Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 661
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 4.86%
Wants: 48
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three year old Wild Beer blended with lychee and a touch of Ceylon cinnamon.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a fairly-hazy light peach color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing and a thin collar.

Some fresh lychee and moderate acidity comes through the first whiff. Behind that is some light bready Brett. The flavor adds in quite a bit of acidity and a really nice lychee presence. I don't taste the cinnamon at all. I don't really care, as I dont think that would add to the beer at all.

Body is light with mild bit of funk plus pretty-prominent fruit and a really nice acidity. Really enjoyable. I'm glad I finally got to try this one. (648 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (642 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

new lips of faith series brew. this is everything i like in a sour. pours a surprisingly cloudy pale yellow wheaty color, with a one inch white fizzy head. smell is interesting, definitely tart and citric, like pink grapefruit and lemons. also some brett style sour notes. flavor is very very sour, but also tart as the name suggests. its quite acidic and puckery, but not as dry as some of them. there are fruity notes which i have to assume are from the lychees, and even a hint of oak. it says brewed with cinnamon, but i cant pick it up in either the smell or the taste, maybe just a touch in the finish, but it is definitely quite understated. i really love the feel of this beer, effervescent carbonation, medium body, and all kinds of attitude. the tartness is a welcomed addition to the sour beer palate, and this may well be my favorite lips of faith brew to date. i enjoyed it with some smoked asian chicken thighs over a spinach red cabbage mango salad. really a nice early summer beer. (997 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pulpy orange mimosa with a steady soufflé head of foam on top that slowly sinks, leaving residual delicate lacing in the glass.

Sweet tropical fruit and light acidic tartness, maybe some wet stone minerality. Somewhat mild but pleasant.

Medium bodied with a flash of sweet fruit up front, tart crisp middle and semi-dry aftertaste. Tastes much like a mimosa or fruit punch. Not much in the way of barrel nuance, wild yeast, or bacterial funk. Pretty summery and refreshing however... just somewhat one-dimensional. Drop in a lime zest if you feel adventurous.

Compared to the sour draft version served at festivals a few years ago, the bottled version is a bit tamer... same story to some degree with Eric's and Le Terroir. Seems like a marketing move to release a milder blend to make it more palatable to a wider audience. (842 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sourness. Some cherry-like aromas.

T - Sour and tart. I guess it is lychee but it tastes a little lie cherry. There is a touch of cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious wild ale. On of the best Lips of Faith beers in a while. (462 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with some hints of orange and a very thin white head.

S: The nose is quite tart with some noticeable fruit character, though I haven't smelled lychees often enough to positively identify their aroma. Some good green apple and lemon notes, along with a mild barnyard funk.

T: Lots of great lactic tartness and fruit flavors. Definitely some lychees, green apples, and lemons. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic and mildly funky form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness.

M: A puckering tartness along with a dry finish, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D: I've wanted to try this one for a long time now, and it lived up to my expectations. Great beer, nice balance, and complexity. (758 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, dark yet dim golden-orange body with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Soiled, soured, lightly funky wooden planks given a liberal dusting of finely-ground cinnamon powder. Fine fruity, sweet-scented notes of ingratiating lychee close out the aroma but, for me, are marred by the unnecessary presence of the cinnamon.

Taste: Sourish, woodsy notes countered with spoonfuls of white grape jelly overneath notes of pale malts and caramel-edge wheat. Well-rounded acidity. Then, there's the blasted cinnamon, which just isn't complimentary to the overall flavor. I signed up for Tart Lychee, not Tart Cinnamon Lychee. Perhaps they simply had a few sacks left over from brewing Cocoa Mole and were taking the "waste not, want not" approach to beer production. Sweet, acidic, fruity finish with some underlying sourness, and, erg, more of the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hrm. I would've enjoyed this quite a bit more minus the cinnamon. (1,073 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangish yellow with an instant solid 1-finger frothy white head which fades quickly to a small cap and edges leaving some rings of lace.

