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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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kojevergas

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend Brendan's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given that it's a sour beer from New Belgium; I loved La Folie.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a shite floater head of beige colour which is horribly thin and retains poorly. Colour is a murky hazy pale orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy lychee - I mean hot damn, hello Lychee. Slight spice; cinnamon isn't distinct but could be present. Sweet, syrupy, and appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy lychee mixed with a strange off-cinnamon note alongside a syrupy juicy character. I like the spice, which comes on the climax - but it's a touch too earthy, and feels rather indistinct. Some mild citrus ester hops. Too sweet on the finish. Not complex or horribly subtle, but enjoyable for what it is. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Not really sour. Somewhat tart, but not as much as they'd have us believe.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit overcarbonated. Thick enough, but too syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but too sweet. I might try it on draught, but it's rather pricey for its limited quality. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but it's far from great.

C+

05-29-2012 04:23:06 | More by kojevergas
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

I wanted to try this, but not so badly that I was ready to pay $9 or so for it. Then, I got to try this at the Lost Abbey tasting last night. Thanks, Jamie!

Light yellow/orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring rather quickly. The nose is sugary, mildly tart with a nice lychee aroma. Sourness is minimal, and this smells dusty, Bretty and mildly melony. The palate opens with melon sweetness, sweet and ripe lychees and floral notes. Stale pale base malt is noticeable. Light in body, moderately carbonated, a little too much IMO. Drying, clean finish. Decent.

07-03-2012 00:41:42 | More by DefenCorps
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thin, almost non-existent white head of half a finger. The head disappears almost instantly.

S - Sweet fruit, funky and tart yeast, pale malts, and heavy sugars. Light, indistinct spice. Pungent.

T - Light fresh fruit are countered well by lively tart yeast. Lychee is ever present. No hops characteristics to speak of. Orange zest and other light citrus. Refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, thick, and well carbonated. It's ok at best.

D - It's a good attempt, though New Belgium produces far better sour. I'd pass on it in the future.

05-29-2012 04:22:17 | More by blakelive784
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%

A: The beer pours into my New Belgium globe a very hazy yellow color with only hints of a bubbly white head. The head is more of a fizz than your typical head on a beer. The bicycle etching at the bottom of the glass keeps the bubbles flowing, but still can't retain anything up top.

S: Tart Lychee smells a bit wheaty with some cinnamon and other spices. I do smell the distinct aroma of lychee, but it isn't overly focused on the fruit. Hints of tartness come out, but it focuses more on barnyard funk instead.

T: The taste focuses more on tartness, but the barnyard funk, spice, and wheat still play a large role. The lychee taste has sort of disappear for the most part. It really only is noted at the backend and on the aftertaste. Albeit, lychee doesn't have a big taste, but it definitely is distinctive and I think the tartness and funk has taken it over. It's not much more than an average tasting American Wild Ale.

MF: Light body and not as undercarbonated as I thought from the pour. The beer has a nice twinge on the palate. Easily drinkable, the spices and aftertaste got old by the end of the 22oz bottle.

O: This was a bit of a let down. Some of New Belgium's sours are outstanding, this was just average. If you like lychee, like I do, you'll probably enjoy this, but overall it isn't great. This would be a good gateway sour for somebody trying to make the leap.

08-30-2012 21:42:23 | More by russwbeck
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morimech

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Hazy golden color with a quickly rising and disapating head. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of tart lychee and sourdough bread. Some very mild funkiness rounds things out.

Mildly tart and acidic. Flavor of lychee and bready malt. I do not taste cinnamon but there is some warmth in the finish. Somewhat dry. Rather basic and pedestrian.

The beer lost most of its carbonation in the pour. Lacks the life to make acidic beers pop. Surprisingly light body for the ABV.

Rather disappointing beer considering barrel-aging and price.

