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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 UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City, CA.

A - Pours a clear apple juice color with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this beer.

S - Smells quite simply of sour, tart fruits.

T - Sours cherries/peaches and a subdued vinegar/acid essence.

M - Very carbonated with a dry finish.

D - Very, very good and very, very refreshing. I am glad I got to try this one on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have been waiting for this beer forever. they finally released it again, stoked! not cheap either. i was a little disappointed with the lack of head and of carbonation more generally, it needs a little life, but thats my only real critique of this otherwise exceptional beer from new belgium. i also did not know it was a lager blended in, thats pretty neat, although being a higher gravity one, its hard to really pick up much lager yeast elements in this brew. opaque orange in color, rusty around the edges, with some patchy airy bubbles around the edges and a mouthwatering nose of sweet peaches and lacto. the first thing i thought when i tasted it, was that it seemed more like a peach beer, brewed with peaches, and sour fermented. it seemed more integrated than a beer brewed as a blonde or something, and aged in oak with bugs and fruit. it seems like a peach ale first, although from the brief description here, it seems like that isnt true, just what i got from it i guess. the peach is sweet and not as authentic tasting as some others out there, but its not phony either, just more of the sugars remain i suppose. the wild side of this is crazy, super sour but with all the body and sugar, the acidity is balanced really well. sort of a richer fruit sour, not thin and fizzy and vinegar forward like so many. i was really impressed by this on the whole, its super layered and nuanced, but the residual sugar is a little high for me, and the relative lack of carbonation is a real issue. still, this has to stand as one of the best new belgium beers ive had, i know its a process to produce, and im so glad to have it around again. i had it on tap at park burger in rino, but i am going to pick up a bottle too, that should possibly help carbonation issues.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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

Draft at Stone, double-fisted alongside Le Terroir. This was the better beer of the two, for my tastes.

Golden-amber in color with a light haze. High carbonation feeds a thick, creamy white head that never dissipates. Rings of lace cling to the glass as it empties. The aroma reminds me of cutting into a tart peach. There's some lactic sourness beneath the fruit, and a hint of cream. No funk whatsoever, this is a very simple, clean sour. The taste is fruity and mildly sour, with a big tart peach flavor. Crisp, light, simple. Sourness is lactic, without any of New Belgium's usual acetic intensity. The finish is tart, refreshing, and moderately dry. Very quaffable stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Branded red pry-off crown cap. Fancy screen-print label art. 2015 vintage. Best before April 2, 2017.

Served chilled into a tulip. Expectations are quite high given the deliciousness of New Belgium's Le Terroir and La Folie.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Fluffy and white. Good adequately thick consistency, good complexion. Retention is above average - ~4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant gold. Clean; no yeast is visible within. Appears well-carbonated.

It's a nice looking sour ale. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: It does smell a bit off, actually - hinting at vomit. Hm. Peach, pear, acid, pilsner malt, lime, sour apple, and lactobacillus bacteria. I don't pick up on any lambicus yeast(s), and the bacterial sourness seems somewhat one-dimensional. Sourness seems disappointingly tame...maybe 3/10 in terms of intensity?

Suggests an imbalanced but enjoyable sour ale that lacks the complexity of, say, La Folie.

Not boozy.

TASTE: The sourness is indeed disappointingly reticent and downplayed, coming in at a 3-4/10 in terms of intensity of flavour. The peach is nice, ringing distinct and vivid, but the depth of flavour just isn't there; this doesn't burst with fresh orchard peach fruit like it ought to. Additionally, it almost hints at marmalade or peach jam - playing it sweet when it should play it sour. Hints of other fruits come into play throughout: sour green apple, lime, cider, maybe even pear. The malt backbone is clean and light, comprised of pilsner/golden malts. Lactobacillus seems to provide the entirety of the sourness; neither pedio nor lambicus yeast make appearances.

It does slightly remind me a bit of vomit; I'm not sure if that's just the acidity combined with some kind of off-note. The beer is not as off-putting as that descriptor makes it sound, and it really is quite faint - but it's there.

Not particularly well-balanced. This lacks the intricacy and depth of flavour of superior sour ales (like New Belgium's own La Folie), but it's pleasant enough for what it is. I hoped for a more tart peach presence.

As a blend, it tastes quite young. Using older constituent sours would obviously help curb this, but maybe the heavy reliance on pilsner malts is also doing the beer a disservice.

Ale esters are strangely absent. Oddly, there's zero wood/barrel presence whatsoever. No acetic notes, no unifying oak, no wine. I'd like to see New Belgium ditch the foeders in favour of barrels, and give this more time in wood.

TEXTURE: Acidic. Somewhat refreshing. Smooth, wet, light. Not as smacky as most bacterial sours are. It doesn't induce puckering.

Decently executed, but not quite there. Not boozy, astringent, gushed, or hot or anything, but lackluster.

