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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Tart LycheeLips Of Faith - Tart Lychee

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BA SCORE
89
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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NukiMouse

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at Mckay's Richland with the New Belgium Rep. 12 oz schooner on 70/30 nitro mix.

Appearance: cloudy orange gold, due to the carapils malt & yeast
Smell: tart and fruity with a touch of spice
Taste: melon and citrus, both sour tart yet sweet, Bready tastes with some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy
Overall: good but not great, better warm a littler than ice cold. A slight clash in taste between the melon and citrus for me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-18-2012 23:52:47 | More by NukiMouse
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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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RickS95

Indiana

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
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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TruePerception

California

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
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Nugganooch

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a stemless wine glass – Notes taken 07/17/13

A: Golden yellow straw colored body with visible haze. Thin fleeting rim of paper white foam that quickly recedes out to just a collar. There are some light slippery etchings of lace left behind on the glass with a relatively low stick factor.

S: Brett is apparent and fairly forward at this point in the beers life. Musky with some grass, grain, and light funk. There is a hit of dusty dried lemon peel and bits of oaky Chardonnay character mixed with some sourdough bread in the nose. Not as tropical or fruity as I would expect from a fresh sample and the cinnamon is unnoticeable here. Nice Bretty aromas overall with a complimentary fruitiness.

T: Tart down through to the finish with sour apricots, grass, and dry lemon peel leading the way. Fruity but not very tropical. More musky with white wine grape or champagne-like layers over a sustaining base of sourdough bread and soft caramel sweetness. There are some nice underlying components of warming spice and oak with a tinny mineral finish. The beer has a nice puckering tartness and the alcohol is kept well disguised here. Very refreshing, tart, and bretty. Drinking rather nice right now.

M: The beer is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very smooth and frothy from the carbonation with a lower perceived bitterness and dry puckering sour finish.

D: Tart Lychee is a delicious blended ale with some very nice Brett and fruit character. At just over one year of age it is a bit more Tart than Lychee however it is not excessively sour and just a really well balanced brew in general. Highly enjoyable and refreshing on a hot summers day. I only wish I had more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 21:15:17 | More by Nugganooch
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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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Tart Lychee pours a sun-drenched golden straw color, with a well-formed off-white cap that fades over the course of the glass. It is visibly hazy.

The aroma is tropical fruit, with tart lychee coming through a little bit, lemon, and a bit of vanilla.

The flavor starts with a little bit of fruit sweetness. A light malt malt sets the stage for lychee, lemon, vanilla, and a bit of oak. Overall the flavor is slightly tart, but not overly sour. As this is a fresh bottle, I would expect it to sour up (and improve) over time.

This lacks the mouth-puckering sour character that I really like to see in my sours, but it has a pleasant flavor to it overall. The sweet and sour interact well, tasting like a mellow gueuze with some lychee added. The body falls in the middle of the spectrum for an American sour, and the carbonation does as well.

Lychee is one of my favorite fruits, and I definitely got a bit of the flavor coming through in each sip. I would prefer to have a stronger fruit presence or a more sour beer, or both.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:20:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet, juicy, and fairly tart fruit driven aroma. Big fruit esters throughout with hints of cherries, berries, lychee, pear, apple, and citrus orange and lemon. Yeasty with funky hints of Brett and some cinnamon spice. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cracker, oat, and biscuit. Also some hints of candied sugars, honey, and wood. Fairly earthy with hints of grassy hops. Tart and sweet smelling but balanced. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, sweet, and juicy fruit and wheat driven taste with some funk and spice. Big taste of fruits with notes of cherries, lychee, berries, apple, pear, and some citrus orange and lemon. Notes of funk and Brett along with some cinnamon and clove spice. Some wood taste and notes of candied sugar and honey. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, grains, cracker, biscuit, and oats. Background notes of earthy hops with some notes of grass. Sweet but not overly syrupy or cloying. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat syrupy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a wild/sour ale. Good balance of fruity sweetness, tartness, and spice.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 07:15:24 | More by MattyG85
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a somewhat modest head that leaves quite a pattern behind

Smell: Lactic and fruity, with pear, lychee and cinnamon components - slightly sweet, slightly tart and tingly from the cinnamon spice

Taste: Woody, with tart fruit flavors up front; pear, melon, lychee and a bit of citrus pith; by mid-palate, the cinnamon develops (particularly as the beer warms); the finish is dry, oaky and Bretty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A very interesting experiment - glad I tasted it but not sure I would seek it out again; the combination of flavors just isn't doing it for me

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:39:25 | More by brentk56
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Crisp, light gold color. Good sized, smooth, creamy, tight, white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin lacing.

