New Belgium Erics Ale

New Belgium Erics Ale

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Brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO, United States

Style:  Fruit Beer

7% Alcohol by Volume

16 International Bittering Units

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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. A sour beer for those who don't like sour beers. And a fruit beer for those who don't like fruit beers. ABV: 7% IBU: 16 Hops/spicing: Peach Juice

ID: 21615 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank812
Overall Percentile98.5
Style Rank7 of 1407
Style Percentile99.5
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.945
Weighted Score3.743
Standard Deviation0.298

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  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    June 2010 - On tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta. Pour was pale orange, no lacing. Flavor was funky peach, moderate sourness...more tart than sour. Not bad for what it is.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a gold-orange with a thin white head that disappears rapidly. Aroma is sour and fruity, peaches in the forefront. Sour, tart, and fruity taste, almost wine-like. Wonderful fruit/wild ale; an easy drinking bomber.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    a few years ago my buddy stumac had this on tap in Austin and i became bent on getting this in my belly, well.. finally in the new lips series i get to drink it.. .Where are you going with all that makeup on? You're a McDonald, not a Slut. .. . Pours a caramel gold brown, with light medium strength head, and light wispy lacing .. . did you know there are beaches with black sand? .. . aromas of wet sweet wood, light sugary vinegar, hay, light fruit peach juice and a funky fruit salad .. . quite light in the mouth, great stuff, very easy to drink, maybe to much.. i could drink 6 bottles without even blinking n eye .. . it didn't quite live up to the how the tap only version that was around years ago, but the bottled version is nice, .. a middle region beer.. sour enough for some, but needs to be fuller (tap) or less sour and more sweeter (bottle) .. . One time my dad pooped in the neighbor's yard and lied about it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled at Sac Brewing Co. i've yet to have a current La Folie (the base for this beer), the three i've had were at least several months to 2 1/2 years old...the older, the more sour. That being said, this beer had none of the woody aspects the 2008 La Folie had. Great complex nose, though. Sour, a little, but the peach was a nice addition here. Same body, maybe even a little tamer (ie-less carbonated). Flavor was good too, but lacking the sour kick all 3 La Folies had. So overall, a hair less than LF in the flavor, mellower for sure, but still a very good beer with a wonderful aroma.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 4.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Sampled on tap at NB & at Choice City Butcher & Deli (omg...mmmmm, mmm)Pours dark gold with lasting head. Smells peppery and Belgian, with some sour fruit notes. Very, very tasty with an interesting balance of sweet acidity and sourness; the peaches almost disappear, turned to alcohol. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Well done Eric!

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours with a deep golden body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sour and tart with a nice citrus note and a touch of horse blanket, as well as, a touch of sweet malt. The flavor is similar with a bit more malt and a hint of hops. The overall flavor reminds me of sour apples. Light bodied and crisp.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Poured a golden yellow color with a thin head. The lacing was pretty solid, the finest part of the appearance, nice rings around the glass, although only an inch or so above the surface, all the way down. The aroma was peaches, light vinegar, some other tart light fruits. The flavor was amazingly complex, served way too cold initially, where peaches and an awkward apple tart dominated with a wood/oak flavor underneath. As it warmed, other light fruits came out to play, including apples, pears, and eventually grapes. Good tartness behind the fruitiness to keep this one really refreshing. Up there among the best of the fruit beers I've had. Mouthfeel was moderate with medium carbonation and a slightly acidic finish.

  • MOEJUCK 244 reviews
    rated 4.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Had this one on tap at the infamous Toronado. The pour was a light golden color with a white head. The aroma was sour and fruity--it definitely smells like a lambic. The taste was nice--very fruity and light with a really refreshing mouthfeel and plenty of tartness. This one will make you pucker a few times, but it is easy to drink and very enjoyable. I highly reccomend it.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.7 18 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A very interesting beer, and probably one of the first "lambic" style of beers I've tried from a brewer in the US. While it's 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 didn't get any. It did provide some sweetness, but the tartness took most of my attention. I definitely enjoyed this.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.9 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    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.

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