Autumn Maple

Arrived in GA a few days ago so this is my first engagement with the much, much hyped Bruery. In many cases it’s not possible for the brewery to control the hype-train, but I’m really not sure how much good all of the hysteria ultimately, actually brings. Ho hum, on to this one. label suggests a five year window for cellaring which is all well and good, but unfortunately there is no date stamp to be found on the bottle.
750 mL, slender neck on the 750 mL bottle (looks a litte like the old Jolly Pumpkin bottles) capped. Purchased from Mac’s, Atlanta, GA, USA for approx $9 (I didn’t actually look at the price).
Seems like the perfect beer for an Autumnal afternoon (or at least as Autumnal as it ever gets in GA), so I have high expectations for this one.
Pour gives a pretty, bronze body with some chill-haze. Head is bubbly and has a nice, tan colored hue. It has a medium density but doesn’t leave much lace. Some thin film on the surface.
Nose yields spice but it’s all rather non-descript. Nothing obvious in terms of identification for me.
Tastes have plenty of sweetness and a little diacetyl. I suppose that the sweetness is the maple syrup but again it’s not especially easy to identify. Some nice, appropriate, mild burn on the way down. Although the label specifically SHUNS pumpkin, the combo does seem to give a pumpkin note!
Finish is where the alcohol comes through, but it still is well below the advertied 10.5%. For that reason I would describe it as well-hidden.
Overall this beer is fine, but not something I can imagne drinking much of. Not a great deal of Belgian character here and Winter Warmers and (unfortunately Buery peeps) pumpkin comes to mind more than anything.

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10/18/2009
Brewery:
The Bruery
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.5 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 4
Total: 3.9
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