Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, rosy medium amber color with a lone patch of white foam residue. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Lactic tartness of a type usually attributable to a sour wheat beer is at the fore, with vinous fruit and old wood barrel also showing up. When this beer was served on draft, some months earlier, it featured a more prominent fresh peach smell that is mostly hidden in this approximately four-month-old bottle.
T: Begins with soft lactic sourness that reveals just a phantom of peach character, before oak swells on the palate. Dryness fades in the middle but then returns in the biscuity finish. Bright vinous qualities also linger as lactic acid lends to a well-rounded marriage of flavors throughout.
M: Light to medium viscosity with light carbonation. Acidity is prominently featured but does not present a barrier to enjoyment.
D: After the first sip, once the palate becomes acclimated to this beer's sensory qualities, it is quite a pleasure to enjoy. While New Belgium produces one more well-known sour beer that really is aggressively sour (la folie), this beer features a more restrained approach to the style. Eric's Ale falls comfortably between some less aggressive sours (such as Telegraph reserve wheat of any of Cascade's lighter fare) and more potent offerings (the sour ales of Russian River or the aforementioned la folie). Having had this beer on draft as well as from the bottle, each does seem to emphasize different qualities of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2010 17:06:46 | More by beagle75
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