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 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 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)

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of ojiikun
4.19/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crazy name, nice bottle, limited run. Had to try.

Pours an almost indescribably clear pinkish-tan. Orange when it picks up the sunlight. Might actually be a kinda gross colour, but I'm giving it extra points for the clarity and the fact that I have never seen anything like it.

Smells very, very Belgian in a dry and hay-ish way, not a banana way. Almost sour. No traces of alcohol, which is amazing given the percentage.

Taste is dry and a little thin, but the cherries are very much there and very well integrated, maybe a touch floral. Hints of apple cider flavour. Malts are flaked and cereal-like when you can track them down. What started as dry ends up a touch sweet with warmth and air. Oak is there, but only, only if you know what you are looking for.

Mouthfeel is coating but not overwhelming. No astringency but a little bit of acid.

Some of the parts are weak if unique, but on the whole this adds up to something almost frighteningly drinkable. Balanced in every way to the point where it might be underwhelming without more age. (1,048 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.24/5  rDev +27.7%
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. (877 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 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 katan
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (792 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 optimistictour
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev +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. (525 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 KajII
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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... (853 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (819 characters)

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.