OVERALL: This entry into the Lips of Faith series is better than most of its brethren, but never quite rises to the high quality seen in La Folie or Le Terroir. Pricey by Lips of Faith standards, to boot. It's enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it once, but I wouldn't purchase a second bottle. More sourness, more wood presence (i.e. any wood presence), and deeper peach notes would really improve this. Basically, if you're going to brew a fruited sour, I recommend going big on the fruit and huge on the sourness. This, unfortunately, does neither.

If anything, this has me curious to try the older constituent sour used in the blend. As-is, the blend hardly seems harmonious; indeed, it even seems diluted. Discerning drinkers familiar with New Belgium's other sours will find this ultimately to be quite a let-down, but generally speaking it's well above average.

Low B- (3.28)

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Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5 years later, something still seems missing.
Tastes more like La Folie with the same weird grape jelly note, and peach jelly instead of fresh peaches. Odd aftertaste, just sort of bland. For the new price of $15 you'd expect some complexity but it's just not there, sadly. Wonder what happened to this, it seems that it's been neutered.

4/19/10: 4.22
First time seeing the bottles, this one was served up at Four Moon Tavern. Had this on draft last week at Map Room, so i've got a good frame of reference for draft vs. bottle.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, there was a steady pillar of carbonation visible in the center, similar to the Duvel tulip. Bright orange, with a gentle broken skim on top, and wavy drips of lace all around.

Aroma was more toned down from the tap version, but sweeter and peachy from the juice in here, very fruity vs. being more sharp and acetic on draft. Just the barest whiff of barrel funk, just enough I guess for a broader audience...

Flavor has been sweetened slightly, peach figures big, sweet and natural with a tart lactic snap behind that. Light and airy, very spring/summery. Not as sour as the draft version, but not a complete loss for sour heads. This is very reminiscent in feel to New Glarus Cranbic. Soft and fruity with just enough tartness to qualify as sour.

Something seems missing though, which is a trend in the Lips of Faith bottle series... maybe the pasteurization/filtering has something to do with it? This has been the most impressive though, after La Folie.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a nice white head. The nose is quite nice, bringing a decent amount of lactic sourness as well as green apples and peaches. Other stone fruits present as well. The taste is ever-so-slightly sweet but mostly dry with good lactic action. I like the level of sourness and how it combines with the fruit flavors. Drinks quite well and is another nice sour from them.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a small head that is white. Color is a clear golden orange. Some active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: A little bit sour. The peach juice is there. Kind of makes the mouth water a bit. Nothing cantillon sour or anything. Light oak flavors.

Taste: A little funky. Not as sour what the sours I am used to drinking. Kind of farmhouse flavors with the peach. Very straightforward to me.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and funky. Lighter to medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Ends very odd for the style. It ends what a lager would end like.

Overall, good beer for the price. Very drinkable. I like it and I could definitely drink it in the sour. I was very easy to drink a lot of this.

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

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 6/4/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, oak, light white wine vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, oak, light white wine vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, peach, apricot, green apple, pear, hay, straw, grass, honey, wheat, cracker, light vinegar/funk, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/fruit/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended fruit sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, peaches, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the lighter amount of acidity. This would be a great introduction sour for those that have not had one before; and is a very enjoyable offering for me as well.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

--Eric Hoffer

Peachy pumpkin with honey highlights and a splendid looking crown of alabaster colored cream. The foam is sponge-like and pitting, looks even more interesting as it melts, and does a fine job decorating the upper reaches of the pint glass. Very little lace sticks around in the end.

The only aroma appreciated from several feet away is the unmistakable horseblanket tang of Brettanomyces yeast. Up close, the beer is more balanced, with lots of juicy peaches and freshly zested lemons. Oak is mighty scarce, if it's present at all.

Eric's Ale is delicious beer if you enjoy wild ale funk and Berliner weissbier-like lemony sourness. Neither one is overblown, which makes this Lips Of Faith offering more drinkable than it otherwise would have been.

There's just enough underlying sweetness (from the peach juice, perhaps) to keep things interesting on the palate. The yin-and-yang of tart and sweet is usually preferable to tart yin or sweet yang all by its lonesome. Oak is still difficult to locate.

This is one case in which the proportions of the two component beers is damn near ideal. It would interesting to know how much experimentation it took to get to the final product. Than again, 50:50 isn't exactly finely tuning, is it? With so much going on in each mouthful (all of it good), the taste score pretty much chose itself.

Although the mouthfeel seemed to be light-medium on first blush, the fruit juice gives it a lightly sticky viscosity on the finish and the carbonation could not be more pleasant. Just the right amount of energy transfer.

It seems like there's a new Lips Of Faith brew on the shelves every few weeks. If they're all as well-crafted and as delicious as Belgo IPA and Eric's Ale, New Belgium can release as many members of this series as their brewing capacity (and their imaginations) will allow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

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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 billab914
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured amber in color with a moderate white head to it.

