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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden AleBrainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale is has a rich and complex malt flavor balanced with a little bit of spicy noble hops and strong influences of fermentation esters from the Belgian yeast used. Various Belgian like Rock Candies, hops and grains are employed to express variations within the style. Deceivingly drinkable, some liken theses ales to Devil sneaking up on you, so consume responsibly.

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Photo of pempem
4.93/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicate bodied Belgium strong ale of delicious golden colour with a rich and delightful flower aroma tasting of vanilla, light candied caramel, spicy hops and stronger malt, with a completely clean after-taste. Deceivingly drinkable. This an exceptional beer by any measure.

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Photo of Alkalinesingle
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been on an IPA kick lately and being in Utah you only get what the MAN will give you. I have found that IPA's are too bitter for me, that is why I am pleasantly surprised to find my new favorite beer, EPIC Brainless Belgian. I, like most of you, search the Utah Isles for decent alcohol content, which this beers falls into. Unlike most of the really bitter IPA'a, this has a rich, flavorful, content that will keep me coming back for more. Not bitter at all. LOVE!
Sorry that I am not as descriptive as some of you beer snobs. You do make me laugh though.

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Photo of stimulus
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Release #19. 8.3% abv.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Candi sugar, clove, belgian funk.
T: It follows the aroma directly with some faint banana in the background, and no alcohol bite is present.
M: Smooth, light bodied, and well-carbonated.
O: Great example of a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. This is very close to Avery's Salvation, and I hope to enjoy the variations just as much whenever they show up here in NJ. To be honest, I'm not sure why this isn't rated higher, but perhaps batch variation from a small, growing brewery has something to do with it as well as the small sample size of reviews.

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Photo of beergrl75
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer from Epic I've tried. I have to say I am very impressed. It is a very good beer . I would recommend this beer to anyone. The smell and taste its all Good!! There is no foam and its light in color. Notice how I got a good buzz from drinking half the bottle. I can't wait to try more from EPic..

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sampling the Epic Brewery ales for a few weeks now. I must say, they craft a wonderful line of beers!

Pours radiant sunshine gold - quite true to the name - with medium dense head that leaves appealing lacing after settling. Smells like fresh grain, very obvious malty aroma breaks through and overwhelms with barley and hay. To be expected, as this is a Belgian-style golden ale. While I cannot detect much complexity in the nose, I am very much satisfied with the earthy, grainy, sweetish smell.

First sip reveals the magnanimity of waves after waves of barley. This is a barley lover's beer. It tastes like biting into an apple pie - and yet there's barley...maybe a fresh pear? and, yet - there's still barley. And that's a good thing - barley does taste good. I probably would have opted for a bit more hops to balance it off, but I can see where they're coming from: they wanted to create a barley extravaganza.

It's a potent beer, and alcohol isn't masked - it's all there, wonderfully intertwining with the sweet grain and autumn leaf smell. A couple of sips - and it is it sure to get you thinking about a pumpkin pie, lonely barn and simpler times that are long gone.

A beer that makes barley a star - and puts you in a philosophical mood? A clear winner as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Release #6, 8.7% abv.

Slight haze in a lemony-gold body. A finger of tight, gauzy, off-white head. Sea air hop funk mixes with cotton candy, tropical fruit, bretty cobweb, and faint metallic notes. Very nice.

Bright, toasted, slightly sweet malts up front. Powdered sugar and tropical fruits build and grassy hops around edges. Peppery, herbal, mildly bitter hoppiness in the finish. Long finish with yeasty fruits, minor Brett funk, slightly warming alcohol, and banana aftertaste. Medium-full body with a lively feel. I really like the funky edge to this beer. Well done and tasty!

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Photo of kagent777
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first rating:

22 Oz bomber served in a pint glass (Release #2, 9.0 ABV).

A vigorous pour produced a scent that let me know this was a Belgian style beer. Simply smells like a Belgian.

Pours a hazy golden with quickly dissipating head and no lacing.

Taste is Belgian, through and through. I get bubblegum and banana flavors. A light sweet sensation as well as salty.

Palate: I am getting a medium body and sticky texture and a long finish. The carbonation is also right to style.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft.

Arrived a clear straw yellow with thin fizzy white head.

Smells extremely malty. Lots of biscuit going on with some banana character.

The taste is very malty almost to the point of being chalky. There are notes of clove and banana from the yeast but malt takes center stage.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is more malty than other Belgian Pale Ales I have had but that's good with me. It definitely drinks easier than a 8.3% beer.

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Crystal clear, almost yellow green color (St. Patricks on the brain??), thin head, trace of lace (hah, it rhymed), fine champagne bubbles.

Smell - Smells like the green chili I had for, defaulting to a 4 on this because I seriously can't smell anything. Mabye that's good. I'd rather smell nothing than smell stanky dirty water or worse lemon dish soap smells that so many light saisons show.

Taste - Really nice. Not too much of anything. Clearly saison yeast, clearly pilsner or golden heavy grain bill and mild bitterness but nor floral or citrus from hops.

