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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Tart Lychee pours a sun-drenched golden straw color, with a well-formed off-white cap that fades over the course of the glass. It is visibly hazy.

The aroma is tropical fruit, with tart lychee coming through a little bit, lemon, and a bit of vanilla.

The flavor starts with a little bit of fruit sweetness. A light malt malt sets the stage for lychee, lemon, vanilla, and a bit of oak. Overall the flavor is slightly tart, but not overly sour. As this is a fresh bottle, I would expect it to sour up (and improve) over time.

This lacks the mouth-puckering sour character that I really like to see in my sours, but it has a pleasant flavor to it overall. The sweet and sour interact well, tasting like a mellow gueuze with some lychee added. The body falls in the middle of the spectrum for an American sour, and the carbonation does as well.

Lychee is one of my favorite fruits, and I definitely got a bit of the flavor coming through in each sip. I would prefer to have a stronger fruit presence or a more sour beer, or both.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Anonymous1, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

bird22, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

illidurit, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TobiasG, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Juuroumaru, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mattboyer182, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet, juicy, and fairly tart fruit driven aroma. Big fruit esters throughout with hints of cherries, berries, lychee, pear, apple, and citrus orange and lemon. Yeasty with funky hints of Brett and some cinnamon spice. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cracker, oat, and biscuit. Also some hints of candied sugars, honey, and wood. Fairly earthy with hints of grassy hops. Tart and sweet smelling but balanced. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, sweet, and juicy fruit and wheat driven taste with some funk and spice. Big taste of fruits with notes of cherries, lychee, berries, apple, pear, and some citrus orange and lemon. Notes of funk and Brett along with some cinnamon and clove spice. Some wood taste and notes of candied sugar and honey. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, grains, cracker, biscuit, and oats. Background notes of earthy hops with some notes of grass. Sweet but not overly syrupy or cloying. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat syrupy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a wild/sour ale. Good balance of fruity sweetness, tartness, and spice.

MattyG85, Jun 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

22 oz bomber pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is quite sour, exciting! Definitely get some light lychee syrup aroma and the cinnamon is there too. Clever, this one is.

Ehhh, this one doesnt come together quite right on the flavor. It is nowhere near as sour as it smelled and the cinnamon and sourness clash, for me at least. An odd tart, back-of-the-throat fruitiness comes out as well that I am not a big fan of. It's not too bad, but after the mouth-watering aroma I am let down. If they could have bumped up the sour power and just left the cinnamon off altogether, I think we'd have something.

twiggamortis420, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

RayOhioFelton, Jun 15, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a somewhat modest head that leaves quite a pattern behind

Smell: Lactic and fruity, with pear, lychee and cinnamon components - slightly sweet, slightly tart and tingly from the cinnamon spice

Taste: Woody, with tart fruit flavors up front; pear, melon, lychee and a bit of citrus pith; by mid-palate, the cinnamon develops (particularly as the beer warms); the finish is dry, oaky and Bretty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A very interesting experiment - glad I tasted it but not sure I would seek it out again; the combination of flavors just isn't doing it for me

brentk56, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

millerbuffoon, Jun 09, 2013
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bahnfire, Jun 07, 2013
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Rihup, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

lernerlift, May 05, 2013
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djs467, Apr 30, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.