Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 197 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, dark yet dim golden-orange body with a short-lived, whitish head.
Smell: Soiled, soured, lightly funky wooden planks given a liberal dusting of finely-ground cinnamon powder. Fine fruity, sweet-scented notes of ingratiating lychee close out the aroma but, for me, are marred by the unnecessary presence of the cinnamon.
Taste: Sourish, woodsy notes countered with spoonfuls of white grape jelly overneath notes of pale malts and caramel-edge wheat. Well-rounded acidity. Then, there's the blasted cinnamon, which just isn't complimentary to the overall flavor. I signed up for Tart Lychee, not Tart Cinnamon Lychee. Perhaps they simply had a few sacks left over from brewing Cocoa Mole and were taking the "waste not, want not" approach to beer production. Sweet, acidic, fruity finish with some underlying sourness, and, erg, more of the cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Hrm. I would've enjoyed this quite a bit more minus the cinnamon.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2012 00:10:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Apricot colored pour, fairly clearish, and almost no head. Mostly non-descript because the head is so meager. There's no retention and what's there is quickly relegated to the perimeter. Little lace. Disappointing.
There's redemption in the nose as its bursting with smells. "Sour" and cinnamon are dominant. I'm not sure what a lychee even is, but there's something strange in there. Overall, the scent is very American Wild Ale-like.
Without knowing what lychee tastes like, I can't comment on it but there's something very unusual and sour in the taste. My whole mouth puckers and I can't really pick up anything individually. The taste isn't bad, it's just hard to define and the sour is fairly overpowering.
Very kriek-ish. Sour and tart ruined my palate. My pucker taste buds worked overtime to down the bottle. Very crisp and exceptionally dry. The pucker factor is high. Despite the crisp, dry finish, my mouth won't stop watering.
Certainly an acquired taste. I can't express the complexity of this. There's so much flavor, but it's hard to differentiate one ingredient from another because of the sourness. It's not smooth and it doesn't go down easy. However, your palate is certainly cleansed after each sip.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2013 04:00:30 | More by RickS95
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.