Feel - Nice carbonation on the back of the tongue, settles with a bit of mouth watering tartness.

Overall - So... it's 8am in denver and I'm drinking a saison at the aiport. overall, this beer is adding handily to a life that doesn't suck.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and slightly funky with a nice grain aroma.

T - It tasted very spicy and yeasty with a touch of fruit sweetness. Nice backbone of caramel and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian-style ale. I am impressed with my first beer from Epic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey gold with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and banana aromas. Taste is of grain, banana, and spices. There is a yeast aftertaste and slight alcohol kick after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian style ale with a very nice aroma.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #17, 8.5% ABV (Epic's website says it was brewed on June 8, 2011). Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. The head retention is excellent, and there's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like candy sugar, cloves, pears, lemon peel and some green apples. It tastes like pears, peppery spice, candy sugar, cloves, and a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium with decent carbonation. It's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a good brew, not bad at all for $6.99 a bottle. I'm looking forward to trying the other Epic Brewing beers now!

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed golden colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells fruity and peppery with a honeysuckle malt scent. Powdery yeast and coriander. This does smell a lot like Duvel.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a slightly musty fruit flavor like over ripe apple. Powdery yeast flavor. Not as sweet as it seemed to be at first. Alcohol warmth in the chest, you can't taste the alcohol but you sure can feel it. Very mild bitterness. Slight minty flavor to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad at all. Not as good as Duvel but if you can't get any this will do the trick, it is also about $6 a bottle.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a moderate sized white creamy head that dies down to a thin lacing ring. Carbonation is light.

S - Yeasty, lemons, bready, cloves, herbs, a little grassy, and slightly earthy.

T - No one flavor dominates and blends nicely on the palette. The tongue is met with a slight lemon herbal kiss followed with and even lacing of herbs, bread dough. Pears and green apples add a fruity nuance.

M - Medium body, slightly thick in thr middle and thins out towards the end (just a little bit).

O - I think this beer is better than the overall rating it's earned so far. I just discovered Epic's beers about a month ago and have been trying as many as I can and continually go back for a few of my favorites. I have been quite impressed with many of Epics beers so far, namely the "Elevated Series".

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #17, 8.5% ABV.

4.0 A: Opaque bright yellow orange color. Just under two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bright peach and apple fruitiness with perhaps a touch of banana esters thrown in. Hay, wet grass, and apple orchard funkiness. Earthy and mildly spicy hops. Yeast gives a mild breadiness as well as notes of pepper and clove.

4.0 T: Really tasty. The peach, apple, banana meshes well with the earthy undertones - hay and apple orchard. Pleasantly spicy with pepper and clove featured. Earthy and spicy hops. Pretty much the same as the nose.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Spritzy and lightly creamy. Good here.

4.0 D: Epic impresses again. I had the Brainless and Cherries and thought it sucked, but it seems like every new batch, they get their act together a little more.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never really would have bought this since it's just the base of their other fruit beers which were pretty lackluster. I found it for only 5 bucks discounted for an old bomber (batch 35) 8.4% ABV.

A - Well the first pour is always the best in this situation. No sediment and with a light pour I even got a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a light lace ring. Still flaky sediment floaties in my bright yellow orange beer.
S - Very fruity with mild hops. Apricot comes to mind. No ethanol or spice so it's indeed a Belgium golden ale.
T - It's quite good. Mildly hoppy very fruity with just a hint of dryness. Just a very sugary sweet Belgium golden ale.
M - ABV is well masked I really can't tell its over 8%. Drinks medium bodied but its over a sipper.

Overall very impressed with this beer I could see why it was aged on fruit but really to make their fruit beers more epic (get the name?) they really should have used more fruit to amp it up. I found the raspberry one was like a sugary punch rather than a beer.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, ABV on label states 8.8%

A: nice golden-yellow color, clear, with good frothy head
S: reminiscent of a Belgian golden ale or tripel with yeastiness and malt, medium nose, alcohol noticeable, fruity
T: didn't know what to expect but surprisingly true-to-type, reminded me a bit more of a tripel due to alcohol which was definitely in the taste, heat from EtOH is there, somewhat cloying too
M: creamy probably from body and cloying
O: a good beer

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Inflatablechair... Sam works for a beer distributor ... His boss is considering getting Epic's line in and wanted feedback... so.... here we go.

22 oz bottle says "Elevated Series Release #1"

Foamy eggshell white head... rocky and persistent .. descent lacing.. the brew is a hazy pale golden.

Nose is pretty impressive.... fruity esters and nice background phenols... pear... some bubblegum... a bit perfumy... some floral notes that I would guess are hops.

Esters and phenols reveal themselves more as clove and hints of banana ... still a fruity pear essence is there... maybe some honeydew... body seems a tad thick for the style.. but the carbonation is about perfect.

I love a good BSPA.. but the phenolic nature would get too me after a whole bomber.


Very well made... surprisingly so.. I'm happy with it for sure... Thanks Sammy!!

