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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
73
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
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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Photo of AleWatcher
1/5  rDev -68.9%

AleWatcher, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of GTB
1/5  rDev -68.9%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
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.

thejiggse, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of hardy008
1.5/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy medium red color with a large off white head which vanishes quickly. The smell has cherries, alcohol, oak, and yeast.

The taste doesn't impress me much either. Cherries, oak, and yeast which do not blend or work well together. The cherries are somewhat sweet, but not tart. The solvent alcohol taste does not help. A total mess to be honest.

Light bodied. high carbonation, and finishes somewhat dry. I am not sure what the brewers were going for here, but they did not succeed as far as I am concerned. Avoid.

hardy008, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Chaney
1.8/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Release #4. 1 of only 1,800 bottles.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty DuClaw snifter.

A: Poured a moderately dark reddish color with a pinkish hue when held up to a light source. The head, with didn't stick around for long was off-white and somewhat anemic.

S: More Belgian than fruity, with a mild medicinal quality that wasn't pleasant. No bourbon on the nose whatsoever.

T: Not much cherry at all, which was very disappointing, and the Belgian funk tasted of rotten citrus. Even the water had a very unfresh taste to it.

M: The Sprite-like bubbliness was cool, but ultimately it couldn't save this mess. The funk (rotten-ness) took center stage over everything.

O: As hard as it was for me to drain pour a $12 beer, that is what I just did.

Chaney, Oct 25, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

jpmclaug, Dec 13, 2011
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.

dvb, Jul 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.9%

TicoCali, Apr 02, 2012
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.

Beaver13, Mar 11, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is a light ruby color, appearing mildly hazy. Small off white head that rapidly fades to a wispy layer of sparse bubbles. The aroma is surprisingly weak, lacking any recognizable cherry presence. Odd flavor, with tart cherries and an odd, artificial sweetness. Not a fan of this one. Prickly carbonation and unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Not a repeat for me.

Huhzubendah, Dec 17, 2011
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.

DavoleBomb, Dec 21, 2011
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.

Metalmonk, Dec 22, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

nlmartin, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale pink reminiscent of a rose wine. White fizzy head like soda that leaves a small ring.

Smells of Belgian yeast and maybe a bit of cherries in there somewhere. Not as much cherries as I was expecting, let down #1

The first thing that hits me is this bite on my tongue, then the yeast takes over, and its a chewy yeast (definitely the best part of the beer). Im really searching on cherries, and I must say I was still searching after the bottle was finished. The only thing I can think of is that the cherries really contribute to the smoothness of the beer. Big let down #2.

The theme of this beer is let down. Cherries are non-existent. This astringent bite really turns me off.

PS the yeast is suspended in the brew as it sits in the glass. Never seen it before.

VncentLIFE, Sep 13, 2011
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

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

mikereaser, Dec 25, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

LambicKing, Aug 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

DrBier, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

YeastEnthusiast, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

mkennedy119, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.