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

Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)
BA SCORE
3.25/5
90 Ratings
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
90
pDev:
21.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a highly fruit-forward flavor and the pep of sparkling white wine- this early batch of Brainless on Cherries shows authentic Kriek-like attributes with bright tartness and refreshing effervescence.

Pouring a rosy mauve color with slivers of gold streaking through, its carbonation blooms into an arid and honeycomb structure. White a snow, its head unfortunately recedes nearly as quickly as it forms. Much like champagne, the bubble flee the beer in haste.

Its scent is all about tart cherry. That zesty, playfully tangy aroma is juicy and is backed with notions of dry cider, white wine and a wafer-thin bread maltiness. Acclimating to its scent, a delicate note of sandalwood, must and pepper greet the nose as the first sip looms.

Its wine-like flavor is dry, supported by light cracker and tangy sweetness. Its fructose flavor weaves together flavors of white grape, green apple and undeniable cherry. As its dry taste transpires across the middle, the palate picks up on berry and plum wine; just ahead of the peppery finish of wood spice cork and carbonic acidity closes with balance.

Its dry body is crisp, clean and leaves very little sweetness behind. Cleansing the palate like champagne, its carbonation races throughout the mouth, stripping it of all but fruity tartness, yet thinning a bit late. Is dry and peppery finish is slightly astringent with pectin and tannin as is highlighted by its alcohol warmth.

This early batch of Brainless on Cherries would find great favor with the wine enthusiast trying to get onto the craft beer bandwagon.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown hued amber color. Very little head.

Aroma: Fairly sweet cherries. Malty. Can't really pick up the Belgian aspects of the beer. Some oak flavors.

Taste: The wine flavors show a lot more here, providing a little more flavor. Oaky. Sweet cherries. Not tart or sour. A decent amount of malts show. Caramel and bready.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but it was more of just cherries and wine barrels. I didn't get too much of the Belgian Strong Dark flavors that I would normally get for the style.

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Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a brownish cherry color with a thin white head clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the sweeter, fruity, cherry flavors pretty nicely. Behind the cherry I get a sweeter, candi sugar, maltiness to it mixing with some of the Belgian yeast spice. The cherries are very nicely done, the beer could of shined a little more though.

The taste shows more of the fruity, sweeter, cherry juice flavors to it up front. Midway I get a little of the malty, dark fruit flavors of the BSDA base. In the finish the belgian yeast really comes out and adds some big spice notes. The cherries come back in the finish with a tartness that mixes pretty nicely with the yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. I love cherries though so I might be a little bias towards this version of the beer. The cherries were very good in it, but the base beer could have had a little more influence on the flavor in addition to the yeast spice it brought. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is a light ruby color, appearing mildly hazy. Small off white head that rapidly fades to a wispy layer of sparse bubbles. The aroma is surprisingly weak, lacking any recognizable cherry presence. Odd flavor, with tart cherries and an odd, artificial sweetness. Not a fan of this one. Prickly carbonation and unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish color, some carbonation, one finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherries, and other dark fruit. The taste is malty/yeasty, sweet, with some cherries, and dark fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another Epic brew.

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Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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 JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from paper notes... shared this one with Inflatablechair a while back.

Pours light amber with a definite red tinge to it... the head is stark white and drops pretty quickly.

The nose begins as a pretty weak BSPA but is spiked with a minor amount of fermented out "sweet cherries" .... sorta artificial smelling.

Flavor isn't a whole lot better.... the cherries come out as a cherry cough drop more than something you buy at a fruit stand... very boozy with some acetone or rocket fuel, you pick... light clove phenols.. medicinal.. doesn't gel at all... this is an expensive mistake.

shy side of medium body with a whole bunch of bubbles... too much and the carbonation scrapes the inside of your mouth.... not good.

3/2.5/2.5/3/2.5

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Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden ruby color with cherry/blood red edges and a half finger fizzy pink head that quickly fades into lasting ring.  Not much lacing.  

Sweet fruit aroma with earhty oak and vanilla.  Lots of sweet cherry which is kind of artificial/syrupy smelling.  Some boozy alcohol sweetness but the cherries overpower the nose.  

