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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 jsapunor
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My search for the perfect autumn ale has lead me to try this in the middle of spring. Why not! The weather is cool probably for the last time in a long while so let's go.

Beautiful red orange color. A tan head sits on top for a while. A very pretty beer.

Lots of spices in the smell with cloves and yams and sweetness.

I have to give credit to emmasdad who said this is Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle. Exactly right. Everything is here except the turkey and the stuffing. This beer has a huge flavor profile that softens as it warms. We tried it with some honey ham and then some apple pie and it was terrific with both. The alcohol is more pronounced when cold but as it warms up, it takes a back seat to the rest of the autumn explosion.

I've been disappointed several times searching for a good autumn seasonal ale. This one fills the bill nicely. While it's definitely a niche beer those who like this sort of thing will be rewarded. Next fall, I'll be popping the cork on more of these.

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Photo of brianjay
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into the suggested goblet style glass. The body is the color of dark caramel and the head, which is full of bubbles at first, fades away quickly leaving

Aroma: Wow! Candied yams right up front, a syrupy sweetness on the back end.

Taste: Rustic and grainy on the tongue. It is definitely unique and complex. The thick body and heat of a barely wine with some floral touches of a Belgian/Farmhouse ale. Not much carbonation in this one either.

This beer is a meal in itself. Share this one with friends!

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Photo of purdueflyguy
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage poured on 27DEC12

Poured a nice reddish brown with about 2 finger head that dissipated quickly.

Don't really get the yams, get a little fall spices and some maple flavor. Get a spiciness from the yeast.

Taste the yams molasses and syrup really come though. Definitely sweet start that lingers throughout the finish. Don't taste any of the alcohol and don't get any warming so it was hidden well for 10%.

Feel a little thin would have preferred for it to stick around a little bit longer.

Overall a decent beer but probably won't buy it again.

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

Hadn't had this beer before and was excited to see it come into the store on Friday!

A: pours a cloudy amber. One finger white tan head on the beer

S: pick up the yams and sweetness from the maple syrup right away. After that comes the spices specifically cinnamon.

T: wasn't sure what to expect. I like pumpkin beers buthadnt had a yam beer before. The first taste was great. Smooth and subtle from the yams then sweet and spicy with the maple syrup and cinnamon and nutmeg, This beer has a much more pleasing taste than the pumpkin beers I have had in the past. The yam really makes this beer almost desert like, similar to the sweet yams my grandma brings to thanksgiving dinner.

M: smooth at first with light carbonation and a very subtle alcohol burn on the finish. Makes for a really nice drink.

O: This beer is wonderful. As a year round it would be ruined, but as a seasonal it is an absolutely wonderful beer. The temperature is dropping and this beer has the flavor and size to make everything a bit warmer and cozy-er. I would pick up a f of these for some of the colder nights ahead!

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Photo of antilogic
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on cask @ Beachwood. Thanks gabe!

A very interesting beer! My first sip made me "Wow!" with all the flavors to take in. You can definitely taste the yams and it's fairly spiced but very drinkable. Cinnamon, ginger and allspice (i think) jump out at me. The color is light amber and the head was well formed. I hear the bottles have a carbonation problem, but it works well on cask because you don't expect much. It tastes like what a autumn amber should taste like. I wouldn't drink it every day, but I would gladly grab a bottle next autumn to enjoy.

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Photo of bartle
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to one of the Erics for this bottle.

Pours a nice brown, slightly copper to orange. Creamy off white head.

the aroma is spicy, cloves, bready, touch of sulphur, maple sweetness blended with caramel. Very nice.

I was expecting this to be much sweeter from the nose. It's nice a balanced with a touch of bitterness to balance all the sweet stuff going on. Following from the nose there is some spices, cloves, pepper, a hint of honey or very light maple syrup sweetness. Balanced with a nice earthy tone in the beer.

Medium carbonation, nice body being full, and being fairly dry on the finish.

This is worth trying, though not my favourite of the Bruery beers.

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Photo of VincentFrey
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour / Appearance: Capped bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip. Dark, partially opaque ruby red. Very pretty. Little carbonation; a small ring around the glass but no real head to speak of. For a 10% beer I'm not really surprised, although I'd think the bottle conditioning would have more of an effect. Slight detractor to the appearance, but not a major flaw.

