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

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 192
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 2 pints at Choice City Butchers May 8th, 2009.

It's a hazy bordering on cloudy rusty orange colour with a very small head of foam. Despite the lack of foam, I found some good lacing.

The smell is all sour and tart with peaches literally jumping out of the glass. I felt funny sniffing the beer with lots of people around but I couldn't help it. Great aroma.

The taste did not disappoint. Big peachy tartness with light lemon zest greeted my tastebuds right off the bat and I was hooked. Further in, when I could get past the tarty goodness, I could taste a decent amount of malt sweetness that was most prominent near the finish. I also sensed some spices getting involved but I can't tell you which ones. :^(

Medium bodied with medium carbonation that bordered on brisk.

Drinkability? This goes down way to easy....that's why I had a second pint! This is a very pleasing brew and I hope that it gets bottled someday and makes it to Casper.

Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Served in a Chimay glass, the beer is bright and vibrant golden with a small head. The color reminds me of peaches and I haven't even smelled it yet.

The aroma is fruity and mostly of tart peaches with a little vinegar and lactic character. It's mildly sweet. The initial taste is sweet fruits, mostly peaches. Midpalate the beer is tart and has a little alcohol. This is the only peach beer I've tried and I find I really enjoy this fruit in beer. It's not too tart or sour, mostly sweet and fruity.

Light bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/18/2008 (Draft @ Opal Divines, Austin, TX):

Pours an orangy colored cloudy body, with a white colored frothy head, lasting. Has a very peach aroma, fizzy. Sweet maltiness in the nose too. Puckering sweet taste, peach aftertaste. Some sourness. Tart, almost apply tart.

Photo of photomike
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beachwood BBQ

1.5 finger head dies down to nothing. After reading the reviews on here, I was craving it hard, and it didnt disappoint.

The nose is dry sour apples.

Tastes sweet and sour, green apples. I love it. Not detecting as much peach as I expected giving the reviews on here, but there's certainly some there. An original and delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is very clean, and I would have loved to drink this all night. It is truly a shame that Beachwood's selection is so damn good that I couldn't. Well, maybe that's a stretch.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. From notes:

Appearance: Poured with no head to speak of. Lacing is minimal and transient. Color is a bright gold slightly dulled by an appropriate peach highlight.

Smell: Vanilla-like sweetness, brett, and peaches on the front end. On the back some white grape vinousity and a slight hint of some spice character that is difficult to discern - celery salt? A slight soy sauce-like quality emerges as the beer warms.

Taste: Sourness is more evident here, but this is not nearly as overpowering as some Lambics/Gueuzes or even other American Wild Ales, and is well-balanced. Would be good for an "opener" for those new to sour ales. White grape vinousity again - almost champagne-like. Peach ring candy peach flavor, a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: "Juicy" came to mind. It was, however, just a tad undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. A very, very nice sour ale, and not too daunting at all.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock. Poured hazy orange, a little lighter than the color of a bad fake tan, light white lasting head with decent lacing. Smelled mainly sour with slight sweet peach notes. Tastes starts sweet, moves sour and ends with a tart peachy flavor. All in all a pretty decent sour.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of magictrokini
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ PP-Carlsbad. Pours clear gold with a shortlived white head. Fresh peach aroma with a little wheat/grass aroma. Taste is tart peaches, but not overwhelming to the point of puckering. The peach flavor tastes fresh and real, not canned or dried. Dry, somewhat sweet finish. It was very close, but I liked this more than La Folie.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 1702 in Tucson

A: Light yellow with a 1-2 finger white head. Good retention. Lots of tiny bubles.

S: Underripe stone fruit, sourness, a bit of yeast funk.

T: Main flavor is lactic sourness, although it's pretty subdued compared to others I've had in this style. Peach flavor is that of underripe peaches, adds to the sourness, but isn't particularly prominent.

MF: Thin to medium bodied, slick, good carbonation. A bit of warming.

D: Very drinkable, something that almost anybody could enjoy I would say. Not nearly as sour as some of the wild ales out there, but that's not a bad thing. Nice flavor, I wish it were maybe a bit more peachy. Their La Folie is better, but this was nice brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Broken lacing medium thickness.

S: Light fruits, especially peach. Lactic acid.

T: Light sweet baked peaches thats very wholesaome and underlies the beer. Light acid

M: Light-bodied. Clear bite in the finish that stays nicely on the tongue and mouth.

D: This is a solid beer. Espected it to be a bit more complex; interesting nonetheless.

Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a weird looking hazy orange/amber. Small white foam head.

Smells like unripe peaches and apples. Taste is very nice, with some tart citrus and vinegar, more unripe peaches/apple sourness, and a bit
(just a bit) of funk.

Very, very nice. Had some good carbonation going on which contributed to a lively mouthfeel.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 9/13/08.

A: Served a hazy golden brown color with a tiny off-white head. Hardly any lace left behind.

S: Vaguely sour aromas of peach and other non-descript orchard fruit mingling with oak.

T: See above. Healthy sour dosage countered by a sweet maltiness which provides incredible balance for a sour beer. Tantilizing oak flavors mixing it up with a bit of funk.

M: Had me expecting a tart, puckery, sour bomb but had me fooled with a smooth and sweet maltiness that made it hard for me to put down the glass.

D: An absolute pleasure to drink. The name of the game here is balance!

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium snifter. The look to this beer was burnt orange, slight haze. Spotty lacing. A little white head ring around rim.

Smells of Tart rotten fruit. Sweet but tart.
Maybe slight peach smell.

Taste was much like smell, with fruity esters in front. Much sourness in the rest of taste. Very tiny amount of hop bitterness. Peaches get lost in transit. Some cider notes. A little wood. Finishing quit well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. If you order this expecting peachy, fruity flavors, this isnt it.

