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

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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4)

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark 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.

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 90
Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 10.7% abv. Release #3. Cloudy, reddish color. Interesting shade. Off-white head disappears immediately. No lace at all.

Slight tart and sour cherry nose. A bit of wood in the nose. Some slight Belgian spicy, yeasty notes. A bit of a wine-like feel.

Light malt character. Yeasty and spicy feel. Cherries come in rather faint. Oak tannins come through, lending a dry edge to this.

Lighter body, with a great amount of carbonation. Some heat is felt. An interesting beer. Cherries don't seem to add as much as I would have thought. Interesting.

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Photo of hardy008
1.56/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy medium red color with a large off white head which vanishes quickly. The smell has cherries, alcohol, oak, and yeast.

The taste doesn't impress me much either. Cherries, oak, and yeast which do not blend or work well together. The cherries are somewhat sweet, but not tart. The solvent alcohol taste does not help. A total mess to be honest.

Light bodied. high carbonation, and finishes somewhat dry. I am not sure what the brewers were going for here, but they did not succeed as far as I am concerned. Avoid.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is from release 3. The beer was chilled and served in a tulip.

A- The body of the beer pinkish ruby. The head is thin pink tinged white. The head quickly resolved to a thin ring. No lacing noted.

S- The aroma is a mixed bag. I like the sweet candied cherry aroma. I like how the cloves twang against the sweetness of the cherries. The aroma of solvent alcohol is a bit much and definately lowers the aroma profile.

T- The flavor is again a mixed bag for me. I like the initial tartness of the cherries giving way to sweetened cherries. The cherries are slammed against a wall of cloves. I like how the cloves from the yeast checks the sweetness. On the other hand, this beer is hurt by the solvent like flavor from the alcohol.

M- The body of the beer is thinner than I would have liked. The alcohol a bit hotter than I care for with this type of beer.

O- This beer needs a rework. The beer isnt a drain pour.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from having it on tap at Bodega. I also tried a little bit of this from the bottle at a recent tasting.

A pretty clear, bright candy red. Not much head, but what foam I managed to catch a glimpse of was more white than pink.

It has a nice, cherry forward aroma. The cherries seem more on the order of sweet black cherries, and even a splash of candied maraschino cherries. There isn't any tart or sourness that I can pick up. The base is mostly all Belgian yeast that's full of phenols; clove, peppercorn and some plasticy smells. Alcohol is there in a big, annoying way. It teams with the phenolic yeast to create a bit of a nail polish, acetone aroma.

Sweeter cherries are dominate, but not as strong as the aroma had me thinking. The Belgian yeast is still fairly squashed by the sweet, syrupy cherry flavor. Alcohol is simply too much for this beer. I think it really should be taken down a few notches.

Dry finishing with a little bit of sticky sweetness.

This one is the best of the Epic beers that I've had. The cherry is strong enough to counter some of the negative aspects of the heavy handed Belgian style yeast. It just needs an adjustment in ABV.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle that I picked up tonight at Epic's Northeast Ohio rollout party at Lizardville. The bottle bears a stamp indicating it is from Batch #3, and has 10.7% alc/vol. The bottle's label further claims that this bottle is one of only 1800 bottles released as part of Batch #3.

I poured it into an oversized wine glass, with a mildly aggressive pour. Pours a rosé color, with a 1/2" white/pink head that quickly disapates to a mild ring around the glass.

Smells of alcohol-soaked cherries, with oak, grape, butter and honey. The aroma, though, is thinner that I would expect from this brew.

Taste is tart, almost sour. Thin at the start, sharp in the middle, and tart to finish, this beer is more fruit than belgian. Sour cherry, raspberry and lemon combine for a more tart-tasting beer than I typically drink. The feel of this beer, frankly, is so much a part of it taste that I don't think you can really separate the two.

Bought this one primarily for my wife, who typically is a fan of fruity beers. This is, however, thinner than you'd want from a Belgian-Style Ale, adn the fruit is tart to the point of almost being sour. If that's your thing, than grab one; however, it is not for me.

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Photo of GoldenJet
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After having Epic's Brainless on Peaches, figured I'd give this a shot too.

First impression was the appearance, which really looked nice - dark, dark, red (think NG's Razz Tart or Belgian Red), with some appealing cherry fruit and sweet notes in the nose.

That's about as good as it got though - while the cherry taste wasn't as overpowering as the peaches in Epic's other offering, it just tasted kind of off, like not fresh, artificial taste. The oak came through a bit more than with the Brainless on Peaches, which could be attributed to cherries being less sweet? Don't know, but it was a little more balanced than the Peaches.

While drinking it, the finish kept reminding me of a Pinot Noir - I got that soft, acidic, and lightly fruited (almost sweet) closure that Pinots offer. However, it's not really something I'm looking for in a beer.

Good, not great.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright red beer that shimmers in the light very nicely. Light acidic cherry in the nose, clean and subtle with slight alcoholic esters over the top. Not hot, but clearly some alcohol off the top. body is light but palatable, and the bright fresh cherry taste in the center is clearly the best part of the beer. Clean and little syrupy, a tasty beer for the night. Unfair, but hard not to compare to New Glarus Belgian Red. NG beer is far more complex, but the Epic beer fresh, far better than average fruit ales. Good for a try but not going to be a standard in the beer fridge.

10/15/11. Just had the same beer on tap at the Blue Nile, and, when it warms up, this beer reaches a new level. The blend of the beer is much improved between draft and warmth. When cold initially, it seemed very much the same as I remembered the bottle, which makes me wonder if I drank the bottle too fast last summer. Number ratings adjusted to reflect my altered attitude of adding the draft tasting.

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Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 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 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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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 colts9016
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy foamy head that has poor retention. The color of the beer is red with a pink hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with a lot of carbonation bubbles. The head has left no lacing, it was a disappointment.

Nose: A very rich sour cherry aroma. Wild ale aromas floral and some citrus. The malt is lightly toasty, peppery, and the slight funky barnyard aroma.

Taste: Surprising the beer is balanced but it is no where near a strong dark ale. The cherry flavor is prominent, the other flavors are floral bouquet, citrus, a wild yeast and brett. Other notes are phenols and a light toasty note.

The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly sour.

Overall: The body of the beer light and the finish is medium light. This beer has great flavors, sadly the beer is not a strong dark ale in my opinion. There is not enough dark malty flavors in the beer. The alcohol is well blended and a bit balanced.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release #1
A: dark cherry unfiltered color. Holds a decent almost champagne like head bit quickly fizzes out.
S: Soured cherry smell. The most interesting thing is the yeast characters coming out in the back.
T: umm...cough syrup. Sucret style cherry flavor. More sweet than sour.
M/D: medium bodied not crisp or sour. The drinkability suffered based on the taste. Can't finish the beer at all what a waste.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
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 Wasatch
3/5  rDev -8%
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 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 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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