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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
81
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%


Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-23-2010)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

1.28/5  rDev -64%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 03:00:43 | More by ArrogantB
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 16:23:56 | More by Scotchboy
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 01:16:46 | More by Sludgeman
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alphaacid9000

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 22:39:12 | More by alphaacid9000
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denver10

Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a flat honey golden. Slight white head at most. An aroma of alcoholic peach preserves. Flavor offers a lot of alcohol, some peach, and some malt. A kinda flat, medium bodied. Overall, I was quite excited to try this but was rather disappointed in it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 05:57:45 | More by denver10
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, a little darker than a Hefe.

Smells like peach wine. Light and sweet with peach notes. Slight Belgian yeast.

Very yeasty, chewy yeast. Peaches just accent the yeast. Feels like peach wine in many ways. The peach wine flavor accents what woud be a yeast dominated beer. Better than the average belgian pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:50:20 | More by VncentLIFE
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

Pours hazy Belgian hue with decent lace.

Really smells of peaches with some yeast and spice notes. Pretty simple and to the point. Palate confirms but is lightly flavored by the peach. Almost disappointing.

Average texture and good grip, short finish.

Overall a nice idea, but falls short on several fronts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 20:40:31 | More by cbarrett4
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Wow...so good. I totally fell in love with this one on the first sip, and it's a shame I'll probably never have it again. Poured a clear, thin, peach-orange color with just a tiny layer of delicate bubbles for a head. Didn't look like much from the get go, but I gave it a chance. Aroma of pale malts, reminiscent of a golden or blonde ale, light with peaches and apricots, with some herbal notes and a touch of funk. Taste: a pale malt base overlaid with peach, apricot, oaked white wine. Sweet, but done just right. Not at all syrupy...just right. Light herbal and floral hops for a great balance of flavors. Light-medium body, slight alcohol burn that doesn't affect the taste, and very drinkable all over.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 11:31:41 | More by Rifugium
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color, with good carbonation and decent lacing. One finger white head which lingers a while. Predominant smell is peach, with a little malt, yeast, and spice thrown in as well. Taste is very sweet, and a little one dimensional. Very carbonated feel to it as well. This beer is decent, but misses the mark for me. It needs more complexity to be really good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 16:01:42 | More by jayhawk73
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brainless on peaches is a complete miss for me. It is too sweet, too yeasty, too hot, the peaches didn't work with the base beer, overall a complete disaster.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation, so far so good.

Aroma is bready, yeasty, almost like a hefeweizen but all fruit all the way, fusel, hot, offputting but not a disaster.

Beer is medium to light in body, some peach flavor on the back half but the front is dominated by a strong bright harsh alcohol and sweetness that makes me want to stop drinking it immediately. It tastes like poison and that's about as nice as I can get.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 20:11:49 | More by drabmuh
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is from having it on tap at Bodega. I also tried a little bit of this from the bottle at a recent tasting.

Appearance
This looked pretty typical. Its a really pale golden yellow. The peaches don't seem to have effected the color much, but I didn't get a full pour of the base beer so I can't be certain.

Aroma
The acetone I found in the Brainless on Cherries is really big and pervasive here. It smells pretty much like my girl friend is painting her nails while I sit next to her, drinking some peach iced tea. The peach is very light on the aroma, but it is noticeable.

Taste
I think the peach is even lighter on the taste. Alcohol and a sloppy use of Belgian yeast are much bigger. Alcohol kicks too hard at the end.

Mouthfeel
Dry with an earthy, chalky grittiness.

Overall
I was still able to enjoy this beer, and I easily finished the glass. It is just a bit rough around the edges. This is the one by Epic that I was most excited for. I'm glad to hear that they still fiddle with the recipes in this series. This one could easily improve.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 01:38:02 | More by MbpBugeye
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had a bottle of this on a week or so back, I welcomed the opportunity to try it on tap yesterday up at Oskar Blues. Poured a medium golden color with a smallish white head. Aromas of juicy peaches, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, with flavors of peaches, sweet malt and yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 03:41:02 | More by emmasdad
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cxr1037

California

4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:30:57 | More by cxr1037
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:39:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:37:47 | More by Etan
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:38:21 | More by Zorro
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KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:49:14 | More by KajII
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Impfan

Washington

4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 19:29:23 | More by Impfan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The love-hate relationship of fruit and beer can become quite a contentious taste. However, there's no such friction when considering Belgian ales- here, the love affair rings supreme. Add in those supple wine notes with the zesty acidity of peach and its quite obvious that the tastes belong together.