Lets bottle it!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shortie at Back Street Brewery in Irvine, CA. On to the beer:

Washed out orange color, the head is thin but creamy. It leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma...it's pleasantly fruity and tart, leaning towards temperate zone type fruits. As I put the beer in my mouth, I get a soft, delicate, creamy liquid feel, no harshness at all. The beer's taste starts out sour. The sourness transforms itself into a treat of tartness. Buried underneath the tartness and acidic character is fruit. I can find sour apple and lemon notes, but no peach flavors. How odd. But one thing's for sure, this wild ale gets a seal of approval from me.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one literally a MILLION times, one time I had it with the brewr of NB at the Portland Beer estival (I belive this wasin 2006) and I has 25 samples of it (Over 1 gallon) at the fest. It became a bit of a joke, with how much of this one and La Folie I have drank...Anyways...Review from notes

Hazy golden peach/apricot with a nice fluffy head of snow white. Headlasts and has good legs and lacies in nice "sheets". Aroma of orval-like brett funk and peach cobbler dessert. Taset is similar, very creamy blend of the brett and peaches. "peaches and cream" if you will. I wonder if the shorts brew is similar, as I have yet to try it. The taste is sour and fruity and peachy with a nice acidic finish on the back end that makes you want to drink more. Speakin of which, drinkability is grand, as is the creamy well carbonated mouthfeel. A lovely brew from NB

Photo of midaszero
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the draught house

A - Hazy golden hue with only a little bit of white head

S - A little faint but can pick out sour peach pretty easy

T - Crisp sour peach

M - dry like a cider, medium body and light medium carbonation

D - The sour is very pleasant and not in your face. It makes a good introduction to sour beers as well.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy body with plenty of streamers..head is mostly white, short, and none too sticky. Almost nothing retains but a thin color.

Tart, lactic, and vinegary aroma; in that order to me. Lots of sweet fruits like green apple, sweet but not too sweet.

Pleasingly balanced in the flavor: there is a ton of puckering tartness to deal with foremost, while the tongue also grasps something sweet. Oak and tannins are definitely evident in the wild yeast flavor, along with a mild floral action. Only a hint of vinegar.

Thin, but that's okay. Perfectly built for style. There's something lacking here to keep it from the absolute upper echelon, but Eric's is one hell of an ale. Highly recommended for fans of sour ales.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the gingerman. Poured a slight head into a nb globe glass. Smell is fruity sweetness. Taste is tart citrus a little bit of spice good effervescence on the back of the tongue. Definitely the most sessionable sour ever. What a wonderful beer.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock.

According to Falling Rock's description, Eric's Ale is a Belgian Sour brewed with peaches.

a: Hazy orange body with very active, effervescent carbonation and a white head.

s: Lightly sweet malt, peaches and a touch of sourness foreshadowing things to come.

t: Right off the bat you are hit with the kind of sour/tartness typically reserved for sour green apple candy. Adding balance and an interesting twist is sweet peach towards the end.

m: mouth puckering tartness, smooth feel otherwise. High carb suits it well.

d: Good stuff, thanks Eric, whomever you are.

I really wish New Belgium good find a way to make sours a little cheaper. I love the sours they make and have no problem forking over whatever it takes to get them, but it would be great to have a more affordable one, possibly in a smaller bottle, so it would be easier to introduce to the un-initiated.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow, thin white head, few lace spots, drops to a thin ring, decent retention, looks nice when help up to the light. Smell is great, sour apples, some fruit, oak, bread, strawberries, some acidic lemons and tartness, really nice. Taste is better, strawberries, apple vinegar, oak, sour fruit, bread, lemons, quite tart in the finish and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very dry finish, and very smooth = crazy delicious and very easy to drink. Great sour ale, just goes down right.

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dirty tan with a thin beige head.

Fairly crisp nose has tart peaches, barnyard funk and oak.

The taste has tart citrus, sweet peaches, musky funk and wood.

Medium body well carbonated. Not on the same level as say La Folie or Tart Lychee, but a nice sour from New Belgium.

Photo of stumac
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had on draft at the Draught House in Austin.

pours a golden amber with a small white head and decent lacing. the nose is sour candy, red grapes, sour apple. the taste is very tart! and very sour! get notes of wood, apricot, sour apples. spicy finish, very sticky mouthfeel, medium to full body, low carbo. its almost too sour. almost... a fairly good sour ale. I give New Belgium a high five for this one.

Photo of illidurit
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD during RBSG 08. Orange-gold in color with a modest white head that leaves watery lacing. Aroma is tart fleshy fruit with some lactic and acetic sharpness. Flavor is tart with a thin peachiness, some citrus, and some honey. Also a bit of apple skin. Tastes like the imaginary "light lambic" style I just made up. Sort of thin and cloying, could use more sourness and some more body. Very very drinkable. Not bad at all.

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I understand they do one of these every year, and have settled on this peach version the last few? My first time encountering it, on draught at Belmont Station, the keg actually blew so I only got 2/3 a pint, but I'll take what I can get, especially when it's rare beer for free!

Appearance is clear gold with a small, very tight bubbled and creamy white head that left pretty heavy lace.

Smell is tasty, lots of lactic and citric sourness, with sweet cereals, alcohol and light peach, which comes out more so as it warms.

Taste is similar, more acidic tartness then peachiness, which provides a soft compliment, opening up more as it warms. The biggest knock is the fusels, which make it seem a bit stronger and thick.

Mouthfeel is slick, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, while the booziness got a little tiring mid-way through, by the end I was sad to see it disappear. Still, could do without the solvent feel, which with the fruit almost reminded me of St. Ides Special Brew fruit malt liquor, which is probably not what they were going for! I wonder if more age would let the bugs continue to dry it out and thin the body?

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