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Jess was fortunate to win a bottle of Autumn Maple from The Bruery by “winning” the “Horror Movie Quote Game” from “My Life as a Foodie” (go check out Phil’s page… GREAT GREAT stuff for the foodies in all of us… even if you’re not a foodie… get your ass over there and learn a thing or 7 about the state of food in this country, its more screwed up than you think!) So I figured there was no better time to try this than Thanksgiving day…

I first tried this beer at the 2008 GABF… Going on the recommendation of Phil to seek out The Bruery and give them a shot. Ill be the first one to admit that Im not a fan of most Belgian beers… Yeah yeah I know and before you beer snobs send me the hate mail about “Well Belgium has the best beers in the world, if you dont love strong goldens, or beer that tastes like wine then you dont love REAL beer….” You now what… blow me… ok? So I dont like Belgian candy sugar… get over it… Although I do LOVE sour beers… But anyway, I found these guys at the GABF and was blown away by all of their beers … Their Orchard White and Black Orchard were awesome… but hands down my favorite beer from them was their Autumn Maple… (one of my favorite beers in the whole place along with Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing

From their site:
Autumn Maple: 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.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 25, SRM: 15, Release: Fall

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The beer poured with little to no head… right away in the aroma you could pick up the yams… and yes, you could tell that is was NOT pumpkin… as the beer continued to warm up you could taste more and more of the spices I was able to pick up the molasses, vanilla, and nutmeg the most… It was not heavy like a stout… more like a light porter or strong ale… At 10% it was quite warming although I never felt like the alcohol EVER overpowered any flavor… This would of been a great beer to share… but lucky for me Jess isn’t a big beer fan… so more for me!!!

So if you’re even in So. Cal go check out The Bruery… This beer definitely gets an “Exceptional” rating…

Speaking of ratings, I think from here forward I will begin to utilize a 4 tier system from best to worst being:

  • Exceptional
  • Drink it
  • Decent representation of the style
  • Its piss

Thats all for now… but I am going to the liquor store today so keep your eyes open for a few things I hope I find….


One Comment

  1. Hey Scott, glad you enjoyed the beer. Sorry about the carbonation being low. I read a discussion on Beer Advocate a few weeks ago that the carbonation in these bottles being low. Patrick confirmed this and said initial bottling had these issues due to the strain of yeast they used. He’s since changed things up.

    Glad you enjoyed it, though. I’ve yet to crack one of those bottles. Seems every time we’re having a dinner around here that calls for something nice, a bottle of wine gets opened. 🙂

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