Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 198
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 05-04-2008

50/50 blend of fresh strong golden lager and three year wild beer. Peaches added then re-pitched with lager yeast using the fructose for the final fermentation.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention sucks, perhaps as expected. Not to mention, the head's texture is fizzy and bubbly like soda. Very little lacing sticks to the glass. (2.75)

Smell: The sourness here seems like basic lacto notes, rather than a complex and nuanced brett funk. Still, it counterbalances the peach nicely. Even without the tart touches, this beer's fruitiness doesn't come off overly sugary. Letting it open up will reveal some oak and vanilla. I don't think this has the aroma of a world-class sour ale, but it's plenty likable for what it wants to accomplish. (3.5)

Taste: At first, this is almost crazy sour...for about a second. After that brief onslaught, the lacto flavors intertwine with peach sweetness to create a well-rounded brew. The finish is oaky and buttery. It hits the basics beautifully, but it doesn't develop much complexity beyond said basics. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This is a nice and dry beer. I swear I get a touch of booze on the back end, which is slightly off-putting. That's about the only niggle I have with the feel - it's fairly delicate and light (not insubstantial), going down easily. Medium carbonation is slightly obscured by the body - whatever, this is really fuckin' easy to drink. (3.75)

Overall: This isn't my favorite sour ale, not even from this brewery. But, it's still pretty good, and fairly approachable. The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is - I mean seriously, I'm killing an entire bomber as quickly as I would a typical 12 oz. IPA bottle (quicker, even...) For my $15 or so, however, I'd rather buy La Folie. (3.5)

3.48/5: Hey Eric, this one is pretty damn good

Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. Some sticky lace is left behind.

S: Light sourness on the nose. Some sweet peach flesh with a pale malt backing. Slightly yeasty.

T: Mild pucker upon the initial sip with some peach pit and light peach juice. Pale malts with a sour lemon grass as well. The flavors are all very light.

M: Light bodied and dry with a medium carbonation level.

O: This has definitely faded. Still dry and easy drinking however. Worth a tick.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into a tulip at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Eric's Ale is a hazy golden Orange color with thin white head. It settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is fruity and slightly funky with a hint of wild yeasties.

Flavor is really exceptionally balanced for a wild ale. Sweet, sour, and tart almost in equal measure. A little fruity with peaches and maybe tart raspberry. Nicely blended to not be too sour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent blended sour. I definately prefer it to La Folie if I'm going to have a glass.

Photo of chugalug06
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a rolling review over the past three years...

4/2012 - Strong crystal clear golden color. Amazing clarity for two years old aged at 65 degrees... Very mild peach scent with strong awesome sour scent of vinegar. Fruity-ness is mild with strong nose, so smooth. Brilliantly tart with mild sourness and sweetness on the lower side of things. Oak has really came forward and brought out an amazing tart smoothness. Perfect mouthfeel, highly acidic, just as a sour should be. Thank goodness for originally high carbonation, it's mellowed wonderfully! AMAZING BREW!!! Said I'm all out :(

7/2011 - I'm currently enjoying a bottle from last May, it's held up wonderfully, slightly mellowing out the sour into greater flavor...

Original Review 5/2010 -

A: Mildly golden with a thin biscuit of head remaining on top of the brew. Soapy lacing is choosy as to where is stays. Body is thin and swirls wonderfully, with the best of them.

S: Strong sour peach smell with slight citrus and mild hop, if any.

T: Very sour with relaxing peach undertones. Slight spice and malt too. Unlike any "sour" beer I've ever had. Mellow yet exorbitant flavors you're truly able to enjoy and relax with.

M: Good flavor with cheek puckering ability's, slightly over carbonated, but over comes carbonation issues with extreme sour flavors.

D: AMAZING, I'm constantly drawn back to the glass for another sip of heaven time after time.


Dear NB,

This is my plea. Please, Please, PLEASE, brew MOHR Eric's Ale ASAP, thanks.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Pours 24 karat gold in color. There is a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bunch of small, spotty lacing.

The nose has some summer fruit and vinegar. Sweetness is presented behind the fruit and tartness.

The taste has peach that the nose doesn't suggest. Nice and fruity up front with a light tartness and some funkiness. Those lager yeasts are noticed within the malty sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp as hell and has a slight tartness to it. Very refreshing as the carbonation levels are just right.

