Brainless On Cherries | Epic Brewing Company

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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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#44,450
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
431
pDev:
17.7%
Bros Score:
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Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Magery
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lurfMalderFulder
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npachl
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jmiah22
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Albertsons. As much as I liked the raspberry edition, I like this one even more. Perhaps the barrel aging adds some nuances, but overall perception is good, no sign of the 10%+ ABV. Deep amber pour with faintest of heads. Mild fruity nose, more pit fruit elements in the taste, hints of a Belgian dubbel as well. Complex, refreshing, tasty...waiting for the kick

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

Photo of batt6343
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moonshae_D
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drwatson32
4.31/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have the one of the best of luck with that? I think this is Ian, I have to finish mowing the lawn.

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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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tylertut
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Goblinmunkey7
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold at the bottom. Deep brick-red tinged copper. Vigorous swirl produces a small bubbly white head. No cap retention. Collar is small and tight. Moderate carbonation. Clear with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Farts and cherry flesh. Cherry juice and some solid funk. A touch of sulfur. Sweet cherry leather. Warming adds more sweetness to the whole thing. Cherry juice and flesh. Minor pushes of barrel. Some wood. Hints of spicy esters. Loaded with Belgian yeast. Some banana and general fruitiness. Tons of cherry. A little bit of leather.

Taste: Cherry fruit leather. Sweet. Candied sweet. Cherry flesh. Ever so slightly tart with a ton of Belgian yeast. Some very mild spicy esters with a push of cherry flesh. Small hint of alcohol on the back. Oak creeps through on successive sips. Something akin to stomach acid on the back of every sip. Slightly acetic. Some mild funky elements. A touch of musty earth and wet grass. Tart cherry. Front of the sip is delicious tart cherry with a touch of sweetness. Back of each sip is a mess of sharp acidic flavors and fermented cherry juice. Finishes with a solid punch of French oak. Hints of vanilla and wood. Surprisingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit slick. No astringency.

Overall: My membrane is fine.

It smells good and the initial sip is mighty tasty, but it's a bit messy and muddled in the middle and end of the sip. The Belgian yeast messes with the cherry and tart elements in a way that doesn't really jive.

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Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishevans
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Poupae
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RKing44
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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