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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampler 4oz draft from Rustico Ballston. Poured a cherry red color with a off-white pink head. Aroma was sour cherries, almost preserve like in character. Flavor was sweet/sour cherries. This one is very tart, and very tasty. Couldn’t imagine myself having more than 10oz so expect to share the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7027) - 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 that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Orangish pour. Light head. Aroma of cherries, red wine, oak, funk, yeast. Flavor is really nice, yeasty, floral, light earthy funk, cherries. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a surprisingly deep ruby color with a medium white head- the original is quite blonde, so the cherries have totally changed the color. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, some barrel. The flavor is more dominated by white wine dryness, some sweet cherries, malt driven sweetness. Very nice. I prefer this to the apricot slightly. Not hot at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10447) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
Tap @ The Forge Publick House. A stop on grand tour of Fort Collins breweries and bars with Tim, Aaron and Armin, Thanks !! Batch 1-4 white wine barrels. Pours deep red with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, funk, cherries, white grapes, fruity. Taste is malty, both sweet and sour/tart cherries, white grapes, oaky, cherry stone bitterness, vanilla. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (3227) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11405) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7065) - Utah, USA - NOV 21, 2010
22oz bottle picked up at Epic
Appearance: Hazy ruby color with a medium sized pink head some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Sweet cherries and light malts
Taste: Slightly tart with dry wine finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pours a cloudy ruby red with a decent foamy head. Aroma of light fruit and sweet cherries, caramel malt, honey and yeast. Flavor is sweet malt and lots of fruit. Good stuff. The base beer benefits nicely from the addition of cherries.

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