Overall, this is a pleasant summer sipper that has nice, evenly balanced amounts of sour, malt, and fruit. Pretty damn nice.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow and light orange, nice white head, about 1/2" deep on it. Aroma was mildly peachy, I wouldn't say I was disappointed in the low level of peachyness in the nose, it was just mellow.

Mellow on the tongue as well, moderate sour, easy to drink, seemed like the base beer may have been a blonde ale or something very light. Didn't pick up much in the way of oak or wood flavor from a barrel. A little bretty, would have prefered more sour flavors instead of the gritty brett drying effect.

Ultimately, this was a good sour excursion, but I would have liked to have had a bit more substance in terms of the peach flavor and maybe the acidic and tartness. I hear people were getting this at one time for $8 a 22oz bottle, I'd definitely make the purchase at that price if I ever had the opportunity, who knows, it even might sour a little more if you laid it down.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: mid-brown, slight haze, poured with a nice head that dissipated in about 5 minutes
S: mid sour nose but doesn't parallel Belgium sours, seems a bit unrefined and lack depth and finish
T: pronounced sourness, peach is not overly noticeable, not in the league of Belgium sours but decent attempt, lacked complexity and refinement
M: not overly carbonated, lacks depth and character, more like a lambic than a gueuze

Photo of birchstick
2.92/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, caramel brownish amber without much of a head. Smells of peaches And some grain malts. Taste follows the nose. A bit of a peach flavor, but rather subtle. next are some VERY muted sour citric tones. Not much else on the palate. I was extremely underwhelmed by this guy. I don't know where all of the flavors went on this, maybe it was a bad keg?

Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear gold with a 1 finger white fizzy head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sour fruit and a little funk

taste - sour tart peaches - brett funk - wood oak - good grainy malt on the back

mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation that give the beer a sharp bite

overall a good sour - on the mild side - reasonably priced - will buy again

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold colour with a tiny and very shortlasted white head.

Tart peach aroma with a nicely refined sour/tart character. Not overbearing.

A smooth, moderate, refreshing tartness. Good balance. Plenty of light, attenuated peach flavour. I like this.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really nicely crafted sour ale. Great flavour including a nice fruit note. Well done by New Belgium.

Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a moderate white head that falls away quickly. Some lacing down the glass.

Strong sour, Brett funk, and sweet fruits--peaches and apples.

The flavor is wonderfully balanced and the sweet peach juice really makes its presence known. The initial swallow is bitingly sour, in a good way, followed by mellowing, juicy peach. Really quite spectacular.

Light to medium mouthfeel, with a touch of syrupy heft adding some body.

A wonderful combination of tart sourness, Brett, and a mellowing peach sweetness. No one flavor is particularly dominant and both are able to shine. Incredibly well done!

Photo of hardy008
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach color with a large off white head which slowly fades. The aroma has vinegar, tart peaches, and green apples. Like many New Belgium Sours, the smell of vinegar is very strong.

The taste is tart with some sweetness for balance. Tart peaches and green apples stand out taste wise. Thankfully vinegar is only present in the aroma, and not the taste.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit sweet and sticky, and finishes dry. A good sour, worth seeking out again.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes--
On tap at FFF, served in a tulip.

Ever wanted to try Cascade Apricot, but didn't want to pay $19 per bottle after shipping?
Well New Belgium has stepped in to provide a solution....

Very nice beer. I remember I liked this from the bottle, but I like it even more on tap. Sours are so good on tap!
An orangey apricot color with an off-white two finger head. Some spotty lacing hangs after the legs subside.

Smells surprisingly funky-- I didn't remember that from my previous experience. Peaches and apricots got the fruit notes covered. Some vinegar and oak comes across as well. The flavor hits all these notes with a nice acidic sourness at the finish. The body is perfect.

This is a very delicious sour, and quite a bargain!! I'll be having another glass right now-- and buying a few bombers on my way home! This beer my get an A-, but an $8 A- that I can buy anytime is not something to be overlooked!

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from my Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a deep amber with less than a finger worth of head. Very little head retention, only slightly around the edge of the glass.

S - Heavy presence of light fruits in the nose, mostly peach. Also a hint of the Brett funk in the nose, but it's not overly present.

