice fruitiness, raisin or plum, balancing this off. There is definite warming from the alcohol. As it warms, the molasses makes itself apparent.

M - Medium bodied, tingly carbonation.

O - A nice seasonal brew, very glad I tried this. Good for a nice cool fall night. Definitely gets better the longer it is in the glass

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Photo of kasper
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour like dirty Apple cider -- a murky orangish brown. Absolutely no head whatsoever, so it looks like Apple cider too, with just a few large bubbles congregating on one side of the glass.

S: Aromas are a cross between a pumpkin beer and a sweet belgian dubble. Aromas of baked apples, cinnamon, pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, unsweetened Apple cider.

T: A lot of the aroma comes through on the taste. It actually tastes like a flat -- and i mean flat -- Apple skin-flavored cider, with molasses, maple sugar, mild spice and a bit of the yam coming through.

M: Ok, this is where you go WTF? The beer falls flat here, literally. There's only the slightest detectable touch of carbonation, and this medium bodied brew comes off tasting flat and lacking any kind of consistency. Somewhat syrupy, but a thin syrup.

D: Overall, this beer lacks a feel and carbonation, which kind of spoils it. There is 10% ABV in this beer, but it is so tasty that I cannot detect the slightest bit of it. Kind of tastes like a pumpkin brew you left open and out all night that somehow retained all its flavor but not its carbonation. Its still very drinkable, just half as enjoyable as it would be with some body.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer multiple times on both tap and bottle

Pours a merky brown with a slight hints of orange coming through. Small finger head the resides quickly but leaves a small lacing that stays for a while
Strong smell of sweet oven roasted yams, this reminds me ove oven cooked sweet potatoes with maple syrup, alcohol is farily present as well.
This is very sweet, maple taste up front, followed by yam, and a very sweet malt in the finish, the yam favor balances out the sweetness
light carbonation, full bodied, fairly smooth, very nice balance in the mouthfee

Very sweet but very smooth, heavy but I love having a few of these each fall

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Photo of bminor7
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/1/2009.

I'll start by saying I was very excited for this beer based on the flavor implications.

A - muddy brown. 1 finger foam subsides with limited lacing. legs.

S - brown sugar, yeasty, malty...almost tripel-like. can detect a hit of yam and maple syrup, but it's not strong enough to be obvious.

T - candi sugar...like an offering from Unibroue or Ommegang. yeasty. alcohol is there as well. fluffy malts and spice and lots of residual sweetness. pretty good, but i can't really pick out the damn yams and maple syrup, both of which i really like.

M - high carbonation and light/medium body

D - tasty...10% but i could see this being better with more yam/maple flavor covering a barleywine base.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer on a cold autumn night in Colorado, from a vantage point where I could practically hear falling leaves scraping against the window as they listlessly fell onto a fading suburban lawn. It's a fine setting for this dark brew, and shortly after the pour I get a real sense of how appropos it is. THe aroma is packed with molasses, and seasoned with dark pepper and bay leaf. Overall, my impression is a scent that is both deep and sweetFascinating aroma. Lots of molasses and black pepper and all spice and even bay leaf. It's a smell worth of competing with a slow cooker running through a deep autumn afternoon. And now we move to the body, thick and deep in palate and flavor. Sweet potato tang and sweetness appear here, borrowing some spice from the nose for a pungent, but deep, dulcet and satisfying flavor. Dark molasses provides that body and sweetness, mixing together well with all the other flavors. But do take cautious: this is immensely boozy. Let it age a season or two, or if you just prefer strength to finesse.

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Photo of Flip4beers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Served in a tulip glass and had it on tap.
This years version was the highlight on tap but from the bottle not so much. I guess it does makes a difference. You get spice, nutmeg, slightly hot but drinkable. The color is maple syrup brown but the taste not so much. The overall taste is balanced on tap with the bold flavors of liquid yams, spices, sweet mouthful of goodness. The bottle is lack of any of yams and its heat(alcohol) overpowers it. It's very inconsistent to what I tasted on tap then from the bottle. Go figure! Cheers.

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Photo of jbakajust1
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz tear drop @ Bier Stein

A - Pours a hazy deep red w/ small prickly beige head that fades quick to a ring and leaves no lace

S - Smells of brown sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spices, prunes, fruity esters, sweet malts, light floral notes.

T - Tastes of Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices, sweet potato pie, caramelized sugar, dried fruits, and floral alcohol

M - Alcohol warmth, prickly acidity from high carbonation, spicy heat in the semi dry finish, smooth

O - Very rich and deep, complex, fruity esters play well with the spices and maple. Very drinkable, warming, hints of floral from the alcohol. Nice beer.

