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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Eric’s 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.

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3.3
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle thanks to Paul pours clear gold we think no head.grandma Lemon tin candy,lychee, light mouthfeel little carbonation.

3.4
Bricks (1153) - Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Aroma of sour peach... Appearance is hazy golden brown. Tastes like... sour applesauce, maybe? Good, smooth..

4.4
beern (220) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Pours black, opaque with a tan head. Tastes slightly sour with a good balance of earthy malt, a hint of cocoa, oak & tart peach on the finish. Ingenious.

3.9
bytemesis (9327) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Tap. Pours lightly hazy golden apple, very small off-white head, little lacing. Aroma is stonefruit, light funk. Light tart, light funkiness. Medium body, low carbonation. Good.

3.8
rouhlas (3885) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 8, 2017
From tap at Liquid Gold, San Francisco. Unclear golden color with small white to off white head. Light malty, light hoppy and yeasty aroma, caramel notes, floral, grassy, citrusy fruity, funky, light vinous. Light sweet, light bitter and moderate acidic taste. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.4
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at Doug’s house for the Epic Peach and Apricot debacle of a tasting that happened on July 9. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a dirty golden yellow, hazy, with a thinner white head that leaves pretty quickly. The aroma is quite vinous and woody. There is not a whole lot of fruit happening here. I’m not sure why in the hell this is on a list of peach must-haves. The flavor is much of the same. Lots of barrel and a tropical fruit before the tart peaches come lumbering in. It’s light bodied with a crisper carbonation, which is about the best thing I can say here. The aftertaste is tart peach and lots of woodiness. It’s not the best thing on any accord. Sigh.

3.7
Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 15, 2016
Draft. Pours a hazy goldenish color. Aroma and taste are sweet peach with some light tartness.

3.5
ebone1988 (2162) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2016
At the epic peach/apricot sour tasting. Aroma is peach, barrel, sweet, tart, slight funk. Appearance is golden amber, clear, white head. Taste is peach juice, woody, funk, tart, slight sour. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, crisp, woody peach juice sour aftertaste. Overall, good but not great.

3.9
jw0406 (1308) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
16 oz draft pours a golden color with a small white head. Aromas of peach, tropical fruit. Light bodied, tart, refreshing and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
UXO (1922) - 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 it’s a “sour beer for those who don’t like sour beers and a fruit beer for those who don’t like fruit beers.” This comes perilously close to the truth in the contrapositive: it’s not really a sour beer for those who DO like sour beers, or a fruit beer for those who DO like fruit beers. That’s not to say it’s bad, as such, but it’s 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. There’s even a light, gose-like saltiness toward the end, making this very much a hybrid style, but it’s more a case of “too many cooks” than anything else. A bit muddled, but ultimately not unpleasant. (13/20)


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