Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.

Added by bishopgary on 12-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
21.78%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of TeamD
4.5/5  rDev +38%

Photo of Ctb6582
4.44/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is cherries with Belgian yeast, and coriander with some oak, funk, lemon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of slightly sour cherries with some Belgian yeast, coriander, and a bit of lemon. Through the middle, some funk comes through with a bit more sourness and some oak. The finish is a mix of sour cherries, funk, Belgian yeast, oak, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good base Belgian Strong Ale with the oak aging and cherries adding some complexity. Nice overall balance.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.26/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #5, 10.1% abv. 750ml into snifter. Received this as a birthday gift from my lovely significant other

Pours a passionfruit ruby red with one finger almost white head with a pink tint that dissipates quickly. Color of this beer is amazingly vibrant.

Nose: Booze, dark red fruit, vanilla, date, fig, oak.

Taste: Lightly acidic red berries, oak, fig, aspirin bitterness. Natural cherry aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

Overall a delicious beer. Red fruit marries well with the dark fruit notes of the base beer. Well-rounded. Could be a bit richer but the alcohol that bites up front subsides and leaves a pleasant and drinkable dark ale.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a surprisingly deep ruby color with a medium white head- the original is quite blonde, so the cherries have totally changed the color. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, some barrel. The flavor is more dominated by white wine dryness, some sweet cherries, malt driven sweetness. Very nice. I prefer this to the apricot slightly. Not hot at all.

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Photo of maximum12
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a lot of Epic when they first showed up in MN & missed a few of the series. Went back to grab a few more in recent days - this is a bunch of bombers that nobody talks about, but they're good. Hey, I love you Epic! 22 oz. bomber, batch #2. I'll assume this has been sitting around for a while.

The cap pops with vigor enough that I expect overflow; it doesn't come. Pour is is a light red, with enough body so I can't see but shadows through it. Nose is nice tart cherries. Reminds me of a certainly New Glarus beer, & that's a good thing.

Brainless on Cherries doesn't reach the heights of excellence to be mentioned in the same breath as New Glarus fruit beers. First impression is strong cherry that's balanced between being sweet & tart, as there's a bit of both in the mouth. The sweetness wins out as the beer warms. Cane sugar & light malts in the background, strong yeast presence. Can't detect the oak. No visible carbonation, but it's felt as a weird pricking on the tongue. The combination is slinkily easy to put down.

I'd categorize this as a straight-up fruit beer, & a very good one at that. Love the balance of the cherries, & that this is sooo easy to sip.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Fingers worth of soapy light pink head, quickly settles to no head, a slightly hazy ruby color

S-Cherries, esters, alcohol, coriander

T-Cherries, coriander, belgian yeast, bubble gum, clove, surprisingly has no barrel presence

M-Light mouthfeel with a solid amount of carbonation

This one did not disapoint, the cherries were definitely there and they provided a great flavor

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Photo of RebornStussy
4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of CraftVA
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Pours a gorgeous reddish brown color with a slight pink-tinted head that fades quickly.

S – Smells like cherries (as the name suggests), sour and fruity. Slightly malty scent as well.

T – The cherry and fruity flavor is predominant, with a nice balance between sweet and sour. The malt comes through as well in the finish.

M – This beer was, unfortunately, over-carbonated in my opinion. It detracts somewhat from the flavor.

O – This was a solid Belgian ale with a unique twist. It was light and fresh, paired very well with a cheese platter that was enjoyed along with the beer. I just wish it wasn’t so over-carbonated so the flavors could really come through.

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Photo of jera1350
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Blue Nile.

Served in the appropriate stemware by Al, this one had a pinkish/golden hue, but very little in the way of foam and zero lacing.

Smells of cherry juice. Quite sweet smelling without any tartness present.

Sweet cherry pie (Warrant) with some warm alcohol and belgian yeast. Apparently cherry puree is used in this which probably explains the lack of tartness which I am totally fine with. Very pleasant cherry/belgian combo of flavors.

Lacks carbonation and is a bit sticky.

I really quite enjoyed this beer. Really delivers in the cherry department and was a pleasant little sipper.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label indicates this is batch 2, with a whopping 13.1% abv.

The beer pours the color of cranberry juice with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing about what you would expect; in this case cherries, some honey and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer, though I didn't feel as if the sweetness was over the top. Also, despite the high alcohol, the beer doesn't come across as too overly boozy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while fairly rich and intense, the beer doesn't drink like a 13.1 abv. beer.

A nice enough beer, if a bit one dimensional. Also, the 13% alcohol is ridiculous, and IMHO, really adds nothing to the beer (other than a headache).

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Photo of bishopgary
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wide tulip glass

A: Dark reddish-brown. Slightly hazy. About 1 finger of foamy, soap like off-white head. Dissipated fairly quick left nice lacing. Was not initially expecting something this dark.
S: Pleasant aroma. Dark fruit, would not necessarily say cherries, perhaps plums, figs, or dried apricots. Nice amount of malt, a hint of dark Candi sugar and alcohol.
T: Well balanced, dark fruit, tastes more like cherry than the aroma. Sweetness coming from the malt, not too much. Finishes the right amount of alcohol and a hint of spice maybe clove. There also seemed to be a hint oats.
M: Medium bodied, perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Coats the mouth well without being too sticky.
D: Great unique flavor profile and higher alcohol content make it hard to think about it being too much of a good thing. Perfect late night sipper or in place of dessert.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had a bottle of peaches (thanks, Sam) as well as the base beer, I had been wanting this one for a while. Thanks to 287 and living social, I finally picked up a bottle. Poured a nice dark amber color (blood red in the glow of the street lights) with a full glass of rapidly disappearing foam on top. Aromas of cherries, oak and light malt. Similar on the palate, medium bodied with good fresh cherry, light malt and a hint of oak.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of SGToliver
3.75/5  rDev +15%

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