S - Fairly tart aroma. Oak and slight funk are the strongest aromas. Fair amount of berry, apple, and lychee on the nose. More tart but a subtle sweetness with that fruity aroma. Hidden, and slightly dull cinnamon spice.

T - Similar to the nose, although the lychee and berry flavors are slightly stronger. Fairly tart and verging on puckering, but there is enough sweetness and fruitiness that it isn't too intense. A nice oak and funk flavor. Not barnyard but more of a clean, tart funk. Notes of apple and tart cherry. Not picking up much cinnamon but there is a hint of a kick on the finish.

M - Medium to light body. Slightly above average carbonation. Slightly juicy and puckering feel.

D - Tartness and funk are very well balanced and integrated. Nice oakiness in the back. Fairly juicy fruit with just a subtle sweetness all make it a fairly easy to sip sour beer. Nothing too extreme or harsh.

Notes: Overall a nice sour, but it's nothing special or all that memorable. It's been about a year since I've had lychee (had it in a homebrew about 8 months ago though I guess) but it was definitely a major component. The tamed and balanced funk and oak took the spotlight though, but I liked that with the fruit notes being complimentary. Easy to drink and nothing extreme. Overall it's decent, but I won't lose any sleep about not having it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:06:35 | More by FreshHawk
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"To sweet and sour! In celebration of one of the greatest combinations ever, Lychee fruit brings tropical sweetness to the party hosted by Felix, our golden wood-aged sour beer. Cinnamon sticks were invited to spice things up and so are you! Get in one the tasty revelry that is tart lychee."

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to my New Belgium globe glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head with decent staying power over a pale golden amber body with a medium haze. Lacing is medium thick and clingy. Carbonation is plentiful. Appearance is quite nice for the style. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of tart berry fruit notes, pale cracker malt and a bready yeast funk with a substantial acidity, a pinch of candy syrup, and a very mild tick of cinnamon. Wood tones are pretty mild at best, but add a moderate dryness perceptible to the nose. The balance is pretty nice, a touch more malt body may have rounded out the flavor even better, but what is here is enjoyable and quite well balanced on its own. 4

(Taste) Up front a thin pale malt syrup with a sharp tart, mild fruity midsection and a mildly spiced finish of toasty cinnamon sugar. Although I'm a sucker for sour ales, this one is admittedly well done, enjoyably sour but still very well balanced and flavorful in all the right places. The cinnamon did a much better job than I expected that it would in this beer- not only is it not out-of-place, but it compliments the finish and adds a great amount of unique character to this beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is mild and airy with a dry, clean and tart acidic finish. Body is medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, pretty well overshadowed by the sourness of the fruit and yeast character. It has an enjoyable balance and carbonation presence. 4

(Overall) This is one of the best done wild ales that I've had. It's very accessible and not overly "wild" in flavor, but it still takes its chances with fruit and spice and still comes out on top. I hope that New Belgium considers bringing this ale back in the future. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips of Faith Series: Tart Lychee
3.99/5.00

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 20:16:49 | More by Jadjunk
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very hazy, bright orange to golden color. Medium, very fizzy head that retains a short time, but laces fairly well. Little light gets through the hazy unfiltered body.

S- Fruity sourness hits the nose first. Somewhat acidic and seltzer-like. This tart and somewhat fruity scent goes throughout with hints of spices peeking in throughout.

