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Eric's AleEric's Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of chugalug06
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a rolling review over the past three years...

4/2012 - Strong crystal clear golden color. Amazing clarity for two years old aged at 65 degrees... Very mild peach scent with strong awesome sour scent of vinegar. Fruity-ness is mild with strong nose, so smooth. Brilliantly tart with mild sourness and sweetness on the lower side of things. Oak has really came forward and brought out an amazing tart smoothness. Perfect mouthfeel, highly acidic, just as a sour should be. Thank goodness for originally high carbonation, it's mellowed wonderfully! AMAZING BREW!!! Said I'm all out :(

7/2011 - I'm currently enjoying a bottle from last May, it's held up wonderfully, slightly mellowing out the sour into greater flavor...

Original Review 5/2010 -

A: Mildly golden with a thin biscuit of head remaining on top of the brew. Soapy lacing is choosy as to where is stays. Body is thin and swirls wonderfully, with the best of them.

S: Strong sour peach smell with slight citrus and mild hop, if any.

T: Very sour with relaxing peach undertones. Slight spice and malt too. Unlike any "sour" beer I've ever had. Mellow yet exorbitant flavors you're truly able to enjoy and relax with.

M: Good flavor with cheek puckering ability's, slightly over carbonated, but over comes carbonation issues with extreme sour flavors.

D: AMAZING, I'm constantly drawn back to the glass for another sip of heaven time after time.


Dear NB,

This is my plea. Please, Please, PLEASE, brew MOHR Eric's Ale ASAP, thanks.

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Photo of southernshred
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA and had it on multiple occasions during it's run on tap. This became my "go-to" beer from the Belgian bar upstairs.

Normally I wouldn't seek out a sour or tart beer, but the peach and tart aromas drew me in. The initial sip is a bit overwhelming and then it settles in for a wonderful mouthfeel and fantastic taste. It's very refreshing and doesn't feel heavy at all. I paired it with various foods at the Brick Store and it went well with them all.

I can't wait for them to put this back on tap. It is one of my favorite beers I've drank in 2010.

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Photo of russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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

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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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Photo of karst
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Belgium rep. Ryan Beach was serving this from a keg in the VIP tent of the StLouis Microfest. Contact him @ [email protected] for info about this excellent sour fruit lambic. Labeled as Eric's Lips of Faith this was the find of the summer.

I loved it from the start with an aroma of a wooded lambic with a subtle peach in the back. It seems to reach across the usual fruit lambic style going more into the Flemish sour ales - but in the words of Peter Bouckaert "'Vat is shtyle?"

Flavor was a perfect balance of lambic sour acidity and amazing use of fresh peaches. The oak was the pièce de résistance. I am totally in love with this one and willing to overlook minor appearance and mouthfeel hits for a thin head and lighter carbonation.

This ultimate summer cooler was reported to me as a 7% abv but I found it totally suited for Midwest summer sessions.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric (& Loren) Salazar. Eric's Ale pours a mostly hazy light off yellow color with orange hues throughout. A light white head with limited head retention and no lacing.

The nose is distinctive New Belgian sour very similar to La Folie. A nice tart nose with some stronger notes of acidity. Some light yeasty notes but all blended well together. Some lighter non-discript fruity notes. Not sure if I could say its peaches if I didn't know it was peaches. Some lemony and vinegar notes.

The taste is very inviting and delicate. A nice sourness that has a very nice balance between lacto and acidic. The sourness is the major player here but some complex yeasty funk with a light barnyard and distinct La Folie yeast flavor is present. A subtle sweet peach with a even more subtle strawberry and mango taste that also balances the sourness. Very nice flavor.

The body is light with a dry finish that enhances the sourness. A nice tart finish with a crisp finish. Overall a very unique beer with some fruit limbic characteristics, some La Folie characteristics and some American wild ale characteristics. Like what NB likes to do, its difficult to define. So I'll just define it as tasty.

