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Lips Of Faith - Eric's AleLips Of Faith - Eric'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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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - "Best Enjoyed by April 2, 2017":

Pours hazed golden with a thin lasting head. Thin trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some wood, sour notes, peach.

The taste is not puckering sour, but there is sour in the taste. Woody notes complement without overwhelming. Peach is used well too - just enough to give it a refreshing fruit character in the finish.

Alcohol is very well covered. Silky smooth, crisp and refreshing.

I like how the wood, the sour notes and the peach blend well without one being dominant. It's not the funky wild ale type, but a unique, fruit-flavored (and great choice of fruit!) more mellow, sour/wild ale that is easy-to-drink, rather subtle, and very enjoyable!

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Photo of grover37
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty disappointed with this one. Not a lot there to be honest. Some peach and a mild complexity in terms of sourness through the taste. Pretty thin and no oak character.

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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 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 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 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 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 kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2015 release, poured into a New Belgium 2013 Brewery globe glass.

The beer pours a nice, golden peach color, apricot and straw hues with a thick finger of white head, little retention but nice spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, funky yeast, musty wood, peach pit, a little lactic tartness, bright stone fruits with a little bit of citrus. The flavors are right in line, loads of fruity and sour peach, pitted stone fruits, funk, citrus, damp wood, nicely balanced with good brightness. The malt bill is more prominent on the tongue, sticky and slightly sugary adds a nice counterbalance to the sour qualities of the beer. The mouthfeel is nice, lively and carbonated yet gentle and it coats quite well, finishes with a creamy feel and a lingering sour note.

Verdict: A really nice American Wild Ale from New Belgium, certainly one of their best products. It's bright, funky, fruit, delicate, well balanced and shows no signs of being 7.00% ABV. I look forward to seeing this release again, hopefully sooner than later.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium to deep orange. slight haze. Thick white head

S: some peaches and slight funk.

T: peaches were there but not a huge punch of them. Also not too sour.

F: creamy with mild carbonation

O: This would be a great introduction into "sours" for someone just starting to drink them

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

A hazy orange sunshine based body hosts a off white skim of head. Nose is a musty funk with peach basket and horse blanket. With first sip I am very impressed with how well the peach is represented here. It is nicely tart and super juicy. Peach skin and luscious pulp is all here. Funky and well done overall. If this gets a bit more sour with age it will be truly amazing.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy peach. Full head on the pour that mostly recedes.Messy, lingering lacing.
smell: Fruity and tart.
taste: a little sweetness up front along with the tart and fruity thing.
overall: really pleasant and refreshing on this hot day. No perceptible alcohol.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium clarity yellow with a thin head and spotty lacing. passable for the style.

Aroma: Funky/fruity stone fruit and pear with a very slight touch of acetic acid.

Flavor: Mild light lactic and even light acetic. Mostly peach smarties brand candies.

Mouthfeel:Medium light, touch of residual sugar.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of peaches, not very sour, not a lot of wood notes. Some vanilla and fruit undertones. This was obviously brewed for the masses. It's definitely well made, just not how I remembered it.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does what it says it will do: fruity but not too fruity, sour, but more just tart. Peach flavor comes out nicely, but still tastes like a tart beer rather than a lambic. Also has an interesting fruit vinegar and yeast nose. Not really my style, and I certainly didn't need 22 oz. of it before getting a bit sore of tongue, but points for achieving their goal so well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention sucks, perhaps as expected. Not to mention, the head's texture is fizzy and bubbly like soda. Very little lacing sticks to the glass. (2.75)

Smell: The sourness here seems like basic lacto notes, rather than a complex and nuanced brett funk. Still, it counterbalances the peach nicely. Even without the tart touches, this beer's fruitiness doesn't come off overly sugary. Letting it open up will reveal some oak and vanilla. I don't think this has the aroma of a world-class sour ale, but it's plenty likable for what it wants to accomplish. (3.5)

Taste: At first, this is almost crazy sour...for about a second. After that brief onslaught, the lacto flavors intertwine with peach sweetness to create a well-rounded brew. The finish is oaky and buttery. It hits the basics beautifully, but it doesn't develop much complexity beyond said basics. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This is a nice and dry beer. I swear I get a touch of booze on the back end, which is slightly off-putting. That's about the only niggle I have with the feel - it's fairly delicate and light (not insubstantial), going down easily. Medium carbonation is slightly obscured by the body - whatever, this is really fuckin' easy to drink. (3.75)

Overall: This isn't my favorite sour ale, not even from this brewery. But, it's still pretty good, and fairly approachable. The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is - I mean seriously, I'm killing an entire bomber as quickly as I would a typical 12 oz. IPA bottle (quicker, even...) For my $15 or so, however, I'd rather buy La Folie. (3.5)

3.48/5: Hey Eric, this one is pretty damn good

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Photo of Treebs
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. Some sticky lace is left behind.

S: Light sourness on the nose. Some sweet peach flesh with a pale malt backing. Slightly yeasty.

T: Mild pucker upon the initial sip with some peach pit and light peach juice. Pale malts with a sour lemon grass as well. The flavors are all very light.

