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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
A great flavor to this one, had never heard of it, but had to try it on tap at Hollingsheadís before the Angel game, nice tartness, couldnít tell the fruit at first, but then the peach flavor jumped out at me, nice, dry brew, great!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť: Pale golden, yet fiery, slight haze, large off-white head, fantastic lacing, strong carbonation. † Looks fantastic! † Oaken nose, seems dry, lightly sweet, peach is very mild. † Smooth tartness up front, not sour (in my opinion), with a dry backside. † Not overly done, but good enough to linger for a while. † The peach aspect seems very mild, and I mean VERY mild. † Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate. † As it warms, and finishes, the fruity aspect becomes more apparent but seems a bit indistinguishable as to type. † It also picks up a bit more sweetness to balance the dry tartness.   Overall it is a well crafted beer that I would easily have again. † Well done New Belgium!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1829) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 Tap

Brouwers 4/26/06. Iím pretty impressed. No, Iím really impressed.

This beer pours light with a vigorous head. The aroma is peach, lemon juice, and apple vinegar; it offers a very clean taste, not much funk. Semi-sweet peach on the front, reasonable and lightly-sour follow-through, plenty of lemon, hints of woody dryness.

Not only the best New Belgium beer that Iíve tried, but it might also make a very "gateway lambic" for those unaccustomed to the various intensities and idiosyncracies of the style. 8/4/9/4/15=4.0

Revisit at Brouwers 8/9/08. Slightly sweeter than I recall, more peach, certainly not much funk. The prior 4.0 seems a very fair rating.

Bottle 4/24/10. </br> Wow, this still impresses. Very drinkable (though not so much so that my wife could tolerate a sip without making an awful face), lovely woodiness. I could and probably should buy a case of this. Iíd have to go at least 4.1 on this, bumping the overall to a 16. Iíll make the correction.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Draft at í06 PP Fest. Yellow gold color with a small head. Aroma and taste are pretty much the same, sour lemon and peach. Tart and smooth at the same time. My favorite beer at the fest this year.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Flourescent orange colour with a nice white bubbly head. Aroma was peach and some apricot and light citrus. Flavour was overly sweet and unblanced with malt or wheat. Finishes tart and thinner.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2006
Draught Colour not determinable, nearly no head. A very typical mix of lactic acid & lemony aromaís. Thereís also a rubbery component, sulphury, but not off-putting. Vague fruitaroma, not necessarily peach. Superb lactic, tart taste - as a "fruited" Rodenbach would taste in the vats - with a dash of real lemonjuice. Not that I would do so, but itís worthwhile. Tittilating, refreshing, great MF and palate. Theyíre not done with experiments at NBBC. Good for us. Eric, I love you, whomever you are.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 On tap at the Toronado. I actually thought that this is a little better than the La Folie even. Yellow with a white head. Rings of white lacing form. At first sip, you scream out "What the hell IS this?" Sure, itís sour, but itís an interesting acid flavor. Quinine and benzene emerge as the dominant carcinogens in this brew. The battery acid of this is slightly better buffered than in the La Folie. Still, it certainly tastes like something poisonous and Iím certain that no wild animal would drink it. Outstanding experience. UPDATE 10/18/7: New Belgium tasing at the Max & Joeís Tavern. Gold in color with a thin white head. Half was aged 2 years in oak, then blended with peach concentrate. The hops used were 10 years old according to Eric! This puppy started out at 17įP original gravity. This is fruity, but not sour. Slightly peachy, slightly sour. This is the only beer in the Lips of Faith series to be brewed a second time. This is not sweet at all and not over the top in any department, just perfectly blended. Has a very dry finish like a white wine. The non-sweet peach flavor blasts you like a peach bomb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
A very interesting beer, and probably one of the first "lambic" style of beers Iíve tried from a brewer in the US. While itís not a lambic, it has the tartness of a lambic. The nose was a bit metallic like a dirty penny. Apperance was a cloudy light golden color. Mouthfeel was lively. Flavor was supposed to be peaches, but quite frankly I didnít get any. It did provide some sweetness, but the tartness took most of my attention. I definitely enjoyed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 24, 2009 Resampled on 4/23/2009. On tap at the 2006 Pizza Port Belgian Fest. This fruit beer pours a light orange gold color, Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is peaches and mangos with a touch of pear. A medium bodied fruit beer. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of peach flavor. Lots of wood. A touch vinous. Crisp and tart, yet it lets the fruitiness through. A touch sour at the finish. Interesting its not quite a lambic and not quite a fruit beer and not quite a mix of the two. Interesting, I would not mind drinking this one on a regular basis. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6498) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
On tap at Toronado. This golden ale poured with a short white head, eliciting a sharp fruity aroma. Tastes like a lambic - initial sweetness with a tart finish. With a little tinkering this complex brew could become a real good one.


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