1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Lips Of Faith - Tart LycheeLips Of Faith - Tart Lychee

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

623 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 623
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 623 | Reviews: 198 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ityler

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-31-2012 23:37:09 | More by ityler
Photo of falloutsnow


3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Tart lychee is a good, drinkable beer, but it is neither very tart or laden with lychee flavor, despite the name. The sourness could be amplified substantially, as could the lychee, and this would only improve the beer. As it stands, the recipe is unfortunately fairly average in both these respects, and while this could serve as a good "gateway" sour, I'm not sure that the introductory crowd would be pleased with it, either.

Pours a thin, just off-white head of small bubbles, which rapidly dissipates to a very fine cap atop the beer's body, holes appearing in the cap here and there as time passes. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few streaks that stick to the side of the glass, renewed with every swirl and sip. Body is a cloudy orange-brown (perhaps a dirty copper) color when away from light, a pale yellow exterior with orange interior when held to light. Visible carbonation streams, fairly vigorous, small in bubble size.

Aroma primarily of soured malt (put some grains in water, leave them for a few days, and you'll have this smell), with some sweet lychee in the background. Not a very complex or deep aroma, disappointing.

Front of palate picks up sweet, raspberry-like lychee fruit flavor with only a hint of tartness. Tartness increases by mid-palate, encompassing the soured malt that was present in the aroma alongside less-powerful lychee flavor and a slight breadiness. Back of palate detects some tartness along with raspberry/strawberry-type lychee influence. The Ceylon cinnamon is detectable in the close and aftertaste, and is quite enjoyable, giving this an earthy, slightly spicy close. Ceylon is more delicate than the typical Cassia cinnamon, and that delicate nature is definitely obvious in the timidness of the cinnamon here: it's noticeable, but not abundantly noticeable. Aftertaste is of bready malt, subtle Cassia cinnamon, and light residual tartness. While I enjoyed the flavors, none of them were particularly bold or astounding; this could have used more sour character and more lychee, while the cinnamon came across as more of an afterthought.

Beer is medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation at first, which then subsides and leaves the beer feeling fairly smooth on the palate. Finish is semi-dry, with a fair amount of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 19:19:56 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of imasloth


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

A- Hazy orange to gold color with decent white head and heavy lacing.

S- Sour malt- Perhaps light fruity finish to this. Smell could be more complex.

T- Sourness to start with dry vinous flavors. Fruitiness (lychee I guess) adds to finish. Slight cinnamon presence early and in finish.

M- Medium-bodied, fairly smooth with some bitterness feel. Tongue tingles from carbonation.

O- Delicious, yet I'd like the fruit (lychee) and cinnamon tastes to figure more prominently, and the sourness to allow these to do so better.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 15:07:24 | More by imasloth
Photo of 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
Photo of ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-31-2012 01:55:35 | More by ADTaber
Photo of KuehneBe


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-30-2012 17:45:13 | More by KuehneBe
Photo of Lantern

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-29-2012 19:59:16 | More by Lantern
Photo of EricCioe


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-29-2012 04:49:51 | More by EricCioe
Photo of kojevergas


3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend Brendan's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given that it's a sour beer from New Belgium; I loved La Folie.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a shite floater head of beige colour which is horribly thin and retains poorly. Colour is a murky hazy pale orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy lychee - I mean hot damn, hello Lychee. Slight spice; cinnamon isn't distinct but could be present. Sweet, syrupy, and appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy lychee mixed with a strange off-cinnamon note alongside a syrupy juicy character. I like the spice, which comes on the climax - but it's a touch too earthy, and feels rather indistinct. Some mild citrus ester hops. Too sweet on the finish. Not complex or horribly subtle, but enjoyable for what it is. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Not really sour. Somewhat tart, but not as much as they'd have us believe.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit overcarbonated. Thick enough, but too syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but too sweet. I might try it on draught, but it's rather pricey for its limited quality. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great.


Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 04:23:06 | More by kojevergas
Photo of blakelive784


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thin, almost non-existent white head of half a finger. The head disappears almost instantly.

S - Sweet fruit, funky and tart yeast, pale malts, and heavy sugars. Light, indistinct spice. Pungent.

T - Light fresh fruit are countered well by lively tart yeast. Lychee is ever present. No hops characteristics to speak of. Orange zest and other light citrus. Refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, thick, and well carbonated. It's ok at best.