M: Light bodied and dry with a medium carbonation level.

O: This has definitely faded. Still dry and easy drinking however. Worth a tick.

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Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle (best by April 2, 2017) into a tulip. I rated (but didn't review) the earlier version, so this review is an edit of an earlier rating.

A-The beer is honey colored and murky. A tall, white head of foam fades quickly and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S-The aroma is, uh, peachy, as in it smells like peaches. Maybe some apricot fruit too and a light oak aroma. Not much in the way of acidity or funk here. Base malt blend is mundane and lightly sweet.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Heavy peach fruit that is almost buttery. A light touch of woody funk and very mild acidity. The beer opens with a little bread and honey malt, but the finish dries out slightly.

M-The feel is on the fuller side for the style with a mild carbonation.

O-Maybe it is nostalgia, but my recollection of the first batch of this beer is better than the batch I am reviewing. This could be great with some more oak and acidity that would give the beer a little bit of vinous pop, but as is, I am disappointed.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into a tulip at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Eric's Ale is a hazy golden Orange color with thin white head. It settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is fruity and slightly funky with a hint of wild yeasties.

Flavor is really exceptionally balanced for a wild ale. Sweet, sour, and tart almost in equal measure. A little fruity with peaches and maybe tart raspberry. Nicely blended to not be too sour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent blended sour. I definately prefer it to La Folie if I'm going to have a glass.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a rolling review over the past three years...

4/2012 - Strong crystal clear golden color. Amazing clarity for two years old aged at 65 degrees... Very mild peach scent with strong awesome sour scent of vinegar. Fruity-ness is mild with strong nose, so smooth. Brilliantly tart with mild sourness and sweetness on the lower side of things. Oak has really came forward and brought out an amazing tart smoothness. Perfect mouthfeel, highly acidic, just as a sour should be. Thank goodness for originally high carbonation, it's mellowed wonderfully! AMAZING BREW!!! Said I'm all out :(

7/2011 - I'm currently enjoying a bottle from last May, it's held up wonderfully, slightly mellowing out the sour into greater flavor...

Original Review 5/2010 -

A: Mildly golden with a thin biscuit of head remaining on top of the brew. Soapy lacing is choosy as to where is stays. Body is thin and swirls wonderfully, with the best of them.

S: Strong sour peach smell with slight citrus and mild hop, if any.

T: Very sour with relaxing peach undertones. Slight spice and malt too. Unlike any "sour" beer I've ever had. Mellow yet exorbitant flavors you're truly able to enjoy and relax with.

M: Good flavor with cheek puckering ability's, slightly over carbonated, but over comes carbonation issues with extreme sour flavors.

D: AMAZING, I'm constantly drawn back to the glass for another sip of heaven time after time.


Dear NB,

This is my plea. Please, Please, PLEASE, brew MOHR Eric's Ale ASAP, thanks.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Pours 24 karat gold in color. There is a fingers worth of white head that leaves a bunch of small, spotty lacing.

The nose has some summer fruit and vinegar. Sweetness is presented behind the fruit and tartness.

The taste has peach that the nose doesn't suggest. Nice and fruity up front with a light tartness and some funkiness. Those lager yeasts are noticed within the malty sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp as hell and has a slight tartness to it. Very refreshing as the carbonation levels are just right.

Overall, this is a pleasant summer sipper that has nice, evenly balanced amounts of sour, malt, and fruit. Pretty damn nice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow and light orange, nice white head, about 1/2" deep on it. Aroma was mildly peachy, I wouldn't say I was disappointed in the low level of peachyness in the nose, it was just mellow.

Mellow on the tongue as well, moderate sour, easy to drink, seemed like the base beer may have been a blonde ale or something very light. Didn't pick up much in the way of oak or wood flavor from a barrel. A little bretty, would have prefered more sour flavors instead of the gritty brett drying effect.

Ultimately, this was a good sour excursion, but I would have liked to have had a bit more substance in terms of the peach flavor and maybe the acidic and tartness. I hear people were getting this at one time for $8 a 22oz bottle, I'd definitely make the purchase at that price if I ever had the opportunity, who knows, it even might sour a little more if you laid it down.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.99 for a 22oz bottle

A: mid-brown, slight haze, poured with a nice head that dissipated in about 5 minutes
S: mid sour nose but doesn't parallel Belgium sours, seems a bit unrefined and lack depth and finish
T: pronounced sourness, peach is not overly noticeable, not in the league of Belgium sours but decent attempt, lacked complexity and refinement
M: not overly carbonated, lacks depth and character, more like a lambic than a gueuze

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Photo of birchstick
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, caramel brownish amber without much of a head. Smells of peaches And some grain malts. Taste follows the nose. A bit of a peach flavor, but rather subtle. next are some VERY muted sour citric tones. Not much else on the palate. I was extremely underwhelmed by this guy. I don't know where all of the flavors went on this, maybe it was a bad keg?

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear gold with a 1 finger white fizzy head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of sour fruit and a little funk

taste - sour tart peaches - brett funk - wood oak - good grainy malt on the back

mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation that give the beer a sharp bite

overall a good sour - on the mild side - reasonably priced - will buy again

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