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

RATINGS: 104   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle from Chevy Chase Liquors in DC. Pours a hazy red with a dissipating pale off white/pink head. Aroma of cherry, alcohol, and Belgian esters. Medium bodied with a soft, spritzy texture. Flavor Belgian malts, with a nuanced cherry and bitterness. Finish has alcohol without being boozy, with a dry spicy oakiness. This is not bad, but nothing here is mind blowing. But I like having a beer I dont have to over analyze. This basically comes across as an oak aged Trippel with a kiss of cherry. I dug it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Draft at brews. Pours a amber color with a pinkish head, aroma of cherries and some belgian yeast. Tart cherry taste with some belgian spice,and an odd finish, good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2011
From a bottle poured a ruby color with a good amount of head. Light cherry aroma and flavor to start with a malty quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
parrotheadkrm (12) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Aroma was sweet cherries. Taste sweet, carbonated, apple finsh. Drinkable, enjoayble, not awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 ounce bottle
This was a heavy beer that was more intense than some beers with a much higher ABV. I am not sure why but it distracted from what was otherwise a solid experiment. Maybe it just didnt work as well as the peach version. Whatever the reason I still look forward to trying the base Brainless to see how it stacks up.

Aroma / Appearance - A lively beet red body and wispy head (like strands of white cotton candy) provide the focal points. The long spindly legs give away the alcohol content at a glance. Cherries, cotton candy, and cherry cordial warm the senses just from a sniff. The total impression reminds me of the smell of a room whose door has been shut for months and is just now getting fresh air.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonation, apple cider, sweet cherry pie filling, and more carbonation eat at the tongue. Were it not so bubbly it might be on par with the peach version. The mild oak finish indicates that the chardonnay aging didnt add much depth at all. Ultimately this is a solid beer but kind of a one shot experience. For $11.99+ I can find other options on the shelf that appeal to my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Burnt orange color. No head with a slight cherry finish. Refreshing beer with a malty taste on the pallet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (10218) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Clear reddish peach colored pour with zero head. Nose is mild sweet cherry. Light syrupy palate. Taste is kind of a weird funky cherry with some yeast and malt. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (11030) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle Pours clear amber with orange highlights and a small, fizzy, white head. The odd bouquet delivers vanilla, spicy Belgian phenols, caramel and a suggestion of cherry. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, fruity, herbal, rooty and mildly acidic. Finishes bittersweet with lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Poured 22 oz into a tulip glass. It had good carbonation. It had a slight sour cherry note which went well with this sour beer. I was however hoping for more cherry favors. I didnt find it as enjoyable as a Lindemans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (13074) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours hazy ruby/garnet with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is fragrant cherry nose, light malt, Belgian yeast, vinous, fruity esters, and oak. Flavor is chardonnay, cherry, light malt, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, oak, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

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