Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2011 04:18:45 | More by alleykatking
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