N: Tropical fruits, funk, oak, spices, and faint yeast.

T: Meshed sweet lychee fruit with cinnamon spices interplays with funky/musty oak and some lemon citrus zest. Mildly tart with yeasty notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet and tart. Semi-dry finish. Perhaps a tad thin. Refreshingly bright.

O: Interesting combination of lychee and cinnamon does work. Suspect Felix base with the funk and oak. Try it and see for yourself. (592 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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'... (656 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed apricot color, with a finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with some moderate ringing around the edges of glass, leaving back some light foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides. The aroma is tart in the nose, with a white fleshy fruit character standing out and being complimented by some added notes of light earthy oak, a touch of funky Brett and a little cinnamon across the back.

The taste has a sugary sweetness on the edges with a tart yet juicy fruit core and that cinnamon adding some pizzazz to the profile. The finish is all Brett and to a much lesser extent the barrel, with a dry finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer creamy crispness in the mouth and then more of an underlying oiliness to the feel that really keeps this smooth and helps those tart flavors flow. I’m hardly getting any of that 7% ABV here.

This was interesting and ultimately pretty enjoyable. This was my first experience with lychee and I really liked the combination of juicy fruit flavor and more tart grape skin like character that this brought to the table. The wild and barrel characteristics here did a nice job of supporting that and didn’t overrun the profile in any way. New Belgium sure comes up with some interesting beers in their Lips of Faith series and this one is no different. (1,393 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this gem.

Decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over super hazy peach golden colored beer.

Nose brings some tart funk, light horse blanket funk, lots of tart berry, almost cherry like but not quite, more like generic berry. Light acidity and soured fruit, with a light vanilla oak rounding. As it goes the cherry-berry aroma get a bit stronger, and a hint of cinnamon even comes through. Quite complex.

Taste starts quite tart and acidic, funky flavored but not really horseblanket, just funk. Fruit is explosive, strange fruit flavors though. Again cross between a sour cherry, generic berry, and rhubarb like. Acidity bites through a bit with the tartness, and a little phlemy, but not super sour. Sweetness is a bit more than I expected, with a light bready malty flavor, almost syrupy fruit extract syrupy like flavor, and a hint of cinnamon. the oak comes through as well, with some vanilla rounding and light toasty oak flavors. There is also a hint of esters. The finish stays phlemy and dries just a bit, with a slight bready malt, nice acidic bite, hint of booze coming through, some more vanilla oak with a touch of cinnamon, all linger, but the fruit really stays for a while, tart berry and rhubarb.

Mouth is med bodied, a little phlemy and almost slimy like, sweeter than I expected, although the carbonation is decent but could have been higher.

Overall pretty good, but mixed feelings. It has some nice parts to it, but others that could improve. Nice and complex with lots of interesting flavors blended, great tart fruit and oak, and the hint of cinnamon is an interesting unique addition. However, just a bit too sweet, not funky or sour enough, the finish doesn't dry as much as it should, etc. Maybe if this sat for another year it will be great. I'll have to get another bottle and find out. (1,867 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super effervescent straw/honey color with minimal beige head. Some hazing, near nil lacing & head retention

S: Tart cherry, grass & hay

T: Tart cherry, white grape, lemon zest, the brett is working well up front. Nice pineapple notes, I guess there's some lychee here, not really one of my things to be sure. I tried some lychee ice cream in Hawaii, meh... Some tartness, cherries, & pineapple in the finish, even a little vanilla

MF: Puckery, light bodied, fairly effervescent

Super drinkability, pretty approachable yet enough funkyness to impress me. This is a upper rung LOF offering, wish they all measured up this well. Not the total package, but not far from it... (685 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -21%
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.

C+ (1,465 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Tart Lychee

New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee. 56% ale aged in oak. 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon. Alc 7.5% ABV.

Thoroughly clouded pale amber/ straw, under milk white foam.

