Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale is has a rich and complex malt flavor balanced with a little bit of spicy noble hops and strong influences of fermentation esters from the Belgian yeast used. Various Belgian like Rock Candies, hops and grains are employed to express variations within the style. Deceivingly drinkable, some liken theses ales to Devil sneaking up on you, so consume responsibly.
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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 58
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Photo of Alkalinesingle
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been on an IPA kick lately and being in Utah you only get what the MAN will give you. I have found that IPA's are too bitter for me, that is why I am pleasantly surprised to find my new favorite beer, EPIC Brainless Belgian. I, like most of you, search the Utah Isles for decent alcohol content, which this beers falls into. Unlike most of the really bitter IPA'a, this has a rich, flavorful, content that will keep me coming back for more. Not bitter at all. LOVE!
Sorry that I am not as descriptive as some of you beer snobs. You do make me laugh though.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from New Jersey. Pours a deep yellow with only a thin head. Gives off yeast and boozy scent. Above average mouthfeel that contains taste of light peach, pepper,and a tad of bubble gum, but also it is bathed in alcohol. Drinkable as a sipper with a meal, but its somewhat of a beer cocktail.

Photo of Glibber
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer with a strong yellow color and a big white head that remained for most of the beer. A nice belgian beer smell- floral and alcohol. Despite the smell, the taste alcohol was hidden well- and this could be considered a light tasting Belgian. Some nice hops, but not the complex flavor I was anticipating. Been drinking alot of high end Belgians lately, this was not one- but if you like light tasting beer with a bang- this is a good one for you.

Photo of andrewm190
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic delivered one of the first notable beers I think I've had in a while. I'm still relatively new to Belgians in general, but I think this beer stood out. It poured a nice light golden color with a thick head. The aroma wasn't particularly intense to me, but the taste stood out. To my pallet, the golden ale brought a well-balanced flavor rich with citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, despite being served relatively warm, and finished relatively clean. True, I took a nap about half way though due to the elevated ABV, but this was the first beer that separated itself for me in the last couple of weeks.

Also went great with a little jalepeno sausage.

Photo of pempem
4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicate bodied Belgium strong ale of delicious golden colour with a rich and delightful flower aroma tasting of vanilla, light candied caramel, spicy hops and stronger malt, with a completely clean after-taste. Deceivingly drinkable. This an exceptional beer by any measure.

Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle, Batch #17, 8.5% abv). Pours clear golden with white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, green apple, spices, hard candy. Taste is sweet, with the rock candy and apple being prominent and a bit of hop bite that subsides as the sweet, yeasty malts resurface. Medium bodied with a slick, almost buttery, texture. Smooth finish that is almost cider-like. Solid offering from Epic!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #19.

A: A pale tangerine orange with a good clarity shows a misty rise of effervesce snaking its way upward in a methodical fashion. The head is slight, oatmeal in color with a short life span quickly becoming a patchy covering that offered little lace.

S: Spicy oranges, fresh wheat stalks with a fade of light field flowers. Dry orange peels come on the trail.

T: Yeasty, very spicy, again oranges, with a feisty bite along with a faint peppery nature. In the middle lies earthy green shrubbery, lemon straw and grapefruit. The finish finds dry wheat and oranges with perfumy wildflowers and a spicy bite of citrus. Very bready palate, assertive upfront and smoothes out in the finish. Upon warming the alcohol becomes much more evident as well a caramel orange candy sweetness with some toasted grains.

M: tingly at first, with a syrupy feel. Warming alcohol with a spicy bite of oranges and pepper being left behind on the tongue.

O: Overall nice flavor, spicy and bright with a soothering finish. Definitely worth a pick up. Very good.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #17, 8.5% ABV (Epic's website says it was brewed on June 8, 2011). Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. The head retention is excellent, and there's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like candy sugar, cloves, pears, lemon peel and some green apples. It tastes like pears, peppery spice, candy sugar, cloves, and a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium with decent carbonation. It's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a good brew, not bad at all for $6.99 a bottle. I'm looking forward to trying the other Epic Brewing beers now!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some peppery yeast notes is interesting. Taste is a mix between somewhat overly sweet malt with notes of peppery yeast. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but just a bit too sweet for the style and a bit more complexity in the ester would have been a good improvement.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Inflatablechair... Sam works for a beer distributor ... His boss is considering getting Epic's line in and wanted feedback... so.... here we go.

