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

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 617
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 212
Gots: 94 | FT: 5
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 larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy but a brilliant golden orange with a slight amount of airy carboation.

Peach, stone fruit, lactic acid, and a slight mustiness, but overall very fruity and a sense of tartness.

Same as aroma, but seems toned down in comparison. A light acidity and sweet peach flavor shine through.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, light, soft, subtle tartness.

Overall, while I would enjoy a bit more acidity, the light and smooth lager body paired with a touch of peachy tartness makes for a worthwhile brew.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip from 650ml bottle
Look - semi-clear honey-gold color. Slight white head that fades into a small skim. No lace
Smell - not a huge funk aroma with some lacto and citric acid coming through. You do get a lemon-lime Gatorade smell. A bit of the wood is present as well.
Taste - acidic sharpness with a white grape, lemon, tart apple and earthy funk.
Feel - a little prickly. Medium body and a semi-dry finish.
Overall - easy-drinking sour that doesn't crank up the tartness. Would be a great introductory sour for those looking to get into this style.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best by April 2, 2017.

A: Murky, light honey-colored body with a scant 1/2 finger of sudsy head. Quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Citric and lactic acid strike first, bolstered by underlying lemon, white grape and strawberry. More subtle and slightly earthy funk. Grass.

T: Sour strawberry, peach and lemony citric acid initially with a mild to moderate tartness level. Tempered with some sweet, pilsner malt notes and an undercurrent of mellow hops that take things to a semi-dry finish. Some lingering peach and tang in the aftertaste with a touch of hop bitterness. Alcohol is rather hidden at 7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to light body. I think this one could use a little more effervescence.

O: Not bad. Mellow and easy drinking with some nice tartness and good peach essence. Ultimately, I found it a bit too sweet and a bit cloying by the end of the bottle. Not quite the depth I was looking for.


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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am actually super surprised I liked this beer as much as I did. I have enjoyed the Lips of Faith series, but their most recent offering of the pear ginger beer really turned me off. It was very artificial tasting, which lead me to believe Eric's ale would be similar. Luckily for me, it wasn't. It had really nice tartness with a good touch of peach on the finish. I actually plan to buy more of these soon.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy powdery light orange color with a couple fingers of fuzzy bright white head that faded into a lasting collar. A network of soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Musty nose with hints of grains, creamy yeast, and spicy wood. I get some minerally notes and just a hint of tart acidity and stone fruit.
T: Nice mix of light tartness, creamy yeast and grains, and a kiss of semisweet stone fruit juice. Flavors are not sharp or potent, and there is a nice clean mellowness to everything. I get minerally and lager flavors up front, followed by cracked grains and wheat. The finish has a touch of sweet peach juice, and the aftertaste is smooth and buttery, with a kiss of lingering woody spice.
M: There is a heavy chewiness to the body and this beer sits heavily in my mouth. Low carbonation, smooth overall, with just a hint of tartness. Buttery mouthfeel from the oak.
O: Very drinkable, mellow, and smooth. This would be a nice intro sour beer. Flavors are more creamy and buttery than they are bright and tart. I wouldn’t know there was peach in this if the bottle didn’t say so, although it does have a nice stone fruit character. Solid for what it is.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright and lightly hazy, medium golden color with a small, frothy head. The head sticks around for a bit, reducing down to a thin layer on top of the beer. There is a little bit of lacing from the remaining layer of the head. Overall, this is a really brilliant colored pour.

S- At first sniff, this beer displays a very complex and enticing scent. There is a light fruitiness up front from the peaches that almost smells like a yellow Gatorade (in a delicious way). Right after the light fruitiness, there is a light to moderate level of tartness that reveals itself. The tartness is very light and somewhat drying in flavor, very similar to a gueuze. The end of the drink is a blend of the somewhat sweet fruit and the somewhat sour base beer.

