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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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Reviews: 143
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of StrongRepublican
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep golden orange hue, slightly hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly into a faint collar. Subtle spotty lacing, no legs.
S: Prominence of Chardonnay with underlying stone fruits and slightly peppery yeast characters.
T: Candi sugar and oak up front, lots of white wine character, subtle peach flavors with vanilla, followed by a hint of white pepper/bread/toast. Semi-sweet to start with a dry and slightly boozy finish. Minimal funk, no real tartness to speak of.
M: Soft and slightly creamy mouth feel, carbonation starts heavy but mellows considerably very quickly.
O: Pretty much what I expected, very tasty, has some depth to it but nothing really shines or stands out. They've done an excellent job making a very drinkable fruited Belgian strong golden ale. (786 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 7/31/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep gold with some straw and hints of tangerine - minimal carbonation creates a small, bright white head, that fades rapidly to virtually nothing - no cap, tiny collar, small lacing

S: Remarkably odd - substantial Belgian notes - Belgian yeast, very heavy on phenols - Chap Stick, wax, hard candy - more phenols - clove and some spice - a big white wine push - some sweetness, with some fruitiness, but I wouldn't have guessed peach if I didn't know it was in here - the white wine light fruits, and musty barrel are much more prominent - booze at the end

T: A Belgian white wine with a touch of peach - big Belgian yeast flavor - clove, banana, and tons of phenols - straight up Band-Aids - Chap Stick and some waxy, medicinal flavors - white wine flavors in abundance, wine barrel, musty, with some tartness, funk - light fruits - touch of peach - some acidity - pale malts - finishes with booze

M: On the heavy side of medium, minimal carbonation, finishes very wine-like and somewhat sticky

O: Almost peachless

This is like a medicinal wine. With Belgian yeast. The peach is rather minimal. The other fruity notes take precedence. The booze is a bit over the top as well. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost completely clear bright gold. Head is almost nonexistent with minimal carbonation on the pour. No lacing of which to speak.

Smell: Peach puree and a touch of white wine. Soft Belgian yeast adds a mild spiciness with some mild fruity esters. Pale malt base throws a touch of bread with a mild spiciness. Peach and yeast hit at different times almost competing but not quite. Some decent oak. Touches of vanilla. Mealy underripe peach. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back of each sniff. Slight building sweetness as it warms. Some mild grass and wet flowers.

Taste: Strong push of banana right up front. Peach puree and a ton of white wine. Oak barrel launches through it all. Ever so slightly buttery. Mild spicy esters coupled with a ton of white grape skin. Malts are lightly sweet with a soft bready edge. Tons of oak. Warming increases both the wine and the intense peach flavor. Slight fruity sweetness. Some milder stonefruit layered through the back as well. Sharp push of alcohol through the entire sip. Adds some boozy spiciness on the back as well. Everything smooths out a bit as it warms. The Chardonnay characteristics blend well with the macerated peach and oak. The yeast adds a nice complimenting fruit and spicy ester combo.

Mouthfeel: Medium slick and slightly oily body with a moderate to low carbonation. Minimal astringency with a touch of dryness on the back of the sip thanks to the alcohol.

Overall: My mind is still intact.

Everything starts to blend, but never really makes it there. The peach was a better choice than the cherries and the barrel adds some special character. It's just not quite where it should be. Falls a bit flat in the long run and just throws too much against the wall and not enough of it sticks to really make it stand out. (1,796 characters)

Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 61 Bomber at 10.7% in tulip.
Clear sunset yellow with thin off white head. Mild lacing. Aroma is more floral less yeast. Subtle sour peach comes through with taste. Sourdough bread. Light to medium body with little carbonation. Overall a very nice Belgian style ale. More white wine than beer though. (313 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with an impressive head of foam and lacing.

Big peachy notes amongst the Saison like notes. .you know. Belgian yeast, hints of candi sugar, some spice.

The taste has the Belgian attributes that I mentioned along with a decent amount of peach flavour and a wine influence from the Chardonnay barrel aging. Still doesn't work for me. The beer simply got over complicated.

Good enough mouthfeel.

Not a brew that I would buy again. My palate rules my wallet. (481 characters)

Photo of PGD120
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #58

Appearance: translucent golden color 2 finger white head, good retention. Visible carbonation

Aroma: little bit of ripe beach, stale bread, belgian yeast, white wine

Taste: taste pretty much matches aroma. Peach is very subtle but brows as beer warms. Some bread, njce yeast character, finishes off with a okay chardonnay flavor. Bit boozy

Feel: medium bodied nice bright carbination, medium dryness

Overall: would've loved more peach and less booze but it was pretty good. Think it should be classified more as a golden ale though. Way more aboit it saying golden ale than peach beer. It was hardly more peachy than regular brainless (650 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sitting on this one since a Colorado excursion last Fall. Time to get to this promising brew.

A bit concerned right off the bat as what little froth there is disappears quickly from this pale orange brew.

Smells of dank, overripe peaches and apricot with some green apple and a whiff of stale bread.

The aroma is a lot more potent than the taste, although there's some flavor to go around with a proliferation of light fruits up front followed by a bit of spice.

Medium mouth-feel with a touch of fusel heat.

Too many soldiers missing in action to make this army affective. (585 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with thick white head and good lace; lots of carbonation. Subtle fruit nose. Clove with a little tart peach and some oak too. Light mouthfeel. Overall I would have liked more peach and tartness. (204 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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. (694 characters)

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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. (215 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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 (723 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 (191 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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. (326 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (298 characters)

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Jdouble777
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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 (727 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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 (592 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,812 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
1.3/5  rDev -63.4%
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. (397 characters)

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.