Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev +16%
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
District of Columbia
3.94/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
09-20-2013 01:16:46 | More by Sludgeman
3.61/5 rDev +1.1%
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
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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