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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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224 Ratings

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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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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

scottiethebody, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

adkieffer, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of PStriedl
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

PStriedl, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dachp
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

dachp, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Beerrenda
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Beerrenda, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

jvillefan, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of bifrost17
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

bifrost17, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

katan, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

muskiesman, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

beerpadawan, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

brewtus, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Lugenbeast, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

AnotherImperial, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

DerwinWentworth, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

eawolff99, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of brother_kenneth
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

brother_kenneth, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

bigd03, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

jdmandel, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

halo913, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

andrenaline, Nov 18, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

XicanoBeerRun, Nov 13, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Zaphog, Oct 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Nmgreen, Oct 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

NilocRellim, Oct 21, 2012
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.