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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

thebigredone, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bubseymour, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

goblue3509, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

randylangford, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Lantern, May 29, 2012
Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Cresant, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow-gold body pours precious little head. Nonexistent retention or lace. Tart lacto aroma supported by lychee, yeast, and oak. Bretty.

Fresh lychee in every sip. Oak and earthy yeast play a supporting role. Tart but not very sour; would love more acidity. I don't get any cinnamon here, but that's fine. Having recently enjoyed a glass of fresh lychee juice at brunch, this definitely nails that experience.

A nice little sour from NB. Hope they make it again.

brystmar, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

bbadger, May 12, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangish yellow with an instant solid 1-finger frothy white head which fades quickly to a small cap and edges leaving some rings of lace.

N: Tropical fruits, funk, oak, spices, and faint yeast.

T: Meshed sweet lychee fruit with cinnamon spices interplays with funky/musty oak and some lemon citrus zest. Mildly tart with yeasty notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet and tart. Semi-dry finish. Perhaps a tad thin. Refreshingly bright.

O: Interesting combination of lychee and cinnamon does work. Suspect Felix base with the funk and oak. Try it and see for yourself.

wethorseblanket, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler at Where the Wild Beers Are. To begin with the beer in the growler is a crazy opaque, murky sediment rich tannish orange color. As it is poured the same appearance fills the glass. It almost looks like coffee with a bunch of creamer added. No real head to speak of. The aroma is fairly muted but it does have a slight sour aroma with maybe a touch of fruit. The initial taste is much more tart/sour than I expected and leaves me slightly puckered. Acetone and fruit notes. Some what lemony with some sweetness. Light/medium mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of jmarsh123
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmarsh123, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, hazy orange. Very little head.

Smells very faintly of a musty basement, with just a touch of sweetness

Taste kinda let me down. The taste is of a grapefruit? soda. I'm sort of confused by this flavor. Wild Ale is something I NEVER would've guessed for the style. It is more like a fruit beer gone wrong.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

This beer was ok....I don't think I'll feel the need to revisit this one again.

DaveHack, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy medium straw yellow, with one finger of fizzy white head. Head doesn't last long, and neither does any lacing.

Smell starts out with mostly lemon tart. I get that fleshy-pulpy, juicy-sweet fruit in the second wave. The lychee really doesn't add much here, IMO, and the rest of the beer is only a bit above average.

Taste is better, thanks to a finer balance between the sour and the sweet. The lychee fruit is more present here, with all its unique sugary chewy goodness. The sour is potent but not mouth-puckering. A very well-balanced, tasty sour.

Medium-light body. At first, I'm waiting for the carbonation, but then it comes on full blast, fizzy and electric. Finish is quite dry.

Overall, quite a nice beer. I actually think it would be better with the fruit character boosted up a bit. As it is, it's a fairly tart sour with a fruity background, and it all comes together pretty darn well. Tasty and refreshing.

zeledonia, May 07, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

socon67, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JISurfer, Apr 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

DeutschesBier, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

szmnnl99, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Proteus93
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I don't know why I would expect a beer to be dark simply because it talks about this percentage aged, and that percentage brewed with... but I thought it would be, and was quite surprised when this very blonde ale flowed from the bottle. The head was a very fizzy white (and quite loud, as well!) which formed about a half-finger tall and then almost immediately pulled back to nothing. Maybe it was the glass, but it was a bit odd. A little more unusual was that I poured it into a Delerium Tremens snifter, and the little nucleation elephant caused a little sheet of head to re-form.

S + T: Having never tried a lychee, I don't really know what to expect as far as aroma and flavor go. Wikipedia tells me that it should have a "perfume" flavor, and this seems wickedly unpleasant as far as things that I might want to put in my mouth. The scent is rather sweet, though... not like any 'fruit' I can think of off the top of my head, along with a whiff of that typical barnyard-like aroma of wild yeast. A nice tart flavor, again, with a bit of added sweetness that is different from what I experience in things like a Flemish red or oude bruin. What I find particularly surprising is that I am really not picking up a lot of specific oak notes. That's not really a bad thing... it's just not what I expected.

M + D: Medium bodied... carbonation could have been a hair 'crisper' to give it that really nice, lip-smacking sensation that I tend to love in a tart beer. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable brew, and I do intend on enjoying it again.

Proteus93, May 16, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +0.8%

klipper, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

falloutsnow, May 31, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass. Let's see how well this pairs with Asian food.

A: Pours a murky, orangish pale color with a half finger of white head and unattractively large bubbles. Good retention and a few rings of lace.

S: The lychee is there up front, jam-like, tartness, with a hefty oak presence.

T: Light flavors of pale malt, lychee, and vaguely cinnamon/barrel, which is much less noticeable here. Mild to medium tartness. A touch watery.

M: Medium body and carbonation, cream/jelly-like texture even.

O: It's pretty good, drinkable enough. I guess I was expecting more of a blast of tart and lychee, insert froyo or Asian reference here, but this is more like a less delicious version of Temptation.

pmarlowe, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

savagepm, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

GTB, May 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.