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

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

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.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Matched well with the roasted anaheim peppers in the marinade that we used for our pork chops. Great Belgian style ale with a hint of peach in the middle and extra character from its aging on the end. 11.5% alcohol.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian ale with peaches on a growler.

This most surprising ale from Epic pours a nice golden color with hints of orange to it's color.
Ale pours with a nice one finger deep head, dissipating to a fine layer of pooling foam and nice
lacing. The nose is heavy peach, very light clove, bready malts, and Belgian candy sugar with
strong alcohol. Flavors are quite amazing. Sweet up front. Malty Belgian candy sugar blends
with peaches on the sides and back with a bready clove aftertaste and crisp tart peach finish.
Nice smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly cloying with sweetness but still not
distasteful by any means. Very warming.
A pleasant surprise and a nice offering. Tastefully done.


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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Light white head, golden clear.
S: Peach, grape, oak, apricot
T: Very light peach flavor. Oaky wheaty
M: very light and very thin. Carbonation crisped it up some, but not much
O: Meh 3.5

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Crystal clear light golden pour with a minimal head. Aroma is light peaches and yeast. Flavor is alcohol forward with a light touch of peach flavor and a bit of oak. Not as sour as expected and has a light spice presence. Can also taste some white grape flavors. Fairly light bodied. Feels more like a Chardonnay than a beer.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #25 (brewed Nov. 7, 2012; bottled Apr. 30, 2013) bomber into oversized burgundy glass at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: monster head that just won't quit, super-active carb. Peachy color.

Smell: Belgian yeast, peaches, maybe a hint of oak.

Taste: lots of Belgian yeast esters, black pepper, with a decent hint of peaches in the background. Not getting any barrel character, nor any Champagne, and barely any sour.

Feel: creamy. Not too dry. Pretty good.

Overall: not sure how the year in the bottle treated this as I never got to try it fresh, but this seems better than its BA score would indicate. If you want a peach bomb or a sour, look elsewhere, but if you want a beer that highlights Belgian yeast with a hint of complementary peachiness, this should do nicely.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at Okinawa Brewing Company, truly a treat on Okinawa, no head, pinkish and straw yellow color. The nose lends to dry fruit and a little funk. Definitely a malty backbone with white flowers and a sour tang, low hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Best had at a warmer temp. Cheers!

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Photo of BrandonLBC
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A--Light peach/gold colour with a medium head that fades quickly into light lacing.

S--A lot of peach at the forefront, followed by light malt and just a hint of hops.

T--Much like the nose. Good peach taste, but it could be just a little more sour for me to rate it higher. A bit of malt and a just bit of a dry bitter finish. At first I thought it tasted a lot like wine, but the more I drank, the more it reminded me of champagne.

M--Light like a white wine or champagne. Lightly carbonated. Very pleasant.

O--I'm very happy with this beer. Though I think it could have been just a bit more on the sour side. Epic's Exponential series puts out some great beer. Out of the ones I've had, I like the Imperial Red the best, then this one in second place. This would be a great beer for the early fall season.

22 oz bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass, as per brewer recommendation. Served slightly chilled. Release #40, bottle 1569 of 1800. 10.9% ABV. Brewed 9/2/13, bottled 11/27/13. Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Photo of Jdouble777
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First abd foremost, this is a Belgian style beer that flirts with Delerium. Therefore, those that knock this beer for being chocked full of "chemicals" that is just natural bite of a potent Belgian and an irritional reason to hate the brew. The lack of twist that some hints of peach fail to provide hurts it some, but all in all a just barely outstanding beer.

Apperance- Light mellow orange yellowish light head akin to most similar Belgians
Taste- Powerful punch of 10% alcohol that ends up oddly smooth and has nice Belgian hoppy bite on the backend, with slight touch of peach
Smell- Delicious, has the banana aroma of Belgian with the peach fighting through and crisp yet potent makeup
Mouth- Smooth, strong then gentle

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Photo of cxr1037
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at an Epic tasting about a week ago. From my notes:

APPEARANCE: Light gold, minimal head.

AROMA: Definite wine/champagne character going on. The peach shines nicely. Floral, fruity, with minimal amounts of yeasty funkiness.

TASTE: Just as expected from the nose. Sweet and tart, with peach and other fruits. Very slight maltiness. Very reminiscent of champagne.

MOUTHFEEL: Like a dry white wine. Lingering bitterness.

OVERALL: A lovely, refreshing beer that I might have to buy a full bottle (or get a full glass) of. Definitely one of the highlights of the tasting.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
10.5% ABV, Release #34

A - Bright clear goldenrod in color with a cap of soapy white foam, this effervescent beer has little retention and only small dots of lace left stuck to the glass.