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Photo of Preismj
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: thick golden/amber hue with slight head. good carbonation forming the head and these look like firm bubbles. little lacing.

s: clove, nutmeg, vanilla, generic spice. Smells like pumkin to me. Expected a bigger yeasty pie crust smell but didn't get it. sweet malts of maple and honey round out the nose.

t: definitely not pumpking. tastes like sweet potatoes all the way, which is what they use. The taste of the yams only creeps at the end and rounds out the aftertaste. There is a whole heck of a lot of spice in here. spices follow the nose, not too strong but there is quite the variety. A bit messy and slight booze makes the spice profile just so-so. A bit uneven. Nice sweetness after the spice, though.

m: good carbonation, crisp. Medium in body.

o: as advertised. Too much spice for me. The booze mixes well with the yam flavor, but not so much the spice. The malty maple sweetness saves this at the end and the unique aftertaste of yam provides a nice treat.

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Photo of wknight167
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a murky brown with an orange tint and a short lived 1/2 finger head.

Nose- Yams with belgian yeast notes (specifically banana), maple and toffee. Smells sweet.

Palate- Seasoned yams a little over the top in my opinion. Caramel, maple. Strong belgian yeast notes. Alcoholic warming is present, but does not deter from the beer

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Almost cloying.

Drinkability- Two would be too many for me.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting Room

Pours an amber color with a light head. It is very hazy.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Tons of nutmeg and cinnamon. Vanilla is feint.

Tons of spices. Belgian yeast combines to make it very complex and interesting.

It is well carbonated, and quite creamy.

I really enjoyed this beer, and hope to try it from a bottle as well.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
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 BTPete
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to tulip. Bottled purchased recently from beer store.

A: Dark red with 1 inch head that dissipates. Some lacing on glass. Lighly bubbling

S: Spicy cinnamon and sweet molasses.

T: Spice comes through first. Finishes sweet and malty. Medium alcohol feel.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation. I found it smooth in my mouth.

D: Drinkable but spiced beers inevitably have a limit with me. Will split another 750 by 2 or 3 people. Nice autumn offering. Different with the yams etc, so that was a nice change over the typical pumpkin offering. I enjoyed.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a mahogany with an off-white froth and decent lacing. The nose is soft and complex with aromas of Belgian yeast, Yams/pumpkin, molasses, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit, slight funk, & a slight tart character. The flavors cover everything listed above with a slightly tart finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry with some weight and a long finish. Overall, this is an amazing beer that I was happy to have last Thanksgiving, thrilled to have this Thanksgiving, and look forward to having at my next. An absolute must try!

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Photo of ElSid
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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A: Deep amber brown with an effervescent head of off white to khaki foam which dissipates to a thin layer that then slowly fades to a cling on the glass.

S: The spice complexity jumps out with highlights of maple syrup from a base of yam sweetness. The sweetness to build as the beer warms.

T: The allspice and cinnamon build as the molasses and maple syrup join in an attempt to bring a balancing sweetness. The yams add a sweet carbohydrate, slightly candied foundation to the brew. There is very minimal earthy hop bitterness. The yeastiness comes through in the end with a moderate amount of booziness.

M: The beer has a light to medium feel with similar amounts of carbonation.

O: The spices shine here but in the end overwhelm the remaining components of this beer, particularly the candied yam presence. The flavors here don't quite combine into a synergistic whole. A laudable attempt at creating a novel fall brew but overall can use some polishing.

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Photo of originalsin
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at my local whole foods about two weeks ago. Wasn't quite sure about distribution and how much was produced/the perceived rarity of this one but was glad to get my hands on one and waited for a worthy occasion. Had a girl over for dinner, cooked, and realized we didn't have any wine. Ah ha! Autumn Maple did more than suffice.

Truth be told, she enjoyed it more than I did. But hey, I'm not complaining about that...

Appearance is a nice mahogany color with a small tan had and no lacing. I'm trying so hard not to smell pumpkin in this one but I'm pretty sure I do. Does that even make sense? Otherwise the scent of sweet potatoes mingles with those of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some caramel.

I expected a bit more from this beer on the taste front. "A Belgian Ale brewed with..." I thought I would be blown away by the taste of this one but in that regard this beer is a bit too quiet. The scents noted mostly translate into the taste here. Additionally, there's a bit of a bready element and a bit too much alcohol.

It's light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation. Again, not quite what I expected. This beer suffers in the mouthfeel category in my opinion. Drinkability is good nonetheless.

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Photo of Flyer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich woody-red color with virtually no head. Aroma of pumpkin spices. Big flavor of yams, which works surprisingly well, spice, and some notes that remind me of rum-raisin ice cream. For all of that, the body is on the thin side, and combining that with the lack of carbonation, the beer is somewhat unsatisfying. There is less alcohol warming than I'd expect for 10% ABV. Tasty, but not really in a beery way. A worthwhile experiment, worth trying, but not something I'd likely buy again.

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Photo of m0ntels
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to try a yam beer once I heard of it. Very similar to a pumpkin beer overall, so not too exciting there. Very bold flavors all around though. Yam, spice, and yeast all strong but well balanced. I wouldnt drink this all the time, but one on the first chilly autumn evening wouldnt be a bad way to kick off the season.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.
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