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Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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3.97/5
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824 Ratings
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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:
#4,613
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
824
pDev:
10.08%
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Ratings: 824 |  Reviews: 222
Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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+

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very cloudy light golden color with a finger of very active white foam that fairly quickly recedes to a ring around the beer.

S: A bit subdued, I get some wheat, fruitiness that smells similar to guava to me that I assume is the lychee, light spiciness, and a bit of citrus acidity.

T: I get a very nice juiciness that is both sweet and sour, but not overbearing and quite balanced. However, this is mixed with an odd spiciness that I would not pinpoint as cinnamon and an unpleasant, yet restrained metallic flavor. This has potential, but it's a bit two dimensional and the second dimension isn't very good. As it sits, the spice seems a bit more integrated, but the beer never approaches complex.

M: Medium body with strong carbonation.

O: A bit of a disappointment. I was hoping to feel differently than the recent relatively mediocre reviews, but this beer isn't great. It's got a nice juiciness from the lychee, but other than that the flavors are not very good and not very complex.

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Photo of Jmidway1017
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
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 VeganUndead
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of blakelive784
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Stanley23
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miami66
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fireazzi
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tencents
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Achoo_Bacca
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of dorf
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of baybum
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutIrish
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of fellowrs
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of morimech
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 824 ratings
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