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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

641 Ratings
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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 46
Gots: 68 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

stpaulsipper07, May 22, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

mcphish22, May 21, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw with a little amber. Just a thin bubbly white head on this one that fades quickly to a thin collar.

Smell. Light sour fruits, apples, pears and peach, some nice light funk. Smells pretty good.

Taste. Sour light fruits again. Some woody funk is there, a hint of spice. Medium sourness. Tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel. A bit lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonartion.

Overall. Nice fruity sour but I wouldn't have nailed the fruit as being Lychee. Even knowing what's in it make it hard to pick out the lychee specifically, but it is there especially in the finish.

Rutager, May 21, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky straw yellow, orange without much head or lace.

S - Tart lemon, wet hay, tropical fruit and some tartness.

T - Mimosa like, tart, sweet orange juice, hints of lychee and cinnamon.

M - Medium to light body, fizzy carbonation, dry tart finish.

D - Nice refreshing summer beer but a bunch of these releases seem a little watered down compared to the draft versions had years ago.

brewcrew76, May 21, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this brew! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Soft yellowish copper with a hazy appearance. Only a slight head. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity, sour, pineapple aroma.

T: The sour, lychee flavor is there up front. The flavor seems a bit one dimensional, dominated by the funky, pineapple-y lychee flavor. However, a sweetness, fruitiness & depth of flavor comes through more when the beer warms a little.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Has a dry, woody finish.

O: Good, and I think superior to the Mikkeller lychee sour. Definitely improves as it warms, but does seem a weak offering in the Lips of Faith series.

macrosmatic, May 20, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sourness. Some cherry-like aromas.

T - Sour and tart. I guess it is lychee but it tastes a little lie cherry. There is a touch of cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious wild ale. On of the best Lips of Faith beers in a while.

zeff80, May 20, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle : tulip snifter

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fizzy, white head.

Quite tart and sour, light oak notes upfront, very faint funkiness and hints of sweet fruit in the finish. I can just barelly pick up hints of cinnamon at times.

Tartness and funk, while present are much more subdued than the nose led me to expect.

Medium body for the style, with active, prickly carbonation.

An interesting wild ale. I was unable to pick up any cinnamon in the taste, but it did come through occasionally in the nose and fit quite nicely.

vkv822, May 20, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

kjkinsey, May 20, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

GTB, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

AndyTaylor, May 19, 2012
Photo of rodkin
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, hazy, grainy kind of orange. Small head, which dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is nice. Some tart funkiness, kind of barnyard smells, and a bit of fruity sweetness at the tail end.

Taste isn't quite as nice as the smell. Some tart funkiness, a little bit of The lychee is not as pronounced as I'd like, and the cinnamon is pretty much non-existent. It's definitely not unpleasant. It's actually pretty tasty and really drinkable, just a little simple. The sourness is a little more mild than I'd like too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, maybe a little thin. It's crisp though, and easy to drink.

A nice drink for the summer, though a bit disappointing. I would have liked more pronounced flavors.

rodkin, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Kopfschuss, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

GehenHerzog, May 19, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing orange color with a thin bone white head.

S: Lots of tropical fruit sweetness. Not a ton of lychee though. Lots of lemon and mango with maybe a hint of guava. A good but of bretty funk as well.

T: A good snap of lemony tartness upfront with some lychee, lemon, apple cider vinegar and some oak. Citrusy bite on the end. A bit of a drying fiinish. Really tasty stuff.

notchucknorris, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Phoenix2443, May 17, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

I’ve been a big fan of the Lips of Faith series and their sour selections have been quite good thus far, so my hopes are fairly high for this, not to mention I love the lychee fruit. The pour is a nice hazy golden straw color with hints of orange and lighter yellows when held to the light. A nice stark white head sits atop the beer, about 2 fingers or so with a moderately aggressive pour, lovely webs of lacing are left behind despite the lack of head retention. The aroma is somewhat tame, a lot of funky brett in the nose, some straw and pale malts with some nice sweetness from the fruit, some what sugary, missing the cinnamon unfortunately, but the nose is still nice and light, very inviting. The flavors follow the nose nicely, the brett and funk character is quick to greet the tongue followed by an impressive amount of the lychee fruit, especially as it warms. Still missing the cinnamon but the sweetness from the fruit is plenty for me that I fear the cinnamon flavors would be a bit too much, but the level of total sweetness the beer has is perfect for me. It’s not sour, but it has a nice tartness to it with just enough carbonation to keep it prickly but still retains a nice smoothness.

