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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee - New Belgium Brewing

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88
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199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 662
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 662
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival. Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow with very slight orange tint with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal ring very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, sour fruit, and a nice Brett funkiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, big sour, slight tart, and just a hint of funky. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I must say that New Belgium brought their A-game to this event. This brew was another standout on the day for myself. Just a great example of a well balanced sour. The sourness and tartness worked in unison to not destroy your palate with or the other. A definite must try given the chance.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FoBAB, from notes.

A - Hazy orangish color with some yellow on the edges. Finger of white head that had some good retention and left some fair lacing on the sides.

S - Smells like some unripened cherry, oak, vanilla, sweet spices, some acetic notes. I'm not sure what lychee is supposed to smell like exactly, so maybe it's in here somewhere and I don't realize it. Smells good though.

T - Tart, quite tart actually with a pretty sour profile that finishes with a bit of oak and vanilla. A little bit of a vinous quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - Good beer. I need to go eat some lychee (is that possible?) to see if the beer tasted like that. Pretty good beer though, and a nice American Sour.

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

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw with a little amber. Just a thin bubbly white head on this one that fades quickly to a thin collar.

Smell. Light sour fruits, apples, pears and peach, some nice light funk. Smells pretty good.

Taste. Sour light fruits again. Some woody funk is there, a hint of spice. Medium sourness. Tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel. A bit lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonartion.

Overall. Nice fruity sour but I wouldn't have nailed the fruit as being Lychee. Even knowing what's in it make it hard to pick out the lychee specifically, but it is there especially in the finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light to medium orange color, nice head in the beginning drops down rather quickly, no lacing and mild carbonation.

S - Light sour funk, lemons, green apple, sour white grapes.

T - Light oak, tart sour white grapes (coming from the lychee I presume since I've never personally tried one of these things), tart green apples, sour funk, light barnyard (weird description but can't describe it any different. The cinnamon is nowhere to be found.

M - Light medium body, puckering, gentle carbonation, and the sourness makes your mouth water like crazy. The lychee fruit (aka "white grapes" for my description) lingers and coats the mouth.

O - Tart, sour, and puckering.

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Photo of morimech
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

22oz bottle.
A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a finger of bubbly bright white head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness.
S: Extremely fruity and complex nose. I get notes of stone fruits, peaches, apricots, lemon, dry oak, ambiguous berries and a splash of lychee.
T: Follows the nose. Fruit comes through strong alongside a nice blend of buttery oak, dry barrel, sweet lychee and a hint of cinnamon and other spices in the aftertaste. Very smooth and well integrated. Tartness is mild but refreshing. I love the complex fruit profile.
M: Medium-full body, drying mouth but still a good amount of slick butteriness, carbonation is soft and balanced.
O: One of the better NB beers I’ve had in a while. I could drink this all day. Not huge lychee notes but very flavorful none the less.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Kingkong for this one.

A: Slightly cloudy pale amber body under two fingers of creamy off-white head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Hugely tropical and fruity, mildly tart and spicy. Lactic acid is substantial, but definitely in the background compared to the fruit. Cinnamon is only an afterthought. Really nice.

T: Opens with sour lacto and oak, then broadens into sweet lychee and tropical fruits before closing out with a clean, dry, lactic finish. Sourer than the nose promised, but still on the sweet side. Good, not quite great.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Lively and enjoyable.

O: I could see this being a terrific gateway sour. It didn't have quite the depth that I found in Le Terroir, but it was really good in its own way. I'd always prefer more tartness over more sweetness, but I'm really glad to have another bottle of this to try after some time.

Cheers!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed bright orange color. Two fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Mild in terms of acidity and funk, but still enough to please. Lychee, peach, and apple come through well. Rotting wood and earthy funkiness. Cinnamon is subtle cold, but comes through quite strong as this warms up.

4.0 T: Load of cinnamon and lychee. Only a mild tartness with a bit more lactic tang. Peach and apple again. Woody funkiness with wet grass and apple orchard.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good higher level of prickly carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

4.0 D: I love it when a unique beer is tasty and this certainly is tasty. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing orange color with a thin bone white head.

S: Lots of tropical fruit sweetness. Not a ton of lychee though. Lots of lemon and mango with maybe a hint of guava. A good but of bretty funk as well.

T: A good snap of lemony tartness upfront with some lychee, lemon, apple cider vinegar and some oak. Citrusy bite on the end. A bit of a drying fiinish. Really tasty stuff.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at falling rock Denver. Pours a hazy orange into my tulip. Smells of simple tart/wild, slightly fruity. Taste is really nice. Bitter passionfruit (lychee) funk and slight hops. Really great wild. Its hard to imagine any brew geing bad with funk...but this really shines and is a superb wild.

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

Beer is a cloudy orange-yellow with a minimal white head and minimal lacing.

Smell consists of lychee, yeast and pear. Slightly tart. A bit thin, which unfortunately held true for the taste as well.

Taste has the lychee, slightly tart, and yeast flavours. A slighty bitter finish. I get some ginger as well. Not a strongly flavoured beer, and not as sour as I had expected.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, OK. A nice flavour but I found it weak. Perhaps this does better in the bottle.

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Photo of wedge
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nebulous apricot color with a nice white slab of a head that drops down to a patchy creamy covering. Acidic and sweet fruit aromas and a smooth, warming spiciness from the cinnamon. Plenty of woody, sour ale characteristics as well. Flavor leans towards the sweet fruit, but just enough to counterbalance the sourness. Really a pleasure to drink and quaffable for 7.5%. Tart, juicy fruit (Lychee, I assume...never had it), spice, a hint of vinegar-like acidity. Dry, lightish in body, and very refreshing. I drank it down too fast. Pretty simple, but skillfully executed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's. Poured into NB tulip/snifter.

