Friday, August 20, 2010

Autumn Maple

Tonight I'm drinking Autumn Maple, a Belgian-Style Brown Ale brewed by The Bruery in Placentia, California. Beautiful wine-bottle presentation as usual with orange and gold lettering over a dark red background decorated with red Maple leaves. The label says this is brewed with yams, molasses, maple syrup and spices, then goes on to say "We don't need pumpkins in our beer! Big, bold, spicy, and oh so yammy, our delicious Brown Ale is perfect for those cold autumn nights." Suitable for aging for up to five years. Serve at 55 degrees F. TRICK OR TREAT. Well, autumn may as well have said August for me here in S. Florida, and cold is not a word we use here regularly.

Honey with caramel aroma topped by lots of maple syrup over a boozy back-drop--lovely! Delicious, rich caramel flavors start things off, with sweet honey and maple syrup flavors very noticeable. Those sweeter flavors are balanced and cut quite a bit by a strong 10% alcohol and large spice profile. First the alcohol thins out the original sticky consistency and warms me up on this air-conditioned 90-degree day. Then a powerful spicy cinnamon and background clove ease you into phase two.

An interesting earthy flavor profile, which I'll attribute to the sweet potatoes, followed by dark cherry and other subtle fruits round out the main flavors. Very smooth, rich body, nice carbonation. I love that they basically dissed pumpkin beers on the label. This was true liquid Thanksgiving, and if I end up in Bogota again this Thanksgiving, I'm gonna bring this with me! Get a bottle if you can!

Now I was gonna tell you about the awesome Autumn foliage view that I used to have for the six years I lived in the tallest building atop Mt. N. Broadway in Yonkers, NY. Across the Hudson was the most magnificent view of the Palisades anywhere! But with good comes bad... I also had a bird's eye view of months of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center disaster from the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks. I have yet to tell that story and show my pictures and video footage and experience. And the anniversary is coming again soon this year!

Fizzy Yellow Beer Bicycle Jersey

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brew Kit

Autumn Foliage, Targhee National Forest, Palisades, Idaho Artists Photographic Poster Print by Raymond Gehman, 42x56


Michael Jurewicz said...

Did you get this at Total Wine or from PA? I didn't think this was out yet. I absolutely love it.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

This was at Total Wine last night. Darren told me that it was delivered on Wednesday in Pembroke Pines along with $19 Coton and one other I can't remember from The Bruery.

Yeah, so great, the flavors are awesome.

Deray said...

Ok, that beer actually sounds good! I want some!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Deray. You stepped into a giant. It's awesome, but you're gonna need a chaperone. Where are you now-state? Beer laws are really suck-ass so it's not like ordering furniture--every piece you want isn't always available.

But I do hope you can try this, bring a few friends!

Lost said...

Wow...I didn't know that you lived in NY, let alone around the time of 9/11.

Do you plan on sharing your footage and story?


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Eventually I will spill everything. Not sure if it's this year or not.

Here's where I bowed out last year.

Yeah, I was in Times Square when that all went down, had a very long day and week and month and year. Lots of tears. I moved the next year to FL.

BTW, you know how to covert those old tape camcorders to a DVD?

JayZeis said...

Thanks for the reminder. I am getting married in the middle of October, and this is one of the beers that I want to have on hand at the rehearsal dinner.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Congratulations! And for sure your guests are the winners in that deal.

bunny said...

I will add this on my "To Buy" had me at "maple."

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Ooh, bunny. I liked this one.

You know what? I have a friend visiting Atlanta right now, bringing back some goodies, so was thinking of you.

bunny said...

Yes, you told me...cannot wait to hear what he brings you... ;)