Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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660 Ratings
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 49
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 corby112
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Noble Fir in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with golden yellow edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with bretty barnyard notes and subtle light fruit.  Oaky, earthy and surprisingly funky with lots of brett.  This really dominates the nose and I'm having trouble picking anything else out.  Slight citrus and tropical fruit but it's overpowered by funk and barrel.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering mouthfeel that's sour but not aggressively so. Very refreshing with some dry, earthy oak and sweet citrus fruit notes.  Hints of what must be lychee, grapefruit and orange peel.  Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.  Not harsh or acidic with a nice combination of bretty funk, barrel character and sweet fruit. 

Photo of KDawg
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear yellow color with a small head. Almost champagne-like in appearance.

Nice and balanced aromas of sour apples, candied fruits, florals and some lychees.

Nice and tart flavors with a good medium feel. There is a bit of thinness to it with with notes of sour apples, florals and some candied fruits. There didn't seem to be any lychees on the feel.

There was also a fizziness on the feel too. The feel did let things down a slight bit, but this was a nice a real nice wild ale.

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange hue with a white head that fades quickly. Looks like a Double IPA.

Aroma: Some sourness in the nose and a little fruitiness but not the typical hop fruit notes. Very clean. A nice change of pace from the typical ale.

Taste: You can tell this is a diluted sour ale. The tartness seems to hover around the edges of the palate without overwhelming your taste buds. Although, it does come through a little stronger in the aftertaste and lingers on the tongue for a moment. The lychee also comes through at the end. Not a hop or malt dominated beer which makes for an interesting drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Pretty effervescent for the style. Light in body but seems to be at the perfect level. The tartness causes this to be slightly below average drinkability but that helps remind you to savor it while it lasts.

Final Thoughts: This wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a sour beer but it is a crowd pleaser (sharing the bomber with a couple friends who are experiencing this style for the first time). I don't know that I'd buy it again but I'd definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for a tart beer that won't overwhelm them.

Photo of zhanson88
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky golden straw color with some hints of orange. About 1/2" of white head forms, which has limited retention and lacing.

Smell: I can definitely pick out the lychee, or at least something fresh and fruity, slightly sweet but more tart. A bit of lemony tartness and slight funk comes out as well. It's a little unusual, but pretty good.

Taste: A fair amount of initial fruitiness that is lush and sweet. Tartness follows, but it's pretty tame all and all. Not much funk, if anything at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, with ample carbonation. Good. Overall, a decent, very drinkable wild ale. Not quite sour and funky enough for me, but nice fruit flavors as the name implies.

Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some sweet candy sugar notes at first followed by tart, dry, raspberry-like fruit aromas. There are slight sour notes toward the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some sweeter Belgian notes up front followed by dry and tart raspberry-like flavors (from the lychees I presume). The finish is tart, sour, and clean with some bready notes as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer could use a little more carbonation, but avoids being watery.

O: A good, refreshing sour overall. Not extremely complex, but tasty and drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An airy yet substantial marshmallow head floats atop the glowing, hazy burned orange body. Head dissipates to a thin film pretty quick, but an oversized brandy snifter isn't the best goblet for supporting a luxurious head.

S - Almost smells like a champagne right away, tart sweetness like that of a granny smith apple. A little pie crust and earth in there, and not much for hops. Alcohol is barely there if you have a nose for it.

T - Tart right off the bat, but not overly so. Flavor is strongly of tart raspberries... I had to look up what a lychee is, but I'm assuming that is the flavor I'm experiencing. Hops are not noticeable, malts are pretty tame.

M - this one feels great, the smooth body does a good job of not over accentuating the tartness.

O - Definitely a different, interesting brew. I could see it selling really well in a sixer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop Leaf in Chicago

A - Pours yellow\orange with visible carboantion and a thin foam.

S - Smells of Brett and tart cherries. Is this what lychee smells like? Has a bit of a musty, funky smell.

T - Tartness is clearly there, and intense. This is a beer that puckers your mouth. Flavors of tart fruit is right there. Lemons, limes, kiwi, and sour cherry. A fruit boel in a glass.

M - Sorry, didn't find this all that drinkable. While the novelty is cool, this is a one trick pony and not as good as other wild ales I've found smoother to drink. Carbonation feels a bit heavy, like champagne.

O - Fun to try, but I wouldn't bother again.

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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...

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking, great tasting beer and a super summer refresher. Hazy, burnished orange gold body, big white head with terrific retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, citrusy, with pepper and subtle oak and cinnamon. Modest funkiness.

Very complex and highly gulpable at the same time. Tart fruity flavor; moderately sour and puckering but not over-the-top; a trace of oak character; light sweetness dries up in the finish and has you coming back for more quickly. Nice spiciness with cinnamon and pepper notes, some restrained brett funkiness and lemony acidity. Very well-balanced between all of its flavor characteristics.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean, quenching feel. One of my favorites of the summer, multiple bottles have been shared and enjoyed. This is one bomber I can easily have all to myself as well!

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopleaf, served in a tulip.

A: Apricot orange with a nice white head.

S: Soft fruit - strawberry, lychee, musty yeast.

T: Slightly tart lychee, spice, some herbal notes, lactic, cakey malt base. Vanilla, strawberry, sweet grain.

M: Tingly carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Refreshing, tastes good.

Photo of AdamBear
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy light orange with almost no head

S-oh boy this just smells more tart than any beer I've had in a very long time. Can't smell much past the sourness besides a hint of old cooked vegetables. It's odd. Strong scent.

T-not as tart as the nose lets on. Comes in with a Slightly tart taste of Sweet lychee and cooked vegetables. The after-taste is mostly cooked vegetables with a touch of alcohol. It's an odd mix that isn't too bad.

