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Autumn Maple

2 Ratings: 0.0
A strong, dark, Belgian-style ale from California brewery, The Bruery.

From the Bruery's web site:      "The founding of The Bruery was rather meager. It started as the first homebrew batch brewed by Patrick Rue, his brother Chris, and his wife Rachel who was wondering if they were actually going … see full wiki

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1 review about Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple makes for decent fall drinkin'

  • Dec 1, 2009
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+3
Ah, Thanksgiving. This year I had plenty to be thankful for: a supportive family, money to pay the bills this month, and three beers to complement America’s most famous feast. But now—now my beers are gone, and I am thankful for nothing! I kid.

The aperitif, Duvel, which I mentioned in my last article, was a bubbly, golden highlight to the pre-meal warm up. After dinner, Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine settled our stomachs. With the fowl of the hour, however, we drank The Bruery’s Autumn Maple. The label says they used yams, molasses, maple syrup, and fall spices to make this strong Belgian-style ale; I think the brewers emptied a fully stocked horn o’ plenty into the mash tun. But the beer was good—for the most part.

My 750 ml bottle unleashes a dark brown torrent. Carbonation roars skyward in a mushroom cloud of foam—then crashes down and disappears before I can jot a note about its creamy, off-white color (I have a good memory). So where’s the head? Did someone slip Diet Coke into my beer bottle again? I take a sniff—which is difficult without a head—and detect maple syrup immediately. My first sip reveals more maple syrup chased by sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and spicy Belgian yeast. Its body is light with cola-like carbonation. An intensely sweet brew, but aside from that, there’s not a ton going on here. The flavors don’t kick you in the teeth and shout “taste it!” the way a Chimay Blue or De Dolle Oerbier does. Autumn Maple simply didn’t linger long on my palate.

But it tasted pleasant and received several compliments from guests, which makes me think it might make a good gateway into the style. If you like your strong ales sweet but simple, Autumn Maple (and its well-hidden 10% ABV) will probably make you a very cheerful drunk. I, however, was hoping for a bit more boldness and complexity. Perhaps a bit of cellaring would transform Autumn Maple into the beer it strives to be.

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