Beer 383/365 – The Bruery Autumn Maple

The Bruery Autumn Maple

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: The first beer I have ever tried that was brewed with Yams…

Will I be drinking this again: I have another bottle in the basement, it was a little hot so hopefully some age will tame it a bit.

Grade: A-

3/22/2011: Let it be known that I will try any beer that has maple in it. I LOVE maple flavor. It also helps that they use yams in this because sweet potatoes/yams are right up my alley as well. You might see a blurry face in the reflection of the window behind the beer, and that would be my good friend Donnie who I split the beer with.

I was expecting a lot of maple in the nose, but there was zero. Lots of spice, nutmeg and cinnamon maybe? Also something fruity. The flavor is great, but not what I was expecting. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are the front runners. Maple is there but to be honest I’m not sure if I would have picked it out if i had not known it was in the beer. Lots of caramel flavor as well. Everything about this beer is great except for the mouthfeel, and strong alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is a bit light for such a high ABV. Overall though I’ll bet this beer will be great with some age.

Picture of the day: I can already tell this chick is going to make a great mother.

Beer 338/365 – Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake

Shorts Strawberry Shorts Cake

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: It actually tastes like angel food cake with strawberries on it.

Will I be drinking this again: Wouldn’t mind having another sometime down the road.

Grade: A-

10/12/2010: Not sure why fruit flavored beers are so frowned upon in the beer geek world, yet lambics are not? Never really understood that, but regardless I am secure enough in my sexuality to say that I like a good fruit flavored beer every once in awhile. That being said sometimes breweries over do the fruit flavors.

The nose instantly reminds me of angel food cake, that marshmallowy/sugary/vanilla type smell you get from the cake. They got the smell right on the mark. The flavor is great; obviously strawberries, angel food cake, vanilla, some lactic action going on as well. All the flavors play very well together, no one here is looking for attention which makes for a great blend of flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both right in the middle. Very well done! Just enough strawberry flavor without over doing it.

Picture of the day: At least they are honest.