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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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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 28
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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