Next up, and just in time for the end of Fall: The Bruery’s Autumn Maple, which is a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with molasses, brown sugar, spices, and yams <sound of record abruptly screeching to a halt>. Yams?!
OK, so yams are the Keira Knightley of the tuber world. I see her in Pirates of the Caribbean, and I think it’s Winona Ryder, and I’m all like, “Winona is a good actress, and does a pretty good English accent and everything, but why did she have to thug $5K worth of shit from Saks Fifth Avenue?”
Just like when some people hear the word yam, they flashback to grandma’s dreadfully bland “yam” dish that they were obliged to eat, or feed to the dog…who hated it too. What they were most likely eating was the orange, and less sweet, sweet potato commonly referred to as a yam. Actual yams hail from the Caribbean and Africa and are somewhat rare in the US. And unfortunately, sweet potatoes are not the only orange things to ruin a reputation:
Fret not, post traumatic sweet potato disorder sufferers. I contacted The Bruery, and they very promptly assured me that they used yams, and not Winona Ryder or sweet potatoes.
It pours a deep orangish-brown, with a quickly receding tan head. It smells like maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In the taste there is maple syrup, brown sugar, some vanilla floating around, cinnamon, a belgian yeast flavor, and something I can’t quite place…it must be the yams. And it seems almost creamy.
I have heard wildly divergent reviews on this beer, but I like it. It’s hands-down my favorite yam beer.
The Haybag: I like it, too. I’m picking up caramel, some brown sugar, and yams way in the pleasant background. And it’s nice and Belgian-y without the carbonation being all up in your grill.