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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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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.91%
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:
Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010

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.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by mikereaser:
Photo of mikereaser
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a strawberry reddish hue with a big pink fizzy foam that quickly fades to nothing but bubbling up the sides of the glass
S - Aroma is fairly weak with just a hint of cherries when you really dig into it.
T - Tart almost funky medicine taste, not at all what I was expecting or hoping for. There seems to be an astringency along with the alcohol that makes it tough to drink. The oak is there and I guess a bit of cherries. I'm really disappointed.
M - Very crisp carbonation, light bodied, it is very lively
D - this is a hard one to drink unfortunately. I love the Brainless on Peaches, but this one just doesn't cut it for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -29%
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
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
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
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
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 JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
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 +10.5%
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 syrupjoe
4.26/5  rDev +31.5%
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
1.6/5  rDev -50.6%
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
2.47/5  rDev -23.8%
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
3.22/5  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 TheHoppiest
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -38.3%
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 OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Douglas88
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a surprisingly deep ruby color with a medium white head- the original is quite blonde, so the cherries have totally changed the color. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, some barrel. The flavor is more dominated by white wine dryness, some sweet cherries, malt driven sweetness. Very nice. I prefer this to the apricot slightly. Not hot at all.

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1186th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir glass
22oz

Batch #9- 2012
Purchased from Bruery Provisions

App- A very dark cherry amber looking beer with some golden notes radiating at the edges. At most on a heavy 2nd pour I got some small puffy lambic head with zero cling though. A bit more like flat juice. Fairly translucent.

Smell- Very much in the vein of fusel alcohol with a bit of biting sweetness behind that. Next came the golden ale yeasty notes and followed by a touch of tannic barrel. Not much aromatics on this one.

Taste- A small bit of oaky wood flavors opens with a bit of that fusel alcohol coming in the next wave and then follows up with some false cherry and golden yeasty notes.

Mouth- A light medium body with a light carbonation. A wee bit too thin. Sweet false cherry notes and some oak are residual flavors.

Drink- For the price it was okay. Wanted/expected more but it happens sometimes. The barrel needs to come out more and be a bit thicker on the profile overall.

Photo of nlmartin
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is from release 3. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer pinkish ruby. The head is thin pink tinged white. The head quickly resolved to a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- The aroma is a mixed bag. I like the sweet candied cherry aroma. I like how the cloves twang against the sweetness of the cherries. The aroma of solvent alcohol is a bit much and definately lowers the aroma profile.

T- The flavor is again a mixed bag for me. I like the initial tartness of the cherries giving way to sweetened cherries. The cherries are slammed against a wall of cloves. I like how the cloves from the yeast checks the sweetness. On the other hand, this beer is hurt by the solvent like flavor from the alcohol.

M- The body of the beer is thinner than I would have liked. The alcohol a bit hotter than I care for with this type of beer.

O- This beer needs a rework. The beer isnt a drain pour.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a highly fruit-forward flavor and the pep of sparkling white wine- this early batch of Brainless on Cherries shows authentic Kriek-like attributes with bright tartness and refreshing effervescence.

Pouring a rosy mauve color with slivers of gold streaking through, its carbonation blooms into an arid and honeycomb structure. White a snow, its head unfortunately recedes nearly as quickly as it forms. Much like champagne, the bubble flee the beer in haste.

Its scent is all about tart cherry. That zesty, playfully tangy aroma is juicy and is backed with notions of dry cider, white wine and a wafer-thin bread maltiness. Acclimating to its scent, a delicate note of sandalwood, must and pepper greet the nose as the first sip looms.

Its wine-like flavor is dry, supported by light cracker and tangy sweetness. Its fructose flavor weaves together flavors of white grape, green apple and undeniable cherry. As its dry taste transpires across the middle, the palate picks up on berry and plum wine; just ahead of the peppery finish of wood spice cork and carbonic acidity closes with balance.

