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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 662
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 48
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three year old Wild Beer blended with lychee and a touch of Ceylon cinnamon.
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Photo of Jparker37
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel oversized tulip.

A - Very hazy golden orange. Big and resilient white fizzy head. Left a healthy amount of lacing to my glass.

S - I get a little bit of tartness. Digging deep I can find that cinnamon and a touch of sweet ripe cherry. Never picked up on really any brett characters.

T - The tartness starts early and reminds me of eating underrippened raspberries straight from the bush. After that initial tartness I get a glance of light, bisquity malts. The tartness is pretty much throughout and is detectable on the sides near the back of my tongue. In the mix of it all comes some spiced flavors from the yeast. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Carbonation seems to be moderate to moderate-high, I liked the way it danced on my tongue with the flavor. Body is on the light side of moderate. The beer seemed pretty dry throughout.

O - This beer is hard to put my finger on. It could possibly use some aging to show more brett and/or sour personality. I really had to dig deep to find aroma traits other than tart berries. Flavor seemed to have complexity but never strayed too far. Great mouthfeel for this beer. Good summer beer, yet could use time to develop more flavors.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet, slightly chilled. Thanks to Aman at B&B for this recommendation.

A - Pours a murky straw yellow with a pure white head. Some lacing with minimal retention

S - sour citrus with a bit of yeasty funk, but not overpowering by any means.

T - again, fairly sour with the yeasty, malty backbone, a little funky

M - not overly carbonated, not too thick, no alcohol to speak of

O - I don't do sours too often, still trying to find my way around the style. This one was pretty good for me, makes me want to try more sours.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice beer!!!

fast fading head with little lacing

sour smell with sweet undertones

taste is sweet then sour...very nicely balanced, i don't taste the cinnamon or anything that makes it sweet but sweetness is there

feel is dry and sour

overall i could drink this beer all day and night long!

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with 2 fingers of white head that recede to a thin cap.

The smell is quite tart up front, very similar to La Folie, with a Flemish Brown, woodsy tart aroma. But as it warms the sweet fruit and spice really come out. I definitely get a tropical fruit sweetness that is distinctly lychee but not overpowering or cloying, just present. The cinnamon also adds a hint of spice to balance the sweet and tart.

The flavor is more of the same. Strongly sour but not overpoweringly so. Some complexity on the palate but not quite as much as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is nice, full without being too big. I had no problem handling the whole 22oz myself.

Overall this is a really nice sour beer, that is at least for the time being, easily available at a reasonable price point, definitely worth checking out, especially if you like lychee.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tart Lychee pours a deeply hazy light amber/yellow color. Carbonation is visible but only provides a half finger head that is gone as soon as it shows up. Reddish Amber peeks from the center when held to the light

Very similar "sour" profile to La Folie and I wouldn't be surprised if the beer used in this was aged in the same oak. There's a lightly sweet fruit scent under the sour that blends with oak and a roasty cinnamon. A nice layering effect in the scent here.

A quick flash of malt up front is chased away by the La Folie sour profile of Lacto and oak. This is followed by an almost fruit juice like sweet character that makes the whole thing go down almost too easy. The roasty cinnamon is also there in the end but not very noticeable. Tart Lychee is not as sour in the glass as it is on the nose.

Lightly dry in the mouth up front but "juicy" as it goes down . Decent carb, could have used a bit more though.

Decent but for the price, I could get a 750 of Lindemann's Cuvee Renee for a much stronger sour profile. Still, incredibly drinkable and tasty. An alright showing from Fort Collins, something about this just keeps beckoning for sips and I'll buy another if only for that effect.

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Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and enjoyed the 22oz bottle with two friends.

A – Very slight hazy deep yellow with hints of orange, has a nice fine 1 finger white head which lingered for quite a while. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – Smells of citrus, grapefruit, and reminded me of crisp fresh apple cider (probably the cinnamon).

T – Very light tart citrus flavor on the front end, finishes with the cinnamon and oak. Nothing was overpowering all flavors melded well together.

M – Very dry finishes like a dry white wine, light to medium body with nice carbonation.

O – A really nice warm weather beer, very light and refreshing with a nice tartness that wasn’t over the top.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber I picked up at Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Cloudy stray color with a delicate and fine head that dissipates fairly quickly.

N: Tart (citrus) and funk (like horse sweat) and a definite sweetness in the background.

T/M: The flavors follow the nose with an immediate sourness that dominates, but certainly does not overpower. The tartness gives way to a nice absolute sweetness (presumably that of lychee). The body is light and easy drinking. The tartness does NOT clench the jaw, but simply tickles the edges of the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It definitely achieves what the brewer is going for: Sour and sweet. Honestly, for my taste, I would not mind if this one were a little more tart....but really, not a bad beer. Just a little pricy for what I expected.

