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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
22oz bottle @RBSG shared by -pours a dissipating white head and pink/orange color. Aroma is soft cherries, wheat. Taste is soft cherries, wood, wheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Release #1 bomber courtesy of douglas88. Pours murky purple / red / copper with white to pink hued head. The aroma is dusty and somewhat tart with yeastiness and a sense of cherries. The taste begins sweet with estery notes like apricot, pear and apple and then followed by some cherry. To midway the cherries and yeasty spiciness take this into the finish. Not sure I dug this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Found this at Paul’s Grocery in McCall ID. it poured blood red color with a big pink tinged creamy white head which faded away totally in just a few seconds. The nose is tart cherry, with a blast of floral hop aromas. Medium body and lively dry mouthfeel. The flavor brings out the oak barrels, caramel malts, cherry, and lots of alcohol. Dry finish with the cherry and oak hanging on the tongue. An unusual beer and while refreshing in some respects a little odd in others. Not quite up to the standards of a real cherry flavored belgian ale, but a reasonable facsimile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of douglas88. Pours mahogany with an off white head. Smells of cherries, oaky, buttery. Tastes of sweet cherries, syrup, boozy with a velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
transparent crimson, reguler epic nose, phenolic and peppery. Heavy cherry, heavy metal, carbonation way too high, light pepper. fruit becomes synthetic as no texture imbued other than extreme carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8241) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle shared at RBSG. Pours reddish orange with white head. Nose/taste of light cherry, wheat, dry herbs and a mild tartness. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Cherrry red with white head and lace. Aroma of flat sour cherries and wheat. Sweet cheeries and malt with a nice bretty finish. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. Decent beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity. Smooth fruity. Fruity and sligfht cherry citric. Bitter and dry herbal and fruity. Sweet and slight citric into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Clear amber color/ fleeting foam. Pils malt, black pepper, fruit juice aromas. medium body. Lightly sweet fruit juice flavors with sweet spices, black pepper--

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Odd pour, hazy blood red color with a full, pinkish-white, creamy head which fizzes away quickly to nothing; then with a few swirls, it builds to a thin, foamy, staying layer?? The nose is certainly interesting with tart unripe cherries, floral petal tones, lots of pepper (probably from noble hops and phenols), notable alcohol, slight caramel malts, and tart esters. The flavor is similar but more barrel oriented; vanilla, slight dry toasty oak, some caramel, subtle bing cherries, still peppery, and dry floral. The palate is lively, dry (especially in the finish), medium to full, and round. The beer finishes with a dryness from the yeast, cherry still, vanilla, and pepper notes lingering. Certainly a strange brew from the start, the palate was more than peculiar, the nose seemed incredibly spicy yet the flavor was very oak-prominent, and the cherries seemed to lose presence as the beer progressed. Overall, the cherries added a subtle but balancing acidity, the oak added sweet and dry complexities, and the spicy notes made up for the lack of bitterness. Cherries usually make perfect companions to sours but actually worked fairly well in this golden Belgian strong ale. One thing that grew to be a bit much was the spice and warmth combined with the sweet-tart notes made the beer hard to drink more than just one glass. Not too bad for a marginal brewery.

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