Eric's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

Lips Of Faith #3

Added by Floydster on 05-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
697
Reviews:
270
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
113
For Trade:
1
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Photo of MUTINY
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with 1" fluffy white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention isn't bad, some fairly impressive lacing.

S: Some lactic tartness & definite peach notes. Some citrus. I suppose the oak is mildly detectable.

T: Some would call this brew subtle, but I prefer to call it bland. Leads with fairly distinct peach & citrus rind. Mid palate is off-sweet with some underripe berry notes. There's a slight lactic tang throughout, but it's unimpressive. The finish reads as artificial peach, at least to me.

M: Lowish to moderate carb married to a soapy middleweight body.

O: It's nothing if not unique. It's just not speaking to me.

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a New Belgium goblet glass.

Poured a slightly hazy light orange body, one finger white head with fair retention time, no lacing. Smells of peaches, grainy malt, mild lacto, mild oak. Some bread. It's moderately peachy, but not superbly acidic or funky in the nose. Balanced. Flavour is similarly balanced, with a mild-moderate lactic acidity, a fair amount of peach, minimal oak, no funk, a fair bit of whole grain breadiness. It's pretty solid, a bit tame, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink, refreshing. It's not too sour or acidic or funky; I can see this appealing to a lot of people. Overall, a decent peach wild that drinks more like a fruited saison or something more restrained than a straight American wild ale. It's not superbly sour, it's moderately bready, and has a fair bit of peach flavour to it. If you're expecting Fuzzy or a peach'd La Folie, I'd look elsewhere.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KimenTshom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was surprising, I had heard great thing about Erics Ale from a good amount of people who don't really enjoy sours or fruited beer.

I really didn't enjoy this.

The nose is solid, getting nice peach notes. The appearance is a slightly murky golden hue with good carb.

The taste is where this brew fell apart in my opinion, after taking a big whiff and preparing to be blown away, I am met with very very subtle peache flavors and wood characteristics that are almost immediately replaced with a funky bland almost bandaid like taste.

Pretty dissapointed with how this stacked up to the word of mouth.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque golden with a one finger white head that dissipates pretty fast. Ample lacing.

S: Peaches pop up with a flourish. A sweet lambic scent follows.

T: Like diving into a bowl of peach ice cream. Peachy keen and sensual. Lambic sweet/sour and highly quaffable.

M: Low to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A great share beer but easily drinkable alone. A nice surprise from the Lips of Faith series.

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

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schlafly33
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Stevem68
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jordy777
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This sour has a nice look, with a hazy touch. The aroma is right on point with a sour. The taste is huge with peaches, but the sour bite drops a bit. The sour impact is lovely though.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Dark golden, with a white head which quickly dissipates. The beer smells of sweet peaches, not much more. The taste is less peachy, and not terribly sour, somewhere between a German-style Berlinerweisse and a mild lambic. It's also much sweeter and has a noticeably more substantial body than most other sour wild ales.

Overall, it's good, but not exceptional. Worth a try, but not worth trying again.

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

Eric's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 697 ratings.
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