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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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460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 25
Gots: 56 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

im4beer, May 26, 2012
Photo of ChadQuest
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a whole series of these at Four Firkins when i was in the Twins, so i opened this one tonight alone.

Hazy yellow/orange, straw color. tons of lacing.
Nose is definitely peachy, smells sort of artificial at first.
Flavors are unappealing for the first 6oz of the bottle, fake peach at first and tannic, rough and dry. But as i drink the bottle i really start to like it after about 8oz, the tannins become really enjoyable, the peach become full and pleasant, and the spice to really come out of the wood works and do what the barrels did to it. Odd how i was originally going to give this beer a 2.3 or so, and now i am quite enjoying it. odd.

ChadQuest, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

cbeer88, May 19, 2012
Photo of dorf
3.75/5  rDev +5%

dorf, May 17, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - interesting smell. I actually don't smell the peaches, but rather a mix of the oak and maybe whisky.

Taste - much like the smell. I don't taste a lot of a peach taste, but more of a whisky-like taste that probably comes from the oak barrels. There's a fruitiness that does finally come toward the finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but definitely leans more on the watery side.

Overall - very interesting beer, and very decent-tasting too.

Nerudamann, May 14, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, Release No. 11,

A: Pours a brilliant full orange with a medium white head, good lace and retention.

S: Lovely peaches and cream with a distinct Belgian tilt. Yeast, pepper, along with the fruitiness, quite lovely. As the beer warms the peaches come much more to the forefront, if you enjoy this smell like I do, dont serve this under 55F.

T: Peach attacks right away, but then goes into something distinctly more Belgian. Grassy hops, yeast and white pepper, spicy for sure. Gets this interesting dessert peach puree flavour there at the end, but just as soon as I found it, it goes back to Belgium and dries out heavily for the denouement.

M: Full-bodied, frothy but does have some crisp carbonation character. Off-dry overall with a very mild acidity. Complex.

O: This is a fun beer to delve into. Everything is in balance and the peach flavour is true and delicious. Certainly not an over the top fruit beer. Can't wait to try the Cherry version.

Halcyondays, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SuqMadique, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

muskiesman, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

HumphreyLee, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (Release #5 - 10.5% alcohol) courtesy of a trade with Mjmoon15. Thanks Mark! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very hazy and super pale orangish golden color. Two fingers of densely bubbled yet still fizzy head clings to the glass for several minutes and leaves lots of good lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity up front with very noticeable peaches taking the lead. A bit spicy and clovey behind the fruit, touches of nutmeg, apple and cinnamon, somewhat bretty like funk at a lowish level. Noticeable woody oak a bit in the background. Overall effect is somewhere between a Belgian witbier and a fruity white wine...thinking maybe a gewurztraminer. A bit unique.

T - Wow...flavor does not really resemble the aroma at all. The flavor is all strong Belgian golden ale all the way. Belgian yeast heavy flavors, noticeable alcohol - boozy even. A touch tart on finish which seems a bit off in the transition. Lots of malt here...somewhat sweet base, bready. Peaches show up, but are muted against the malt and the Belgian yeast. I think the base beer is a bit too intense for the somewhat delicate peachy touches.

M - Medium/full bodied beer, assertive higher level carbonation, sweet and bready up front and transitioning awkwardly toward a tart and fruitier finish. A bit of alcohol warmth gives this a somewhat boozy feel and makes it a rather slow drinker.

O - Overall this is a bit of a tough one for me. Appearance and aroma are great and led me to believe I was going to be having an easier drinking beer than this. This really has a strong tripel and/or strong golden ale base that overpowers the fruit addition. Think I would have been happier with a bit lighter base beer, but that could just be me. Sadly the strength of the base beer really doesn't let the fruit add much.

portia99, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

dbmernin83, May 02, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger width white head, frothy and fizzy with fairly low retention. Some lacy rings. Orange-gold color with low clarity, probably due to the yeast.

S- Light malts, yeast and bacteria development, peaches, banana, cloves, some booziness but not too much. It hides the ABV quite well in the smell.

T- Over cooked malts, peach schnapps, cloyingly sweet and very astringent and sour. Acidity is high and it makes for a tough drink. Flavor is more on the liquor side. Not a forgiving beer.

M- Lighter bodied and filmy linger.

O- Lost me on the taste. Yeesh.

