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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
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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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
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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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NateMac13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-11-2013 02:49:08 | More by Dicers
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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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appetiteforparis

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-17-2013 00:05:28 | More by appetiteforparis
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jmeyers78

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-11-2012 02:27:15 | More by jmeyers78
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-03-2014 16:07:40 | More by Whiskeydeez
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-25-2014 20:59:16 | More by atrocity
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rcjennings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-19-2012 00:46:42 | More by rcjennings
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jsf14

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-14-2014 04:43:26 | More by jsf14
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stevergca

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-12-2014 20:43:02 | More by stevergca
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2013 15:13:50 | More by petermethot
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:07:00 | More by Gavage
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Beer #12 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is quite a pungent Belgian ale. Very bready nose which turns into a soapy and over-ripe fruit flavor event that really clings to the roof of my mouth. I'd equate this beer to a shirt left on my floor. Jumbled up in a ball, wrinkled as can be, and in desperate need of an ironing. Decent. Not sure I'm quite prepared to drink a whole bomber of this, but nice enough to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:25:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:11:19 | More by JamnesCameron
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a yummy beer, but a far cry from a true belgian golden. this has a ton of body and density to it that makes it drink a bit heavy for the style, and the carbonation is short of the true belgian ones, not to mention the slightly generic yeast that lacks a bit of the fruity esters we love. however, with all that criticism out, this is a tasty beer all the way through. hazy darker blonde color with a short lived inch of white head. dense looking, but bubbly. the nose and taste are identical, with a grassy hop aromatic trumping the sort of belgian yeast, and a big pale and wheat malt base. long finishing, i wish this was a bit more crispy. i would consider it much more of a cold weather offering, despite its color, than a summery one, it just drinks a bit heavy, especially when the abv is considered, but a well made brew. i certainly enjoy the various reincarnations of it more than the base beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 20:18:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:40:37 | More by Thorpe429
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argock

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 01:56:36 | More by argock
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 06:05:31 | More by corby112
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:34:58 | More by Sammy
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

"Brainless? Why yes, I think I'd like to try that. It seems like a lovely beer. Even a lifestyle to some, perhaps."

Batch #16, 22 oz. bottle fills up a pair of silver-rimmed Tulips of Darkness. This seems like a fitting beer after a heavy dinner of mashed potatoes, steak, & mushrooms. The pour girds the name: golden, indeed, though the name doesn't mention particulate solids. Nose is nice, gently spicy Belgian yeasting, soft hops, lots of sweet candied sugar & shot of earthiness.

Brainless Golden Ale is a good solider to the style & doesn't quite live up to the nose. The sweetness floods out the delicate niceties apparent in the nose; too much malt. Spiciness does assert itself somewhat & saves the experience. Crackles with pepper, green apples, & vague spices. Earthiness & hops on the nose break up & go MIA. Nice & crisp, & the mouthful of cane sugar makes this a nice sipper for a sweet tooth.

Good brew, solid Belgian Pale. That's all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:41:29 | More by maximum12
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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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trappistlover

Arizona

3.73/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:42:13 | More by trappistlover
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OutFox

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:15:04 | More by OutFox
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 17:47:01 | More by SuperbikeShaun
Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.