Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 177
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 177
Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I have a day off from work, so why not enjoy a cold beverage? Here goes...

Spot-on with the color; it certainly is a golden ale. A bit cloudy, with a 2 cm wheat-colored head that dissolves quickly into clouds. Could be somebody.

It smells very grassy, and I don't get much else from it. I'm going full nose, and that's it. Maybe the taste will be a pleasant surprise.

Okay, it certainly tastes like a Belgian ale. The usual suspects (banana, grass, yeast, orange, florals) are in the lineup, and banana is the prime suspect. A bit of malty sweetness is in the mix as well, and the balance is pretty good. I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel is jolly good, almost great. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, washes over the palate nicely, dry finish. Jolly good indeed.

Overall, a good drinking beer. Good with hot dogs. Enjoy. (852 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of OutFox
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a La trappe goblet.

A - Clear orange. Very orange in color. Pure white head, decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicy, lots of spice. Corriander, orange peel. Yeasty as well which is good. Almost a slight sweetness from the Belgian yeast.

T - Almost the same as the nose, good spice really pleasant. The orange peel comes through well, but lots of spice to me. Yeasty and good. Not just orange though, good citrus to it.

M - Not as carbonated as I like my Belgian. Sorta missed the bubbles. Good otherwise.

O - First brew from Epic. Got off on the right foot for sure. Going to keep the brewery in mind for future reference. (659 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a moderate sized white creamy head that dies down to a thin lacing ring. Carbonation is light.

S - Yeasty, lemons, bready, cloves, herbs, a little grassy, and slightly earthy.

T - No one flavor dominates and blends nicely on the palette. The tongue is met with a slight lemon herbal kiss followed with and even lacing of herbs, bread dough. Pears and green apples add a fruity nuance.

M - Medium body, slightly thick in thr middle and thins out towards the end (just a little bit).

O - I think this beer is better than the overall rating it's earned so far. I just discovered Epic's beers about a month ago and have been trying as many as I can and continually go back for a few of my favorites. I have been quite impressed with many of Epics beers so far, namely the "Elevated Series". (834 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of GrandTetonHustle
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nice golden-yellow-brown color, clear, with good frothy head
S:Fruity, banana and clove, typical of a Belgian
T: Fruity, malty not much for an alcohol taste, a bit of banana and clove
M: creamy, full bodied
O:solid, what I expect from an American take on a Belgian style. First of the epic bombers for me but I will be trying more. (335 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (731 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Release #19. 8.3% abv.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Candi sugar, clove, belgian funk.
T: It follows the aroma directly with some faint banana in the background, and no alcohol bite is present.
M: Smooth, light bodied, and well-carbonated.
O: Great example of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. This is very close to Avery's Salvation, and I hope to enjoy the variations just as much whenever they show up here in NJ. To be honest, I'm not sure why this isn't rated higher, but perhaps batch variation from a small, growing brewery has something to do with it as well as the small sample size of reviews. (661 characters)

Photo of andrewm190
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at george st alehouse in new brunswick. They had an epic beer night so it came with a pint glass... nice!

Arrives in a pint glass with a thin ring of foam. Brilliant yellow color and lightly carbonated. Aroma is pretty mild, some phenolic esters and slight spicy hoppiness.

This beer drinks very smooth- estery flavor is dominant but not overwhelming like other beers that I've had in this style. Pretty refreshing, but there is a bit of an alcohol bite that is not unexpected given the ABV.

Overall this is a pretty good belgian style golden ale. I would order this again. (584 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, release #11.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Spots of lace left behind and visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly earthy aroma with boozy sweetness, zesty spice and light fruit notes. Belgian yeast character is prominent with hints of alcohol, bubblegum and apple. Peppery with hints of grassy hops. The nose is pretty subtle however, and nothing really stands out.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast, alcohol and light fruit notes. Floral hops as well some zesty/peppery spice up front which is countered by the Belgian yeast characters and pale malts. Hints of candy sugar, apple, pear, alcohol and bread. Well balanced with a decently masked ABV. Tastes better than it smells with a nice mouthfeel but nothing extraordinary going on here. (886 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint at Tops.

Brainless is part of Epic's Elevated Series, made to showcase variability within a given beer style -- in this case, the deceptively drinkable Belgian golden strong ale, which Epic has modified with light Belgian candy sugar and flaked oats, among other additions.

This changeability follows even in Epic's release of the same beer, with the brewers apparently tweaking their recipes by varying the malt and hop bills as well as the ABV every few batches. The release I sampled was Brainless' 16th, brewed in February with fewer Saaz hops than previous iterations, which the brewers claim allows the spice of the other two varietals -- Tettnang and Premiant -- to prevail.

A pale straw gold brew with absolute clarity, Brainless makes an attempt at classic Belgian aromas with notes of pear and apple juice, white pepper and clove, while some tangy grain looms in the background, throwing things just a bit off-kilter.

Sweet pear syrup, apple juice, crackers and some spices appear in the flavor as well, accented by peppery carbonation amidst an expansive, pillowy body. The sugary flavors do a commendable job of hiding the alcohol content, but subtle hints of the booze poke through and become more noticeable as heat warms the chest. Swallow and a gentle dryness will attempt to cleanse the palate, but with limited success -- this is saccharine stuff.

Despite all the grey matter that went into making it, Brainless is aptly named -- in that you don't need a brain to enjoy it. It's refreshing enough, but a bit too sweet and absolutely lacking the complexity of more established Belgian ales. It may appeal to the masses, but it won't inspire deep thought.

I might try Brainless with seafood -- garlic-spiced mussels or juicy crab cakes would work well. For dessert, pair it with a sugar cookie or two. Brainless is already sweet, but its spicy yeast will temper the cookie's sugary qualities somewhat, while the energetic carbonation chases flavors away and prepares you for the next sip. (2,037 characters)

Photo of colt45n
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden hazy yellow, light white fluffy head

S: Belgium funk all the way, very light and hay light grassiness

T: The belgium yeast is really all I am getting nothing particular about it.

Overall the brainless comes across as a basic belgium offering nothing to special about it, it does make a pretty good platform fot their other brainless offerings though (362 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (404 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering from Epic. Brainless is a good description, not because I think it's stupid or anything like that, but because you don't need a brain to enjoy it.

A light orange, clear pour with bubbles going to the ceiling, but the big ass foamy head captures them. Mouth waters....

Aroma is a touch scattered, for lack of better term. The soft biscuit backbone is squished by alcohol and yeast. Spice comes in and doesn't go away.

Spices like coriander and clove. A bit medicinal in the middle. Malt is gone until the very end. Orange zest and rosemary (?) come and go. The flavors jump around and the carbonation makes them dance away. The alcohol give it heat and accentuates this lifting. Faint malt finish

Best not the think on this one, just enjoy it (762 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah, based on the surprisingly low price (about 5 bucks for the bomber). I have been wanting to try the fruit versions of this one, but figured Id buy this one while I had the chance.

Poured a nice hazy dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, spices and a hint of citrus zest. Medium to full bodied, sweet and a little cloying near the end. (463 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with short 1/2-finger white head with nice lacing trailing down the glass.

S: Light fruity aromas of pear and apple, pale malt, and herbal, spicy hops are blunted by a fair amount of boozy alcohol.

T: The alcohol unfortunately is too forward and puts a damper on the estery yeast and light fruit flavors. The spicy hops and yeast contributions are especially good.

M: Silky smooth and a little too easy to consume despite its boozy profile. Carbonation has some bite and the body is medium-full.

D: A pretty good BSPA but a little to alcoholic for me. (644 characters)

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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