Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Proteus93:
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: I don't know why I would expect a beer to be dark simply because it talks about this percentage aged, and that percentage brewed with... but I thought it would be, and was quite surprised when this very blonde ale flowed from the bottle. The head was a very fizzy white (and quite loud, as well!) which formed about a half-finger tall and then almost immediately pulled back to nothing. Maybe it was the glass, but it was a bit odd. A little more unusual was that I poured it into a Delerium Tremens snifter, and the little nucleation elephant caused a little sheet of head to re-form.
S + T: Having never tried a lychee, I don't really know what to expect as far as aroma and flavor go. Wikipedia tells me that it should have a "perfume" flavor, and this seems wickedly unpleasant as far as things that I might want to put in my mouth. The scent is rather sweet, though... not like any 'fruit' I can think of off the top of my head, along with a whiff of that typical barnyard-like aroma of wild yeast. A nice tart flavor, again, with a bit of added sweetness that is different from what I experience in things like a Flemish red or oude bruin. What I find particularly surprising is that I am really not picking up a lot of specific oak notes. That's not really a bad thing... it's just not what I expected.
M + D: Medium bodied... carbonation could have been a hair 'crisper' to give it that really nice, lip-smacking sensation that I tend to love in a tart beer. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable brew, and I do intend on enjoying it again.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2012 02:31:12 | More by Proteus93
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3.74/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle split with my wife. Served in a Prairie teku
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A - Glowing orange apricot, with fine bubbled white head. Semi hazy.
S - Lactic and salty minerals, tropical fruit, lychee?, bubblegum, grassy hay, musty wood,
T - Candy tartness upfront, muted pink lemonade, tropical fruit, pineapple, soft caramel malts underneath. The sweetness builds toward the finish while the tartness fades but finishes dry and very crisp and refreshing.
M - Sharp carbonation, light to medium body, crisp and refreshing feel.
Nice balance of sweet and tart both of which are fairly mild. It's not puckering sour but it has a nice tart edge to it. Some woody funk and a nice fruit profile. Crisp and refreshing, a great summer time beer
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 01:09:22 | More by StaveHooks
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
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