Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) - Epic Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
04-07-2012 04:22:25 | More by jeonseh
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-01-2012 02:09:56 | More by phishsihq
3.35/5 rDev +4.4%
1186th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir glass
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.
03-26-2012 02:44:15 | More by FosterJM
3.2/5 rDev -0.3%
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
03-23-2012 01:17:01 | More by psuKinger
4.28/5 rDev +33.3%
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.
02-27-2012 04:24:44 | More by syrupjoe
3.93/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
02-21-2012 00:04:40 | More by CraftVA
3.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
02-13-2012 15:19:54 | More by OWSLEY069
2.58/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
12-28-2011 07:36:24 | More by JohnGalt1
2.73/5 rDev -15%
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.
12-25-2011 04:17:53 | More by mikereaser
2.48/5 rDev -22.7%
"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.
12-22-2011 23:45:59 | More by Metalmonk
2.4/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
12-21-2011 04:51:23 | More by DavoleBomb
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
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