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

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259 Reviews
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Reviews: 259
Hads: 643
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 213
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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 ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

Easy 5 for appearance. This beer is a stunner. Golden/copper body showing perfect clarity and a ceaseless carbonation that feeds into a nice frothy, well-retained head. Lace scatters around the glass and a thick lace settles over the body long after the pour. 5

The aroma is faint but offers earthy, funky orchard fruit. There's a Jolly Rancher quality to the tart fruitiness, suggesting something candy-like but with some pucker factor. A nice twist is the vanilla and honey sweetness buried deep within this aroma that offer some real charm. 4

Growing up in northern New Mexico, the taste takes me back to the farmstands of my youth. There's a tart apricot or peach juice flavor that tastes like something homemade a neighbor would have been selling. Layered atop this fruitiness is some clear yeast-y funk, earthiness and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg spice. Veddy nice. 4.25

Medium-bodied and vinous with a tart, juicy and earthy feel. I'm definitely reminded of some sort of pulpy orchard fruit juice but with a dry, less sweet make-up. 4.25

This beer is very pleasing to drink. Great all around.

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Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well balanced. Pours a bright golden orange, smells slightly of the fruit. It is moderately tart, with a hint of the peach. Slight carbonation.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap with 1 finger head. Sizzles away to a pool of foam. Golden and hazy in the glass. Nice tart smell, hint of peach. Nice tart taste, little peach coming thru. Love the taste on this. Puckering but not tart.

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Photo of BigGold
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, labeled "BEST ENJOYED BY APRIL 2, 2017," into tulip. Had to read the bottle to recognise the peach, but that's on me. But the disclaimer, and I paraphrase, a sour fruit beer for folks who like neither sours nor fruit beers, is offensive and, thankfully, misleading.

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Photo of dipso123
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap
A beautiful looking beer with a thick white head and hazy color. Strong smell of fresh cut or sliced peaches. Less peach in the flavor but still quite a bit. The beer is a bit sweet and the feel is full but a bit flabby rather than crisp and dry.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy but a brilliant golden orange with a slight amount of airy carboation.

Peach, stone fruit, lactic acid, and a slight mustiness, but overall very fruity and a sense of tartness.

Same as aroma, but seems toned down in comparison. A light acidity and sweet peach flavor shine through.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, light, soft, subtle tartness.

Overall, while I would enjoy a bit more acidity, the light and smooth lager body paired with a touch of peachy tartness makes for a worthwhile brew.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip from 650ml bottle
Look - semi-clear honey-gold color. Slight white head that fades into a small skim. No lace
Smell - not a huge funk aroma with some lacto and citric acid coming through. You do get a lemon-lime Gatorade smell. A bit of the wood is present as well.
Taste - acidic sharpness with a white grape, lemon, tart apple and earthy funk.
Feel - a little prickly. Medium body and a semi-dry finish.
Overall - easy-drinking sour that doesn't crank up the tartness. Would be a great introductory sour for those looking to get into this style.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best by April 2, 2017.

A: Murky, light honey-colored body with a scant 1/2 finger of sudsy head. Quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Citric and lactic acid strike first, bolstered by underlying lemon, white grape and strawberry. More subtle and slightly earthy funk. Grass.

T: Sour strawberry, peach and lemony citric acid initially with a mild to moderate tartness level. Tempered with some sweet, pilsner malt notes and an undercurrent of mellow hops that take things to a semi-dry finish. Some lingering peach and tang in the aftertaste with a touch of hop bitterness. Alcohol is rather hidden at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. I think this one could use a little more effervescence.

O: Not bad. Mellow and easy drinking with some nice tartness and good peach essence. Ultimately, I found it a bit too sweet and a bit cloying by the end of the bottle. Not quite the depth I was looking for.


