Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented
The Bruery

Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-FermentedAutumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented
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Fruit and Field Beer
3.75 | pDev: 15.73%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-FermentedAutumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown appearance like the base beer with some lighter fall colors (yellow, orange) thrown in there. Off white, almost beige head 1/3". Aroma was yammy, brett like. Relatively clean.

Much better than the base version, this one has a small tinge of oak funk, earthen brett like notes. Of course there is still all the Thanksgiving base flavors from the yams and spice rack. A little viscous mouthfeel. Spices abundant. Carbonation keeps it lively and the fermentation, it is still viscous but doesn't sit as heavy of a mouthfeel.

Its a unique and interesting beer, but as for as my Tgiving beer, I'd prefer a headless heron from CW.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since nobody has rated this in 2 years, I might as well.

Look: Dark amber, slightly cloudy without much head at all, nice lacing though.
Smell: Bright fruit and dark spices. It smells like a Bruery sour with an interesting "holidayness" to it.
Taste: This is where it gets interesting. Bright orange zest, light oaky funk, the spices shine through a bit giving it a very unique taste. I've never quite had something like this before.
Feel: At 10% you would expect some viscosity, and while it's not as thick as traditional Autumn Maple, it still has a bit of mouthfeel. Even though it has a slight viscosity, the sour kinda washes it out making it a bit more refreshing than normal.
Overall: This is a unique beer to say the least. I really enjoy regular Autumn Maple, so my rating may be a bit higher than others. It tastes like a lemon pie and a pumpkin pie had a delicious baby, that's the only way I can think of describing it.

To be fair, it gets you drunk quickly since it doesn't taste like it's 10%.

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brett has really come to the forefront on this one. Very much like regular Autumn Maple, but with a unique brett twist. Spicy, fruity and funky. I kinda like it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12

A - Pours a cloudy carmel brown with a few tan bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Tart, spices, oaky, maple sweetness.

T - Tart oakiness, then autumn spices and the some subtle maple sweetness.

D - Lighter body and lower carbonation.

O - Fall spices with a tart oaky presence. Great for Thanksgiving 2012.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel as part of a DC bottle share. Bottle brought by WorldWideStout, much thanks. Vintage 2010. From notes.

Reddish orange amber body, with a light tan color, kind of creamy off the pour, fairly solid.

Bouquet brings an almost vinous apple wine like character, mild brett, with some large apple butter qualities along with some mild nutmeg and squash.

Palate hits with playful and noticeable carbonation. Light funk. A real interesting toasty quality to this and charred squash. Mild sugar sweet and sour balance. Some other fruits seem to come out the sourness accents. Orange and tangerine fruit as well.

Overall pretty interesting, kind of a bit of fun drink I must admit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat sour and tart with some malt, spice, and mild fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors and an acidic quality with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems like there is just too much going on to be really cohesive.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Vinegar and alcohol with some yams and a smell that reminds me of cooked vegetables. The sourness dominates and it reminds me of a flanders.

Taste: Vinegar and malt up front, definitely reminds me of a flanders. Dark fruit with a sweetness and strong tartness in the finish. The usual autumn maple flavors are definitely in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was very different from the original version. More like a flanders than anything else. Don't know that I'd have another, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of KevSal
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting to this one. Given to me by arbitrator at the fifty fifty release, thanks mihir, I appreciate it.

I love pumpkin ales but I've never been a big fan of the base beer (although I hear the BA version is great.) this ones gettin pretty rare these days. I believe this is 2 years and some change old now. (2009?)

750 poured into a tulip

A- look just like the base, deep slightly murky reddish orange. Barely a half inch of head that doesn't last too long. Disappears quickly to a ring around the glass.

S- smells like a over spiced pumpkin ale with a sourness scent in the back end. Very interesting, not sure which way the flavors will go with this guy.

T- the sourness comes out pretty strong on the front and end, taste like a soured pumpkin ale that isn't intergrated well, more like an accident. Not as bad as the stories I've heard of this guy. It's got a slight taste of oud bruin which is a favorite style of mine, I can enjoy this. I believe the very base beer is a brown.

M- mouthfeel is alright, well carbonated, no alcohol at all which is pretty impressive for a 10% beer, glad I dont need to be in at work till noon tomorrow haha.

O- this is an alight beer, wasnt site what to expect from a beer when it's been 100% barrel fermented, this one was not a complete train wreck however it doesn't surprised me it has been retired. Ive had much worse ( 1 Door comes to mind), and I actually enjoy this more than the regular version.

Give it a shot if you've got one, a must if ur doing a autumn maple tasting.

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Photo of davey101
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to BeerAndBourbon for this want of mine.

