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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Lips Of Faith #3

Added by Floydster on 05-04-2008

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Photo of beertunes
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, honey-gold color with over an inch of creamy white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was an oddly sweet-sour scent, that was very muted. Not much personality showed in the nose. The taste was unpleasantly sour, not the bold interesting sour typical of the style. I didn't really pick up any other flavors, but there had to be some there. Right?

The body was thin, but still OK. Drinkability was just meh. You could drink this, but why? Overall, not a very interesting brew, you won't be missing anything if you skip over it.

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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

7/23/15
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 SShelly
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light golden color crystal clear with small ring of white head

light tart aroma, not too much going on.

Light and tart with a nice back end malt sweetness. Leaves a nice sweetness in the mouth. Sticky lips after this.

Probably a great hot day beer, not sure if I get any peaches out of this...

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this from Supermarket Liquors (maybe?) in Ft. Collins. $9.

A: Amber/Orange in color with a white head, about half a finger's worth not much head retention, tons of carbonation moving around in the glass. Entirely too clear and filtered, which hurts the appearance a bit, still not bad though.

S: Some sour funk going on right up front, sweaty horse blanket, my running shoes, but just before the funk gets too strong it leads way to a nice peach fruitiness. Not insanely funky, but still nice.

T: Not incredibly sour, but definitely tart, some funk there as well. The peach flavor comes in behind the sour and blends nicely with the overall flavors of the beer. Slightly grainy. Nice woody profile as well, a little bit of oak, but more of a nice complement to the other flavors and not over bearing. As it warms more the tartness and peach flavor really comes to life. Has a slight little bit of bitterness as well. This is a great beer.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation and an awesome dryness. Sour beers definitely benefit from the wood aging as the wood lends another dimension of dryness and nice mouthfeel, and this is no exception. Nice lactic profile that causes a slight pucker. Excellent.

D: Very easy to drink, way too strong to be a session, but another bomber wouldn't be a challenge to drink. Out of all the LoF series this is hands down the best one to date. While not the insanely sour intense La Folie, this is a nicely balanced very flavorful sour that isn't overwhelming. Great intro beer to craft beer in general. Highly recommended. Great beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a tulip.

The beer is clearish tangerince color with a light white head.

Aroma is a nice balance of sweet and sour. Peaches come through with some nice sour.

The taste is the same, sour and tart with a balance peach.

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

22oz bottle $8. Clear orange color, smells like sour peaches and sour beer, yum. Peaches and slightly sour flavors follow, nice. I should have bought more because I'll have to pay an extra dollar should I see this again. this is good but they really need to quit bullshitting and release le terroir in a bottle.

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

On-tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. Served in a New Belgium wide-mouth tulip.

Atomic tangerine body, quite clear once the chill haze dissipates. Two fingers of seashell foam recedes quickly to a thin dusting of fizz. Nice even coating of sandy lacing falls away rapidly, chased down by sluggish legs.

Grape skins, peach pits, orange zest, and lots of wild oak notes in the nose.

Bright and juicy on the palate with iced summer fruit and a plethora of gentle acid notes suggesting citrus, wild yeast, and a hint of yellow sour grass. Tart, dry finish with a touch of minerality suggesting prosecco.

Creamy, spritzy, medium-light bodied with a weak astringency.

Very refreshing with just enough funk to keep you interested and enough tartness to abate the fructose-like sweetness. Another great offering from the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It stared at me from across the bottle shop, my eyes locking in on that slinky green number it wore. What is this new beer, and why does it draw me closer?

I reach to grab it, but my hand stops. Trepidation on my part, I get over that. We don't need any "bottle from canada" stories. I hope to die never wishing I had just gotten up and drank that one bottle, the one that I lost and haunts my dreams. I grabbed and ran.

I openend it with a sharp crack, it threw its own cap across the room. The pour was golden, hints of Jurassic amber colored its sweet body. Hints of honey and fruit rolled off the top. I inhaled deep, holding its divine essence closely. A taste, just a taste was all I needed to fall in love. Peaches mingle with tart undertones, a sour snip at the end to let you know that a wild side resides deep down, a past that includes seedy barrels and long stretches in the company of Oaken friends.

It slips down, highly carbed and smooth. My only regret is that I have only one more night with this nubile creature.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The wife picked one of these tonight for me at Albertsons (?!?!) ... Shared some with my bro before he had to take off.. the rest was poured into my Delirium goblet just now.

Pours crystal clear deep golden... nice frothy white head... good lacing.. pretty.. obviously filtered, but what do I care?

Nose is lactic with traces of underripe peaches... sour without really too much brett funk... pretty interesting and begs for a sip.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice pucker that never verges on La Folie territory... there are no noticeable acetic notes.... lactic like someone took the essence of peach yogurt and put it in a free flowing liquid form... peaches are distilled down to sorta what I envision sucking on peach skin to be like... tart without being a saliva sucking sour... the bottle says "wood-aged", but I'm not getting much other than some maybe tannic elements that seem to probably get lost in the sour element.

Medium/lite body with good carbonation leans heavily on a great drinkability... very unique.

I've had this only a few times before, and all were in misc. spots around Denver during the '09 GABF... It was honestly one of my top pics (if memory serves me well) for sours that I enjoyed. I will certainly be enjoying the hell out of these while they are available.

4.5/4/4/4/5

EDIT: I had the aroma and flavor at 4.5's, but I knocked them down to 4's after finishing the last quarter of my glass... Don't get me wrong, this is excellent, but it seems a bit too "simple/appeasing" to be in my personal upper echelon of sour favorites... it still though is a wonderful beer that I hope sticks around these parts for a long time.

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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 beertooth
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's pre-FoBAB party. Served in one of their weird tulip/goblet glasses.

This beer is a hazy golden liquid with a thin white collar.

The nose is mildly sour, apricots, peaches, slight citrus, some brett funk, lactic sourness, some hay and tangy wheat as well.

The first sip gives me some mild tartness, orange, unripe stone fruits, brett funk, wet hay, more peaches, white grape skin and tart apples. It's a little mild and has a nice dry finesh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some gritty bubble bite.

An excellent beer and i was really excited to try it. I wouldn't mind trying to hunt down a bottle or two.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this sour beer several times before Sac Brew closed its doors. Tragic day.

A- The beer came in a larger then expected tulip glass. There was a half finger head that fell to a small ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass about half way down. The color was a slightly hazy golden hue. No Lacing.

S- The smell whit not the most intense aroma for a sour, it did have lots of tart granney smith appels. There were notes hay and wheet malt present in the smell.

T- This is a very pleasing Wile Ale. While it may not be the most funky sour it carried its own with notes of moist warm hay and tart apples. Had a pleasing sweet finish.

M- Medium Light weight with appropriate carbonation. Good Dry finish.

O- This beer reminded me of picking unripened apples form the tree as a child and eating them for a sour puckering.

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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 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 youbrewidrink
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this as an extra, thanks scray24. The pour from the hand bottle was dead on with a nice white lasting head. The aroma was clean with a hint of peach. The taste started a little sweet and fruity and quickly transitioned to a nice dry tart ale.

Drinkability was A+, as soon as I finished a mouthful I was wanting another, soon.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of photomike
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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