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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
Reviews by Dotcubed:
Photo of Dotcubed
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this and another. the other blew up on me making a sticky beer mess in my cabinet.

Not big on the world of fruit beer, many of them aren't that good.

I know they have some of the most amazing peaches in the Idaho-Utah area and if seems like the perfect beer ingredient.

Pours average, nice white looking foam head.

Smells pleasant! Nice peach fuzz note, tart and fresh.
Belgian farmsouse-esq

Tastes tart, and fuzzy. Fruity grainy stuff. Surprisingly mild and watery. Some musty funk. A wild ride better than most.

More User Reviews:
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 tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon-yellow, hybrid-gold color; hazy body, translucent with light beaming throughout the edges. Foamy, almost frothy white head gives a vibe like it'll stick around, but then bounces pretty quick without leaving much behind. Aside from peaches, which are abundant in the aroma as expected, a nice foundation is formed from the Belgian yeast - sweet bread with mild clove and kitchen spice. Sweetness in the form of other fruits is apparent as well; white grapes and pears being the easiest to pinpoint. Nose doesn't include much hop presence, mostly just a sweetened, candied aroma. Given the largely aromatic nose, the taste was actually a little bit of a let down. It wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to expectations, I guess. Sweet candied peaches, soggy bread, mild clove, herbal leafiness, and a sharp hint of alcohol, almost borderline rubbing. Yeast is heavy on the tail end, fading out with the last gasping breath of peaches and bread. Medium bodied with a slightly slick mouth feel and a very generous amount of carbonation.

I love peaches - this beer had a pretty great aroma but the flavor lacked the punch I was looking for. Next time I want a "peach" beer, I'll be reaching for a Short's Peaches n' Creme. This one's far from bad, but it doesn't do enough to justify the relatively high cost (13$/bomber).

Photo of Beaver13
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #2 - 10.8%. Pours a clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet acidic peaches with some musty funk in the background.

The flavor is sweet, tart and acidic peaches with some musty earthiness from the Belgian yeast that makes for a dry champagne like finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a decent fruit beer. The peaches are well balanced with the Belgian aspects. It's very champagney - which isn't a plus in my opinion. I much prefer New Belgium's Eric's Ale.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, oranges, alcohol and some peaches. The flavor is peaches, bready malt, low bitterness and some lightly tart notes from the fruit. Fairly dry and you can definitely tell the base beer is Belgian in origin. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Release #21.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and sweet aroma with a big peach presence along with other fruit esters. Yeast and funk upfront with some pepper and clove spicing. Big scent of peach fruit throughout. Also fruit hints of apple, pear, pineapple, apricot, banana, and white wine like hints of white grapes. Candied sugar scent and some oak. Subtle malt presence with hints of grain and biscuit. Light hints of grassy hops. Big scent of the booze. A pretty interesting and decent smell.

Taste: Like it smells, an odd mix of yeast, fruits, and spices with a Belgian style. Belgian like yeast upfront with notes of funk and clove and pepper spicing. Big taste of the peach fruit. Also fruit notes of apple, pear, apricot, orange, banana, pineapple, and white grapes. Fairly wine like taste with a touch of oak and wood. Sweet and somewhat sour. Candied sugar notes. Bready malt background with notes of grain, cracker, and biscuit. Subtle grassy hops in the background. Odd taste but it works fairly well for me. Not cloying or overly syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat chewy. Booze is felt quite a bit.

Overall: An interesting and decent Belgian style ale. Fruit and yeast mix is good. Could of hid the booze heat better.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago, the dudes at the Bruery (after they were all out of it) were all raving about this so I gave it a go. Pours yellow, looks like a belgian strong pale ale or tripel, white head, 1" high. Moderate lacing. Aroma was mild peach, lots of chardonnay barrel oak and a milder, cleaner belgian yeast than many.

Taste, pretty nice, I think I was expecting more tartness, figured, peach, chardonnay barrel, this is going to have more going for it, but instead, it was very dry, hid alcohol quite well, nice soft peach touch. Its definitely one of my more favorite belgians out there, the peach puree probably took a big edge out of the yeast phenols usually present.