T- Starts with a fruity sour note that is very short lived. Immediately moves into a more funky and grain-like flavor. Yeast notes are present and prominent in the middle, mixing with the grain flavors. Grains drown out most of the small amount of spice flavors detectable. Ends with a slight return to acidic sour, but mostly grainy flavor.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this has a predominantly seltzer-like feel. Not too harsh on the tongue for a sour beer. Fairly easy drinking.

Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's not bad. It definitely displays a more fruit forward sour flavor that others, but I think that has faded with time in the bottle. If you can find it, try it, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:08:55 | More by boilermakerbrew
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 4/10/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big sour apple, lemon, pear, cherry, pineapple, pepper, clove, wheat, grass, hay, earth, oak, cinnamon, funk, and honey. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, malty, and funky notes. Taste of sour apple, pear, lemon, cherry, pineapple, clove, hay, grass, wheat, oak, pepper, earth, light cinnamon, light funk, and light honey sweetness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, pineapple, clove, hay, grass, wheat, oak, earth, light funk, and light honey sweetness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, malty, and funky notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blended wild ale. Great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:44:18 | More by superspak
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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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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer back in CA probably 2 years ago now but didn't do a full review. Figured I would give it another go since I can't really recall particulars about it.

Pours a hazed gold. Sour on this one seems to kind of hit the mouth with a mild punch but not much variation. Any lychee and spices seem mild hints, at best. It's good, but doesn't really bring any strong and distinct character that will make it memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:53:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doing best to review to style here. Pours a pale honey color with slight haze, minimal head. Nose is somewhat timid, which was a surprise. Some candied fruits there. Palate offers a weird sour fruit with cinnamon flavor that leads to an off-putting aftertaste resembling a bile vomit taste that doesn't exactly evoke positive memories. Wish it wasn't there but I can't get past it. Maybe I let this beer warm too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:19:10 | More by yemenmocha
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Tart Lychee pours a hazy, straw color with a thin white head and minimal lace. Aromas of wild fruit, cinnamon, funk, and a bit of wheat create an interesting nose, maybe the lychee has something to do with that. Tart and sour cherry-like flavors dominate on the palate, with hints of woodiness and cinnamon faint but present. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. This one will make you pucker up just a bit!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:21:29 | More by phishsihq
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes with light lychee notes. Taste is mostly dominated by tart and lightly sour notes with some fruity ester and light lychee taste. The cinnamon is quite subtle but kind of cut through the sour notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer though not something I would like to have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 20:23:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a goblet at Tilia in Linden Hills. Basically, this was a balanced, tart American wild ale, but not a terribly interesting sour beer. There's a light, yet cloying sweet note from the fruit, but otherwise there's a peppery citrus-like sour tang under smooth, sweet doughy malts. I wouldn't order another goblet on tap, but I'd consider picking up a bomber to cellar for a couple years. I don't mean to undersell what's clearly a tasty sour ale, but it's not on par with a good gueuze.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 22:50:59 | More by tempest
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Getting a second shot at this beer thanks to Solidarity. This stuff pours a lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, cinnamon, a berry-like fruitiness that I assume to be lychee, and some red apple skin. The taste holds notes of that same tart lychee (how thoroughly appropriate), light apple cider, and a pleasant abundance of cinnamon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an enjoyable brew, one that went surprisingly well with the Firkin's always delicious smoked salmon wrapped around goat cheese. Just sayin'...

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 23:00:50 | More by TMoney2591
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter...I've been looking forward to this one for quite awhile!

A- pours a hazy yellow with a half finger white head....beer itself is ugly, but the head is solid enough for a wild

S- the lychee is at the forefront in the aroma, with some of the cinnamon sneaking through. There is a huge vinous character to the beer as I'd expect, and it blends very well with the lychee

T- the taste is....very mild. The lychee blends pretty well with the cinnamon, and the sour isn't puckering....reminds me more of a berliner weisse actually. Tart, as opposed to sour

M- medium bodied on the thick side, which is a little offputting and odd considering the style and flavor of the beer

O- this was good, but it wasn't great....disappointed in this. I expected a lot, given how much I loved Le Terroir and love La Folie. Instead, this was like Clutch or Kick....good, not great

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:55:18 | More by bigfnjoe
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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.