Murrhey, Apr 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i wanted this to be so much better than it was. expensive and strong from epic usually means an alltime beer, but not here. pours a very bright golden color with a tint of pale orange and a brassy shine. very smell white bubbly head. smells overly sugary, like ripe peaches. alcoholic like brandy, and a bit woody too. flavor is very sweet, like apple juice or something, boozy, honey essence, and a little yeast at the end. feel is very thick and sticky for a golden ale, kind of bogs this one down for me, and frankly the flavor is just not that good, the best part of the peaches isnt captured here, and the lower carbonation makes it a bit of a task to drink. my least favorite of the epic beers i got to try while in utah.

StonedTrippin, Apr 19, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10

Pours a hazy bright yellow egg-yolk color with a frothy white head that has amazing retention and lacing. Lot's of carbonation coming up. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is powerful and dominated by fruits, mainly peaches, mangos, apricots and red grapes. Bready malts in the background. No hops to speak of.

Taste starts out with sweet malts that then transition to fruity fermentation esters like lemon and red fruits. The peach note is there dominating the yeast that also contributes with a sort of a funk to the the beer. Finish is spicy and mildly bitter. Despite being fairly dry there still is some residual sweetness to this beer in the aftertaste.

Body is medium to heavy. The high carbonation together with the sweet notes kind of hide the abv and make it pretty drinkable.

A great beer from Epic.

paulozanello, Apr 11, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep golden color with a great 1 finger white head and some nice heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Peaches and cream upfront. As it warms, I get less of the peaches and more orange cream, vanilla, a touch of booze and sweet yeast smells. A touch of white wine as well.

T: Definitely more of the Belgian Golden Ale than peach here. I really liked the premise, but the golden ale shows up way more than the peach. Lots of heavy and sweet malt flavors with some caramel, maybe a touch of unripe white peach, and a lot of chardonnay. Hides the 10% insanely well, but probably not something I would get again.

notchucknorris, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

JamnesCameron, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

beerhorn12, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

Namarsha82, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1192nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir glass
22 oz

Batch 8

App-  Very shimmery gold with a good fluffy white head and medium cling. Good bubble activity. Bright.  

Smell- Very belgian strong golden ale. Boozy, oaky, soft peachy with some esters and hefe notes 

Taste-  Reminds me a lot of Mischief from the Bruery. Soft at times. Assertive at other. Very bubbly with a good damp tart note. A bit boozy but what 10% beer isnt. Oak is very subdued with the peaches coming last with a lactic malty taste 

Mouth- A lighter medium almost light bodied. A almost full medium carbonation with a good deal of bubbles. Soft oak and peach remain 

Drink- Overall the peach is better than cherry. This had more depth of flavor, more balance and just tasted more natural vs artificial

FosterJM, Mar 31, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

DaBubs, Mar 28, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #8 - 10.5% ABV. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 2011 Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend Beer Sommelier stemglass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a Whole Foods in Glendale. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I've heard great things about Epic Brewing; this is my first beer from Epic.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head - quite thin, without any real cream, and of great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a hazy nontransparent dirty orange.

Sm: Orange citrus notes, lactic milk notes, wood barrel notes, and white wine. A pretty strong aroma. I don't care for this aroma; it kind of turns me off.

T: White wine alongside orange fruit esters. I get hardly any peaches at all. Hints of wood are largely buried. Lactic notes are present yet restrained. Clean malts form the foundation. Decently balanced but largely empty in terms of flavour. Built in a simple boring fashion. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I don't know how they hid the ABV - it certainly wasn't with flavour. Bland compared to my expectations. The orange fruit is overwhelming and nowhere near fresh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely light on the palate for the high ABV. Adequately carbonated. It's tingly. Probably the best component of this beer. Better than the flavours.

Dr: Unrefreshing. Drinkable but bland compared to what it could be. I expected so much more based on what I heard about Epic. I wouldn't get this again, but I'm willing to give Epic more chances. Maybe this just wasn't my glass of beer. I should say I'm very impressed by how well it hides its ABV - I've given this category a 4 because it does hide the ABV incredibly well, and my method of reviewing still counts this category as drinkability.


kojevergas, Mar 25, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #1, tasted 3/24/12

Appearance: A volcanic gusher, spuming foam as soon as the cap is popped, and pours all foam though there is little retention, leaving a clear golden liquid behind

Smell: Peaches 'n Cream, with oaky vanilla undertones

Taste: Peach shortbread topped with cream, up front, with spicy clove arriving by mid-palate, bringing a lot of puckery tartness; after the swallow, the oak barrel elements take over, adding a white wine grape element to the finish, though there is a lot of residual, fruity sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer and, for all the complexity, I wish I liked it more; I think that the chardonnay barrel detracts rather than adds and the sweetness on the end was a bit much for my palate

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.