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Note: batch 5 and all subsequent batches are put into Red Wine Barrels (the batch number is printed on the label). All earlier batches were in White Wine Barrels and should not be rated here. Release 5 of Brainless on Cherries, has a new twist- we used Red Wine (cab and syrah) barrels for the second fermentation and aging as apposed to White Wine barrels. The result, dryer, lighter body, fruit shines thru and a bit of tannin and wood notes in the finish


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (796) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Draft at the Derby Station - pours a hazy dirty red . Faint cherry and grape aroma . Taste is mild tart cherry with a slight tannic finish . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5819) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a hazy fuller orange with thin eggshell head that dissipates quickly and completely. Smells and tastes of Belgian yeast, oak, and mild cherries with some soft vinous notes woven in. Medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Semi-dry. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (1056) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Interesting take on the original Brainless. Tart berry and cherry aroma with some funk. Pretty soft ruby color with hints on bronze. Medium and smooth palate. Carbonation was subtle. Cherry with a sharpness that had hints of oak and finished dry. Most presumably from the wine influence.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Amber with a white head. Nose is wood, rich wine notes, cherries, and lightly tart. Easy palate, heavy barrel notes, cherry, hint of tartness, dash of alcohol in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (311) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Taster. Pours a deep red with little head. Aroma is oak, faint cherries, white wine. Taste is white wine, oak and hints of cherries. A good beer, but was expecting a but more cherry flavors. Palate is light body, medium carbonation. Ehh.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhamp9 (1125) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Clear copper pour with an off white head. Aroma is oak, sweet cherry, and caramel. Taste is really sweet caramel, some vinous notes, and a lot of wood. Slight alcohol warmth. Medium body.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jur (372) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2014
Draught @ Flying Saucer, Addison. Clear red copper, 0 head. Sour cherry nose & red wine. Sweet cherry alas, not sour. Boozy, too sugary - cassis. Very unbalanced, like drinking a glass of hard candy...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch #26, Bottled 12/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger foamy light pink head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/tannic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, red wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice wine barrel fruited Belgian ale. All around good complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lana5 (27) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Batch 22, delicious smell. Tastes of cherries and is sweet but not overly sweet. Pretty tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
darb85 (88) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Batch 22. Red wine and cherry nose. Mild cherry flavor with red wine feel and tannins and almost port flavor finish. Great dessert drink, but that’s about it.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
degbert (1192) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle, batch #27. Pours a deep red with a light, fine-grained, fast-dissipating head. Nose is cherry pie (accent on the crust), slight Belgian funk, and yeastiness -- but it’s not very strong at all. Odd medicinal flavor up front; I really want to like this, but I can’t shake the feeling that what I have here is carbonated Robitussin, all the way down the herbal edge. Finish is saccharine-bitter and unpleasant. Do I have a bad bottle?


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