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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) - Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)

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BA SCORE
75
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 22.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.

(Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010)
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours an unusual pinkish red with a big fizzy/bubbly (actually kind of loud) light pink head that fizzes down quickly to a thin film and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is musty earthy wood with some sweet medicinal cherries.

The flavor is some sweet artificial tasting cherry with some wood and an off kind off leathery bitter taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, I really didn't care for this one. The cherry flavors seemed fake and it had some off notes. Their peach was much better.

Photo of jeonseh
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a GI tulip

A - Reminds me a bit of cherry cola except with hints of brown and gold mixed in. Very carbonated as the bubbles were actually jumping out of the glass. Looks to be a bit thin in the body

S - Smells of tart cherries, oak, lemon, grass and Belgian yeast. It is a bit funky and musty in the nose

T - Taste profile is definitely more on the Belgian side than expected from the nose. Taste is grassy and lemony at first. The cherries only add a slight tinge to it. There is a nice mix of farmhouse funk and light bubblegum that comes through on the backend. The finish is dry and the slight bitter, musty flavors linger on.

MF - Despite looking very carbonated, the carbonation wasn't overpowering. Not too smooth or full feeling and there is a slight astringency that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - I was surprised how little the cherries and oak came through in the taste. They are there in the nose, which is the best aspect of the beer. However, this really just reminds me of a decent Belgian Trippel.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Release #2, 10.1% Alc./Vol" sez the label. One of 1,800 bottles apparently.

Kind of a burnt ruby red liquid, glistening with clarity and with a half-inch of wispy, loosely-banded bubbles topping it off.

First smell impression is "a little much alcohol," somewhat solvent/medicinal, but the cherries ride through nicely, even if they smack of Juicy Juice cherry rather than something picked right off a tree. No hint of wood here, and there's a faint enough trickle of Belgian yeast coming through to lend this some sort of Belgian character.

Alcohol also dominates the taste, having a solvent evilness about it, a hit of cough syrup-like cherry (without the syrupy thickness), and where is the oak? Also, I can hardly detect the yeast here, such a necessary characteristic of any ale calling itself "Belgian" or even "Belgian-Style." Wayward, directionless. Or maybe just a mess. A medicinal, misguided mess...

Soda-like texture doesn't help much. Tingly and tickly, with some decent stickiness, but unfortunately the cherry medicine
flavor that hangs out most in the finish isn't pleasant enough where you want any stick.

Really liked this brewery's Imperial Stout and Hopulent offerings...was starting to think I was liking this brewery a lot more than your average BA, but this one doesn't leave a positive impression. Such a great idea: Belgian Style Ale + Cherries + Oak Barrels; but it fails to deliver on the concept. Epic needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.

Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from paper notes... shared this one with Inflatablechair a while back.

Pours light amber with a definite red tinge to it... the head is stark white and drops pretty quickly.

The nose begins as a pretty weak BSPA but is spiked with a minor amount of fermented out "sweet cherries" .... sorta artificial smelling.

Flavor isn't a whole lot better.... the cherries come out as a cherry cough drop more than something you buy at a fruit stand... very boozy with some acetone or rocket fuel, you pick... light clove phenols.. medicinal.. doesn't gel at all... this is an expensive mistake.

shy side of medium body with a whole bunch of bubbles... too much and the carbonation scrapes the inside of your mouth.... not good.

3/2.5/2.5/3/2.5

Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 10.7% abv. Release #3. Cloudy, reddish color. Interesting shade. Off-white head disappears immediately. No lace at all.

Slight tart and sour cherry nose. A bit of wood in the nose. Some slight Belgian spicy, yeasty notes. A bit of a wine-like feel.

Light malt character. Yeasty and spicy feel. Cherries come in rather faint. Oak tannins come through, lending a dry edge to this.

Lighter body, with a great amount of carbonation. Some heat is felt. An interesting beer. Cherries don't seem to add as much as I would have thought. Interesting.

Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of syrupjoe
4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #5, 10.1% abv. 750ml into snifter. Received this as a birthday gift from my lovely significant other

Pours a passionfruit ruby red with one finger almost white head with a pink tint that dissipates quickly. Color of this beer is amazingly vibrant.

Nose: Booze, dark red fruit, vanilla, date, fig, oak.

Taste: Lightly acidic red berries, oak, fig, aspirin bitterness. Natural cherry aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

Overall a delicious beer. Red fruit marries well with the dark fruit notes of the base beer. Well-rounded. Could be a bit richer but the alcohol that bites up front subsides and leaves a pleasant and drinkable dark ale.

