A few weeks ago I took a drive over to Wisconsin to pick up a couple of beers that aren’t available locally, and one of them was a fall seasonal beer from The Bruery called The Bruery Autumn Maple. This will be the third or fourth beer I’ve checked out from these guys, and so far I have been pretty impressed with their lineup.
The Bruery Autumn Maple is a murky, dark brown colored beer, supporting a small and fairly short-lived khaki colored head. Lacing remains behind in scattered bits.
The nose has a lot of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, a nice amount of maple and a robust caramel malt background.
The taste opens up with a lot of complexity, starting with a sweet caramel malt start, lots of plums, grapes and other dark fruits, Belgian spicy yeast, cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, underlying maple syrup, with some aspects from the yams starting minor but becoming a bit more present as the taste evolves. Mouth is a bit fuller than medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
The Bruery Autumn Maple is a good illustration that most of the flavors traditionally associated with Pumpkin Beers don’t actually come from the pumpkin, but rather the spices, as it does remind one of a traditional Pumpkin Beer despite using yams instead. The yams start off playing a minor role but pick up a little strength as the beer warms a bit.
Overall, The Bruery Autumn Maple is loaded down with a well-executed complexity, and is definitely one of the better autumn seasonal releases that I’ve come across over the last few years.
The Bruery Autumn Maple : A-
The Bruery Autumn Maple Specs
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz