Autumn Maple | The Bruery

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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 CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Looks reddish brown with a minimal sudsy white head, little to no lacing. Mouthfeel is fine with the carbonation but suffers somewhat from an excess of boozey hotness that dries everything out in my mouth somewhat too much for my taste. The nose absolutely reeks of cloying yams, maple sap, and pumpkin pie spicing....I am shocked to report that this is the first time I have ever experienced a desire for a de-amplification of the nose in my entire beer-tasting experience. Its a great combo of smells which work together well, but the levels are set so high as to be annoying. Tastes like maple syrup at first, but evolves into MEGA sweet potato pie with a boozey alcohol burn to it. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I can see how it would appeal to others. It just....crams *way* too much yam flavor and scent into my head, when I'm only a lukewarm fan of yams and sweet potatoes. If you go crazy for sweet potatoes, than this beer will be right up your alley.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bartos
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 HumanParaquat
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark auburn color with lots of frantic bubbles. A nice dollop of foam appears with decent retention, but leaves little lacing.

Lots of spices in the nose...mostly cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Notes of brown sugar and dark malts combined with a hefty whiff of yeast remind me of fried sweet plantains.

Taste pretty much follows the nose...lots of yeast and spices. Sweet potatoes, molasses, and mulled wine flavors. Some definite booziness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with lots of carbonation and finishes dry.

Had this after Thanksgiving dinner with some pumpkin pie, which made for a great combo. The Belgian influence makes for an interesting take on the pumpkin/autumn beer genre.

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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 mentor
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Left-over judging bottle given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts at 2008 GABF. Pours a one finger tan head over a clear copper brown liquid. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spice and some pumpkin vegetal.

Tastes dry spice. Lacking 'lighter' spice characters over darker brooding spices. Baker's chocolate, drying booziness, pumpkin is mild. There is a little bit of brown sugar or maybe grain-based fruitiness (raisins). Md-light body. Not very impressive, but I had high expectations, based on the oak aged Levud I had a while back.

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Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

Opaque burgundy hue with a two finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, with a thin rim along the glass. Small islands of small bubbles develop in the middle.

Lots of spicy phenols, along with a bit of pepper and allspice. Ripe dark fruit is in the background. The maple comes through a little. The alcohol is well hidden.

Tons of dark fruit in the flavor, along with some spice that's heightened by a lot of carbonation. No maple syrup. The alcohol creates a nice warming feeling in the mouth. Full bodied, high carbonation. The spices linger for a while after each sip.

A rather enjoyable beer, recommended.

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Photo of Corson
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garuda
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby, murky, off white head that has good retention, but no lacing.

S/T - Toasted, roasted yams, spicy belgian yeast, with an underlying sweetness in the taste. I couldn't really pick out the maple syrup itself.

M - Medium body, high carbonation with that nice bottle conditioned creaminess and a clean, dry finish.

D - Interesting, unique brew that worked well at Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure if I'd get it at any other time.

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Photo of bum732
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

S: Belgian phenolics, spiciness, some clove and cinnamon.

L: Cloudy brown, off-white creamy head with great retention and lacing.

T: Sweet, brown sugar like malt with some spices. Medium spicy bitterness leading to some "pumpkin pie" like notes. Touch of tartness detectable finishing dry and quite spicy.

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly on the palate.

Interesting, but not something I could drink a lot of. Kind of messy with the belgian phenolics and the pumpkin pie like taste.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NonicPanic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Braz
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle on a random Saturday when I didn't feel like going out. Sips were taken from my tulip glass in between shots on the playstation.

Pours a very cloudy orange-tinged cranberry. Nice color, but dark. The one finger head is a late arrival, rising from the depths long after the pour is over and showing off in finger-tall glory for just a few seconds before it recedes to a medium-sized, bubbly ring.

In the nose: tangy prune, sweet potato pie, maple, cinnamon and lots of apple juice. It's on the sweet side, with a weird tang I didn't expect.

Very sweet in the flavor. Lots of apple cider, raisins, maple syrup, light cinnamon spiciness, a little bit of yams. Very slightly drying on the swallow. Subtle alcohol flavor, but no burn, interestingly.

Prickly medium carbonation amidst a body a tick under medium. It fizzes up just a bit as it moves around. Smooth and substantial, though. The alcohol is well-hidden by flavor, but it's just a little too sweet.

Great flavors, but drinkability is hurt by a hefty, nearly cloying sweetness. A good Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert beer.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kodt
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Autumn Maple from The Bruery
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