S - Brainless on Peaches brainless base beer shines through this beer quite effortlessly as it's spice and light citrus notes overtake the delicate and volatile peach fruit aroma. Undertones of white grape, lemon rind, and grey clay come together nicely but the overall aroma is lacking the complexity that could really set this apart. As this variation warms it releases an unwelcome latex glove-like aroma that's a straight nose-dive.

T - Peaches are all but lost in the flavor profile of Brainless on Peaches. The overarching spicy Belgian yeast profile trumps all while sweet, unfermented pilsner-like malt sticks around for a lingering sugary taste that, with white grapes, quickly becomes cloying.

M - Effervescent at first, the smooth body becomes increasingly sweet with each sip, unchecked by anything but light alcohol dryness that lingers on the tongue with the smallest of balance.

O - Epic's Brainless on Peaches is a very nice Belgian-style beer but it's barrel-aging and fruit additions do little to enhance the experience or justify the price tag (though it's not outrageous to begin with). The peaches' already delicate profile is overwhelmed by the bold sweetness of this beer, not to mention it's spicy yeast esters and, while white grapes come through, little barrel aging shows itself. It's too delicate and the slightly medicinal latex glove aspect that emerges as the beer warms proves to hinder it further. The cherry version is a much better barrel experience while Brainless Raspberries, while not barrel aged, is one of the best fruit beers out there.

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Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear gold with a coarse white head.

S: Perfumy esters, bright grain, peach skin, cloves, potpourri.

T: Taste brings more estery spice, slightly herbal, light boozy peach, grain, vanilla, noticeable alcohol note on the end.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Not enough barrel influence, and a little too boozy in the taste.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear peachy pink and gold colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of peach and coriander with a Belgian yeast scent of ginger and powdery yeast. Mild scent picking up flowers and pollen and a mild honey scent. Mild sums up the scent no jolly rancher candy level of artificial scent in this one.

Starts out mild with a nice taste of peach with some caramelized sugar flavor. Mild flavors of peach and spearmint with an after taste of bake pie crust. Mild coriander and that is about it, super mild flavored ale, you could serve this to people in hospitals to help them recuperate.

Mouthfeel is medium light.

Overall and excellent light ale. A perfect beer for a brunch or serve with a cold fruit dish. Mildest tasting 10% + beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.3/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

On tap at the new brewery in Denver. This was just as awful if not worse than the brainless on cherries. Yellow color, no head. Terrible aroma of chemicals, alcohol, nasty fruit, yuck. Flavor was more chemicals, alcohol, and just gross. I could not even taste a discernible peach flavor. I can;t believe they are able to actually sell this at all let alone for $12 a bottle. Truly a horrible beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that quickly diminished, down to a light wispy film and small collar with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a light cereal malt and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of overripe peaches, candi sugar, oak cask and a light white wine odor.

The taste was on the mild side with a lightly sweet malty flavor along with a hint of candi sugar and a light peach presence which was present throughout, progressing with a decently strong dose of yeast, a hint of cask and a somewhat bold alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted a long time proceeding the swallow, with the fruity yeasty taste fading almost entirely leaving way for the strong alcohol taste to take over.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a prickly carbonation.

Overall I was expecting a bit more from this beer being it has won a few medals. Although it was decently tasty and easy to drink, the flavor wound up being more about the high alcohol presence than anything else...

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a taster at Bittercreek in Boise ID.

A: Clear yellow/gold with whispy white head.

S: Significant Belgian notes and yeasty phenols, mild tartness and peach character, with a good amount of musty funk underlying that fruit character. Some sweeter malt notes poke through as well.

T: Moderate fruity tartness and peach flavors, with some mild pear and white wine characteristics as well. Belgian yeast layered with Chardonnay and funk, bready malt and underlying sweetness.

MF: Well-carbed and relatively full bodied.

O: A decent beer, on-tap it seemed to be 50% Belgian and 50% fruit beer; I would have preffered more peach.

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Photo of Impfan
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one surprised me. I was hoping for a true sour, and while this is not that, it does have a mild tartness with a slight barnyard funk/horseblanket edge. There’s a decent amount of complexity, (besides the subtle peach) with graham cracker, vanilla, white grape and clove mingling nicely. Some have complain about its heat, but I find it to be very muted, especially for its strength. The finish is rather mild, but lengthy enough, and pleasantly dry. Although this isn’t a brew I’d choose on a blustery winter’s day, I find it to be the perfect accompaniment for the onset of fall.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip at Westover Beer Haus

A decent beer that is right on the edge of being a go to. Maybe it was the moment, but the lack of substantial aroma doomed this beer to a rating of less than 4. Do not worry about the peaches, not overwhelming.

A - Slightly cloudy pale orange, no head (bar pour), no lacing.

S - Faint peach, but little else.