22 oz bottle says "Elevated Series Release #1"

Foamy eggshell white head... rocky and persistent .. descent lacing.. the brew is a hazy pale golden.

Nose is pretty impressive.... fruity esters and nice background phenols... pear... some bubblegum... a bit perfumy... some floral notes that I would guess are hops.

Esters and phenols reveal themselves more as clove and hints of banana ... still a fruity pear essence is there... maybe some honeydew... body seems a tad thick for the style.. but the carbonation is about perfect.

I love a good BSPA.. but the phenolic nature would get too me after a whole bomber.

4.5/4/4/3.5/4

Very well made... surprisingly so.. I'm happy with it for sure... Thanks Sammy!!

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in my Birthday BIF box from mdfb79 (Dan). Thanks, Dan!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a clear orange with a big white head that drops rather quickly. Leaves some lacing.

Aromas of medicinal, herbal, and minty. Bubblegum. Some fruity esters, and alcohol.

Flavors of bubblegum, medicinal, herbal, and minty, just like it smells. Strange combination of flavors. A little alcohol heat. Fruit, a little pithy citrus rind. Some carbonic bite as well. Finish is long with a warm, medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium, light alcohol burn, good level of carbonation.

Overall a good example of a belgian golden ale. A bit harsh between the alcohol heat and carbonation bite.

Photo of cbarrett4
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

I asked the bartender if she had accidentally poured me a lager...

Very clear golden with little head, really clear...

Smells of bread and yeast, a little light fruit. The palate is way off though... really has a lager like character, bready, malty thing with that faint metallic twinge. Reminds me of Bavarian hops.

Light bodied and simple. I really did ask and was assured by the bartender that it was in fact this beer (the brewer was actually there that night - though I didn't ask him!)

I'll try again if I see somewhere else and update.

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, batch 19.

A: Pours an absolutely clear light gold with a decent white head and some lacing.

S: Strong yeast, lemon, pale malt and bright grain. Very sugary, slight funk.

T: Sugary, stone fruit, rice-like grain flavor, subtle solvent alcohol behind. Doughy and fruity, with a bit of a hoppy herbal note lingering on the end.

M: Light tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Not bad, but the alcohol shows a bit too much and the grain profile isn't rich enough.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #17, 8.5% ABV.

4.0 A: Opaque bright yellow orange color. Just under two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bright peach and apple fruitiness with perhaps a touch of banana esters thrown in. Hay, wet grass, and apple orchard funkiness. Earthy and mildly spicy hops. Yeast gives a mild breadiness as well as notes of pepper and clove.

4.0 T: Really tasty. The peach, apple, banana meshes well with the earthy undertones - hay and apple orchard. Pleasantly spicy with pepper and clove featured. Earthy and spicy hops. Pretty much the same as the nose.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Spritzy and lightly creamy. Good here.

4.0 D: Epic impresses again. I had the Brainless and Cherries and thought it sucked, but it seems like every new batch, they get their act together a little more.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never really would have bought this since it's just the base of their other fruit beers which were pretty lackluster. I found it for only 5 bucks discounted for an old bomber (batch 35) 8.4% ABV.

A - Well the first pour is always the best in this situation. No sediment and with a light pour I even got a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a light lace ring. Still flaky sediment floaties in my bright yellow orange beer.
S - Very fruity with mild hops. Apricot comes to mind. No ethanol or spice so it's indeed a Belgium golden ale.
T - It's quite good. Mildly hoppy very fruity with just a hint of dryness. Just a very sugary sweet Belgium golden ale.
M - ABV is well masked I really can't tell its over 8%. Drinks medium bodied but its over a sipper.

