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: 142
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 82 | 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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Reviews: 142 | Hads: 547
Photo of Scotchboy
3.56/5  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. (637 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.13/5  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. (593 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,815 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.... (1,219 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,571 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,349 characters)

Photo of ZRBE
2.59/5  rDev -27%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of alphaacid9000
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (331 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
2.71/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle (Release #21 - 10.2% alcohol). Purchased at State Liquor in Park City, Utah.

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow color. Completely translucent. 1-2 finger, fizzy head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring of bubbles. Leaves a good lacing.

S: Initial smell is white wine-ish. A little bit of funky Brett smells. A tiny hint of oak and some peach. Finishing the nose is dominating yeast. Something doesn't jive with all of the nose coming together. It seems to be a bit all over the place.

T: The best way I can describe this is bready, tart, sour, spoiled peaches soaked in yeasty booze. I don't get much oak at all, and the yeast is too strong against the peaches that actually come through tart - which I actually like. Again, as I feared from the nose, this just doesn't really come together at all.

M: medium-full body. High carbonation. Tart and dry. Much more boozy than I was expecting.

O: From the initial pour I was excited. The appearance was awesome. Then it went downhill quickly. I can appreciate the idea and creativity of this, but it just didn't jive for me. It was too dominated by the yeast. I think the core issue here was that it was too in between a tart/sour beer and a Belgian tripel/golden. If it was closer to either one it would've been better. (1,288 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #13

A: Pours a very lightly hazy apricot in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange/golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall slightly fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a small patch of small bubbles in the center of the beer with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of peaches over the top of some more traditional Belgian ale aromas like fruity and peppery yeasts. Light amounts of pale and grainy malts towards the finish and moderate amounts of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale and grainy malts with some fruity and peppery yeasts. On top of the malts, there is a light to moderate flavor of peaches. Very light amounts of bitterness or sweetness but there is a moderate flavor of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol heat towards the finish.

O: Unfortunately, the alcohol in this beer is just not well hidden enough for me - far too present in the mouthfeel, smell, and taste. Definitely a beer that is a slow sipper and improves a bit when the beer warms up. (1,296 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An attractive golden color but the foam wells up and subsides to not much. The carbonation in the mouth is alright, though. Big aroma of cooked peaches, like a cobbler.

A very nice peach flavor. Tart and tangy. The Belgian yeasty flavor is quite evident. Fairly hot with alcohol, but it tastes kind of pleasant with the fruit, like some kind of dry liqueur. Just a little sugar. You might wish for a more creamy mouthfeel. Interesting and quite sippable, but I'll hope to find it fresher next time.

From the 22 oz bottle. The label says Release #20 and that it is 11.7% ABV. (576 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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). (1,331 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #13

Pours cloudy light orange. Strong notes upfront of stone fruits, oak, and something funky. At first the smell is off-putting, but once I accepted that this (somewhat) mimics a decent white wine, I changed my perception of it a bit.

Malty and fruity. Sour notes. Tastes similar to a viognier: peach, orange blossom, pineapple, passion fruit. A nice oak note helps soften the mouthfeel. Medium-bodied with a dry finish. An ale that gets better as it warms, but do not let it sift into "too warm" else some of the "lightness" gets dampened on the palate and it feels heavier. Carbonation really helps keep the structure from being too sharp for style.

Very interesting but maybe not the most approachable beer I've ever had. However, it does have qualities of a good white wine and you might be able to convert a few wine snobs (who drink whites) with this one. Would go great with seafood.

Edit:
I have to drop the "overall" from 4.00 to 3.00. Last night, as the beer dwindled slowly in the glass, both my gf and I found it hard to finish. There was something about it -- just too overwhelming on the palate. I would suggest this for a beer tasting party in which you can split the bomber amongst several people. (1,225 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #14. Poured from the bottle in to pinot glasses.