Photo of thejiggse
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a nasty beverage. American brewers really shouldn't try to emulate Belgian styles (and especially sour ones) unless they really know what they are doing. Clearly Epic does not. Little kids shouldn't play with matches, and Epic shouldn't sell beer like this to the public. I have personally visited over 300 breweries and brewpubs in 11 countries. I like ALL beer styles. This is a VERY poor beer. My cats can produce something better than this in their litter box.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.4/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Opaque ruby red color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Super funky. Tons of basement mustiness, dry-rot socks, and apple orchard. Cherry is in there, but surprisingly aren't tart in the least. Some Belgian yeast spiciness, hay, and grass. Oak with a touch of astringency. Not what I was expecting, but not bad either.

2.0 T: The taste I don't care for so much. Bitter, tannic astringency is abundant. Funkiness galore as in the nose with the same flavors. Cherry doesn't contribute a lot of flavor. Belgian yeast is more abundant with pepper and clove contributions. Way too earthy, musky, and astringent.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Not particularly cream or smooth.

2.0 D: I've been liking most of what I've had from Epic, but this isn't one of them. Problems throughout.

Photo of psuKinger
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Epic Brainless on Cherries

22 ounce bomber, Release #3, split with my buddy Griff and poured into a couple of Bruery Tulips.

The cap comes off with a loud *pop*. lots of pressure in the bottle.

A: pours thin, and bright ruby red, with lots of fizzy carbonation that dissipated almost immediately. 3.0.

S: very cherry, and a little herbal. Maybe like a cherry cough medicine. 3.5

T: Vinuous. Bubbly. Lots of dry, tart cherries. A little medicinal. Dry and acidic. 3.0

M: incredibly lively. Very bubbly. Finishes dry. 4.0

D/O: I've never had a beer that had such a pronounced difference between the top and the bottom of the bottle. Griff's pour (second) was significantly cloudier and fuller in the mouth, but much duller in flavor.

I struggle to understand how this is a "Belgian Dark". If "Belgian Dark with Oak" is what you think you're getting, this will be disappointing. If "cherry with chardonnay" is what you are looking for, youll enjoy this.

This is repeatable, but I didn't love it. 3.0

Photo of TeamD
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle that I picked up tonight at Epic's Northeast Ohio rollout party at Lizardville. The bottle bears a stamp indicating it is from Batch #3, and has 10.7% alc/vol. The bottle's label further claims that this bottle is one of only 1800 bottles released as part of Batch #3.

I poured it into an oversized wine glass, with a mildly aggressive pour. Pours a rosé color, with a 1/2" white/pink head that quickly disapates to a mild ring around the glass.

Smells of alcohol-soaked cherries, with oak, grape, butter and honey. The aroma, though, is thinner that I would expect from this brew.

Taste is tart, almost sour. Thin at the start, sharp in the middle, and tart to finish, this beer is more fruit than belgian. Sour cherry, raspberry and lemon combine for a more tart-tasting beer than I typically drink. The feel of this beer, frankly, is so much a part of it taste that I don't think you can really separate the two.

Bought this one primarily for my wife, who typically is a fan of fruity beers. This is, however, thinner than you'd want from a Belgian-Style Ale, adn the fruit is tart to the point of almost being sour. If that's your thing, than grab one; however, it is not for me.

Photo of dvb
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Looks more like a rosé than an ale. No head at all.
S - Not much here. Very faint.
T - Does not taste anything like Belgian ale. Or any ale, for that matter.
M - Thin. At best, it's reminiscent of a wine cooler or a spritzer.
O - If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably cold duck, not beer.

Epic, please buy a bottle of Ommegang's Three Philosophers and learn from it. Then give me back my $12.

Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of AleWatcher
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of PluckyDucky
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pink to orange-ish color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, light cherries and Belgian like sugars. In the taste, dry cherry, boozy, and quite carbonated. A sour cherry bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a light dryness to clean aftertaste. A nice light dry cherry, kind of faint, it was more boozy than expected too.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label indicates this is batch 2, with a whopping 13.1% abv.

The beer pours the color of cranberry juice with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing about what you would expect; in this case cherries, some honey and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer, though I didn't feel as if the sweetness was over the top. Also, despite the high alcohol, the beer doesn't come across as too overly boozy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while fairly rich and intense, the beer doesn't drink like a 13.1 abv. beer.

A nice enough beer, if a bit one dimensional. Also, the 13% alcohol is ridiculous, and IMHO, really adds nothing to the beer (other than a headache).

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -6.8%

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.