Brainless On Cherries
Epic Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #404
Ranked #47,631
3.44 | pDev: 17.44%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
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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Looney from California

4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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socon67 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
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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demian317 from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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
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Dr_Fox from Utah

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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FBarber from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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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russpowell from Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -7%
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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sloggettstrength from Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

2.58/5  rDev -25%
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
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OhioLimoncello from Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber. The carbonation was like dishwater soap, after washing after a family dinner of ten. No lacing on the glass whatsoever.
Smell was not a prominent cherry aroma, when compared to a brew like Derailed Black Cherry Ale, from Erie Brewing Co.
Taste was OK, but no lasting notes.
Feel was no better than the soapy lacing.
Overall, I would not repurchase this beer.

Oct 22, 2015
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells pretty good. Very funky. Looks okay. Really leaves a lot of carbonation on the side of the glass. Tastes good. Again has that funky flavor. But you do get those cherries. Tasty

Oct 10, 2015
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light ruby red with no head
S: Sweet cherries, oak
T: Sweet cherry, oak, Belgian yeast, light earthiness, saison-like, hidden alcohol
M: Lighter mouth feel for the high abv

Sep 28, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light red with no head little carbonation and the nose of sweet cherries. Umm that is good. It us a delicious Belgian with hints of cherry. Wow to the brewers. I have had some good and great beers from them but I'd have to say this is the best in the brainless line as far as fruit added. So glad I live a few miles away from the brewery

Sep 24, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, another stellar US craft brewery makes its debut in the heady wild that is Alberta's bottleshop scene.

This beer pours a clear, very bright medium magenta hue, with one skinny-ass finger of wispy, faintly foamy, and mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of musty, and somewhat cough-syrup adjacent cherries, grainy, doughy pale malt, a subtle earthy yeastiness, some tame barrel astringencies - old wood planks and dry vanilla, mostly - and a further metallic alcohol sharpness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of gritty caramel sweetness, still understated, and not particularly fruity cherries, benign, and slightly phenolic yeast, some middling oakiness - wet wood, and not much else - and a generic weedy, earthy, and kind of floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body on the low side of any sort of middleweight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, neither yeast or hop nor alcohol doing us the disfavour of their pollution here. It finishes fairly dry, the cherries still not recommending themselves, while the underwhelming base Belgian (-style) ale ambles along, unaware of its broken limb.

Not really what I was expecting, given the near-egregious shelf tag, what with the not so peppy cherry essence, and a barrel treatment that was anything but a treat (sorry), and lending next to no complexity. Hardly bad, but I'm not happy about trying to parse this one, when my other senses keep telling me that I should have checked out way more than a hot second ago.

Sep 17, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Albertsons. As much as I liked the raspberry edition, I like this one even more. Perhaps the barrel aging adds some nuances, but overall perception is good, no sign of the 10%+ ABV. Deep amber pour with faintest of heads. Mild fruity nose, more pit fruit elements in the taste, hints of a Belgian dubbel as well. Complex, refreshing, tasty...waiting for the kick

Aug 10, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 6/5/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

A: Hazy, ruby colored with some golden orange undertones - some clarity around the edges - pours with a medium -sized white head - quickly fades to a mostly nonexistent head, but keeps a small collar, has some hints of lacing

S: Belgian yeast and plenty of cherry flesh - funky Belgian aromas with some clove, banana, bubblegum, and phenols - cherry flesh, cherry juice, and a hint of cherry cold medicine - undercurrents of wine and wood - lingering funk and fruit

T: Belgian cherries - some interesting flavors, but not particularly complex - Belgian flavors, including yeasty funk, clove, bubblegum, banana, and phenols - cherry juice, cherry flesh - wood and some red wine - lightly boozy

M: Medium body, low carbonation, finishes with some cherries and wine

O: Drinking enough beers like this may make you brainless

Cherries and Belgian yeast are good friends. This is interesting, but it inexplicably lacks complexity. It's interesting, but it's not as interesting as it should be. Kind of messy, but not bad.

Jun 06, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold at the bottom. Deep brick-red tinged copper. Vigorous swirl produces a small bubbly white head. No cap retention. Collar is small and tight. Moderate carbonation. Clear with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Farts and cherry flesh. Cherry juice and some solid funk. A touch of sulfur. Sweet cherry leather. Warming adds more sweetness to the whole thing. Cherry juice and flesh. Minor pushes of barrel. Some wood. Hints of spicy esters. Loaded with Belgian yeast. Some banana and general fruitiness. Tons of cherry. A little bit of leather.