T- Peaches start off the taste, just like they did in the scent, and are juicy and a little more sour than the scent displayed. The tart component of the base beer ramps up more quickly here than in the smell of the beer, but is still just mild. The combo of the tartness and the peaches makes for a thirst quenching overall flavor for the beer through the middle of the drink. Towards the end, a light bitterness moves in and mixes in, giving a somewhat medicinal overall impression. Right at the end, a touch of oak dryness moves in and lingers on the tongue afgter the drink.

M- On the palate, the first thing that I notice about this beer's feel is that it is a touch on the thin side. The carbonation is on point for the style, being relatively high. The alcohol is undetectable in this beer and it is very easy to drink.

Overall, this is just a very interesting beer. The peaches and tartness are very enticing and delicious, but the odd, somewhat bitter flavor is a little distracting. I can only assume that the flavor came from the blend of the lager with the wild, sour beer. Still, this is a very good, thirst quenching, mildly sour beer and I would really like to try the different components of this beer separately.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with good clarity. One finger head is white and color. Head vanishes semi-quick. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is fruity and lacto forward. Peach nectarine, papaya, and orange. Pleasant but could use a bit more intensity.

Taste similar to the aroma but stronger. Lacto bite. Peach and nectarine lead the fruit flavors. A mix of citrus and tropical. A bit of yeastiness. Light malt, biscuit-like. Some green apple. Oak and vanilla.

Nice tart mouth feel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fruit flavors linger. A bit of dryness at the end.

Very pleasant easy drinking wild ale. Good fruit flavors. Nice and tart without going all the way sour.

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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 Crawfish61
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have not tried many sour beers but decided to try this one on recommendation from Chris Quin of the Beer Temple.
This is a beautiful beer. Loved the look of it. Nice head, great color.
Smelled like a wine to me. Sour dry peach
Tasted wine like from memory but has been a couple of years since I drank wine. Sour refreshing and very easy to drink.
The mouth feel was nice. Very carbonated.
I have had 2 other sours and I enjoyed this beer the best. I will buy again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden orange with two finger white head.

S- Sour, peaches, some grains, faint oak.

T- Some peaches, tart, some lemons, some sweet cereal grains, touch of funk, slight oak. Tasty, not overly bold flavors, nice balance.

M- Smooth, crisp medium body.

O- A nicely done sour, but could be more intense. As to bottle says I feel this a sour beer that people that don't like sours can enjoy. Worth picking up, but not as sour as other Lips of Faith beers like La Folie and Le Terroir

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Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Soft gold colored beer with bright white, fine bubble foam. Hazy appearance but no sediment. Moderate head retention that leaves spotty lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Light cereal, wheaty malt aroma - no hops. Moderate lemony tartness with medium funky brett aromatics (wet hay, mild oak), medium fruity aroma comes through - peach, apricot, stone fruit in general.

T: Mild grainy wheat malt flavor peaks through, no hop bitterness or flavors. The tartness is medium and clean. Funky brett flavors similar to the aroma come through moderately (damp basement and hay). Light oak flavor noticeable also. The fruit flavor is moderate but comes of slightly cooked tasting, peach is more distinguishable in the flavor then the aroma. Balance is between the sour and the fruit flavors.

M: Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Slight creamy mouthfeel and a slight puckering sensation at the back of the tongue.

O: Good beer, I would have liked more complexity from the bacteria / brett culture and I think the peaches came off a little cooked tasting (was it added post ferment?) But refreshing overall. I'd get it again if I saw it at a bar, but don't think I'd pickup another bomber.

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Photo of RJB66
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another try a a sour beer. The label says its for people that don't like sours. Well if I keep finding brews like this I'm gonna be a sour/wild ale fan!!

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Photo of Thollos
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy golden hue, with a small head that quickly fizzed out; left light lacing. Smelled of sour peaches, with hints of oak. Tasted sweet for a moment, then a punch of sour as it rolled over my tongue, before fading into a pleasant peach. Mouthfeel was crisp with a dry finish; reminded me of a cider almost.
New Belgium did a wonderful job with this one, and it's definitely sparked my interest in sours. Best by 2 April, 2017; might have to pick up a few more and see how it ages.

