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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

224 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Thorpe429, May 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Jul 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that instantaneously faded away, leaving absolutely no bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of cherries and red wine are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has a good balance between cherries and red wine, neither of these are particularly dominant, especially in the smell. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.

metter98, May 19, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The flavor of fruit still struggles to satisfy both the uninitiated craft fan and the staunchest and most strict craft beer connoisseurs. But Epic is making it easier. This time, layering the true fruit taste of cherry upon a strong Belgian under current creates a majestic taste of fruit and ale fusion that's sure to rival even the best sangria.

Its strong mauve pour delivers a lighter golden highlight along the edges. Its creamy haze dims the color somewhat. But what billows above is a creamy and short statured head that rises with loosely knit bubbles. But as the ale starts to fall, it does so in a partly fizzy nature- a testament to its acidity within. Light on lace and retention, its scattered specks makes it very champagne-like.

A plethora and depth of aromas ensue as the aromas of cherries deliver waves of aromas that span the gamut of dark and sweet cherries, cider, chardonnay, musty sour cherry, wood rot, apple and spiced pear. Its rich aromas are earthy with dried fruit, tobacco and light leather even though its fruity tone wants to register sweetness and playfullness.

But then to taste, the complexities seem lighter. A slightly more simplistic taste becomes first and foremost of Belgian ale- a light and playful balance of fruit and spice is simplified and shies away from the more earthy and rustic tones of Belgian Kriek, but the cherry sheet of flavors lay upon the ale with a strong and acidic taste. A blend of sweet and sour cherries give the taste a bit more sweetness than the nose suggests- leaving a candied cherry flavor lingering on the tongue.

Mid-sweet early and often, the ale really lays on the initial palate with the sweet and tart balance of ale fused with soda pop. But as the sweetness is slow to recede, the middle in lightly acidic as a clean sourness ensues. To finish a light hop bitterness, slim tannin bite and semi-dry fruit acidity closes the beer's mouthfeel.

I love how this beer's scent delivers an unlimited amount of scents as if the peels of onions are lifted to reveal more earthen cherry scents after another. But the taste and textures are less interesting, less deep and less characterful. Though much more simplistic, it is in no way indicative of the pleasure that is garnered from the beer's aromatics.

BEERchitect, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Texasfan549, Jul 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

GRG1313, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

kylehay2004, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Jason, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

never thought I would rate a barrel aged beer so low, or that anything from epic would disappoint me like this one. it is nowhere near as good as the raspberry or peach versions. the cherries come across quite medicinal. not fresh fruit at all. and where is the carbonation? a red tinted bronze beer looks odd in a globe with now bubbles, head, or lace at all. where is it? the feel is flat too, and so it just doesn't pop for me. I like the yeast, and I like the tannic wine presence, but the fruit seems fake, sugary, overdone. it lacks the cohesiveness of the other versions. I has it side by side with the raspberry, which is absolutely fantastic. amazing how different they are, given their common origins. overall too sweet and too flat, plenty of room for improvement with this one, but I still love the brainless series, so many interesting flavors, including this one, it just isn't my favorite.

StonedTrippin, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mactrail, May 02, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, Release No. 10,

A: Pours a light burgundy with a fizzy white/pink head. OK retention, no lace. But I really like the colour.

S: Watermelon Jolly Ranchers, black cherry skin with a hint of mandarin orange.

T: Cherries for sure, some yeasty esters. Solid flavour, doesn't really taste artificial, but nothing is grabbing me.

M: Very lightly tart with some drying hoppiness on the back end. Full-bodied, no booze is nice.

O: A nice beer, but for it's price nice isn't good enough. Peaches was clearly better.

Halcyondays, May 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

dbrauneis, May 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

drewone, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Zorro, Jan 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

afsdan, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

DrBier, Jul 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Zaphog, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

ShanePB, Jun 05, 2013
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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.