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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

201 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | 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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Nmgreen

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

10-26-2012 03:44:06 | More by Nmgreen
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-21-2012 21:27:49 | More by NilocRellim
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

10-12-2012 02:58:41 | More by RoryOMoore
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%

10-07-2012 00:42:42 | More by elec
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-05-2012 04:04:49 | More by ShemRahBoo
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wethorseblanket

California

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 22:12:09 | More by wethorseblanket
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:42:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

09-10-2012 02:27:14 | More by drewone
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +17.3%

09-04-2012 01:56:53 | More by millelacsmark
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

09-03-2012 08:26:07 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +17.3%

08-12-2012 03:43:54 | More by ste5venla
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jsanford

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:45:12 | More by jsanford
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dorkinajeep

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -12%

07-13-2012 01:04:23 | More by dorkinajeep
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optimistictour

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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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leedorham

Washington

2/5  rDev -41.3%

07-05-2012 21:29:03 | More by leedorham
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%

06-18-2012 04:05:40 | More by dsuedbeck
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Domingo

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shocked we managed to get this in CO. The joys of Ft. Collins having slightly different distribution than Denver.
Pours a pinkish color with a lot of foam at first, although it dies down pretty quickly.
The nose is a little astringent with tart fruity notes and (non-funky) Belgian yeast.
While the story behind this beer might be complex...the flavor profile really isn't. It essentially tastes like a Belgian strong blonde (a la Duvel or Lucifer) with a little bit of a tart cherry note in the finish. I get the same corn-y flavor (this NOT a flaw, I get that from most strong Belgian pales) and hint of heat. The cherries never really seem to blend with that flavor, but usually seem to come to the forefront early or late as a completely separate flavor.
Not bad, but not really as good as the details behind the beer might suggest. I'd be curious about the other fruit variations on this beer more than having another one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 15:13:32 | More by Domingo
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:15:37 | More by Halcyondays
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dorf

Arizona

3/5  rDev -12%

05-17-2012 10:40:47 | More by dorf
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Murrhey

Montana

2.15/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 06:44:25 | More by Murrhey
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DaveONan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%

05-05-2012 22:43:57 | More by DaveONan
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NarcoSolo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

05-04-2012 15:26:16 | More by NarcoSolo
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 21:53:36 | More by Thorpe429
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KajII

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a murky medium cranberry red with a small (1 finger or less) pink fizzy head that quickly dissipated down to a thin puddle and small collar, but did produce some really nice sheets of lace.

The aroma was of a mild bread malt and a musty Belgian yeast with strong notes of cherries, red wine, wood and a light hint of alcohol.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic with a big note of cherries early on, with the finish being a bit winey with a woody alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a really nice long time after the swallow, allowing for the fruity alcohol taste to grow as time went on.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a very nice dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a delicious Strong Ale, with the taste of the cherries and cask pretty much masking the high ABV...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:05:19 | More by KajII
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

04-12-2012 03:50:17 | More by Kopfschuss
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.