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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style AleBrainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 28
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-23-2010

We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery. Drink from a Pinot glass, serve on the warm side of cold, it develops nicely as it warms displaying more fruit and wine.
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Ratings: 509 | Reviews: 139
Photo of SFC21
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chardonnay comes through big time, peach plays second fiddle. A little boozy and thin on the finish but overall a nice, refreshing beer

Batch #52

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It pours a very oddly bright yellow color with almost no head somehow.
Smell is very sour and a bit yeasty. From the smell, this could be just a brett beer.
Flavor is where that peach comes in. It is both tart and sour with an obviously fruity taste. Tastes more like a plum than a peach, but whatever. It is insanely light. I don't know how that is even possible in a beer like this. Effervescence is not overpowering, which is good because it's those small bubbles, y'know? I suppose that "small bubble" feeling is probably a result of the insanely light body and lack of head. If you're looking for something fruity, but not overpoweringly sweet, this is pretty great. I'm not tasting much of the oak aging, but that might be because it was apparently aged in Chardonnay bottles (didn't say that on my bottle, but I saw that in the description on here). It does taste a little like white wine, for sure. ABV on mine was 11.3, so I'm drinking it on a Friday. Gonna be great. For a beer done in batches that slightly differ from each other, this bottle was oddly not dated. I assume it's from 2014, though. If you want something real tart and real strong (though there's not a strong alcohol taste), definitely give this a try.

Photo of cubs943
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was pretty good.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

January 14, 2015

Draft, sampler glass

A – Golden straw, a bit of white head with low retention. Very clear.

S – Light peaches, bread dough. Some light floral hops.

T – Light peaches and chardonnay grapes. Very mild hops, floral variety.

M – Lightly carbonated, a bit on the sweet side. Slightly acidic, a bit of a bite.

O – Very reliant on the chardonnay character, leans way more towards the wine character.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #48. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-gold coloring with a minimal white halo of surface head. Aromas of subtle peach, woody notes, earthy backbone, and some Belgian funk. Subtle nose overall, but inviting. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, with a rich peach note front and center. Subtle sourness in the backbone, layered with wood and funk. There is some yeast funk, horseblanket, and herbal tones, too. Pretty balanced and tasty. The body is smooth to start, but between the carbonation and the overall dry feel, it gets pretty crisp into the finish. The aftertaste is rich fruit sweetness. Very drinkable, tasty beer.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +11.4%

batch 42

A: poured into an oversized wine glass to a golden orange with a finger and a half of dense off white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: smells of peaches, oak, spicy yeast and some fruity esters
T: taste is peaches, pale malt, fruity esters, spice from the yeast, some oak but a lot of peaches. swallow is a little alcohol, more oak, peaches and some fruity esters. Hints of sourness at times as well and the wine barrel presence builds with each sip.
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: This beer has good flavors and complexity. I feel it doesn't deserve to be categorized as a fruit beer but it is what it is.

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Tried to pour a head but got none. Searching for a flavor to make this one great and not finding anything.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Matched well with the roasted anaheim peppers in the marinade that we used for our pork chops. Great Belgian style ale with a hint of peach in the middle and extra character from its aging on the end. 11.5% alcohol.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian ale with peaches on a growler.

This most surprising ale from Epic pours a nice golden color with hints of orange to it's color.
Ale pours with a nice one finger deep head, dissipating to a fine layer of pooling foam and nice
lacing. The nose is heavy peach, very light clove, bready malts, and Belgian candy sugar with
strong alcohol. Flavors are quite amazing. Sweet up front. Malty Belgian candy sugar blends
with peaches on the sides and back with a bready clove aftertaste and crisp tart peach finish.
Nice smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly cloying with sweetness but still not
distasteful by any means. Very warming.
A pleasant surprise and a nice offering. Tastefully done.

Cheers

Photo of zander4dawin
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%

Light, bright, golden appearance with a thin white head. Light Belgium yeast flavors, tropic fruits, Chardonnay grapes, light fruity hop background.

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Light white head, golden clear.
S: Peach, grape, oak, apricot
T: Very light peach flavor. Oaky wheaty
M: very light and very thin. Carbonation crisped it up some, but not much
O: Meh 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Crystal clear light golden pour with a minimal head. Aroma is light peaches and yeast. Flavor is alcohol forward with a light touch of peach flavor and a bit of oak. Not as sour as expected and has a light spice presence. Can also taste some white grape flavors. Fairly light bodied. Feels more like a Chardonnay than a beer.

Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #25 (brewed Nov. 7, 2012; bottled Apr. 30, 2013) bomber into oversized burgundy glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: monster head that just won't quit, super-active carb. Peachy color.

Smell: Belgian yeast, peaches, maybe a hint of oak.

Taste: lots of Belgian yeast esters, black pepper, with a decent hint of peaches in the background. Not getting any barrel character, nor any Champagne, and barely any sour.

Feel: creamy. Not too dry. Pretty good.

Overall: not sure how the year in the bottle treated this as I never got to try it fresh, but this seems better than its BA score would indicate. If you want a peach bomb or a sour, look elsewhere, but if you want a beer that highlights Belgian yeast with a hint of complementary peachiness, this should do nicely.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at Okinawa Brewing Company, truly a treat on Okinawa, no head, pinkish and straw yellow color. The nose lends to dry fruit and a little funk. Definitely a malty backbone with white flowers and a sour tang, low hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Best had at a warmer temp. Cheers!

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A--Light peach/gold colour with a medium head that fades quickly into light lacing.

S--A lot of peach at the forefront, followed by light malt and just a hint of hops.

T--Much like the nose. Good peach taste, but it could be just a little more sour for me to rate it higher. A bit of malt and a just bit of a dry bitter finish. At first I thought it tasted a lot like wine, but the more I drank, the more it reminded me of champagne.

M--Light like a white wine or champagne. Lightly carbonated. Very pleasant.

O--I'm very happy with this beer. Though I think it could have been just a bit more on the sour side. Epic's Exponential series puts out some great beer. Out of the ones I've had, I like the Imperial Red the best, then this one in second place. This would be a great beer for the early fall season.

22 oz bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass, as per brewer recommendation. Served slightly chilled. Release #40, bottle 1569 of 1800. 10.9% ABV. Brewed 9/2/13, bottled 11/27/13. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo of Jdouble777
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First abd foremost, this is a Belgian style beer that flirts with Delerium. Therefore, those that knock this beer for being chocked full of "chemicals" that is just natural bite of a potent Belgian and an irritional reason to hate the brew. The lack of twist that some hints of peach fail to provide hurts it some, but all in all a just barely outstanding beer.

Apperance- Light mellow orange yellowish light head akin to most similar Belgians
Taste- Powerful punch of 10% alcohol that ends up oddly smooth and has nice Belgian hoppy bite on the backend, with slight touch of peach
Smell- Delicious, has the banana aroma of Belgian with the peach fighting through and crisp yet potent makeup
Mouth- Smooth, strong then gentle

Photo of cxr1037
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at an Epic tasting about a week ago. From my notes:

APPEARANCE: Light gold, minimal head.

AROMA: Definite wine/champagne character going on. The peach shines nicely. Floral, fruity, with minimal amounts of yeasty funkiness.

TASTE: Just as expected from the nose. Sweet and tart, with peach and other fruits. Very slight maltiness. Very reminiscent of champagne.

MOUTHFEEL: Like a dry white wine. Lingering bitterness.

OVERALL: A lovely, refreshing beer that I might have to buy a full bottle (or get a full glass) of. Definitely one of the highlights of the tasting.

90/100

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
10.5% ABV, Release #34

A - Bright clear goldenrod in color with a cap of soapy white foam, this effervescent beer has little retention and only small dots of lace left stuck to the glass.

S - Brainless on Peaches brainless base beer shines through this beer quite effortlessly as it's spice and light citrus notes overtake the delicate and volatile peach fruit aroma. Undertones of white grape, lemon rind, and grey clay come together nicely but the overall aroma is lacking the complexity that could really set this apart. As this variation warms it releases an unwelcome latex glove-like aroma that's a straight nose-dive.

T - Peaches are all but lost in the flavor profile of Brainless on Peaches. The overarching spicy Belgian yeast profile trumps all while sweet, unfermented pilsner-like malt sticks around for a lingering sugary taste that, with white grapes, quickly becomes cloying.

M - Effervescent at first, the smooth body becomes increasingly sweet with each sip, unchecked by anything but light alcohol dryness that lingers on the tongue with the smallest of balance.

