Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.23/5 rDev +24%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 02:40:25 | More by ojiikun
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3.16/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours flat, like every other Epic beer I had that night. It's understandable, though, considering this one's high ABV.
Smells lightly like cherries. That's about it. I never come across such a mild aroma in such a big beer.
Tastes a lot better than it smells, because it actually tastes like something. Light nodes of natural cherries, slightly heavier nodes of red wine, and then a finish of very light yeast. Nothing about this beer is bad or offputting, but everything is very slight and dim.
I like the concept of what they're doing here--sort of like with Prairie does with Noir, or Pipeworks with their Abduction--and I'm glad they're doing this with a beer that's not a heavy stout. I only wish the base beer was better brewed.
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2014 16:55:10 | More by mynie
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.