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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am actually super surprised I liked this beer as much as I did. I have enjoyed the Lips of Faith series, but their most recent offering of the pear ginger beer really turned me off. It was very artificial tasting, which lead me to believe Eric's ale would be similar. Luckily for me, it wasn't. It had really nice tartness with a good touch of peach on the finish. I actually plan to buy more of these soon.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy powdery light orange color with a couple fingers of fuzzy bright white head that faded into a lasting collar. A network of soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Musty nose with hints of grains, creamy yeast, and spicy wood. I get some minerally notes and just a hint of tart acidity and stone fruit.
T: Nice mix of light tartness, creamy yeast and grains, and a kiss of semisweet stone fruit juice. Flavors are not sharp or potent, and there is a nice clean mellowness to everything. I get minerally and lager flavors up front, followed by cracked grains and wheat. The finish has a touch of sweet peach juice, and the aftertaste is smooth and buttery, with a kiss of lingering woody spice.
M: There is a heavy chewiness to the body and this beer sits heavily in my mouth. Low carbonation, smooth overall, with just a hint of tartness. Buttery mouthfeel from the oak.
O: Very drinkable, mellow, and smooth. This would be a nice intro sour beer. Flavors are more creamy and buttery than they are bright and tart. I wouldn’t know there was peach in this if the bottle didn’t say so, although it does have a nice stone fruit character. Solid for what it is.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and lightly hazy, medium golden color with a small, frothy head. The head sticks around for a bit, reducing down to a thin layer on top of the beer. There is a little bit of lacing from the remaining layer of the head. Overall, this is a really brilliant colored pour.

S- At first sniff, this beer displays a very complex and enticing scent. There is a light fruitiness up front from the peaches that almost smells like a yellow Gatorade (in a delicious way). Right after the light fruitiness, there is a light to moderate level of tartness that reveals itself. The tartness is very light and somewhat drying in flavor, very similar to a gueuze. The end of the drink is a blend of the somewhat sweet fruit and the somewhat sour base beer.

T- Peaches start off the taste, just like they did in the scent, and are juicy and a little more sour than the scent displayed. The tart component of the base beer ramps up more quickly here than in the smell of the beer, but is still just mild. The combo of the tartness and the peaches makes for a thirst quenching overall flavor for the beer through the middle of the drink. Towards the end, a light bitterness moves in and mixes in, giving a somewhat medicinal overall impression. Right at the end, a touch of oak dryness moves in and lingers on the tongue afgter the drink.

M- On the palate, the first thing that I notice about this beer's feel is that it is a touch on the thin side. The carbonation is on point for the style, being relatively high. The alcohol is undetectable in this beer and it is very easy to drink.

Overall, this is just a very interesting beer. The peaches and tartness are very enticing and delicious, but the odd, somewhat bitter flavor is a little distracting. I can only assume that the flavor came from the blend of the lager with the wild, sour beer. Still, this is a very good, thirst quenching, mildly sour beer and I would really like to try the different components of this beer separately.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with good clarity. One finger head is white and color. Head vanishes semi-quick. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is fruity and lacto forward. Peach nectarine, papaya, and orange. Pleasant but could use a bit more intensity.

Taste similar to the aroma but stronger. Lacto bite. Peach and nectarine lead the fruit flavors. A mix of citrus and tropical. A bit of yeastiness. Light malt, biscuit-like. Some green apple. Oak and vanilla.

Nice tart mouth feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fruit flavors linger. A bit of dryness at the end.

Very pleasant easy drinking wild ale. Good fruit flavors. Nice and tart without going all the way sour.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shiny new copper penny color with plenty of haziness. Just a trace of a fingernail of off white is barely present. The aroma is solely that of sweet peaches and oak. The Brett is barely detectable and took a few passes to appear. The flavor is strongly sweet with peach the has almost an apple like finish. The oak is present after the fade. The mouth is heavily carbonated and lightly syrupy.

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Photo of Crawfish61
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have not tried many sour beers but decided to try this one on recommendation from Chris Quin of the Beer Temple.
This is a beautiful beer. Loved the look of it. Nice head, great color.
Smelled like a wine to me. Sour dry peach
Tasted wine like from memory but has been a couple of years since I drank wine. Sour refreshing and very easy to drink.
The mouth feel was nice. Very carbonated.
I have had 2 other sours and I enjoyed this beer the best. I will buy again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden orange with two finger white head.

