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%
 
 
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9
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24
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a 1/2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: pepper, grass, yeast, and a hint of fruit is detectable.

Taste: grass, yeast, pepper, pears, golden apples, lemon zest, and a moderate bitterness creates a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: lcrisp from start to finish with a bit of drying late. Short lived aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Overall: a easy to quaff belgian style golden ale. Nice flavors but not one that blows you away - a solid beer.

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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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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in my Birthday BIF box from mdfb79 (Dan). Thanks, Dan!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a clear orange with a big white head that drops rather quickly. Leaves some lacing.

Aromas of medicinal, herbal, and minty. Bubblegum. Some fruity esters, and alcohol.

Flavors of bubblegum, medicinal, herbal, and minty, just like it smells. Strange combination of flavors. A little alcohol heat. Fruit, a little pithy citrus rind. Some carbonic bite as well. Finish is long with a warm, medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium, light alcohol burn, good level of carbonation.

Overall a good example of a belgian golden ale. A bit harsh between the alcohol heat and carbonation bite.

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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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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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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, release #11.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Spots of lace left behind and visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly earthy aroma with boozy sweetness, zesty spice and light fruit notes. Belgian yeast character is prominent with hints of alcohol, bubblegum and apple. Peppery with hints of grassy hops. The nose is pretty subtle however, and nothing really stands out.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy hops, peppery spice, Belgian yeast, alcohol and light fruit notes. Floral hops as well some zesty/peppery spice up front which is countered by the Belgian yeast characters and pale malts. Hints of candy sugar, apple, pear, alcohol and bread. Well balanced with a decently masked ABV. Tastes better than it smells with a nice mouthfeel but nothing extraordinary going on here.

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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 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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3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Brainless? Why yes, I think I'd like to try that. It seems like a lovely beer. Even a lifestyle to some, perhaps."

Batch #16, 22 oz. bottle fills up a pair of silver-rimmed Tulips of Darkness. This seems like a fitting beer after a heavy dinner of mashed potatoes, steak, & mushrooms. The pour girds the name: golden, indeed, though the name doesn't mention particulate solids. Nose is nice, gently spicy Belgian yeasting, soft hops, lots of sweet candied sugar & shot of earthiness.

Brainless Golden Ale is a good solider to the style & doesn't quite live up to the nose. The sweetness floods out the delicate niceties apparent in the nose; too much malt. Spiciness does assert itself somewhat & saves the experience. Crackles with pepper, green apples, & vague spices. Earthiness & hops on the nose break up & go MIA. Nice & crisp, & the mouthful of cane sugar makes this a nice sipper for a sweet tooth.

Good brew, solid Belgian Pale. That's all.

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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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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, batch 19.

A: Pours an absolutely clear light gold with a decent white head and some lacing.

S: Strong yeast, lemon, pale malt and bright grain. Very sugary, slight funk.

T: Sugary, stone fruit, rice-like grain flavor, subtle solvent alcohol behind. Doughy and fruity, with a bit of a hoppy herbal note lingering on the end.

M: Light tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Not bad, but the alcohol shows a bit too much and the grain profile isn't rich enough.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into a La trappe goblet.

A - Clear orange. Very orange in color. Pure white head, decent retention and good lacing.

S - Spicy, lots of spice. Corriander, orange peel. Yeasty as well which is good. Almost a slight sweetness from the Belgian yeast.

T - Almost the same as the nose, good spice really pleasant. The orange peel comes through well, but lots of spice to me. Yeasty and good. Not just orange though, good citrus to it.

M - Not as carbonated as I like my Belgian. Sorta missed the bubbles. Good otherwise.

O - First brew from Epic. Got off on the right foot for sure. Going to keep the brewery in mind for future reference.

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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle, Batch #17, 8.5% abv). Pours clear golden with white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of belgian yeast, green apple, spices, hard candy. Taste is sweet, with the rock candy and apple being prominent and a bit of hop bite that subsides as the sweet, yeasty malts resurface. Medium bodied with a slick, almost buttery, texture. Smooth finish that is almost cider-like. Solid offering from Epic!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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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