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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

392 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 25
Gots: 48 | 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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden yellow, tons of thin white head with small bubbles. Lots of grain in the nose, sugary and sweet, some golden fruits randomly come about. The taste has the sweet golden fruit up front, tons of sugar, lager type yeast flavors, hints of spice. There is a strong metallic note in the back and a peppery spice lingering in contrast with the huge sugary sweetness. Full bodied and syrupy feel also detract from this beer, high carbonation and rough to swallow. Flabby, metallic, sugary mess.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 20:13:40 | More by cpetrone84
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

11-20-2011 13:22:06 | More by rwilde
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44%

11-20-2011 03:19:58 | More by AleWatcher
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Epic Brainless on Peaches has a hazy, orange colored body that has a slightly rosy or pink tint to it. The head is a light, off-white color and about three fingers tall. The head doesn't last too long, but there is lacing left behind from the thin collar that sticks around on top of the body.

Lots of sweet malt and some candied sugar in the nose with just a hint of pepper. The peach really lingers in the background.

This one is pretty damn sweet. Lots of sweet malt with light bread flavors come with a huge punch of what tastes like candied sugar. Generic fruit and a few bits of pehnol comes through next. The peach first tastes like a sweet syrup without much flavor. I don't taste any peach until the finish and the aftertaste. There is a touch of alcohol flavor in the finish also.

Fairly high carbonation, adequate body.

Brainless on Peach is a little too cloying. Although the peach flavor in the finish is nice, the rest of the beer is hard to take. A little bit of alcohol comes through also, but it isn't too unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 13:55:44 | More by Hojaminbag
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%

11-18-2011 00:05:52 | More by imperialking
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12%

11-18-2011 00:02:00 | More by nmann08
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adrian21

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2011 00:17:24 | More by adrian21
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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +40.1%

11-15-2011 06:39:27 | More by patm1986
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass it produced a 3 finger white head. The beer color is like honey.
The smell is of a earthy, and citrus Belgian style. It's nice, but the peach is barely noticeable.
The taste is good. High carbonation, light mouth-feel. minimal malt, and just a slight bitter finish, mask it's high abv well. Once again, where is the peach?
Good beer, but very lacking in peachiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:20:43 | More by TCMike
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zep9865

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with aasher. Poured into new belgium snifter with a massive 1.5 inches of white foam head to go with a typical apricot color for this belgian pale.

The smell gives you very little on this beer. I of course want to smell peach but can barely get a hint of it. Hops are not overwhelming.

Lots of citrus, lemon mostly on the nose which follows into a slighty sweet, but bitter malt that gives you a little bit of peach

I like the mouthfeel of this beer because it's unpredictable. After the citrus you don't know what to expect.

This is a beer i would session, just now forgot it's 10.5 percent.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 05:50:39 | More by zep9865
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aasher

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago. It pours a very cloudy dingy gold in color and medium bodied in color, overly carbonated, with a one finger self destructive head. It smells of yeast, spice, and peach concentrate, almost like an Ocean Spray juice. It tastes the same, straight Belgian yeasts and spices with peach juice. It tastes good but not in a way that is classify it as being a quality beer, if you feel my drift. The flavor is there but I don't perceive it to be authentic. It also doesn't help that the 10.5% is pretty prevalent. It drinks lighter than its body because of the over carbonation. Overall its a decent beer but nothing too crazy.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 05:47:46 | More by aasher
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OsuJohn

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy, orangeish haze. It has good head retention. It is very bubbly and continues to bubble like champagne for several minutes

S- you can smell the peaches. It is strong with out being over powering.

T- not what I expected based on the smell. This taste more like a Belgium and less like a fruit beer. After a few sips the peach taste does come through in the after taste.

M- as you would expect based on the appearance. Drinking this yields a mouthrul of bubbly effervescence. The bubbles tend to hid the 10.5% apv.

Would I buy it again? It depends on what else is available- for the price I'm not overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:40:15 | More by OsuJohn
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi clouded lemony gold color with a tall lathery topping of soft yet firmly set white foam. Tons of lacing coats the goblet with heavy set, thick sheeting.

Aroma is soft and mildly toned with an alluring Belgian candied sweetness of soggy fruit bread, the obvious peachyness, but it also pulls in some dull mango and pineapple tones too. There's a slight dry fruit skin and yeastyness peeping into the nose as well. It's quite nice just not not on the booming huge, explode out of the glass noce I was hoping for.

Alas, the taste is just as good as the aroma with soggy sweet, fruit cake breadyness smeared with peach jam and lightly glazed with caramel. I really dig its overall blend of candied tangy sweetness and bready doughyness along with its minimal dryness of yeast and fruit skin liquesent hoppyness that skirts along the finish.

Feel is firm, smooth, fruity(peach rendered)tanged and sweetened bolder medium bodied with a nice lasting tone that sinks into the palate with a doughy, fruity gooeyness puffed lightly with a well placed dryness of yeasty fruit skin dryness.

