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

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 187
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a clear, light copper color with a loud, fizzy off-white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is sharply tart and plenty sour. A bit of rubber (light brett, perhaps?), strawberries and light malts. Good smelling brew.

Taste is pretty basic for a sour ale, grainy malts with a decent amount of lactic sourness. Might even be more tart than sour, really. Not long lingering, finishes dry. This is a hard one to figure out; not nearly as good as some of the finer offerings of krieks and lambics, but still pretty tasty and a damn good deal at $8 a bomber. I can easily see myself buying this one again...but still, it lacks complexity and depth, maybe even a lack of direction. Worthy of contemplation, hmmm.

twiggamortis420, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at papago 5 bucks for 12 ounce

A: golden orange with no head but decent lace

S: a good smelling sour with that tart sour along with some light fruit

T: mostly sour taste however it is fairly complex with fruit and slight malt notes come through

M: light mouth med carbonation

D: its not overly sour so it is drinkable

overall: a very decent sour I however would not pay 17 bones for a bomber of this I dont know what this retails for but I find the lips of faith series overpriced for the most part.

JamisonM, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with an orange hue when held up. The small white cap slowly fades out and leaves spotty bits of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, tart berries, funk, vanilla yogurt, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas...a tad sweet but lambic-esque in any case.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, funky, and refreshing.

weeare138, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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
Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange and rather clear other than the very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top. Thin white fizzy head quickly fades to an even thinner white cap.

S - Aroma of tart fruit comes through initially. Hints of peach and a little lemon zest. Underlying hints of vinegar become more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - More sweet than sour up front with string taste of peach and lemon. Sour does certainly make itself know rather quickly though. Nice, puckering tartness balances the sweetness nicely. The sour tastes are not overly strong though. Still get traces of vinegar in the underlying tastes of this one.

M/D - Light bodied and just a touch of stickiness. High carbonation makes for a very lively feel and moves the stickiness through the mouth quickly.

ckeegan04, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of hayesez
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a recent trade from nkersten. Nice name...they spelled it wrong, but I'll let them slide this time. I'm a fan of the La Folie and have heard very good things about this one. Wasn't planning on cracking it open at this point in time, but I have a trip to Idaho in a couple of days and will be driving through Denver...figured I'd better give it a shot in case I need to stop and try to pick up some more.

Split with my wife and poured into my Stone snifter. Bright golden yellow with a good sized stark white head. Surprisingly a decent amount of lace is left on the glass as this one is slowly put away.

Smells funky - nice Brett notes that aren't overpowering. A tinge of sweetness on the nose as well, but I certainly couldn't place it as peach juice. I enjoy the smell of this - smells like it is going to be tart...

And tart it is...not overpowering, by any means, but a definite funkiness. The tart is well balanced with a very mild sweetness. It actually works quite well, oscillating back and forth between the tart and the sweet. I would classify the sweetness as fruity - not necessarily peaches (as far as I can tell), but some orange and lemon perhaps. I enjoy the astringency of this beer...I could drink quite a bit of it without slowing down. Crisp, thirst-quenching, and refreshing. Looks like I'll be making a pit stop in fort Collins on the way home.

Consumed: 6/20/2010

hayesez, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden (peachy?) color with generous white head. Nice lacing.

Nose has an abundance of citrus and some metallic aromas. Some barnyard too.

On the palate this thing is a sour-monster with plenty of funky brett/barnyard flavors along with the peach. Finishes syrupy with a zing of carbonation at the end.

yemenmocha, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a hard pour, this golden cantaloupe colored beer, cascades into my tulip to reveal a three fingered snow white head that quickly dissipates to a wispy ring. No lacing is evident during my time spent with this beer but that's pretty typical for the style. 3/5

Sugar cookies galore dance on the nose with hints of the tartness to come. I imagine the sweetness will fade with age but it smells so good now I don't think any extra time is in order. 4/5

The taste is moderately sour with some definite yellow cling pairing nicely. Behind the curtain exists the sweetness that seems as if it came from a dubbel. I don't remember reading thy anywhere, but I swear it seems that this was a quality dubbel before the souring commenced. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on. For dinner I paired this with turkey chili and it was so refreshing. And calming to the palate between the bites of spiciness. 3.5/5 on both fronts.

