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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

648 Ratings
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 47
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%

rmaste6282, May 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this in bottles in Texas.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is has quite a bit of fruit (I assume that is the lychee) as well as a hint of cinnamon and a bit of wheat and tartness. The flavor has some nice tart lychee and tropical fruit notes, as well as some wheat, cinnamon and a hint of oak and sourness. A mild, easy drinking sour ale that doesn't appear to be anywhere near 7.5 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 25, 2012
Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

beerFool28607, May 24, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy light amber orangish color with a small half finger of a head that holds some sketchy retention but it's there and a snipple of lacing.

S= The smell is interesting. A nice tartness comes through the nose right away. An acetic vinegar sort of tartness to it. Cinnamon may be making a small appearance but it light as well as the lychee. Lychee doesn't really have much of an aroma and the flavor is sort of candy sweet so it should be interesting to see how the taste goes. The oak is missing completely in the nose.

T= The sourness comes through mostly with a nice tart punch. The sourness seems to be less vinegar and a little more lactic now... The Lychee is totally lost in the flavor and the cinnamon comes through in the finish to sort of complement the wheaty malts. The oak is again lost in the flavors but it seems to work.

M= Maybe a little light on carbonation for a sour.

O= I've worked in a gourmet produce area before and I know a lot of strange produce. Lychee looks and feels like an eyeball in your mouth but the flavor isn't bad. The pit makes the difficult to eat and sort of takes the joy out of it for me... Putting something like that in a beer is pure genius. This however doesn't do the lychee justice. It's almost like they did it for the sake of doing it. Let the lychee play a role instead of killing it's subtle flavor with tartness. The cinnamon addition is great but again let it come through a little more. Solid beer and a nice step outside the box. Keep the experiments going because they make drinking beer fun though.

jjanega08, May 24, 2012
Photo of dorf
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

dorf, May 24, 2012
Photo of Guinness3000
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow - When I first had Tart Lychee on tap two years ago, I thought it was the best beer I had ever had. I've been drinking craft beer for 22 years, and making it for 3 - so I don't say this lightly. I had reached out to them to find out that it was a one-time only production and because they had to use an expensive 3,000 lbs of lychees for the batch - it would never be made again. What made it so good was the great journey it took you on - from the extreme sweetness on first smell, to the extreme tartness on the finish. I'd never had a beer that had that wide a range between the two.

When I first heard about TL being released in bottles, I ran out to stores till I found one that had it and bought the only case they had. As soon as I was able to cool it down enough, I popped it open to sample it.

In the vein of being constructive, I will say that it is a pleasant enough beer to drink. In the vein of being truthful, I will say that I could not have been more disappointed in the massive difference between the first release and this one. They are NOT the same beer, they just share the same name. The extreme 'lychee' nose is gone, the extreme tartness at the finish with it.

This is a pleasant enough sour ale that can fit in with most average sours one can find at stores. I would really like to know what was behind the recipe change. I would prefer to have paid 2X for the original than the $11/bottle I paid for this one.

Any info. on this is much appreciated.

Guinness3000, May 22, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky strawberry blonde color with a medium-large white fluffy head that takes a little time to diminish. Scent is quite tart with some vinegar notes and lychee fruit. More tart than I was expecting the nose to be. A bit of grapefruit with a lot of oak as well. Taste is lychee fruit up front, immediately followed by subtle tartness and acidity. Not nearly as sour as the nose made it seem it would be, but just pleasantly tart. A very good example of a gateway beer for people trying to get into sours. Nice oak with some citrus as well. The cinnamon is definitely there, especially lingering on the roof of the mouth…but not too much cinnamon. This beer is actually quite complex. Some nice sweet peach flavors as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied, could use a little work in this department…a little tart and slightly spicy. Overall, this is good beer that is basically along the lines of most Berliner weisses when it comes to tart/sour. Great gateway beer and surprisingly complex.

DovaliHops, May 22, 2012
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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
Photo of AndyTaylor
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
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Kopfschuss, May 19, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
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
Photo of Phoenix2443
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
Photo of SlowWideTurns
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SlowWideTurns, May 16, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.