Aroma: Heavy spicing (allspice, nutmeg?) and hints of yam, but not overpoweringly so. Darker malts balance the nose, and faint sugars provide a nice winter warmer aspect. Alcohol is present but masked. Nothing like a brown ale, but a great smell for a yam / pumpkin beer.

Flavor: Wow those spices really quick. Oddly there is a very watery aspect to the whole thing, which is incredibly off putting. It's like mulled water on the backend, and I'm halfway wondering if this did get infected. There is some belgian yeast character, but mostly spice water. I'm very disappointed

Overall: Would have been great if it weren't for the mouthfeel and resultant taste. Maybe well carbed it was excellent, but now it's kinda died,

Bottom Line: I'm not going to bother next year, though I may be in the minority. Can't recommend based on the bottle sampled.

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Photo of bmanning
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangish brown with huge tan head that quickly dissipates into nothing with no lacing.
Aromas of brown sugar, maple syrup, cloves, cinnamon, plums, and orange zest.
Autumn Maple tastes like a sweet yam casserole with brown sugar, black pepper, grape juice, lemon, and a multitude of spices. There's definitely a lot going on here. The beer is spritzy in mouthfeel but it's thin too. This is a good fall beer, but I think I prefer the taste of pumpkins in my beer over the taste of yams.

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Photo of trentbent
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure I'd love this beer but I was sure my guests would love it. But it turns out that I knew I would love this beer and I ended up drinking almost a third of the bottle. It's definitely a tricky beer to pull out at T-day (the perfect beer but...) some people just don't love a complex beer like this. Have you ever had sweet potatoes with maple syrup? Yeah. So this is that and somehow better. It takes a moment, but it strikes you that the flavor and mouthfeel of this ambitious T-day beer is rightly balanced. I was sad when the bottle was done, despite all the other beers at my fingertips (I over-prepared for Thanksgiving cuz it was my first time hosting...lots of leftover food and beer!) Thanks The Bruery, let's make this a tradition.

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

Not bad. Orangey pale hue, like unripe mango. cloudy with a white head that lingers thin on top of the beer. Belgian yeast comes through first on the nose followed by warming alcohol. there is some sweetness, not so much maple, maybe brown sugar and a strong scent of unripe jackfruit. The taste is pleasant but relatively one dimensional. spicy belgian yeast, some powdery fruit and not much maple or yam, which is what got me excited about this. A little thin and undercarbonated for me. All in all not bad, but somewhat dull.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of pumpkin/pumpkin spiced beers but been trying to get into them. Disliked this one for reasons I didnt expect. It had really nice autumn flavours of the yams, the spices and some caramel, but then a big, hot booziness which I was not expecting at 'only' 10%.

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Photo of Brandywine
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful blood orange color. Almost no head to speak of. Nice alcohol legs and big lacing around the glass.
Smell: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, spicy esters, pumpkin
Taste: a little boozy, mild sweetness, spices are well balanced but the yam doesn't really come through except to give it a richer mouthfeel. Molasses too. There is a nice roasty, spiciness from the belgian yeast although it tastes like rye. Yams really start to come out as the beer warms up. There is also a nice breadiness without any of the yeasty notes characteristic of many belgian beers.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: a first the booziness was a little off putting but it's only appears at the tip of the tongue and actually melds very well with this well balanced beer. None of the spices are too aggressive. This makes for a very nice take on the pumpkin beer.

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Photo of bpgpitt10
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Maybe a burnt orange color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pretty average.
S: Not too bad. Some nice spice smells with a some of the yammy-ness to it. A bit of some rich sweetness... molasses or maple syrup like.
T: Just totally off. It's overly sweet and the yams taste more like undercooked yams than sweet delicious ones. Decent amount of spice coming through but that plus the belgian style sweetness is the show here. Totally unbalanced.
M: Medium mouthfeel to it. Nothing too overly special here.

Overall: Really just not very good. It had some interesting smells, but the flavor was very unbalanced. Nice try, but something I really didn't enjoy. Plus... it's dang pricey.

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Photo of JonathanG
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Hops & Pie. Compared side-by-side to Upslope's Pumpkin Ale.

Cloudy light orangey-amber color, with a little noticeable particulate. Sort of looks like unfiltered, fresh apple cider. Minimal head, light carbonation. Some may not like the cloudiness, but I feel it suits the beer nicely, as it's a bit rustic in nature, in a good way.