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Photo of Floydster
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Churchill's in San Marcos for six or seven dollars, was glad to see this was still around after the big CBC celebration, described as a peach tart beer from the owner of this place

A-Nice golden orange color with some copper highlights, head was about 3/4 inch, white, and very bubbly, did not have much retention, minimal lacing as well, tons of small bubbles

S-Tons of peaches, tart, funk, sourness, some apricots, lemon juice, maybe some orange peel, a very small amount of vanilla, and vinegar

T-Started off with a very welcoming sweet peach flavor, some funkiness in the middle, sweet peach and apricot finish that had a nice level of sweetness to balance out the dryness, did not change much over time except for the sourness taming a little bit and it becoming even easier to drink, this brew was pretty simple but fantastic at the same time, showed that you do not need twenty different flavors to make a sour beer taste complex and more importantly good

M-Sour, tangy, tart, slightly dry, and crisp mouthfeel, thin to medium body, more carbonation than you could imagine, aggressive sprite-like feel with bubbles

D-Could have drank several pints of this if I did not have to drive home, very smooth for a sour and not overly acidic, ABV is low enough to allow for a session, went down really easy today

Had heard good things about this from some people that tasted it at O'Briens recently, could not wait to try it myself, one of the best sours other than that of Russian River I have ever had, wish I could drink this sour treat again, highly recommended

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is dark amber hue, fair amount of white head sustains, minimal lacing

Smell is dominated by sour/tart/funk, light fruits, citrus, and vinegar

Taste is light fruits (pears, apricots, peaches) initially, sour tartness in the middle dominates and lingers well into the finish, simple but strong flavors challenge the tastebuds

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, light watery texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, a nice wild farmhouse ale that is not as extreme as other types from this category, very approachable even to non-sour fans, great overall balance

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle filled from the tap at NBB courtesy Gbontrag..Thanks!

Pours perfectly clear pale copper, with a quick whisp of a white head. Within seconds the head was gone with no trace of lace or any remains of foam.
Aromatics are tart, sour and fruity. A great balance of acid, citrus, and brett. Peaches are there, but have faded to a more general fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is barely spritzy with a sharp edge of crispness.
The pallet has a subdued sourness for a lambic, but this lends well to the drinkability of the beer, as does the dry, fruity character.
A mere hint of hard peach candies is as much residuals as you will find, as the beer is really dry for the amount of fruit.
Bitterness is negligent as is any hopping, with the tart fruit taking center stage.
Finishes with a lingering puckering note and the pulp of the peach near the pit.

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Photo of blitz134
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chance to have a one-off release from New Belgium, you say?!?! I didn't miss the opportunity to have this one while I was in Denver at the Falling Rock.

Clear yellowish with orange hints in the body. White head formed a thin layer on top, grips the glass sporadically. The smell is amazing on this. Its tart and sour with tart apples and cherries. Subtle hints of wood come forth as well. The flavor follows suit. This one makes my jaws tingle a bit. The mouthfeel is definately thicker than I was expecting, pushing medium bodied. The flavor really lingers. Definately an amazing brew, nice and tart but not overly so. Good stuff....

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pristine orange-gold with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is spicey, peppery wild yeast up front, with some sour, tart peach, mango, and kiwi following.
Taste is wild yeast funk with some tart and sour fruits. The peach is the most prominent, with some melon and mango.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice, dry finish. Light body. Perfect for this style.
Drinkability is very good. Excellent offering of this style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer. A light sourness, that was almost more tart than sour accompanies a fresh peach bouquet that really shines without being too sweet. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got to love the Lip's of Faith line-up!

A- Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow/light orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Light steaks and web like lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- The brett comes out right from the get go..I mean as soon as the bottle is popped. Funky and horseblanket upfront. There is a light underbody which consists of peaches and light lemon. The peaches come out more so than the lemon in the aroma. No real oak to this at all which I was a little sad about. Light alcohol aroma with a hint of vinegar in the ending kind of brings this back full circle.

T- Sourness upfront shows off a little green apple to it. Didn't expect that but I did expect the vinegar like flavor that went with it. Middle of the beer has a peach puree kind of flavor that never really gains a ton of momentum but stays on the underside of things. Once again I really don't pick up any barrel notes on this one which I find a little strange. The ending shows some more tartness to this beer which leaves a little puckering that I found very delightful. Some light vinegar notes and a nice alcohol dryness in the backend.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Brett and peach are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly vinegar, sour alcohol, and peach. Flavors were very well put together almost more so than most wild ales I have had. No off flavors were present although they would be hard to pick up on on such a sour beer. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate with each pucking sip.

