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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Ericís Ale

overall
98
88
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ericís Ale, named for long time New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar, combines a dry, sour beer aged up to three years in oak foeders with a semi sweet, higher alcohol base beer. The resulting blend is re-fermented with peach juice, creating a smooth ale with subtle peach tones and a warm, spicy finish. The aroma has pleasant hints of vanilla and tropical fruit, the wood characteristics are present but nicely muted.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1282) - CANADA - MAY 11, 2016
Appearance: hazy medium gold with a short, short-lived fizzy off-white head, minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: tart vinous, stone fruit, woody. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, light bitter. (7/10) Medium-light body, low carbonation, off-dry mildly tart finish. (3/5) So, the bottle says itís a ďsour beer for those who donít like sour beers and a fruit beer for those who donít like fruit beers.Ē This comes perilously close to the truth in the contrapositive: itís not really a sour beer for those who DO like sour beers, or a fruit beer for those who DO like fruit beers. Thatís not to say itís bad, as such, but itís more like a bottle of supermarket chardonnay, than a beer. A light vinous tart aroma presents upon decapping, and pretty much sets the stage for the white wine character that follows. Stone fruit is present, but not well-defined. Thereís even a light, gose-like saltiness toward the end, making this very much a hybrid style, but itís more a case of ďtoo many cooksĒ than anything else. A bit muddled, but ultimately not unpleasant. (13/20)

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 15, 2016
Sour peach and salty tart aromas come from this clear medium yellow brew with no head. Tart indeed with a citrus and fruity underlying note. It's smooth medium bodied brew low carb. Has a bit of sweetness hidden behind the tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with big fizzy head. Aromas of stone fruit, grass, and subtle hints of smoke. Nice tart start with peachy notes followed by the woody finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle. A slightly hazed yellow golden color with a white head. A strong peach aroma but balanced well enough against the sour and barrel aging.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2016
A wonderful sour. Some green apple, pear, yeast, wheat, vinegar that all come together in a very tart little beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Pint bottle from Big Red Liquor, Indianapolis. Pours a muddy dark, orange/gold body with minimal fizzy head that disappears quickly. Nose of fruit juice, yeast, and effervescence. The sour bite is evident immediately upon imbibing with notes of citrus, peach, and candy all around. The sour yeast lingers. High carbonation and light body. A refreshing and interesting brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matty (325) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
22 oz. bottle. Pours an almost clear gold color with a huge white head that quickly settles to nothing. Strong sour fruit aroma. Medium-light body, taste is of apples & pears with a dry tart finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrandNewBrew (32) - - FEB 2, 2016
The aroma is fantastic, except I donít get a ton of peach; more apple orchard. Appearance is bright and orange with some haze. Taste is wonderful, very well balance, and the peach is noticeable, but not center stage. Just wish there were more peach, but the beer is excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Peach coloured, a bit cloudy. Very nice tartness. Balanced and very drinkable. Pretty good carbonation and mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1635) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Draught at Harryís Hofbrau in San Jose. Clear copper with minimal white head. Moderate peach puree and slightly neutral oak in both the aroma and flavor. Tasty and well balanced.


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