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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Thin head with very low retention. bubbles are thin and seperated. whispy at best. Beer is crystal clear with a copper tint. I would expect cloudiness but iím thinking this is filtered/pastuerized smell is acetic with hints of stale malt. peach and dried wood as well. mostly lactic and acetic. taste is dry oak/sawdust a bit of fruity peachiness. there is a strange taste in here that just doesnít seem normal for style, like a bit of BMC swirled in. decent amount of sourness both lactic and acedic. rough around the edges though. the mouthfeel is definately jaged. its not rounded or mellow, rough. prickly, acidic. if it was smoother it would be incredibly drinkable. I think this is a hot weather beer. drinkablility might be its greatest acheivment and it does kill the sour crave which, for its price, is an awesome accomplishment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Thin peachy nectarine color with a lacing on the edges and spiderwebs in the middle. Thin peach flavor with Bretty sourness, hops, and lemon zest. Peachy bitterness and more sour with thin stinging carbonation and very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011
From Notes. A big thanks to Armin, for introducing me to this and La Folie as my first ever sours. I am in his debt! I wonderfully tart, slightly fruity aroma, lots of white fruit and a touch of sweetness. Flavor is much the same, not overly complex but tasty. Goes down very easy. A great beer, and one that holds a special place in my stomach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is as described- sweet peaches and notes of sour yogurt and light fruits. Flavor of tart peach upfront with lingering tangy sour notes. Definitely more of the sour notes come out vs. the peach but it is a good balance. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden color. Two fingers of frothy white head with just below average retention and not really any lacing. 3.5 S: Definitely more funky and fruity than sour. The peach comes through well initially, but fades upon further sniffs, and thereís some wild apple in there too. A touch of muskiness and general barnyard. A smaller touch of acetic acid. Good, but would be great if it was more intense. 3.5 T: The taste suffers from the same problem as the nose. Itís tasty, but the flavors seem muted. Not nearly as sour or funky as I had predicted. The peach flavor is there and it probably is the major component of the taste. Other than that, there is a light barnyard flavor and a light acetic acid flavor. Some apple and pear as well. Mild sweetness to balance. A small amount of oak and a tiny amount of astringency. 3.5 M: Lightish body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. Average. 3.5 D: Goes down really easy, but this isnít the greatest. Aroma and taste need to be amplified about 5X for this to be a good brew. It is tasty though. In any case, I needed a good sour fix and this didnít do it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-23-2010 01:06:00

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2616) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Black Hills Beer Fest - Pours a light golden color with a small sandy head. Aroma is dry and fruity with hints of peach and oak. Sour taste with peaches and light oak. The peach is not overwhelming, but the sweet and sourness of the fruit takes center stage. Dry and tart. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. I had this one toward the end of the beer fest so I was pretty snookered by the time I got around to this one. This was an extremely sour brew. It was unique but not something I would want to drink if I were thirsty. Pretty damn rancid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Medium hued gold with good clarity. Not much lacing, despite the sizeable head and long retention. The nose is pretty mild. Lush fruits with a slight tartness. Minimal funk. This smells like a pretty tame sour. Indeed it is a pretty tame sour, but its still a very good one. It manages great balance between light fruits, tartness and woods and malt. I enjoyed this beer. I might suggest something like this to someone whoís new to sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man Dallas. Standard pint glass. I had a 4 oz taster of this at a beer fest a bit back and was excited to enjoy a full pint. Head disappears quickly and leaves some lacing but not much. A bit of a sour smell, some of the peach comes through. Tastes tart and has a dryness to it-hard to explain. Amazingly complex flavour-definately not too sour for my tastes. Reminds me a bit of a liquid jolly rancher. Mouthfeel is nice-quite silky. Iíve had sours before that are knock your head off sour. This is nowhere near that-suprisingly drinkable. I would love to enjoy one of these on a hot summer day whilst grilling. Hard to find (iíve never seen a bottle in any of the stores I frequent) but totally worth trying if you get the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1180) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Fruity wheat beers are pretty popular drinks for your Joe and Jane Six Pack type of drinkers. However, the craft beer enthusiast with more refined taste tends to approach those beers with hesitancy. Whatís ironic is that if a beer is purported to be fruity and sour - suddenly the roles are reversed! Only a few American breweries are able to make these traditionally Euro-centric brews very American-friendly and New Belgium Ericís Ale is a good example of that. Itís fruity and sour, but never becomes cloying, nor does it seem like a gimmick.

I split a 22oz bomber with a friend, poured into flute glasses.

Appearance: clear, bright orange body with lots of carbonation. Foamy, bright white head fades away. Minor lacing.

Smell: strong sour aroma with subtle peach notes. Closer to a straight gueuze than a lambic or "wild ale". Acid content comes across in the nose.

Taste: Not as sour as it smells. Light, crisp taste. Slight woody quality. Fairly sharp up front and through the middle with a sweet/sour peach juice taste in the finish and a candy-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly, but doesnít tear up the palate. Sharp but tasty.

Drinkability: The bottle indicates this is "The sour ale for people who donít like sour ales" - I totally agree with that. No WAY this tastes, drinks or feels like 7% ABV.

Overall, a great starter sour ale, and experienced sour drinkers will like this. too I HIGHLY recommend pairing it with cheese!

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