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Eric's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Eric's AleEric's Ale

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 693
Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Soft gold colored beer with bright white, fine bubble foam. Hazy appearance but no sediment. Moderate head retention that leaves spotty lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Light cereal, wheaty malt aroma - no hops. Moderate lemony tartness with medium funky brett aromatics (wet hay, mild oak), medium fruity aroma comes through - peach, apricot, stone fruit in general.

T: Mild grainy wheat malt flavor peaks through, no hop bitterness or flavors. The tartness is medium and clean. Funky brett flavors similar to the aroma come through moderately (damp basement and hay). Light oak flavor noticeable also. The fruit flavor is moderate but comes of slightly cooked tasting, peach is more distinguishable in the flavor then the aroma. Balance is between the sour and the fruit flavors.

M: Medium/light body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Slight creamy mouthfeel and a slight puckering sensation at the back of the tongue.

O: Good beer, I would have liked more complexity from the bacteria / brett culture and I think the peaches came off a little cooked tasting (was it added post ferment?) But refreshing overall. I'd get it again if I saw it at a bar, but don't think I'd pickup another bomber.

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Photo of RJB66
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another try a a sour beer. The label says its for people that don't like sours. Well if I keep finding brews like this I'm gonna be a sour/wild ale fan!!

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Photo of Thollos
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy golden hue, with a small head that quickly fizzed out; left light lacing. Smelled of sour peaches, with hints of oak. Tasted sweet for a moment, then a punch of sour as it rolled over my tongue, before fading into a pleasant peach. Mouthfeel was crisp with a dry finish; reminded me of a cider almost.
New Belgium did a wonderful job with this one, and it's definitely sparked my interest in sours. Best by 2 April, 2017; might have to pick up a few more and see how it ages.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow hazy color. Thin head that faded quickly to a thin film, but left some decent lacing. Light aromas of peach, some sour/tart notes and some woody/oaky smells. Leathery/citrus/wood and tart peach flavors. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, but felt right, very crisp, with a nice dry finish. This was a great beer, NBB has really hit it right with this one.

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Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy, glowing gold with a compact head that shrinks to a creamy ring. Spotty patterns of lacing left on the glass for a little while. Aromas of dried peach rings and dusty basement. Juicy sweet stone fruit acidity, some white wine, cherries, and green apple...tartness doesn't really enter until swallowing. Dry on the gums, medium-light bodied. Nice...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange beer, nice white head... Aroma is sweet, juicy and fruity. Apricot pulp, papaya, peachy of course, bready malt, and mouth watering goodness. Taste is both sweet and tart. Tropical things and fleshy pitted fruits.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy light orange with two fingers of loose foamy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming up at the edges.

Nose is fresh ripe peaches, light lactic and lemony tang.

Taste is lighter than the aroma, a bit of sweet peaches, but a bit of wheat bread and a hint of buttery diacetyl.

Light finish, not much lingering on the palate. Refreshing carbonation that tickles at the tongue, tiny soft bubbles. Decent fruity beer for a warm day.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 July 2015. Best before 2 April 2017.
Glowing yellow orange. Hazy.
Smells faintly of sour peaches.
It reminds me of something. Lightly tart, and almost overly fruity. Lingering peachy artificiality on the aftertaste.
It's good, but not great. Glad I tried, wouldn't have again.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really drinkable sour. Peaches and nectarines mix well with the lager. This make it a remarkable drinkable beer and something that would be awesome in cans or 6 pack bottles.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by citric acid and tart peach character. Soft floral notes and grain are subtle.

Flavor is fairly tart, with both citric and lactic acid underlying a soft malt body. The peach character emerges in the aftertaste.

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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 VTR
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -7.6%
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 DaverCS
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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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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 SaisonRichBiere
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite clear for a sour, light orange. Smells bready, tart, peach essence, tropical fruit. Taste is light malt body anchored by a bracing tartness, big sour peach notes evolve to creamy fruit, persimmon, as the sour fades. Feels a bit fizzy, but the fizz works well to amplify the sour punch on the palate. Tasty peachy sour.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap.

Appearance - Light orange hue.

Smell - Light tart, light funk.

Taste - Same as smell.

Mouthfeel - Light. Very drinkable.

Overall - Nice sour

Grade (B)

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Photo of M_chav
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really light and crisp, awesome summer time brew on a hot day. I wish it was more pungent and tart on the tongue, need a bit more flavor and complexity but this is a simple wild ale with good character.

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Photo of Big_V
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Max's Taphouse. I really enjoyed this one. Peach bomb. Very flavorful. Peach on the nose as well. For those who said they didn't much peach, I challenge you to try it on tap.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves almost nothing on the top. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold. The look is pretty but I wouldn't it was spectacular or very memorable.

The beer smell has a nice apricot tartness to the smell in addition to various other fruits. The smell definitely has a nice peach note to it and a light bitter hop note to it as well. Also, there seems to be a slight sweetness from what I think is wheat.

The taste is also pretty good and fruity. The peach tartness in the smell is also found in the taste as well as a bit of the fructose. The fructose taste actually isn't bad and rather complements the tart very well. The hop bitterness is still in the beer but is much lighter than in the smell.

The feel is nice and refreshing despite the slight syrup feel. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter and smoother than it would without it.

Overall, a good beer and worth getting. It was a pretty easy drink and a nice introduction to sours as far as I am concerned.

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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 Catracho5
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark orange with a white fluffy head that quickly disappeared, not a whole lot of carbonation,

A: Green apple tart funk, sour vinegar like aroma, pears, apricots, sweetness comes through pretty good, slight yeast. Peaches? Smells pretty good.

T: Green apple sourness, slight oak coming through, pear, apricot, peach like sweetness, alcohol well hidden, there's a nice white wine dry like finish, pretty tasty.

M: Medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Pretty good, not very sour or tart, but it has some nice complexity and depth on the flavor, the hint of oak adds another dimension, was not very impressed at first but as the beer warmed some other aromas and flavors came through.

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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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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 JMUbrewz
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent wild ale from NB. It doesn't quite have the peach flavor I was looking for, but it did come through on the finish. It's tart, but not bracingly sour, and all in all, a very well made sour blonde.

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Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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