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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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448 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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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.

Impfan, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Todd, Sep 21, 2013
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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.

Sludgeman, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

PHBoiler, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

sennin, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

Beardcore, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Hoppy_McMalt, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

beergorrilla, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

dfhhead25, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

MNBeer1017, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

stuart3368, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

deereless, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

jfstilling, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

capuchinpilates, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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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.

BEERchitect, Aug 20, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

mattboyer182, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

DruC4, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

MgoJohnStamos, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

FLBeerGuy, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

StubFaceJoe, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

GABrew, Aug 05, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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....

spoony, Aug 05, 2013
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.