The aroma shows some sour peaches with a tart acidic flavor to it. It has a bit of sweetness coming through that really helps the aroma be more complex and appealing. Pretty good aroma overall.

The taste shows a moderate sourness and more of a tart and acidicness. The peach comes through in the tartness along with a little apple to it as well. A little malty and fruity sweetness comes through to provide a bit of balance. It's very flavorful and complex.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it had good mix of flavors and was pretty complex. The peach juice was a pretty nice addition. Pretty solid beer overall in all categories.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy light yellow-orange color with a small white foam.

S: A great combination of sweet and tart peaches. A bit of funk, and a slight grape/wine aroma.

T: Like the aroma, the peaches are the main component. A bigger component of white wine on the tongue than in the nose. The sourness is somewhat mild, but adds a great flavor sensation.

M: Great carbonation, a bit sticky from the peach sweetness, and a nice medium body.

D: A very unique beer, haven't had anything like this before.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/24/10 notes. Had at cdc release.

a - Pours a murky brown color with an inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, some funk, tart apples and peach.

t - Tastes the same as the smell; lots of tart and sour fruit, specifically apples and sour cherries.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty nice sour I was glad to get to try. Would like to try again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks!

The beer is very clear and is a light yellow hue. The aroma is of wild yeast and tart fruits. Very enticing so far. The peaches come through in the flavor profile. The beer isn't as sour as the taste would indicate. The peaches add an element of sweetness that balances the tartness and wild yeast funk. Alcohol is hidden pretty well throughout. A decent offering and worth a try, especially if you like peaches.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - "Best Enjoyed by April 2, 2017":

Pours hazed golden with a thin lasting head. Thin trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some wood, sour notes, peach.

The taste is not puckering sour, but there is sour in the taste. Woody notes complement without overwhelming. Peach is used well too - just enough to give it a refreshing fruit character in the finish.

Alcohol is very well covered. Silky smooth, crisp and refreshing.

I like how the wood, the sour notes and the peach blend well without one being dominant. It's not the funky wild ale type, but a unique, fruit-flavored (and great choice of fruit!) more mellow, sour/wild ale that is easy-to-drink, rather subtle, and very enjoyable!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Armanetti's. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Cribbed from on-tap review when appropriate.

A - A finger of white foam that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and some light haze. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Transparent golden orange-color - a little like filtered apple juice. A mixture of big and tiny bubbles race through the liquid.

S - Pedio sourness, white wine, some bretty funk, acetic acid. The peach flavor is quite unripened and tart rather than sweet. Much more sour and potent than the tap version.

T - Initially full of white wine, lemons, and acetic acid. Finishes with a taste more reminiscent of fuzzy sour peach candy. Very refreshing, with a good balance of tart, sweet, and sour elements.

M - Medium bodied, and bigger than a lot of American Wilds that I've tried. Carbonation is lower than on-tap, and while this is also dry, it is not as moisture-sucking as the tap version as it ends slightly sticky.

D - Not super different than the tap version, other than the mouthfeel, which is neither better nor worse, just different. I actually like the bottle a bit more, as the flavor seems more intense and balanced. Curious how this will age, as there weren't any 750ml bottles prior to this release to compare with.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/06/06- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA during Belgian Beer Month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a random tulip style glass.

Appearance- Mid range golden in color, maybe a slight touch of haze. Small 1/4 inch frothy white head and above average lacing.

Smell- Definite light peach and/or tropical fruit scent. A slight musty.

Taste- Kind of a nice sweet and sour brew at the same time. More sweet I would say than sour. Maybe a wee bit of an off or candied peach flavor more than an authentic peach flavor.

Mouthfeel- Drying mouthfeel with a medium carbonation level. Crisp.

Drinkability- Pretty easy to drink, not really the flavor I was looking for though. I'd still snag a glass if you see it though.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe I was in a super good mood when I drank this beer but it VASTLY exceeded my expectations. Beer served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is amber and slightly hazy with a thin head of small white bubbles no lacing.

Aroma is strongly sour with a vinegar note and some great secondary acids. Some lactic, mostly acetic, mild citric, mild succinate. Excellent.

Beer is thin and bright, lead off with mild funky and a midpalate bringtness from the citric and the acetic. Its a little biting but everything is leveled so appropriately, its an obtainable sour. Sometimes I love drinking vinegar, so sour it hurts your teeth, this was not that way but it was well integrated into the beer. Mild creamy tartness at the back end. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a glass at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver June 10th 2006. Comes in a wine glass (chard?). A bit cloudy, light amber color with a nice 2 finger head, not really thick.
Smell was strong in the citrus arena, with hints of grass and vanilla. this a wine? I thought it tasted like a dry Sauvignon Blanc, I swear. It was fruity, light, and crisp. Not sure how to review this, very unique in my book. I drank it fairly quickly.

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