Brainless On Cherries
Epic Brewing Company

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From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 17.7%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
329
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 19, 2019
Added:
Dec 06, 2010
Wants:
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Gots:
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SCORE
78
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Brainless On CherriesBrainless On Cherries
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by Looney from California

4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a translucent dark pink with a medium head that dissipates quickly.
Low to Medium effervescence.
Slight smell of sweet cherries.
Tastes initially of lightly sweetened carbonated cherries. A “wine”after taste mixes with the malts on the back end where the high ABV of 9.7 comes out.
Easy to drink but leaves a dry mouth feel (Imagine drinking a decent glass of wine).

This is one of our favorite beers. We always keep one in the fridge. High ABV and 22oz per bottles makes it an ideal dinner beer to share with someone. Can sneak up on you so use caution if enjoying it while out. The French oak barrels gives a fantastic color and a very unique flavor. This is a beer you could have at a decent restaurant and not feel low class for drinking a beer.

Overall it’s a great beer in both appearance and taste. It’s not sweet thanks to the ABV and the malts but the cherries do come through at the right moment up front. Very easy to drink and pairs with just about anything.
Aug 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Mar 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by cmoore32 from Nebraska

Mar 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
$ 12 (Including tax)/22 oz capped bottle ($ 0.545/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
“Release #03 9.7% ALC/VOL” stamped on label but no date, stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Copper-red, translucent with chill haze which disappears as the temperature rises to 51 degrees, slight effervescence.
Head – None. A fizzy head was present while pouring but disappeared as the pour ended, leaving neither ring nor layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Pink, hazy.
Aroma – 3.75 - Weak cherry. As it warms both malt and alcohol appear. No hops in the aroma.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins as generic cherry cough syrup with the flavor becoming more malty at the middle. The alcohol is not directly present in the taste but makes its presence known in the slight gastric warming. While hops are not directly present in the taste, there is a bit of syrup-cutting bitterness which nicely offsets the cherry sweetness. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 - Medium, slightly syrupy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.5 – The appearance of this brew is good overall, with the transparent redness enticing, but is held back by the fizziness and lack of head and lacing. The aroma is an interesting mixture of cherry and malt with just a whiff of alcohol. The whiff of alcohol is not present in the taste – you’ll have to wait for its next appearance in the gastric warming. The lower viscosity certainly helps the overall impression, making this a little less like cherry cough syrup.
May 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by mrcraft from California

Apr 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by kayrex from Pennsylvania

Oct 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Lukass from Ohio

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ThreeBeersWalkedIn from Maryland

Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by paresis from Massachusetts

Apr 27, 2017
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reddish pour with some serious cherry flavor and taste. Love the Belgian yeast notes and how they add some bready notes. I loved this beer and it reminded me a bit of Ommegang Three Philosophers.
Feb 23, 2017
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Reviewed by demian317 from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Raspberry puree stickiness in mouthfeel, a bit of spritz, thin middle, satisfying finish. Much more character needed here; a rather faceless, anonymous beer. The only thing Belgian about this brew is that it is tasty with the waffles of the same name.
Feb 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Dr_Fox from Utah

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
L - poured from a bomber, beautiful ruby red color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving just a thin layer of white bubbles. Looks beautiful. Love the red color. 4.5

S - Nothing special about the smell. Belgian malt, wheat, a hit of cherry on the nose. 3.25

T - This is the biggest let down of the beer for me. Taste is foremost Belgian malt, yeast, wheat. Then there is a subtle cherry that surrounds the malt, but leaves me wanting more. The finish delivers a bit of acidity, wine tannins, and wood, but none of which seem to positively add to the taste of the beer. There is something here in all of the components that just doesn't work. 3.25

F - mouthfeel is light with a fair bit of bubbly carbonation that is just the slightest bit harsh on the tongue, but it works very well with the light malts and acidic fruity flavors. 4.5

O - not the greatest offering from Epic. One can pick out all of the things they were going for in this beer when drinking it, but somehow, it just doesn't all come together.
Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by mdfb79 from New York

Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a clear crisp effervescent orange color. A momentary fizzy white head is noted that dissipates almost instantly. Looks more like carbonated soda.

Smell has aromas of yeast, tart cherries, and some wheat.

Taste is a slightly tart yeasty flavor up front. Lots of wheat malts. There is just something odd about the flavor that I can't put my finger on. Maybe like bad cough syrup? Either way, I'd never drink this again. The flavors just don't really work for me.

Feel is very carbonated, light, easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall its an interesting concept that just doesn't quite come together. It ends up tasting more like a very carbonated yeasty cherry cough syrup than anything.
Oct 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Strawberry-amber color. Off-white head, not very persistent.
Aroma of beery rose wine.
Taste of mild Rainier cherries, and a pale lager or Pilsener. Not flawed, but not grand.
Mouthfeel is relatively light. Carbonation is at the right level, bubbles rather coarse.
Finish is fruit and lager, not especially great.
An ok beer for a hot day. Not worth the high price. Not a peer of the other supremely excellent beers from Epic.
Aug 21, 2016
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Pours an effervescent peach color with a fast dissolving beige colored head.

S: cherry juice and pears

T: Follows the nose, some beets and leafy hops up front. Cherries and dryness as this warms, some peach brandy/ booze. Finishes a little boozy and fruity


MF: Slight body and less carbonation, warming

Drinks alright, not one of their better efforts
Jul 16, 2016
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Rated by oo7monk from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I enjoyed it. It was light and refreshing. Not bad after a day in the hot sun.
Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.37 by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by cts309 from Virginia

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by aufie from Texas

May 26, 2016
 
Rated: 2.56 by Mambajahamba from Michigan

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by CPAles from Illinois

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 2.35 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.06 by Corey_Graven from Wisconsin

Apr 24, 2016
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Rated by DrWho81 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great malt.
Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by sloggettstrength from Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I have batch #42, poured from bomber into a snifter on the warmer side of cool.

Look: A wonderful rosey red that seems to transition into a copper color at the bottom of the glass. Very slight white head.

Smell: Cherries and Belgian yeast. Quite surprised by the strong cherry aroma.

Taste: Different. Has quite a cough syrup taste upfront that has a sweet cherry flavor bringing up the back end.

Feel: Very carbonated and a thin mouthfeel, doesn't coat the mouth too well, leaves it quite dry.

Overall: Honestly quite disappointed. It smelled wonderful, the taste left a lot to be desired. Would I get it again? Maybe in a few years.
Apr 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.61 by Big_Mazz

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 2.84 by Chalukian from California

Feb 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Feb 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.3 by Roybert from Texas

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Appearance - Pours a rosy copper with minimal head.

Smell - cherries, vinous aromas, spicy belgian yeast, and robitussin aromas.

Taste - cherries and vinous aromas upfront. The spicy belgian yeast is not all there. It has a syrupy taste to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness alongside a syrupy texture.

Overall - A lackluster Belgian ale that displays the aromas of cherries very well but the taste doesn't quite match up with the aromas. Some major improvements are needed to make this more true to the style.
Jan 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.47 by hickmancase from California

Jan 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.45 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 24, 2015
Brainless On Cherries from Epic Brewing Company
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