Brainless On Peaches | Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Photo of Talmerian
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Brainless on Peaches Belgian Style Ale - Malt Beverage Brewed with Peach and Aged in French Oak Barrels; part of the Exponential Series from Epic Brewing out of Salt Lake City Utah.

This beer pours amber-orange in color with light head that dissipates quickly. The aroma of great Belgian ale and oak wafts the nostrils gently with a light flowering note that teases of citrus in bloom.

The up front taste is that of an oaked Belgian, very little difference between it and many other Belgians. Quickly the citrus taste complements the oak taste and the taste of peaches lingers in the mouth with a salty background that anticipates the next sip.

I have never had an Epic Brewing beer before; they are new to the state of Arizona. This example proves the co-founder's statement that they are a boutique brewery. This is a beer that speaks well of the people doing the brewing. It is difficult to get a peach beer to not be overpowered by the fruit flavor, or just be tasteless and boring, we've all seen examples of that!

If you hate fruit beers, this is a beer to taste. You won't hate it. If you enjoy fruit beers, this might surprise you with how beery it is. At 10.5% ABV it is surprisingly drinkable, like a Belgian should be. This is an excellent example of what a brewer can do to open a style that some consider not worth tasting. Can't wait until we get more Epic beers here in AZ!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by bmanning. Thanks, Ben. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour brings forward a light apricot-bodied beer with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose has plenty of peach character along with some mild grain and a bit of light spicing. The flavor is also quite peachy with a good amount of yeasty spice. Light malt character lingering in the background. Body is fairly light and crisp. Overall, a nice offering.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, release #2 - 10.8%. Pours a clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet acidic peaches with some musty funk in the background.

The flavor is sweet, tart and acidic peaches with some musty earthiness from the Belgian yeast that makes for a dry champagne like finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a decent fruit beer. The peaches are well balanced with the Belgian aspects. It's very champagney - which isn't a plus in my opinion. I much prefer New Belgium's Eric's Ale.

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Photo of kagent777
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would love to have anything by Epic on tap, but that is for another posting; this beer was served from a bomber direct from the brewery on release day. This is from batch one with 10.5% ABV and served into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours with a quickly settling head that leaves a little lacing. This beer is a pretty dark straw/ light golden color that is crystal clear. Effervescent bubbles rise from the center of the goblet to replenish the low cap of a head.

Smell: Yeasty with a Belgian phenolic character. I also get some fruitiness from the peaches.

Taste: Being barrel aged, this one has some definite vinous character. The peaches are not as potent as I would have hoped. I hope that they addressed this is release #2. This a delicious Belgian beer with a hint of peach added, not a peach beer, if you understand the distinction.

Mouthfeel: There is some residual sweetness up front, but this beer finishes fairly dry. The carbonation is almost champagne like. Great medium body that coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: I could drink as many of these as my stomach would allow, but because of the 10.5 ABV and the bomber size, that might be two. This is a pricey but delicious beer.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber direct from Epic, Release #2 10.8% ABV. Into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a crystal clear gold in color with a stark white head about a finger thick or so. Very impressed with the clarity on this beer. Lively carbonation keeps a decent cap of bubbles on top of this beer. Nice gobs of lacing cling to the side of the glass as it recedes. Surprising amount of activity in the "head". Nice looking beer.

S: Raw peaches, really more of the peach skin in the nose, some notes of a Belgian yeast, lots of esters. Some notes of oak and vanilla linger in with a strong peach note. Definitely reminds me of peach cobbler. Also some notes of canned peaches in syrup. No notes of booze for the 10.8% abv as noted on the label.

T: Strong flavor of canned peaches, and a trippel really stand out. Smells a lot like a trippel aged on peaches. Some notes of raw oak as well, but the peach flavor overwhelms the vanilla notes that were in the nose. Surprisingly no booze in the mouth at all. The peaches contribute a bit of tartness to help with the beer. One detraction is that the peach note is slightly syrupy, more like canned peaches than fresh peaches. Overall pretty nice, one of the better Epic brews I've had.

M: Excellent here, right amount of body, and the carbonation is present but toned down a touch from most Belgian influenced beers. Fairly dry, and not a lot of stickiness that I had expected from the canned peach profile. Really pretty light and crisp. Refreshing.

