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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (806) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - 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.

3.5
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4887) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, 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)

3.1
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Sampled on draft at Jackie Oís. Pours a hazy red color with a medium sized frothy offwhite head that fades quickly. Aroma of cherries, berries and an herbal note. The taste is sweet malts, cherries, bread and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1849) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle, Batch 4. Hazy ruby red, with really no head other than some white fizziness. Cherries, sweetness, slight woodiness, and vinous notes, but mostly fruity aroma. Flavor is a touch of sweet cherry, some warming darker fruit tones, slight sweetness, touch of earth and vanilla. Not bad, but a touch sweet for me. Medium body with tight bubbly carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle (release#2). Pours clear red pinkish with a soapy white head that fades to a thin foamy collar. Aroma has a sour cherry scent with noticable alcohol, yeast and wood. Taste has yeast bitter sour cherries and alcohol (cherriers are rather faint). Palate is thin slick and fizzy with a warming dry finish.


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