I thought overall this made for a good "with food" sour. I would like to enjoy it more often with food, except at the price point of $8 a bomber, I don't see that happening often. Its cheap for a sour but expensive for an everyday beer. By itself I think it would be a little weak and a better albeit more expensive sour would hit the spot better. If it was offered at $6, I think I would revisit it again.

hopsbreath, Jun 19, 2010
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 hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brixie's in Bolingbrook, served in a snifter...

Clear, golden orange with a tight one finger white head which recedes quickly and leaves no lacing...

A citrusy, lemony tart aroma with a slight bit of peach and grapes, a bit of spice...

Sour, a bit puckering, lemony acidity with a touch of peach and sour apples...Sweet and tart fruits all around with a bit of vanilla and spice...

Light to medium bodied with good carbonation yet smooth and creamy...

Pretty good beer from New Belgium, easy drinking and enjoyable, two great sours from these guys between this and La Folie...

hawks10, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of ebin6
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden/amber; more golden when held to the light. Fairly intense, persistent head considering the style

S - A faint metallic smell upon first smell. A citrusy, deeply sweet nose follows

T - Thankfully there is no metallic taste. Deep, puckering sour cherry taste gives way to citrus & subtle floral notes

M - Washes over like a wave, resting on the back of the roof of my mouth. Very impressed with the intensity

D - Not the most drinkable sour, but does have enough going on without being too overpowering. I'd put it a notch above La Folie for sure

ebin6, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Ale House's meet and greet with Eric Salazar. Amber orange color with fine carbonation and a bright white head which fades leaving no lace. Nose of fruits, flowers, grass, vinegar, funk, and a bit of farmhouse. Tastes like tingly green apples and stone fruit, peaches, oak tanin bite, dry.
Clean and refreshing. Warming to more peach essence. Well balanced. Aged 2-years in oak, blended with a strong golden and peach concentrate (according to Eric). A nice sour overall and enjoyable as Eric pours a taste of La Folie.

wethorseblanket, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
1.35/5  rDev -67.5%
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.

bagpiper2005, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifters two ways it had a slight white head that trailed off to nothing. The brew was an interesting peach colored body. Aromas of peaches and funk filled my head quickly from the glass. The flavor started off sweetand peachy but quickly changed to a nice tangy sour. Along with that you get a slight barrel flavor that comes through. It had awesome carbonation and was crisp in the mouth.

I liked the brew and it was a nice up break in the tasting we did. Spiting the bottle was a good Idea like with any sour but I could have enjoyed a second glass. Thanks to Scoobydank for the opportunity to try this one

joepais, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.
Look: Pours a natural peachy orange hue, no head, no lacing.
Smell: Almost felt like I was smelling a wine for a second. Very tart and fruity with a mild bready undertone.
Taste/Mouth: Sour fruit. Not too bad. This is my first run in with a sour beer that wasn't a Saison but I thought it went well. All I really tasted was a fruit but it was decently enjoyable. The light carbonation helped it go down smoothly.
Drinkability: Though this isn't really my style of beer, I could certainly pick up one of these now and again. I'd certainly have to be in the mood for sour though.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose softly sour, vinegary, fruity. Smells good.

Pours medium malty brown, clear, with mild head. Looks pretty good.

Heavily sour - fruity sour rather than vinegar. Soft fruit under sourness, quite peachy (but not sure I would specifically recognize peach if I didn't know). Also softly malty, just clean mid-roast caramelish. Finishes.. Sour. :-) Tastes good. Feels nice. Great drinkability.

A nice, refreshing punch in the face which was not a letdown to my expectation from what I should feel from a sour. That said, it could have been more sour and I would have liked it more.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent golden, capped by a one finger white head with moderate retention. Body is extremely effervescent.

S: Lots of peach up front, some sweetness but not too much, along with tart notes. Some funk in back, along with some peppery spice and yeastiness.

T: A touch of acidity up front, enough to know it's a wild ale but not enough to be mouth puckering. Light peaches come in with the tartness, followed by light vinous notes. Some funk and spice come in, transitioning to a heavy peach finish.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and drinks more like a 5% ABV than a 7% ABV. Pairs well with a salad for dinner.

Xul, May 31, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into big red wine glass.

Pours a really gorgeous glowing apricot-orange, just the faintest bit hazy, with a thinnish fluffy white head that wispily vanishes into a thin ring of suds. Nice legs, though not much in the way of lacing.

