Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Enjoyed at JULIAN in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. I never got to try it when it came out, and I'd pretty much given up hope on ever running into it anywhere, so this was a nice treat. The only negative is that they served it to me with a 6-8 oz taster glass, like a shot glass or mini tumbler. Not the end of the world, however.
Appearance - Pours a faintly hazy brassy golden color with a seemingly pinkish/rose hue to it. Foam grows to about a finger thick of effervescent bubbles before quickly slinking away, like watching fog recede on a time-lapse video. Settles with a rim of porcelain bubbles and a smattering of translucent foam mottling the surface.
Smell - An acidic tartness wafts through and is supported by a sweeter fruity element, notes of pear, green apple, perhaps white plum. There is even some funkiness and traces of oak from the aged portion. Hints of cinnamon and spice faintly trail the fruit and acid.
Taste - Wow. What a wonderfully-conceived beer. The LOF series has been a little hit or miss, but I really like this. There is a pleasant tang of sour, more green apple and faint vinegar notes, but then the cinnamon comes through stronger than with the aroma, imparting a sinus-arousing note of spiciness. Lychee is a good choice because it's a complex fruit that has a lot of characteristics that remind of other fruits, so it provides perfect balance for the tart and funk.
Mouthfeel - Prickly carbonation that is reminiscent of champagne, with a light body and a semi-dry finish. Very quaffable.
Overall, one of my favorites from this series of beers. It's like La Folie's adopted cousin, raised from the same tradition, but completely it's own beer. I do wish NB would brew this beer again, and thanks to JULIAN for keeping some bottles around so that I might enjoy one.
09-15-2013 18:39:14 | More by LambicPentameter
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)
New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee: 56% oaked ale, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon, 7.5% ABV; Appearance: cloudy yellow, pineapple soda; Smell: good amount of lychee, banana, pineapple, papaya, light wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: lychee, cinnamon only balances lychee, lemon custard, fair amount of wheat, light pineapple, mild tartness; good/pretty good.
Poured into a pint glass.
08-30-2013 08:49:54 | More by TruePerception
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
22oz bottle into a stemless wine glass – Notes taken 07/17/13
A: Golden yellow straw colored body with visible haze. Thin fleeting rim of paper white foam that quickly recedes out to just a collar. There are some light slippery etchings of lace left behind on the glass with a relatively low stick factor.
S: Brett is apparent and fairly forward at this point in the beers life. Musky with some grass, grain, and light funk. There is a hit of dusty dried lemon peel and bits of oaky Chardonnay character mixed with some sourdough bread in the nose. Not as tropical or fruity as I would expect from a fresh sample and the cinnamon is unnoticeable here. Nice Bretty aromas overall with a complimentary fruitiness.
T: Tart down through to the finish with sour apricots, grass, and dry lemon peel leading the way. Fruity but not very tropical. More musky with white wine grape or champagne-like layers over a sustaining base of sourdough bread and soft caramel sweetness. There are some nice underlying components of warming spice and oak with a tinny mineral finish. The beer has a nice puckering tartness and the alcohol is kept well disguised here. Very refreshing, tart, and bretty. Drinking rather nice right now.
M: The beer is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very smooth and frothy from the carbonation with a lower perceived bitterness and dry puckering sour finish.
D: Tart Lychee is a delicious blended ale with some very nice Brett and fruit character. At just over one year of age it is a bit more Tart than Lychee however it is not excessively sour and just a really well balanced brew in general. Highly enjoyable and refreshing on a hot summers day. I only wish I had more of this.
07-24-2013 21:15:17 | More by Nugganooch
3.74/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle (22 oz). Slightly cloudy pale orange with almost no head or lacing. Aroma is of oak, tropical fruits, cinnamon, wild yeast and some vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet with a snappy mouthfeel and moderate sourness. Sight spiciness on the otherwise clean finish. Bottle kept in the refrigerator almost a year, and still tastes fresh. Won't let it go that long again though! A very nice straight-ahead sour with nothing wrong with it. I have been enjoying all the entries in this wonderful series.
07-21-2013 22:46:35 | More by chickenflea
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Tart Lychee pours a sun-drenched golden straw color, with a well-formed off-white cap that fades over the course of the glass. It is visibly hazy.
The aroma is tropical fruit, with tart lychee coming through a little bit, lemon, and a bit of vanilla.
The flavor starts with a little bit of fruit sweetness. A light malt malt sets the stage for lychee, lemon, vanilla, and a bit of oak. Overall the flavor is slightly tart, but not overly sour. As this is a fresh bottle, I would expect it to sour up (and improve) over time.
This lacks the mouth-puckering sour character that I really like to see in my sours, but it has a pleasant flavor to it overall. The sweet and sour interact well, tasting like a mellow gueuze with some lychee added. The body falls in the middle of the spectrum for an American sour, and the carbonation does as well.
Lychee is one of my favorite fruits, and I definitely got a bit of the flavor coming through in each sip. I would prefer to have a stronger fruit presence or a more sour beer, or both.
07-02-2013 01:20:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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