I quite liked this "Brainless on Peaches"! It has the doughy, bready maltyness dulled with the peaches that's appetizing. Plus the touch of feathery dryness of yeasty fruit skins really makes for a solid session and the 10.5% is not found anywhere until the bottom of the bomber.
Very solid stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:57:56 | More by tavernjef
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours out of the bottle a sort of disturbing yellow color. I have to remind myself: peaches, because my first instinctive thought is something much less appealing. 1 inch head with a slight yellow tinge, fairly large, loose bubbles, recedes in a couple minutes to a light dusting of foam.

S: On the initial pour, the peach aromas are quite up front. Underlying that is a nice, classic tripel aroma of fruity yeasty esters.

T: Weird, sort of a mess. Tripel base is there, but it's dryer and thinner than typical for the style. It's a little sour and funky. Description on the bottle doesn't mention brett, but I'm having a hard time believing there isn't some there, whether intentional or not. Then there's some vegetable and overripe fruit. Mild bitterness in the finish

M: Dryer than I think this should be. Medium carbonation.

O: I'd heard a lot of enthusiasm about this brewery and this beer, but it's not really doing it for me. Smells nice, but I can't figure out what they wanted it to taste like and there's too much of what seems like off-tastes in my opinion.

Addendum: This beer hits an ideal temperature eventually where the peaches come out enough to cover up the other shortcomings. If you're going to drink it, let it warm up a fair bit. That said, I'd still say skip it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:15:54 | More by kscaldef
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, a little darker than a Hefe.

Smells like peach wine. Light and sweet with peach notes. Slight Belgian yeast.

Very yeasty, chewy yeast. Peaches just accent the yeast. Feels like peach wine in many ways. The peach wine flavor accents what woud be a yeast dominated beer. Better than the average belgian pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:50:20 | More by VncentLIFE
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a belgian-style glass. The bottle bears a stamp, "Release #3". Pours a hazy apricot-yellow color, with a fizzy white head that reduces leaving an island of tiny bubbles.

Fruity and funky, with sweet bananas, mangos, honey, and bubblegum. Very fresh and crisp smelling, it's like a fruit tart in aroma.

This is a sweet, sweet ale, with plenty of peach, mango, banana and honey flavors. There's a slight tartness that hits mid-sip, but it is a fruity tartness, like the skin of a nectarine. Plenty of carbonation gives this a bit of a bite to finish.

Medium to light bodied, with a fairly carbonated feel, this has a nice tart that keeps it honest.

I came to this one skeptical of the peach (one of my least-favorite fruits), but I was pleasantly surprised. The peach is not overwhelming, and there is plenty of tart to balance out what could otherwise be a cloyingly sweet ale. The best of the three Epic fruit beers I've had (Saison Apple, Brainless on Cherries and this), this is a decent take on the Belgian fruit beer. Make sure you let it warm sufficiently before drinking it though; this was a sharper, less pleasant beer even 30 minutes out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:10:45 | More by TheHoppiest
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: Peachy keen on the eye. Lovely peachy pink with a quickly receding three finger head and no lacing.

S: Rubbing alcohol up front, which instantly puts me off and burns my nostrils. As the vapors pass, canned peaches in syrup hit the nose.

T: Slightly tart, with a syrupy, fake peach flavor on the finish. Why not use real peaches here and make this more refreshing and approachable?

M: Not half bad. It's got a decent amount of carbonation, and the texture benefits the brew.

O: Brainless on Peaches is yet another middle of the road, fruit inspired brew from the folks at Epic. It's not terrible, rather it's something I'll quickly forget - good thing I'm writing this review, then.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:18:57 | More by Rhettroactive
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Sometimes there is a lot of retention off the pour, other times not. Regardless, Brainless on Peaches pulls a white good sized head that even clumps with some good retention, other times not so much and disappears fast. It sits on a slightly orange/yellow body with some cloudiness.

Nose is primarily sweet Belgian like sugars and malt backbone. However, peach fruit does follow later in a mild way.

Taste is sweet then sharp, but then subdues after much drinking. Pureed peaches and fruit juicy texture abound settling in on a powdered sugar background. Minimal alcohol presence for a high abv which is a nice touch as well. Some slight bitter lingering lime in the afterfinish also. Some sort of Belgian like malts and sugars seem to come out.

Overall, pretty brainless, and an apt description. Works for me! Very masked abv for what it is, not a booze bomb, rather enjoyable, they done well.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:55:20 | More by smakawhat
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 10.5% abv. Release #3. Hazy golden color, with a peach tint (what else?). Fizzy white head falls to a thin layer quickly. A few spots of lace.

Pale, cracker malt. Earthy hops. Yeasty notes. Faint peach and stone fruit aroma. Ripe fruit as well. Very faint woodsy, oaky note.

Ripe fruit comes up front, with some nice, juicy peach flavor. Yeasty notes combine with some earthy notes. Sweetness is well balanced here with the earthy, oaky flavors. Finishes dry.

Lighter body, with a good amount of lively carbonation. Some alcohol felt, but not overwhelming. Good balance of juicy fruits, yeast and oaky notes. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:14:19 | More by Bierguy5
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

Pours hazy Belgian hue with decent lace.

Really smells of peaches with some yeast and spice notes. Pretty simple and to the point. Palate confirms but is lightly flavored by the peach. Almost disappointing.

