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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of zeledonia
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy medium straw yellow, with one finger of fizzy white head. Head doesn't last long, and neither does any lacing.

Smell starts out with mostly lemon tart. I get that fleshy-pulpy, juicy-sweet fruit in the second wave. The lychee really doesn't add much here, IMO, and the rest of the beer is only a bit above average.

Taste is better, thanks to a finer balance between the sour and the sweet. The lychee fruit is more present here, with all its unique sugary chewy goodness. The sour is potent but not mouth-puckering. A very well-balanced, tasty sour.

Medium-light body. At first, I'm waiting for the carbonation, but then it comes on full blast, fizzy and electric. Finish is quite dry.

Overall, quite a nice beer. I actually think it would be better with the fruit character boosted up a bit. As it is, it's a fairly tart sour with a fruity background, and it all comes together pretty darn well. Tasty and refreshing.

zeledonia, May 07, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky yellow-orange that somewhat resembles orange juice. Luckily, there is a sustained thin white cap to avoid confusion.

Smell: Very tart with cider, oak and vinegar. Some ripe fruitiness, but muted.

Taste: Starts off tart and sour, with apple cider, vinegar and oak. Then a sweet, fleshy, overripe fruitiness builds and builds that I assume is from the lychee. This seemed overpowering at first, but it settled down, and commingled nicely with the tartness. The cinnamon is just barely there on the finish, providing a subtle extra layer.

Feel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart finish.

Overall: More than the sum of its parts. This is a nicely balanced sweet and sour ale that makes me curious to try lychee.

bsp77, May 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

new lips of faith series brew. this is everything i like in a sour. pours a surprisingly cloudy pale yellow wheaty color, with a one inch white fizzy head. smell is interesting, definitely tart and citric, like pink grapefruit and lemons. also some brett style sour notes. flavor is very very sour, but also tart as the name suggests. its quite acidic and puckery, but not as dry as some of them. there are fruity notes which i have to assume are from the lychees, and even a hint of oak. it says brewed with cinnamon, but i cant pick it up in either the smell or the taste, maybe just a touch in the finish, but it is definitely quite understated. i really love the feel of this beer, effervescent carbonation, medium body, and all kinds of attitude. the tartness is a welcomed addition to the sour beer palate, and this may well be my favorite lips of faith brew to date. i enjoyed it with some smoked asian chicken thighs over a spinach red cabbage mango salad. really a nice early summer beer.

StonedTrippin, May 06, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

kspongeworthy, May 06, 2012
Photo of jIsh
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jIsh, May 05, 2012
Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

PuFtonLyfe, May 05, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bombers finally hit the shelves! Purchased this afternoon, poured to Duvel tulip after dinner the beer pours a cloudy pale pink orange color with a nice 1 finger light white head with some retention and lacing. The nose is a disappointment. Perhaps I poured the beer too soon and didn't allow to properly settle as the aroma is pure yeast. Nothing else is discernible past the nose. I will adjust the review with my second bottle, if need be, after additional settle time. The flavor is much, much better with a sweet fruity start that is soon complimented with a funky acidic sour, that doesn't over power but rather blends well with the sweetness. Can't pick up any cinnamon. The lychee adds a nice element to the flavor. Lighter bodied and hides the alcohol well. Finishes crisp and acidic with a lingering sweetness. Overall, this is a treat, a good beer. I am excited to try another to see about the nose, which was the only aspect I didn't enjoy.

hopfacebrew, May 04, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

JohnGalt1, May 01, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

lvoutlawjlh, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jacewg, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of emilylee
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

emilylee, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bthomas
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of zdk9
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

zdk9, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

thewimperoo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +25.9%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

AgentZero, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

thagr81us, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jsanford, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jrallen34, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mothman, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kbutler1, Oct 18, 2010
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.