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

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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 Brainless® 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
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
61
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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moonshae_D
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drwatson32
4.31/5  rDev +28.3%
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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tylertut
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of angrybabboon
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -11.3%
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 +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishevans
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RKing44
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served red tinted golden color with a tiny bit of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of some cherry smells as well as a little bit of biscuit and some yeast. Along with these smells are some aromas of grain and a oak and a little bit of a white wine smell.

Taste – Upfront the taste is strongest drier cherry flavor mixed with a somewhat white wine and oaky taste. As the taste advances a little bit of a yeasty taste comes to the tongue, being accompanied by a little bit of fruity (mostly cherry) sweetness. The sweetness however is short lived and seems to fades as the taste moves on, all while a little bit of grass and some biscuit come to the tongue. With some more oak and a decent sum of booze coming at the very end one is left with a somewhat cherry wine-triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for the 5.7 % abv. of the brew with it containing a carbonation level that is rather average to a little bit lighter. Not bad for the triple style, although a little bit of a higher carbonation level may have been slightly more appropriate. Overall, it was an OK feel.

Overall – A decent triple overall, but certainly not really worth the higher price tag you are likely to pay. Maybe give it a try, but don’t expect anything all that out of the ordinary for a triple.

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Photo of Fargrow
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of DudMan
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buddha5050
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poppollutesminds
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fossage78
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+) from Epic Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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