Average texture and good grip, short finish.

Overall a nice idea, but falls short on several fronts.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 20:40:31 | More by cbarrett4
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beerhan

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me preface, I bought this beer while I was on a Festina Pecehe Kick. This beer however is nothing like that nor is it really worth the cost. I give this my worst by of 2011 actually. 12.99 for a bomber of a sub par beer. This thing tastes like Genesse Dog Bite after someone dropped a peach into it without peeling it. It smells like canned peaches and bud light and has a very average mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The only reason it really gets any points is that it is so boozey. You can taste and smell the alcohol which I would not expect from a beer of this price. Seriously not worth the money. I am willing to try their other products but I must have been brainless to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 05:40:57 | More by beerhan
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice thick foam head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of peach puree is quite intense and quiet sweet as well. Taste is bizarrely not as intense on peach with a nice mix between some funky notes with a slightly oversweet malt base with subtle peach in the background. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Chardonnay and champagne yeast notes are very hard to distinguish and the beer maybe a tad too sweet but this is an interesting experience after all.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 19:33:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Wow...so good. I totally fell in love with this one on the first sip, and it's a shame I'll probably never have it again. Poured a clear, thin, peach-orange color with just a tiny layer of delicate bubbles for a head. Didn't look like much from the get go, but I gave it a chance. Aroma of pale malts, reminiscent of a golden or blonde ale, light with peaches and apricots, with some herbal notes and a touch of funk. Taste: a pale malt base overlaid with peach, apricot, oaked white wine. Sweet, but done just right. Not at all syrupy...just right. Light herbal and floral hops for a great balance of flavors. Light-medium body, slight alcohol burn that doesn't affect the taste, and very drinkable all over.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 11:31:41 | More by Rifugium
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Phelps

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Boulders on Broadway.

Saffron, moderately hazy. A pillowy head of watery bubbles writhes above the rim of the glass but pops away within seconds.

In the nose: peaches, pear syrup, honey, a hint of ethanol and new oak. Fruity, sweet, good.

Smooth, sugary pears. Vinous oak and a bit of vanilla smooths things out. Green apple. The peach is probably the lightest of the fruity flavors I pick up, but the blend is nice. Light bit of ethanol, honey.

Light in body and very effervescent. Explodes in soft bubbles, the mouth fills with air. Lots and lots of booze in the nose and mouth, filled with fumes.

Good flavor, but the booze could be better hidden. Sweet, fruity and definitely worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:11:29 | More by Phelps
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Tonight, I am going with one of my favorites glasses which was a giveaway at our local pub, Shady McGradys. I believe the deal was if you ordered anything from Brooklyn Brewery you got to keep the glass; which is pretty darn cool since its a snifter rather than the traditional pint glass they hand out. I pulled the large bottle out of my beer fridge and headed for the bottle opener.Once I pried the cap off, I was not at all disappointed by the sound this baby made. A loud hiss and generous amount of carbonation gasses lingered around the opening. This beer is starting out spot on. On the pour I decided to go straight on to entice a nice crisp head. I waited until I the prickly looking head rose to the top before I tilted the bottle to ease off. When I was done, a beautiful bone white head about two fingers thick floated on top and didn’t fade away. When I hold my glass up to the light there I’m getting a hazy golden hue with some very faint orange and peach colors thrown in. There is a fair amount of yeast sitting on the bottom on my glass which depending on how you look at it could be a good or bad thing. I personally don’t mind a little bit but if there is a large amount of chunks that throws me off. There are loads of champagne like bubbles floating up from the bottom on the glass which keeps the beautiful crispy head alive. On the viscosity check I gave a slight swirl and only noticed a little amount of lacing and really nothing to get excited about so I would say that this is pretty typical for the style.



Smell:

The first thing that comes to mind when I take my initial whiff is a bright hefeweizen with some peaches thrown in. There is a fair amount of yeasty phenolic notes to mention of and a slight white grape smell which honestly could be coming from the chardonnay barrels this was aged in. In the finish a slight woody undertone but far from overbearing, it just compliments everything nicely.

Taste:

Wow, lots of sweetness up front! Tart acidic notes are right behind everything, with a sucker punch of over ripened peaches. White grapes and earthy wood are very prominent as well, there is no subtly to any of the described flavors on the label trust me! As my glass warms up a slight banana flavor is poking through which could be a counter part of the Belgian yeast. This is very acidic as I let the glass warm up and almost reminds me of a mild sour beer and the heat alcohol is shining through which warms your palate after every sip. A faint amount of hops can be picked out but they are very mild and subdued. On a final note, I will say that the carbonation is very high on this beer and almost prickles your nose if you get a large mouthful or if you decide to let out a burp.



Drinkability:

Overall I would say that this beer is pretty darn solid, is it a A+ beer? No, but it sure as heck is delicious and provides some slow sipping fruity funk which can be enjoyed by a wide range of beer drinkers. Again, beware of that high carbonation which will leave you a little gassy after the bottle. I would recommend this beer highly to a lot of drinkers and if you can come across it pick it up and sit on your porch and enjoy a summer evening with a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 14:36:44 | More by Bmoyer0301
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.