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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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BA SCORE
81
good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 29
Gots: 63 | 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:
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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Photo of Justin_Neff
2.71/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ZombieJester
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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).

Photo of appetiteforparis
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DerWanderer
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Zraly
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of papajorgio
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of pweis909
2.72/5  rDev -24%
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

Photo of yamar68
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.