Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden AleBrainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from New Jersey. Pours a deep yellow with only a thin head. Gives off yeast and boozy scent. Above average mouthfeel that contains taste of light peach, pepper,and a tad of bubble gum, but also it is bathed in alcohol. Drinkable as a sipper with a meal, but its somewhat of a beer cocktail.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a yummy beer, but a far cry from a true belgian golden. this has a ton of body and density to it that makes it drink a bit heavy for the style, and the carbonation is short of the true belgian ones, not to mention the slightly generic yeast that lacks a bit of the fruity esters we love. however, with all that criticism out, this is a tasty beer all the way through. hazy darker blonde color with a short lived inch of white head. dense looking, but bubbly. the nose and taste are identical, with a grassy hop aromatic trumping the sort of belgian yeast, and a big pale and wheat malt base. long finishing, i wish this was a bit more crispy. i would consider it much more of a cold weather offering, despite its color, than a summery one, it just drinks a bit heavy, especially when the abv is considered, but a well made brew. i certainly enjoy the various reincarnations of it more than the base beer though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz tulip glass at Beer Revolution, as part of their octet of Epic Brewing takeover taps for what 'appears' to be one day only! #wishfulthinking

This beer appears a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with a thin cap of wispy and frothy off-white head, which leaves some minor streaky lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of gritty pale and caramel malt, muddled pome and citrus fruit, spicy and testy yeast, and plain leafy and weedy hop bitters. The taste is more of the same - warm caramel, a touch of wheat, yer typical grocery produce aisle apple, orange and pear fruitiness, now sedate yeast, some mildly metallic and estery alcohol, and subtle weedy and floral noble hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate in its more or less genteel frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of alcohol astringency mucking things up, as it were. It finishes trending dry, the fruity and boozy characters pretty much dominating.

Overall, much more akin to a Tripel, which I'm aware is sometimes just splitting hairs, though the fruitiness and booze-fueled warmth do seem capable of running the show. Not particularly difficult to drink, simple, and eventually (!) quite enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some peppery yeast notes is interesting. Taste is a mix between somewhat overly sweet malt with notes of peppery yeast. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but just a bit too sweet for the style and a bit more complexity in the ester would have been a good improvement.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release 27, bottled 1/1/2012. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity and spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, apple, banana, grape, bread, clove, floral, pepper, grass, candi sugar, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, floral, clove, candi sugar, grass, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with malt sweetness; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian golden ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer from this brewery. Pours a light golden color that is quite clear with a bit of visible carbonation. Fairly-large white head lasts for a time before falling and leaving behind a bit of lace. The nose is typical for the style, though does not stand out. Yeast of course provides the dominant characteristics. Some white pepper as well as a bit of mild earth. The taste is a bit flat with some faint pepper and a bit of miscellaneous spice. A touch of alcohol as well, though overall it's pretty tame. A pretty good offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber color in the tall tulip. Decent head. Standard carbonation. Tastes a little syrupy. Fairly sturdy mouthfeel.

Distinct and bold Belgian flavors. Deep and raspy, combined with a rather sugary taste. Quite fruity with pineapple and something like sweet guava nectar. On the hot side. A fair amount of bitterness, though not real hop flavor. This does seem like some sort of high-octane fruit drink. I keep expecting the caffeine overdose to kick in.

Interesting but not as sippable as so many beers in this category. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Sugar House state store. Release #32 - 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Jayhawk 73. Thanks Jeff. The beer is mildly hazy and dark straw yellow with a half inch of white head. Lasting retention with lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma brings Belgian yeast, fruity esters, oranges, citrus. A bit sweet with some forward alcohol notes. Oranges soaked in booze with Belgian yeast. Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Decent, though best in small quantities. A good bottle for sharing.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #12 in the great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is quite a pungent Belgian ale. Very bready nose which turns into a soapy and over-ripe fruit flavor event that really clings to the roof of my mouth. I'd equate this beer to a shirt left on my floor. Jumbled up in a ball, wrinkled as can be, and in desperate need of an ironing. Decent. Not sure I'm quite prepared to drink a whole bomber of this, but nice enough to try.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance and smell were basically the same in both bottles. The appearance was a nice looking hazy yet glossy burnt orange to ruddy brown color. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess coating the top of the beer nicely. The head gracefully died at a nice pace leaving a nice clingy light foaminess around the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice authentic Belgian spiciness intertwining itself in between sweet malts and even letting in some light oranges to intermingle and dance underneath my nose. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and seemed like it was almost perfectly blended into a really nice flavoring all around. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a sessionability that wanted to show but alas, it could not prove itself to be so. No worries as a sipper, this one danced around my palate skirting a sharpness to pummel but still allowing a nice gentle rolling smoothness every now and again. Overall, this was an absolutely wonderful offering from Epic more than worthy of having again.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Epic Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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