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Photo of beertooth
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange to gold color with decent white head and heavy lacing.

S- Sour malt- Perhaps light fruity finish to this. Smell could be more complex.

T- Sourness to start with dry vinous flavors. Fruitiness (lychee I guess) adds to finish. Slight cinnamon presence early and in finish.

M- Medium-bodied, fairly smooth with some bitterness feel. Tongue tingles from carbonation.

O- Delicious, yet I'd like the fruit (lychee) and cinnamon tastes to figure more prominently, and the sourness to allow these to do so better.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Delicate pour into a lambic glass led to a modest white head aloft a very hazy golden ale.

S - Fruity - lime/pear - grassy and wheat

T - They warned us - pucker up. Sour, tart, but presence of malt, wheat, and fruit flavors keeps this from a sour patch kid brew. Complex - dry bitter finish; fruit flavors -probably lychee - lingers. Noticeable alcohol presence. Became less approachable as it warmed and I re-cooled it down before continuing. I did pick up light cinnamon, but no oak presence or earthy tone. Think light, summer.

M- Thin and lightly carbonated.

Given how much is going on with this ale, there is balance. These lips of faith series are an enjoyable leap of faith.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark hazy straw colored, nice initial head that recedes as I drink. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Slight earthy yeast, cinnamon, cherries, green apple/pear with some citrus.

Taste: Sour intro to mid sip, tart cherry and yeast. Sour grapefruit/cherry finish yields to grainy cinnamon which ties it all together. Love how all the flavors work together in this one.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a grainy finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: A solid sour from New Belgium and worth the price for a bomber. Will be revisiting again.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An airy yet substantial marshmallow head floats atop the glowing, hazy burned orange body. Head dissipates to a thin film pretty quick, but an oversized brandy snifter isn't the best goblet for supporting a luxurious head.

S - Almost smells like a champagne right away, tart sweetness like that of a granny smith apple. A little pie crust and earth in there, and not much for hops. Alcohol is barely there if you have a nose for it.

T - Tart right off the bat, but not overly so. Flavor is strongly of tart raspberries... I had to look up what a lychee is, but I'm assuming that is the flavor I'm experiencing. Hops are not noticeable, malts are pretty tame.

M - this one feels great, the smooth body does a good job of not over accentuating the tartness.

O - Definitely a different, interesting brew. I could see it selling really well in a sixer.

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3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Tart Lychee

Appearance: The first sour ale this reviewer has experienced pours a murky yellow-orange that looks a bit like orange juice or a mimosa. It tops off with one finger of a bubbly, yet smooth crust of yellow-white head that quickly disappears. Carbonation is evident, though not incredibly active. Overall, Tart Lychee is a pretty, yet pretty average looking beer.

Smell: True to its name and categorization, the beer smells tart and sour, not unlike a very potent glass of orange juice, or perhaps a grapefruit/raspberry/orange juice mixture. There is also a strong suggestion of a wine-like grapiness in the nose. The scent is very interesting to this wild ale virgin.

Taste: Not as sour as expected, but that is certainly not a bad attribute (or lack thereof). The white grape flavors really come out more in the mouth, as do the champagne/mimosa notes. The tartness is very comparable to a ripe raspberry without the sweetness that comes with that fruit. There is a certain yeastiness to it as well (perhaps a saison yeast would have fit this better?), but very little to no malt to speak of, which is unfortunate as a bit of sweetness from a light malt would really put this one over the top. Also disappointing is the complete lack of cinnamon anywhere on the palate, which causes one to call false advertisement. It finishes relatively dry, and does not provide the puckering, mouthwatering sensation that one usually associates with sour/tart flavors. This dryness makes for a very refreshing drink, again, much like a mimosa.

Mouthfeel: The yeast gives the beverage the bite that one expects, which really complements the moderate carbonation and adds to the refreshing characteristic. It is a bit thin and watery on the lips, but, again, this only makes it more refreshing and easier to drink; still, a bit more body might help Tart Lychee immensely.

Overall: While an extremely refreshing beverage, Tart Lychee has very few characteristics of a beer. For all this reviewer knows one could be drinking a wine and never know. Still, the taste and smell were interesting and quite tasty, yet one cannot help but find the beer wanting…something, something more. It is definitely not bad, but incredibly average. Perhaps a different sour ale will convert this reviewer, but so far as this the style has yet to sell me. 12.5/20

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Photo of Burlyn
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ap:Pours a warm cloudy orange with a decent head

Sm: delightful. A delicate tropical fruit smell thats neither overpowering nor too feint.

Ts: Its a rather dull and bland first taste, that dissolves into a wonderfully tart tropical fruit taste. Theres a slight hint of the cinnimon, but I mainly get fruit.

M: clean and crisp

Ov: Easy refreshing drinking. I almost wish it had been a little less mild though.