D - It's a good attempt, though New Belgium produces far better sour. I'd pass on it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 04:22:17 | More by blakelive784
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet tart light fruits, a bit of cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and a bready funkiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of tart light fruit with some sourness and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some cinnamon, and some bready funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart and funky flavors with some oak, cinnamon, and a hint of bready flavor.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the mix of the light fruits and the tartness, and the oak and cinnamon give the beer some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 03:22:30 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of dirtylou


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

22oz bomber, split

appearance: split/served in my hopleaf tulip, cloudy straw-orange body, creamy white froth

smell: some tart berry, sugar, floral yeast

taste: a nice beer - the cinnamon was played well in my opinion and i disagree that it overpowers, nice notes of oak, berry, yeast, tart sugars

mouthfeel: light tartness, refreshing

overall: tasty, a little pedestrian

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:21:09 | More by dirtylou
Photo of UTCengOwl


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-29-2012 01:41:26 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of SHODriver


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

A: pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head and minimal retention
S: sour fruitiness and a hint of spice from the cinnamon.
T: tartness up front with a bit of fruity flavor and some cinnamon. aftertaste is more tart fruitiness. Very nice pucker and lemony tartness and the cinnamon does a nice job to counter the tartness and sweet fruit
M: somewhat thin and heavy carbonation, not too thin though
O: a very good beer in a broad style; nice sourness to it and good flavors. I have four more so it will be nice to see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 07:14:51 | More by SHODriver
Photo of steamboatbrewer


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-28-2012 00:04:35 | More by steamboatbrewer
Photo of DeirdreE

3/5  rDev -24.4%

05-27-2012 23:12:06 | More by DeirdreE
Photo of stealth


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-27-2012 10:33:58 | More by stealth
Photo of morimech


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a quickly rising and disapating head. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of tart lychee and sourdough bread. Some very mild funkiness rounds things out.

Mildly tart and acidic. Flavor of lychee and bready malt. I do not taste cinnamon but there is some warmth in the finish. Somewhat dry. Rather basic and pedestrian.

The beer lost most of its carbonation in the pour. Lacks the life to make acidic beers pop. Surprisingly light body for the ABV.

Rather disappointing beer considering barrel-aging and price.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 19:16:45 | More by morimech
Photo of rabiddawg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-26-2012 03:54:35 | More by rabiddawg
Photo of bsuedekum


4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-26-2012 03:52:46 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of zachary80


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Tried it cold but let it warm up some before reviewing. I've never had Lychee fruit.

Appearance is like a golden wheat beer with some orange highlights. Pure white head leaves good lacing but not great retention.

Aroma is tart with some general fruitiness. Would love it to be a little stronger.

Flavor is complex and very good but very hindered by the strength of the cinnamon. Cold the cinnamon absolutely dominates the beer, and while it recedes as it warms, it is still overly dominant. Sour and tart fruit character up front followed by the cinnamon. Both the cinnamon and the sour leave some lingering character on the tongue, but at the same time it seems that the main components dissapear fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel is too light. Carbonation seems right but the thinness makes it come off as a little watery. Dry finish.

Drink this warmer unless you want a cinnamon bomb. Some more body and less cinnamon and I would enjoy this a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:43:50 | More by zachary80
Photo of ocelot2500


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, sun-kissed golden color with a tight white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of mostly fruit with some funk on the end and with some cinnamon.

Tastes of a tart character with some fruitiness and various counter notes. Starts off with tart tropical fruits and green apple. A fairly fruity sour. This gives way to some of the cinnamon which adds a little bit of depth. The funkiness carries throughout and blends the cinnamon and tartness together, but does leave a bit of an aftertaste, that I quite like.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is another great addition to the Lips of Faith series.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 00:06:28 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of nas4atu

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2012 14:30:29 | More by nas4atu
Photo of rawfish


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

Very hazy raw honey coloration that maxes out at 3 fingers of fizzy white head. Poor retention with some lacing trying to reach up the glass but doesn't stick.

Holy berliner weiss batman! The nose is full of yeast, and light acidity. Tones of funk, and sweetness from cinnamon as well as a pleasant fruitiness follow through. I don't get any lychee at all but there is definitely fruit, more of a apple and ripe pear aroma.

Tartness comes mostly from a lacto strain rather than vinegar. Complements the yeasty funk and slight sweetness provided by the cinnamon. The lychee isn't even present here which is kind of a let down, there more of a lemon and green apple flavor that provides a juicy bite. The oak houses the souring bacteria so it's no wonder that it really doesn't make it's presence felt either. Wheat and pale malt but doesn't rise above the tartness or the juicy fruit.

Very clean beer, the tartness hits you along with the flavors and then is gone. Superb drinkability. Low carbonation and a body that remains average despite the yeast haze.

Ah, good beer, like a bold berliner weiss, flavor is text book for the category with some fruit and cinnamon thrown into the mix to make things interesting. A little disappointed that it doesn't taste like lychee at all nor does the cinnamon make a big impression but that oak aged sour golden ale component is definitely something special.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:05:52 | More by rawfish
Photo of Bammo22


4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2012 03:22:10 | More by Bammo22
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.