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

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 199
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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Reviews by Dixonian:
Photo of Dixonian
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man Dallas. Standard pint glass.

I had a 4 oz taster of this at a beer fest a bit back and was excited to enjoy a full pint.
Head disappears quickly and leaves some lacing but not much.
A bit of a sour smell, some of the peach comes through. Tastes tart and has a dryness to it-hard to explain. Amazingly complex flavour-definately not too sour for my tastes. Reminds me a bit of a liquid jolly rancher. Mouthfeel is nice-quite silky.
I've had sours before that are knock your head off sour. This is nowhere near that-suprisingly drinkable. I would love to enjoy one of these on a hot summer day whilst grilling.

Hard to find (i've never seen a bottle in any of the stores I frequent) but totally worth trying if you get the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a deep golden look about it. A small white head doing its best to stick around.

The aroma is like a lactic candied peach.

Very refreshing tartness bursts onto the tongue immediately and flows into a slightly sweet peach and mango finish. The oak makes just a slight appearance late. Chuggable.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Perfect warm weather quencher or a pairing with lighter fare.

Photo of weatherdog
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, poured into a 10oz. snifter

It pours an clear amber honey with a very minimal head that dies quickly into just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is very inviting, huge peach smells with a noticeable acidic tartness. There is also some funky Brett notes a the end.

The taste mirrors the huge tart peach flavors dominate most the of palette with some white wine notes as well. Towards the middle and end the Brett influence becomes heavy with a funky dryness. The sourness level is medium at best but the fruit influence is big and that makes it a great approachable sour tasting beer.

The carbonation level was on the high side and coupled with the tart dryness of the finish made for a light, bubbly and pretty easy drinking wild ale. I was excited to hear it was on tap at my local beer bar since I have wanted to try it for a long time and it didn't disappoint.

Photo of blitz134
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chance to have a one-off release from New Belgium, you say?!?! I didn't miss the opportunity to have this one while I was in Denver at the Falling Rock.

Clear yellowish with orange hints in the body. White head formed a thin layer on top, grips the glass sporadically. The smell is amazing on this. Its tart and sour with tart apples and cherries. Subtle hints of wood come forth as well. The flavor follows suit. This one makes my jaws tingle a bit. The mouthfeel is definately thicker than I was expecting, pushing medium bodied. The flavor really lingers. Definately an amazing brew, nice and tart but not overly so. Good stuff....

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

Served in a small fluted glass. Looks a bit like ginger ale, with a thin white, bubbly head. lots of bubbles line the glass, and there are a few constant vertical streams.

Smells a bit like a fruity white wine.

Wow. Surprisingly light and refreshing. Detectable peach undertone. Not nearly as sour as I expected. Great finishing flavor. You could pass this off as champagne to someone who didn't know any better. I like it better than any champagne I've ever tried though.

More drinkable than any sour beer I can remember. Fruit beer too for that matter.

Great gateway sour.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of peaches, oak and some tartness. The flavor is peaches with medium tartness. The beer finishes very dry. There is also some oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour ale from New Belgium.

Photo of magictrokini
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ PP-Carlsbad. Pours clear gold with a shortlived white head. Fresh peach aroma with a little wheat/grass aroma. Taste is tart peaches, but not overwhelming to the point of puckering. The peach flavor tastes fresh and real, not canned or dried. Dry, somewhat sweet finish. It was very close, but I liked this more than La Folie.

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

Bottle

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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts and tart fruits - pears, green apples, and hints of peaches.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors are quickly overtaken by good amounts of mildly tart fruit flavors - pears and peaches are most prevalent however there are still hints of green apples. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a refreshing light sour - somewhat similar to DFH's Festina Peche. Not quite up to the La Folie level but it's a tasty beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of sloejams
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on draught, Father's Office, LA 9/1/08. $8 for a snifter

I love, love, love New Belgium's La Folie, so I was excited to try their latest sour. This pours a cloudy orange with limited head. Nice funk coming from the nose - lots of Brett, sour apple and barn. Got a great pucker from the first sip, but then the palate lightens up and allows other sensations to take in. I get the sour vinegar bite but also some peach, nectarine and even a bit of Belgian candied sugar. Quite drinkable for a sour - I happily drank two.

