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

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 464
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 208
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite clear for a sour, light orange. Smells bready, tart, peach essence, tropical fruit. Taste is light malt body anchored by a bracing tartness, big sour peach notes evolve to creamy fruit, persimmon, as the sour fades. Feels a bit fizzy, but the fizz works well to amplify the sour punch on the palate. Tasty peachy sour. (333 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap.

Appearance - Light orange hue.

Smell - Light tart, light funk.

Taste - Same as smell.

Mouthfeel - Light. Very drinkable.

Overall - Nice sour

Grade (B) (167 characters)

Photo of M_chav
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really light and crisp, awesome summer time brew on a hot day. I wish it was more pungent and tart on the tongue, need a bit more flavor and complexity but this is a simple wild ale with good character. (202 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves almost nothing on the top. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold. The look is pretty but I wouldn't it was spectacular or very memorable.

The beer smell has a nice apricot tartness to the smell in addition to various other fruits. The smell definitely has a nice peach note to it and a light bitter hop note to it as well. Also, there seems to be a slight sweetness from what I think is wheat.

The taste is also pretty good and fruity. The peach tartness in the smell is also found in the taste as well as a bit of the fructose. The fructose taste actually isn't bad and rather complements the tart very well. The hop bitterness is still in the beer but is much lighter than in the smell.

The feel is nice and refreshing despite the slight syrup feel. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter and smoother than it would without it.

Overall, a good beer and worth getting. It was a pretty easy drink and a nice introduction to sours as far as I am concerned. (1,039 characters)

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

i have been waiting for this beer forever. they finally released it again, stoked! not cheap either. i was a little disappointed with the lack of head and of carbonation more generally, it needs a little life, but thats my only real critique of this otherwise exceptional beer from new belgium. i also did not know it was a lager blended in, thats pretty neat, although being a higher gravity one, its hard to really pick up much lager yeast elements in this brew. opaque orange in color, rusty around the edges, with some patchy airy bubbles around the edges and a mouthwatering nose of sweet peaches and lacto. the first thing i thought when i tasted it, was that it seemed more like a peach beer, brewed with peaches, and sour fermented. it seemed more integrated than a beer brewed as a blonde or something, and aged in oak with bugs and fruit. it seems like a peach ale first, although from the brief description here, it seems like that isnt true, just what i got from it i guess. the peach is sweet and not as authentic tasting as some others out there, but its not phony either, just more of the sugars remain i suppose. the wild side of this is crazy, super sour but with all the body and sugar, the acidity is balanced really well. sort of a richer fruit sour, not thin and fizzy and vinegar forward like so many. i was really impressed by this on the whole, its super layered and nuanced, but the residual sugar is a little high for me, and the relative lack of carbonation is a real issue. still, this has to stand as one of the best new belgium beers ive had, i know its a process to produce, and im so glad to have it around again. i had it on tap at park burger in rino, but i am going to pick up a bottle too, that should possibly help carbonation issues. (1,771 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange with a white fluffy head that quickly disappeared, not a whole lot of carbonation,

A: Green apple tart funk, sour vinegar like aroma, pears, apricots, sweetness comes through pretty good, slight yeast. Peaches? Smells pretty good.

T: Green apple sourness, slight oak coming through, pear, apricot, peach like sweetness, alcohol well hidden, there's a nice white wine dry like finish, pretty tasty.

M: Medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Pretty good, not very sour or tart, but it has some nice complexity and depth on the flavor, the hint of oak adds another dimension, was not very impressed at first but as the beer warmed some other aromas and flavors came through. (759 characters)

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My entire vicinity smells of peaches. Wonderful. Pours with a light golden haze and minimal yet present head. Flavor follows the aroma quite captivatingly. There is nothing fake or reserved about the peach on this ale. The lactose and wood aging prevent this beer from becoming one dimensional, yet it can suffer for being a little too much if you're drinking one alone. (370 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 6/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, oak, light white wine vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, oak, light white wine vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, light vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended fruit sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the lighter amount of acidity. This would be a great introduction sour for those that have not had one before; and is a very enjoyable offering for me as well. (1,852 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent wild ale from NB. It doesn't quite have the peach flavor I was looking for, but it did come through on the finish. It's tart, but not bracingly sour, and all in all, a very well made sour blonde. (213 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - "Best Enjoyed by April 2, 2017":

Pours hazed golden with a thin lasting head. Thin trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some wood, sour notes, peach.