Verdict: Pleasant sour from New Belgium, it might not be in same category as La Folie or Le Terroir, but it works really well. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon which is a bit of a bummer as it was a highlighted ingredient but this is certainly one to check out, especially on a nice warm summer night.

kevanb, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

ithinkimasofa, May 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SlowWideTurns, May 16, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I don't know why I would expect a beer to be dark simply because it talks about this percentage aged, and that percentage brewed with... but I thought it would be, and was quite surprised when this very blonde ale flowed from the bottle. The head was a very fizzy white (and quite loud, as well!) which formed about a half-finger tall and then almost immediately pulled back to nothing. Maybe it was the glass, but it was a bit odd. A little more unusual was that I poured it into a Delerium Tremens snifter, and the little nucleation elephant caused a little sheet of head to re-form.

S + T: Having never tried a lychee, I don't really know what to expect as far as aroma and flavor go. Wikipedia tells me that it should have a "perfume" flavor, and this seems wickedly unpleasant as far as things that I might want to put in my mouth. The scent is rather sweet, though... not like any 'fruit' I can think of off the top of my head, along with a whiff of that typical barnyard-like aroma of wild yeast. A nice tart flavor, again, with a bit of added sweetness that is different from what I experience in things like a Flemish red or oude bruin. What I find particularly surprising is that I am really not picking up a lot of specific oak notes. That's not really a bad thing... it's just not what I expected.

M + D: Medium bodied... carbonation could have been a hair 'crisper' to give it that really nice, lip-smacking sensation that I tend to love in a tart beer. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable brew, and I do intend on enjoying it again.

Proteus93, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

MarkyMOD, May 15, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a cloudy, deep hazed orange color. A two finger bubbly white head rises in a second, and noisily recedes to a ring. A light cap sticks throughout. Not much lace is left behind however.
S: Ripe orange and passion fruit. Apple cider, tart and acidic. I really like the nose.
T: Tart and acidic. Some fruits that are very nice. Orange, mango, apple cider are all there, but a little muddled. Grainy malts. I really like it, I just wish the fruits were a bit brighter.
M/D: A medium body and very effervescent. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Really enjoyable to sip on. A nice puckering that makes me want to keep taking sips.

Very well made. Maybe not my favorite Wild Ale by New Belgium, but very good in its own right. I will be drinking more of these while places still have it on tap and in bottles around town.

champ103, May 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Lob, May 14, 2012
Photo of timtim
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a kind of glowing, white gold apple juice color with a small, white head that faded pretty quickly and left a tiny bit of lace. nose definitely hints at tart, but for me, it leans way way more towards sweet. fortunately, it seems to come off as juicy sweet, not sugary sweet. lychee up front big time with earthy funk and a touch of spice is what i get. taste gives me just what i thought. sort of a muddled lychee, brett and spice taste. i don't think it is very complex, but instead of just being palate-searingly sour, it balances itself and dries itself out a bit. medium body with a soft feel that falls just a tiny bit flat. a little muddy as well, but finish leaves no unpleasant aftertastes. not a bad beer by any means. quite refreshing and the alcohol is well disguised. per the name, i was hoping for more tart (i see a lot of reviewers think it was extremely tart... recepie variation or different batch?). i was also hoping for more oomph and more complexity. was excited to try this one, so perhaps my expectations got the best of me.

timtim, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

chebode2, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Lorihall1, May 13, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.