Taste: Cherry fruit leather. Sweet. Candied sweet. Cherry flesh. Ever so slightly tart with a ton of Belgian yeast. Some very mild spicy esters with a push of cherry flesh. Small hint of alcohol on the back. Oak creeps through on successive sips. Something akin to stomach acid on the back of every sip. Slightly acetic. Some mild funky elements. A touch of musty earth and wet grass. Tart cherry. Front of the sip is delicious tart cherry with a touch of sweetness. Back of each sip is a mess of sharp acidic flavors and fermented cherry juice. Finishes with a solid punch of French oak. Hints of vanilla and wood. Surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit slick. No astringency.

Overall: My membrane is fine.

It smells good and the initial sip is mighty tasty, but it's a bit messy and muddled in the middle and end of the sip. The Belgian yeast messes with the cherry and tart elements in a way that doesn't really jive.

Jun 06, 2015
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sjdevel from Utah

3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: After a fairly vigorous pour, there was no real head to speak of, but it was still quite effervescent with a rush of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom that almost caused a whirlpool effect. There was a continuing lacing replenishment. This brew is a reddish / amber brown that’s a bit murky, but still penetrable by light.

Smell: The first scent is of very tart cherries with a hint of vinegar and oak.

Feel: This one has a medium mouth-feel that has a quick bite and quite fizzy on the tongue. This is quite a bit drier than I would have liked.

Taste: A very tart beginning that is like vinegar and a sour cherry pie. There is a slight hop bitterness making an appearance, but quickly fades. This brew is as if you combined an amber ale and a very tart cherry wine. Slight caramel and nut flavors dance around the palate as well.

Overall: A decent brew that is quite sour, but not too sour as there are other flavors that surface to offset it. Probably would not purchase again, but it was worth a try.

May 06, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served red tinted golden color with a tiny bit of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of some cherry smells as well as a little bit of biscuit and some yeast. Along with these smells are some aromas of grain and a oak and a little bit of a white wine smell.

Taste – Upfront the taste is strongest drier cherry flavor mixed with a somewhat white wine and oaky taste. As the taste advances a little bit of a yeasty taste comes to the tongue, being accompanied by a little bit of fruity (mostly cherry) sweetness. The sweetness however is short lived and seems to fades as the taste moves on, all while a little bit of grass and some biscuit come to the tongue. With some more oak and a decent sum of booze coming at the very end one is left with a somewhat cherry wine-triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for the 5.7 % abv. of the brew with it containing a carbonation level that is rather average to a little bit lighter. Not bad for the triple style, although a little bit of a higher carbonation level may have been slightly more appropriate. Overall, it was an OK feel.

Overall – A decent triple overall, but certainly not really worth the higher price tag you are likely to pay. Maybe give it a try, but don’t expect anything all that out of the ordinary for a triple.

Apr 21, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I find cherries in beer to be hit or miss, but it worked quite well here. Some of the expected Belgian funk gets lost behind the tart cherries, but the combination does work somehow. Would likely by again, and set it aside to age.

Mar 05, 2015
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Kinsey from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is tart and sweet at the same time and has a crisp finish. It was really good on tap. I haven't had it from a can or bottle.

Feb 23, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

January 14, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Light amber with a very red hue. Slightly pink foam with low retention. High clarity.

S – Wine, rose. Very light cherry aroma. Floral hops are also very light.

T – Light rose wine. Very slight hint of cherry, mostly just the impression of blush grapes.

M – Light carbonation. Slightly bitter and some moderate acidity.

O – A bit too reliant on the wine barrel for its character. Would like the barrel to complement, rather than overwhelm.

Jan 22, 2015
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mobrado from California

3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whatever you want to call this, it's certainly NOT a BSDA. It would make just as much sense to call it a Kölsch or a Russian Imperial Stout.

Intriguing bright reddish orange color that reminds you of an alcopop more than a beer. No head. Taste is a mixture of very pale ale, champagne yeast, winey oak barrel notes and cherry cough drops. Thin, sour mouth feel not unlike stale champagne.

I didn't care for it at all, but my wife, who doesn't like champagne, oak barrels or sour beers, loved it for some reason... Win/win since I got to open something else for myself. (Rating is an average.)

Jan 20, 2015
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riTLce from California

2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber into a tulip glass

A: Burnt orange amber coloring with bubbles that fade quickly into nothing, with minimal bubbles if any rising.

S: Cherry, some oak, bubblegum yeastiness, cough syrup

T: Some tartness, cherries, oak on the finish and cough syrup lingering. Not as much oak present as expected.

M: Not as effervescent as expected, light-medium mouthfeel.

O: Pretty disappointed in this one, expected there to be more effervescence and the oak/fresh cherries to give this beer depth but there is a lot that makes this one not something I would return to.

Dec 29, 2014
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