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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

481 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | 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 mhaugo
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of matttttYCE
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#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.

Photo of denver10
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rkarimi
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of maryd837
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Lynn
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is wow...very peach forward. Lovely peach puree (not fresh peach, but like a peach jam of some sort) aroma with a bit of oak. A little bit of booze as well. Taste is initially a little tart with some whiskey notes and a bit of alcohol warmth. Picking up some peaches and some citrus notes. Quite boozy, with more peach jam flavor. A bit of Belgian yeast flavor and somewhat bitter alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and tingly. Drinkability is fair. Overall, an interesting beer, but nothing spectacular. Not sure if I would purchase this again. Would have like less booziness and more oak presence.

Photo of im4beer
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of cbeer88
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of dorf
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.