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:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of ccrida
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a small white head leaving decent lace, hampered by draft perhaps to some degree, but nevertheless clearly not emblematic of the style.
Fruity, estery nose, a bit phenolic, a little wood/stemmy hops, lightly herbal.
Taste is heavily phenolic, a little hoppy, some bitterness.
Light, dry mouthfeel, a little oily.
Eh, average duvel clone. Forgettable.

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Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small fruitiness and a small dry yeastiness. In the taste, a small fruitiness, with a dry candy sugar. A smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar in the aftertaste. Kind of bland, somewhat grapey and yeasty.

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

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with short 1/2-finger white head with nice lacing trailing down the glass.

S: Light fruity aromas of pear and apple, pale malt, and herbal, spicy hops are blunted by a fair amount of boozy alcohol.

T: The alcohol unfortunately is too forward and puts a damper on the estery yeast and light fruit flavors. The spicy hops and yeast contributions are especially good.

M: Silky smooth and a little too easy to consume despite its boozy profile. Carbonation has some bite and the body is medium-full.

D: A pretty good BSPA but a little to alcoholic for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 2GOOFY
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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 JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Pours a nice orange color with a small bubbly, delicate white head. Head retention is poor. leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is fairly moderate but contains a yeasty aroma and some spices.

Tastes pretty good..captures the essence of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale...yeast spices, candi sugar etc. without being that strong or pronounced.

Mouthfeel appears a bit thin up front but continuous sipping takes care of that.

Overall this is a pretty good Belgian and I would enjoy trying it again.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Adamostella
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather luminous golden color with slight haze. Nose is bready & fruity, some esters too. Palate is much fuller bodied than expected for what I thought a Belgian blonde would have ( the oats perhaps). Syrupy pear fruity flavors take over for me, candy sugar like in witbiers, and brings to mind triples as well. Finishes sweet and slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emmasdad
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 JMS1512
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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 MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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