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

Sampled at Monk's Cafe at their NB dinner. The beer poured a clear golden body with a slight white head. The nose is of peach, some funk and other fruit esters. The taste is more mellow than La Folie or La Terrior but very pleasing in its own respect with a nice peach, sour taste to it. There is also a peppery touch to it and overall a solid carbonated body. Eric Salazar said this was supposed to be a one off beer but they are already planning to produce again.

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

22oz bottle, split amongst 3-4 people

A - bright orange in color, creamy off-white foam about a quarte of an inch thick which stuck around for a good bit.

S - sweet and juicy peaches, oranges, a bit tart. very subtle bit of yeast funk underneath.

T - flash of rich juicy citrusy fruits before a sharp yet not overwhelming sourness kicks in. great balance for the style as the fruits meld nicely together.

M - light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. finishes a bit dry from the sourness with lingering candied fruits

D - i hate peaches, one of about 3 foods i dont eat...so i was expecting to not be a fan of this but boy was i wrong. very drinkable and refreshing, with enough going on to keep it interesting. well done.

Photo of cokes
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden bronze with a sizzling white cap that gasses itself out within moments. There is some lingering collar and patchy glass staining.
Flares of apple cider vinegar shoot up the nostrils. Backings of dehydrated peaches and old leather, all covered in lemon juice. All sorts of tannins, but nothing exclusively woody. This is far more tart than I was expecting. And that's alright. As it warms, some honeyed maltiness provides contrast.
It rushes through the mouth. Tsunamis of sour. Gueuze-like. Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. Peach probably wouldn't have been noticed explicitly, but since it's indicated, there it is in the background. Still sour as hell: lactic acid and burn and urea. But there's a quelling moment where the golden, bready maltiness pokes through. It lingers with still-tart notions of Chardonnay, with all its implicit, oaky, grapey, buttery hues.
The medium body stays rapidly carbonated throughout, even as it visually dwindles. It's literally got a Champagne personality and feel.
I really didn't know what I was getting into here. Apart from La Folie, I've been indifferent to the Lips of Faith series (and NB in general). The name "Eric's Ale" doesn't divulge much, but I know I didn't expect the offspring of Champagne and Berliner Weisse. But that's what I got.
Unexpectedly fantastic stuff.

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

On-tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Served in a New Belgium wide-mouth tulip.

Atomic tangerine body, quite clear once the chill haze dissipates. Two fingers of seashell foam recedes quickly to a thin dusting of fizz. Nice even coating of sandy lacing falls away rapidly, chased down by sluggish legs.

Grape skins, peach pits, orange zest, and lots of wild oak notes in the nose.

Bright and juicy on the palate with iced summer fruit and a plethora of gentle acid notes suggesting citrus, wild yeast, and a hint of yellow sour grass. Tart, dry finish with a touch of minerality suggesting prosecco.

Creamy, spritzy, medium-light bodied with a weak astringency.

Very refreshing with just enough funk to keep you interested and enough tartness to abate the fructose-like sweetness. Another great offering from the Lips of Faith series.

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

Not too far removed from 'a foot dipped in peach water', Eric's Ale is tangy, fruity, and cheesy.

It pours a hazy golden peach/apricot beneath bright white head of creamy froth. The head retention is surprisingly good for the style, and it leaves craggy 'blocks', spots, and splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is soft "barnyard" with peach and other fruit. I find more mud, leather, and mineral that I do manure. The cheesy hop notes appear in the flavor. It's pretty typical, and very nicely balanced... certainly not sweet like some of the more commercial examples of the style.

Quite interesting, refreshing, and complex enough to keep you coming back. Worth seeking out!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schen9303 for splitting this one with me. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Duchesse oversize wine glass.