Overall very impressed with this beer I could see why it was aged on fruit but really to make their fruit beers more epic (get the name?) they really should have used more fruit to amp it up. I found the raspberry one was like a sugary punch rather than a beer.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells fruity and peppery with a honeysuckle malt scent. Powdery yeast and coriander. This does smell a lot like Duvel.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a slightly musty fruit flavor like over ripe apple. Powdery yeast flavor. Not as sweet as it seemed to be at first. Alcohol warmth in the chest, you can't taste the alcohol but you sure can feel it. Very mild bitterness. Slight minty flavor to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad at all. Not as good as Duvel but if you can't get any this will do the trick, it is also about $6 a bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer from this brewery. Pours a light golden color that is quite clear with a bit of visible carbonation. Fairly-large white head lasts for a time before falling and leaving behind a bit of lace. The nose is typical for the style, though does not stand out. Yeast of course provides the dominant characteristics. Some white pepper as well as a bit of mild earth. The taste is a bit flat with some faint pepper and a bit of miscellaneous spice. A touch of alcohol as well, though overall it's pretty tame. A pretty good offering.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small fruitiness and a small dry yeastiness. In the taste, a small fruitiness, with a dry candy sugar. A smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Kind of bland, somewhat grapey and yeasty.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1/2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: pepper, grass, yeast, and a hint of fruit is detectable.

Taste: grass, yeast, pepper, pears, golden apples, lemon zest, and a moderate bitterness creates a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: lcrisp from start to finish with a bit of drying late. Short lived aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Overall: a easy to quaff belgian style golden ale. Nice flavors but not one that blows you away - a solid beer.

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pours a nice orange color with a small bubbly, delicate white head. Head retention is poor. leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is fairly moderate but contains a yeasty aroma and some spices.

Tastes pretty good..captures the essence of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...yeast spices, candi sugar etc. without being that strong or pronounced.

Mouthfeel appears a bit thin up front but continuous sipping takes care of that.

Overall this is a pretty good Belgian and I would enjoy trying it again.

Photo of Douglas88
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a initially large foamy white head. The aroma is spicy malts, banana, sweet citrus. The flavor is rich and spicy; huge almost bitter spices, banana and cloves, sweet fruity malts. Clean and fluffy. Nice!

Photo of doucmehu
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery a couple weeks ago, a generous gift from Dave's road trip case-o-bombers he gave me. He says it was a cool joint.

A: Nice golden straw glows underneath a small white head that sticks around for quite a while. Minimal lacing.

S: Soft and mellow Belgian yeast and malt, hint of spice and cereal grain.

T: Some dark fruit esters, Belgian yeast and bready malt, mild zesty spice, coriander. Nothing overpowering, well blended flavors.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth and buttery finish, some alcohol presence.

O: A solid Belgian style ale, definitely a more approachable, entry level offering as opposed to a true Belgian like Duvel. Everything is there, just slightly toned down.

Photo of Cannoneer
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sampling the Epic Brewery ales for a few weeks now. I must say, they craft a wonderful line of beers!

Pours radiant sunshine gold - quite true to the name - with medium dense head that leaves appealing lacing after settling. Smells like fresh grain, very obvious malty aroma breaks through and overwhelms with barley and hay. To be expected, as this is a Belgian-style golden ale. While I cannot detect much complexity in the nose, I am very much satisfied with the earthy, grainy, sweetish smell.

First sip reveals the magnanimity of waves after waves of barley. This is a barley lover's beer. It tastes like biting into an apple pie - and yet there's barley...maybe a fresh pear? and, yet - there's still barley. And that's a good thing - barley does taste good. I probably would have opted for a bit more hops to balance it off, but I can see where they're coming from: they wanted to create a barley extravaganza.

It's a potent beer, and alcohol isn't masked - it's all there, wonderfully intertwining with the sweet grain and autumn leaf smell. A couple of sips - and it is it sure to get you thinking about a pumpkin pie, lonely barn and simpler times that are long gone.

A beer that makes barley a star - and puts you in a philosophical mood? A clear winner as far as I am concerned.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release 27, bottled 1/1/2012. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity and spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, floral, pepper, grass, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, clove, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with malt sweetness; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and slightly funky with a nice grain aroma.

T - It tasted very spicy and yeasty with a touch of fruit sweetness. Nice backbone of caramel and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian-style ale. I am impressed with my first beer from Epic.

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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