If you haven’t taken notice of the Lips of Faith series yet, you might want to. New Belgium created these 14 (That is no small series of beers) beers to make sure their brewery remains a creative playground for their brewers. They were all created as small batch brews and really do have a little something extra.
Eric’s Ale (7% ABV, 16 IBU) is named after Eric Salazar, a long time brewer at New Belgium. It’s a blended beer made from a dry sour beer aged in oak foeders and a semi-sweet higher alcohol beer mixed and then fermented some more with peach nectar.
The head is ecru (Ecru? What is that? I say it’s white) with large bubbles and dissipates quickly leaving tons of mini bubbles. The body is a not quite amber, but more like a peachy gold. As you might expect it smells and tastes sour, but not as sour as La Folie, their Sour Brown Ale. It’s not so much sour as very tart. You know that feeling when you are about to consume something sour and your mouth begins to water a little? That’s what it smells and tastes like. The little bubbles and the sourness make the tip of your tongue tingle but it smooths out at the back of your mouth. It tasted sweeter and more peachy as I drank, but I’m not sure if that was because I was getting more accustomed to the sour or because the flavor was changing as it warmed.
New Belgium calls it “A sour beer for those who don’t like sour beers. And a fruit beer for those who don’t like fruit beers.” I’m usually not into fruit beers, but Belgian style beers are usually full of fruit but in a way that is never overwhelming.
We recommend that you give the Lips of Faith series a try. Here are the beers they offer;
Belgian Style Blond Ale
Dark Heather Saison
Fall Wild Ale
Biere de Mars
Le Fleur Misseur
Abby Grand Cru
and we also picked up a special La Folie that comes in a corked bottle and is aged longer (review to come).