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.

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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:
2
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Ratings: 697 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of donnie_vendetta
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: poured into a tulip to a hazed gold topped by half a finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of light sourness, oak and peaches
T: Taste is mild tartness, peaches and some oak all in a nice balance. A little dry maltyness at times as well. Swallow is more sourness and peaches with a little oak.
M: lighter side of medium in body with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity
O: This is a very approachable and tasty sour beer and I'm very happy that New Belgium brought it back. It isn't the sourest or the most complex but it isn't designed to be that way.

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

L: Golden orange copper color half a finger of head with a super light pour.

S: Starts of with a funky ripe fruit smell some acidity for sure peach maybe some apple also. Great smelling stuff.

T: Slight acidity peaches for sure not really any funk at all and an odd generic malt taste I can't really put my finger on..

F: Juice. It feels like juice.

O: Good flavor and smells .... but could definitely use more funkiness and tartness great stuff tho not my favorite wild ale for new Belgium.

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Photo of Stillyman11
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devil_Doc
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

Easy 5 for appearance. This beer is a stunner. Golden/copper body showing perfect clarity and a ceaseless carbonation that feeds into a nice frothy, well-retained head. Lace scatters around the glass and a thick lace settles over the body long after the pour. 5

The aroma is faint but offers earthy, funky orchard fruit. There's a Jolly Rancher quality to the tart fruitiness, suggesting something candy-like but with some pucker factor. A nice twist is the vanilla and honey sweetness buried deep within this aroma that offer some real charm. 4

Growing up in northern New Mexico, the taste takes me back to the farmstands of my youth. There's a tart apricot or peach juice flavor that tastes like something homemade a neighbor would have been selling. Layered atop this fruitiness is some clear yeast-y funk, earthiness and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg spice. Veddy nice. 4.25

Medium-bodied and vinous with a tart, juicy and earthy feel. I'm definitely reminded of some sort of pulpy orchard fruit juice but with a dry, less sweet make-up. 4.25

This beer is very pleasing to drink. Great all around.

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Photo of futiledevices
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

Very well balanced. Pours a bright golden orange, smells slightly of the fruit. It is moderately tart, with a hint of the peach. Slight carbonation.

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Photo of GTJayG
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramerican
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Poured on tap with 1 finger head. Sizzles away to a pool of foam. Golden and hazy in the glass. Nice tart smell, hint of peach. Nice tart taste, little peach coming thru. Love the taste on this. Puckering but not tart.

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Photo of nuebs
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGold
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, labeled "BEST ENJOYED BY APRIL 2, 2017," into tulip. Had to read the bottle to recognise the peach, but that's on me. But the disclaimer, and I paraphrase, a sour fruit beer for folks who like neither sours nor fruit beers, is offensive and, thankfully, misleading.

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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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