T - Taste follows nicely from the nose, though with a heavier Brett influence than one would expect from the smell. The extra funk in the taste is a welcome addition.

M - Nice bite from the sour aspect of the beer, but not overly done so as to make you pucker. Finish is incredibly smooth.

O - Overall a very well done sour and a great intro to Brett infused beers in general.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CELLARED 16 MONTHS : bomber date stamp 05FEB2010
A. Very orange with gold highlights around the edges. Tiny head which disappears in seconds.
S. The Brett Funk aroma from a fresh bottle is oddly absent after 16 months. I get soured peach, lemons, and a very faint whiff of oak instead.
T. This was a rather dry one to begin with, yet it has definitely become quite drier. Somehow along the way, this bomber has lost its Wild Ale aspects, and mutated into a Berliner Weissbeir + peaches flavor profile. Only somewhat less juicy and much more puckery, astrigent.
M. Puckery and so very dry. I don't think that there is any sugar left to convert here!
The only thing I can fault this brew for is not enough oak.
I wouldn't age it any longer than 16 months as obviously it has lost a lot of complexity. My next best guess is to aim for 12 months or so.

Photo of alleykatking
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got to love the Lip's of Faith line-up!

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow/light orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Light steaks and web like lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- The brett comes out right from the get go..I mean as soon as the bottle is popped. Funky and horseblanket upfront. There is a light underbody which consists of peaches and light lemon. The peaches come out more so than the lemon in the aroma. No real oak to this at all which I was a little sad about. Light alcohol aroma with a hint of vinegar in the ending kind of brings this back full circle.

T- Sourness upfront shows off a little green apple to it. Didn't expect that but I did expect the vinegar like flavor that went with it. Middle of the beer has a peach puree kind of flavor that never really gains a ton of momentum but stays on the underside of things. Once again I really don't pick up any barrel notes on this one which I find a little strange. The ending shows some more tartness to this beer which leaves a little puckering that I found very delightful. Some light vinegar notes and a nice alcohol dryness in the backend.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Brett and peach are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly vinegar, sour alcohol, and peach. Flavors were very well put together almost more so than most wild ales I have had. No off flavors were present although they would be hard to pick up on on such a sour beer. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with each pucking sip.

O- I thought this beer was one of the best tasting beers I have had in this style in a long time. New Belgium at times doesn't get the credit it deserves with these beers. Fat Tire might be what pays the bills here but you can tell that barrel age beers are their real passion. Fantastic job!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

Photo of harrymel
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one in a trade with a77cj7, cheers Chris!

A: pours a nice apple juice color with the same degree of clarity. Less than single finger soap sud head which dissipates within the minute leaving a thin, broken sheet of the same on the surface. No lacing.

S: Up front sour beer. Nicely soured with sweetness from the peaches coming through and offering a nice complement. Not overbearing, but good acuity. Nice.

T: Tart, but again, somewhat sweet. Not as sweet as say Duchess de Bourg, which is good. The beer offers lower peach tones than I had anticipated, but the hue still exists. Finish has a slight funk to it. Again, nice. A few minutes into this and the peaches are more evident. This is also good.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Makes mouth water with the tartness.

D: Very drinkable. Actually a sour I wouldn't be reserved to serve with food. Very good.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

--Eric Hoffer

Peachy pumpkin with honey highlights and a splendid looking crown of alabaster colored cream. The foam is sponge-like and pitting, looks even more interesting as it melts, and does a fine job decorating the upper reaches of the pint glass. Very little lace sticks around in the end.

The only aroma appreciated from several feet away is the unmistakable horseblanket tang of Brettanomyces yeast. Up close, the beer is more balanced, with lots of juicy peaches and freshly zested lemons. Oak is mighty scarce, if it's present at all.

Eric's Ale is delicious beer if you enjoy wild ale funk and Berliner weissbier-like lemony sourness. Neither one is overblown, which makes this Lips Of Faith offering more drinkable than it otherwise would have been.

There's just enough underlying sweetness (from the peach juice, perhaps) to keep things interesting on the palate. The yin-and-yang of tart and sweet is usually preferable to tart yin or sweet yang all by its lonesome. Oak is still difficult to locate.

