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
Ranking:
#20,255
Reviews:
636
Ratings:
2,077
pDev:
12.96%
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 kevanb
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes, poured into a goblet.

Trying my first beer from the Bruery. I don’t drink a lot of Belgian beers nor Belgian style beers but I do love seasonal beers and this screamed fall so I had to try it. It pours a lovely dark amber color, the head on this one is not very pronounced and dissipates quickly. It smells very inviting, yams and spices with sweet malts. The flavor is nice, sweet, very sweet but also spiced well, the yams aren’t overpowering. Makes me want to get a nice comfy sweater on and sit by the fire. Too bad its southern california and hot as heck.

Verdict: Really lovely fall seasonal from the Bruery, worth searching out. A shame most drinkers wont get to enjoy the full experience of having it on a nice cool autumn day.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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 spointon
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, rocky, off-white head blossoms over a rich, clear ruby to mahogany beer sparkling with effervescence, before quickly dissipating leaving a thin sticky lace as a reminder of its moment in the tulip glass.

Nutmeg and clove are accompanied by hints of cinnamon, unfortunately this is countered by a strong presence of Windex.

Autumn Maple has the expected spice, from the nose, and a moderate tartness, followed by cherry cough drops and cranberry. The layering is more muddled than one would hope for, and the finish is light and quick.

A medium body with slick texture and light carbonation, character is a bit undeveloped. The alcohol is present, but well tamed for 10.5%.

This bottle is worth finishing, but with so many superior versions of this style, this is realy just a curiosity. When looking for a sipping beer, avoid this one, as the aroma is a turn-off, and certainly holds back the flavors as well.

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3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 teromous
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange-brown body that is impossible to see through. It is murky but it has a very nice color to it. I can't even make out shadows through the beer despite it looking light enough to see through. Maybe it is just the color of the beer that makes it seem transparent even though it is nearly 100% opaque. The head is a thick velvety off-white color that fades to a thin cap appearing lovely in both states. It's a very nice looking beer.

Aroma: I get a bit of a funky old house smell in the beer along with a slight twinge of clove. Overall the aroma is pretty faint and unimpressive. When the bottle says "cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup" then mentions a Belgian yeas strain I expect a lot of character. Without any regard to the label the beer itself remains below average but I felt it necessary to relay my impressions regarding the label as well.

Taste: There is a banana flavor and a pronounced plum-like flavor that adds a light tartness to the beer. There is a sweet caramel flavor and a bit of a bready finish. There is a bit of sweet alcohol flavor in there. The aftertaste has a bit of brown sugar flavor. After the beer leaves the palate there is a clove flavor left over.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel with an even presence on the palate. Not too heavy, not too light. A slight amount of alcohol burn on the tongue. The beer is easy to drink and isn't overwhelming in spice or character.

Overall: This beer really floats in that realm of flavors and character that you'd find in a heavier Dubbel or a lighter Quad. To me this is really the target audience. It's impossible to know the individual contributions each ingredient will make to the final beer without tasting the base beer first, but I feel like a lot of the character in this beer comes simply from the yeast and the recipe minus the spices. When I drink this I don't think "pumpkin beer" (or yam beer, or spiced beer) even though I do pick up a light amount of spices. I would recommend it to fans of Belgian beers first, and then mention that it has spices. To a pumpkin beer drinker it will probably have enough light spice character to keep them interested but I doubt it will blow them away. Overall it was a nice beer.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 2,077 ratings