Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale - New Belgium Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2011 13:34:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.