Medium bodied with tight carbonation, earthy oak and vanilla  with dark fruits underneath that blend well with the sweet cherry flavor.  Slight maracino cherry juice flavor with a boozy punch.  Not as sweet or syrupy as the aroma suggests.  Pretty well balanced actually and the ABV is nicely masked.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of maximum12
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
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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Photo of jera1350
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Daniellobo
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a brash take on a Golden Ale with cherries.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream and soft burgundy range, with name of the brew and series branding. Again, looking somewhat like the lazy design of a generic brand of a large franchise. Side narrative offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number again is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #4, and a semi-erased Alc. by Vol. 10.3%? Served in a tulip glass.

A - Faintly hazy deep amber/crimson pour, short fizzy head, count 1, 2, 3 and it is all gone leaving no surface memory or any trace to speak of.

S - Yeasty and soft fruity nose, cherries and booze...

T -Yeasty and sweet, with a soft fruity sense rounding up the coarse sweetness over the raspberry, sugar and malty booze..

M - Medium body, very faint carbonation with a dry finish, brash and monochord sense.

O - Fair but one dimensional.

Notes: Probably one of the poorest if not the poorest offering I've tried from Epic. Not a bad brew per se but surely in their low bracket, below their Brainless on Peaches, too harsh, and somewhat unstimulating.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear garnet with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sweet cherry cordial and sour Belgian yeast, with grassy hops and a little french oak and alcohol.
T: It tasted like some funky french oak with sour cherry and grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with a bit of wheat and alcohol. It had a clean and mostly sour aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had an enjoyable smell and taste, but not great. The cherries and french oak didn't do nearly as well for Brainless as the peaches. The body was a bit weak, and it was a bit hot, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but not recommended.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pink to orange-ish color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, light cherries and Belgian like sugars. In the taste, dry cherry, boozy, and quite carbonated. A sour cherry bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a light dryness to clean aftertaste. A nice light dry cherry, kind of faint, it was more boozy than expected too.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.47/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Opaque ruby red color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Super funky. Tons of basement mustiness, dry-rot socks, and apple orchard. Cherry is in there, but surprisingly aren't tart in the least. Some Belgian yeast spiciness, hay, and grass. Oak with a touch of astringency. Not what I was expecting, but not bad either.

2.0 T: The taste I don't care for so much. Bitter, tannic astringency is abundant. Funkiness galore as in the nose with the same flavors. Cherry doesn't contribute a lot of flavor. Belgian yeast is more abundant with pepper and clove contributions. Way too earthy, musky, and astringent.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Not particularly cream or smooth.

2.0 D: I've been liking most of what I've had from Epic, but this isn't one of them. Problems throughout.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1186th Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir glass
22oz

Batch #9- 2012
Purchased from Bruery Provisions

App- A very dark cherry amber looking beer with some golden notes radiating at the edges. At most on a heavy 2nd pour I got some small puffy lambic head with zero cling though. A bit more like flat juice. Fairly translucent.

Smell- Very much in the vein of fusel alcohol with a bit of biting sweetness behind that. Next came the golden ale yeasty notes and followed by a touch of tannic barrel. Not much aromatics on this one.

Taste- A small bit of oaky wood flavors opens with a bit of that fusel alcohol coming in the next wave and then follows up with some false cherry and golden yeasty notes.

Mouth- A light medium body with a light carbonation. A wee bit too thin. Sweet false cherry notes and some oak are residual flavors.

Drink- For the price it was okay. Wanted/expected more but it happens sometimes. The barrel needs to come out more and be a bit thicker on the profile overall.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle, release #1. Pours an unusual pinkish red with a big fizzy/bubbly (actually kind of loud) light pink head that fizzes down quickly to a thin film and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is musty earthy wood with some sweet medicinal cherries.

The flavor is some sweet artificial tasting cherry with some wood and an off kind off leathery bitter taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, I really didn't care for this one. The cherry flavors seemed fake and it had some off notes. Their peach was much better.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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