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 SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TheDudeRules for this one by way of 666 BIF Round 4. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303. This is the 3rd release. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard poir yields a 2 finger frothy white head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy white peach pastel. Lacing is patchy and sparse with good cling.

S: Nose is straight sweet white peaches. Cane sugar, and Belgian yeast. Extremely aromatic and fruity.

T: Peach, powdery, Belgian yeast, cane sugar, straw, moderately chalky towards the middle. Spicy yeast and clove at the end. Finish is yeast and clove bitterness with a spicy, Belgian yeast aftertaste. A little weird and the peaches come forward more and more as this beer warms.

M: Light to medium bodied, high carbonation, prickly, lively, crisp in the mouth. Abrasive and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

O: As a fruit beer, this one's a bit Belgian forward. The spices really cover up the fruitiness all the way up until this one warms to room temperature and even then, the Belgian yeast and clove notes are very prominent. A promising beer but I'd like to taste a bit more peach flavor with this.

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter - carefully selected from blackie's "cellar"

cellphone notes

appearance: golden-straw body, sticky white lacing

smell: belgian yeast, oak, sweet fruit

taste: this was pretty tasty - belgian yeast, sugar, over-ripe peaches, grape, white pepper, citrus hops. a little abrasive and off balanced, but i'd drink it again

mouthfeel: adequate carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of plfahey
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden hue with moderate clarity. Decent sized head has fair retention.

Aroma-Dry peaches with a slightly anise-like, medicinal phenolic aroma. Slight perfumy alcohols and peach candies, but the overall peach cough syrup impression is the most prevalent.

Flavor-I'm not a huge fan of the flavor here. Reminds me of a blend of peach schnapps and peach cough syrup. Sweet up front and quite dry in the finish. Some peppery alcohols at the close, but that same anise/medicinal phenol character dominates. Not my favorite.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

I couldn't really get over the peach schnapps/peach cough syrup aroma/flavor-not my thing.

Photo of beerhan
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me preface, I bought this beer while I was on a Festina Pecehe Kick. This beer however is nothing like that nor is it really worth the cost. I give this my worst by of 2011 actually. 12.99 for a bomber of a sub par beer. This thing tastes like Genesse Dog Bite after someone dropped a peach into it without peeling it. It smells like canned peaches and bud light and has a very average mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The only reason it really gets any points is that it is so boozey. You can taste and smell the alcohol which I would not expect from a beer of this price. Seriously not worth the money. I am willing to try their other products but I must have been brainless to try this one.

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Sample on Draft

Crystal clear with a golden hue. Nicely carbonated

Aroma consists of yeast, grass, peaches, slight must and orange peel

Taste is hot. Alcohol very present, flavor does not support the aroma. Tart with nice fruit and yeasty flavors

Overall a nice beer. I was expecting a little more but still a very nice sipper

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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peaches, funk, fruit, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, peaches, fruit, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The peach aspect that one would expect on this one was definitely there and quite pronounced. I was kind of delighted to find that this one wasn’t really sour or tart as I would have thought it would have been. However, this was a pretty good brew in just about all aspects. The aroma going on was quite inviting and very well balanced. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it was quite enjoyable and definitely wouldn’t argue with having it again in the future.

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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach color with a thin white lace of head. Tart dried sugar covered peaches on the nose with a touch of alcohol and oak.

Medium bodied but feels full in the mouth. Slight effervescence. Sweet dried tropical fruit bowl upfront followed by tart peach sweetness. Finishes with a dry belgian yeast finish. Like mouth watering bone dry. Subtle notes of floral hops here and there with some alcohol detection. Touch of clove. For such a big beer though it's pretty simple. I do enjoy it but I did expect a bit more. Well condensed flavors and dangerously drinkable. Not a bit sweet like I thought it would be but actually quite the opposite. The oak is there just enough to build on the dryness of the beer and add just enough complexity. It actually took me a while to even pick up on the oak but it might be the best use of oak I've ever seen. Overall very good. The only reason it let me down is because it wasn't what I expected.

reminiscent of a peaches and cream with the sweetness of the peaches, the velvet quality of the beer, and the creaminess of the oak.