A - Pours a darker orangish/reddish color with a white head. There's little to no retention and no lacing to speak of.

S - More sweet then sour, but still a good nose. Tart/sour, lots of fruity sweetness, funk.

T - Similar to nose. More sweet then sour, but still funky.

M - Light, crisp, lighter carbonation then I prefer.

D - Nice because it's not quite as funky as the La Terroir and a bit easier to drink.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dirty straw, small near white head leaves to ring fast, some cling lace.

S - Tart is in the nose, a middle tone that might be the lychee, followed by some malt.

T - Tart, somewhat nutty in the center, small malt attribute. Very mild in general.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Overall, a drinkable beer, but not anything to write home about.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Pours cloudy yellow, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing present, poor head retention. The aroma features a swift kick of lactic acid with tart fruit. I pick up some pear, grape, and lemongrass with a presence of cinnamon at the end. The cinnamon makes for quite an interesting twist to this American Wild Ale. The taste starts with moderate tartness which is quickly balanced by the sweeter side of the fruit character. Fleshy fruits come through with some melon and orange. The cinnamon again makes its appearance at the end, but is much less present on the palate as compared to the nose. The mouth feel is light and refreshing with a swift kick of carbonation. Overall, this is a unique offering to the Lips of Faith series. It is another solid sour ale, but not quite at the level of La Folie, Le Terroir, or Eric's Ale. Still a great brew and a great value.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doing best to review to style here. Pours a pale honey color with slight haze, minimal head. Nose is somewhat timid, which was a surprise. Some candied fruits there. Palate offers a weird sour fruit with cinnamon flavor that leads to an off-putting aftertaste resembling a bile vomit taste that doesn't exactly evoke positive memories. Wish it wasn't there but I can't get past it. Maybe I let this beer warm too much.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip glasses. Can't find a bottling date, but this is obviously a new release. Thanks again to Brian for hauling this one back for me!

On the pour, it looks peach amber with some haziness. Fizzy head falls back to a thin layer from an inch-and-a-half.

Picking up a lot of cinnamon in the nose. Fleshy tropical fruit aromas come forth like cherimoya and lychee. Acid component behind the fruit esters and spices smell a little like candle wax. Definitely an exotic nose, overall. Getting wafts of backend Brett and oak.

More sweet than sour, the taste follows the nose. Pulpy lychee fruit, cherimoya, cinnamon candle wax, lemon peel, and goat cheese. Enough sweetness to kill any puckering effect, but there definitely is a nice dose of acidity in here. Semi-sour.

Very smooth for a wild ale. The body has some girth to it. The carbonation is right around medium.

A wild ale that accentuates the added fruit and spice. Quite the fascinating pairing from a palate standpoint. Nice subdued sourness and funk.

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Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy raw honey coloration that maxes out at 3 fingers of fizzy white head. Poor retention with some lacing trying to reach up the glass but doesn't stick.

Holy berliner weiss batman! The nose is full of yeast, and light acidity. Tones of funk, and sweetness from cinnamon as well as a pleasant fruitiness follow through. I don't get any lychee at all but there is definitely fruit, more of a apple and ripe pear aroma.

Tartness comes mostly from a lacto strain rather than vinegar. Complements the yeasty funk and slight sweetness provided by the cinnamon. The lychee isn't even present here which is kind of a let down, there more of a lemon and green apple flavor that provides a juicy bite. The oak houses the souring bacteria so it's no wonder that it really doesn't make it's presence felt either. Wheat and pale malt but doesn't rise above the tartness or the juicy fruit.

Very clean beer, the tartness hits you along with the flavors and then is gone. Superb drinkability. Low carbonation and a body that remains average despite the yeast haze.

Ah, good beer, like a bold berliner weiss, flavor is text book for the category with some fruit and cinnamon thrown into the mix to make things interesting. A little disappointed that it doesn't taste like lychee at all nor does the cinnamon make a big impression but that oak aged sour golden ale component is definitely something special.

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Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heard this was different from bottle compared to tap.

Pours solid haze purulent yellow. No foam save some surface etch. Nose is overdone with the cinnamon. Some tart and sweetness in the back, but this time, cinnamon dominates (waaay different than tap for me). Tart with more cinnamon and some lychee juice to help pucker me up. Medium on full bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. It's quite the novelty.
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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Some sweet candy sugar notes at first followed by tart, dry, raspberry-like fruit aromas. There are slight sour notes toward the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some sweeter Belgian notes up front followed by dry and tart raspberry-like flavors (from the lychees I presume). The finish is tart, sour, and clean with some bready notes as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer could use a little more carbonation, but avoids being watery.

O: A good, refreshing sour overall. Not extremely complex, but tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet tart light fruits, a bit of cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and a bready funkiness.

T - Starts off with a mix of tart light fruit with some sourness and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some cinnamon, and some bready funkiness. The finish is a mix of tart and funky flavors with some oak, cinnamon, and a hint of bready flavor.

M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the mix of the light fruits and the tartness, and the oak and cinnamon give the beer some nice complexity.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is dry tart fruits with maybe some brett and cinnamon.

The flavor is tart sour tropical fruits with a dry almost vinous and slightly acidic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice tart fruity and dry sour. More fruits than sour.

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Photo of mychalg9
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz into Immort Ale globe

Orange tinted yellow color with a one finger white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Funky, tart scent and taste with a bit of sweetness. Good carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this one but next time I would want to split it with someone.

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.