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: 47
Hads: 295
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of ArrogantB
1.32/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at the new brewery here in Denver. This was awful, just awful. Red color, no head whatsoever. Aroma was terrible, alcohol, cherry cough syrup, just smells cheap. Flavor was more of the same, alcohol, nasty cherry syrup, more alcohol, cheap booze, no barrel. It was like cherry aged mouthwash. Sometimes I marvel at how breweries produce such awful beer and then sell it for top dollar. If i had spent $12 on a bottle of this I would have been super pissed. I could not find any redeeming qualities in this beer. (518 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass. Reviewed live. Batch #9.

A- Finger and a half white fizzy head, with no retention whatsoever. Well carbonated but no retention or lacing. Light burgundy color with some clarity. Translucent in appearance. Looks like wine, which makes sense considering where it was aged.

S- Sour cherries, red grapes and a vinous smell. Dates and other dark fruits. No sense of hops or malts. Like an old ale moreso than a Belgian.

T- Surprisingly mild taste. Cherry and berries with vinous notes and some mild booze tastes present. Not impressive.

M- Light, yet vinous feel, finishes wet and clean.

O- This one's a loser. Avoid unless you really like cherries and lots of booze. (708 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly cloudy light red color with thin head fading to a collar. The nose has some artificial cherries plus some medicinal character. Off and not pleasing. Flavor is the se but quite a bit worse. Stale cough syrup with a hefty bit of booze. Body is medium with a dry off character. Chemicals and other gross things. Ugh. (322 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of riTLce
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of jsanford
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, watermelon pink-red with a slight haze that settles to a thin ring. Aromas of Belgian yeast, maybe a touch of cherry and ripe pear. Pretty subdued and weak, honestly. Taste is similarly bland, with a dominating Witbier-style yeast profile that imparts some clove and phenols, some light grain, and just a whiff of cherries. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body, good carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall a pretty weak offering, I'm hoping the peach version is better. (504 characters)

Photo of intensify
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'll start off by saying that if I hadn't spent $9 on a 22oz of this I wouldn't feel like I got ripped off a bit. That being said, this is an average beer that shouldn't be labeled or priced the way it is. It's a wine cooler with a high abv. The lacing that first appeared quickly disappeared into a cloud of... well nothing. You get a 'Belgian style' nose but with a fruitiness similar to a cheap wine. The taste isn't so too bad, though. Tart sourness followed by a sweet, bready finish with some spices.

-Overall it's an OKAY brew with a couple things going for it, but too many flaws. Epic should leave this style for the big dogs. (637 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release # 14. 11.4 % ABV. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A- This is an entirely see-through red color. Pours with minimal fizzy head, which is gone immediately.

S- The nose offers mainly cherries, and some oak. The smell is probably the best thing about this beer.

T- At the very first sip, it seemed slightly tart, with very noticeable cherries and Belgian yeast. The oak is pretty noticeable too, which is nice. But almost immediately all of this is lost due to the overly medicinal taste that becomes prevalent - which I blame on the mixture of flavors combined with the alcohol. Mouth feel is almost like drinking a white or blush wine. Fairly thin, which is fine, but the overall taste just doesn't work. The aftertaste is pretty bad.

O- I really expected this to be better, and sort of thought it might be a good one to try around the holidays. But this beer is somewhat of a let down. My first try with Epic, and I will probably pass on anything else from them until I get my hands on Big Bad Baptist, I guess. (1,032 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was almost pink as I poured it. It was a light reddish orange. The little carbonation it had receded fast.

Smells like blush wine, candied fruit, artificial strawberry flavor, slight booze, cotton candy, cherry. The smell is the best thing about this brew.

Taste was disappointing. It was biscuity which was pleasant, but then you get hit with booze. The cherry flavor combined with the alcohol reminded me of a fine bottle of Boone's or maybe even MD 20/20. The Belgian strong dark ale quality was an afterthought at best.

Refreshingly carbonated, but otherwise I’m not feeling much. (598 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold at the bottom. Deep brick-red tinged copper. Vigorous swirl produces a small bubbly white head. No cap retention. Collar is small and tight. Moderate carbonation. Clear with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Farts and cherry flesh. Cherry juice and some solid funk. A touch of sulfur. Sweet cherry leather. Warming adds more sweetness to the whole thing. Cherry juice and flesh. Minor pushes of barrel. Some wood. Hints of spicy esters. Loaded with Belgian yeast. Some banana and general fruitiness. Tons of cherry. A little bit of leather.

Taste: Cherry fruit leather. Sweet. Candied sweet. Cherry flesh. Ever so slightly tart with a ton of Belgian yeast. Some very mild spicy esters with a push of cherry flesh. Small hint of alcohol on the back. Oak creeps through on successive sips. Something akin to stomach acid on the back of every sip. Slightly acetic. Some mild funky elements. A touch of musty earth and wet grass. Tart cherry. Front of the sip is delicious tart cherry with a touch of sweetness. Back of each sip is a mess of sharp acidic flavors and fermented cherry juice. Finishes with a solid punch of French oak. Hints of vanilla and wood. Surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit slick. No astringency.