This is one case in which the proportions of the two component beers is damn near ideal. It would interesting to know how much experimentation it took to get to the final product. Than again, 50:50 isn't exactly finely tuning, is it? With so much going on in each mouthful (all of it good), the taste score pretty much chose itself.

Although the mouthfeel seemed to be light-medium on first blush, the fruit juice gives it a lightly sticky viscosity on the finish and the carbonation could not be more pleasant. Just the right amount of energy transfer.

It seems like there's a new Lips Of Faith brew on the shelves every few weeks. If they're all as well-crafted and as delicious as Belgo IPA and Eric's Ale, New Belgium can release as many members of this series as their brewing capacity (and their imaginations) will allow.

Photo of jale
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Eric(turdfeguson) for this one.

A: Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Sour green apples with a hint of pineapple and some peach.

T: Sour apple upfront moving into a little oak then some peach puree. I like how the tartness fades rather quickly.

M: light body with nice carbonation.

D: Would drink many more.

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-straw-peach pour, nice small white head

Smell: Relatively sour, lemons and sour apples followed by peaches. No real funk, which would be my only complaint.

Taste: Sour up front, again lemons and green apples. Followed by a nice peach flavor; more peach juice than flesh. Apricots also. I wish it had a bit of funk to it. Similar to sour peach cider. Some oak tannins might help give it a bit of body.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability: This one goes down fairly easily, despite being rather sour. I do wish it had a bit of funk to it.

Photo of afksports
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes! Lips of Faith I love you! La Folie is damn near my favorite, and now I get to brood over how great Eric's Ale is. Thank you, Mike for the bottle in a trade.

The appearance is a copper gold with a half finger of head that sustains nicely with good carbonation above its clear body. The smell of Eric's Ale (which I wish were named something better) is of tart peach, funk, and a bit of the barnyard. Kinda hard to describe. Like eating a peach on horseback or something.

The taste is great in my mind. Starts sweet, continues funky and peachy, then has a sour bite to it and finishes clean with a tart sensation. I wouldn't call it exceptional, because I've had others like it and this is a bit watery throughout, but darn it, it's a taste I'm fond of. And that's worth something.

In a weird way, the taste reminds me of "Dr Drie" from Iron Hill brewery, even though that was a Belgian Pale and totally different. Something about the tart sweetness that's intriguing.

I want there to be way more of this than there is.

Mike! Hook me up again!

Photo of mjn5036
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Piraat tulip glass. This one pours a dark honey with amber highlights. The pour reveals a large three finger white head, thin and wispy, that dissipates after approximately three minutes. No lacing can be found on the glass, aside from a thin ring around the surface.

The nose is a flat rate barnyard funk and definite fruitiness. Peach is there, as well as other citrusy fruits. Tanned cowhides and faint peppery spiciness linger in the background.

The delicate fruit flavors are with you from start to finish on the taste - really quite nice. Peach and green apple with tannic grape skins work together just really well here. Perfect amount of sourness balance out by a subtle vanilla sweetness makes for a tasty brew.

Smooth creaminess to start which quickly fades into a tartness and sour profile that lasts throughout until at the very end it becomes smooth again. Because it is not as "in your face" as some other examples of the style it is certainly drinkable. The lager base made this light to medium bodied. Prickly carbonation helps this one out as well.

I had no problem putting back the bomber by myself, and paired with a Krispy Kream Blueberry doughnut, I am in such bliss that the fact I can hear myself getting fatter doesn't bother me.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bucketboy for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a beautiful, translucent, honey-gold with a loose, bright white, bubbly head. Nose expresses citrus with perhaps a trace of spice or a peppery quality. I also get apricots in the mix. Taste follows nose - citrusy, salty and tart without being sour. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a lively carbonation and a mild acidity that stimulates the salivary glands and leaves a residual tingle between quaffs. An easy drinking, solid introduction to the style.

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured golden yellow with a two finger bone white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour apple, and slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour apple, sour peach, funk, and slight acetic acid. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Had a very well balanced flavor and good aroma. Even with the acetic acid flavor going on here, it wasn't that bad as I know that flavor is quite invasive on my palates out there. It honestly reminded me of a more sour/acidic Brute. Glad to say that I will be sharing this at an upcoming tasting with some local BAs as this is an absolute must try.

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Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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