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 90/365 – The Bruery Hottenroth

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Very tart/lemon

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe in the summer months

Grade: B+

2/06/2010: Had this one sitting around for a few months now. It is my first Berliner Weissbier. The style is described as “top-fermented, bottle conditioned wheat beer made with both traditional warm-fermenting yeasts and lactobacillus culture. They have a rapidly vanishing head and a clear, pale golden straw-coloured appearance. The taste is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness.” That pretty much hits the nail on the head to describe this beer.

Just like the description of the style from beeradvocate, the head disappears very quickly. The smell is almost like lemonade. The taste is very tart lemons, but I like tart. Almost like fresh squeezed lemonade that doesn’t have quite enough sugar. A bit of the typical wheat taste you get with a wheat beer, but not a lot of it. Light bodied. Overall this would be an awesome beer on a really hot summer day, although I would like to see a bit more alcohol in it as its only 3.1%.

Funny Picture of the day: Everyone loves bacon right? How about bacon flavored envelopes. Props to the girlfriend for finding this one.

Published in: on February 6, 2010 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 53 – The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Purchased at: My buddy Kevin picked me up a bottle from Denver

What makes this beer different: Chocolatey but almost too strong

Will I be drinking this again: At the price probably not

Grade: B+

12/31/2009: This is one of the many beers my buddy Kevin from Denver brought back for me. Wanted to save it for a special occasion and figured what better than New Years Eve. I think they named this 2 turtle doves because after you finish the bottle, you get these little birds flying around your head just like in the cartoons. Similar to when Wile E. Coyote would fall off a cliff and smash his head, those kind of birds.

I was pretty excited for this beer because of all the hype behind it. Unfortunately it did not quite live up to the hype. The smell is strictly roasted malt with some alcohol behind it. Flavor overall was very good. The major flavor to this one is chocolate, with an almost charcoaly aftertaste. The pecans advertised on the label do not come through for me at all. This also kind of feels like a hybrid between a belgian dark and a stout to me because it is so heavy. The killer here to me is the alcohol burn. I usually like super strong beers, but they did not do a very good job of hiding the ABV at all. By the time I got to the bottom of the bottle I was kind of choking it down. For the price I probably will not be drinking this one again.

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 1:12 pm  Comments (3)  
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