Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

Tart LycheeTart Lychee
BA SCORE
3.97/5
823 Ratings
Tart LycheeTart Lychee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three year old Wild Beer blended with lychee and a touch of Ceylon cinnamon.

Added by Overlord on 07-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,464
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
823
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tart Lychee pours a brighter copper color with a a very small, but lacing head. Nice big tart aromas, with just hints of sweet berries and cinnamon. Taste is light but crisp, hints of berries and cinnamon, finishes slightly tart. Good body and feel. Overall, a very drinkable sour beer, not over done, small hints of fruits.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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 one the tasty revelry that is tart lychee."

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to my New Belgium globe glass. Served north of 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head with decent staying power over a pale golden amber body with a medium haze. Lacing is medium thick and clingy. Carbonation is plentiful. Appearance is quite nice for the style. 3.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of tart berry fruit notes, pale cracker malt and a bready yeast funk with a substantial acidity, a pinch of candy syrup, and a very mild tick of cinnamon. Wood tones are pretty mild at best, but add a moderate dryness perceptible to the nose. The balance is pretty nice, a touch more malt body may have rounded out the flavor even better, but what is here is enjoyable and quite well balanced on its own. 4

(Taste) Up front a thin pale malt syrup with a sharp tart, mild fruity midsection and a mildly spiced finish of toasty cinnamon sugar. Although I'm a sucker for sour ales, this one is admittedly well done, enjoyably sour but still very well balanced and flavorful in all the right places. The cinnamon did a much better job than I expected that it would in this beer- not only is it not out-of-place, but it compliments the finish and adds a great amount of unique character to this beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is mild and airy with a dry, clean and tart acidic finish. Body is medium for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is low, pretty well overshadowed by the sourness of the fruit and yeast character. It has an enjoyable balance and carbonation presence. 4

(Overall) This is one of the best done wild ales that I've had. It's very accessible and not overly "wild" in flavor, but it still takes its chances with fruit and spice and still comes out on top. I hope that New Belgium considers bringing this ale back in the future. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips of Faith Series: Tart Lychee
3.99/5.00

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Photo of Bossgarlic
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent sour, just tapped, hint of funkiness. Not worth 7$ for 10 oz, especially since it's local.

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Photo of crow
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very hazy, bright orange to golden color. Medium, very fizzy head that retains a short time, but laces fairly well. Little light gets through the hazy unfiltered body.

S- Fruity sourness hits the nose first. Somewhat acidic and seltzer-like. This tart and somewhat fruity scent goes throughout with hints of spices peeking in throughout.

T- Starts with a fruity sour note that is very short lived. Immediately moves into a more funky and grain-like flavor. Yeast notes are present and prominent in the middle, mixing with the grain flavors. Grains drown out most of the small amount of spice flavors detectable. Ends with a slight return to acidic sour, but mostly grainy flavor.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this has a predominantly seltzer-like feel. Not too harsh on the tongue for a sour beer. Fairly easy drinking.

Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's not bad. It definitely displays a more fruit forward sour flavor that others, but I think that has faded with time in the bottle. If you can find it, try it, especially for the price.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed apricot color, with a finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with some moderate ringing around the edges of glass, leaving back some light foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides. The aroma is tart in the nose, with a white fleshy fruit character standing out and being complimented by some added notes of light earthy oak, a touch of funky Brett and a little cinnamon across the back.

The taste has a sugary sweetness on the edges with a tart yet juicy fruit core and that cinnamon adding some pizzazz to the profile. The finish is all Brett and to a much lesser extent the barrel, with a dry finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer creamy crispness in the mouth and then more of an underlying oiliness to the feel that really keeps this smooth and helps those tart flavors flow. I’m hardly getting any of that 7% ABV here.

This was interesting and ultimately pretty enjoyable. This was my first experience with lychee and I really liked the combination of juicy fruit flavor and more tart grape skin like character that this brought to the table. The wild and barrel characteristics here did a nice job of supporting that and didn’t overrun the profile in any way. New Belgium sure comes up with some interesting beers in their Lips of Faith series and this one is no different.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this gem.

Decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over super hazy peach golden colored beer.

Nose brings some tart funk, light horse blanket funk, lots of tart berry, almost cherry like but not quite, more like generic berry. Light acidity and soured fruit, with a light vanilla oak rounding. As it goes the cherry-berry aroma get a bit stronger, and a hint of cinnamon even comes through. Quite complex.

Taste starts quite tart and acidic, funky flavored but not really horseblanket, just funk. Fruit is explosive, strange fruit flavors though. Again cross between a sour cherry, generic berry, and rhubarb like. Acidity bites through a bit with the tartness, and a little phlemy, but not super sour. Sweetness is a bit more than I expected, with a light bready malty flavor, almost syrupy fruit extract syrupy like flavor, and a hint of cinnamon. the oak comes through as well, with some vanilla rounding and light toasty oak flavors. There is also a hint of esters. The finish stays phlemy and dries just a bit, with a slight bready malt, nice acidic bite, hint of booze coming through, some more vanilla oak with a touch of cinnamon, all linger, but the fruit really stays for a while, tart berry and rhubarb.

Mouth is med bodied, a little phlemy and almost slimy like, sweeter than I expected, although the carbonation is decent but could have been higher.

Overall pretty good, but mixed feelings. It has some nice parts to it, but others that could improve. Nice and complex with lots of interesting flavors blended, great tart fruit and oak, and the hint of cinnamon is an interesting unique addition. However, just a bit too sweet, not funky or sour enough, the finish doesn't dry as much as it should, etc. Maybe if this sat for another year it will be great. I'll have to get another bottle and find out.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 madelf66
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this brew! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Soft yellowish copper with a hazy appearance. Only a slight head. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity, sour, pineapple aroma.

T: The sour, lychee flavor is there up front. The flavor seems a bit one dimensional, dominated by the funky, pineapple-y lychee flavor. However, a sweetness, fruitiness & depth of flavor comes through more when the beer warms a little.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Has a dry, woody finish.

O: Good, and I think superior to the Mikkeller lychee sour. Definitely improves as it warms, but does seem a weak offering in the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange golden hue with a big, creamy two finger head that faded to leave a nice creamy white blanket and solid lacing.

S - This really, really has to warm up in order to get the cinnamon aromas. Get nice La Folia style sourness that is pleasant, getting NO lychee though but the cinnamon is quite nice and different.

T - Interesting. Not really quite as sour as I like from these guys, with maybe some slight sweetness from the lychee. There is an odd flavour that must be the lychee. Not bad. The end note with cinnamon was pleasant, surprisingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin/flat for my liking. A bit too lowly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a good beer but like other Lips beers the recipe doesnt quite translate over for me. Glad to try this though.

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Photo of moundbz
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a sour lemon smell mixed with other aromas of a doughiness. Along with these aromas comes some stronger smells of lychee fruit as well as a bit of a peach and pear aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a quite sour taste with some slightly doughy flavors. The sour are big of a lemon sourness mixed with a little bit of a tart green apple and vinegar flavor. Right upfront there are also some tastes of fruit, with a bunch of peach and pear and just a little bit of lychee. As the taste advances the peach and pear fade with the lychee getting stronger and stronger. The doughy flavor fades a bit as the taste moves on, with the sour getting even strong. An oaky white wine flavor then develops more toward the end, leaving one with a moderately soured and crisp wine taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light and thin with a carbonation level that consists of a higher carbonation level. For the style the lighter body and carbonation is great with them creating a rather refreshing feel overall.

Overall – A slightly more mellow sour with a nice fruity lychee and white wine like flavor. A rather decent sour overall and well worth a try.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dull copper to gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's no head on it. I smell cinnamon and sweet lychee fruit. The cinnamon and sweet lychee blend well with the gentle tartness from the wild yeast which I suspect to be lactobacillius. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and there's a nice cooling sensation perhaps from the lychee.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 823 ratings
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