Brainless On Cherries | Epic Brewing Company

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Brainless On CherriesBrainless On Cherries

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Release # 7.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, slight cherry, and some medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some really mild aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

never thought I would rate a barrel aged beer so low, or that anything from epic would disappoint me like this one. it is nowhere near as good as the raspberry or peach versions. the cherries come across quite medicinal. not fresh fruit at all. and where is the carbonation? a red tinted bronze beer looks odd in a globe with now bubbles, head, or lace at all. where is it? the feel is flat too, and so it just doesn't pop for me. I like the yeast, and I like the tannic wine presence, but the fruit seems fake, sugary, overdone. it lacks the cohesiveness of the other versions. I has it side by side with the raspberry, which is absolutely fantastic. amazing how different they are, given their common origins. overall too sweet and too flat, plenty of room for improvement with this one, but I still love the brainless series, so many interesting flavors, including this one, it just isn't my favorite.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that instantaneously faded away, leaving absolutely no bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of cherries and red wine are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has a good balance between cherries and red wine, neither of these are particularly dominant, especially in the smell. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.

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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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3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The flavor of fruit still struggles to satisfy both the uninitiated craft fan and the staunchest and most strict craft beer connoisseurs. But Epic is making it easier. This time, layering the true fruit taste of cherry upon a strong Belgian under current creates a majestic taste of fruit and ale fusion that's sure to rival even the best sangria.

Its strong mauve pour delivers a lighter golden highlight along the edges. Its creamy haze dims the color somewhat. But what billows above is a creamy and short statured head that rises with loosely knit bubbles. But as the ale starts to fall, it does so in a partly fizzy nature- a testament to its acidity within. Light on lace and retention, its scattered specks makes it very champagne-like.

A plethora and depth of aromas ensue as the aromas of cherries deliver waves of aromas that span the gamut of dark and sweet cherries, cider, chardonnay, musty sour cherry, wood rot, apple and spiced pear. Its rich aromas are earthy with dried fruit, tobacco and light leather even though its fruity tone wants to register sweetness and playfullness.

But then to taste, the complexities seem lighter. A slightly more simplistic taste becomes first and foremost of Belgian ale- a light and playful balance of fruit and spice is simplified and shies away from the more earthy and rustic tones of Belgian Kriek, but the cherry sheet of flavors lay upon the ale with a strong and acidic taste. A blend of sweet and sour cherries give the taste a bit more sweetness than the nose suggests- leaving a candied cherry flavor lingering on the tongue.

Mid-sweet early and often, the ale really lays on the initial palate with the sweet and tart balance of ale fused with soda pop. But as the sweetness is slow to recede, the middle in lightly acidic as a clean sourness ensues. To finish a light hop bitterness, slim tannin bite and semi-dry fruit acidity closes the beer's mouthfeel.

I love how this beer's scent delivers an unlimited amount of scents as if the peels of onions are lifted to reveal more earthen cherry scents after another. But the taste and textures are less interesting, less deep and less characterful. Though much more simplistic, it is in no way indicative of the pleasure that is garnered from the beer's aromatics.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch #26, Bottled 12/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger foamy light pink head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/tannic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, red wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice wine barrel fruited Belgian ale. All around good complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown hued amber color. Very little head.

Aroma: Fairly sweet cherries. Malty. Can't really pick up the Belgian aspects of the beer. Some oak flavors.

Taste: The wine flavors show a lot more here, providing a little more flavor. Oaky. Sweet cherries. Not tart or sour. A decent amount of malts show. Caramel and bready.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but it was more of just cherries and wine barrels. I didn't get too much of the Belgian Strong Dark flavors that I would normally get for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Release #13

A: Pours a relatively clear pinkish orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some pink + ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall pinkish tan head that quickly reduces to absolutely no head at all. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a very light aroma to this beer with just some very light notes of red wine, oak, and tart cherries.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale malts along with some lighter notes of Belgian yeast. There is a light to moderate flavor of red wine and oak with some hints of tart cherries. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall this beer is well balanced with neither the sweetness of the malts or any bitterness from the hops coming through. The red wine flavors really come through and there is only a light note from the cherries. Very light hints of the alcohol are present.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly cloudy light red color with thin head fading to a collar. The nose has some artificial cherries plus some medicinal character. Off and not pleasing. Flavor is the se but quite a bit worse. Stale cough syrup with a hefty bit of booze. Body is medium with a dry off character. Chemicals and other gross things. Ugh.

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Photo of mactrail
4.24/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sensationally good fruit flavor in a clean, powerful Belgian-style brew. Release #4 and the ABV is 11.4%. Pours a pinky-red amber in the Saxo tall tulip. It's exactly the color of a tawnier rose wine.

Crisp mouthfeel with a sweet and tart sensation. Not so much head but a pleasant prickly carbonation in the mouth. Clean, fruity, winey aroma. I think this is the best cherry flavor of any beer I've had. It has that tart yet sweet flavor of ripe pie cherries, with a smooth maltiness that balances nicely. There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste which goes well with the fruit but doesn't shout out any particular hoppiness. Tastes strong like a fruit wine, nearly dry from the Belgian yeast, but mellowed by that warm malt.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego, which has more Epic beers than anyplace but a Salt Lake City state liquor store.

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3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a brownish cherry color with a thin white head clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the sweeter, fruity, cherry flavors pretty nicely. Behind the cherry I get a sweeter, candi sugar, maltiness to it mixing with some of the Belgian yeast spice. The cherries are very nicely done, the beer could of shined a little more though.

The taste shows more of the fruity, sweeter, cherry juice flavors to it up front. Midway I get a little of the malty, dark fruit flavors of the BSDA base. In the finish the belgian yeast really comes out and adds some big spice notes. The cherries come back in the finish with a tartness that mixes pretty nicely with the yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. I love cherries though so I might be a little bias towards this version of the beer. The cherries were very good in it, but the base beer could have had a little more influence on the flavor in addition to the yeast spice it brought. Overall it was a pretty enjoyable beer though.

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Brainless On Cherries from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 429 ratings