Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) - Epic Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +32%
Release #19. A 22oz bomber. Bottle 1340 of 1800.
Poured into a tulip.
A big fan of this beer. Uniquely colored. A balanced complex beer that does not go overboard on the cherries. Beer blossoms as it warms. Looking at the other reviews, this is why you should taste everything and ignore anyone who writes a review :-)
A – Pours a light burgundy/ruby red. No head. Average carbonation. Slightly hazy. Zero lacing.
S – A rich aroma with significant spiciness, some dried cherry and some maltiness.
T – Minor sourness, faintly sweet, very low fruitiness (diluted cherry koolaid) all built into a nice malty backbone.
MF – Medium light body with a dry trending towards an acred finish (but short lived on the palate). Some minor sharpness from the carbonation. A trappist finish.
10-25-2013 02:57:16 | More by Sludgeman
4.26/5 rDev +24.9%
Sensationally good fruit flavor in a clean, powerful Belgian-style brew. Release #4 and the ABV is 11.4%. Pours a pinky-red amber in the Saxo tall tulip. It's exactly the color of a tawnier rose wine.
Crisp mouthfeel with a sweet and tart sensation. Not so much head but a pleasant prickly carbonation in the mouth. Clean, fruity, winey aroma. I think this is the best cherry flavor of any beer I've had. It has that tart yet sweet flavor of ripe pie cherries, with a smooth maltiness that balances nicely. There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste which goes well with the fruit but doesn't shout out any particular hoppiness. Tastes strong like a fruit wine, nearly dry from the Belgian yeast, but mellowed by that warm malt.
From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego, which has more Epic beers than anyplace but a Salt Lake City state liquor store.
05-02-2013 04:57:38 | More by mactrail
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
22 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10.6% ABV, Release #22
A – A blend of bright pink and ruby gives this beer a rosé color that's vibrant with clarity and briefly topped with a dull pink cap of foam that leaves little in the way of lacing.
S – Tart cherry skin and black cherry pulp poke through a thin red wine, like a rosé with an encouraging level of French oak in the background with subtleties of Belgian yeast - light peppery spice finished with Champagne-like white grapes.
T - Far more Belgian beer influenced in the flavor profile, Brainless on Cherries has a nice underlying dark fruitiness reminiscent of raisins and Craisins with tart cherry skin tannins complimented by a subtle touch of red wine and trail of cocoa dryness and oak earthiness on the finish.
M - Delicate carbonation gives the somewhat thin-feeling beer a crispness that drinks more like a chilled rosé wine than a beer but the tartness from the cherries matches the dry wine and oak for a really nice balance.
O - I don't drink wine often but when I do I prefer the fuller flavored, fuller bodied reds like a good Cab, so I always enjoy the concept of brewers aging beers in red wine barrels. Brainless on Cherries sounded like a no-brainer to me; Belgian-style beer with cherries in French oak barrels? Sign me up! But this Epic Brewing beer doesn't mirror the big flavors of some of the Belgian beers nor red wines, instead it's subtle and nuanced with a thin, not full body and delicate flavor profile of subtle earthy oak, distant red grapes, and tart cherry skin tannins. It's a good beer that doesn't show half of it's alcohol but also doesn't pack a big wallop of flavor.
01-18-2014 18:17:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
22oz into a snifter
A - Pours somewhere between a brown and ruby color. Like a dark red. Very light off-white head formation.
S - Light hint of cherries, some belgian yeast strain. Some spiciness and a few esters. No alcohol detected.
T - Starts off lightly sweet, some clean 2 row malts. Mid-stream brings in a few more cherries, of the dark and earthy kind. Finishes with a smooth and sweet finish. The aftertaste has some of the sourish oaking flavors.
M - Moderate to think body with a lighter carbonation. Hefty, perhaps sticky. Alcohol warmth is present as it sits on the tongue.
O / D - An interesting combination of styles between the oak, the belgian yeast and the fruit. A more subtle beer than you would think. Fairly potent, probably a loaner beer. A little filling, heavy.
02-26-2013 06:12:46 | More by katan
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
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