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Eric's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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4.08/5
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698 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,506
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
698
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
111
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of Balaban
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately I was disappointed

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Photo of Captredbeard701
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Add lambic and it is purely amazing

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Photo of hilgart1
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of esimonoff
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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 drew74
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reedbrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VTR
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I am not a sour beer fan but with all the hype I had to try it. Luckily enough I found one bottle left at my local store for 8.99. When I poured the bottle I got apples, peach, citrus fruits, maybe a little melon, and hints of wood. Taste followed the nose pretty closely and all off the flavors were there. It was just sour enough to make this very enjoyable. The fruits were nicely done as the beer did not come off too sweet but had a nice sour zing to it. One off putting characteristics of sour beers for me is a vinegar taste. I did not pick this up at all and enjoyed the whole bottle. I am saddened that my local store only got two cases and it all sold so I will not be able to get this again because I would grab a few more. If you see this I would grab it.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a light golden orange in color. A one finger white foamy head quickly dissipated leaving some stringy lacing sliding into the beer.
The smell starts off with sour apple adding light peach notes, and then some lemon and super light orange.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a slight spritzy effect in the flavor.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium sort of body to it with the carbonation taking some foreground. Its dry and makes me want to drink a ton of water after I'm done.
Overall, its a pretty good American Wild ale. The brett seems tame to me, but its definitely a dry one. Unsure if I'd come back to, but pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lavapajamas
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeyStats707
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden orange in color. 1 finger of white, quickly dissipating head.

Aroma yields that classic sour baking soda note. Lots of lemony citrus. Not much peach or wood at all in the nose. Mainly acidic acid and baking soda.

Taste starts with a mild kick of acidity. It isn’t really sour, just mildly sour/acidic. This is followed by the fruitiness: under-ripe peach, green apple, lemon, and maybe a kiss of papaya. This fruitiness lasts only momentarily in the middle of the mouth before transitioning to a dry baking soda and Brett-like finish. You are left wanting more due to this dryness. Carbonation is moderate and mouthfeel is light. No wood characteristics noted.

Overall, this beer is decent, but it isn’t worth the price. It seems mid of the road, for a beer that costs nearly $15! It is enjoyable, but the peach and wood aging doesn’t shine through … the major aspects of this beer. It’s a bummer because I had high hopes! I could see this pairing well with honey glazed salmon with peach preserves, sautéed Swiss chard, and wild rice. It gets a 84.5/100.

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Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 698 ratings
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