D: Fairly easy to drink, this beer is very light and crisp and the relatively high ABV is hidden fairly well. Pretty enjoyable fruit beer for what it is. The things that hold this back is the slightly canned, corn syrup influenced peach flavor here. It doesnt' taste artificial, but it doesnt taste 100% authentic either. Decent beer from Epic, but I think that if you threw some "bugs" in this, it would be an awesome beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter - carefully selected from blackie's "cellar"

cellphone notes

appearance: golden-straw body, sticky white lacing

smell: belgian yeast, oak, sweet fruit

taste: this was pretty tasty - belgian yeast, sugar, over-ripe peaches, grape, white pepper, citrus hops. a little abrasive and off balanced, but i'd drink it again

mouthfeel: adequate carbonation

drinkability: good

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: snifter serving, pale golden in color with a nicely retained cap of white carbonation

s: sweet pale malts, somewhat sugary, with a moderate belgian yeast presence, white grape, peaches mostly absent, and a woody oak aroma

m: carbonation just under moderate with a medium body that carries a sugary slickness

t: similar set as the aroma, pale malt body with plenty of residual sweetness, slight peachy flavor but not clear, more white grape than anything, oak pretty heavy, some moderate yeast spice, finishing with a light hop bite, nice enough but a little awkward of off-balance

d: the sweetness wears after awhile, but not a bad beer overall

bomber scored from the brewery and split with dirtyloo

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Photo of Wasatch
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a orange color, some carbonation, little white foamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some citrus notes. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not that good of a brew taste wise, but another Epic brew.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a bright yellow color with a medium white head. A nice nose of peaches, white wine, earthy yeast. A very sweet decadent flavor; chardonnay, peaches, a soft fizzy palate, malty, sweet fruitiness in the finish. A lot of wine barrel in this. Very nice.

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Photo of bishopgary
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear golden color, hints at turning orange. Nice white head, decent retention.

S: The aroma was the best part of this beer for me. Tart fruitiness, though probably would not guess peach if blind tasted. Typical Belgian aromas, interesting spice/herb notes as well as yeasty malt. Smells sweet and strong.

T: Fairly immediate citrus fruit notes, not really a lot of peach. (as above, would not have guessed peach). Pretty sweet in the middle. Slight bitterness. Enjoyable, but just above average for me. To me the peach and alcohol were doing something funny together in terms of flavor. Ends on a drier than expected note.

M: Medium body, nothing out of the ordinary here. Pretty smooth.

D: Fairly drinkable. Not really sure it lived up to expectations, in terms of the peach as well as the price. Not the best special release from Epic.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, oranges, alcohol and some peaches. The flavor is peaches, bready malt, low bitterness and some lightly tart notes from the fruit. Fairly dry and you can definitely tell the base beer is Belgian in origin. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one

Poured into tulip.

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention leaving some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Smell is straight up golden ale with peaches. Some lemon zest, hay, yeast, bready malts, and some herbal flavors.

Taste: Yeast, herbal and floral notes, lemon zest, coriander, yeast, bready malts, and sweet peaches. It is a great golden ale and the peaches add a nice layer to the style.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, this is a pretty nice golden ale. The peaches really compliment the style well adding a good amount of sweetness. I dig it.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass. A really nice clear golden color with a big fluffy white head that slowly settles down in the glass. Belgian aroma dominates the nose in this with strong floral, yeast, some white pepper, and a slight touch of peach (I probably wouldn't been able to pull out the peach unless I had known about it). Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very sweet up front with white fruit flavors of peach and grape. The carbonation really dances and bites on the tongue and gets in the way of the flavors a bit. Minimal lace. Slight booze finish but ends dryly. The peach is a nice addition to this beer. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair hooked this one up... Buckeyeboy and I shared the 22 and had pretty differing opinions.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.. short lasting white head... hazy lite orange brew.. little lacing despite a pretty righteous body.

Pretty descent BSPA qualities, but I am gonna try and focus on the fruit for this review.

We're serving this one a tad cold.. but there is still a pretty substantial vinous quality.. lite oak.... really everything is lighter than I was expecting.. The fruitiness is there, but could easily be masked by yeasty esters. Nice yet minor bits and pieces of peach, pear, and tiny parts of apricot.

For a 10% Belgian , with WHITE PEACHES (I love white peaches), I was hoping for a bit more.. delicate fruits and some minor clove phenols.... I can pick out hints of green apple and pear that actually pushes the peach up to the front.

This is apparently aged in Chardonnay barrels.. Again, I can see vinous parts... but the oak is something that may be in my imagination.. but it is a tasty part of the imagination.

The body is on the heavier side of medium.. carbonation is about right, but seriously, given the ABV and the Belgian moniker, I personally think it is a touch too thick.


Despite my lack luster review.... I am really digging this one.. I just want to see it dialed in a notch or two. I plan on getting some to cellar and see how future batches pare against the first. Thanks Sammy... Fun for a Friday!!!

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