Overall: My membrane is fine.

It smells good and the initial sip is mighty tasty, but it's a bit messy and muddled in the middle and end of the sip. The Belgian yeast messes with the cherry and tart elements in a way that doesn't really jive. (1,516 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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. (1,440 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells of cherry and vanilla with a sour edge. Faint spice maybe a little cinnamon. Faint vanilla and oak.

Starts out sweet and sour with a sour cherry flavor. Vanilla and oak but the flavor doesn't really meld. Tastes something like a hard cherry cider.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall not something I will buy again. Save yourself the trouble and buy the peach one. (437 characters)

Photo of Dantastic
3/5  rDev -9.6%

On tap at the flying saucer in Addison, tx.

Nose is grassy, slight hint of cherries, medicinal.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost texture less .

This is a confused beer.

It's not a sour, not a typical lambic. You could say it is it's own style, but that style is not very appealing. I've had many a better beer from Utah. (320 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very clear and off pink body with a white head that barely lasts 5 seconds.

S: Fruitiness dominates that aroma. There is both apple and cherries present.

T: Does not have very many beer qualities. It tastes closer to a cider. There is a fruity base and that is about it.

M: Great carbonation but the body is very thin.

O: Average. If there was a maltier base this would be a great beer. (396 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2014-10-18
22oz bottle split between two tulips. Release #25, SLC #1423.

Pours clear, reddish-brown, flare of head that fades quickly (just like pouring pop). Lots of carbonation. Again, like pop. Smell is cherries, something like damp wood. Slightly tart.

Taste introduces some Belgian yeasty funk. Musty. Cherry, slightly tart. Slight dirty dishwater. Strong bitterness that makes me think of the skin of some fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick, moderately flat. Overall, it’s not a bad beer. It’s fine. (509 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale ruby red, finger of big bubbled head with no retention or lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, musty yeast with sour cherries and a leafy citrus rind that lingers.

T - Surprisingly mild flavour, fruity yeast esthers, a bready flavour comes through alongside a very very mild sour cherry flavour reminiscent of Sweet Tart candies. Barrel aging didn't seem to add much and there's a bit of ABV heat that lingers.

M - Lighter bodied that fills the mouth goes down prickly and finishes wet with a bit of ABV heat.

O - I had higher expectations for this one. Not terrible, but not worth the money as there's more flavourful options available. (651 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Release # 7.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight cherry, and some medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some really mild aromas and flavors. (438 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (657 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of mobrado
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whatever you want to call this, it's certainly NOT a BSDA. It would make just as much sense to call it a Kölsch or a Russian Imperial Stout.

Intriguing bright reddish orange color that reminds you of an alcopop more than a beer. No head. Taste is a mixture of very pale ale, champagne yeast, winey oak barrel notes and cherry cough drops. Thin, sour mouth feel not unlike stale champagne.

I didn't care for it at all, but my wife, who doesn't like champagne, oak barrels or sour beers, loved it for some reason... Win/win since I got to open something else for myself. (Rating is an average.) (597 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

January 14, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Light amber with a very red hue. Slightly pink foam with low retention. High clarity.

S – Wine, rose. Very light cherry aroma. Floral hops are also very light.

T – Light rose wine. Very slight hint of cherry, mostly just the impression of blush grapes.

M – Light carbonation. Slightly bitter and some moderate acidity.

O – A bit too reliant on the wine barrel for its character. Would like the barrel to complement, rather than overwhelm. (504 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a crimsonish color with small off-white/pink cap that creates a little bit of lacing but the fades away...away...

S: The nose had a blend of artifical like red cherry smell an some deep, dark cherries and some grapes

T: Immdiate red cherry pop with sme dark cherries in the background, barrel influene comes to play fr a ec providing ligh deep purple grapes. A littl tartness mixed wih booze and a stingin, yet sweet and dry back end

M: Medium body despitethe ABV, you would think it would be fuller.

O: Not a disaster by any means, drinkable, good for a cherry whore. (582 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear slightly reddish orange with a thin (1/4-inch) thick pinkish, off-white head which fades quickly and yields a few spots of lace.

S: Mild cherry pits, red grapes, and oak.

T: Yeasty and malty with some tart red cherries and vinous notes.

M: Moderate bodied and light carbonation. Finishes yeasty and mildly fruity/vinous.

O: Fair fruit and yeast balance, but just not all together. (423 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Release #13

A: Pours a relatively clear pinkish orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some pink + ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall pinkish tan head that quickly reduces to absolutely no head at all. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a very light aroma to this beer with just some very light notes of red wine, oak, and tart cherries.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts along with some lighter notes of Belgian yeast. There is a light to moderate flavor of red wine and oak with some hints of tart cherries. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is well balanced with neither the sweetness of the malts or any bitterness from the hops coming through. The red wine flavors really come through and there is only a light note from the cherries. Very light hints of the alcohol are present. (1,004 characters)

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