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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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88
very good

199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 661
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 4.86%
Wants: 48
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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:
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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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 661
Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heard this was different from bottle compared to tap.

Pours solid haze purulent yellow. No foam save some surface etch. Nose is overdone with the cinnamon. Some tart and sweetness in the back, but this time, cinnamon dominates (waaay different than tap for me). Tart with more cinnamon and some lychee juice to help pucker me up. Medium on full bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. It's quite the novelty.
2/2.5/3/2/2.5 - (431 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 yamar68
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber gold with minimal head and beading - although served pretty damn cold so I guess we'll see. Good lacing nonetheless.

Pear, all spice, rotten grapes, mollases, sour bits, simple sugar. Very unique. Can't quite tell if it's a winning combo yet though.

Certainly a genre bending specimen. The sour serves a punch that I didn't think it would. Those earthy fruits take a seat right behind the mellow tart forefront. Interesting concept of a beer.

Overall, this is one that I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a change of pace. A solid sour? Maybe not - but that doesn't detract from the overall experience as long as you keep an open mind. (669 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of this one is quite tart in a fruity way with an underlying sweetness there as well that I'll assume is from the lychee but I'd actually never even HEARD of lychee before this beer so it'd be a bit dishonest to say this beer smells like lychee. A hint of cinnamon as well.

Pours golden (much lighter than I figured it would be, honestly) and cloudy in my glass. Head is rather minimal.

The taste is actually quite delicious, especially for a person who wants a sour beer without it being TOO sour, as many wild ales tend to be. It has the typical wild ale fruity sourness certainly present, but it's tempered quite a bit of the sweetness of the lychee, which creates a beer that comes across as mildly sour and fruity...a nice balance. Underneath it all is a small spiciness that comes from the cinnamon which is noticed and appreciated to add complexity.

I have a problem with sour beers sometimes giving me heartburn due to the tartness but this wasn't a problem with this beer....it was just right and very well done. Highly recommended and enjoyed. (1,063 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy orange-yellow with a minimal white head and minimal lacing.

Smell consists of lychee, yeast and pear. Slightly tart. A bit thin, which unfortunately held true for the taste as well.

Taste has the lychee, slightly tart, and yeast flavours. A slighty bitter finish. I get some ginger as well. Not a strongly flavoured beer, and not as sour as I had expected.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, OK. A nice flavour but I found it weak. Perhaps this does better in the bottle. (527 characters)

Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and enjoyed the 22oz bottle with two friends.

A – Very slight hazy deep yellow with hints of orange, has a nice fine 1 finger white head which lingered for quite a while. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – Smells of citrus, grapefruit, and reminded me of crisp fresh apple cider (probably the cinnamon).

T – Very light tart citrus flavor on the front end, finishes with the cinnamon and oak. Nothing was overpowering all flavors melded well together.

M – Very dry finishes like a dry white wine, light to medium body with nice carbonation.

O – A really nice warm weather beer, very light and refreshing with a nice tartness that wasn’t over the top. (701 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pouring into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy golden color with an orange tint and a two finger white head.

S- Sour, some tart fruits, lychee, some cinnamon, touch of oak.

T- Sweet malts, cinnamon, balanced out with tart lychee, really good.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Another solid beer from the Lips of Faith Series. Wish it tasted as sour as the smell, but the cinnamon works well with the beer. Definitely will pick up again. (445 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 Burlyn
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ap:Pours a warm cloudy orange with a decent head

Sm: delightful. A delicate tropical fruit smell thats neither overpowering nor too feint.

Ts: Its a rather dull and bland first taste, that dissolves into a wonderfully tart tropical fruit taste. Theres a slight hint of the cinnimon, but I mainly get fruit.

M: clean and crisp

Ov: Easy refreshing drinking. I almost wish it had been a little less mild though. (413 characters)

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

Been slacking on the reviews lately, here we go...

Pours a hazy light orange with decent head that doesn't hang around long but leaves great lacing.

Aroma is predominantly light tropical fruit and tart lemony citrus, some cinnamon, a touch of oak and funk.

Wow, lychee is a delicate flavor but it's on full display here, with a nice mix of tropical/pineapple sweetness mixed with tart lemon, some light wood and funk, some cinnamon heat, grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol heat on the end.

Just right, not too astringent like some wild ales but definitely drier than most NB beers, which I like. There's a touch of heat on the palate that melds well with the cinnamon and tart dryness.

Really enjoyed this more than I expected, lychee is a complex flavor but they nailed it. The cinnamon is fairly balanced and gives it a bit of sweetness to balance out the mainly tart flavors.
Sort of like a big berliner weisse with a twist. (932 characters)

Photo of Raiden805
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a blandish golden color.

I dominantly smell the cinnamon and lychee fruit. It really makes for an even smell, it isn't too sweet, isn't too sour. Maybe the cinnamon is to thank for this?

There is a slight lacing on the top, and its lacing around the edge of the cup. I personally like when it does that, but I also really like when there is a head to a beer that stays for more than a few seconds. This definitely lacked that.

My first sip immediately put a smile on my face! It has a sour forward taste, and a wonderful sweet after taste. That cinnamon really plays a role in this beer, I can feel the cinnamon in my throat, but its not overpowering at all.

It's a great sipper/drinking beer, and I plan on buying another soon! I paid about 7.99 or so for this beer, and I don't regret it! I don't like sour beers too much, and I don't like sweet/fruity beers as much, but I LOVE this one! Thanks! (908 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 megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee
On tap at Eureka in San Luis Obispo, CA

Appearance: orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: sweettart sour and a slight fruit.

Taste: lychee, a very nice malt, and a faint sourness.

Moutfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a nice brew that has a mild sourness and nice malts. (315 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of caveman
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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". (1,037 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (455 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (337 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.