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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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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | 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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Photo of Murrhey
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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
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
Photo of paulozanello
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
Photo of notchucknorris
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
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +12%

JamnesCameron, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of beerhorn12
3.5/5  rDev -2%

beerhorn12, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Namarsha82
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
Photo of DaBubs
2.75/5  rDev -23%

DaBubs, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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
Photo of brentk56
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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 9.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form sparsely around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, spices, yeast, and very subtle peach aromas. Taste is of grain/malt, wood, yeast, and fermented peaches. There is a pretty strong alcohol kick in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a pretty high level of carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the peach doesn't really stand out in the nose but is detected in the flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago, the dudes at the Bruery (after they were all out of it) were all raving about this so I gave it a go. Pours yellow, looks like a belgian strong pale ale or tripel, white head, 1" high. Moderate lacing. Aroma was mild peach, lots of chardonnay barrel oak and a milder, cleaner belgian yeast than many.

Taste, pretty nice, I think I was expecting more tartness, figured, peach, chardonnay barrel, this is going to have more going for it, but instead, it was very dry, hid alcohol quite well, nice soft peach touch. Its definitely one of my more favorite belgians out there, the peach puree probably took a big edge out of the yeast phenols usually present.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Shmantha, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BlackBeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

BlackBeer, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #9. 10.7% ABV. Brewed with Weyermann German Pilsner Malt, Muttons Maris Otter Pale malt, Briess Caraplis malt, Flaked Oats, Candy sugar, 100% pure Peach puree (no preservatives) for third fermentation and aged in French Oak Chardonnay casks with Champagne yeast. Hopped with Premient, Tettnang, and Saaz. $11.59/22oz bottle @ Bevco. Brand new to our area.

Pours out to a very slightly hazy straw golden, forming a small white head with good retention and minimal lacing. Moderate strong carbonation. The aroma is quite nice...the requisite pears of a belgian golden strong with tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. Peaches are not noticeable above the yeast esters. Mouthfeel is brisk and quite dry (more than I prefer for the style) with a surprisingly full body. Because it is quite dry, the fruitiness isn't quite as pronounced in flavor. The bitterness is quite mild, and no hop flavor or aroma is noticeable. There is a sstrong B.O. peach skin funkiness going on in the finish, and a subtle oaky butteriness in the finish as well. No fusels in my bottle.

Honestly, this isn't worth $12 a bottle, or even $7/bottle. It's way too dry, likely due to the champagne yeast. It needs a higher final gravity to stand with the fruity yeast esters. The oak doesn't really add much, and the B.O of the peaches doesn't sit well either. So take away the champagne yeast, oak, and peaches, and it's probably a really good beer.

Mitchster, Mar 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw, almost like orange juice, with a big white head that quickly dissipates leaving light lace. Heavy peach aromas greet the nose, with hints of orange and a little oak noticeable as well. Subtle peach flavors are met with a little earthy funk, not overly complex. A high level of carbonation is met with a medium to light body. Was hoping for a little more from this Belgian-style brew, will need to try the original Brainless.

phishsihq, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PeterMacKellar
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

A - Mostly clear with a tiny bit of haze. Head receded rather quick, but nice lacing left behind.

S - Not overpowering with peach, almost have to strain to smell it. Sweet smelling beer.

T - A great traditional belgian taste up front followed by a subtle peach taste that's isn't too much. Slightly spicy notes as well.

M - Heavy feel to begin with, and a feeling/taste that lingers on the tongue after drinking.

O - Good peach beer, but I'd say it remains more in the belgian style rather than peach.

PeterMacKellar, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

raymo55, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2011
Batch #3; Sampled September 2011
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two finger, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a deep gold hue that shows a bright, clear, yellow golden hue when held up to the light. My first smell of the aroma has me noticing something akin to a yeast cake. The beer has a fair amount of phenolic clove notes, a definite musty edge (the previously mentioned yeast aromatic is wrapped up in this), a definite floral note (that seems to be contributed by the peaches), some sharp oak spiciness towards the finish as well as some warming alcohol there as well. There is a general fruitiness here that contributes notes of green apples, not quite ripe melon and perhaps a touch of pear. The oak is quite constrained in the nose, but does also contribute a very soft woodiness; the oak combines with some of the fruitiness to become a sort of green, not ripe fruit like note.. Overall the aroma is not bad, if I didn’t know about the peaches I would never have guessed they were used by smelling this beer, as it really just smells like a typical, albeit decent example, of a strong, golden Belgian ale.

The beer has a prickly carbonation that accentuates a dryness at the front of my first sip, but the beer quickly picks up a cider like fruitiness that accentuates a perceived sweetness towards the finish. The finish then dries out again and also has a sort of peppery / spicy note as well as a touch of astringency from the oak. There is a soft tartness to this beer that might be contributed by the peaches, and this definitely has a floral fruitiness to it that I typically associate with peaches as well. The oak character is quite subtle here, but really helps to dry things out nicely, plus it adds a subtle woody flavor, touches of oak spice and some texture to this beer as well. The oak combines with the fruit character to really remind me of an oaky Chardonnay at times, this beer certainly has a certain vinous quality to it. Speaking of texture, this beer has a fullness to it, but is far from cloying, this is a sipping beer, but more because of its strength than because it is overly heavy; still this could be perhaps a touch lighter. As the beer warms up soft, slightly tart, peach notes become a touch more noticeable in the flavor

Peaches are notorious for having most / all of their character stripped away during the fermentation process and this beer is certainly not one to be different; there are some subtle peach like notes and perhaps a bit more fruit character than is typical, but this is by no means an in-your-face fruit beer. Evaluated as a fruit beer this might be a bit of a dud, but the peach character that is here works quite well with the base beer where it melds in and boosts the natural flavors and aromas already found in the beer.

Gueuzedude, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

jennaski01, Feb 15, 2012
Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.