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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 644
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 213
Gots: 105 | 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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Reviews: 259 | Hads: 644
Reviews by steadydose:
Photo of steadydose
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I remembered really liking a sample of this beer I had on draft a while back, I hope the bottle is just as good...

Poured this one into my tulip glass. The color on this one was a light amber with white head that recedes fairly fast, although it does maintain a small ring throughout the session.

Eric's Ale smells tart and fruity. Although there is definitely more tart smell than sweet. As it warmed up, it had a little funkiness to it. Pretty tame for a wild ale, but decent.

The initial taste had a mild acidity, the base beer seems pretty clean, maybe a belgian single. No hops are present in the taste. Erics ale is just clean and refreshing. I can taste a little bit of oak as the beer warms a little.

This beer had really good mouthfeel, good carbonation, light to medium body that was good for a beer this mild and refreshing.

This one is really drinkable, great intro beer to wild ales or fruit beers. My gripe with this beer is that it was to mild. Not enough tartness or funk for my taste. The bottle version wasn't as sour as the tap version I had previously. Good beer, but not something I would stock up on.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of peaches, not very sour, not a lot of wood notes. Some vanilla and fruit undertones. This was obviously brewed for the masses. It's definitely well made, just not how I remembered it.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blitz134
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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....

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andyfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ledouge
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictrokini
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades back into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity, sour, and funky aroma with a scent of citrus, funk, and oak. Solid presence of Brett yeast giving hints of funk along with some oak and wood hints. Big fruit presence with big hints of peaches along with some sour cherry and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, mango, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, and straw. Light hints of candied sugar. A very nice fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely fruity, funky, and moderately sour taste with notes of citrus, funky yeast, and oak. Upfront Brett and lacto yeast with a good dose of funk. Subtle notes of oak and wood. Big taste of fruit with notes of peaches, cherry, white grape, and pear. Citrus fruit notes of mango, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon. Pale malt notes of straw, wheat, and grains. Also some sweet notes of candied sugar. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, puckering, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good spin on a Sour Ale. Good funky Brett presence with some good fruit notes.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of iSrALE
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 glid02
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Beer21
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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