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



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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Murky dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, light dusky. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, Chardonnay/oak, some dusky, vinous. Medium-full body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
On tap at church key, this beer was a little of for me at first but really grew on me as the night went on. Big thick sweet malty beer and cherry flavors dominate with little else. Nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Beer is the new wine. This brew pours a copperish amber color with a soapy, rapidly depleting head. Smells of....cherries...Medium full nectar with good carbonation. A malt forward brew style with plenty of acidity and cherry essence. A bit of toasted oak is noticeable adding to itís depth. The finish has a slight of caramel on it. A sipping savory brew for sure but a bit boring. Give me more carbonation, tartness, and density. Bam!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (1065) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Hazy red color with lively white carbonated head. Fresh cherry wheat aroma. Taste is pretty unique. Itís sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting. Cherry flavor is pronounced, but certainly not in your face cloying sweet cherry. Some sour tartness. Itís rather rich and balanced well with belgian malts and a decent amount of hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, although itís still there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear cherry-juice color with effervescent white head and active carbonation. Aroma has belgian yeast, fruit (not quite getting the cherry that I expected) some vinous notes and wood. Taste is sweet from the base beer and some cherry, but it adds a bit of tartness as well. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes a bit hot. Not bad, but I prefer Peaches better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Fizzy white head that diminished into a thin ivory ring. Vibrant dark crimson/tangerine colored body. Truly the same shade as the meat of a plum...take a bite and peer inside. Nose of cherry skin, yeast, wood, and vanilla. Flavor is tart cherry, barrel, and a bit too much alcohol. Fairly hot and a bit distracting. Medium mouthfeel with the sour sticking to the palate long after the sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Got this beer at Whole Foods Chandler once again thanks to James. Brainless on cherries is far more subtle than brainless on peaches. The aroma has a light malty caramel smell with a very slight hint of cherries. The appearance is nice but bubbles with lots of carbonation and is transparent with a very slight cloudy burnt orange-red color. The taste is similar to a very standard belgian style beer. The yeast is light, itís fairly clean finishing and has a really nice hint of cherry that isnít present until the end of the beer. Solid beer. Itís light but full flavored and doesnít smack you in the face with cherry. Itís a surprise that the beer is 10.1. Very good. Not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at the Epic tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/11/11. Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium pink head. Aroma is tart cherry, Belgian esters, malt and red wine. Cherry hits the palate first, then a peppery yeast character before malt steps in and smooths things out before a dry wine finish. Drier than the regular Brainless and the Peaches version and thatís a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle. Nice, airy pour ... fizzy head capping a rustic, rusty reddish-brown beer. The initial aroma is interesting ... a little funky, with the vaguest of hints at an orchard. The drink carries on that theme ... musty, somewhat yeasty, earthy, farm-house-y. Unique, quite drinkable. (#4207, 8/18/2011)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby red with a slight head. Aroma of sweet cherry syrup and maybe some wood. Flavor is fruity sweet with a mild tart finish.

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