Brainless On Cherries
Epic Brewing Company

Brainless On CherriesBrainless On Cherries
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #406
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,100
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 17.15%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
433
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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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 433
Reviews by hickmancase:
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3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of angrybabboon
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was almost pink as I poured it. It was a light reddish orange. The little carbonation it had receded fast.

Smells like blush wine, candied fruit, artificial strawberry flavor, slight booze, cotton candy, cherry. The smell is the best thing about this brew.

Taste was disappointing. It was biscuity which was pleasant, but then you get hit with booze. The cherry flavor combined with the alcohol reminded me of a fine bottle of Boone's or maybe even MD 20/20. The Belgian strong dark ale quality was an afterthought at best.

Refreshingly carbonated, but otherwise I’m not feeling much.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of dvb
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Looks more like a rosé than an ale. No head at all.
S - Not much here. Very faint.
T - Does not taste anything like Belgian ale. Or any ale, for that matter.
M - Thin. At best, it's reminiscent of a wine cooler or a spritzer.
O - If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably cold duck, not beer.

Epic, please buy a bottle of Ommegang's Three Philosophers and learn from it. Then give me back my $12.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of sjdevel
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.

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Photo of jumboj11
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smutty33
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Jho3325
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of T_Hass
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger spritzy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunning, clear dark red. Lacing is non-existent. Color is great but not much else.

Nose is cherry cough syrup, pit, and rotting wood. Strange... smells more viscous than it looks.

Opens cherry pit and skin bitterness... that turns to a sickeningly sweet cough syrup flavor mixed with semi-bitter dark fruit in the middle. Boozy. More cherry cough syrup towards the end with a woody, super sweet finish. This is NOT as advertized. Really bad. I expected some sort of tartness, some sort of character maybe? But this beer is missing any real hint of complexity, depth or... good flavor really.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but syrupy at the same time. Goes down aggressive and sparkling with a messy finish and a slightly lingering aftertaste. Average.

After having this, I'm certainly staying away from this series from now on. Not worth drinking.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is cherries with Belgian yeast, and coriander with some oak, funk, lemon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of slightly sour cherries with some Belgian yeast, coriander, and a bit of lemon. Through the middle, some funk comes through with a bit more sourness and some oak. The finish is a mix of sour cherries, funk, Belgian yeast, oak, and some booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good base Belgian Strong Ale with the oak aging and cherries adding some complexity. Nice overall balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dseanv
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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Brainless On Cherries from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 433 ratings