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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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89
very good

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
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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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-16-2012 05:08:57 | More by teddyarrowhead
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-28-2014 00:59:54 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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djre4orm

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-04-2012 16:24:31 | More by djre4orm
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akang

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-07-2014 18:53:11 | More by akang
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-13-2012 07:48:09 | More by pixieskid
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aubrey


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-04-2012 04:18:31 | More by aubrey
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boogercrack

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-22-2012 14:01:35 | More by boogercrack
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-07-2013 00:56:24 | More by BeerThursdays
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CoolEthan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-10-2014 03:18:26 | More by CoolEthan
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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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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-06-2012 23:30:19 | More by jbaker67
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-14-2012 19:02:37 | More by savagepm
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

02-22-2013 22:32:55 | More by BigTrubble
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-21-2012 22:53:16 | More by BeerOps
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cozybueno

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-13-2012 02:26:13 | More by cozybueno
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DrLaFollette

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-30-2012 14:10:19 | More by DrLaFollette
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archero

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-18-2012 07:58:15 | More by archero
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roblund

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-10-2012 14:20:43 | More by roblund
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Looks like a pulpy orange mimosa with a steady soufflé head of foam on top that slowly sinks, leaving residual delicate lacing in the glass.

Sweet tropical fruit and light acidic tartness, maybe some wet stone minerality. Somewhat mild but pleasant.

Medium bodied with a flash of sweet fruit up front, tart crisp middle and semi-dry aftertaste. Tastes much like a mimosa or fruit punch. Not much in the way of barrel nuance, wild yeast, or bacterial funk. Pretty summery and refreshing however... just somewhat one-dimensional. Drop in a lime zest if you feel adventurous.

Compared to the sour draft version served at festivals a few years ago, the bottled version is a bit tamer... same story to some degree with Eric's and Le Terroir. Seems like a marketing move to release a milder blend to make it more palatable to a wider audience.

05-10-2012 00:02:06 | More by emerge077
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Hazy bright straw gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a bubbly collar and ultra-thin lace almost instantly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Funky fruity hay. Bright pseudo-citrus fused with a minor melon and fleshy pear/peach, which I assume is lychee. Mild undercurrent of cinnamon. A bit of sweet spice. Citric sour with a nice layer of yeasty funk. Some minor touches of oak add a mild earthiness that smooths out some of the brighter edges. Lemons and a touch of pale malt. Almost like a mild tropical cobbler. Some bready streusel.

Taste: Powdery yeast. Oak and cinnamon jump over the fruit. Mealy and tropical citrus. Lychee is weird fruit. Cinnamon is more sweet than spicy. Some nice pale malts. Layers of musty grass. Earthy in small measure. Weirdness. Oaky fruit. Underripe peach. Vaguely tropical. Minor citric sour. Pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. Carbonation is bubbly without being high. Incredibly clean.

Overall: Incredibly odd fruit. One of a kind.

Lacks some of the depth of other Lips of Faith beers, but it has a unique quality. Punch up the funk/sour and this would be crazy good.

09-16-2012 00:44:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep orange with a white head. Acidity quickly dissolves the head and leaves just a thin ring within seconds. Big nose of tart tropical fruit and mild wood. Taste is very light. Mildly astringent. The oak doesn't come through as much as I'd like, but it does come through a little more on the backside. Good mouthfeel. Not too dry, but just right. Pretty good beer and nicely priced compared to other sours.

07-14-2012 01:24:37 | More by Koufax21
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

New Belgium Tart Lychee

New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee. 56% ale aged in oak. 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon. Alc 7.5% ABV.

Thoroughly clouded pale amber/ straw, under milk white foam.

Aromatics: heavy sour, crazy funk, with plenty of wild fruit. I have to admit that I'm not that familiar with lychee, in any of it's incarnations. Cinnamon is here, laying below the fruit and the funk.

Taste: Boomshakalakka! Big, fat blast of sour/wild/funk, with fruit below, among the wood, and sweetness slipping in. It continues like this in a fabulous fandango. Tart and sweet, sour and fruit, cha cha cha. Little bit of bitterness. lots of malt and yeast. Very refreshing and flavorful.

Full-bodied, long, bitter/sour/sweet finish, a unique and complex creation. On the other hand, I can't say how many of these I could enjoy without being exhausted from the effort or needing some diversion from the experience. Oak meets fruit and spice. I like it…to a point.

Let's see what they say about it: "To sweet and sour! In celebration of one of the greatest combinations ever, lychee fruit brings tropical sweetness to the party, hosted by felix, our golden wood-aged sour beer. . Cinnamon sticks were invited to spice things up and so are you! Get in on the tasty revelry that is tart lychee!"

They've got to get a new writer on these things.

06-25-2012 08:41:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

06-12-2013 21:39:25 | More by brentk56
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tclipse

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

08-18-2014 11:33:58 | More by tclipse
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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