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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 187
Gots: 18 | 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:
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.

Lips Of Faith #3

(Beer added by: Floydster on 05-04-2008)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA.

A - Pours a clear apple juice color with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer.

S - Smells quite simply of sour, tart fruits.

T - Sours cherries/peaches and a subdued vinegar/acid essence.

M - Very carbonated with a dry finish.

D - Very, very good and very, very refreshing. I am glad I got to try this one on tap.

UCLABrewN84, May 11, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a nice white head. The nose is quite nice, bringing a decent amount of lactic sourness as well as green apples and peaches. Other stone fruits present as well. The taste is ever-so-slightly sweet but mostly dry with good lactic action. I like the level of sourness and how it combines with the fruit flavors. Drinks quite well and is another nice sour from them.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear "peach" color and a nice head that, though it faded quickly, left a copious amount of lace

Smell: Peach cider, tart stone fruit with sweet undertones and vanilla

Taste: After a brief sweet peach appearance, the tartness appears quickly and provides a nice blend of peach flavors that exaggerate but exemplify the fruit itself; the flavor profile never reaches the sour apogee of some other beers of the style as the sweetness harnesses the sour tendencies and provides a nice blend through the finish, where a hint of the vanilla (peaches and cream) appears

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: With its balanced flavor profile, this is very easy to drink; highly recommended

brentk56, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

--Eric Hoffer

Peachy pumpkin with honey highlights and a splendid looking crown of alabaster colored cream. The foam is sponge-like and pitting, looks even more interesting as it melts, and does a fine job decorating the upper reaches of the pint glass. Very little lace sticks around in the end.

The only aroma appreciated from several feet away is the unmistakable horseblanket tang of Brettanomyces yeast. Up close, the beer is more balanced, with lots of juicy peaches and freshly zested lemons. Oak is mighty scarce, if it's present at all.

Eric's Ale is delicious beer if you enjoy wild ale funk and Berliner weissbier-like lemony sourness. Neither one is overblown, which makes this Lips Of Faith offering more drinkable than it otherwise would have been.

There's just enough underlying sweetness (from the peach juice, perhaps) to keep things interesting on the palate. The yin-and-yang of tart and sweet is usually preferable to tart yin or sweet yang all by its lonesome. Oak is still difficult to locate.

This is one case in which the proportions of the two component beers is damn near ideal. It would interesting to know how much experimentation it took to get to the final product. Than again, 50:50 isn't exactly finely tuning, is it? With so much going on in each mouthful (all of it good), the taste score pretty much chose itself.

Although the mouthfeel seemed to be light-medium on first blush, the fruit juice gives it a lightly sticky viscosity on the finish and the carbonation could not be more pleasant. Just the right amount of energy transfer.

It seems like there's a new Lips Of Faith brew on the shelves every few weeks. If they're all as well-crafted and as delicious as Belgo IPA and Eric's Ale, New Belgium can release as many members of this series as their brewing capacity (and their imaginations) will allow.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good thirst quenching Sour that is sort of a mixed breed between a La Folie light and a more characterful Fat Tire.

The pour gives a color of golden, straw, and light amber in a very clear light. Slight on head formation, retention, or lacing, for these are not what Sours are best known. Steady streams of carbonation actively rose from the bottom of the glass ensuring at least intermitten islands of lace.

A nice blend of pilsner (bready) malts are countered with a quick tart cherry aroma. Lightly vinous and wine-like, the smell makes me break out in a light sweat. Back up notes of cider, vinegar, and must gives an earthy, acidic, and fruity impression.

Flavors are decidedly more tart than the aroma. Sour cherries, crab apples, limes, and under-rippened berries fuel a complex and aggressive taste. Right behind the 'Wild' character lies a modest malt pillow that cushions the blow of the sourness from allowing a complete assault on the taste buds. Light caramels and breads temper the beer just enough to provide mild creaminess and sweetness.

The malt creaminess is felt very early and very late in the finish. Otherwise, the acidic and astringent character of the beer dominate the mouthfeel. Still, very palate cleansing, thirst quenching, and refreshing beer.

On this particularly 94 degree day in Nashville TN, the beer hits home while walking the Broadway strip and trying to avoid the heat. This beer did very well.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

mikesgroove, May 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy light yellow-orange color with a small white foam.

S: A great combination of sweet and tart peaches. A bit of funk, and a slight grape/wine aroma.

T: Like the aroma, the peaches are the main component. A bigger component of white wine on the tongue than in the nose. The sourness is somewhat mild, but adds a great flavor sensation.

M: Great carbonation, a bit sticky from the peach sweetness, and a nice medium body.

D: A very unique beer, haven't had anything like this before.

womencantsail, Aug 31, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed over to me a clear, amber-gold body with a thin coating of snow white bubbles that soon settles into a modest-sized ring.

Smell: Fair amount of lactic sourness with light, vapid fruit accents of lemons, peaches, and Granny Smith apples backed by a fragile maltiness and touch of vanilla.

