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

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,566 characters)

Photo of dvb
2/5  rDev -38.1%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of thejiggse
1.6/5  rDev -50.5%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is cherries with Belgian yeast, and coriander with some oak, funk, lemon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of slightly sour cherries with some Belgian yeast, coriander, and a bit of lemon. Through the middle, some funk comes through with a bit more sourness and some oak. The finish is a mix of sour cherries, funk, Belgian yeast, oak, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good base Belgian Strong Ale with the oak aging and cherries adding some complexity. Nice overall balance. (756 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.02/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a lot of Epic when they first showed up in MN & missed a few of the series. Went back to grab a few more in recent days - this is a bunch of bombers that nobody talks about, but they're good. Hey, I love you Epic! 22 oz. bomber, batch #2. I'll assume this has been sitting around for a while.

The cap pops with vigor enough that I expect overflow; it doesn't come. Pour is is a light red, with enough body so I can't see but shadows through it. Nose is nice tart cherries. Reminds me of a certainly New Glarus beer, & that's a good thing.

Brainless on Cherries doesn't reach the heights of excellence to be mentioned in the same breath as New Glarus fruit beers. First impression is strong cherry that's balanced between being sweet & tart, as there's a bit of both in the mouth. The sweetness wins out as the beer warms. Cane sugar & light malts in the background, strong yeast presence. Can't detect the oak. No visible carbonation, but it's felt as a weird pricking on the tongue. The combination is slinkily easy to put down.

I'd categorize this as a straight-up fruit beer, & a very good one at that. Love the balance of the cherries, & that this is sooo easy to sip. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a brash take on a Golden Ale with cherries.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream and soft burgundy range, with name of the brew and series branding. Again, looking somewhat like the lazy design of a generic brand of a large franchise. Side narrative offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number again is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #4, and a semi-erased Alc. by Vol. 10.3%? Served in a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy deep amber/crimson pour, short fizzy head, count 1, 2, 3 and it is all gone leaving no surface memory or any trace to speak of.

S - Yeasty and soft fruity nose, cherries and booze...

T -Yeasty and sweet, with a soft fruity sense rounding up the coarse sweetness over the raspberry, sugar and malty booze..

M - Medium body, very faint carbonation with a dry finish, brash and monochord sense.

O - Fair but one dimensional.

Notes: Probably one of the poorest if not the poorest offering I've tried from Epic. Not a bad brew per se but surely in their low bracket, below their Brainless on Peaches, too harsh, and somewhat unstimulating. (1,246 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.39/5  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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (681 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (1,005 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.26/5  rDev +31.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of CraftVA
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
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 (746 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.47/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.41/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Nile.

Served in the appropriate stemware by Al, this one had a pinkish/golden hue, but very little in the way of foam and zero lacing.

Smells of cherry juice. Quite sweet smelling without any tartness present.

Sweet cherry pie (Warrant) with some warm alcohol and belgian yeast. Apparently cherry puree is used in this which probably explains the lack of tartness which I am totally fine with. Very pleasant cherry/belgian combo of flavors.

Lacks carbonation and is a bit sticky.

I really quite enjoyed this beer. Really delivers in the cherry department and was a pleasant little sipper. (614 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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). (758 characters)

Photo of Chaney
1.84/5  rDev -43%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear garnet with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sweet cherry cordial and sour Belgian yeast, with grassy hops and a little french oak and alcohol.
T: It tasted like some funky french oak with sour cherry and grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with a bit of wheat and alcohol. It had a clean and mostly sour aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had an enjoyable smell and taste, but not great. The cherries and french oak didn't do nearly as well for Brainless as the peaches. The body was a bit weak, and it was a bit hot, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but not recommended. (663 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after a wonderful experience with the peaches version, had to pick this up whilst back in the VA. coppery poru, decent and lasting head. the musk of oak, a little solvent alcohol, a little bit of sweet and tart cherry. cherry and oak dominate the finish while there's some sweet malt in the forefront of the drink. much less alcohol in the drink than the aroma. Very smooth, a little caramel action, too. Drinkable, but a bit boozy. Time could be an option with this one. (471 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a brownish cherry color with a thin white head clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the sweeter, fruity, cherry flavors pretty nicely. Behind the cherry I get a sweeter, candi sugar, maltiness to it mixing with some of the Belgian yeast spice. The cherries are very nicely done, the beer could of shined a little more though.

The taste shows more of the fruity, sweeter, cherry juice flavors to it up front. Midway I get a little of the malty, dark fruit flavors of the BSDA base. In the finish the belgian yeast really comes out and adds some big spice notes. The cherries come back in the finish with a tartness that mixes pretty nicely with the yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. I love cherries though so I might be a little bias towards this version of the beer. The cherries were very good in it, but the base beer could have had a little more influence on the flavor in addition to the yeast spice it brought. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable beer though. (1,149 characters)

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