05-26-2012 19:16:45 | More by morimech
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tencents

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-10-2012 22:38:07 | More by tencents
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

02-14-2013 22:42:28 | More by chippo33
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

07-02-2013 14:53:00 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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dorf

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

05-24-2012 00:05:05 | More by dorf
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-22-2014 02:11:16 | More by kvgomps
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-04-2012 20:04:44 | More by baybum
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StoutIrish

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

09-11-2012 01:04:00 | More by StoutIrish
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fellowrs

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

02-10-2014 16:01:53 | More by fellowrs
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

02-18-2013 00:26:01 | More by popery
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

03-06-2014 21:27:21 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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suspect

New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to a sticky, foamy 2 finger pure white head. Lacing is consistently spotty.

S: Nose is decent if not overwhelming. Hay, grass, lemon, orange zest, a small bit of funk lead to a pretty nice nose but I really had to go searching for it.

T: Not as "tart" as the name lead me on to be. Brings a nice balanced approach to the flavor but it's pretty underwhleming altogether as a sour.

M: Okay feel...does't make me pucker like I want my sours to do.

O: Pretty average sour. Certainly not anything to write home about.

09-25-2012 01:32:53 | More by suspect
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RickS95

Indiana

3.34/5  rDev -15.9%

Apricot colored pour, fairly clearish, and almost no head. Mostly non-descript because the head is so meager. There's no retention and what's there is quickly relegated to the perimeter. Little lace. Disappointing.

There's redemption in the nose as its bursting with smells. "Sour" and cinnamon are dominant. I'm not sure what a lychee even is, but there's something strange in there. Overall, the scent is very American Wild Ale-like.

Without knowing what lychee tastes like, I can't comment on it but there's something very unusual and sour in the taste. My whole mouth puckers and I can't really pick up anything individually. The taste isn't bad, it's just hard to define and the sour is fairly overpowering.

Very kriek-ish. Sour and tart ruined my palate. My pucker taste buds worked overtime to down the bottle. Very crisp and exceptionally dry. The pucker factor is high. Despite the crisp, dry finish, my mouth won't stop watering.

Certainly an acquired taste. I can't express the complexity of this. There's so much flavor, but it's hard to differentiate one ingredient from another because of the sourness. It's not smooth and it doesn't go down easy. However, your palate is certainly cleansed after each sip.

12-23-2013 04:00:30 | More by RickS95
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socon67

New York

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

On tap at Hop Leaf in Chicago

A - Pours yellow\orange with visible carboantion and a thin foam.

S - Smells of Brett and tart cherries. Is this what lychee smells like? Has a bit of a musty, funky smell.

T - Tartness is clearly there, and intense. This is a beer that puckers your mouth. Flavors of tart fruit is right there. Lemons, limes, kiwi, and sour cherry. A fruit boel in a glass.

M - Sorry, didn't find this all that drinkable. While the novelty is cool, this is a one trick pony and not as good as other wild ales I've found smoother to drink. Carbonation feels a bit heavy, like champagne.

O - Fun to try, but I wouldn't bother again.

08-01-2012 02:50:34 | More by socon67
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WQuirk


3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

I was initially attracted to the bottle of this beer, that's why i picked it up. I also am a fan of NB brewery. overall this is an interesting beer, reminds me of a cider. Don't like the after taste. Love the colour, reminds me of a summer beer. I think I've decided that oak aged beers aren't quite my favourite. Very clean and crisp in taste and in colour.

08-15-2012 02:11:12 | More by WQuirk
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

22oz bomber into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

.5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale pear color. Lacing is patchy and thick with no cling. A bit poor on all fronts for the style.

Nose is slightly sweet with some yeast and cane sugar notes. Some very mellow tartness (which I can't attribute to anything distinct) lingers in the back. Very very mellow.

Opens sweet with a spiciness upfront. A flavor that I'm guessing is lychee sweetness in the middle. Brett in the back that's overpowered by the sweetness. Some cinnamon notes in the end coupled with a brief tartness. Brett with a sweet sour aftertaste. Decent but a touch one-dimensional. The fruit is barely noticeable.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and effervescent in the mouth and slick and messy in the finish. Lingering aftertaste. Really refreshing and easy drinking.

Lychee fruit is one of my favorites so naturally, I was very excited when this beer first got made. Sadly, the fruit flavors are a bit lost in this beer and all that's left is a big, sweet brew with a slight hint of tartness at the beginning and end. Decent but I'm a bit disappointed since my expectations were rather high.

