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:
2,053
Reviews:
630
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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165
Gots:
391
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14
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Photo of Celtics76
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, paired with the Thanksgiving pecan pie.

A-Tawny brown pour, foamy tan head subsides fair;y quickly, no lacing.

S-Clovey with nutmeg and, well, yamminess. Sweet and spicy with some molasses notes.

T-Nice. Sweet with a strong presence of Belgian yeast. Plenty of spices, heavy on the nutmeg.

M-Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O-Pretty good, better with some age. A nice dessert course beer.

HV

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Nice beer. poured a dark brown, not black. Nice head retention. No overly sweet and good use of maple. We paired this with some Leige waffles with chocolate drizzle. Very good belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caramel colored and translucent, with a foamy off white head.

They aren't kidding when they say they used yams. The scent is immediately associated with candied yams and maple syrup.

The flavor has a strong maple syrup presence. I'm also picking up pumpkin spice and suprise, yams. The finish is sweet.

This has a pretty heavy body, and is very boozy. It leaves an alcoholic burn in the mouth and throat.

The hot boozy feel severely limits the drinkability. The yams and maple syrup are an interesting attempt at the style, but also get tiresome before my first glass is over.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phigg1102
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of JISurfer
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This was one of my top beers for 2009. I was really hoping for something big, malty, and sweet. This delivered. The candied yam and maple taste covered the alcohol pretty well. That's why this could be a dangerous beer if you're not careful. I would have liked to have had this on tap. I will def have to try the other Bruery beers that are available in the Chucktown area.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of spointon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into 2 tall weizen-type glasses.

A= This one poured a cloudy brown/orange with a 3/4" tan head. The head dropped to a tiny ring and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Lots going on in the smell. I noted sweet and toasty malts, molasses, Belgian yeastiness, and a sort of starchy sweetness that must have been from the yams.

T= Started off sweet and stayed that way throughout. Some burnt/brown sugar notes along side toffee, sweet yams, raisins, and molasses. The yeast notes were rich and fruity. Finished heavy and sweet, but tasty.

MF= Heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level and a tongue coating viscocity.

D= Tasted pretty good but the heaviness and the abv combine to make this a one and done offering. Would make an excellent beer to cook with...possibly next Thanksgiving!

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured (in several successive stages) in to a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dull mahogany, sort of a muddy, dirty looking brew. It's not the most appealing hue, a problem that seems to be magnified the larger the serving vessel (it looks a lighter, nuttier, amber orange in a slightly smaller snifter that a friend is drinking out of). This in and of itself wouldn't merit the above score if the head or lacing were anything other than fleetingly ethereal. The fizzy, slightly tanned head is eruptive at first, rising as high as two fingers before collapsing as quickly as it came. There's no lacing of which to speak (at least in my glass - my friend's class does indeed have some good head retention as well as a nice healthy collar, though the aperture of her glassware is narrower), nor even any surface dusting. Alas!

** The second pour does a little better. A thin dusting of lace does stick around for a little while, as do a few specks of lacing and a nice bubbly, spongy collar of foam. Nothing outstanding, but an update worthy of a slight score bump.

Aroma: Yam and banana heavy, very starchy, but almost like bananas flambe. Alright, precisely like bananas flambe - a lightly spiced, estery banana & sweet potatoe note, drizzled with heavily-caramelized toffee and saccharine notes.

Taste: You truly can taste each individual promised component in this one, which is something that you usually don't get too often. The base beer is pleasant - a nice Belgian dark, not too heavily toasted, with some decidedly Belgian yeast spice overtones and a faint banana note. These blend wonderfully with whatever additional spices were added by those at the Bruery (nutmeg, cloves, perhaps allspice, and something else both earthier than all of these and more peppery than all of these), but the latter also blends wonderfully with the yam addition. There are a lot of heavy, full, starchy sugars in this one that meld in interesting ways both with the roastier, sweeter sugars that form the base beer, but also with the higher esters produced by the yeast strain. I suppose with bananas and yams being so closely related, it almost makes sense. And, of course, the more I drink this the more I realize that the other obvious component of the base beer - the heavily roasted, sweet, caramelly malt backbone - is of course augmented by the molasses and brown sugar additions. Just a very well-adjusted, complex beer with an interesting array of unusual components that seem to augment the base beer in pretty much the right ways.

Mouthfeel: Whatever carbonation issues the first batch of this beauty had, this one's clearly fixed. The beer itself is sticky without being thick - it would have to be sticky with all these residual sugars - and avoids the cloying thickness by having a nice amount of well-integrated effervescence.

Drinkability: Pretty darn good. Sure, there's a little bit of heat - sort of that typical Belgian beer-esque heat that's farther back in the throat, warming without being hot, and any "heat heat" is covered up by the spices - but it's not too bad. Sure, it's fairly high in abv% - at 10.5%, you're gonna feel it unless you're a tank. And it's fairly impressive enough combination and collection of flavors that it manages to withstand the force of both of these. Kudos to the Bruery - work on that retention, enhance those aromas ever so slightly, and you'd have a real serious winner on your hands.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Pincchios snifter. No bottle date but this is the fall 2011 version, from what I believe.

A: Pours a clear deep amber color. You can see through it. Faint half finger white head. Dissipates quickly. Some alcohol feet.

S: I get lots of nutmeg and clove notes. Definitely spicy. Sweet potatoes are there for the yammy stuff. Maybe some coriander scents too. Yeasty notes definitely there.

T: Obviously no hop character on this one. Drinking with a novice drinking partner that really enjoyed. Lots of spice notes: cinnamon and nutmeg and cardamon etc. The "yam" is really masked. I like sweet potato more than Pumpkin so maybe I am partial to these beer over other seasonals.

M: Medium bodied beer. Good mouth coating of the spices.

O: A rating on this one. Definitely a solid A on this one. Probably the best seasonal/pumpkin/yam beer I have had so far this year. Might actually end it with this one. Can't take anymore...

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 08/02/16

Pours cloudy hazy maroon red-amber with a dense creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like yams, sweet spice, toasted malt, red apple, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, banana, dark fruits, dried fruit, funky peppercorns, hay, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like yams, sweet spice, toasted bready cracker, red apple, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, banana, dark fruits, dried fruit, mild peppercorn funk, some hay, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and syrupy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and unique beer.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
3.8 out of 5 based on 2,053 ratings.
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