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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 68 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Nugganooch

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 21:15:17 | More by Nugganooch
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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chickenflea

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:20:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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bird22

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet, juicy, and fairly tart fruit driven aroma. Big fruit esters throughout with hints of cherries, berries, lychee, pear, apple, and citrus orange and lemon. Yeasty with funky hints of Brett and some cinnamon spice. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cracker, oat, and biscuit. Also some hints of candied sugars, honey, and wood. Fairly earthy with hints of grassy hops. Tart and sweet smelling but balanced. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, sweet, and juicy fruit and wheat driven taste with some funk and spice. Big taste of fruits with notes of cherries, lychee, berries, apple, pear, and some citrus orange and lemon. Notes of funk and Brett along with some cinnamon and clove spice. Some wood taste and notes of candied sugar and honey. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, grains, cracker, biscuit, and oats. Background notes of earthy hops with some notes of grass. Sweet but not overly syrupy or cloying. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat syrupy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a wild/sour ale. Good balance of fruity sweetness, tartness, and spice.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 07:15:24 | More by MattyG85
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:45:29 | More by twiggamortis420
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.