The founding of The Bruery started as the first homebrew by Patrick Rue, his brother Chris, and his wife Rachel. Patrick started homebrewing as a diversion in his first year of law school. As the years went by, his skill and passion came to a point where the only thing he wanted to do was make beer. Thus, money was raised, grey hairs were formed, and the rest is history.
Autumn Maple is The Bruery’s fall release, brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup.
The pour yields a rather hazy dark amber beer with rust hues. The two finger tan head is frothy and shows decent retention. Once the head dissipates there is a light yet resilient lacing. Also notable is the beer’s viscosity. Although it isn’t overtly thick or sticky when the glass is gently tipped and returned to an upright position it is evident that this beer has “legs.”
The inviting nose is offers up a distinct vegetal aroma of yams. Sweet smells of molasses and brown sugar mingle with the spice notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice and creamy vanilla. Earthy Belgian yeast and crisp malt aromas add complexity and round out the bouquet.
The first sip drops a bomb of sugar, spice and everything nice. Notes of molasses, sweet maple, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and dried dark fruits hit you right off the bat. While most of these notes remain through the mid-palate they are met, and almost overtaken by, notes of yams, bready malts and lightly roasted nuts. The finish is slightly earthy and bittersweet as the Belgian yeast notes that cut through the sweetness linger.
The Bruery’s Autumn Maple offers a true taste of the fall. The use of yams in lieu of the more common pumpkin is a pleasant change. A complex yet balanced beer that would be a perfect pair for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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