Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing
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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
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed at JULIAN in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. I never got to try it when it came out, and I'd pretty much given up hope on ever running into it anywhere, so this was a nice treat. The only negative is that they served it to me with a 6-8 oz taster glass, like a shot glass or mini tumbler. Not the end of the world, however.
Appearance - Pours a faintly hazy brassy golden color with a seemingly pinkish/rose hue to it. Foam grows to about a finger thick of effervescent bubbles before quickly slinking away, like watching fog recede on a time-lapse video. Settles with a rim of porcelain bubbles and a smattering of translucent foam mottling the surface.
Smell - An acidic tartness wafts through and is supported by a sweeter fruity element, notes of pear, green apple, perhaps white plum. There is even some funkiness and traces of oak from the aged portion. Hints of cinnamon and spice faintly trail the fruit and acid.
Taste - Wow. What a wonderfully-conceived beer. The LOF series has been a little hit or miss, but I really like this. There is a pleasant tang of sour, more green apple and faint vinegar notes, but then the cinnamon comes through stronger than with the aroma, imparting a sinus-arousing note of spiciness. Lychee is a good choice because it's a complex fruit that has a lot of characteristics that remind of other fruits, so it provides perfect balance for the tart and funk.
Mouthfeel - Prickly carbonation that is reminiscent of champagne, with a light body and a semi-dry finish. Very quaffable.
Overall, one of my favorites from this series of beers. It's like La Folie's adopted cousin, raised from the same tradition, but completely it's own beer. I do wish NB would brew this beer again, and thanks to JULIAN for keeping some bottles around so that I might enjoy one.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 18:39:14 | More by LambicPentameter
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)
New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee: 56% oaked ale, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon, 7.5% ABV; Appearance: cloudy yellow, pineapple soda; Smell: good amount of lychee, banana, pineapple, papaya, light wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: lychee, cinnamon only balances lychee, lemon custard, fair amount of wheat, light pineapple, mild tartness; good/pretty good.
Poured into a pint glass.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 08:49:54 | More by TruePerception
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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