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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 69 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

avaldivia, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of afrokaze
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

afrokaze, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of KevSal
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

KevSal, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Rado
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Rado, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +0.8%

millelacsmark, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jeffx
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jeffx, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Raiden805
4.48/5  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!

Raiden805, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

wethorseblanket, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

megahurts4, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hanzo, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jnoelani, Jun 07, 2012
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.

sukwonee, Jun 07, 2012
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.

raffy313, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mroberts1204, Jun 07, 2012
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.

peacebone116, Jun 07, 2012
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.

caveman, Jun 06, 2012
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.

denver10, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DJButters, Jun 06, 2012
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.

rfbenavi80, Jun 06, 2012
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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".

SittingOnAMtnTop, Jun 06, 2012
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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.

srandycarter, Jun 05, 2012
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

dbossman, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev +0.8%

FalconA, Jun 04, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.