Eric's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

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Added by Floydster on 05-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
696
Reviews:
270
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
114
For Trade:
2
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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle

A: Moderately light peach aroma, light funk, with moderately light tartness and wood.

A: Light orange color, hazy, with a thinnish white head that has decent retention.

T: Moderately light peach flavor, light funk with a moderately light tartness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation, with a soft mouthfeel.

O: Tasty; luckily this bottle was stored at a pretty cold continuous temperature, so the fruit aroma and flavor was still prominent. Always have loved Eric’s Ale on draft and it was good to see the beer back in bottles. The beer has a great balance between fruit, funk and light sourness.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jscheuf
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svyturys30
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dag1991
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LanceH
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wayne17
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy golden color with some floaters. Finger width foamy head. Retention is decent. Lacing is good. Has a tart, peachy aroma. Not very strong. Some Belgian yeast up front with a nice tart taste and a big peachy aftertaste. I am not normally a fan of peach/apricot sours, but this one is much better. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

4.0 3.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades fast leaving amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is peach, lemon peel and oak.

T - The taste is sweet and tart peaches with oak and some light vanilla notes.

M - Light body with medium/high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice beer. The flavors are crisp and refreshing. This would be a nice introduction to people looking to get into sour ales.

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

Photo of ManBearPat
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 1 finger white head, light orange body.

Smell: Juicy peach, mild oak and vanilla, light grains (probably the pilsener malt), a hint of lime or lemon.

Taste: Same as above. The peach surfaces at times like peach ring gummies or fresh peach.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, medium sour. Sour lingers on the finish.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverBigRed
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crubbsy
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a taller tulip glass.

Appearance: Nice semi-transparent golden color. Very little head on the pour, and almost none remaining in glass. Very cloudy with larger particulates sticking to glass (peach particulates or yeast?).

Smell: Amazing peach aroma. Can smell a hint of the sour notes coming in if I look for them, but peach smell dominates the nose.

Taste: Great balance between tart sour flavor and the fruitiness of the peach. Not to sweet and fruity, but not too sour either. Fairly acidic. The wood character is there, and adds an nice complexity to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly astringent, but pretty much what I would expect from a sour fruit beer.

Overall: Delicious beer. Would be perfect for a warm summer day. Great balance between sweet and sour. Fruit constitutes so much of the character of the beer without making it seem like a wine cooler. Wood aged sours are one of my new favorite styles, and this beer rivals the best of the ones I've had.

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Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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