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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

634 Ratings
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

22 out of the Lips of Faith line.. Picked up sometime late last week for I think $9ish... Seems pricey.. Poured into my slim tulip ... short lasting white head.. not much in the way of lacing.. the brew is a muddy golden..

Nose is big and fruity.. plenty of sour.. light funkiness... green apple (sort of) and underripe plum... honestly I have no idea what a Lychee smells or tastes like. Not getting any oak or cinnamon.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with an underlying tropical note that I am unfamiliar with.. cinnamon is slightly more prevalent but it is just an odd addition as the brew warms up... a bit lemony..

A little thicker than I would expect... carbonation is there, but never attempts to rearm the lacing or head.

Honestly, pretty good... I would hope for something that I associate with "funk" a whole bunch more.. not much in the way of Brett.. pedio... lactobacillus... etc.. Still is nicely sour.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

05-01-2012 03:57:30 | More by JohnGalt1
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-29-2012 18:01:32 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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antoines15

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-16-2012 00:46:05 | More by antoines15
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-28-2012 17:05:59 | More by jacewg
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2%

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a fairly-hazy light peach color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing and a thin collar.

Some fresh lychee and moderate acidity comes through the first whiff. Behind that is some light bready Brett. The flavor adds in quite a bit of acidity and a really nice lychee presence. I don't taste the cinnamon at all. I don't really care, as I dont think that would add to the beer at all.

Body is light with mild bit of funk plus pretty-prominent fruit and a really nice acidity. Really enjoyable. I'm glad I finally got to try this one.

03-26-2012 23:15:30 | More by Thorpe429
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emilylee

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-23-2012 23:54:30 | More by emilylee
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bthomas

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-01-2012 10:21:14 | More by bthomas
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2012 01:30:36 | More by imperialking
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zdk9

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

A- Super cloudy sewer water orange- it's an orange that hints at tints of grey but the tint is closer to roses. Barely any head and all of it disappears almost instantly.

S- Aroma is super strong! Lots of sourness and fruitiness- really intriguing. A little floral with notes of roses and lavender but funky- green apple and pear.

T- Nice creamy tartness. Cider apple vinegar mixed with olive oil or half and half. Bits of bread peaking out here and there but a lot of sour fruit. A little spicy- cinnamon.

M- Puckery but sweet- a good balance between the two.

O- A really nice complex sour I could sip and enjoy for quite a while.

11-18-2011 04:30:56 | More by zdk9
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-15-2011 19:02:21 | More by thewimperoo
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-15-2011 15:38:04 | More by kkrez
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3%

FoBAB, from notes.

A - Hazy orangish color with some yellow on the edges. Finger of white head that had some good retention and left some fair lacing on the sides.

S - Smells like some unripened cherry, oak, vanilla, sweet spices, some acetic notes. I'm not sure what lychee is supposed to smell like exactly, so maybe it's in here somewhere and I don't realize it. Smells good though.

T - Tart, quite tart actually with a pretty sour profile that finishes with a bit of oak and vanilla. A little bit of a vinous quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - Good beer. I need to go eat some lychee (is that possible?) to see if the beer tasted like that. Pretty good beer though, and a nice American Sour.

07-26-2011 00:14:29 | More by AgentZero
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very tart green apples with hints of, wait for it, tart lychees. If I wasn't a fan of lychees and didn't know they were featured in this beer I would likely not identify them but since I'm looking it is distinct and nicely integrated. Also present are solid amounts of funk and light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more complex. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart pear and light grape flavors. Shortly thereafter the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of lychees. Midway through the sip the profile dries out and solid amounts of funk overpower the fruit flavors. The funk, lychee, and pear flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall, this beer was exactly as advertised. The lychees were more tart than expected, but then again the name is sort of a giveaway. Distinct and very much worth a shot.