A - Dark reddish brown, fairly cloudy body. Almost no head forms, just some large dirty off white bubbles around the edge. Some decent legs and lacing

S - Its amazing what brett does to a beer. Smells like an oddly spiced thanksgiving gueze. Bright funky tones and vinegar, followed by some fall spices and earthy yam aromas and finally a bit of alcohol. The funk is very dominating.

T - Tart. Funky horse blanket and some notes that are borderline citrus, but not in the fruity sense. This is accompanied by earthy yams, caramel, and some nutmeg. A bit of oak as well, but no bourbon notes. Very interesting and unique. Mouth feel is a bit thin, but carbonation is moderate and decent for the flavors.

O - This is a much different beast than the regular autumn maple. The funk is on full display here, where as the yams and fall spices are faint and in the background. I think I liked this beer, it was just so....weird.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Maroon body with a small white head.

Acidic, funky nose. I'm starting to recognize it as the signature Bruery funk. Strangely vinous and cherry like.

The yams have gone bad in this one. I'm wondering why this was even made. It's a very strange beer to begin with. Brown sugar sweetness and yammy, like a thanksgiving dessert, then you toss in this sour rotten cherry vinegar flavor. It's like someone threw up on grandma's famous pumpkin pie.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from 2010 into a Portsmouth tulip, enjoyed on the first sub-50 degree night of the year. Thanks a lot for this beer Mark, it was totally off my radar.

This one isn't the belle of the ball: it pours a reddish, murky brown, with a half-finger light brown head made up of some of the biggest, loosest bubbles I've ever seen in a beer. Even aggressive subsequent pours didn't change the look of this one too much.

Just a ton of tart funk in the nose. Totally blind, I'd probably peg this for an Oud Bruin, and the vinegar is very present. But there are some very unique aromatic elements that do remind me of the regular Autumn Maple. Though I can't really detect yams, I do get a lot of sweet berries and some toasty coconut. Read aloud, that combination doesn't sound too appealing, but it works very well here.

A lot of bretty funk up front, combined with those rich, autumnal fruit flavors of Autumn Maple. Again, there is a very pronounced vinegar character reminiscent of an Oud Bruin or Flanders Red, but what gets me is the slight cheesy funk at work as well. This tastes earthy and sour, with just a touch of alcohol heat.

As the appearance indicated, the mouthfeel is a little flat, and a little thin as well. It certainly doesn't kill the overall package, but a little more carbonation would be nice. To me, this almost felt (and, actually, looked) like it was served from a cask.

I really wasn't a fan of the regular Autumn Maple when I tried it last year - I thought it was sort of a muddled, sub-standard fall seasonal that fell short of many pumpkin beers I enjoy. I never would have expected that Brett would improve this beer immeasurably, but the BA version really is a different animal. A very unique, very tasty beer.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bottle...Thanks Chad for this opportunity to try this gem! Pours a muddy, reddish-brown with a small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is WOW! Blowing my mind...wasn't expecting this. Tons off Brett...I didn't think this beer was wild or even sour...I love it! Smells delicious. Has some definite funk and spicy aromas...hints of vanilla and sweet malt, but the Brett is king in this department. Taste does not disappoint following such an amazing nose. Tart, pumpkin/yam flavors on the palate with spiciness in the throat. Once again, wasn't expecting this to be sour. Light cinnamon and nutmeg with some cherry sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mouth puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it's been so long since I've had regular Autumn Maple...but I can tell you this blows it outta the water. Amazing beer!

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into Bruery Tulip glass:

Appearance: slightly hazy, coppery brown in color, minimal head, that fades slowly.

Smell: Heavy Brettanomyces sent in the forefront, spices, maple syrup, brown sugar, yams (minimal compared to regular Autumn Maple).

Taste: Sour, spices, initially tastes very similar to Lost Abbey Veritas 003 or 004, then has the typical Autumn Maple spice, yam and molasses taste towards the finish.

Mouth: Light, bubbly, tart and acidic.

Overall: An amazing, funky beer. Completely unexpected taste and a major deviation from the run of the mill Autumn Maple.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle poured into a snifter. Cold stored since the release.

A: Appearance is an attractive deep reddish brown with a finger of beige bubbly froth that's fast fading, leaving traces of lace on the glass.

S: Tart and lactic cherries with sweet baked bread and a moderate vinegar presence. Vanilla is accompanied by yam, allspice, ginger, maple, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This smells awesome. I'm really surprised. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't expecting this. Fantastic.