07-11-2012 22:55:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

Pours hazy light orange with a small white head dissipating nearly immediately. Little lacing.

Tart apple and lemon along with a generic berry aroma that from my limited experience with the fruit is probably lychee. A little bit of an earthy funk as well.

Lychee, apple and lemon in the flavor as well. Funkiness is a bit subdued and some oak makes it's presence. Definitely tart although perhaps a bit too much brett as it distracts from the fruit flavors a bit. Finishes dry.

Medium body and carbonation. Dry tart finish.

I enjoyed it, but as far as sours go, it's nothing special. Not sure why Bloomington never got any of this since we usually get all the other lof series, but glad I got to try it.

10-29-2012 17:41:20 | More by jmarsh123
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

About 3 oz. out of 22 oz. poured into a tasting snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Not much head, which isn't surprising given the serving size, but the retention of what head there is isn't very impressive.

S: Quite a bit of cinnamon in general, to the point where it wins out over the tropical fruit notes and mild tartness. Decent enough.

T: The flavor is more balanced. The cinnamon takes a back seat behind a more pleasant wall of light sourness and tropical fruits. Kind of sweet, but very enjoyable.

M: Drier than its initial sweet nature would indicate. The finish gradually builds a touch of tartness in conjunction with the dryness to help balance the sweetness. It's very well carbonated, as well.

O: I want more tartness, but it's still pretty damn good. A nice beer to drink in warm weather.

10-21-2012 01:19:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Tart lychee is a good, drinkable beer, but it is neither very tart or laden with lychee flavor, despite the name. The sourness could be amplified substantially, as could the lychee, and this would only improve the beer. As it stands, the recipe is unfortunately fairly average in both these respects, and while this could serve as a good "gateway" sour, I'm not sure that the introductory crowd would be pleased with it, either.

Pours a thin, just off-white head of small bubbles, which rapidly dissipates to a very fine cap atop the beer's body, holes appearing in the cap here and there as time passes. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few streaks that stick to the side of the glass, renewed with every swirl and sip. Body is a cloudy orange-brown (perhaps a dirty copper) color when away from light, a pale yellow exterior with orange interior when held to light. Visible carbonation streams, fairly vigorous, small in bubble size.

Aroma primarily of soured malt (put some grains in water, leave them for a few days, and you'll have this smell), with some sweet lychee in the background. Not a very complex or deep aroma, disappointing.

Front of palate picks up sweet, raspberry-like lychee fruit flavor with only a hint of tartness. Tartness increases by mid-palate, encompassing the soured malt that was present in the aroma alongside less-powerful lychee flavor and a slight breadiness. Back of palate detects some tartness along with raspberry/strawberry-type lychee influence. The Ceylon cinnamon is detectable in the close and aftertaste, and is quite enjoyable, giving this an earthy, slightly spicy close. Ceylon is more delicate than the typical Cassia cinnamon, and that delicate nature is definitely obvious in the timidness of the cinnamon here: it's noticeable, but not abundantly noticeable. Aftertaste is of bready malt, subtle Cassia cinnamon, and light residual tartness. While I enjoyed the flavors, none of them were particularly bold or astounding; this could have used more sour character and more lychee, while the cinnamon came across as more of an afterthought.

Beer is medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation at first, which then subsides and leaves the beer feeling fairly smooth on the palate. Finish is semi-dry, with a fair amount of stickiness around the edges of the mouth.

05-31-2012 19:19:56 | More by falloutsnow
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

11-02-2009 05:29:02 | More by SPThirtyThree
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Auracom

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

On-tap at MSCM. 12 oz. served in a snifter on September 9th, 2012.

A - Look almost exactly like The Bruery's Mother Funker. Super hazy peach coloring with absolutely no head, retention, or lacing.

S - Lychee fruit, which is softly sweet. Underneath is light spice, mango, banana, and honey baked bread.

T - Mild tartness, tangy lychee citrus, light vinegar acidity, sweet almost papaya like fruit flavor.

M - Light body, light to moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The tanginess of this is unique and would make me revisit. Overall quite refreshing.

09-24-2012 15:44:16 | More by Auracom
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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