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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three year old Wild Beer blended with lychee and a touch of Ceylon cinnamon.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 07-20-2009)
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rye726

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Trinity for getting a keg of this.

Pours a glowing, hazy orange with a tan head.

Nose has tart citrus, funky yeast, oak and sweet tropical fruits. Quite bright.

Taste has ripe tropical fruits, barnyard funk, wood, earthy spices and a sour yeast presence.

Full yet crisp, nicely carbonated and quite easy to drink.

Another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Right up there with Folie and Terroir.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 03:55:35 | More by rye726
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caveman

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Collins pub in Seattle. Nice cloudy golden color. Citrus, good Belgian sour bite with a nice sweet background on the finish. Think sweet pink grapefruit. One of the best American Belgian sours I've had. That's high praise from a self professed Belgian sour geek.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 20:16:22 | More by caveman
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draught House 41st Anniversary party.

Pours with the cloudiness and color of a banana-smoothie. Headless, except for a scant wisp of foam that dissipates quickly into the murky depths below. The aroma immediately makes up for what the appearance lacks, delivering a tart blend of pineapple, mango, and sweet cherries. A hint of lactic acid and pale malts in the background make for a solid, enticing nose.

Admittedly, I'm not the hugest sour ale fan. But this beer is good...really good. Lots of citrus fruits on the front of the palate, with suggestions of tangerine and grapefruit. A spicy, tropical fruit mix rides across the back of the tongue before a puckering bite of sourness sweeps in for the finish. Perfect mouthfeel, with a medium-thin body and a tight carbonation level. Juicy finish, not as dry as most Wild Ales (which I like). Overall, another insanely impressive sour from New Belgium. These guys know how to make 'em...

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 17:22:08 | More by wagenvolks
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a taste of the Tart Lychee at Brouwers Bigwood festival, a celebration of 60 wood aged monsters. The Tart Lychee was a surprise for me, because I really don't care for New Belgium brewing.

It poured a frightening hazy yellow, smelled of apples and oranges and citrus and citric acid, it stood with considerable carbonation but very little head, fizzy like a canned soda. The sourness could have stood up and slapped you given just a hair of sentience.

The beer was magnificent, I quickly pulled it from table rotation and snarled at any hand that tried to liberate it from my grasp. This beer restored my faith in New Belgium to produce a beer of character, a beer of distinction.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 00:59:05 | More by olympuszymurgus
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marmalade orange color, not much head formation, hazy

Awesome aroma! Fruity, tart, funky—just great and a unique smell. Not sure how much the lychee is adding as I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten one before.

Taste is…wow. Second time having this beer and it still blows my mind as much as it did the first time. Awesome sour flavor, bret funk, fruit, slight chalk (not bad), and a bit of honey malt sweetness in the finish. Perfect mouthfeel with an airy fullness from ample carbonation. Bone dry finish makes this an easy one to drink.

Tart Lychee stands out in my mind as probably my favorite beer from 2012. Nothing made me perk up and take notice quite like this one did. It’s really an enjoyable, exceptional ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 14:25:52 | More by JEdmund
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - hazy yellow with a soft cap of white, dense head that has good retention.

S - tart, sour, cinnamon

T - nice tartness up front, mouthpuckeringly sour, a hint of cinnamon in the finish, light sweet fruitiness throughout

M - mouthpuckering, smooth, crisp, heavy carbonation leading to a lighter body

This was a delicious beer. It was perfect for sitting outside on a hot day. Great flavor, great drinkability, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 12:29:36 | More by tdm168
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Raiden805


4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a blandish golden color.

I dominantly smell the cinnamon and lychee fruit. It really makes for an even smell, it isn't too sweet, isn't too sour. Maybe the cinnamon is to thank for this?

There is a slight lacing on the top, and its lacing around the edge of the cup. I personally like when it does that, but I also really like when there is a head to a beer that stays for more than a few seconds. This definitely lacked that.

My first sip immediately put a smile on my face! It has a sour forward taste, and a wonderful sweet after taste. That cinnamon really plays a role in this beer, I can feel the cinnamon in my throat, but its not overpowering at all.

It's a great sipper/drinking beer, and I plan on buying another soon! I paid about 7.99 or so for this beer, and I don't regret it! I don't like sour beers too much, and I don't like sweet/fruity beers as much, but I LOVE this one! Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 06:26:44 | More by Raiden805
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee
On tap at Eureka in San Luis Obispo, CA

Appearance: orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: sweettart sour and a slight fruit.

Taste: lychee, a very nice malt, and a faint sourness.

Moutfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a nice brew that has a mild sourness and nice malts.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 03:05:59 | More by megahurts4
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice beer!!!

fast fading head with little lacing

sour smell with sweet undertones

taste is sweet then sour...very nicely balanced, i don't taste the cinnamon or anything that makes it sweet but sweetness is there

feel is dry and sour

overall i could drink this beer all day and night long!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:25:31 | More by nickthegun12
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botham

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago for the pre-FoBAB party. pours a hazy orangish amber with no head and the look of apple cider.

aroma is of acidic and vinous sourness with a subtle fruit character (most likely the lychee). there is a subtle sweetness that is right alongside the sour note.

taste is more of the same with a vinous and acidic sourness that is quite tart. the fruit imparts a sweetness that works to combat the sour notes, but fails miserably (definitely a good thing!).

mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, vinous, tart and sour. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. quite sour with a tart character that adds to the overall experience. solid drinkability as well. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 02:14:29 | More by botham
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zdk9

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super cloudy sewer water orange- it's an orange that hints at tints of grey but the tint is closer to roses. Barely any head and all of it disappears almost instantly.

S- Aroma is super strong! Lots of sourness and fruitiness- really intriguing. A little floral with notes of roses and lavender but funky- green apple and pear.

T- Nice creamy tartness. Cider apple vinegar mixed with olive oil or half and half. Bits of bread peaking out here and there but a lot of sour fruit. A little spicy- cinnamon.

M- Puckery but sweet- a good balance between the two.

O- A really nice complex sour I could sip and enjoy for quite a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 04:30:56 | More by zdk9
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet tart light fruits, a bit of cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and a bready funkiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of tart light fruit with some sourness and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some cinnamon, and some bready funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart and funky flavors with some oak, cinnamon, and a hint of bready flavor.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the mix of the light fruits and the tartness, and the oak and cinnamon give the beer some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 03:22:30 | More by ngeunit1
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of this one is quite tart in a fruity way with an underlying sweetness there as well that I'll assume is from the lychee but I'd actually never even HEARD of lychee before this beer so it'd be a bit dishonest to say this beer smells like lychee. A hint of cinnamon as well.

Pours golden (much lighter than I figured it would be, honestly) and cloudy in my glass. Head is rather minimal.

The taste is actually quite delicious, especially for a person who wants a sour beer without it being TOO sour, as many wild ales tend to be. It has the typical wild ale fruity sourness certainly present, but it's tempered quite a bit of the sweetness of the lychee, which creates a beer that comes across as mildly sour and fruity...a nice balance. Underneath it all is a small spiciness that comes from the cinnamon which is noticed and appreciated to add complexity.

I have a problem with sour beers sometimes giving me heartburn due to the tartness but this wasn't a problem with this beer....it was just right and very well done. Highly recommended and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:41:38 | More by NODAK
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sourness. Some cherry-like aromas.

T - Sour and tart. I guess it is lychee but it tastes a little lie cherry. There is a touch of cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious wild ale. On of the best Lips of Faith beers in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 20:24:39 | More by zeff80
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Slightly funky & fruity. If you give it enough time, you can smell the cinnamon.

T: Tart, funky, fruity, bright, effervescent, refreshing, and finally...delicious!

M: Incredible stuff. Perfect carbonation. I could drink this all summer.

O: Fresh, crisp, clean. A great brunch beer that serves as a great alternative to a mimosa or something of that nature.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:07:39 | More by Gatch
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beertooth

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's Pre-FoBAB party. Served in a tulip/goblet glass. Review is from notes. I sipped this while listening to Lauren Salazar talk about how it was made.

This beer is an extremely hazy, pulpy looking apricot orange juice colored liquid with little floaties. There is no head and no lacing.

The nose is sour fruit, lychees, soggy wood, a tiny bit of funk. There's a bit of an acidic lacto twang as well. One of the more interesting and odd smelling beers that I've come across that actually excited me.

The first sip is a punch of sweet and sour lychee berries. Musty wood and sour funk. Really acidic citrus and lacto with a puckering twang that sticks you in the cheek. It finishes very dry and peppery and it's extremely quenching.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with no carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer and was very impressed with it. If they bottled this it could give a lot of other fruited sours a run for their money.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 15:36:08 | More by beertooth
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scratch69

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a fruit glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden color with a half a fingers worth of head. Thin watery lacing.

Smell- Tart fruity aroma with notes of cinnamon.

Taste- Same as the nose with a sweet taste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. Crisp and slightly dry. mellow amount of carbonation.

Overall- A refreshing brew and very well done. A nice change of pace from other summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 19:24:35 | More by scratch69
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden grey with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet, tropical fruit with some lactic sourness and funk next to hints of spice. Smells of acidic light fruit in a good way. Really nice aroma.

