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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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85
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010)
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather luminous golden color with slight haze. Nose is bready & fruity, some esters too. Palate is much fuller bodied than expected for what I thought a Belgian blonde would have ( the oats perhaps). Syrupy pear fruity flavors take over for me, candy sugar like in witbiers, and brings to mind triples as well. Finishes sweet and slight alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:18:27 | More by yemenmocha
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-22-2012 16:07:18 | More by tbeq00
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-08-2014 16:44:31 | More by trxxpaxxs
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-29-2011 19:18:19 | More by savagepm
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2012 05:04:15 | More by JISurfer
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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

Release #16, brewed 26 February 2011. Picked up after Epic just recently started distributing to Minnesota.

Pours a medium golden color, rather enchanting IMO, clear, with streams of bubbles rising up through the glass. Two-finger whitish head fades fairly quickly, but leaves loads of sticky lacing.

Smell is half soft vegetable hops, rather earthy, and half mildly spiced Belgian yeast. It's a good combo, but it needs something more. More oomph, more complexity.

Taste is maltier and more straightforward than the smell. Quite sweet, with the same spice, but not as potent here as it was in the smell. Though tingly peppercorn spice comes on strong as the rest of the flavors fade, bringing some more exciting dimensions to the beer. In fact, this is the highlight for me - that spice kick that comes through late. It powers through the finish, lingering delightfully on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky, medium-heavy body. It's a little like drinking honey - it feels that viscous and sugary. Carbonation is definitely on the low side, and I think more would improve the beer. Finish is lasting.

Not the most complex Belgian-style ale, but pretty darn good. The spice character brought out by the yeast is solid and adds a lot to the flavor. Without that, it would be a rather dull slug of sweet pale malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:11:15 | More by zeledonia
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-05-2013 18:17:51 | More by MacStinson
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-15-2013 23:24:49 | More by Eric908
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft.

Arrived a clear straw yellow with thin fizzy white head.

Smells extremely malty. Lots of biscuit going on with some banana character.

The taste is very malty almost to the point of being chalky. There are notes of clove and banana from the yeast but malt takes center stage.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is more malty than other Belgian Pale Ales I have had but that's good with me. It definitely drinks easier than a 8.3% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 19:42:16 | More by rangerred
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:54:26 | More by Etan
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ralphw56

Nevada

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-08-2013 16:56:38 | More by ralphw56
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 02:45:46 | More by doucmehu
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NickThePyro

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-21-2013 03:18:53 | More by NickThePyro
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

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

22oz bottle, ABV on label states 8.8%

A: nice golden-yellow color, clear, with good frothy head
S: reminiscent of a Belgian golden ale or tripel with yeastiness and malt, medium nose, alcohol noticeable, fruity
T: didn't know what to expect but surprisingly true-to-type, reminded me a bit more of a tripel due to alcohol which was definitely in the taste, heat from EtOH is there, somewhat cloying too
M: creamy probably from body and cloying
O: a good beer

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:01:30 | More by wisrarebeer
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +26%

03-13-2012 02:19:29 | More by HarmonMW
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NateMac13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-25-2014 23:08:25 | More by NateMac13
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-06-2012 02:44:41 | More by millelacsmark
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-26-2012 23:30:04 | More by DerwinWentworth
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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-23-2012 17:18:37 | More by blindpiggie
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-12-2014 01:56:34 | More by DrBier
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Tom-Peters

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-25-2014 15:21:42 | More by Tom-Peters
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-12-2013 20:01:59 | More by JMUbrewz
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-28-2013 01:12:36 | More by sixerofelixir
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Mike

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-12-2014 23:39:00 | More by Mike
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-19-2014 14:39:25 | More by tedho21
Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.