Nose is softly sour, nicely acidic, just a hint of barnyard mustiness in there underneath, with a light, tart peach presence in there as well. The sourness is somehow robust and delicate at the same time, complex. Great nose.

Taste starts off with a nice sour bite up front, puckering, clean, with a bit of barnyard coming out alongside the juicy peach presence. Dry, with just a barely perceptible wheat presence coming through leading into the finish, alongside more of the tasty tartness, with the acidity biting into the back of the throat on the swallow. Rediculously refreshing, and beautifully refined. In the world of sours, there are pros, and there are amateurs. These guys are pros.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry, lightly acidic on the finish. Only thing holding it back from perfection is a light stickyness.

Drinkability is spectacular. Close to perfect balance of sourness and fruit character, refreshing simplicity and refined complexity. Very nice beer.

JohnQVegas, May 30, 2010
Photo of Tinfoilrcr
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. This marks my fopray into the world of sours....and it is definitely eye opening. As an aside, polease note i am a fan of most things sour, so while initially surprised by the seemingly over-the-top sour flavor, it does grow on yor.

A- Orange gold, no head or lacing.

N- If this were a wine (smells similar to a good napa chard), i weould describe it as very oakky, with some green apple/sour notes. As a beer, its hard to get passed the sour notes, but seems to have some bright hops and malts in the way way back.

T- MY first sip was "cry baby" sour, and surprised me. After that it began to grow on me. Lots of spour up front, mellowing into crisp green apple, and finishes with some sweet crispness.

M- conusing, intriguing, and wonderful.

D- could not have a lot of these, but it is good.

Tinfoilrcr, May 30, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A fluffy two finger white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: An acidic sourness up front. Funky yeast, leafy hops, and ripe fruits.
T: A simple acidic sourness is the dominate flavor. Though it is not over the top. Really green as well. Leafy hops, with a medley of ripe sour green apples and peaches. Very sweet.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy. Though it is missing that great crisp dryness that I love for the style. Easy to drink. The bomber is gone in no time.

Overall a middle of the road Wild Ale. This is very enjoyable. Though I wish it was less sweet and dryer. Still something that is worth a try.

champ103, May 30, 2010
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
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip.

A: Deep golden color with a soft white head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is minimal, as expected from this style.

S: At first, smell was all acid, but as it warmed some honeyed malt notes came through, along with citrus, apple, and a bit of unripe peach.

T: Acidic, but very pleasant. Like the smell, there are some hints of honey, along with tart peach, lemon, and sour apple. The wood aging stands out a bit in the finish, but only slightly.

M: Medium bodied. More body than I expected. It's a viscous brew, and has a long finish.

D: Eric's is a good beer. One of the best in the series. On a hot day, this would make th perfect thirst quencher. A great balance of flavors. I'll be buying this again soon.

WYVYRN527, May 27, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm handed a pint glass filled with a perfectly limpid liquid the color of pale dandelion. The beer looks calm, as there are absolutely no fizzy bubbles rising to the surface. A tiny white head recedes to a ring before my eyes.

The nose is fruity. Sour green apples, white grapes, sweet honey and funky vinegar all mix and mingle.

This is one of the more unreserved examples of the style I've ever had. The taste is super tart, but not unlike the aroma, starting sweet until a biting bitterness arrives. White wine, white vinegar, oak and apples.

A medium-light body slides smoothly over the tongue. Carbonation is a bit high and assaulting, but it works for the style.

There's not enough malt here for me to back up the overriding sourness. Late in the beer, my tongue is so tart-fatigued that it becomes a struggle to finish the pint. That said, Eric's Ale is an interesting experiment -- a sour that's altogether original and American.

Phelps, May 25, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

andyfrancis, May 22, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small white head that had decent retention for the style. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells tart, slightly funky, and fruity. Peaches where used in this beer but I would have a hard time identifying this fruit in the aroma. Moderately tart in flavor. Barnyard funk is minimal but detectable. I do not typically enjoy peaches but in this beer, the fruit is delicious. Light body and good carbonation. Enjoyable mouthfeel for a sour beer. Another Lips Of Faith beer that I thouroughly enjoyed. Moderately sour and minimally funked. Easy to drink.

morimech, May 22, 2010
Lips Of Faith - Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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