An intriguing nose and palate that is a bit earthy and subtly complex, with a nice rawness to it, like opening up a fresh can of pureed pumpkin or yams. The spice is nicely integrated, at least when I tried it, and not overblown by any means (although the Short's Huma Lupa Licious IPA I had beforehand could've skewed my tastebuds a bit).

Like comfort food, this is comfort beer. A wonderful Fall seasonal.

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Photo of suncrust
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Unfiltered, light coppery brown color with a small, brown head. Not much to look at. Kind of a brothy, soup stock sort of vibe. Earthy but light. Light carbonation with little activity. The head dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't stick to the glass.

S- Sharper smells with lemon accents. Initially a big yam boldness, belgian yeast, light dark bready aromas and a spicy fruit character. Overwhelming roasted mashed yam/sweet potato smells, light banana, and clove characters throughout. Extremely sugary- dark maple syrup and vague spice shine with the roasted yams bouquets to round this one out.

T- Sweet brown sugar melded with a light roasted yam character and plenty of belgian yeast. A little lemon citrus upfront. Sweetened maple syrup darkness mixed with molasses and herbal tea dominants the palate. Sugary bourbons, roasted textures, a mild lemon acidity, and a lemon herbal tea character from the spices finishes it out.

MF- Lingering candied traits and a modest spiciness on the tongue. A big belgian beer that's not overly thick but offers virtually no drinkability. Incredibly sugary, mild astringency.

O- This beer reminds me a lot of bourbon sweet potatoes served at a Thanksgiving dinner. Very sweet, lots of alcohol, a gigantic amount of maple syrup, all with roasted yams buried underneath the flavors. Booze stands in the finish amid a molasses and syrupy belgian style brew. Disappointing, rough to drink. Didn't like the balance between the flavors much. This beer could have improved from a different yeast choice. Also, not a fan of maple syrup…. that turned me off a bit.

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Photo of Torps
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with deep reddish highlights and a beige one finger head. Lots of carbonation lines the edge of the glass leaving a very fine ring. Looks super appetizing. Aroma is predominately sugar and spice and everything nice. Reminds me of pecan pie for some reason. Smells a bit "hot." I can tell there's a good amount of ABV lurking inside. Taste is fig, raisins, molasses and spices. I'm reading the label right now and it's spot on.. "..brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices." If that's not an accurate description I don't know what is. Mouthfeel is on par with other top belgian strong dark ales. I wouldn't say this is a super drinkable beer. I'm through one glass and I'm feeling a lil cloudy-headed already.
Overall, a pretty good brew and perfect for the fall months!

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Photo of eyncognito
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle received from the ever generous HopHead84. Thank you Shane.

Pours a copper brown color into my Chimay chalice. A white head barely emerges and disappears quickly. No lacing is present. Carbonation is barely visible, not a terrible thing, but a place I would note for improvement. If you didn't know, you'd swear you smell pumpkin. Needless to say, I truly love yams, so when I heard about this beer, I did not think, "huh, weird." I thought, "all right, about time." Nose hits you with pumpkin pie, spices-nutmeg, cinnamon, clove (mild), and allspice. I'v already envisioned what this would smell like with a hot cider mix. Also, hints of the maple sweetness and malt mingle with a mild scent of vanilla, spiced rum, and raisins.

Taste doesn't smack you in the face with pumpkin pie, or yams, yeah whatever. The point is that the initial push of flavor is the sweet malt, toffee and brown sugar, raisins, before the clowning achievement of then delivering the pumpkin pie-in-the-face and the accompanying spices. A gentle alcohol oompf at the end reminds you that you are dealing with a beer that weighs in at 10.5%. Well played in that regard for sure. Mouthfeel is the only thing that seems pedestrian. It is neither a detriment to the drinkability of this beer, nor is it a place where it shines. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice and chewy, incredibly light carbonation, with a well done dry, almost herbal finish.

I almost want to drive the drinkability score up to 4.5, but it falls a hair short due to the carbonation. That said, this beer is in the upper echelon of pumpkin/yam/fall harvest beers. Should Wisconsin start getting the Bruery (and I hear we might), this beer would be a welcome guest for fall and winter festivities.

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

750 ml bottle from Bev4less in Santee.