Its dry body is crisp, clean and leaves very little sweetness behind. Cleansing the palate like champagne, its carbonation races throughout the mouth, stripping it of all but fruity tartness, yet thinning a bit late. Is dry and peppery finish is slightly astringent with pectin and tannin as is highlighted by its alcohol warmth.

This early batch of Brainless on Cherries would find great favor with the wine enthusiast trying to get onto the craft beer bandwagon.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #1
A: dark cherry unfiltered color. Holds a decent almost champagne like head bit quickly fizzes out.
S: Soured cherry smell. The most interesting thing is the yeast characters coming out in the back.
T: umm...cough syrup. Sucret style cherry flavor. More sweet than sour.
M/D: medium bodied not crisp or sour. The drinkability suffered based on the taste. Can't finish the beer at all what a waste.

Photo of emmasdad
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had a bottle of peaches (thanks, Sam) as well as the base beer, I had been wanting this one for a while. Thanks to 287 and living social, I finally picked up a bottle. Poured a nice dark amber color (blood red in the glow of the street lights) with a full glass of rapidly disappearing foam on top. Aromas of cherries, oak and light malt. Similar on the palate, medium bodied with good fresh cherry, light malt and a hint of oak.

Photo of bishopgary
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wide tulip glass

A: Dark reddish-brown. Slightly hazy. About 1 finger of foamy, soap like off-white head. Dissipated fairly quick left nice lacing. Was not initially expecting something this dark.
S: Pleasant aroma. Dark fruit, would not necessarily say cherries, perhaps plums, figs, or dried apricots. Nice amount of malt, a hint of dark Candi sugar and alcohol.
T: Well balanced, dark fruit, tastes more like cherry than the aroma. Sweetness coming from the malt, not too much. Finishes the right amount of alcohol and a hint of spice maybe clove. There also seemed to be a hint oats.
M: Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Coats the mouth well without being too sticky.
D: Great unique flavor profile and higher alcohol content make it hard to think about it being too much of a good thing. Perfect late night sipper or in place of dessert.

Photo of GoldenJet
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After having Epic's Brainless on Peaches, figured I'd give this a shot too.

First impression was the appearance, which really looked nice - dark, dark, red (think NG's Razz Tart or Belgian Red), with some appealing cherry fruit and sweet notes in the nose.

That's about as good as it got though - while the cherry taste wasn't as overpowering as the peaches in Epic's other offering, it just tasted kind of off, like not fresh, artificial taste. The oak came through a bit more than with the Brainless on Peaches, which could be attributed to cherries being less sweet? Don't know, but it was a little more balanced than the Peaches.

While drinking it, the finish kept reminding me of a Pinot Noir - I got that soft, acidic, and lightly fruited (almost sweet) closure that Pinots offer. However, it's not really something I'm looking for in a beer.

Good, not great.

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish color, some carbonation, one finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherries, and other dark fruit. The taste is malty/yeasty, sweet, with some cherries, and dark fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another Epic brew.

Photo of phishsihq
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Epic Brewing Company took their double-gold winning Brainless Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. The beer pours a vibrant light ruby, with little to no head, and sparse lace. A big bouquet of cherries mellows into some Belgian funk, vanilla, oak, and slight alcohol tones. The aromas carry over to the flavor pretty well, with cherries dominating the pallet with a fun and intriguing battle between sweetness and tartness making the mouth smile. A high level of carbonation is met with a medium-light body in this flavorful ale from Epic. We probably prefer this to the Peaches, but not by much.

Cheers!

Photo of CraftVA
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours a gorgeous reddish brown color with a slight pink-tinted head that fades quickly.

S – Smells like cherries (as the name suggests), sour and fruity. Slightly malty scent as well.

T – The cherry and fruity flavor is predominant, with a nice balance between sweet and sour. The malt comes through as well in the finish.

M – This beer was, unfortunately, over-carbonated in my opinion. It detracts somewhat from the flavor.

O – This was a solid Belgian ale with a unique twist. It was light and fresh, paired very well with a cheese platter that was enjoyed along with the beer. I just wish it wasn’t so over-carbonated so the flavors could really come through.

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.