Taste: Meager maltiness accompanied by just a hint of residual sweetness followed by a snap of swift, cutting, puckering acidity. Small splash of white cooking wine. Dash of salt. Helping of vanilla creme, lemon, green apple, rose water, and vinegar. The sour peach juice enters into the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, though there's a very slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine and amusing for a pint, it's reasonably thirst quenching goes down pretty easy, all things considered. I'd say "try some today" but I hear this one can be a pickle to find.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Stone, double-fisted alongside Le Terroir. This was the better beer of the two, for my tastes.

Golden-amber in color with a light haze. High carbonation feeds a thick, creamy white head that never dissipates. Rings of lace cling to the glass as it empties. The aroma reminds me of cutting into a tart peach. There's some lactic sourness beneath the fruit, and a hint of cream. No funk whatsoever, this is a very simple, clean sour. The taste is fruity and mildly sour, with a big tart peach flavor. Crisp, light, simple. Sourness is lactic, without any of New Belgium's usual acetic intensity. The finish is tart, refreshing, and moderately dry. Very quaffable stuff.

largadeer, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time seeing the bottles, this one was served up at Four Moon Tavern. Had this on draft last week at Map Room, so i've got a good frame of reference for draft vs. bottle.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, there was a steady pillar of carbonation visible in the center, similar to the Duvel tulip. Bright orange, with a gentle broken skim on top, and wavy drips of lace all around.

Aroma was more toned down from the tap version, but sweeter and peachy from the juice in here, very fruity vs. being more sharp and acetic on draft. Just the barest whiff of barrel funk, just enough I guess for a broader audience...

Flavor has been sweetened slightly, peach figures big, sweet and natural with a tart lactic snap behind that. Light and airy, very spring/summery. Not as sour as the draft version, but not a complete loss for sour heads. This is very reminiscent in feel to New Glarus Cranbic. Soft and fruity with just enough tartness to qualify as sour.

Something seems missing though, which is a trend in the Lips of Faith bottle series... maybe the pasteurization/filtering has something to do with it? This has been the most impressive though, after La Folie.

emerge077, Apr 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not too far removed from 'a foot dipped in peach water', Eric's Ale is tangy, fruity, and cheesy.

It pours a hazy golden peach/apricot beneath bright white head of creamy froth. The head retention is surprisingly good for the style, and it leaves craggy 'blocks', spots, and splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is soft "barnyard" with peach and other fruit. I find more mud, leather, and mineral that I do manure. The cheesy hop notes appear in the flavor. It's pretty typical, and very nicely balanced... certainly not sweet like some of the more commercial examples of the style.

Quite interesting, refreshing, and complex enough to keep you coming back. Worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Oct 07, 2008
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4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap july 2nd at falling rock tap house. yum

Pours super hazy amber with a 1" white head in a stem-like beer glass. Clears pretty good & leaves insane lacing & pretty good head retention

Smell: Sour & berry notes

T: Tart & sour with ras/black/berry notes. Apple peel notes follow then pepper. Finishes tart & quenching

MF: Spritzy, puckery with super carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, as good as any Lambic I had in BE. Has nice summer time twang to it. Would love to see a bottled version of this (assume a lot of aging & blending) to see how it holds up. This is one that will hold its own on the world stage (taste-wise) IMO

russpowell, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Armanetti's. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Cribbed from on-tap review when appropriate.

A - A finger of white foam that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and some light haze. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Transparent golden orange-color - a little like filtered apple juice. A mixture of big and tiny bubbles race through the liquid.

S - Pedio sourness, white wine, some bretty funk, acetic acid. The peach flavor is quite unripened and tart rather than sweet. Much more sour and potent than the tap version.

T - Initially full of white wine, lemons, and acetic acid. Finishes with a taste more reminiscent of fuzzy sour peach candy. Very refreshing, with a good balance of tart, sweet, and sour elements.

M - Medium bodied, and bigger than a lot of American Wilds that I've tried. Carbonation is lower than on-tap, and while this is also dry, it is not as moisture-sucking as the tap version as it ends slightly sticky.

D - Not super different than the tap version, other than the mouthfeel, which is neither better nor worse, just different. I actually like the bottle a bit more, as the flavor seems more intense and balanced. Curious how this will age, as there weren't any 750ml bottles prior to this release to compare with.

MasterSki, May 10, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe I was in a super good mood when I drank this beer but it VASTLY exceeded my expectations. Beer served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is amber and slightly hazy with a thin head of small white bubbles no lacing.

Aroma is strongly sour with a vinegar note and some great secondary acids. Some lactic, mostly acetic, mild citric, mild succinate. Excellent.

Beer is thin and bright, lead off with mild funky and a midpalate bringtness from the citric and the acetic. Its a little biting but everything is leveled so appropriately, its an obtainable sour. Sometimes I love drinking vinegar, so sour it hurts your teeth, this was not that way but it was well integrated into the beer. Mild creamy tartness at the back end. Overall a nice beer.

drabmuh, Nov 23, 2010
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
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Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.