T – Low peach flavor, some slight funkiness, faint sweetness, some tartness/bitterness, a bit of alcohol.

MF -Med light bodied, well carbonated, somewhat sharp.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (Release 31, it says) into a tulip.

A-The pour is pretty flat with short-lived, off-white foam that never quite reaches one finger tall. There is a bit of lace that clings to the glass, which is impressive for the ABV. The beer is mostly clear and medium-gold in color. Pretty mundane looking.

S-The smell, as you would expect, is sweet. There is some peach, doughy bread, apple cider, pear, and a fair bit of fruity, warming booze. As the brew warms, I detect just a hint of oaky vanilla.

T-The taste is also sweet with lots of fruity, alcoholic apple flavor to start. The peaches are also there, but the fruits are soon drowned out by heat from the alcohol (the alcohol is also fruity, but the flavors are indistinct). Despite the sweetness, there is an odd, drying, oaky component on the mid-palate.

M-The feel is medium body with a slick character and some fine carbonation. A good match for the beer.

O-This is not a bad beer, but I don't know that I would buy it again. Unlike other high-octane fruit beers, things never get syrupy, but the alcohol washes out much of fruit and it was just a bit hot for my liking. I guess that is what I should have expected with a 10.7% peach beer....

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Release #21.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and sweet aroma with a big peach presence along with other fruit esters. Yeast and funk upfront with some pepper and clove spicing. Big scent of peach fruit throughout. Also fruit hints of apple, pear, pineapple, apricot, banana, and white wine like hints of white grapes. Candied sugar scent and some oak. Subtle malt presence with hints of grain and biscuit. Light hints of grassy hops. Big scent of the booze. A pretty interesting and decent smell.

Taste: Like it smells, an odd mix of yeast, fruits, and spices with a Belgian style. Belgian like yeast upfront with notes of funk and clove and pepper spicing. Big taste of the peach fruit. Also fruit notes of apple, pear, apricot, orange, banana, pineapple, and white grapes. Fairly wine like taste with a touch of oak and wood. Sweet and somewhat sour. Candied sugar notes. Bready malt background with notes of grain, cracker, and biscuit. Subtle grassy hops in the background. Odd taste but it works fairly well for me. Not cloying or overly syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very juicy and somewhat chewy. Booze is felt quite a bit.

Overall: An interesting and decent Belgian style ale. Fruit and yeast mix is good. Could of hid the booze heat better.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a lightly cloudy peach! Not much head at all. Also not too strong with the lacing.

S-Yeasty and peachy with some lingering funk and a noticeable fruity sweetness.

T-Peaches are sweet but semi-natural in flavor. Yeast and spice with some funky stuff and faint oak.

M-Really surprised by how calm the alcohol is. Modest carbonation.

O/D-Pretty cool, didn't know much about this beer when I tried it. Was surprised by its ABV after tasting it. Drinks much easier than its gravity.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Release 9, bottled on 1/6/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Light foamy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, pear, apple, orange, clove, candi sugar, pepper, oak, white wine, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Slight phenolic note that goes away as it warms. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with peach and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, pear, apple, orange, clove, candi sugar, light pepper, oak, white wine, floral, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, light fruits, clove, candi sugar, light pepper, oak, white wine, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast esters with peach and barrel flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcoohl is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruit Belgian strong pale ale. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with the peach and wine barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ZRBE
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fiend for anything with peaches, so I had to give this one a try. Poured vigorously into a Bell's tulip.

A - Good amount of carbonation, minimal head. Golden yellow.

S - Bread, the 10% alcohol, and a bit of peaches. Actually, I get more dried apricots than peaches, maybe both. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but not terrible.

T - The chardonnay really comes through strong here. So does the booze. Grass, chardonnay, bread, and maybe passionfruit? Peaches are notably absent, even when I'm looking for them. It's all about the wine here.

M - Hot, medium bodied, and plenty of carb.

Like I said, I love me some peaches, but apart from the nose they're hardly there at all. Peach beer seems to be a tricky thing to pull off well, so I can't go too hard on Epic for giving it a good shot. Still, definitely not worth the $12 for the 22.

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Photo of alphaacid9000
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Sample on Draft

Crystal clear with a golden hue. Nicely carbonated

Aroma consists of yeast, grass, peaches, slight must and orange peel

Taste is hot. Alcohol very present, flavor does not support the aroma. Tart with nice fruit and yeasty flavors

Overall a nice beer. I was expecting a little more but still a very nice sipper

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

A - Thin white head, leaves fast. some spotty cling. Murky light apricot.

S - Barn like. Funky. Juicy fruity.

T - Malty first, followed by juicy fruit and Belgian yeast flavors.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance.

D - Very easy to drink! I hat the letter count on this site.

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