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

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Photo of eptolemy
1.08/5  rDev -73.9%

Photo of bagpiper2005
1.35/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had a taste of this at the Mountain Brewer's Beer Festival in Idaho Falls.

Pour: Light amber color with very little head. Kind of boring looking, not much to it.

Smell: Faint malt smell, no hops, and somewhat acidic.

Taste: Akin to concentrated lemon juice. No real beer flavor to speak of, only sourness and bitterness. Awful.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Undrinkable.

Final Notes: Of all the beers I tried, this was only beer I actually gagged on and spit out. Not recommended at all.

Photo of TPSReports
1.93/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had a taste of this on tap at the brewery in CO. It is served in limited quantities with the brewmaster, Eric is making it.

It has a bit of a flourescent color, kinda like urine after drinking a gatorade. The smell was peachy, literally.

The taste? Wow is was sour. Second sip? More sour than the first. I couldn't notice much else in this brew -- it was basically a sour peach candy flavor. To be fair, I met a few people at the brewery that were having growlers filled with this beer to take on the road with them. I didn't understand it, but they loved it.

I won't be searching for this beer.

Photo of beertunes
2.42/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, honey-gold color with over an inch of creamy white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was an oddly sweet-sour scent, that was very muted. Not much personality showed in the nose. The taste was unpleasantly sour, not the bold interesting sour typical of the style. I didn't really pick up any other flavors, but there had to be some there. Right?

The body was thin, but still OK. Drinkability was just meh. You could drink this, but why? Overall, not a very interesting brew, you won't be missing anything if you skip over it.

Photo of birchstick
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, caramel brownish amber without much of a head. Smells of peaches And some grain malts. Taste follows the nose. A bit of a peach flavor, but rather subtle. next are some VERY muted sour citric tones. Not much else on the palate. I was extremely underwhelmed by this guy. I don't know where all of the flavors went on this, maybe it was a bad keg?

Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of PuckLSHS
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this one on tap today at Hollingshead in Orange, CA.

Appearance- Light in color, a very very light amber color. It was very bubbly and clear.

Smell- Peach, tropical fruit and a very fruity finish...VERY fruity smell. Definitely masked the sourness in the taste portion of the night.

Taste- Sweet and very sour fruit beer that, for me, is just a tad overwhelming for the actual brew. I would prefer a slightly less sour flavor so that I could get a bit more of the peach flavor that I got in the smell.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and dry. Close to a brut champagne.

Drinkability- I would get this again at the end of a night, but I would not pick it as a great everyday beer. It has a more sour taste than most of the flemish sours than I am used to. Not counting this one out, but not entirely thrilled with it.

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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 beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Poured a golden color with good carbonation leaving a small white head

S: Light peach, sourness and funk

T: Where is the peach? Plenty of sourness and funk though

M:Dry, well carbonated, booze

D: While it was not bad I was looking for flavor other than straight sourness

Photo of AndyCowles75
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden color. Two fingers of frothy white head with just below average retention and not really any lacing.

3.5 S: Definitely more funky and fruity than sour. The peach comes through well initially, but fades upon further sniffs, and there's some wild apple in there too. A touch of muskiness and general barnyard. A smaller touch of acetic acid. Good, but would be great if it was more intense.

3.0 T: The taste suffers from the same problem as the nose. It's tasty, but the flavors seem muted. Not nearly as sour or funky as I had predicted. The peach flavor is there and it probably is the major component of the taste. Other than that, there is a light barnyard flavor and a light acetic acid flavor. Some apple and pear as well. Mild sweetness to balance. A small amount of oak and a tiny amount of astringency.

3.5 M: Lightish body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. Average.

3.5 D: Goes down really easy, but this isn't the greatest. Aroma and taste need to be amplified about 5X for this to be a good brew. It is tasty though. In any case, I needed a good sour fix and this didn't do it.

Photo of caskstrength
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Peach not evident. If it didn't say it on the label, doubt I would identify it. More lactic than acetic sourness, but not intensely sour. Fruit there too. Mouthfeel as expected, not too thin or thick. Didn't find much wood or oak or other barrel aged things.

Verdict: nothing stands out here. Most of the sours I've had so far are better. Can't see me drinking this much down the road. Kind of got bored half way through the bottle.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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 wisrarebeer
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: mid-brown, slight haze, poured with a nice head that dissipated in about 5 minutes
S: mid sour nose but doesn't parallel Belgium sours, seems a bit unrefined and lack depth and finish
T: pronounced sourness, peach is not overly noticeable, not in the league of Belgium sours but decent attempt, lacked complexity and refinement
M: not overly carbonated, lacks depth and character, more like a lambic than a gueuze

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper, thin quickly fading head that turns to a nice looking film over the top of the brew.

The smell is of oak, tart stone fruits and very sweet/sour.

Flavor is tart yet not overly so as it rounds out to a sweetness. THe peaches are definately detectable. The wood facet is understated but present. Honestly I could go for a little less peach, and more complexity. This isn't quite carbonated peach juice, for it definately has some sourness, but it is like the bottle says "a sour for those who dislike sours"

The body is pretty light and there is an abundant amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is okay, nothing to great. I would not seek this one out again. I do not regret giving it a go though. If nothing else it is definately refreshing.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. Reviewed 6/24/2010. Bottled 25-Feb 2010.

Ar: Lactic, light acetic, brett funk, tart, very acidic initial smell, floral fruit, similar acid smell to La Folie, some mild RR character

Ap: Light/med white head, good retention, lace, clear gold/brass

T: fruity and tart, mild brett, peach, slightly thin sweet watery end, peach becomes stronger with warmth, good mix, acidic but not burning, unique fruit profile, brett funk milder than in the aroma, better with warmth but seems too young for good sour/brett character

M: ends with sweetness and mild acid, more acedic initially (but never burning), medium carbonation, lacking in finish

O: weak finish but good, more barrel time for complexity/dryness would be nice, it is good when i'm tasting it, but the aftertaste is not good, better with warmth and time, but still mild

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of yeast, sweet fruit, a touch of caramel, and sour malt.

taste is tart, sour malt, wild yeast, some fruit, and a sweetness in the back, end is tart and sour.

overall a good sour ale, the fruit come out nicely.

Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eric's is a light, clear orange-amber with a light tan highly carbonated head. A light gueuze-like aroma with an earthy sour fruit and light wood notes. Flavors of light peach and wood although not much. Light sourness balances the sweetness. Very moderate carbonation and even mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry with light woodiness.

Eric's ale is right inbetween a gueuze and a lambic. It's not overly sweet or sour, there are no strong flavors and the mouthfeel is very even for either style. It delivers exactly what it says on the bottle. It's for those that don't like (or have never had) a sour or a lambic. This is a good beer but at $8 I think I would rather buy one or the other styles that I am in the mood for.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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