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

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RATINGS: 101   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.


3.7
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours translucent pink with a fizzy white head that recedes. Nose is cherry, sweetness, cherry pits, wood, and a hint of funk, like a George Clinton CD playing in an elevator. Flavor is similar- like the peaches treatment, this one has elements of sour, but the sweet qualities are what really comes through. Interesting take on this one, I usually like better the use of cherries, but this one is very sweet for a sour.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle shared by Ibrew3or4, danka. Crazy CO2 in this, perferred this to the peach varient due to taste. You get a little cherry and barrel but it’s not well balanced. Skip this.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle @ home. Bright cherry red appearance with a fizzy, reddish white head. Medium sour cherry, woody, oaky, sweet, lightly sour Belgian yeasty nose. Oaky, sour cherry, soda fizzy, barnyard, Belgian saison yeasty flavor. Fizzy soda like finish. Dull cherry, oaky finish. Not all that smooth especially with the boozy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2864) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
22oz Bottle Thanks to Sam. Pours out a faded ruby red topped with a pink head. Aroma was light cherries, some cough syrup sweetness, light wood notes, and some tang. Taste was more of the light sweetness, cherries, and some light wood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering pinkish amber head. Aromas of sour pie cherries, pie crust and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sour pie cherries, pie crust and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering cherry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011thanks to Douglass for sharing this one, pours a light red with a pink head. Aroma is tart cherry and oak with some peppery hops. Flavor is pale grains and again spicy hops with only thin faint hints of dry cherry skins in the background.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1339) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2011
22oz bottle, release #1. Pours an unusual pinkish red with a big fizzy/bubbly (actually kind of loud) light pink head that fizzes down quickly to a thin film and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is musty earthy wood with some sweet medicinal cherries.

The flavor is some sweet artificial tasting cherry with some wood and an off kind off leathery bitter taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, I really didn’t care for this one. The cherry flavors seemed fake and it had some off notes. Their peach was much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Thick yeasty chunk in the nose. Tangy, slighty cherry tastes in the flavor...mostly yeasty though. Too yeasty, really...pretty much all yeast in the flavor. Yeast. Yeah.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bomber from secret santa; clear rosy red with faint white head; dry cherries, vanilla syrup and dry malt; the base beer is trumped by the cherries and the sharp, lemon malt is completely gone; this beer is crazy dry with mild cherry syrup; eh, not my cup of tea


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