SIDE NOTE Mix half sour apple saison and half Brainless on peaches and you have a pretty nice dried fruit refreshing beer in your cup!

Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle. Batch 3). Pours hazy golden color with chunky white head-an odd head; very chunky. Active carbonation. Aroma is belgian yeast, spices, faint ripe peach and hard candy (jolly rancher). Taste is sweet with some more spice and alcohol. Peach is light, but detectable. Medium bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish with a bit of tart and booze. Pretty decent and glad Epic is making it out to AZ. I’ll be buying more!

Photo of zep9865
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with aasher. Poured into new belgium snifter with a massive 1.5 inches of white foam head to go with a typical apricot color for this belgian pale.

The smell gives you very little on this beer. I of course want to smell peach but can barely get a hint of it. Hops are not overwhelming.

Lots of citrus, lemon mostly on the nose which follows into a slighty sweet, but bitter malt that gives you a little bit of peach

I like the mouthfeel of this beer because it's unpredictable. After the citrus you don't know what to expect.

This is a beer i would session, just now forgot it's 10.5 percent.

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 bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #3, 10.5% ABV (Epic's website says it was brewed on December 3, 2010). Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like peaches, candy sugar and light hops. It's a nice aroma but it seems a little bit weak to me. Good thing the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like sweet and tart peaches, candy sugar, cloves, Belgian yeast and some oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with good carbonation, it's a bit slick and it's also easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew. I think it's good, and definitely worth trying. But for $12.99 a bottle, I'm not sure how often I would buy it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice thick foam head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of peach puree is quite intense and quiet sweet as well. Taste is bizarrely not as intense on peach with a nice mix between some funky notes with a slightly oversweet malt base with subtle peach in the background. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Chardonnay and champagne yeast notes are very hard to distinguish and the beer maybe a tad too sweet but this is an interesting experience after all.

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 smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Sometimes there is a lot of retention off the pour, other times not. Regardless, Brainless on Peaches pulls a white good sized head that even clumps with some good retention, other times not so much and disappears fast. It sits on a slightly orange/yellow body with some cloudiness.

Nose is primarily sweet Belgian like sugars and malt backbone. However, peach fruit does follow later in a mild way.

Taste is sweet then sharp, but then subdues after much drinking. Pureed peaches and fruit juicy texture abound settling in on a powdered sugar background. Minimal alcohol presence for a high abv which is a nice touch as well. Some slight bitter lingering lime in the afterfinish also. Some sort of Belgian like malts and sugars seem to come out.

Overall, pretty brainless, and an apt description. Works for me! Very masked abv for what it is, not a booze bomb, rather enjoyable, they done well.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair hooked this one up... Buckeyeboy and I shared the 22 and had pretty differing opinions.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.. short lasting white head... hazy lite orange brew.. little lacing despite a pretty righteous body.

Pretty descent BSPA qualities, but I am gonna try and focus on the fruit for this review.

We're serving this one a tad cold.. but there is still a pretty substantial vinous quality.. lite oak.... really everything is lighter than I was expecting.. The fruitiness is there, but could easily be masked by yeasty esters. Nice yet minor bits and pieces of peach, pear, and tiny parts of apricot.

For a 10% Belgian , with WHITE PEACHES (I love white peaches), I was hoping for a bit more.. delicate fruits and some minor clove phenols.... I can pick out hints of green apple and pear that actually pushes the peach up to the front.

This is apparently aged in Chardonnay barrels.. Again, I can see vinous parts... but the oak is something that may be in my imagination.. but it is a tasty part of the imagination.

The body is on the heavier side of medium.. carbonation is about right, but seriously, given the ABV and the Belgian moniker, I personally think it is a touch too thick.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

Despite my lack luster review.... I am really digging this one.. I just want to see it dialed in a notch or two. I plan on getting some to cellar and see how future batches pare against the first. Thanks Sammy... Fun for a Friday!!!

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