Brainless On Cherries | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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

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#44,515
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
431
pDev:
17.7%
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Reviews by offthelevel_bytheplumb:
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear red color with no head, no carbonation, and no lacing. Cherries up front, obviously, with some caramel, vanilla, and toffee in the background. Taste is very sweet, and feels a bit chewy. Leaves behind a berry like aftertaste that lingers a short while. The caramel and vanilla carry over into the mouth as well. A bit on the bigger end of the spectrum as far as body is concerned, so I would recommend splitting a bomber.

Overall: It is a very good beer. My buddy brought this back from his trip to Vegas, and I am thankful to him for splitting this beer with me. With all that said, at this price, I would not purchase this again. Consider splitting it with a friend, price and all.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 russpowell
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

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
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 JakerLou
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of riTLce
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Beginning with Batch #5, the Brainless on Cherries beers were aged in Red Wine barrels rather than the White Wine (Chardonnay) barrels that were used in the first four batches. Therefore, I am adding this as a new beer and all reviews from Batch #5 on should likely be moved to this entry."

Batch 7. Brewed August 4, 2011, bottled September 29, 2011.

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-pink color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of oak and red wine notes, as well as some cherries and grapes. A very fruit smelling beer.

The flavor is similar. The dominant flavor is the cherries and wood, with some vanilla and grape notes also thrown in. There is also a good bit of bread, Belgian yeast and alcohol in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of chossboss
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, blood-orange colour. Smells like earthy cherry, a little tart, fruity, and a bit of oakiness. Tastes like it smells, mild cherries, earthiness (possibly the oak), a dirty bitterness that is felt on the sides of the mouth, and it is a strong taste.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeonseh
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a GI tulip

A - Reminds me a bit of cherry cola except with hints of brown and gold mixed in. Very carbonated as the bubbles were actually jumping out of the glass. Looks to be a bit thin in the body

S - Smells of tart cherries, oak, lemon, grass and Belgian yeast. It is a bit funky and musty in the nose

T - Taste profile is definitely more on the Belgian side than expected from the nose. Taste is grassy and lemony at first. The cherries only add a slight tinge to it. There is a nice mix of farmhouse funk and light bubblegum that comes through on the backend. The finish is dry and the slight bitter, musty flavors linger on.

MF - Despite looking very carbonated, the carbonation wasn't overpowering. Not too smooth or full feeling and there is a slight astringency that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - I was surprised how little the cherries and oak came through in the taste. They are there in the nose, which is the best aspect of the beer. However, this really just reminds me of a decent Belgian Trippel.

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Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Reappropriated
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of cheer4beer_
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a miss for me. It didn't have the Belgian flavor I was expecting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Photo of whatname
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
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.

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Brainless On Cherries from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 431 ratings