Taste is up front tart stone fruit that goes into a more balanced yet acidic middle before ending on the slightest hint of bitterness and cinnamon spice, which comes through mostly in the nose. Quite interesting, sour, and tasty. Really refreshing beer. Reminds of other NB sours in a good way.

Lighter bodied with higher carbonation is spot on. The alcohol is really well hidden.

This one is a real winner for Lips of Faith and one of the better NB sours I've had. It is refreshing, tart, with tropical fruit notes and spice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 20:17:38 | More by TenHornsProud
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wedge

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nebulous apricot color with a nice white slab of a head that drops down to a patchy creamy covering. Acidic and sweet fruit aromas and a smooth, warming spiciness from the cinnamon. Plenty of woody, sour ale characteristics as well. Flavor leans towards the sweet fruit, but just enough to counterbalance the sourness. Really a pleasure to drink and quaffable for 7.5%. Tart, juicy fruit (Lychee, I assume...never had it), spice, a hint of vinegar-like acidity. Dry, lightish in body, and very refreshing. I drank it down too fast. Pretty simple, but skillfully executed.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:38:33 | More by wedge
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.
Bottle kept in fridge, an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy golden color with the faintest of orange hues in it. 2 fingers width of thick foamy white head that is leaving fairly quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of tart funkiness up front. Followed by malty undertones.

T- Fruity tartness, sour green grapes. Lot's of tropical fruit. Guessing Lychee is tropical? Some mild cinnamon flavor.

M- Great medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

O- You can never go wrong with the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. The sourness is not overbearing in this one. A refreshing tart, sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 09:29:21 | More by rfbenavi80
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking, great tasting beer and a super summer refresher. Hazy, burnished orange gold body, big white head with terrific retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, citrusy, with pepper and subtle oak and cinnamon. Modest funkiness.

Very complex and highly gulpable at the same time. Tart fruity flavor; moderately sour and puckering but not over-the-top; a trace of oak character; light sweetness dries up in the finish and has you coming back for more quickly. Nice spiciness with cinnamon and pepper notes, some restrained brett funkiness and lemony acidity. Very well-balanced between all of its flavor characteristics.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean, quenching feel. One of my favorites of the summer, multiple bottles have been shared and enjoyed. This is one bomber I can easily have all to myself as well!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 17:06:50 | More by tobelerone
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Overlord

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly the most unique brew at the Sour Fest.

Pours an insanely cloudy orange-ish golden brown. Looks like unfiltered fruit juice. No head. Smells like some sort of sweet fruit. I guess that's lychee. Also some wood tones and a bit of spiciness in the nose. With some trepidation, I tilted it back.

And really enjoyed it. It offered blessed relief from the crushing, crushing heat. Sweet, but with an interesting undercurrent of sour, almost unripe fruit. Quite balanced. More spice and wood in the flavor. This was very nice. Wish I could buy some in bottle form.

Could use some more carbonation, though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 07:32:55 | More by Overlord
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with some hints of orange and a very thin white head.

S: The nose is quite tart with some noticeable fruit character, though I haven't smelled lychees often enough to positively identify their aroma. Some good green apple and lemon notes, along with a mild barnyard funk.

T: Lots of great lactic tartness and fruit flavors. Definitely some lychees, green apples, and lemons. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic and mildly funky form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness.

M: A puckering tartness along with a dry finish, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D: I've wanted to try this one for a long time now, and it lived up to my expectations. Great beer, nice balance, and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 06:22:10 | More by womencantsail
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very tart green apples with hints of, wait for it, tart lychees. If I wasn't a fan of lychees and didn't know they were featured in this beer I would likely not identify them but since I'm looking it is distinct and nicely integrated. Also present are solid amounts of funk and light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more complex. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart pear and light grape flavors. Shortly thereafter the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of lychees. Midway through the sip the profile dries out and solid amounts of funk overpower the fruit flavors. The funk, lychee, and pear flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall, this beer was exactly as advertised. The lychees were more tart than expected, but then again the name is sort of a giveaway. Distinct and very much worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 00:55:00 | More by glid02
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larryi86

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pouring into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy golden color with an orange tint and a two finger white head.

S- Sour, some tart fruits, lychee, some cinnamon, touch of oak.

T- Sweet malts, cinnamon, balanced out with tart lychee, really good.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Another solid beer from the Lips of Faith Series. Wish it tasted as sour as the smell, but the cinnamon works well with the beer. Definitely will pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:25:03 | More by larryi86
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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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