Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented | The Bruery

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Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-FermentedAutumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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 largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Black Tuesday, and then again at a tasting thanks to alfrantzell.

It pours, unsurprisingly, the color of yams. Only a thin crust manages to form, but it retains well.

Aromas of caramelized yam and fall spices come through strongly behind a foundation of oak barrel. Fruity and leathery notes from the brettanomyces don't quite gel with the base beer, but it's still pretty enjoyable.

The palate opens with fruity acetic sourness, which is initially dominant until the beer warms up. Caramelized yams and spices begin to appear toward the mid-palate, while the brett lends a slight phenolic character reminiscent of plastic. Oak and tannins have a slight presence in the finish, though the beer ends on a more spicy note. Sweetness from both malt and yams reveals itself much more as the beer reaches room temperature, which is something of a saving grace as it helps to balance the phenols and acid from the brett.

A strange one, but ultimately interesting and enjoyable. Last year's Bourbon Barrel Aged Autumn Maple is a superior beer, however.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle with Amyliz4, Heather, and myself.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin head and some pretty good lacing. There is the nice "galaxy" swirl atop the beer that reminds me of the old space posters in elementary-school classrooms. Some tight bubbles on top. The nose brings a pretty decent amount of initial Brett. The second whiff brings in some light pumpkin and yams--honestly, I can't really tell them apart when there isn't a load of spicing. Some light clove notes.

The taste brings out a bit more of the barrel character with a light lactic presence. Very light, actually. The Autumn Maple base really doesn't come through all that much. There is some light oak and a mild tartness. The body is fairly thin and light with a tiny amount of carbonation. I think this definitely needs some time to further develop the barrel and Brett character. This is just too young at this point.

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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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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3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Black Tuesday

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a nice big off-white head and some sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A very interesting nose to this beer. Mildly tart up front with the usual spices of Autumn Maple coming through, not much of the yams, though. The wood is quite strong, but I like that characteristic.

T: Light lactic tartness with faint hints of slightly tart dark fruits (mainly cherries and plums). That seemed sort of strange, but I like it for whatever reason. The spices are pronounced with the woodiness being a bit more subdued.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

D: Like Gunga Galunga, this was a really interesting beer. I liked the combination of the mild tartness with the generally hearty character of Autumn Maple.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to largadear for this one. Served in a extremely wide tulip at the Allen residence.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick ring and nearly complete cap, leaving behind nice fingers of lace. The body is a hazed ruby brown. Quite attractive.

S - Sweet potato, white grape juice, faint spices and mint. Faint oak and bourbon in there as well.

T - A strange mix of sourness, brett, juice, and a yammy finish. Very weird, and not particularly appealing.

M - Some zesty carbonation and an oddly thin body. Alcohol is well-hidden I suppose.

D - This is pretty underwhelming - far worse than the regular BA Autumn Maple. I finished my glass, but I definitely would decline if offered this again.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and mostly clear with a wispy white head of small and medium bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Beer smells like spice (mild) with some leathery notes of Brett and some yam / squash vegetable character.

Beer is mildly lactic with kind of a bite. Light to medium in body and a creamy mouthfeel. There are some holidayish spices in the palate and some sweet potato feeling flavors but overall the brett wins this fight, and thank goodness. The regular version of this beer is OK, this version is much improved.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery's Black Tuesday event, about 9 oz. total,

A: Pours a medium amber to burnt orange, good head retention, solid lace.

S: Classic Autumn Maple nose, sugary yams and spice. The different aging adds a very nice acidic note, lactic.

T: Delicious mix of squash, winter spice and acid. The acidity opens the beer up, adds a little funk, and for me, the best Autumn Maple incarnation I've had so far.

M: Medium to full-bodied, moderate acidity, quite smooth, nice finish and aftertaste.

D: Just a really good beer. Combining fall beer and sours just make for a delicious product, well worth the purchase price.

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4.17/5  rDev +13%
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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Autumn Maple - 100% Barrel-Fermented from The Bruery
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