Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style AleBrainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks from Sawtooth Winery. Drink from a Pinot glass, serve on the warm side of cold, it develops nicely as it warms displaying more fruit and wine.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
643
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
16.01%
 
 
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3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 9.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form sparsely around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, spices, yeast, and very subtle peach aromas. Taste is of grain/malt, wood, yeast, and fermented peaches. There is a pretty strong alcohol kick in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a pretty high level of carbonation with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the peach doesn't really stand out in the nose but is detected in the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i wanted this to be so much better than it was. expensive and strong from epic usually means an alltime beer, but not here. pours a very bright golden color with a tint of pale orange and a brassy shine. very smell white bubbly head. smells overly sugary, like ripe peaches. alcoholic like brandy, and a bit woody too. flavor is very sweet, like apple juice or something, boozy, honey essence, and a little yeast at the end. feel is very thick and sticky for a golden ale, kind of bogs this one down for me, and frankly the flavor is just not that good, the best part of the peaches isnt captured here, and the lower carbonation makes it a bit of a task to drink. my least favorite of the epic beers i got to try while in utah.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking clear yellow color with a good size white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer is slightly tart, probably coming from the oak barrels. There are light notes of peach on the nose also. The taste of the beer is slightly fruity and also slightly tart. The french oak comes out more as the beer warms up as well as the peach flavors. The mouthfeel is light, like a carbonated wine. Overall I enjoyed it, I like the subtle aspects of this beer. I found it to be drinkable, I wouldn't need to have it again but it was nice to try.

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The love-hate relationship of fruit and beer can become quite a contentious taste. However, there's no such friction when considering Belgian ales- here, the love affair rings supreme. Add in those supple wine notes with the zesty acidity of peach and its quite obvious that the tastes belong together.

Even peachy to the eye, the color of ale pours pale gold with a skin-tone hue. Racing carbonation floods the rim of the tulip in part-froth, part-fizz fashion. Its semi-firm retention struggles for prominence in the later half of the session. Likewise, its lacing is spotty up front but quivers late. The more I drink, the more I think champagne.

Peach and chardonnay leap out immediately. Its scent is focused and direct as the acidic fruit gives rise to the vinous notes, apple and pear esters. Spicy with wood notes, white pepper and and citrus tartness- the nose balances well albeit leaning fruity.

The peach dominance continues in taste as the pulp and skins of the fruit delivers an acidic sweetness with pleasant bite to balance out its early palate. The middle is loaded with malt sweetness and a bready character that rounds out like cobbler and shortcake. Finishing sweet, the ale relies on wine barrel vinous and wood spices to assist in the acidic balance.

Though the carbonation gives the ale a tremendous lift, the sweetness and sugary weight leads to a lumbering transition to a tart and acidic winey finish. Mild astringency of peach skins and wood plays lightly on the finish as serves as a balance in texture without much presence from hops.

Epic's peach beer is a very confident fruit beer that really relies on the orchard fruit and wine-like character to carry it. Might be great for wine savants but I need a more acute hop balance and drier Belgian-esque character for better praise.

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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, another iteration of this barrel-aged, and fruit-touched series from Epic - here's hoping that they got their shit together this time.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of exploding cannonball dive lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of musty peach pits, grainy pale and wheat malt, free-range yeast, some generic nailpolish-esque phenols, and a rather white wine-forward dry alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, a lightly spicy wheatiness, hovering acetone-heavy boozy notes, a muddled pome and drupe fruitiness, and some earthy, leafy, and well-perfumed floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are present and duly accounted for, what with their plain-ass frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and not particularly smooth, as that acerbic and pithy character reigns clumsily here. It finishes off-dry, an echo of a suggestion of a tremor of peach fruitiness presiding, alongside some mewling maltiness.

Yeah, 0 for 2 so far for this series of egregiously overpriced wankfests of fruity, so-called barrel-aged wannabes. Not really that bad, I suppose, but that ugly, hanging hiccup that occurs way too often here is not a good sign - not to mention the real lack of actual peachiness, full stop. Back to the drawing board time, methinks, boyos.

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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #8 - 10.5% ABV. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a 2011 Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend Beer Sommelier stemglass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a Whole Foods in Glendale. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as I've heard great things about Epic Brewing; this is my first beer from Epic.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head - quite thin, without any real cream, and of great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a hazy nontransparent dirty orange.

Sm: Orange citrus notes, lactic milk notes, wood barrel notes, and white wine. A pretty strong aroma. I don't care for this aroma; it kind of turns me off.

T: White wine alongside orange fruit esters. I get hardly any peaches at all. Hints of wood are largely buried. Lactic notes are present yet restrained. Clean malts form the foundation. Decently balanced but largely empty in terms of flavour. Built in a simple boring fashion. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I don't know how they hid the ABV - it certainly wasn't with flavour. Bland compared to my expectations. The orange fruit is overwhelming and nowhere near fresh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely light on the palate for the high ABV. Adequately carbonated. It's tingly. Probably the best component of this beer. Better than the flavours.

Dr: Unrefreshing. Drinkable but bland compared to what it could be. I expected so much more based on what I heard about Epic. I wouldn't get this again, but I'm willing to give Epic more chances. Maybe this just wasn't my glass of beer. I should say I'm very impressed by how well it hides its ABV - I've given this category a 4 because it does hide the ABV incredibly well, and my method of reviewing still counts this category as drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Release #1, tasted 3/24/12

Appearance: A volcanic gusher, spuming foam as soon as the cap is popped, and pours all foam though there is little retention, leaving a clear golden liquid behind

Smell: Peaches 'n Cream, with oaky vanilla undertones

Taste: Peach shortbread topped with cream, up front, with spicy clove arriving by mid-palate, bringing a lot of puckery tartness; after the swallow, the oak barrel elements take over, adding a white wine grape element to the finish, though there is a lot of residual, fruity sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer and, for all the complexity, I wish I liked it more; I think that the chardonnay barrel detracts rather than adds and the sweetness on the end was a bit much for my palate

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice thick foam head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of peach puree is quite intense and quiet sweet as well. Taste is bizarrely not as intense on peach with a nice mix between some funky notes with a slightly oversweet malt base with subtle peach in the background. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Chardonnay and champagne yeast notes are very hard to distinguish and the beer maybe a tad too sweet but this is an interesting experience after all.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brainless On Peaches Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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