Eric's Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
273
Ratings:
430
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 22, 2022
Added:
May 04, 2008
Wants:
  212
Gots:
  110
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Eric's AleEric's Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.89 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Slightly foggy yet bubbly light amber with a large off-white foam settling to a thin film and fuzzy blanket leaving camo lace all over.

Smell is toast and a little metallic of cherry and peach.

Taste isn't much different, starting a little bready, then going into that metalic cherry-peach, with an almost wine oak swallow but not quite. There's only a slight amount of wood, which does help dry out the finish. The body is otherwise crisp and medium-thin. Again it's more like fresh cherry than peach, with a slightly tart sourness.
Jan 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.
Apr 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire

Feb 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Feb 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by KindaFondaGoozah from Wisconsin

Oct 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by jscheuf from Illinois

Oct 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.7 by Svyturys30 from Illinois

Aug 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by kraticus41 from Minnesota

Jul 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by dag1991 from Ohio

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by LanceH from Canada (ON)

Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jul 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Wayne17 from Texas

Jun 22, 2016
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Jun 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by Tertullian007 from Missouri

Jun 10, 2016
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by nwhittin from Indiana

May 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by ManBearPat from Colorado

May 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.
May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Mar 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Mar 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Mar 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by DenverBigRed from Colorado

Feb 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Crubbsy from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

A-
Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by mwm5062 from California

Feb 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by notchucknorris from California

Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 01, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hits that peach color somewhere in between orange and yellow with a half inch of white head on it, this looks like a pretty beer, something New Belgium has never had a problem with in my experience.

Aroma hit with faint peach, nice, but mellow, not quite understated, but far from a peach bomb.

Relatively lower level of sourness, like around a 3.5/4 on a 10 scale, allows for more peach to come through. The taste is definitely good, but you can think of saying just give me more of what it is would make it even better. Wonder if this was blended with a percentage of non sour beer. Dry, at times I wondered if there was some brett to it. The price and availability are decent when it comes around, so I have made it a repeat purchase, but its not as good as le terroir.
Jan 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Jan 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jan 18, 2016
Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
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