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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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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boogercrack, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

CoolEthan, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at fobab...Pours a murky gold with a decent white head...The aroma is tart fruits, very acidic, a little sweetness to balance, I like it...The taste is quit similar tart acidicness, vinous notes again. Not enough sweetness comes through for me, here not quite a as successful. Something about the sourness is not grooving with me, too acidic and sharp.

A pretty good wild but that's about it.

jrallen34, Nov 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jbaker67, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

savagepm, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BigTrubble, Feb 22, 2013
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BeerOps, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

cozybueno, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

archero, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

roblund, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of chickenflea
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

chickenflea, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%

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

StaveHooks, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
3.73/5  rDev -6%

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.

elgiacomo, Aug 16, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -6%

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.

Jparker37, Sep 04, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

rodkin, May 19, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

jzeilinger, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 15, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

chanokokoro, Jun 29, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

DavidST, Jun 18, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

mychalg9, Jul 11, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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. 

corby112, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Oxymoron, Sep 11, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

jjanega08, May 24, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.