A cloudy brown pour with amber highlights and a very small beige head that suggests under-carbonation. The aroma is big with the distinctive bouquet of Belgian style yeasts, raisins, dates, some fruit notes that I can not put my finger on(yams perhaps) and brown sugar. The flavor like the aroma has that distinctive character that tells you this is a Belgian style concoction; this is a sweet brew with brown sugar, spices, molasses and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, the finish is long with lots of molasses.

While this is a sweet beer, it is not overpoweringly so, Autumn Maple is well balanced with spices and fruit. It kinda reminds me of Alpines Ichabod 2007 without the sour. I'd bet that it would make a great sour base beer to that extent. C'mon Patrick throw in some Brett and age it in Oak.

One last note--I'm not sure why this is classified as a pumpkin beer when the label states that there is no pumpkin used in the brewing.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

A- Poured an apt autumn deep reddish orange body, very little head that dissipated quickly, no carbonation seen in the hazed body.

S- Very decent aroma! Belgian yeast, honey yam, maple, you can pick up some nuttiness/spice too but it is very subtle and blended well. A bit of alcohol as the beer opens up.

T- A "seemingly" complex flavor of belgian yeast, molasses roasted yam, nuttiness, very subtle maple. Great blend with excellent balance! I really enjoyed the flavor. Again, a subtle booze as the beer opens up.

MF- Light-medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. smooth/slick drinkability. Decent but not par for the style.

O- The flavor is there but it only hangs around the palate just enough to make this a fast sipping beer . Great for the holidays! The spices really accent fall/winter. I can see myself grabbing this a lot for a ham/turkey dinner!

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Photo of BogleHill
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium-heavy bodied deep clear amber brew with a highly sweet aroma. On the top end the flavor is fairly sweet, with some alcohol on the nose. The aftertaste may be more interesting with this one - going from sugary sweet and spice to roasty malts to a bittering hop finish. Makes one want another sip. A strange, but interesting brew. The ABV catches up with the head quickly though.

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Photo of vgarneth
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery makes amazing brews and this is one of my favorites. First of all, the Fall is my favorite season and this beer compliments that time of the year perfectly (in my opinion). The appearance is like that of the brilliant maple leaf as it falls from the limb to the ground. Aromas of boozy autumn flavors fill the air and warms my palate as it flows throughout. The best part is that I found this gem in the cooler hidden behind other beers and paid less than $10 for it... Nice!

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Photo of telecomz
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany. Moderate to dense off-white head. Low retention with minor lace.

S - Not much of an aroma here. I'm not getting all the spice or 'clove studded oranges' that I read about.

T - At first taste I was unimpressed. But it developed. You can taste the yam but the lingering flavor is the molasses. The molasses is interesting because there is sweetness that combines well with the malt to begin with a bitterness at the end that makes up for the lack of hops (same finishing molasses note as in baked beans - for reals).

M - Moderate body; not unctuous. Carbonation dissipates too quickly.

D - I don't find this to be a sipper. It is a strong ale. Good drinker.

I think this will age v. nicely

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL poured in my Goose Island Chalice. 4/28/11

A- Aumber in color, off-white to light caramel head about 1 1/2 fingers thick. Disapates quickly, a little lacing, but thin on the retracting.

S- Caramel and toffee notes, Belgian yeast, baking spices, definitely some maple syrup w/sweetness.

T- Caramel malts, maple syrup, subtle yams, watered-down molasses which work in a good way for me, nutmeg, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, candied orange peel. This beer works for me. Just a little thin.

M- A little thin on the mouthfeel, but smooth.

Overall- I like this beer. I wish the finish was a little longer. I could see myself sipping on this while the leaves change in my favorite month of October!

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Almost looks like apple cider... no head on this beer.
Aroma- Sweet, Yammy, Maple syrup and some faint spice.
Mouthfeel- Low carbonation which I find nice for this style of beer and it's quite smooth.
Taste- Malt, sweetness, nutmeg, alcohol warmth, maple... not much yam taste. The yam is more on the nose than in the taste. This is a great fall beer... a little expensive in my opinion... but definitely a unique beer to seek out.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3/5  rDev -20.8%

It would be better if the molasses flavor didn't overpower the maple. I like it otherwise. Maybe it's a California thing, but he molasses hit my palate first which was not what I expected.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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