Good beers for Thanksgiving, part 2 of 3:
Now, this is a Thanksgiving beer! The Bruery, a small brewer in Orange County, California, has a well-earned reputation for making outstanding beer. Autumn Maple is essentially a strong dark Belgian ale brewed with 17 pounds of yams per barrel, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup.
Murky, rusty amber with a very thin head, Autumn Maple appears to be thin in body, yet the taste is full and robust. The nose abounds with maple sugar, along with Belgian yeast, fresh bread, and a hint of licorice. The yam character emerges in the first sip, and in spite of the maple this beer is not the least bit sweet.
Autumn is 10 percent ABV. A 750-milliliter (25.4-ounce) bottle costs about $11.