Aromatics: heavy sour, crazy funk, with plenty of wild fruit. I have to admit that I'm not that familiar with lychee, in any of it's incarnations. Cinnamon is here, laying below the fruit and the funk.

Taste: Boomshakalakka! Big, fat blast of sour/wild/funk, with fruit below, among the wood, and sweetness slipping in. It continues like this in a fabulous fandango. Tart and sweet, sour and fruit, cha cha cha. Little bit of bitterness. lots of malt and yeast. Very refreshing and flavorful.

Full-bodied, long, bitter/sour/sweet finish, a unique and complex creation. On the other hand, I can't say how many of these I could enjoy without being exhausted from the effort or needing some diversion from the experience. Oak meets fruit and spice. I like it…to a point.

Let's see what they say about it: "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 on the tasty revelry that is tart lychee!"

They've got to get a new writer on these things. (1,354 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/07/12 notes. Was very happy to see this on tap at RFD in Washington, DC before Lupulin. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour dark fruits, light spice, fruity malts. Very nice mix of brett and sour fruits, I really like the nose.

t - Tastes of brett, lightly soured dark fruits, bready malts, fruity malts. Very good still and the brett is still here, though the taste is not as sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Lots of brett and the nose was awesome with a nice amount of sour dark fruits as well. Hope to see this in bottles as I'd definitely pick it up, and would like to have it again. (782 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a New Belgium stemmed glass because I'm not an idiot. I know how to drink a beer. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is fruity, nice.

Beer is light and fruity with only a hint of tartness on the finish. This fruit would not have done well in a beer with high bitterness so I am really enjoying it. The fruit is sort of pineapple but lighter in flavor, a very nice little beer. (458 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,335 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange/yellow. Tons of sediment from this growler.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vanilla, spice, cinnamon. Not much in the nose. No real oak. I can't distinguish the lychee.

Taste: Very tart and mouth puckering. A lot of lemon, sour cherries, oak. Very acidic, but in a good way. Kind of sweet. Vinegar flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Tart, mouth puckering. Lighter bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Ends a little sour and dry.

Overall, a very sour and tart beer. It is very acidic. It is somewhat drinkable, but I couldn't handle a lot of it. (562 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this in bottles in Texas.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is has quite a bit of fruit (I assume that is the lychee) as well as a hint of cinnamon and a bit of wheat and tartness. The flavor has some nice tart lychee and tropical fruit notes, as well as some wheat, cinnamon and a hint of oak and sourness. A mild, easy drinking sour ale that doesn't appear to be anywhere near 7.5 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (481 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Latona Pub.

A: A very hazy golden/orange color with a foamy white head, about one inch in height that dies down quickly leaving a small cap on top.

S: Nice tartness with some fruity aromas of cherry and some other dark stone fruits. Faint spices as well.

T: Nice brett flavor mixed with some strong fruity flavors. More cherry along with lychee giving it a slight sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation

O: Quite impressed, liked it a good bit. Nice fruity flavors with a good combination of brett/tartness in this one. (560 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - hazy yellow with a soft cap of white, dense head that has good retention.

S - tart, sour, cinnamon

T - nice tartness up front, mouthpuckeringly sour, a hint of cinnamon in the finish, light sweet fruitiness throughout

M - mouthpuckering, smooth, crisp, heavy carbonation leading to a lighter body

This was a delicious beer. It was perfect for sitting outside on a hot day. Great flavor, great drinkability, definitely worth a try. (474 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very hazy orange, not unlike white grapefruit juice, small smattering of bubbles.

S: Fruit cocktail, peach, mango, a tropical smell.

T: Great flavours of lychee fruit and mango. I've never had lychee fruit, so I'm not sure of the exact characteristics, but mango was definitely there, apricot, grapefruit (the fruit, not a hop flavour).

M: Moderate acidity, thin/light body, nice enough.

D: The direct fruit flavours of this sour make it endlessly drinkable if not too complex. Pretend you're on a beach in the Bahamas. (560 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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