T: Bready and sweet up front, segueing into tart cherry and apple with a firm lactic presence. Oak melds with vanilla. Maple syrup is pervasive and delicious. I detect nutmeg, light ginger, cinnamon, and a touch of molasses as well. The finish is lightly sour, with a low level of vinegar and a decisive tart cherry note accompanying the spice.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one took me by surprise. I really enjoyed this and wish I'd opened it on a weekend so I could drink more of it. Not unlike an Oud Bruin. Recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a good friend for the chance to try this one. Pours a nice amber brown with a silky tan head. Nose has oak, sweet malts, yams, spices, maple, caramel, toffee and oak. Taste has a nice complexity to it. Body a bit thin, but drinks nice. Another innovative example of a classic style of beer. More brewers should barrel ferment their ales. But then continue to age it in a fresh liquor or wine barrel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved this one. Shared at with some good friends this one was poured into a snifter.

Nice orange pour with a small head that faded off slowly and left a nice light bit of lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma is funky, did not see that coming. Nice sourness that sits on top of caramel sugar, fruit notes, and light earthy and wood like taste. Criso and clean with a nice medium body that lets the flavor really expand on the palate. Nice dry finish lets the sour really explore.

Overall very solid beer. Thanks for bringing this one Calton.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, and mikesgroove at one of our weekly tastings. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy red orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, yams, maple syrup, and coriander. The flavor was of sweet malt, yams, maple syrup, and slight sour. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The slight sour aspect going on in this one really added a nice touch to the base beer. This kind of reminded me of Nano Series: S.A.M. that I had awhile back. Only the sour on this one was not as pronounced as with the S.A.M. Glad I have another bottle of this one sitting in the cellar to share with others in the future. Definitely worth trying despite the low ratings it has gotten recently.

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

Pours little head. Color is a burnt amber orange. Murky.

Aroma: Sour flavors, vinegar, and acidic cherries. Funky. Nothing like the regular AM> Brett flavors as well. Not bad.

Taste: More spice flavors here. Pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger. Sour notes. Cherries and lacto. Brett funk. Some caramel sweetness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Funky and spices. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, this is much better than I expected and better than the original. Pretty easy drinking and pretty unique. Not bad.

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Photo of black13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vitese for sending me this bottle. I had been eying this since Thanksgiving, but I needed to share it with a couple friends as 750ml on my own is a bit much.

A: Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip and was given a good head that had large bubbles that persisted throughout the glass. The color is a medium honey/amber color. A very festive, fall color.

S: Wonderful. I picked up the yams as well as some sour fruit, maple and a light vinegar aroma. They all meld together quite well. I quite enjoyed the aroma of this in the glass. I tried to pick up some barrel character, but it wasn't there for me.

T: All the above aromas are very present in every taste. As it warms up the flavor of the yams become more prominant. Towards the end, I would say it was almost sweet, but it didn't take away from the beer at all. It had a good amount of carbonation and coated the mouth just right.

D: A very drinkeable creation from the Bruery. I would have really enjoyed this with a full Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe next year. And as an afterthought, I probably could have polished off a full bottle on my own.

Consumed on 01-26-2011 22:28:01

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse, light yellow head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate retention but nice legs. Head retention and lacing need a bit of work but good overall.

S: Nose is cinnamon, brown sugar, and other sweet spices. Yam sweetness is actually detectable. Some nice muted oakiness also. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

T: Opens sweet potatoes, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, clove, and some other sweet spices. An oddly muted tartness is present towards the middle. Yam sweetness with notes of vanilla and a bit of booziness towards the end. Finish is sticky and sweet with near no aftertaste. This is decent, but its not as good as the original.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, warm, and oily in the mouth. Silky but with some heat going down. Spicy and accented finish with a slightly woody aftertaste that dissipates quickly. Really smooth and drinkable for such a high abv beer. And from the Bruery no less!

O: While I thought this was an interesting take on Autumn Maple I appreciated the originial version a lot more than this take. An interesting beer and the fact that it still tastes 90% like Autumn Maple means I think its solid, but in the end, not as good as its base.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to dfclav for this one.

Pours a very little head, with a rosy brownish color.

Nose has light tart aromas, almost barnyard like but doesn't quite get there, yams, maple, light spices, sweet toasty malts, bit of a sweet fruit like aroma, a little creamy aroma too.

Taste is a bit creamy as well, some nice malts, toasty and creamy malt flavors, some maple syrup, light yam flavor, sweet potato even, bit of toasted malts, light oak, very light tart sour funk, very light barnyard like funk, and a little spicy. Finishes dry and mostly clean but a bit of lingering sour fruit-like yam-like flavors and dry malty flavors.

Medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

Overall interesting, not really better than the original, but some nice light funk and sour additions, the lack of carbonation was a little iffy, but an interesting beer overall. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Kegatron for letting me grab this out of a box as his trustee. Poured at 50 degrees into a Bruery tulip.

