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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden AleBrainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 185
Reviews by cbarrett4:
Photo of cbarrett4
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Alkalinesingle
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into: River Horse snifter with enough force to produce a good head.

S: Bright shiny gold, crystal clear. One might use the word “dandelion” or “school bus” to describe the yellow hue to this blond beauty. And you know what they say- “blondes” have more fun. A stark, creamy white cap forms, then recedes quickly to a ring around the outside and a small island in the middle. Tiny bubbles zip their way to the top to join their foamy brethren.

A: Spicy, peppery, clove-y phenols. Bright orangey citrus and spicy, noble hops. The grain yields a delicate cracker-like pale malt aroma. A bit of fruity (banana and bubblegum) esters from the Belgian yeast- not strong like a hefeweizen, mind you- just a touch. There seems to be a whiff of grain husk, or hay.

T: An initial Belgian spice base of coriander, citrus rind, cloves, grains of paradise, maybe even anise greets the senses. Sweetness from candy sugar shows up in the middle. There’s a warming (but smooth), boozy finish, plus a dry, bitterness and spiciness that keeps you coming back for more. But be warned, this golden goddess garnishes your sobriety if consumed too quickly. It touts an 8.9% abv, concealed well by the light, effervescent body.

F: Prickly, light, but not watery. Long dry, bitter finish.

O: Dry, bright, multi-faceted. It’s not Duvel, but hey, there’s only one of those. This is an enjoyable, solid offering from a non-Belgian brewery taking on this devilishly drinkable style. In a pinch, this is a no-brainer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Glibber
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of andrewm190
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of blindpiggie
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of pempem
4.93/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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