03-11-2011 00:55:00 | More by glid02
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Had while at Brewvival. Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow with very slight orange tint with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal ring very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, sour fruit, and a nice Brett funkiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, big sour, slight tart, and just a hint of funky. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I must say that New Belgium brought their A-game to this event. This brew was another standout on the day for myself. Just a great example of a well balanced sour. The sourness and tartness worked in unison to not destroy your palate with or the other. A definite must try given the chance.

02-28-2011 18:48:04 | More by thagr81us
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jsanford

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. This was on my "Must Try" list, sounds like something that would be right up my alley. Supposedly a one-off (for now) experimental batch.

Pours a dark, unfiltered apple juice color with a thin white head. Nice aromas and flavors of tropical fruit (don't know if I'd pick Lychee, what the hell is that anyways? I'd go with passion fruit), lemons, oak, green apples, and tart, funky Brett. Wonderfully tart and puckering, with a medium body and crisp, sharp carbonation. Finishes dry. Very drinkable, I went back for this one a second time, and could probably have done a third. One of the highlights of the day for me!

02-27-2011 23:31:08 | More by jsanford
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

On tap at fobab...Pours a murky gold with a decent white head...The aroma is tart fruits, very acidic, a little sweetness to balance, I like it...The taste is quit similar tart acidicness, vinous notes again. Not enough sweetness comes through for me, here not quite a as successful. Something about the sourness is not grooving with me, too acidic and sharp.

A pretty good wild but that's about it.

11-15-2010 22:47:16 | More by jrallen34
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a very hazy golden orange/yellow. Tons of sediment from this growler.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vanilla, spice, cinnamon. Not much in the nose. No real oak. I can't distinguish the lychee.

Taste: Very tart and mouth puckering. A lot of lemon, sour cherries, oak. Very acidic, but in a good way. Kind of sweet. Vinegar flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Tart, mouth puckering. Lighter bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Ends a little sour and dry.

Overall, a very sour and tart beer. It is very acidic. It is somewhat drinkable, but I couldn't handle a lot of it.

10-19-2010 23:06:22 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Growler at Where the Wild Beers Are. To begin with the beer in the growler is a crazy opaque, murky sediment rich tannish orange color. As it is poured the same appearance fills the glass. It almost looks like coffee with a bunch of creamer added. No real head to speak of. The aroma is fairly muted but it does have a slight sour aroma with maybe a touch of fruit. The initial taste is much more tart/sour than I expected and leaves me slightly puckered. Acetone and fruit notes. Some what lemony with some sweetness. Light/medium mouthfeel.

10-18-2010 12:25:42 | More by kbutler1
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Reviewed 12/22/2009. On tap at Brouwer's. Poured into NB globe (0.4 L).

Ar: Floral, tart, US sour aroma (controlled funk limited sour), light perfumy sweetness

Ap: Hazy peach, light tan low head, good retention, coarse

T: Rather tart, lactic, lightly sweet end, good fruitiness, peach, pear, tropical fruit, Similar to temptation, sweet soured blonde, acetic and lactic acids, perfumy, honey/light caramel sweetness, green grape

M: Medium body, med/light carb, warming acid

O: Good sweet soured blonde, floral and fruit forward, would prefer more funk and less sweet, I like La Folie more

09-19-2010 18:21:49 | More by DaveJanssen
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with some hints of orange and a very thin white head.

S: The nose is quite tart with some noticeable fruit character, though I haven't smelled lychees often enough to positively identify their aroma. Some good green apple and lemon notes, along with a mild barnyard funk.

T: Lots of great lactic tartness and fruit flavors. Definitely some lychees, green apples, and lemons. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic and mildly funky form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness.

M: A puckering tartness along with a dry finish, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D: I've wanted to try this one for a long time now, and it lived up to my expectations. Great beer, nice balance, and complexity.