The taste is not puckering sour, but there is sour in the taste. Woody notes complement without overwhelming. Peach is used well too - just enough to give it a refreshing fruit character in the finish.

Alcohol is very well covered. Silky smooth, crisp and refreshing.

I like how the wood, the sour notes and the peach blend well without one being dominant. It's not the funky wild ale type, but a unique, fruit-flavored (and great choice of fruit!) more mellow, sour/wild ale that is easy-to-drink, rather subtle, and very enjoyable! (706 characters)

Photo of grover37
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty disappointed with this one. Not a lot there to be honest. Some peach and a mild complexity in terms of sourness through the taste. Pretty thin and no oak character. (171 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with 1" fluffy white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention isn't bad, some fairly impressive lacing.

S: Some lactic tartness & definite peach notes. Some citrus. I suppose the oak is mildly detectable.

T: Some would call this brew subtle, but I prefer to call it bland. Leads with fairly distinct peach & citrus rind. Mid palate is off-sweet with some underripe berry notes. There's a slight lactic tang throughout, but it's unimpressive. The finish reads as artificial peach, at least to me.

M: Lowish to moderate carb married to a soapy middleweight body.

O: It's nothing if not unique. It's just not speaking to me. (716 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a New Belgium goblet glass.

Poured a slightly hazy light orange body, one finger white head with fair retention time, no lacing. Smells of peaches, grainy malt, mild lacto, mild oak. Some bread. It's moderately peachy, but not superbly acidic or funky in the nose. Balanced. Flavour is similarly balanced, with a mild-moderate lactic acidity, a fair amount of peach, minimal oak, no funk, a fair bit of whole grain breadiness. It's pretty solid, a bit tame, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink, refreshing. It's not too sour or acidic or funky; I can see this appealing to a lot of people. Overall, a decent peach wild that drinks more like a fruited saison or something more restrained than a straight American wild ale. It's not superbly sour, it's moderately bready, and has a fair bit of peach flavour to it. If you're expecting Fuzzy or a peach'd La Folie, I'd look elsewhere. (987 characters)

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was surprising, I had heard great thing about Erics Ale from a good amount of people who don't really enjoy sours or fruited beer.

I really didn't enjoy this.

The nose is solid, getting nice peach notes. The appearance is a slightly murky golden hue with good carb.

The taste is where this brew fell apart in my opinion, after taking a big whiff and preparing to be blown away, I am met with very very subtle peache flavors and wood characteristics that are almost immediately replaced with a funky bland almost bandaid like taste.

Pretty dissapointed with how this stacked up to the word of mouth. (609 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque golden with a one finger white head that dissipates pretty fast. Ample lacing.

S: Peaches pop up with a flourish. A sweet lambic scent follows.

T: Like diving into a bowl of peach ice cream. Peachy keen and sensual. Lambic sweet/sour and highly quaffable.

M: Low to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A great share beer but easily drinkable alone. A nice surprise from the Lips of Faith series. (457 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This sour has a nice look, with a hazy touch. The aroma is right on point with a sour. The taste is huge with peaches, but the sour bite drops a bit. The sour impact is lovely though. (183 characters)

Photo of DavidHume
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark golden, with a white head which quickly dissipates. The beer smells of sweet peaches, not much more. The taste is less peachy, and not terribly sour, somewhere between a German-style Berlinerweisse and a mild lambic. It's also much sweeter and has a noticeably more substantial body than most other sour wild ales.

Overall, it's good, but not exceptional. Worth a try, but not worth trying again. (403 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a New Belgium 2013 Brewery globe glass.