O- I thought this beer was one of the best tasting beers I have had in this style in a long time. New Belgium at times doesn't get the credit it deserves with these beers. Fat Tire might be what pays the bills here but you can tell that barrel age beers are their real passion. Fantastic job!

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into flute glass.

A: pours a bright gold, very clear, bone white head with cascading bubbles throughout the body

S: big notes of tart lactic acid, a healthy dose of oak, and a nice fruity aroma of peaches gives a little backbone

T: as this beer hits the tip of the tongue, it immediately sends a pucker through out the palate, it is similar to the sour quality from La Folie, but not quite as intense. This is followed up by a nice oaky character paired nicely with peach juice. Well executed!

MF: thin, crisp, refreshing and palate cleansing, nice effervescent quality

D: another awesome sour from New Belgium. NB makes the best sour beers in my opinion, and this only strengthens that belief.

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Photo of abecall98
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Sac Brew

A - copper colored with a light dissapearing head. Weak Sauce.

S - Sweet, fruity, and sour. Just wish there was head to give more aroma.

T - Damn good. I love the sweetness at first, followed by some sour pucking, followed by what tasted like a fuji apple cider taste. Excellent.

M - Medium carbonation, dry, and lip smacking. Nice for the style.

D - Excellent. This beer was delicous, had a nice mouthfeel, and every drink had me wanting more. I had no problem drinking two of these bad boys the whole dinner. Excellent.

For a nice sour wild Ale, this beer delivers in almost every desireable aspect. Having had other wild Ales that did not deliver like this one recently (Confluence, Avery 14, Ommegeddon), this beer gives every sour wild ale fan what they want. Some nice sourness with great balance and sweet flavors. Definately something for all sour fans to love here.

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Photo of msmezher
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with Eric's Ale. I absolutely love a sour ale, and this is one to boot. Aromas of cherries, green apple, and sour vinegar are most prominent. The beer itself is a brilliant golden amber with a sustained frothy head. The combination of sour tartness give this beer an excellent mouthfeel. This is definitely one I could keep on drinking. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades back into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity, sour, and funky aroma with a scent of citrus, funk, and oak. Solid presence of Brett yeast giving hints of funk along with some oak and wood hints. Big fruit presence with big hints of peaches along with some sour cherry and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, mango, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, and straw. Light hints of candied sugar. A very nice fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely fruity, funky, and moderately sour taste with notes of citrus, funky yeast, and oak. Upfront Brett and lacto yeast with a good dose of funk. Subtle notes of oak and wood. Big taste of fruit with notes of peaches, cherry, white grape, and pear. Citrus fruit notes of mango, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon. Pale malt notes of straw, wheat, and grains. Also some sweet notes of candied sugar. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, puckering, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good spin on a Sour Ale. Good funky Brett presence with some good fruit notes.

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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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Photo of cokes
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden bronze with a sizzling white cap that gasses itself out within moments. There is some lingering collar and patchy glass staining.
Flares of apple cider vinegar shoot up the nostrils. Backings of dehydrated peaches and old leather, all covered in lemon juice. All sorts of tannins, but nothing exclusively woody. This is far more tart than I was expecting. And that's alright. As it warms, some honeyed maltiness provides contrast.
It rushes through the mouth. Tsunamis of sour. Gueuze-like. Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. Peach probably wouldn't have been noticed explicitly, but since it's indicated, there it is in the background. Still sour as hell: lactic acid and burn and urea. But there's a quelling moment where the golden, bready maltiness pokes through. It lingers with still-tart notions of Chardonnay, with all its implicit, oaky, grapey, buttery hues.
The medium body stays rapidly carbonated throughout, even as it visually dwindles. It's literally got a Champagne personality and feel.
I really didn't know what I was getting into here. Apart from La Folie, I've been indifferent to the Lips of Faith series (and NB in general). The name "Eric's Ale" doesn't divulge much, but I know I didn't expect the offspring of Champagne and Berliner Weisse. But that's what I got.
Unexpectedly fantastic stuff.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My entire vicinity smells of peaches. Wonderful. Pours with a light golden haze and minimal yet present head. Flavor follows the aroma quite captivatingly. There is nothing fake or reserved about the peach on this ale. The lactose and wood aging prevent this beer from becoming one dimensional, yet it can suffer for being a little too much if you're drinking one alone.

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