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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

213 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Red Wine barrels.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 04-07-2012)
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-22-2014 03:40:37 | More by Big_Dave
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rdooley

Texas

3/5  rDev -12%

08-21-2014 02:55:27 | More by rdooley
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beerforpresident

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.3%

08-20-2014 11:56:12 | More by beerforpresident
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bundy462

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-17-2014 20:43:09 | More by bundy462
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +10%

Not sure why this one is categorized as a strong dark. Batch #25

A: poured into a tulip to a reddish orange with a finger of slightly pink head that is quick to fade and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of a little oak, cherries and fruity esters
T: taste is cherries, some oak, fruity esters, a little spice, and slight tartness. swallow is alcohol with a lingering cherry aftertaste
M: this beer sits with a medium amount of weight on the palate with carbonation that's a little prickly at times and a slightly drying finish
O: I think this is pretty solid. it isn't the best but it's a pleasant drinking experience and the alcohol could be hidden better

08-16-2014 01:50:56 | More by SHODriver
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VashonGuy

Washington

3/5  rDev -12%

This beer was disappointing. Some beers are greater than the sum of their parts; this beer is less than it should be. I like Belgian golden ales quite a bit, and I'm also occasionally a fan of fruit beers. But this beer isn't successful as either one, and it's an unsuccessful marriage between the two types.

Appearance is a thin red color with decent carbonation and a bit of a head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is a muted cherry, not quite cherry cough syrup, but not fresh cherries either. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Taste has the cherries going for it, but the belgian ale components are muted to missing.

If this were just an ale with fruit, sold for a modest price, it'd be a decent summer sipper. But the hype and the price of this beer, and the emphasis on its Belgian antecedents, led me to expect a lot more than I got. I was expecting that wonderful Belgian yeastiness, and it wasn't there. I was expecting tasty cherries, and I got an underwhelming cherry taste and aroma.

By the way, why in the world is this classified on Beer Advocate as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale? That's not how Epic describes the beer. It's not how the beer looks or tastes. It's not anywhere similar to the classic Belgian Strong Dark Ales. This beer is either a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (which is what the underlying Brainless is), modified with cherries, or else it's a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. No way is it a BSDA.

08-15-2014 00:50:10 | More by VashonGuy
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Clemskis

California

3/5  rDev -12%

08-09-2014 17:28:24 | More by Clemskis
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Codycusey

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-08-2014 01:14:58 | More by Codycusey
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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
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TheWiredDJ

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-07-2014 20:24:58 | More by TheWiredDJ
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SJ-TG

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +10%

08-06-2014 21:51:00 | More by SJ-TG
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +32%

08-03-2014 06:15:06 | More by tykechandler
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jakewatt135

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-30-2014 00:52:24 | More by jakewatt135
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LakerLeith

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-29-2014 02:24:45 | More by LakerLeith
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-28-2014 01:59:59 | More by zestar
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BIll_Currie

Wyoming

3/5  rDev -12%

07-24-2014 18:34:19 | More by BIll_Currie
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-22-2014 23:33:11 | More by afsdan
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

07-22-2014 20:22:23 | More by taospowder
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

07-18-2014 18:29:19 | More by Sir_Goatman
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mynie

Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

07-14-2014 16:55:10 | More by mynie
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-12-2014 01:56:10 | More by DrBier
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Keith_Eash

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +32%

07-09-2014 22:06:48 | More by Keith_Eash
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10%

07-08-2014 16:42:51 | More by trxxpaxxs
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RyanStelzner


4/5  rDev +17.3%

07-05-2014 23:50:38 | More by RyanStelzner
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KAF

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

07-05-2014 11:45:39 | More by KAF
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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.