Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by optimistictour:
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I had to try this both because of the novelty (haven't had an Epic beer and the name seemed entertaining) and because I'm a sucker for things like "aged in french oak barrels" and an American produced Belgian which costs upwards of $13 a deuce.
Appearance is peach/pink with a hefty head that recedes rather quickly into the aether. It's basically appealing but nothing special.
Smells like hops, strong booze, and the slightest hint of cherries.
Thankfully the (very much so) advertised cherries come through on taste, but they seem to bookend the alcohol heat and overwhelming (but not bad!) yeast comprising the majority of what's here.
There's decent body and adequate carbonation combined with a nearly-thick-enough Belgian mouthfeel which is somewhat tampered by the alcohol heat and lack of real texture.
There's something about this which intrigues me and leaves me mostly satisfied with my purchase.. but I'm not sure, especially at this price, that I'd gladly grab another. There are far better options (especially from Unibroue) for the same or better price, and of course there are imports from the namesake nation which outdo this in every conceivable way. Still, it's not hopeless. Give this a try if you like Belgians, cherries, and aren't afraid of alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2012 05:44:20 | More by optimistictour
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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
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