jbeatty (949) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 06/19/2012. Mahogany pour, off-white head fades to swirling pattern on the surface, thin lacing. Aroma has brown candi sugar and light spices, maple-soaked baked yam, opens into dry fruity character. Taste has dark sugar, pumpkin pie, yam, light brett funk. Medium palate, low carbonation. Nice enough, but falls short of the bourbon aged version in my books.
Scopey (5548) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Evin. It pours cloudy amber, with a thin off-white head. The nose is spice, honey glazed ham, earth, maple and sweet yam. The taste is tangy dark fruit, raisin, fig, tinned nectarine, sweet potato, sweet maple, caramel, honey, spice, vinegar and alcohol warmth, with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An interesting brew.
Johnsense (704) - - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker brown pour. Slight smoke and molasses in the aroma. Maple doesnít come into play until; you drink it - Maple Molasses, brown sugar, roasty. Good mouthfeel, though fairly sweet and rich making this an interesting dessert beer - Good, but one glass is enough.
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from IP with WomanCanítSail. Lovely, complex brew. Yet one cannot drink too much of it. Dark colour with lots of thick lace. Smoke, wild boar in the aroma. The taste is sweet and rich, with molasses and some cherry and smoke.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade with peteinsd. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with off white head. Aromas of yams, cinnamon, brett, toffee, and brown sugar. Sweet yam and caramel flavors with brett and cinnamon. Very earthy. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I thought this was slightly better than the regular version. Thanks Peter.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy Blazer06. This one pours a cloudy, dark brownish amber color and topped by a thin head of off white foam that settles quickly to a thin film. Some nice sheeting and spots of lace scatter across the glass. The aroma shows notes of sweet yams, cinnamon spices, and earthy brett all atop a base of dark toffee and attenuated caramel sugars. A hint of vanilla laden bourbon from the oak comes through as well. The aroma shows a good bit more dryness and funk than I was expecting. The flavor follows and is based mostly in the dark toffee and caramelized sugars along with hints of vanilla from the oak, but is nicely balanced and dried by the earthy brett. There is just a touch of tartness there as well that goes nicely with the buggy oak. Quite substantial in the palate as expected for 10% abv, but far drier than the base beer which gets a bit cloying. The carbonation is light and suits the beer just fine and leads to a dry, funky yam finish. Pretty damn good actually as I wasnít expecting a lot given that I donít care for the base beer as much.
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Steve. Pours brown with off white head. Nose/taste of candied yams, maple syrup, caramel, oak and wild yeast. Hints of lemon zest in deep background. Very mild tartness adds balance but doesnít detract. Medium body.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared the other night with Amyliz4. Served in a Bruery tulip and reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderately-dark copper-brown color with a short head and no real lacing. A bit of a collar. The nose is fairly similar to regular Autumn Maple with a bit of yam and spice, but with a little bit of extra fruitiness. Light tropical notes and a touch of citrus. The Brett plays a role, though not a huge one. The body is slightly drier than the normal version and itís not quite as sweet. Good take on the beer and Iíd have to say that I prefer this variation over the regular as well as over the bourbon and barrel-fermented versions.
johnnnniee (2043) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep reddish copper with a stingy off white head that even a vigorous pour could not bring up to size. Wow that is an odd aroma. Nutmeg crusted french fries smothered in ketchup is what I get initially. Thereís some dark fruits deep inside but the ketchup chips wonít leave my nostrils. Iím pleased to say that no fries remained in the flavor, but Iím also obliged to say how lackluster the flavor is. Thereís a nice sweet malty caramel and maple flavor up front but that only lasts for a second before the palette is assaulted with spices. This beer remains quite sweet but the spices destroy the flavor for me. Its like a sweet syrupy spice rack around Christmas time. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I have to say that the base beer is not my favorite, but the 100% brett doesnít help it for me either. The bourbon version is tolerable, but I just donít get this beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled March 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a rich, concentrated, but definitely amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, pale, cranberry-juice color with gold highlights when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, graham crackers, sweet ginger, and an interesting fruity base that has touches of lemon, perhaps touches of melon, but really I canít help but think of fresh out of the oven rich, red, brown sugar sweetened, sweet potatoes. There is a hint of medicinal character here, and perhaps some mustiness; the former is brought out by the spices, but like the latter, it is also likely here due to the Brettanomyces. The Brett character is fairly subtle in the nose overall though.
This has a nice prickly carbonation, which couples well with the light sweetness, and medium, somewhat viscous body. The spices contribute a bite to the finish that is a bit woody, and seems like nutmeg and perhaps a touch of allspice like character. There is a ginger bite to this beer as well, though this is not overly aggressive. The spices do somehow contribute an almost dusty (perhaps saw-dusty?), woody note in the flavor. There is a soft tartness to this beer, that while subtle, couples quite well with the sweetness. The sweetness here is brought out by the spices (cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg predominantly), but really reminds me of sweet potato pie; there is a sort of earthiness, not quite fruitiness. Ah, I just realized, some of the woody notes in the finish are contributed by the maple, which definitely contributes to the flavor here. A touch of Brettanomyces phenolics perhaps boost the woody notes and adds a touch of medicinal character and mustiness towards the finish; all in all though, I would be hard pressed to guess that this was 100% Brett fermented, there is that touch of tartness, but the funkiness is actually quite subtle. The malt character plays a pretty prominent role here, but there are so many other things going on that it is easy to over-look; flavors of brown-sugar coated sweet breads, graham crackers, English biscuit notes, and a chewy, whole grain character all are quite noticeable once you pay attention to them.
Quite tasty, despite the Brett character being quite subtle here, I am really enjoying this beer; I like the touch of tartness, and the subtle hint of funk that is brought to this ďholiday-inspiredĒ base beer. I also like that the spice character, while playing a prominent role here, does not overwhelm the other flavors.