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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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 57 | 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 plehnus
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Weird fruit, obvious guess would be peach, but alas it is not obvious.

Appearance: Clear golden body with a thin white head that fell fast. Super low carbonation.

Flavor: Citrusy, a hint of peach. Subtle spice presence that is probably from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a short unassuming finish.

Overall: Peach and yeast esters compete rather than complement each other. Drinks relatively easy, but also has a lot of bizarre and hard to quantify flavor notes. The concept was more appealing than the actual brew.

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this and another. the other blew up on me making a sticky beer mess in my cabinet.

Not big on the world of fruit beer, many of them aren't that good.

I know they have some of the most amazing peaches in the Idaho-Utah area and if seems like the perfect beer ingredient.

Pours average, nice white looking foam head.

Smells pleasant! Nice peach fuzz note, tart and fresh.
Belgian farmsouse-esq

Tastes tart, and fuzzy. Fruity grainy stuff. Surprisingly mild and watery. Some musty funk. A wild ride better than most.

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.17/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of TCMike
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of zep9865
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of OsuJohn
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of kscaldef
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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