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Epic Brainless on Cherries (Batch 1 - 4, White Wine Barrel)

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Note: only batches 1-4 were in the white wine barrels, all others need to be rated under the red wine barrel entry. 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottled. A hazy dark red beer with black sediment floating around under a tan head. The aroma has notes of cherries, cinnamon, wine, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of cinnamon, cloves, wine, wood, and cherries, leading to a dry and slightly tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10799) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
at papsoe. cloudy red, small bubbly white head. fruity aroma, slightly bretty, flavor is wild yeasts, sweet and bitter fruity and fruit peely notes, lots of wood, white wine bitterness, quite nice, but also quite alc. powerfull.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottled. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Small off white head. Aroma: Sweetness, cherries, grape, tart, yeast. Flavour: Cherries, grape, light sweetness, yeast, spice. Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and full of berries and grape. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (3088) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottled. Slightly unclear orange-reddish with almost no head. Nose of marzipan, cherries and wood. Taste is sweet and tart fruity with almondy accents. Woody notes. Quite vineous. Lovely and lively carbonation, full body and a long, lingering fruity, slightly boozy finish. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours a cloudy pale red with a small and very quickly dissipating head. Dry berry aroma, yeasty and lightly tart, lovely woodiness. Medium body, heavy carbonation, a light underlying woodiness with a sulphurous touch. Some warming alcohol. Nice one with a great barrel character. 131112

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Darwenus (551) - Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Did not enjoy. Didn’t even finish it. The color is a pleasant peach tea color, an it has a lot of noisy carbonation. The head rose quickly and then faded, like a soda. The smell is mild, bready malt and cherries, and the flavor is too sweet, too front loaded, and too crisp and watery in the finish. Not good.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012
22oz bottle from Dutch’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. Release #3, 10.7%ABV. Pours a cloudy, orange-amber colored body with a thin, fizzy and frothy, off-white, pinkish head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is somewhat sweet cherries with a touch of tartness, a good amount of wood, some white wine, a bit of a bready maltiness, and a light phenol note. Flavor is pretty messy IMO. Lots of cherries, Belgian yeast, wood, white wine, and a sweet malt backing that never comes together for me. The cherries are mostly sweet with a bit of a tartness and the yeast is somewhat doughy and phenolic with a light spiciness. Finishes fairly bitter, dry, and spicy, but sweet while drying with a good amount of cherries. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was a bit of a mess for me. A lot of distinct flavors that never blended well together. Fizzy and slightly boozy too. Eh...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace. S - Aroma is cherries with Belgian yeast, and coriander with some oak, funk, lemon, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of slightly sour cherries with some Belgian yeast, coriander, and a bit of lemon. Through the middle, some funk comes through with a bit more sourness and some oak. The finish is a mix of sour cherries, funk, Belgian yeast, oak, and some booze. M - Medium bodied with moderate-minus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, warming, and lightly sour finish. D - Very drinkable. Good base Belgian Strong Ale with the oak aging and cherries adding some complexity. Nice overall balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
For the price it was okay. Wanted/expected more but it happens sometimes. The barrel needs to come out more and be a bit thicker on the profile overall.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
cherry juice which is butt.. . pours a pink amber flesh .. . medium foam .. lacing is really good .. . cherry juice and tart hay .. . not very good, the peach brainless was better .. . . i turned down oral sex from the empire state building!!


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