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Photo of gottabetweed
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle into tulip glass. Pours a very hazy orangish, yellow. Medium size head that retains itself very well.

Smells of grapefruit, lemons, and cherries.

Taste is sour, but not overly so. More grapefruit, less lemons, and the cherries come in at the end. No hops.

Overall a nice drinkable sour. Lacks the depth of La Folie.
Would enjoy again, if I find it.

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Photo of Sixt9coug
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy yellow beer. Not really the prettiest thing out there, but inoffensive.

S - Sour fruits, some spices going on but just fruity all the way through

T - The first sip was while the beer was pretty cold, but the first thing that hits you is the sour fruits in this ale. It is however mild, and not overpowering. The malts and a bready/grainy quality floats over the tongue midway and there is the spice from the cinnamon on the finish. The lingering spices stick around a bit, but they aren't too overdone. As the beer warms, more of the sourness comes through and a slightly acidic quality comes out. Never overdone though, and easy to drink.

M - medium bodied to thin with good carbonation through.

O - a tasty, and good entry sour to those that may be intimidated by the style or just new to sours in general. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Raiden805
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a blandish golden color.

I dominantly smell the cinnamon and lychee fruit. It really makes for an even smell, it isn't too sweet, isn't too sour. Maybe the cinnamon is to thank for this?

There is a slight lacing on the top, and its lacing around the edge of the cup. I personally like when it does that, but I also really like when there is a head to a beer that stays for more than a few seconds. This definitely lacked that.

My first sip immediately put a smile on my face! It has a sour forward taste, and a wonderful sweet after taste. That cinnamon really plays a role in this beer, I can feel the cinnamon in my throat, but its not overpowering at all.

It's a great sipper/drinking beer, and I plan on buying another soon! I paid about 7.99 or so for this beer, and I don't regret it! I don't like sour beers too much, and I don't like sweet/fruity beers as much, but I LOVE this one! Thanks!

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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Busy Bee Cafe Belgian Independence Day tulip glass. Paid $9.59/bottle

A- Ultra cloudy orange with a little bit of head. Loving the amount of sediment and yeast at the bottom of the bomber. You don't see many of the LOF beers that are unfiltered, very cool.

S- funky fruitiness with a touch of cinnamon. Kinda smells like a sour fall beer.

T- From the taste of it you can tell it was a 50/50 blend of a robust aged sour ale and fresher lychee fruit beer. You can really taste that the Tart Lychee is made with the same mother sour as the Le Terroir. You get a fair amount of sourness up front and it finishes with a bit of herby sweetness.The cinnamon comes through nicely.

M- Nice carbonation, light-medium bodied

O- For the price I really like this beer (so much so I picked up a case). Personally I would like a bit more sourness and less sweetness but overall I think it is a really tastey brew. I can see myself drinking this by a lake on a sunny day as "springtime come, and the flowers bloom".

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Photo of caveman
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Collins pub in Seattle. Nice cloudy golden color. Citrus, good Belgian sour bite with a nice sweet background on the finish. Think sweet pink grapefruit. One of the best American Belgian sours I've had. That's high praise from a self professed Belgian sour geek.

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Photo of WQuirk
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NukiMouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at Mckay's Richland with the New Belgium Rep. 12 oz schooner on 70/30 nitro mix.

Appearance: cloudy orange gold, due to the carapils malt & yeast
Smell: tart and fruity with a touch of spice
Taste: melon and citrus, both sour tart yet sweet, Bready tastes with some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy
Overall: good but not great, better warm a littler than ice cold. A slight clash in taste between the melon and citrus for me.

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Photo of Guinness3000
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow - When I first had Tart Lychee on tap two years ago, I thought it was the best beer I had ever had. I've been drinking craft beer for 22 years, and making it for 3 - so I don't say this lightly. I had reached out to them to find out that it was a one-time only production and because they had to use an expensive 3,000 lbs of lychees for the batch - it would never be made again. What made it so good was the great journey it took you on - from the extreme sweetness on first smell, to the extreme tartness on the finish. I'd never had a beer that had that wide a range between the two.

When I first heard about TL being released in bottles, I ran out to stores till I found one that had it and bought the only case they had. As soon as I was able to cool it down enough, I popped it open to sample it.

In the vein of being constructive, I will say that it is a pleasant enough beer to drink. In the vein of being truthful, I will say that I could not have been more disappointed in the massive difference between the first release and this one. They are NOT the same beer, they just share the same name. The extreme 'lychee' nose is gone, the extreme tartness at the finish with it.

This is a pleasant enough sour ale that can fit in with most average sours one can find at stores. I would really like to know what was behind the recipe change. I would prefer to have paid 2X for the original than the $11/bottle I paid for this one.

Any info. on this is much appreciated.

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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