Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 47
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sukwonee
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellowish cloudy body with 1 finger head, very little lacing. It looks delicious.

S: Yeast, citrous, funk, I can also smell some sweetness.

T: Starts off like sour but sourness doesn't last too long and it gets rounded off with some rather sweetness. I don't get much lychee or cinnamon (rather it's pretty much all white grapes and lemon, with what seems to be lychee kicking in the back), but I do get the oakiness and that distinct belgian ale + brett taste. I wish it packed a bit more punch, but it's still very enjoyable.

M: Carbonation could be a bit sharper, imo, and I wish it had more puckering-ness. While it's still dry, not as dry as other sours.

O: I enjoyed this bottle. I also really really liked the price tag. A bit on the sweet and smoother side for a wild ale (I like mine a bit less sweet, more tart and sour, and sharper) but it was solid.

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Have to admit... my initial hopes when buying this LOF beer were that this would somehow pacify my urges to reconnect with Le Terroir... one of my all time favorite Wilds.

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe(16 oz).

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color, with an inch worth of white head. Very little retention, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas are a nice blend of tart(a grape-like sourness) and funk. Some fruity/citrusy sweetness(guessing that's the lychee), and a hint of oakiness. Can't say I'm getting any spiciness from the cinnamon, though. Although I'd say the nose is somewhat subdued... the aromas seem to blend rather well.

Tastes mirror the nose almost to a "T". Nothing overpowering.

Medium to light body, with a low/medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Slightly dry feel, with no mouth puckering amount of tartness.

Overall, although I was hoping for a Le Terroir clone... to be honest, I wasn't expecting as much, so I wasn't too let down when it just didn't stack up. A rather subdued Am. Wild, but still solid.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mroberts1204
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber I picked up at Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Cloudy stray color with a delicate and fine head that dissipates fairly quickly.

N: Tart (citrus) and funk (like horse sweat) and a definite sweetness in the background.

T/M: The flavors follow the nose with an immediate sourness that dominates, but certainly does not overpower. The tartness gives way to a nice absolute sweetness (presumably that of lychee). The body is light and easy drinking. The tartness does NOT clench the jaw, but simply tickles the edges of the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It definitely achieves what the brewer is going for: Sour and sweet. Honestly, for my taste, I would not mind if this one were a little more tart....but really, not a bad beer. Just a little pricy for what I expected.

Photo of caveman
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.

Photo of denver10
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and now trying it via the bottle.

Pours a hazy sand like color with a thumbs width white, foamy head and nice lacing. An aroma filled with some up front tartness of grapes and vinegar blending into some fruity sweetness from the lychee. Cinnamon is very subtle at its strongest but serves as a nice bridge breed the tart and sweet. Flavorwise, starts off tart and bright, finishes sweet and fruity, perhaps its a freshness issue but the sweetness fromt the lychee was a touch more assertive when tried on tap (which was closer to its release). The cinnamon played a stronger role in the tapped version than the bottle but I can get a touch of it in the back of my mouth. Feel is light and active, lots of drinkability. Overall, enjoyable. Enjoyed it on tap a little more as I thought the flavor profile was a little sharper but to be fair it could be a freshness issue rather than medium for delivery issue. Still, this one certainly wasn't past its prime or anything and it was still very good. Another winner for NB's LoF series.

Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rfbenavi80
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.

Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Busy Bee Cafe Belgian Independence Day tulip glass. Paid $9.59/bottle

A- Ultra cloudy orange with a little bit of head. Loving the amount of sediment and yeast at the bottom of the bomber. You don't see many of the LOF beers that are unfiltered, very cool.

S- funky fruitiness with a touch of cinnamon. Kinda smells like a sour fall beer.

T- From the taste of it you can tell it was a 50/50 blend of a robust aged sour ale and fresher lychee fruit beer. You can really taste that the Tart Lychee is made with the same mother sour as the Le Terroir. You get a fair amount of sourness up front and it finishes with a bit of herby sweetness.The cinnamon comes through nicely.

M- Nice carbonation, light-medium bodied

O- For the price I really like this beer (so much so I picked up a case). Personally I would like a bit more sourness and less sweetness but overall I think it is a really tastey brew. I can see myself drinking this by a lake on a sunny day as "springtime come, and the flowers bloom".

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

A - Dirty straw, small near white head leaves to ring fast, some cling lace.

S - Tart is in the nose, a middle tone that might be the lychee, followed by some malt.

T - Tart, somewhat nutty in the center, small malt attribute. Very mild in general.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Overall, a drinkable beer, but not anything to write home about.

Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, apricot hue with slight lacing and minimal head

S: Quite tart: grapes and a touch of cinnamon; grainy and oaky and awesome smelling

T: Not nearly as sour as I'd like but fruity: lemon, grapes, lychee?; it also has a dry finish that works fairly well with the tart fruits

F: Kind of dissipates from the mouth too quickly; dry but good overall mouth feel

O: A really easy-to-drink sour; fruity and grainy and delicious; perfect for the summer

Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz painted bomber bottle. No date, but released Spring 2012
Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours out completely hazy golden, yellow/orange color. Only a ring of bright white is left. Leaves some mild lacing bits. Seems like there good carbonation even though I can't see it.

S: Tartness for sure. And you do get the cinnamon. Smells like passion fruit, or other tropical fruit.

T: Nice tartness right up on the tongue. It's not overly sour or tart. Definitely get those tropical fruit notes. Some funk. Clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $9.49, this is my second bottle. Cloudy orange-yellow with a short head. Smells fruity and funky, clearly it will be tart. It also reminds me a bit of Kick and Le Terroir in the aroma. Taste is fruity, hint of cinnamon, tartness and again I am reminded of previous New Belgium sours, must be a house character or maybe some of the blends have a base sour? Either way, good stuff and New Belgium is doing nice stuff with the Lips of Faith these days.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.1.12

A - Pours a cloudy lighter orange with a fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Tart fruit, spices, and flowers.

T - Lemony and citrusy, subtle spices, tart (lychee?)

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Citrusy and tart. Subtle spices make it nice and balanced.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a hazy star color with a big 2" white head. Small bubbles and waves of lacing stick to the glass.

S- funk, tart citrus fruits, some dark fruits, a different fruit, spice smell possibly from the lychee?

T- light sweet malts, some citrus fruits and dark fruits. Some Brett and funk, more citrus-like fruits at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth and lower in carbonation for a wild ale.

O- nice wild ale. Not crazy tart or sour but a nice refreshing beer.

Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky orange color, some yeast chunks at the bottom of my glass, and a a peachy white head of medium size. Bits of lace seldom appear.

S: Stinky and tart. My nose picks up apple, black cherry, musky wood aromas, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of sun-dried tomatoes.

T: Tart fruit and mellowing spices. Some sweet red peppery flavors about this too. Refreshing and soothing at the same time. Really enjoyable and super easy to suck down.

M: Cinnamon powder dry and beer slick. Interestingly pleasant.

O: This is a very likable beer with quite a few dimensions to it. All works well together. Kind of an all season beer too. Bright and refreshing for the hot seasons and warmly spiced for the others.

Photo of wedge
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of TicoCali
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/orange with a healthy mostly white 2 finger head. Smells of cinnamon dominate the nose. First sip is refreshingly tasty with cinnamon, grapefruit, and oak up front and center. Not sour and more tart, this beer’s wild yeast is not wild enough for me. Interesting beer though. Mouthfeel is great as this beer is wonderfully carbonated. I cannot imagine that aging this puppy will add anything positive to this brew.

Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.