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

 
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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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.

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3.6
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Tasted on 12/19/10 from a bomber bottle with the AZ Crew. Thanks to SuperDave for bringing this. Pours cloudy red with an average white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is earthy cherry with pomegranate, watermelon, and just a hint of malt. The flavor is a bit sweet cherry with grenadine, and the same bit of malt from the nose. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long earthy cherry finish.

3.6
DaSilky1 (2608) - 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.

3.6
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
release #1 from dave on 12/19/10. reddish tinted golden yellow. soft white head on top. similar to the regular brainless... the aroma shows some mild cherry/vinous notes, mineral, grass and wood on top of pale malt, yeast and spice. there is a dryness on the palate which didn’t exist in the original which helps the mouth feel and flavor immensely... also, the flavor is pretty much the aroma combined with the notes of smoke and match stick-like sulfur. 7/4/7/3/15

3.6
Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle. Nice, airy pour ... fizzy head capping a rustic, rusty reddish-brown beer. The initial aroma is interesting ... a little funky, with the vaguest of hints at an orchard. The drink carries on that theme ... musty, somewhat yeasty, earthy, farm-house-y. Unique, quite drinkable. (#4207, 8/18/2011)

3.6
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2011
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Release #2). Pours a clear cherry-juice color with effervescent white head and active carbonation. Aroma has belgian yeast, fruit (not quite getting the cherry that I expected) some vinous notes and wood. Taste is sweet from the base beer and some cherry, but it adds a bit of tartness as well. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes a bit hot. Not bad, but I prefer Peaches better.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Murky dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, light dusky. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, Chardonnay/oak, some dusky, vinous. Medium-full body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

3.6
Brigadier (3780) - 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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.

3.6
parrotheadkrm (12) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Aroma was sweet cherries. Taste sweet, carbonated, apple finsh. Drinkable, enjoayble, not awesome.

3.6
mikesaum (712) - 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.

3.6
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Really exceptional appearance, a deep ruby with pinkish tints and a thick, creamy head that leaves rings around the tulip. Nose is initially surprisingly sweet, like cherry pie extract with bits of tart wood that bring out a riper fruit. Mouthfeel is quite full, smooth, and a bit acetic on the back end. But overall the flavors could be a bit more tart, as it tends to emphasize the oak and vanilla aspects perhaps a bit too much. Enjoyable nonetheless.


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