S- Sour, peaches, some grains, faint oak.

T- Some peaches, tart, some lemons, some sweet cereal grains, touch of funk, slight oak. Tasty, not overly bold flavors, nice balance.

M- Smooth, crisp medium body.

O- A nicely done sour, but could be more intense. As to bottle says I feel this a sour beer that people that don't like sours can enjoy. Worth picking up, but not as sour as other Lips of Faith beers like La Folie and Le Terroir

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Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Soft gold colored beer with bright white, fine bubble foam. Hazy appearance but no sediment. Moderate head retention that leaves spotty lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Light cereal, wheaty malt aroma - no hops. Moderate lemony tartness with medium funky brett aromatics (wet hay, mild oak), medium fruity aroma comes through - peach, apricot, stone fruit in general.

T: Mild grainy wheat malt flavor peaks through, no hop bitterness or flavors. The tartness is medium and clean. Funky brett flavors similar to the aroma come through moderately (damp basement and hay). Light oak flavor noticeable also. The fruit flavor is moderate but comes of slightly cooked tasting, peach is more distinguishable in the flavor then the aroma. Balance is between the sour and the fruit flavors.

M: Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Slight creamy mouthfeel and a slight puckering sensation at the back of the tongue.

O: Good beer, I would have liked more complexity from the bacteria / brett culture and I think the peaches came off a little cooked tasting (was it added post ferment?) But refreshing overall. I'd get it again if I saw it at a bar, but don't think I'd pickup another bomber.

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Photo of RJB66
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another try a a sour beer. The label says its for people that don't like sours. Well if I keep finding brews like this I'm gonna be a sour/wild ale fan!!

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Photo of Thollos
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy golden hue, with a small head that quickly fizzed out; left light lacing. Smelled of sour peaches, with hints of oak. Tasted sweet for a moment, then a punch of sour as it rolled over my tongue, before fading into a pleasant peach. Mouthfeel was crisp with a dry finish; reminded me of a cider almost.
New Belgium did a wonderful job with this one, and it's definitely sparked my interest in sours. Best by 2 April, 2017; might have to pick up a few more and see how it ages.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow hazy color. Thin head that faded quickly to a thin film, but left some decent lacing. Light aromas of peach, some sour/tart notes and some woody/oaky smells. Leathery/citrus/wood and tart peach flavors. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, but felt right, very crisp, with a nice dry finish. This was a great beer, NBB has really hit it right with this one.

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Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a compact head that shrinks to a creamy ring. Spotty patterns of lacing left on the glass for a little while. Aromas of dried peach rings and dusty basement. Juicy sweet stone fruit acidity, some white wine, cherries, and green apple...tartness doesn't really enter until swallowing. Dry on the gums, medium-light bodied. Nice...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange beer, nice white head... Aroma is sweet, juicy and fruity. Apricot pulp, papaya, peachy of course, bready malt, and mouth watering goodness. Taste is both sweet and tart. Tropical things and fleshy pitted fruits.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange with two fingers of loose foamy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming up at the edges.

Nose is fresh ripe peaches, light lactic and lemony tang.

Taste is lighter than the aroma, a bit of sweet peaches, but a bit of wheat bread and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Light finish, not much lingering on the palate. Refreshing carbonation that tickles at the tongue, tiny soft bubbles. Decent fruity beer for a warm day.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 July 2015. Best before 2 April 2017.
Glowing yellow orange. Hazy.
Smells faintly of sour peaches.
It reminds me of something. Lightly tart, and almost overly fruity. Lingering peachy artificiality on the aftertaste.
It's good, but not great. Glad I tried, wouldn't have again.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really drinkable sour. Peaches and nectarines mix well with the lager. This make it a remarkable drinkable beer and something that would be awesome in cans or 6 pack bottles.

Would drink again.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by citric acid and tart peach character. Soft floral notes and grain are subtle.

Flavor is fairly tart, with both citric and lactic acid underlying a soft malt body. The peach character emerges in the aftertaste.

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