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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

657 Ratings
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 49
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 657 | Reviews: 199
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3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I shared at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours a murky dark yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of slightly tart with some malt, lychee, and slight cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/orange with a healthy mostly white 2 finger head. Smells of cinnamon dominate the nose. First sip is refreshingly tasty with cinnamon, grapefruit, and oak up front and center. Not sour and more tart, this beer’s wild yeast is not wild enough for me. Interesting beer though. Mouthfeel is great as this beer is wonderfully carbonated. I cannot imagine that aging this puppy will add anything positive to this brew.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very cloudy light golden color with a finger of very active white foam that fairly quickly recedes to a ring around the beer.

S: A bit subdued, I get some wheat, fruitiness that smells similar to guava to me that I assume is the lychee, light spiciness, and a bit of citrus acidity.

T: I get a very nice juiciness that is both sweet and sour, but not overbearing and quite balanced. However, this is mixed with an odd spiciness that I would not pinpoint as cinnamon and an unpleasant, yet restrained metallic flavor. This has potential, but it's a bit two dimensional and the second dimension isn't very good. As it sits, the spice seems a bit more integrated, but the beer never approaches complex.

M: Medium body with strong carbonation.

O: A bit of a disappointment. I was hoping to feel differently than the recent relatively mediocre reviews, but this beer isn't great. It's got a nice juiciness from the lychee, but other than that the flavors are not very good and not very complex.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Tart lychee is a good, drinkable beer, but it is neither very tart or laden with lychee flavor, despite the name. The sourness could be amplified substantially, as could the lychee, and this would only improve the beer. As it stands, the recipe is unfortunately fairly average in both these respects, and while this could serve as a good "gateway" sour, I'm not sure that the introductory crowd would be pleased with it, either.

Pours a thin, just off-white head of small bubbles, which rapidly dissipates to a very fine cap atop the beer's body, holes appearing in the cap here and there as time passes. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few streaks that stick to the side of the glass, renewed with every swirl and sip. Body is a cloudy orange-brown (perhaps a dirty copper) color when away from light, a pale yellow exterior with orange interior when held to light. Visible carbonation streams, fairly vigorous, small in bubble size.

Aroma primarily of soured malt (put some grains in water, leave them for a few days, and you'll have this smell), with some sweet lychee in the background. Not a very complex or deep aroma, disappointing.

Front of palate picks up sweet, raspberry-like lychee fruit flavor with only a hint of tartness. Tartness increases by mid-palate, encompassing the soured malt that was present in the aroma alongside less-powerful lychee flavor and a slight breadiness. Back of palate detects some tartness along with raspberry/strawberry-type lychee influence. The Ceylon cinnamon is detectable in the close and aftertaste, and is quite enjoyable, giving this an earthy, slightly spicy close. Ceylon is more delicate than the typical Cassia cinnamon, and that delicate nature is definitely obvious in the timidness of the cinnamon here: it's noticeable, but not abundantly noticeable. Aftertaste is of bready malt, subtle Cassia cinnamon, and light residual tartness. While I enjoyed the flavors, none of them were particularly bold or astounding; this could have used more sour character and more lychee, while the cinnamon came across as more of an afterthought.

Beer is medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation at first, which then subsides and leaves the beer feeling fairly smooth on the palate. Finish is semi-dry, with a fair amount of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

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

A- Hazy orange to gold color with decent white head and heavy lacing.

S- Sour malt- Perhaps light fruity finish to this. Smell could be more complex.

T- Sourness to start with dry vinous flavors. Fruitiness (lychee I guess) adds to finish. Slight cinnamon presence early and in finish.

M- Medium-bodied, fairly smooth with some bitterness feel. Tongue tingles from carbonation.

O- Delicious, yet I'd like the fruit (lychee) and cinnamon tastes to figure more prominently, and the sourness to allow these to do so better.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass. Let's see how well this pairs with Asian food.

A: Pours a murky, orangish pale color with a half finger of white head and unattractively large bubbles. Good retention and a few rings of lace.

S: The lychee is there up front, jam-like, tartness, with a hefty oak presence.

T: Light flavors of pale malt, lychee, and vaguely cinnamon/barrel, which is much less noticeable here. Mild to medium tartness. A touch watery.

M: Medium body and carbonation, cream/jelly-like texture even.

O: It's pretty good, drinkable enough. I guess I was expecting more of a blast of tart and lychee, insert froyo or Asian reference here, but this is more like a less delicious version of Temptation.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend Brendan's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given that it's a sour beer from New Belgium; I loved La Folie.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a shite floater head of beige colour which is horribly thin and retains poorly. Colour is a murky hazy pale orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy lychee - I mean hot damn, hello Lychee. Slight spice; cinnamon isn't distinct but could be present. Sweet, syrupy, and appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy lychee mixed with a strange off-cinnamon note alongside a syrupy juicy character. I like the spice, which comes on the climax - but it's a touch too earthy, and feels rather indistinct. Some mild citrus ester hops. Too sweet on the finish. Not complex or horribly subtle, but enjoyable for what it is. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Not really sour. Somewhat tart, but not as much as they'd have us believe.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit overcarbonated. Thick enough, but too syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but too sweet. I might try it on draught, but it's rather pricey for its limited quality. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great.

C+

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3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thin, almost non-existent white head of half a finger. The head disappears almost instantly.

S - Sweet fruit, funky and tart yeast, pale malts, and heavy sugars. Light, indistinct spice. Pungent.

T - Light fresh fruit are countered well by lively tart yeast. Lychee is ever present. No hops characteristics to speak of. Orange zest and other light citrus. Refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, thick, and well carbonated. It's ok at best.

D - It's a good attempt, though New Belgium produces far better sour. I'd pass on it in the future.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet tart light fruits, a bit of cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and a bready funkiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of tart light fruit with some sourness and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some cinnamon, and some bready funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart and funky flavors with some oak, cinnamon, and a hint of bready flavor.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the mix of the light fruits and the tartness, and the oak and cinnamon give the beer some nice complexity.

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

22oz bomber, split

appearance: split/served in my hopleaf tulip, cloudy straw-orange body, creamy white froth

smell: some tart berry, sugar, floral yeast

taste: a nice beer - the cinnamon was played well in my opinion and i disagree that it overpowers, nice notes of oak, berry, yeast, tart sugars

mouthfeel: light tartness, refreshing

overall: tasty, a little pedestrian

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

A: pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head and minimal retention
S: sour fruitiness and a hint of spice from the cinnamon.
T: tartness up front with a bit of fruity flavor and some cinnamon. aftertaste is more tart fruitiness. Very nice pucker and lemony tartness and the cinnamon does a nice job to counter the tartness and sweet fruit
M: somewhat thin and heavy carbonation, not too thin though
O: a very good beer in a broad style; nice sourness to it and good flavors. I have four more so it will be nice to see how it changes.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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