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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) - Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 313
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 40.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 04-07-2012

Aged in Red Wine barrels.

We took our double gold medal winning Brainless® Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French red wine casks (Cabernet and Syrah) for a secondary fermentation. It 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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4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, another stellar US craft brewery makes its debut in the heady wild that is Alberta's bottleshop scene.

This beer pours a clear, very bright medium magenta hue, with one skinny-ass finger of wispy, faintly foamy, and mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of musty, and somewhat cough-syrup adjacent cherries, grainy, doughy pale malt, a subtle earthy yeastiness, some tame barrel astringencies - old wood planks and dry vanilla, mostly - and a further metallic alcohol sharpness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of gritty caramel sweetness, still understated, and not particularly fruity cherries, benign, and slightly phenolic yeast, some middling oakiness - wet wood, and not much else - and a generic weedy, earthy, and kind of floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body on the low side of any sort of middleweight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, neither yeast or hop nor alcohol doing us the disfavour of their pollution here. It finishes fairly dry, the cherries still not recommending themselves, while the underwhelming base Belgian (-style) ale ambles along, unaware of its broken limb.

Not really what I was expecting, given the near-egregious shelf tag, what with the not so peppy cherry essence, and a barrel treatment that was anything but a treat (sorry), and lending next to no complexity. Hardly bad, but I'm not happy about trying to parse this one, when my other senses keep telling me that I should have checked out way more than a hot second ago.

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3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 6/5/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

A: Hazy, ruby colored with some golden orange undertones - some clarity around the edges - pours with a medium -sized white head - quickly fades to a mostly nonexistent head, but keeps a small collar, has some hints of lacing

S: Belgian yeast and plenty of cherry flesh - funky Belgian aromas with some clove, banana, bubblegum, and phenols - cherry flesh, cherry juice, and a hint of cherry cold medicine - undercurrents of wine and wood - lingering funk and fruit

T: Belgian cherries - some interesting flavors, but not particularly complex - Belgian flavors, including yeasty funk, clove, bubblegum, banana, and phenols - cherry juice, cherry flesh - wood and some red wine - lightly boozy

M: Medium body, low carbonation, finishes with some cherries and wine

O: Drinking enough beers like this may make you brainless

Cherries and Belgian yeast are good friends. This is interesting, but it inexplicably lacks complexity. It's interesting, but it's not as interesting as it should be. Kind of messy, but not bad.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A: Burnt orange amber coloring with bubbles that fade quickly into nothing, with minimal bubbles if any rising.

S: Cherry, some oak, bubblegum yeastiness, cough syrup

T: Some tartness, cherries, oak on the finish and cough syrup lingering. Not as much oak present as expected.

M: Not as effervescent as expected, light-medium mouthfeel.

O: Pretty disappointed in this one, expected there to be more effervescence and the oak/fresh cherries to give this beer depth but there is a lot that makes this one not something I would return to.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
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