M-medium to low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this isn't as good as other New Belgium sours that I've had. It is an okay beer though. The mix is just odd, though balanced. I wish it was a bit sweeter possibly. The bomber is probably best shared

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a similar appearance to a witbier, had the dull gold color with lots of haze thing going for it. Thin 1/2" head on it, doesn't really provide much in the way of lace or retention, but she's pretty enough. Aroma of tart, berries, the kind you're not used to, cinnamon.

Taste, hey whatever lychee is, I like it, plenty sour, but has a unique vibe, the cinnamon, its like a bakery, sour beer and cinnamon toast crunch. It works well, could easily be the type of beer you could always pick out of a blind taste I would think. Not a massive sour bomb, but it delivers nonetheless.

Another winner from the Lips of Faith series.

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip glasses. Can't find a bottling date, but this is obviously a new release. Thanks again to Brian for hauling this one back for me!

On the pour, it looks peach amber with some haziness. Fizzy head falls back to a thin layer from an inch-and-a-half.

Picking up a lot of cinnamon in the nose. Fleshy tropical fruit aromas come forth like cherimoya and lychee. Acid component behind the fruit esters and spices smell a little like candle wax. Definitely an exotic nose, overall. Getting wafts of backend Brett and oak.

More sweet than sour, the taste follows the nose. Pulpy lychee fruit, cherimoya, cinnamon candle wax, lemon peel, and goat cheese. Enough sweetness to kill any puckering effect, but there definitely is a nice dose of acidity in here. Semi-sour.

Very smooth for a wild ale. The body has some girth to it. The carbonation is right around medium.

A wild ale that accentuates the added fruit and spice. Quite the fascinating pairing from a palate standpoint. Nice subdued sourness and funk.

Photo of Glibber
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice apricot color with a small white head that left little to no lacing. A mild fruit aroma, and a strong bitter taste. Had this on tap at Bitter creek in Boise, and it was refreshing, and a great beer to start the night off with. Citrus and peach flavoring that had a little alcohol burst.

Photo of t420o
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium tart lychee

A- pour produces a 1finger white head that recedes quick leaving little in the way of lacing. Beer is a deep straw color and cloudy. 3.5 

S- a little tart and sour with good malt balance. Smells good. 4

T- I really like this one. It's like a sour/tart tropical fruit flavor with a almost wheat like malt taste balancing it out. Slight cinnamon taste as well. My only complaint is the taste goes away quick. I'd prefer that it linger on the palate a little longer. 4

M- lighter on the carbonation but good body. 4 

O- it's a good beer but there is room for improvement. 3.5

B+

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Delicate pour into a lambic glass led to a modest white head aloft a very hazy golden ale.

S - Fruity - lime/pear - grassy and wheat

T - They warned us - pucker up. Sour, tart, but presence of malt, wheat, and fruit flavors keeps this from a sour patch kid brew. Complex - dry bitter finish; fruit flavors -probably lychee - lingers. Noticeable alcohol presence. Became less approachable as it warmed and I re-cooled it down before continuing. I did pick up light cinnamon, but no oak presence or earthy tone. Think light, summer.

M- Thin and lightly carbonated.

Given how much is going on with this ale, there is balance. These lips of faith series are an enjoyable leap of faith.

Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.
A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a finger of bubbly bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness.
S: Extremely fruity and complex nose. I get notes of stone fruits, peaches, apricots, lemon, dry oak, ambiguous berries and a splash of lychee.
T: Follows the nose. Fruit comes through strong alongside a nice blend of buttery oak, dry barrel, sweet lychee and a hint of cinnamon and other spices in the aftertaste. Very smooth and well integrated. Tartness is mild but refreshing. I love the complex fruit profile.
M: Medium-full body, drying mouth but still a good amount of slick butteriness, carbonation is soft and balanced.
O: One of the better NB beers I’ve had in a while. I could drink this all day. Not huge lychee notes but very flavorful none the less.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light blond body, with a bit of nice lace.

Tart, kinda tangy vague funky nose. Nice.

Awesome tart taste that nails the lychee flavor. Lingers a bit

Pretty standard feel. Carby.

This works really well, quite refreshing and a bang-on good sour.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed bright orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Mild in terms of acidity and funk, but still enough to please. Lychee, peach, and apple come through well. Rotting wood and earthy funkiness. Cinnamon is subtle cold, but comes through quite strong as this warms up.

4.0 T: Load of cinnamon and lychee. Only a mild tartness with a bit more lactic tang. Peach and apple again. Woody funkiness with wet grass and apple orchard.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good higher level of prickly carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

4.0 D: I love it when a unique beer is tasty and this certainly is tasty. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Koufax21
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep orange with a white head. Acidity quickly dissolves the head and leaves just a thin ring within seconds. Big nose of tart tropical fruit and mild wood. Taste is very light. Mildly astringent. The oak doesn't come through as much as I'd like, but it does come through a little more on the backside. Good mouthfeel. Not too dry, but just right. Pretty good beer and nicely priced compared to other sours.

Photo of nataku00
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a cloudy light yellow orange, with half a finger of loose white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar of bubbles and a slick of film. Really hazy with a bit of carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is interesting, lightly floral, apricot and grape skin astringency, sweeter stone fruit, sweet wheat beer flavors of light biscuit, and a light cinnamon. The lychee, already a very light aroma is probably overwhelmed by everything else, unfortunately.

Taste leads with fruit skin astringency, grape and plum skin, some wheat, light biscuit, light cinnamon and with a linger tropical fruit flavors. Kinda bland with no aftertaste.

Light bodied and easy to drink, decently flavored but not as lychee flavored as I was expecting.

Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.