Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

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 twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of RayOhioFelton
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of brentk56
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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of FreshHawk
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.

Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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