Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.23/5 rDev +24%
Crazy name, nice bottle, limited run. Had to try.
Pours an almost indescribably clear pinkish-tan. Orange when it picks up the sunlight. Might actually be a kinda gross colour, but I'm giving it extra points for the clarity and the fact that I have never seen anything like it.
Smells very, very Belgian in a dry and hay-ish way, not a banana way. Almost sour. No traces of alcohol, which is amazing given the percentage.
Taste is dry and a little thin, but the cherries are very much there and very well integrated, maybe a touch floral. Hints of apple cider flavour. Malts are flaked and cereal-like when you can track them down. What started as dry ends up a touch sweet with warmth and air. Oak is there, but only, only if you know what you are looking for.
Mouthfeel is coating but not overwhelming. No astringency but a little bit of acid.
Some of the parts are weak if unique, but on the whole this adds up to something almost frighteningly drinkable. Balanced in every way to the point where it might be underwhelming without more age.
05-09-2013 02:40:25 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +24%
"Beginning with Batch #5, the Brainless on Cherries beers were aged in Red Wine barrels rather than the White Wine (Chardonnay) barrels that were used in the first four batches. Therefore, I am adding this as a new beer and all reviews from Batch #5 on should likely be moved to this entry."
Batch 7. Brewed August 4, 2011, bottled September 29, 2011.
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-pink color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of oak and red wine notes, as well as some cherries and grapes. A very fruit smelling beer.
The flavor is similar. The dominant flavor is the cherries and wood, with some vanilla and grape notes also thrown in. There is also a good bit of bread, Belgian yeast and alcohol in the flavor.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-07-2012 04:04:40 | More by Mora2000
2.35/5 rDev -31.1%
22oz. bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a .5 finger spritzy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunning, clear dark red. Lacing is non-existent. Color is great but not much else.
Nose is cherry cough syrup, pit, and rotting wood. Strange... smells more viscous than it looks.
Opens cherry pit and skin bitterness... that turns to a sickeningly sweet cough syrup flavor mixed with semi-bitter dark fruit in the middle. Boozy. More cherry cough syrup towards the end with a woody, super sweet finish. This is NOT as advertized. Really bad. I expected some sort of tartness, some sort of character maybe? But this beer is missing any real hint of complexity, depth or... good flavor really.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but syrupy at the same time. Goes down aggressive and sparkling with a messy finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Average.
After having this, I'm certainly staying away from this series from now on. Not worth drinking.
08-08-2014 00:17:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
A - fully hazy red-purple, no head or retention of one whatsoever, looks like a glass of wine
S - big on cherries and booziness, some yeasty esters bring up the rear with a mild woody note
T - the mix of yeasty esters, leafy hops, and cherries are all there, but the boozy bite is too dominant here, I think if they backed off on the octane it would be tastier
M - somewhat light with a big creamy belgian style carbonation, some definite fruity tartness, with a boozy finish
O - i really want to like this beer more but alcohol seems to smother the flavour too much for my liking which is a shame because I think this has real potential if they reign it in
11-07-2012 03:54:24 | More by joemcgrath27
3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
This poured a magenta like cherry hue with a cloudy body. The head was fizzy and built tall and quick but ebbed away slowly.
The aroma was nice with a sweet, sour and tart cherry.
The flavor was more in line with a cherry cough drop as there is a medicinal licorice and cherry mix. Some fig and orchard sweetness holds the end.
The feel is light and airy, smooth yet prickly, sour and lightly tart.
This had potential but it went awry were it counts...The taste.
03-24-2014 00:33:28 | More by KYGunner
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.