The Bruery’s “Autumn Maple”


Tonight’s brew was an interesting variant of the traditional fall beer – instead of using pumpkins, The Bruery decided to use Yams. Good decision? I’d say so. Here’s an excerpt from their website:

“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.”

Here’s my full review:

Final Rating: 4.09/5

look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a mini-snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

Appearance- Pours a copper colored body with a gushing, 2 finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no retention.

Smell – I get lots of spicy notes – heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves upfront. There’s a huge fruity character too – lots of banana, green apple, and white grapes. Candied sugar and raisins. There’s another scent I can’t quite identify.. maybe it’s the yams?

Taste – The belgian character is definitely present here – huge dark fruit and spice notes.. ripe bananas, nearly overpowering clove and cinnamon, sweet caramel and brown sugar. No hop presence. Mild booziness on the finish.

Mouthfeel – Medium body and carbonation.. a sipper indeed.

Dollar for dollar, this was a good beer and a nice representation of a Belgian ale. Maybe a little overpowering in the sweetness category. I’d save this one for dessert. Worth a try.


2 responses to “The Bruery’s “Autumn Maple”

  1. angela

    Very clever and interesting write up. Although the thought of “yams” in my beer doesn’t necessarily intrigue me, I am partial to the fruity/spicy flavor you describe. With the presence of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves as well as the caramel brown sugar flavors, I fully agree with your suggestion to save this one for dessert. I will definitely put this one on my list of beer to try. As usual, your review was not only very descriptive and informative but also very enjoyable to read..

  2. angela

    Love your picture too!

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