A - ever-so-slightly cloudy, light yellow, bubbly, almost a champagne-like look; some lacing retention present

S - slightly floral, peachy, maybe some other citrus components; Belgian yeasts shine

T - this straight up tastes like a peach mimosa to me; some orange, oak, and very subtle vanilla hints here; again, it's like a peach champagne, and at 10.7, has the pack to back it up

M - bubbly, highly carbonated in flavor; really tart up front; smooth fruit

O - if I haven't conveyed that I feel like this tastes like a peach mimosa, then I've somehow failed in this review. They should rename this Peach Mimosa. It's pretty damn good and would pair well with anything at breakfast. (744 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking clear yellow color with a good size white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer is slightly tart, probably coming from the oak barrels. There are light notes of peach on the nose also. The taste of the beer is slightly fruity and also slightly tart. The french oak comes out more as the beer warms up as well as the peach flavors. The mouthfeel is light, like a carbonated wine. Overall I enjoyed it, I like the subtle aspects of this beer. I found it to be drinkable, I wouldn't need to have it again but it was nice to try. (595 characters)

Photo of pweis909
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

6 oz pour in a wine glass.

Golden yellow w/ little head.

Perfumey smell. A little bubblegum, a little peach. For a Belgian Fruit beer, I would expect it to be bigger in the Belgian and/or fruit aroma.

Taste is too boozey, too much alcoholic bitterness. Goes right to my head. There is a nice peachy flavor but it is poorly paired with this alcohol and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is appropriately thin for style.

Share this beer with a friend. Or maybe someone you don't like very much. It left me disappointed. Maybe that's a little harsh, but this gave me a headache and left me disappointed. The beer would do better as a lower gravity beer. It's difficult for me to understand how it won a medal (698 characters)

Photo of yamar68
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much to look at... burnt straw gold body with a thin half finger of white fizz that dissipates within seconds. Still a good bit of legs though.

Sweet, syrupy, boozy peach flesh... some ester or clove notes, rather pungent stuff, the booze character isn't exactly "hot" but it's certainly noticeable... or maybe I'm just noticing the massive sweet bread disguising it? Confusing.

Same story here. Massive fruit character that is supported only by a plethora of less-than-hot booze characteristics. Some bugglegum shows itself after a while.

Meh. (552 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light head, clear rellow light body. Firm furry start. Gentle underneath smells like a dessert wine. Soft. Peaches on the appetite obviously but also some more obvious apricot. Unbelievable gentle and civilized for such ABV content. Not something I'd seek out again but no regrets about trying it whatsoever. (308 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a two inch head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: peaches ands light Brett flavors come through.

Taste: caramel, peach, pear, a hint of vanilla, some oakiness, and a mild bitterness is well balanced with some mild Brett flavors.

Mouthfeel: medum bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: easily drinkable and uniquely flavored. Definitely worthy of a try. (396 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a hazy pale goldenrod color. Some white froth and lace formed.

(S)- A very floral band-aid-like Brett. Very juicy orange and peach. Combined it is quite a nice smell actually.

(T)- Lots of lots of dry, funky Brett. Floral too, but some good oaky fruits too that line up nicely with what was in the aroma.

(M)- A bit higher carbonation level than expected, but it actually helps this beer because of the massively dry funky Brett; it somehow balances this out.

(O)- Overall, a fun and different beer for the style. I am always a Brett fan, but this almost took it to another level. (655 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Murky gold. No lasting head.
Smell: Over-ripe bananas and peaches. Think of a day old fruit salad. But in an ok way.
Taste: Very peachy. That’s pretty much it… peaches. Lightly carbonated, liquefied, peaches. Peach.
Mouthfeel: Pretty good. Correct for the style.
Overall: When a beer touts a fruit, it should predominately feature that fruit without being overwhelmed by it. This beer is right on the border of too much. There’s a ton of peach flavor, and the Belgian spiciness is washed out to some degree, but all-in-all it seems to work pretty well. Good for a hot, summer day. I couldn’t drink more than one, but I’m not sure the brewers intended it to be a session beer. (754 characters)

Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.