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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,777
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
431
pDev:
17.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
71
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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paresis
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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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Photo of demian317
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.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
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.

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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 Jeffsta1
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.

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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 oo7monk
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ctb6582
4.44/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cts309
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aufie
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mambajahamba
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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