Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) | Epic Brewing Company

Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)
BA SCORE
30.7%
Liked This Beer
3.42 w/ 349 ratings
Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)
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:
Aged in Red Wine barrels.

We took our double gold medal winning BrainlessĀ® Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French red wine casks (Cabernet and Syrah) for a secondary fermentation. It pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.

Added by Mora2000 on 04-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,183
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
349
Liked:
107
Avg:
3.42/5
pDev:
16.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
62
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of sloggettstrength
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Big_Mazz
4.61/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chalukian
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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

Photo of leaddog
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of hickmancase
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of R3ason
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dannycohen62
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of 303beer
4.32/5  rDev +26.3%
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

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Magery
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lurfMalderFulder
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npachl
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 30.7% out of 100 with 349 ratings
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