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Photo of zeledonia
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #16, brewed 26 February 2011. Picked up after Epic just recently started distributing to Minnesota.

Pours a medium golden color, rather enchanting IMO, clear, with streams of bubbles rising up through the glass. Two-finger whitish head fades fairly quickly, but leaves loads of sticky lacing.

Smell is half soft vegetable hops, rather earthy, and half mildly spiced Belgian yeast. It's a good combo, but it needs something more. More oomph, more complexity.

Taste is maltier and more straightforward than the smell. Quite sweet, with the same spice, but not as potent here as it was in the smell. Though tingly peppercorn spice comes on strong as the rest of the flavors fade, bringing some more exciting dimensions to the beer. In fact, this is the highlight for me - that spice kick that comes through late. It powers through the finish, lingering delightfully on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is quite sticky, medium-heavy body. It's a little like drinking honey - it feels that viscous and sugary. Carbonation is definitely on the low side, and I think more would improve the beer. Finish is lasting.

Not the most complex Belgian-style ale, but pretty darn good. The spice character brought out by the yeast is solid and adds a lot to the flavor. Without that, it would be a rather dull slug of sweet pale malts.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at george st alehouse in new brunswick. They had an epic beer night so it came with a pint glass... nice!

Arrives in a pint glass with a thin ring of foam. Brilliant yellow color and lightly carbonated. Aroma is pretty mild, some phenolic esters and slight spicy hoppiness.

This beer drinks very smooth- estery flavor is dominant but not overwhelming like other beers that I've had in this style. Pretty refreshing, but there is a bit of an alcohol bite that is not unexpected given the ABV.

Overall this is a pretty good belgian style golden ale. I would order this again.

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Photo of speter
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a one-finger fluffy white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving some lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, toasted biscuity malt, honey, light citrus, reminiscent of noble hops.

T: Honey dominates. There is the typical Belgian profile of pepper and coriander, but it's muted in favor of the honey. Clover honey and wildflower honey come to mind. Hops aren't really present, but the taste isn't cloying, so there are clearly some (aged?) hops present.

M: Smooth and creamy. The alcohol is quite well integrated. I'm getting no burn to speak of.

O: At $6, this isn't bad. I may have to pick up another and see how it ages.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into: River Horse snifter with enough force to produce a good head.

S: Bright shiny gold, crystal clear. One might use the word “dandelion” or “school bus” to describe the yellow hue to this blond beauty. And you know what they say- “blondes” have more fun. A stark, creamy white cap forms, then recedes quickly to a ring around the outside and a small island in the middle. Tiny bubbles zip their way to the top to join their foamy brethren.

A: Spicy, peppery, clove-y phenols. Bright orangey citrus and spicy, noble hops. The grain yields a delicate cracker-like pale malt aroma. A bit of fruity (banana and bubblegum) esters from the Belgian yeast- not strong like a hefeweizen, mind you- just a touch. There seems to be a whiff of grain husk, or hay.

T: An initial Belgian spice base of coriander, citrus rind, cloves, grains of paradise, maybe even anise greets the senses. Sweetness from candy sugar shows up in the middle. There’s a warming (but smooth), boozy finish, plus a dry, bitterness and spiciness that keeps you coming back for more. But be warned, this golden goddess garnishes your sobriety if consumed too quickly. It touts an 8.9% abv, concealed well by the light, effervescent body.

F: Prickly, light, but not watery. Long dry, bitter finish.

O: Dry, bright, multi-faceted. It’s not Duvel, but hey, there’s only one of those. This is an enjoyable, solid offering from a non-Belgian brewery taking on this devilishly drinkable style. In a pinch, this is a no-brainer.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic delivered one of the first notable beers I think I've had in a while. I'm still relatively new to Belgians in general, but I think this beer stood out. It poured a nice light golden color with a thick head. The aroma wasn't particularly intense to me, but the taste stood out. To my pallet, the golden ale brought a well-balanced flavor rich with citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, despite being served relatively warm, and finished relatively clean. True, I took a nap about half way though due to the elevated ABV, but this was the first beer that separated itself for me in the last couple of weeks.

Also went great with a little jalepeno sausage.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 6 oz. brown bottle - release #32 - 8.5 abv

Brainless Golden Ale body is a lightly foggy orange/gold color that produced a 1-finger white head. The head reduced rather quickly to a ring of foam in my tulip glass. The smell is of light fruit, pear and green apple followed by a light spice. The taste like the nose is dominated by fruit with a slightly stronger pepper/spice. The yeast and a light sugar sweet flavor also make their appearance. The mouth feel is medium with a nice carbonation. Some alcohol is also present.

Overall, a solid offering from Epic Brewing that is a good example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah, based on the surprisingly low price (about 5 bucks for the bomber). I have been wanting to try the fruit versions of this one, but figured Id buy this one while I had the chance.

Poured a nice hazy dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, spices and a hint of citrus zest. Medium to full bodied, sweet and a little cloying near the end.

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