Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
09-27-2012 13:13:42 | More by sweemzander
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
09-27-2012 10:44:52 | More by thagr81us
2.8/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
09-09-2012 05:24:32 | More by mhaugo
4.33/5 rDev +21.3%
A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of peaches with Belgian yeast and coriander, and some oak, grape, vanilla, and a touch of booze.
T - Starts off with tart peach with some Belgian yeast flavors including coriander and some vanilla. Through the middle, the oak comes through with some Chardonnay grape and green apple. The finish is a mix of tart peach with Belgian yeast flavors, some farmhouse flavors, oak, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice peach flavor coming through with the BSGA base. Really nicely balanced with the barrel flavors.
08-24-2012 06:31:58 | More by ngeunit1
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
Holy effervescent head, batman! About 3 and a half fingers high, bone white, sticky lacing, recedes a bit thankfully. Has a straw/golden hue that's a bit cloudy.
Interesting nose. Starts of with dry Belgian yeast, earthiness, and light vinous and tannin notes that give way to peaches, very light tartness , spice, white pepper, slight clove, and oak that comes out a bit more as it warms.
Similar to the aroma, sweetness, Belgian yeast qualities, light oak, white wine qualities, tannins, peach, though less than would be expected from a beer with this name, light tartness, light white pepper, some clove and banana.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body and consistency, with a slightly higher than medium carbonation and a dry light finish. Makes the brew pretty drinkable.
Overall a decent brew but one that could have benefited from more peach showing. Sounds like a good idea on papaer (read on their label) but doesn't quite cut it where it counts.
08-24-2012 04:42:55 | More by matttttYCE
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
Bottle shared by Steve, release #9 as indicated by the label.
Hazy orange body with a white head. Light retention and lacing. Nose has a perfumey ripe peach scent, some funk, light permanent marker, oak/white wine character and a gentle tartness. Perhaps a bit of acetic. Taste has peach flesh, a bit of oak and a subtle acetic tartness. Sweeter golden ale malting and Belgian yeast qualities. Medium full body, and lightly prickly carbonation. A nice peachy Belgian ale, really opens up nicely with warmth.
08-08-2012 20:49:13 | More by liamt07
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
#13 out of 1800 bottles. Okay, this is an interesting beer. The appearance is golden with slight haze. There is a thin head, some lace, but it's basically an average Belgian ale appearance. The smell, however, is complex and multi-layered. At once, it smells like a wine (champagne, maybe), a peach lambic, a belgian strong ale, and a euro lager. Vinous, dry-ish, very peachy, and dryer than you might think. The alcohol is very well hidden. Quite bitter finish. I don't know if I really enjoy this beer...it's amazingly interesting, and well made, but I'm not sure it fits my preferences. Disjointed...not sure what it wants to be? Medium to full in body. This is a sipping beer, but isn't cloying, heavy, or overly strong. Interesting and intriguing.
08-04-2012 03:20:17 | More by Suds
2.35/5 rDev -34.2%
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.
07-28-2012 05:57:45 | More by denver10
4/5 rDev +12%
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!
07-13-2012 04:16:29 | More by jtierney89
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle purchased from The Beermongers in Portland, OR.
Coming from Australia, I've seen a lot of New Zealand's Epic Brewery, and I was keen to try some of their American namesake's. Randomly, this is the first one I came across. Pours a very slightly hazed yellow colour, with a filmy ring of white foam forming the head. Plenty of carbonation streaming through a body that is surprisingly light for a super-10% ABV beer. Overall, an inauspicious start for Epic.
Nose is dominated by Belgian yeast, not by oak, not by wine and not by peaches, leaving a rounded, earthy and slightly funky character at its core. There's a peppery twist to it as it warms, and perhaps a hint of vinous tartness, but it's mild at best. Slightly disappointing.
The peach finally makes an appearance on the palate, but subordinate to the big, husky booziness, the peppery, leafy, rank bitterness and more of those phenolic notes from the yeast. In fact, the peach has a medicinal, biting quality to it as it slews in with the booze, making it taste like backyard peach-schnapps. Blech.
I'm sure I'll end up having better experiences with this Epic. I truly believe it. But this feels like an experiment gone wrong. Unfortunately, though, my impression is that the problem is with the base beer, not the post-treatment it has been given; if anything, more peach and more oak would have made this a much superior beer.
07-04-2012 23:09:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.4/5 rDev +23.2%
This may be the best "fruit beer" there is. That's because it really is a belgian (pale?) with fruit, and a lot of "fruit beers" are just wierd.
I am judging it as it is categorized, and it rises higher than it would as a belgian. It sort of tastes like a softer, darker Duuvel with peaches. It's light and amaingly covers a lot of alcohol.
This is an interesting, complex, yet easy to drink brew. If it weren't for the price, I would drink it a lot.
06-28-2012 22:55:13 | More by schoolboy
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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