07-22-2010 06:22:10 | More by womencantsail
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%

On-tap at Belmont Station in Portland as part of Puckerfest

a - pours a bright golden amber, pretty hazy, one-inch white head, light retention and lacing, lots of bubbles continually rising throughout the glass

s - big sour apple on the aroma with lighter lychee notes, slight funkiness, decent amount of oak on the nose as well, very light hints of cinnamon that I probably wouldn't have picked out if I didn't know it was in the beer

t - tart and sour lemons and green apple up front, very acidic, tropical fruits and lychee on the midpalate and finish with more tartness, light funkiness, cinnamon isn't all that detectable on the taste, fairly dry and tart on the finish, little alcohol presense

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, tartness and acidity wears on the palate a bit, taste is interesting and there is some complexity, however

Nice surprise to find this on tap at Belmont Station. Probably the second best New Belgium beer I've tried behind the old La Folie, and definitely more intensely tart and sour than La Folie. This is kind of what I had hoped Eric's Ale would taste like. Well worth seeking this out if a keg finds its way to a bar near you.

07-13-2010 01:58:37 | More by WeisGuy
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

Enjoyed at the Goat recently. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance- I don't really have anything nice to say here. I am trying to keep the style in mind, but it still didn't look terribly appealing. It was a light, almost apple cider color. Cloudy. Not even a hint of head, and absolutely no lacing. If this was a different style this score would be much lower.

Smell- Plenty of sour apple. Some good funk. Definitely fruits. Is this what lychee smells like? Hmmm, I don't have a fresh one handy to compare. Smells like old apples left rotting in the box of a barn. A tad muted.

Taste- Tart, for sure. A nice sour apple, followed by some other fruits (probably the lychee again). The tartness is balanced by real sweetness. As it warms it gets sticky-sweet. A lot of pear as well. Almost cloying at the end. Want some more funkiness.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Gets a little syrupy after awhile.

Drinkability- Refreshing for a hot day if consumed nice and cold, much less so if consumed on a temperate day or indoors.

Pretty disappointed. I tried this again and came to the same conclusion. I just want the sour/funk to balance better with the sweetness and the fruits. I think it gets too syrupy and sweet, honestly.

02-27-2010 00:24:42 | More by callmescraps
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SShelly

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

In a tulip at the goat.

Pours an opaque orange pink color with zero head.

Light tartness and sweet blend well, leaves a fruity tartness in the mouth. Medium thin in the mouth, still tasting the tart a few minutes later.

Glad I tried this, not sure I would order it again.

02-24-2010 04:15:16 | More by SShelly
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ccrida

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -1%

On tap in a snifter, Tart Lychee is a very murky dull burnt straw with a light tan head that quickly settles, giving the beer a thick, still appearance that is frankly not very appetizing. Reminds me of yeast dregs from a beer starter.

Smell is a bit pungent, overripe/rotting fruit, hints of sweetness.

Taste is pretty good, nice lacto tartness, tropical fruit vibe, cinnamon back-current that doesn't overwhelm or stand out to strongly. Not familiar with the lychee fruit, but I assume the taste is well represented here. Clean finish, and very unique overall.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light bodied, decent carbonation, totally different then it looks, in a good way.

Drinkability is pretty good for a very unusual fruit sour. I enjoy the acidity and the general cohesion.

12-28-2009 23:02:55 | More by ccrida
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

I had a taste of the Tart Lychee at Brouwers Bigwood festival, a celebration of 60 wood aged monsters. The Tart Lychee was a surprise for me, because I really don't care for New Belgium brewing.

It poured a frightening hazy yellow, smelled of apples and oranges and citrus and citric acid, it stood with considerable carbonation but very little head, fizzy like a canned soda. The sourness could have stood up and slapped you given just a hair of sentience.

The beer was magnificent, I quickly pulled it from table rotation and snarled at any hand that tried to liberate it from my grasp. This beer restored my faith in New Belgium to produce a beer of character, a beer of distinction.

12-06-2009 00:59:05 | More by olympuszymurgus
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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