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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of callmescraps
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

callmescraps, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SShelly, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ccrida, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

olympuszymurgus, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's. Poured into NB tulip/snifter.

A - Pours a darker orangish/reddish color with a white head. There's little to no retention and no lacing to speak of.

S - More sweet then sour, but still a good nose. Tart/sour, lots of fruity sweetness, funk.

T - Similar to nose. More sweet then sour, but still funky.

M - Light, crisp, lighter carbonation then I prefer.

D - Nice because it's not quite as funky as the La Terroir and a bit easier to drink.

Sean9689, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of botham
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago for the pre-FoBAB party. pours a hazy orangish amber with no head and the look of apple cider.

aroma is of acidic and vinous sourness with a subtle fruit character (most likely the lychee). there is a subtle sweetness that is right alongside the sour note.

taste is more of the same with a vinous and acidic sourness that is quite tart. the fruit imparts a sweetness that works to combat the sour notes, but fails miserably (definitely a good thing!).

mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, vinous, tart and sour. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. quite sour with a tart character that adds to the overall experience. solid drinkability as well. cheers!

botham, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Trinity for getting a keg of this.

Pours a glowing, hazy orange with a tan head.

Nose has tart citrus, funky yeast, oak and sweet tropical fruits. Quite bright.

Taste has ripe tropical fruits, barnyard funk, wood, earthy spices and a sour yeast presence.

Full yet crisp, nicely carbonated and quite easy to drink.

Another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Right up there with Folie and Terroir.

rye726, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draught House 41st Anniversary party.

Pours with the cloudiness and color of a banana-smoothie. Headless, except for a scant wisp of foam that dissipates quickly into the murky depths below. The aroma immediately makes up for what the appearance lacks, delivering a tart blend of pineapple, mango, and sweet cherries. A hint of lactic acid and pale malts in the background make for a solid, enticing nose.

Admittedly, I'm not the hugest sour ale fan. But this beer is good...really good. Lots of citrus fruits on the front of the palate, with suggestions of tangerine and grapefruit. A spicy, tropical fruit mix rides across the back of the tongue before a puckering bite of sourness sweeps in for the finish. Perfect mouthfeel, with a medium-thin body and a tight carbonation level. Juicy finish, not as dry as most Wild Ales (which I like). Overall, another insanely impressive sour from New Belgium. These guys know how to make 'em...

wagenvolks, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of beertooth
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's Pre-FoBAB party. Served in a tulip/goblet glass. Review is from notes. I sipped this while listening to Lauren Salazar talk about how it was made.

This beer is an extremely hazy, pulpy looking apricot orange juice colored liquid with little floaties. There is no head and no lacing.

The nose is sour fruit, lychees, soggy wood, a tiny bit of funk. There's a bit of an acidic lacto twang as well. One of the more interesting and odd smelling beers that I've come across that actually excited me.

The first sip is a punch of sweet and sour lychee berries. Musty wood and sour funk. Really acidic citrus and lacto with a puckering twang that sticks you in the cheek. It finishes very dry and peppery and it's extremely quenching.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with no carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer and was very impressed with it. If they bottled this it could give a lot of other fruited sours a run for their money.

beertooth, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was fortunate enough to be at the debut of this beer outside of the brewery and GABF...

A: The cloudiest professional-made beer I have ever encountered. Russet-colored, with virtually no head. Frankly, this beer looks like muddy, red Oklahoma lake water; although, as Eric and Lauren Salazar explained, the Lychee extract was milky and opaque, so I suppose it is justifiable.

S: Strongly sour, with sharp Bret pang, followed by pear-like scents, and some faint spiciness.

T: More sour than expected. Strong hints of pear, pomegranate, and cinnamon. The Schisandra shines through with salty and bitter flavors. Also some cinnamon hints at the finish.

M: Puckeringly sour.

D: Medium-high. The pear flavors are tasty, but the sourness limits the drinkability.

SPThirtyThree, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at NB. Pours a mostly cloudy amber but more orangey color. Some limited foam but poor retention and lacing through the tasting. Not familiar with lychee at all so this should be interesting.

The nose has a nice mix of fruit and light malt character. The fruit notes come out with a more mango and pineapple mixture. Some light white grape and a minimal citrus note. Very unique. The malt comes out lightly with some hints of bready and biscuit notes. A light yeast note but mostly very clean.

The taste is similar but there is a nice tartness that hints of a slight sourness. The fruit is a bit more distinct in the taste. A light tropical citrus fruit combo. Almost like a honey dew, mango and pineapple mixture. Maybe a hint of peaches as well. A nice tartness brings out an almost vanilla like note to the beer. The malt is balanced very well with more of a bready belgain pale ale thing going on. The yeast has a light Belgian character but is very clean.

The body is between moderate and light but there is a lingering sweetness that is a bit much. Carbonation is very limited and could have helped to balance out the sweetness. Overall very interesting beer with a nice clean taste and easy drinking but could use more carbonation.

Oxymoron, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very hazy orange, not unlike white grapefruit juice, small smattering of bubbles.

S: Fruit cocktail, peach, mango, a tropical smell.

T: Great flavours of lychee fruit and mango. I've never had lychee fruit, so I'm not sure of the exact characteristics, but mango was definitely there, apricot, grapefruit (the fruit, not a hop flavour).

M: Moderate acidity, thin/light body, nice enough.

D: The direct fruit flavours of this sour make it endlessly drinkable if not too complex. Pretend you're on a beach in the Bahamas.

Halcyondays, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly the most unique brew at the Sour Fest.

Pours an insanely cloudy orange-ish golden brown. Looks like unfiltered fruit juice. No head. Smells like some sort of sweet fruit. I guess that's lychee. Also some wood tones and a bit of spiciness in the nose. With some trepidation, I tilted it back.

And really enjoyed it. It offered blessed relief from the crushing, crushing heat. Sweet, but with an interesting undercurrent of sour, almost unripe fruit. Quite balanced. More spice and wood in the flavor. This was very nice. Wish I could buy some in bottle form.

Could use some more carbonation, though.

Overlord, Jul 20, 2009
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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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