O - Epic's Brainless on Peaches is a very nice Belgian-style beer but it's barrel-aging and fruit additions do little to enhance the experience or justify the price tag (though it's not outrageous to begin with). The peaches' already delicate profile is overwhelmed by the bold sweetness of this beer, not to mention it's spicy yeast esters and, while white grapes come through, little barrel aging shows itself. It's too delicate and the slightly medicinal latex glove aspect that emerges as the beer warms proves to hinder it further. The cherry version is a much better barrel experience while Brainless Raspberries, while not barrel aged, is one of the best fruit beers out there.

Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear gold with a coarse white head.

S: Perfumy esters, bright grain, peach skin, cloves, potpourri.

T: Taste brings more estery spice, slightly herbal, light boozy peach, grain, vanilla, noticeable alcohol note on the end.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Not enough barrel influence, and a little too boozy in the taste.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear peachy pink and gold colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of peach and coriander with a Belgian yeast scent of ginger and powdery yeast. Mild scent picking up flowers and pollen and a mild honey scent. Mild sums up the scent no jolly rancher candy level of artificial scent in this one.

Starts out mild with a nice taste of peach with some caramelized sugar flavor. Mild flavors of peach and spearmint with an after taste of bake pie crust. Mild coriander and that is about it, super mild flavored ale, you could serve this to people in hospitals to help them recuperate.

Mouthfeel is medium light.

Overall and excellent light ale. A perfect beer for a brunch or serve with a cold fruit dish. Mildest tasting 10% + beer I have ever tasted.

Photo of ArrogantB
1.3/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

On tap at the new brewery in Denver. This was just as awful if not worse than the brainless on cherries. Yellow color, no head. Terrible aroma of chemicals, alcohol, nasty fruit, yuck. Flavor was more chemicals, alcohol, and just gross. I could not even taste a discernible peach flavor. I can;t believe they are able to actually sell this at all let alone for $12 a bottle. Truly a horrible beer.

Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that quickly diminished, down to a light wispy film and small collar with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light cereal malt and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of overripe peaches, candi sugar, oak cask and a light white wine odor.

The taste was on the mild side with a lightly sweet malty flavor along with a hint of candi sugar and a light peach presence which was present throughout, progressing with a decently strong dose of yeast, a hint of cask and a somewhat bold alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted a long time proceeding the swallow, with the fruity yeasty taste fading almost entirely leaving way for the strong alcohol taste to take over.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall I was expecting a bit more from this beer being it has won a few medals. Although it was decently tasty and easy to drink, the flavor wound up being more about the high alcohol presence than anything else...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a taster at Bittercreek in Boise ID.

A: Clear yellow/gold with whispy white head.

S: Significant Belgian notes and yeasty phenols, mild tartness and peach character, with a good amount of musty funk underlying that fruit character. Some sweeter malt notes poke through as well.

T: Moderate fruity tartness and peach flavors, with some mild pear and white wine characteristics as well. Belgian yeast layered with Chardonnay and funk, bready malt and underlying sweetness.

MF: Well-carbed and relatively full bodied.

O: A decent beer, on-tap it seemed to be 50% Belgian and 50% fruit beer; I would have preffered more peach.

Photo of Impfan
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. I was hoping for a true sour, and while this is not that, it does have a mild tartness with a slight barnyard funk/horseblanket edge. There’s a decent amount of complexity, (besides the subtle peach) with graham cracker, vanilla, white grape and clove mingling nicely. Some have complain about its heat, but I find it to be very muted, especially for its strength. The finish is rather mild, but lengthy enough, and pleasantly dry. Although this isn’t a brew I’d choose on a blustery winter’s day, I find it to be the perfect accompaniment for the onset of fall.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip at Westover Beer Haus

A decent beer that is right on the edge of being a go to. Maybe it was the moment, but the lack of substantial aroma doomed this beer to a rating of less than 4. Do not worry about the peaches, not overwhelming.

A - Slightly cloudy pale orange, no head (bar pour), no lacing.

S - Faint peach, but little else.

T – Low peach flavor, some slight funkiness, faint sweetness, some tartness/bitterness, a bit of alcohol.

MF -Med light bodied, well carbonated, somewhat sharp.

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.