The beer pours a nice, golden peach color, apricot and straw hues with a thick finger of white head, little retention but nice spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, funky yeast, musty wood, peach pit, a little lactic tartness, bright stone fruits with a little bit of citrus. The flavors are right in line, loads of fruity and sour peach, pitted stone fruits, funk, citrus, damp wood, nicely balanced with good brightness. The malt bill is more prominent on the tongue, sticky and slightly sugary adds a nice counterbalance to the sour qualities of the beer. The mouthfeel is nice, lively and carbonated yet gentle and it coats quite well, finishes with a creamy feel and a lingering sour note.


Verdict: A really nice American Wild Ale from New Belgium, certainly one of their best products. It's bright, funky, fruit, delicate, well balanced and shows no signs of being 7.00% ABV. I look forward to seeing this release again, hopefully sooner than later. (1,038 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy orange sunshine based body hosts a off white skim of head. Nose is a musty funk with peach basket and horse blanket. With first sip I am very impressed with how well the peach is represented here. It is nicely tart and super juicy. Peach skin and luscious pulp is all here. Funky and well done overall. If this gets a bit more sour with age it will be truly amazing. (379 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy peach. Full head on the pour that mostly recedes.Messy, lingering lacing.
smell: Fruity and tart.
taste: a little sweetness up front along with the tart and fruity thing.
overall: really pleasant and refreshing on this hot day. No perceptible alcohol. (263 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium clarity yellow with a thin head and spotty lacing. passable for the style.

Aroma: Funky/fruity stone fruit and pear with a very slight touch of acetic acid.

Flavor: Mild light lactic and even light acetic. Mostly peach smarties brand candies.

Mouthfeel:Medium light, touch of residual sugar. (314 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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. (195 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does what it says it will do: fruity but not too fruity, sour, but more just tart. Peach flavor comes out nicely, but still tastes like a tart beer rather than a lambic. Also has an interesting fruit vinegar and yeast nose. Not really my style, and I certainly didn't need 22 oz. of it before getting a bit sore of tongue, but points for achieving their goal so well. (370 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention sucks, perhaps as expected. Not to mention, the head's texture is fizzy and bubbly like soda. Very little lacing sticks to the glass. (2.75)

Smell: The sourness here seems like basic lacto notes, rather than a complex and nuanced brett funk. Still, it counterbalances the peach nicely. Even without the tart touches, this beer's fruitiness doesn't come off overly sugary. Letting it open up will reveal some oak and vanilla. I don't think this has the aroma of a world-class sour ale, but it's plenty likable for what it wants to accomplish. (3.5)

Taste: At first, this is almost crazy sour...for about a second. After that brief onslaught, the lacto flavors intertwine with peach sweetness to create a well-rounded brew. The finish is oaky and buttery. It hits the basics beautifully, but it doesn't develop much complexity beyond said basics. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This is a nice and dry beer. I swear I get a touch of booze on the back end, which is slightly off-putting. That's about the only niggle I have with the feel - it's fairly delicate and light (not insubstantial), going down easily. Medium carbonation is slightly obscured by the body - whatever, this is really fuckin' easy to drink. (3.75)

Overall: This isn't my favorite sour ale, not even from this brewery. But, it's still pretty good, and fairly approachable. The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is - I mean seriously, I'm killing an entire bomber as quickly as I would a typical 12 oz. IPA bottle (quicker, even...) For my $15 or so, however, I'd rather buy La Folie. (3.5)

3.48/5: Hey Eric, this one is pretty damn good (1,734 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. Some sticky lace is left behind.

S: Light sourness on the nose. Some sweet peach flesh with a pale malt backing. Slightly yeasty.

T: Mild pucker upon the initial sip with some peach pit and light peach juice. Pale malts with a sour lemon grass as well. The flavors are all very light.

M: Light bodied and dry with a medium carbonation level.

O: This has definitely faded. Still dry and easy drinking however. Worth a tick. (547 characters)

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