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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-22-2013 22:32:55 | More by BigTrubble
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-21-2012 22:53:16 | More by BeerOps
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cozybueno

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-13-2012 02:26:13 | More by cozybueno
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DrLaFollette

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-30-2012 14:10:19 | More by DrLaFollette
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archero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-18-2012 07:58:15 | More by archero
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roblund

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-10-2012 14:20:43 | More by roblund
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chickenflea

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (22 oz). Slightly cloudy pale orange with almost no head or lacing. Aroma is of oak, tropical fruits, cinnamon, wild yeast and some vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet with a snappy mouthfeel and moderate sourness. Sight spiciness on the otherwise clean finish. Bottle kept in the refrigerator almost a year, and still tastes fresh. Won't let it go that long again though! A very nice straight-ahead sour with nothing wrong with it. I have been enjoying all the entries in this wonderful series.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:46:35 | More by chickenflea
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator!

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
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served between 40-50F.

Pours cloudy gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to the smallest of ring and leaves only a couple of spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, lychee, some lemon and sour apples, oak, hay. Good strength. As it warms, the aroma becomes less fruity and more funky.

Flavor starts with some sweet lychee fruit, maybe some other citrus, decent tartness in the middle, a touch of oak and funk, the cinnamon hits fairly hard at the very end with some alcohol and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good stuff. Mildly sour and a decent bit of sweetness as well. Decent bit of funk and the cinnamon adds an interesting layer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 02:48:16 | More by elgiacomo
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel oversized tulip.

A - Very hazy golden orange. Big and resilient white fizzy head. Left a healthy amount of lacing to my glass.

S - I get a little bit of tartness. Digging deep I can find that cinnamon and a touch of sweet ripe cherry. Never picked up on really any brett characters.

T - The tartness starts early and reminds me of eating underrippened raspberries straight from the bush. After that initial tartness I get a glance of light, bisquity malts. The tartness is pretty much throughout and is detectable on the sides near the back of my tongue. In the mix of it all comes some spiced flavors from the yeast. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Carbonation seems to be moderate to moderate-high, I liked the way it danced on my tongue with the flavor. Body is on the light side of moderate. The beer seemed pretty dry throughout.

O - This beer is hard to put my finger on. It could possibly use some aging to show more brett and/or sour personality. I really had to dig deep to find aroma traits other than tart berries. Flavor seemed to have complexity but never strayed too far. Great mouthfeel for this beer. Good summer beer, yet could use time to develop more flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 23:30:10 | More by Jparker37
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rodkin

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, hazy, grainy kind of orange. Small head, which dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is nice. Some tart funkiness, kind of barnyard smells, and a bit of fruity sweetness at the tail end.

Taste isn't quite as nice as the smell. Some tart funkiness, a little bit of The lychee is not as pronounced as I'd like, and the cinnamon is pretty much non-existent. It's definitely not unpleasant. It's actually pretty tasty and really drinkable, just a little simple. The sourness is a little more mild than I'd like too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, maybe a little thin. It's crisp though, and easy to drink.

A nice drink for the summer, though a bit disappointing. I would have liked more pronounced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:27:06 | More by rodkin
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light to medium orange color, nice head in the beginning drops down rather quickly, no lacing and mild carbonation.

S - Light sour funk, lemons, green apple, sour white grapes.

T - Light oak, tart sour white grapes (coming from the lychee I presume since I've never personally tried one of these things), tart green apples, sour funk, light barnyard (weird description but can't describe it any different. The cinnamon is nowhere to be found.

M - Light medium body, puckering, gentle carbonation, and the sourness makes your mouth water like crazy. The lychee fruit (aka "white grapes" for my description) lingers and coats the mouth.

O - Tart, sour, and puckering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:35:35 | More by jzeilinger
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is quite sour, exciting! Definitely get some light lychee syrup aroma and the cinnamon is there too. Clever, this one is.

Ehhh, this one doesnt come together quite right on the flavor. It is nowhere near as sour as it smelled and the cinnamon and sourness clash, for me at least. An odd tart, back-of-the-throat fruitiness comes out as well that I am not a big fan of. It's not too bad, but after the mouth-watering aroma I am let down. If they could have bumped up the sour power and just left the cinnamon off altogether, I think we'd have something.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:45:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger clean white head. Citrus, grass, and earthy funk on the nose. Opens with a the taste of sweet flora and bread immediately moves to a rush of citrus-dominated sour transitions to earthy funk and then finishes dry with a return to citrus sourness, with an appearance of cinnamon spiceness. Medium-bodied with a slick, silky mouthfeel. A fairly accessible sour for the uninitiated. I would have appreciated a bit more funk, however the sweetness and sourness are as well-balanced as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 05:28:45 | More by chanokokoro
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DavidST

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date, I love a sour beer so I'm excited to try this wild ale. This pours a hazy yellowish brown color with a short lived off white color which doesn't leave any type of lacing. The smells are of a little tartness, some cinnamon. The taste isn't as sour as I was hoping, a little brett, some cranberry juice, cinnamon, not bad though, just not quite what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:05:37 | More by DavidST
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz into Immort Ale globe

Orange tinted yellow color with a one finger white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Funky, tart scent and taste with a bit of sweetness. Good carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this one but next time I would want to split it with someone.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:46:12 | More by mychalg9
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Noble Fir in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with golden yellow edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with bretty barnyard notes and subtle light fruit.  Oaky, earthy and surprisingly funky with lots of brett.  This really dominates the nose and I'm having trouble picking anything else out.  Slight citrus and tropical fruit but it's overpowered by funk and barrel.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering mouthfeel that's sour but not aggressively so. Very refreshing with some dry, earthy oak and sweet citrus fruit notes.  Hints of what must be lychee, grapefruit and orange peel.  Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.  Not harsh or acidic with a nice combination of bretty funk, barrel character and sweet fruit. 