A: Gentle pour yields no head, just a thin white wisp atop a clear, goldenrod brew. Lacing is spotty and with no real cling. Not a real looker though a more vigorous pour probably would've help.

S: Nose is subtle and a bit washed out. A bit of oak and a tickle of tartness. Peach and other fruit flavors pushed way in the back. On point but not the most aromatic.

T: Opens oak and a bit watery. Hints of sweet peach and cane sugar. Peach flavors and tartness comes in towards the middle and end, souring and developing as it lingers on the palate. Dries out towards the finish which is moderately puckering. Aftertaste is wood and yeast, and tart peach.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Invigorating and coarse in the mouth and goes down abrasive. Finish is dry and aftertaste lingers.

D: A slightly above-average AWA that could use a bit of help in the nose department and perhaps a bit of age in flavor. Seems a bit watered down at times but its not bad by any means. Worth picking up if you can get it on the cheap.

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

on-tap, brickhouse rooftop

appearance: served in the classic new belgium chalice - golden peach body, nice beige froth

smell: tart and spring-y, peach, apricot, lemon zest, apple and cherry

taste: a much more impressive ale than the fall wild ale i had a few nights prior - eric's is light and tart. lemon zest, peach, apricot, apple cider vinegar, dry bready malts. Very drinkable - actually a near perfect ale for sitting up on a rooftop in the summer

mouthfeel: light, tart, refreshing

drinkability: great

Photo of beertooth
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's pre-FoBAB party. Served in one of their weird tulip/goblet glasses.

This beer is a hazy golden liquid with a thin white collar.

The nose is mildly sour, apricots, peaches, slight citrus, some brett funk, lactic sourness, some hay and tangy wheat as well.

The first sip gives me some mild tartness, orange, unripe stone fruits, brett funk, wet hay, more peaches, white grape skin and tart apples. It's a little mild and has a nice dry finesh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gritty bubble bite.

An excellent beer and i was really excited to try it. I wouldn't mind trying to hunt down a bottle or two.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tape @ the bridge

pour was a orange hue with light golden waves. light frothy head.

soft peach and sourness with a hint of sweet candy

nice light sourness through out. very light funky malty body. the finish is where the peach flavor would emerge.

light body, very light all around. mild carbonation.

very light and easy, never over the top.

Photo of russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap july 2nd at falling rock tap house. yum

Pours super hazy amber with a 1" white head in a stem-like beer glass. Clears pretty good & leaves insane lacing & pretty good head retention

Smell: Sour & berry notes

T: Tart & sour with ras/black/berry notes. Apple peel notes follow then pepper. Finishes tart & quenching

MF: Spritzy, puckery with super carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, as good as any Lambic I had in BE. Has nice summer time twang to it. Would love to see a bottled version of this (assume a lot of aging & blending) to see how it holds up. This is one that will hold its own on the world stage (taste-wise) IMO

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up in a wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Eric's Ale pours a golden straw with a light cap of foam. Offers a nice clarity and maintains a light cap, dispersing some spotty lacing.

Nose is sweet and tart and a bit sour with some earthy hops through the foam. Quite welcoming though surely not overwhelming. Touch of light fruit and alcohol esters and with a subtle hint of sourness after a long draw.

Taste is light and follows the nose. Bit of sweet fruit and only slightly tart. Carbonation is present though subtle and nicely balanced. Green apple and pear seem more dominant than any peach flavors until the finish. Not too wild about this wild ale. Typical feel and finish yet underwhelming.

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass..

With little to no head whatsoever this looks like apple juice in the glass. Aroma of sweet apples, pears, grains (pilsner malt?) with a minor phenolic tartness. I'm not quite getting the peaches on the taste, apricots maybe. Sourness is is restrained and only noticeable via prickle of carbonation, in fact sour is too strong a word. Medium to heavy mouthfeel for the style, perhaps a lighter body would allow the flavors to be more pronounced. Still, this beer is enjoyable and i wouldn't mind having it again.

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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