Photo: Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches (Release #64) Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 10.1% ABV (C$19.00 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 650 ml, bottle date 8-Jun-2015)

Appearance: clear medium gold, one finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: peaches, white grape, oak, Belgian yeast, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart. (7/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, drying tart finish. (3/5)

The peaches are not as emphatic as one might expect. In fact, I’m finding just as much vinous grape and oak character as peach, presumably due to the chardonnay barrel aging. That’s not to say the peach is completely absent, and it seems to grow somewhat as it warms, but it’s certainly more on the subtle side, than overt. That said, it seems like pretty much everything in here gets a bit more complex and interesting as it warms, so be sure not to drink this too cold. The combination of peach fruit flavour and the vinous oak almost makes this taste like a saison, as opposed to a standard BSPA. And it’s much, much better than their cherry. (14/20)

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Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches (Release #64) Belgian Strong Pale Ale at 10.1% ABV (C$19.00 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 650 ml, bottle date 8-Jun-2015)

Appearance: clear medium gold, one finger of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: peaches, white grape, oak, Belgian yeast, earth. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart. (7/10) Medium-light body, lively carbonation, drying tart finish. (3/5)

The peaches are not as emphatic as one might expect. In fact, I’m finding just as much vinous grape and oak character as peach, presumably due to the chardonnay barrel aging. That’s not to say the peach is completely absent, and it seems to grow somewhat as it warms, but it’s certainly more on the subtle side, than overt. That said, it seems like pretty much everything in here gets a bit more complex and interesting as it warms, so be sure not to drink this too cold. The combination of peach fruit flavour and the vinous oak almost makes this taste like a saison, as opposed to a standard BSPA. And it’s much, much better than their cherry. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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