Appears nice in the glass, dark brown in color, with a light tan head and big bubbles on top from the hard pour. At first I thought it was undercarbed due to the incredibly large size of the bubbles and almost no head, but then it started to crop up and cascade to the top into a little under a finger width. Surprisingly good retention after that initial scare, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite sour, and almost identical to an Oud Bruin. There's maybe a bit more sweetness here in the aroma, but it's kind of indescript and I doubt I could pick out yam blindfolded. Perhaps some brown sugar is noticeable, though.

Sweet sugary goodness on the initial sip, but that quickly gets a little cloyingly sweet with lots of brown sugar before souring up with a bunch of vinegar and red wine character. A little bit of cinnamon spice on the tail end makes this beer a bit of a confusing hodgepodge. The flavors work together better than I expected, but I was expecting it to taste pretty bad.

The mouthfeel seems a little bright and poppy for a beer like this, but I think the consistency is about spot on. Kind of a medium/oily feel which moves about the mouth well. Fairly wet finish.

Drinks pretty poorly. It's a challenging beer because of the way the flavors play out, but I wouldn't mind that if they worked in conjunction a little better. A pretty weird experiment of a beer that turned out, well.... weird. Honestly, if you just think of it as an Oud Bruin and forget about the Autumn Maple part it's not half bad. I advise drinking this when you're in a weird mood so you can fit right in.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, yams, oak, maple - just what a tree logger would love

Is it good? Yep its good

Think Autumn Maple mixed with Oud Bruin ale. Add Oak aging, maple syrup and Yams and this is what you get.

There is some vinegar flair added in which is very welcome and takes a little away from the sweetness, but this is pretty tasty stuff and complex enough that most BA's would really go for it... If we were playing golf and this were a par 5, The Bruery hit it and hit it with precision. Some may say a birdie; all I know is as you get towards the bottom of a 750, more of the oud bruin flavors come out and this really becomes more complex with vinegar / brett characteristics really shining through. Appears this has come up in the Fruit / Vegetable beer although it is definitely more on the sour ale / oud bruin side of the spectrum. Medium / thick body with a light carbonation. Caramelized sugars and the belgian yeast still reign in this beer even though it has been 'tainted' with the brett.

not sure exactly what all of the other haters on this beer are complaining about, but this is great stuff for me. Send them my way and I will take them.


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Photo of StormKing47
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared on New Years Eve with therealnomayo and cmurren25, didn't know what to think and hears why...

A- Looks great has a nice brown appeal with a faint ruby hue. A lively stream of bubbles showing off the carb level that leads to a light tan and foamy head. Very lively and fizzy.

S- What an interesting array of aromas. An upfront warm yam smell with a faint ripe grape aroma. As it warms the warm bourbon and vanilla undertones come out and an interesting spoiled fruit and spice mixture to finish.

T- An odd one definitely. Has an opening of sweet yams and crazy spiciness followed by a lactic sourness and spoiled fruit finish. As it warms I pick up the bourbon, vanilla, wood notes and a touch of lactic sourness. Very odd, but strangely decent.

M- Alive! Crazy carb and medium body pushes the flavors everywhere. The stick around to let you taste everything. Has a strange warming from the barrel and a semi-dry finish.

D- I like the normal or barrel aged version better, but this one is not awful. I kind of like how it's odd mixture of flavors meld and make for an interesting experience. Worth a try.

A nice twist on this one, but go back to barrel aging please!

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer received from the ever-generous neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF. Per his recommendation, this one was poured into a snifter and reviewed completely blind.

Pours a murky copper color that shines in crimson when held to the light. A tiny head of light tan is super fizzy, bubbling like soda before disappearing within seconds and without a trace.

Fruity aroma, like dark cherries, green raisins and plums. Oak aging has imparted some nice vinous character, along with sweet vanilla, balsamic vinegar and perhaps some clove.

Tart lemons in the initial flavor, followed by the heavy woodiness of untoasted oak in the middle. Balsamic, cherry syrup, sweet maple and orange juice mix with lots of brett tartness. A dry finish seems to wipe the mouth clean, but this is reduced as beer warms. Tiny bit of ethanol.

Light and tickly carbonation. This thing's got a smooth medium body with impressive creaminess and is a pleasure to move around.

I had NO idea what beer this could be before I removed neorunner's covering, but it all makes sense now. The brett somewhat overpowers the other flavors in the beer, but you can pick up a bit of the yams and maple if you search for it. I can see this being excellent with white meat or a salad.

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Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented from The Bruery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 79 ratings