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)

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
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.


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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of mikereaser
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a strawberry reddish hue with a big pink fizzy foam that quickly fades to nothing but bubbling up the sides of the glass
S - Aroma is fairly weak with just a hint of cherries when you really dig into it.
T - Tart almost funky medicine taste, not at all what I was expecting or hoping for. There seems to be an astringency along with the alcohol that makes it tough to drink. The oak is there and I guess a bit of cherries. I'm really disappointed.
M - Very crisp carbonation, light bodied, it is very lively
D - this is a hard one to drink unfortunately. I love the Brainless on Peaches, but this one just doesn't cut it for me.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Release #2, 10.1% Alc./Vol" sez the label. One of 1,800 bottles apparently.

Kind of a burnt ruby red liquid, glistening with clarity and with a half-inch of wispy, loosely-banded bubbles topping it off.

First smell impression is "a little much alcohol," somewhat solvent/medicinal, but the cherries ride through nicely, even if they smack of Juicy Juice cherry rather than something picked right off a tree. No hint of wood here, and there's a faint enough trickle of Belgian yeast coming through to lend this some sort of Belgian character.

Alcohol also dominates the taste, having a solvent evilness about it, a hit of cough syrup-like cherry (without the syrupy thickness), and where is the oak? Also, I can hardly detect the yeast here, such a necessary characteristic of any ale calling itself "Belgian" or even "Belgian-Style." Wayward, directionless. Or maybe just a mess. A medicinal, misguided mess...

Soda-like texture doesn't help much. Tingly and tickly, with some decent stickiness, but unfortunately the cherry medicine
flavor that hangs out most in the finish isn't pleasant enough where you want any stick.

Really liked this brewery's Imperial Stout and Hopulent offerings...was starting to think I was liking this brewery a lot more than your average BA, but this one doesn't leave a positive impression. Such a great idea: Belgian Style Ale + Cherries + Oak Barrels; but it fails to deliver on the concept. Epic needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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2.47/5  rDev -24.2%
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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2.41/5  rDev -26.1%
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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2/5  rDev -38.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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1/5  rDev -69.3%

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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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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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1.84/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Release #4. 1 of only 1,800 bottles.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty DuClaw snifter.

A: Poured a moderately dark reddish color with a pinkish hue when held up to a light source. The head, with didn't stick around for long was off-white and somewhat anemic.

S: More Belgian than fruity, with a mild medicinal quality that wasn't pleasant. No bourbon on the nose whatsoever.

T: Not much cherry at all, which was very disappointing, and the Belgian funk tasted of rotten citrus. Even the water had a very unfresh taste to it.

M: The Sprite-like bubbliness was cool, but ultimately it couldn't save this mess. The funk (rotten-ness) took center stage over everything.

O: As hard as it was for me to drain pour a $12 beer, that is what I just did.

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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale pink reminiscent of a rose wine. White fizzy head like soda that leaves a small ring.

Smells of Belgian yeast and maybe a bit of cherries in there somewhere. Not as much cherries as I was expecting, let down #1

The first thing that hits me is this bite on my tongue, then the yeast takes over, and its a chewy yeast (definitely the best part of the beer). Im really searching on cherries, and I must say I was still searching after the bottle was finished. The only thing I can think of is that the cherries really contribute to the smoothness of the beer. Big let down #2.

The theme of this beer is let down. Cherries are non-existent. This astringent bite really turns me off.

PS the yeast is suspended in the brew as it sits in the glass. Never seen it before.

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Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev +11%
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 dragonWhale
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after a wonderful experience with the peaches version, had to pick this up whilst back in the VA. coppery poru, decent and lasting head. the musk of oak, a little solvent alcohol, a little bit of sweet and tart cherry. cherry and oak dominate the finish while there's some sweet malt in the forefront of the drink. much less alcohol in the drink than the aroma. Very smooth, a little caramel action, too. Drinkable, but a bit boozy. Time could be an option with this one.

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Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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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Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batches 1-4) from Epic Brewing Company
3.26 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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