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 02:22:19 | More by corby112
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at NB. Pours a mostly cloudy amber but more orangey color. Some limited foam but poor retention and lacing through the tasting. Not familiar with lychee at all so this should be interesting.

The nose has a nice mix of fruit and light malt character. The fruit notes come out with a more mango and pineapple mixture. Some light white grape and a minimal citrus note. Very unique. The malt comes out lightly with some hints of bready and biscuit notes. A light yeast note but mostly very clean.

The taste is similar but there is a nice tartness that hints of a slight sourness. The fruit is a bit more distinct in the taste. A light tropical citrus fruit combo. Almost like a honey dew, mango and pineapple mixture. Maybe a hint of peaches as well. A nice tartness brings out an almost vanilla like note to the beer. The malt is balanced very well with more of a bready belgain pale ale thing going on. The yeast has a light Belgian character but is very clean.

The body is between moderate and light but there is a lingering sweetness that is a bit much. Carbonation is very limited and could have helped to balance out the sweetness. Overall very interesting beer with a nice clean taste and easy drinking but could use more carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 15:28:14 | More by Oxymoron
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy light amber orangish color with a small half finger of a head that holds some sketchy retention but it's there and a snipple of lacing.

S= The smell is interesting. A nice tartness comes through the nose right away. An acetic vinegar sort of tartness to it. Cinnamon may be making a small appearance but it light as well as the lychee. Lychee doesn't really have much of an aroma and the flavor is sort of candy sweet so it should be interesting to see how the taste goes. The oak is missing completely in the nose.

T= The sourness comes through mostly with a nice tart punch. The sourness seems to be less vinegar and a little more lactic now... The Lychee is totally lost in the flavor and the cinnamon comes through in the finish to sort of complement the wheaty malts. The oak is again lost in the flavors but it seems to work.

M= Maybe a little light on carbonation for a sour.

O= I've worked in a gourmet produce area before and I know a lot of strange produce. Lychee looks and feels like an eyeball in your mouth but the flavor isn't bad. The pit makes the difficult to eat and sort of takes the joy out of it for me... Putting something like that in a beer is pure genius. This however doesn't do the lychee justice. It's almost like they did it for the sake of doing it. Let the lychee play a role instead of killing it's subtle flavor with tartness. The cinnamon addition is great but again let it come through a little more. Solid beer and a nice step outside the box. Keep the experiments going because they make drinking beer fun though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:01:16 | More by jjanega08
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass. Let's see how well this pairs with Asian food.

A: Pours a murky, orangish pale color with a half finger of white head and unattractively large bubbles. Good retention and a few rings of lace.

S: The lychee is there up front, jam-like, tartness, with a hefty oak presence.

T: Light flavors of pale malt, lychee, and vaguely cinnamon/barrel, which is much less noticeable here. Mild to medium tartness. A touch watery.

M: Medium body and carbonation, cream/jelly-like texture even.

O: It's pretty good, drinkable enough. I guess I was expecting more of a blast of tart and lychee, insert froyo or Asian reference here, but this is more like a less delicious version of Temptation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:52:52 | More by pmarlowe
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I shared at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours a murky dark yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of slightly tart with some malt, lychee, and slight cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:17:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Delicate pour into a lambic glass led to a modest white head aloft a very hazy golden ale.

S - Fruity - lime/pear - grassy and wheat

T - They warned us - pucker up. Sour, tart, but presence of malt, wheat, and fruit flavors keeps this from a sour patch kid brew. Complex - dry bitter finish; fruit flavors -probably lychee - lingers. Noticeable alcohol presence. Became less approachable as it warmed and I re-cooled it down before continuing. I did pick up light cinnamon, but no oak presence or earthy tone. Think light, summer.

M- Thin and lightly carbonated.

Given how much is going on with this ale, there is balance. These lips of faith series are an enjoyable leap of faith.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:27:26 | More by KomodoDragon
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Honey colored body with a thin, bubbly white head. Body is very transparent, but not crystal clear.

S- Sour funk, sweet fruit, earthy spices.

T- Sour up front, sugary fruit in the middle, funky finish with dried fruit, cinnamon and strawberry.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation, very dry, especially in the finish.

O- Not overly sour, somewhat sweet, not a ton of flavor, not getting much oak. A decent sour, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:31:26 | More by stephenjmoore
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy light orange with almost no head

S-oh boy this just smells more tart than any beer I've had in a very long time. Can't smell much past the sourness besides a hint of old cooked vegetables. It's odd. Strong scent.

T-not as tart as the nose lets on. Comes in with a Slightly tart taste of Sweet lychee and cooked vegetables. The after-taste is mostly cooked vegetables with a touch of alcohol. It's an odd mix that isn't too bad.

M-medium to low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this isn't as good as other New Belgium sours that I've had. It is an okay beer though. The mix is just odd, though balanced. I wish it was a bit sweeter possibly. The bomber is probably best shared

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:32:37 | More by AdamBear
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nataku00

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a cloudy light yellow orange, with half a finger of loose white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar of bubbles and a slick of film. Really hazy with a bit of carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is interesting, lightly floral, apricot and grape skin astringency, sweeter stone fruit, sweet wheat beer flavors of light biscuit, and a light cinnamon. The lychee, already a very light aroma is probably overwhelmed by everything else, unfortunately.

Taste leads with fruit skin astringency, grape and plum skin, some wheat, light biscuit, light cinnamon and with a linger tropical fruit flavors. Kinda bland with no aftertaste.

Light bodied and easy to drink, decently flavored but not as lychee flavored as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:02:23 | More by nataku00
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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