Even peachy to the eye, the color of ale pours pale gold with a skin-tone hue. Racing carbonation floods the rim of the tulip in part-froth, part-fizz fashion. Its semi-firm retention struggles for prominence in the later half of the session. Likewise, its lacing is spotty up front but quivers late. The more I drink, the more I think champagne.

Peach and chardonnay leap out immediately. Its scent is focused and direct as the acidic fruit gives rise to the vinous notes, apple and pear esters. Spicy with wood notes, white pepper and and citrus tartness- the nose balances well albeit leaning fruity.

The peach dominance continues in taste as the pulp and skins of the fruit delivers an acidic sweetness with pleasant bite to balance out its early palate. The middle is loaded with malt sweetness and a bready character that rounds out like cobbler and shortcake. Finishing sweet, the ale relies on wine barrel vinous and wood spices to assist in the acidic balance.

Though the carbonation gives the ale a tremendous lift, the sweetness and sugary weight leads to a lumbering transition to a tart and acidic winey finish. Mild astringency of peach skins and wood plays lightly on the finish as serves as a balance in texture without much presence from hops.

Epic's peach beer is a very confident fruit beer that really relies on the orchard fruit and wine-like character to carry it. Might be great for wine savants but I need a more acute hop balance and drier Belgian-esque character for better praise.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 18:09:47 | More by BEERchitect
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spoony

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (Release 31, it says) into a tulip.

A-The pour is pretty flat with short-lived, off-white foam that never quite reaches one finger tall. There is a bit of lace that clings to the glass, which is impressive for the ABV. The beer is mostly clear and medium-gold in color. Pretty mundane looking.

S-The smell, as you would expect, is sweet. There is some peach, doughy bread, apple cider, pear, and a fair bit of fruity, warming booze. As the brew warms, I detect just a hint of oaky vanilla.

T-The taste is also sweet with lots of fruity, alcoholic apple flavor to start. The peaches are also there, but the fruits are soon drowned out by heat from the alcohol (the alcohol is also fruity, but the flavors are indistinct). Despite the sweetness, there is an odd, drying, oaky component on the mid-palate.

M-The feel is medium body with a slick character and some fine carbonation. A good match for the beer.

O-This is not a bad beer, but I don't know that I would buy it again. Unlike other high-octane fruit beers, things never get syrupy, but the alcohol washes out much of fruit and it was just a bit hot for my liking. I guess that is what I should have expected with a 10.7% peach beer....

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:48:11 | More by spoony
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 07:04:28 | More by MattyG85
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly cloudy peach! Not much head at all. Also not too strong with the lacing.

S-Yeasty and peachy with some lingering funk and a noticeable fruity sweetness.

T-Peaches are sweet but semi-natural in flavor. Yeast and spice with some funky stuff and faint oak.

M-Really surprised by how calm the alcohol is. Modest carbonation.

O/D-Pretty cool, didn't know much about this beer when I tried it. Was surprised by its ABV after tasting it. Drinks much easier than its gravity.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:11:29 | More by VelvetExtract
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release 9, bottled on 1/6/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Light foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, pear, apple, orange, clove, candi sugar, pepper, oak, white wine, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Slight phenolic note that goes away as it warms. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with peach and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, pear, apple, orange, clove, candi sugar, light pepper, oak, white wine, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, light fruits, clove, candi sugar, light pepper, oak, white wine, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast esters with peach and barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcoohl is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruit Belgian strong pale ale. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with the peach and wine barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:52:06 | More by superspak
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ZRBE

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fiend for anything with peaches, so I had to give this one a try. Poured vigorously into a Bell's tulip.

A - Good amount of carbonation, minimal head. Golden yellow.

S - Bread, the 10% alcohol, and a bit of peaches. Actually, I get more dried apricots than peaches, maybe both. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but not terrible.

T - The chardonnay really comes through strong here. So does the booze. Grass, chardonnay, bread, and maybe passionfruit? Peaches are notably absent, even when I'm looking for them. It's all about the wine here.

M - Hot, medium bodied, and plenty of carb.

Like I said, I love me some peaches, but apart from the nose they're hardly there at all. Peach beer seems to be a tricky thing to pull off well, so I can't go too hard on Epic for giving it a good shot. Still, definitely not worth the $12 for the 22.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:40:35 | More by ZRBE
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srandycarter

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Thin white head, leaves fast. some spotty cling. Murky light apricot.

S - Barn like. Funky. Juicy fruity.

T - Malty first, followed by juicy fruit and Belgian yeast flavors.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance.

D - Very easy to drink! I hat the letter count on this site.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:41:27 | More by srandycarter
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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.