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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 wedge
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a compact head that shrinks to a creamy ring. Spotty patterns of lacing left on the glass for a little while. Aromas of dried peach rings and dusty basement. Juicy sweet stone fruit acidity, some white wine, cherries, and green apple...tartness doesn't really enter until swallowing. Dry on the gums, medium-light bodied. Nice...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange beer, nice white head... Aroma is sweet, juicy and fruity. Apricot pulp, papaya, peachy of course, bready malt, and mouth watering goodness. Taste is both sweet and tart. Tropical things and fleshy pitted fruits.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange with two fingers of loose foamy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming up at the edges.

Nose is fresh ripe peaches, light lactic and lemony tang.

Taste is lighter than the aroma, a bit of sweet peaches, but a bit of wheat bread and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Light finish, not much lingering on the palate. Refreshing carbonation that tickles at the tongue, tiny soft bubbles. Decent fruity beer for a warm day.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 July 2015. Best before 2 April 2017.
Glowing yellow orange. Hazy.
Smells faintly of sour peaches.
It reminds me of something. Lightly tart, and almost overly fruity. Lingering peachy artificiality on the aftertaste.
It's good, but not great. Glad I tried, wouldn't have again.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really drinkable sour. Peaches and nectarines mix well with the lager. This make it a remarkable drinkable beer and something that would be awesome in cans or 6 pack bottles.

Would drink again.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by citric acid and tart peach character. Soft floral notes and grain are subtle.

Flavor is fairly tart, with both citric and lactic acid underlying a soft malt body. The peach character emerges in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. A light sourness, that was almost more tart than sour accompanies a fresh peach bouquet that really shines without being too sweet. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of VTR
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I am not a sour beer fan but with all the hype I had to try it. Luckily enough I found one bottle left at my local store for 8.99. When I poured the bottle I got apples, peach, citrus fruits, maybe a little melon, and hints of wood. Taste followed the nose pretty closely and all off the flavors were there. It was just sour enough to make this very enjoyable. The fruits were nicely done as the beer did not come off too sweet but had a nice sour zing to it. One off putting characteristics of sour beers for me is a vinegar taste. I did not pick this up at all and enjoyed the whole bottle. I am saddened that my local store only got two cases and it all sold so I will not be able to get this again because I would grab a few more. If you see this I would grab it.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a light golden orange in color. A one finger white foamy head quickly dissipated leaving some stringy lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell starts off with sour apple adding light peach notes, and then some lemon and super light orange.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a slight spritzy effect in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium sort of body to it with the carbonation taking some foreground. Its dry and makes me want to drink a ton of water after I'm done.
Overall, its a pretty good American Wild ale. The brett seems tame to me, but its definitely a dry one. Unsure if I'd come back to, but pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden orange in color. 1 finger of white, quickly dissipating head.

Aroma yields that classic sour baking soda note. Lots of lemony citrus. Not much peach or wood at all in the nose. Mainly acidic acid and baking soda.

Taste starts with a mild kick of acidity. It isn’t really sour, just mildly sour/acidic. This is followed by the fruitiness: under-ripe peach, green apple, lemon, and maybe a kiss of papaya. This fruitiness lasts only momentarily in the middle of the mouth before transitioning to a dry baking soda and Brett-like finish. You are left wanting more due to this dryness. Carbonation is moderate and mouthfeel is light. No wood characteristics noted.

Overall, this beer is decent, but it isn’t worth the price. It seems mid of the road, for a beer that costs nearly $15! It is enjoyable, but the peach and wood aging doesn’t shine through … the major aspects of this beer. It’s a bummer because I had high hopes! I could see this pairing well with honey glazed salmon with peach preserves, sautéed Swiss chard, and wild rice. It gets a 84.5/100.

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