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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
748
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
78
For Trade:
1
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Photo of jjanega08
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy light amber orangish color with a small half finger of a head that holds some sketchy retention but it's there and a snipple of lacing.

S= The smell is interesting. A nice tartness comes through the nose right away. An acetic vinegar sort of tartness to it. Cinnamon may be making a small appearance but it light as well as the lychee. Lychee doesn't really have much of an aroma and the flavor is sort of candy sweet so it should be interesting to see how the taste goes. The oak is missing completely in the nose.

T= The sourness comes through mostly with a nice tart punch. The sourness seems to be less vinegar and a little more lactic now... The Lychee is totally lost in the flavor and the cinnamon comes through in the finish to sort of complement the wheaty malts. The oak is again lost in the flavors but it seems to work.

M= Maybe a little light on carbonation for a sour.

O= I've worked in a gourmet produce area before and I know a lot of strange produce. Lychee looks and feels like an eyeball in your mouth but the flavor isn't bad. The pit makes the difficult to eat and sort of takes the joy out of it for me... Putting something like that in a beer is pure genius. This however doesn't do the lychee justice. It's almost like they did it for the sake of doing it. Let the lychee play a role instead of killing it's subtle flavor with tartness. The cinnamon addition is great but again let it come through a little more. Solid beer and a nice step outside the box. Keep the experiments going because they make drinking beer fun though.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served between 40-50F.

Pours cloudy gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to the smallest of ring and leaves only a couple of spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, lychee, some lemon and sour apples, oak, hay. Good strength. As it warms, the aroma becomes less fruity and more funky.

Flavor starts with some sweet lychee fruit, maybe some other citrus, decent tartness in the middle, a touch of oak and funk, the cinnamon hits fairly hard at the very end with some alcohol and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good stuff. Mildly sour and a decent bit of sweetness as well. Decent bit of funk and the cinnamon adds an interesting layer.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Noble Fir in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with golden yellow edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with bretty barnyard notes and subtle light fruit.  Oaky, earthy and surprisingly funky with lots of brett.  This really dominates the nose and I'm having trouble picking anything else out.  Slight citrus and tropical fruit but it's overpowered by funk and barrel.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a tart, puckering mouthfeel that's sour but not aggressively so. Very refreshing with some dry, earthy oak and sweet citrus fruit notes.  Hints of what must be lychee, grapefruit and orange peel.  Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink.  Not harsh or acidic with a nice combination of bretty funk, barrel character and sweet fruit. 

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Nose is quite sour, exciting! Definitely get some light lychee syrup aroma and the cinnamon is there too. Clever, this one is.

Ehhh, this one doesnt come together quite right on the flavor. It is nowhere near as sour as it smelled and the cinnamon and sourness clash, for me at least. An odd tart, back-of-the-throat fruitiness comes out as well that I am not a big fan of. It's not too bad, but after the mouth-watering aroma I am let down. If they could have bumped up the sour power and just left the cinnamon off altogether, I think we'd have something.

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Photo of rodkin
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, hazy, grainy kind of orange. Small head, which dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is nice. Some tart funkiness, kind of barnyard smells, and a bit of fruity sweetness at the tail end.

Taste isn't quite as nice as the smell. Some tart funkiness, a little bit of The lychee is not as pronounced as I'd like, and the cinnamon is pretty much non-existent. It's definitely not unpleasant. It's actually pretty tasty and really drinkable, just a little simple. The sourness is a little more mild than I'd like too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, maybe a little thin. It's crisp though, and easy to drink.

A nice drink for the summer, though a bit disappointing. I would have liked more pronounced flavors.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bombers finally hit the shelves! Purchased this afternoon, poured to Duvel tulip after dinner the beer pours a cloudy pale pink orange color with a nice 1 finger light white head with some retention and lacing. The nose is a disappointment. Perhaps I poured the beer too soon and didn't allow to properly settle as the aroma is pure yeast. Nothing else is discernible past the nose. I will adjust the review with my second bottle, if need be, after additional settle time. The flavor is much, much better with a sweet fruity start that is soon complimented with a funky acidic sour, that doesn't over power but rather blends well with the sweetness. Can't pick up any cinnamon. The lychee adds a nice element to the flavor. Lighter bodied and hides the alcohol well. Finishes crisp and acidic with a lingering sweetness. Overall, this is a treat, a good beer. I am excited to try another to see about the nose, which was the only aspect I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (22 oz). Slightly cloudy pale orange with almost no head or lacing. Aroma is of oak, tropical fruits, cinnamon, wild yeast and some vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet with a snappy mouthfeel and moderate sourness. Sight spiciness on the otherwise clean finish. Bottle kept in the refrigerator almost a year, and still tastes fresh. Won't let it go that long again though! A very nice straight-ahead sour with nothing wrong with it. I have been enjoying all the entries in this wonderful series.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky straw yellow, orange without much head or lace.

S - Tart lemon, wet hay, tropical fruit and some tartness.

T - Mimosa like, tart, sweet orange juice, hints of lychee and cinnamon.

M - Medium to light body, fizzy carbonation, dry tart finish.

D - Nice refreshing summer beer but a bunch of these releases seem a little watered down compared to the draft versions had years ago.

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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 mothman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange/yellow. Tons of sediment from this growler.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vanilla, spice, cinnamon. Not much in the nose. No real oak. I can't distinguish the lychee.

Taste: Very tart and mouth puckering. A lot of lemon, sour cherries, oak. Very acidic, but in a good way. Kind of sweet. Vinegar flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Tart, mouth puckering. Lighter bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Ends a little sour and dry.

Overall, a very sour and tart beer. It is very acidic. It is somewhat drinkable, but I couldn't handle a lot of it.

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Photo of Benish
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. Appeared bright cloudy hay/yellow. Aromas were of rotten fruit and mild cinnamon. The smell wasn't exactly inviting but makes you wonder about the flavor. Howeer, it tasted great. It was sour and tart with notes of passion fruit; not really any cinnamon. Very balanced with no overwheming flavors. I admit I never have tasted Lychee but the beer seemed to introduce it well. I recommend it. The smell isn't that great, but this is a flavorful brew.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split with my wife. Served in a Prairie teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator!

A - Glowing orange apricot, with fine bubbled white head. Semi hazy.

S - Lactic and salty minerals, tropical fruit, lychee?, bubblegum, grassy hay, musty wood,

T - Candy tartness upfront, muted pink lemonade, tropical fruit, pineapple, soft caramel malts underneath. The sweetness builds toward the finish while the tartness fades but finishes dry and very crisp and refreshing.

M - Sharp carbonation, light to medium body, crisp and refreshing feel.

Nice balance of sweet and tart both of which are fairly mild. It's not puckering sour but it has a nice tart edge to it. Some woody funk and a nice fruit profile. Crisp and refreshing, a great summer time beer

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Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle : tulip snifter

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fizzy, white head.

Quite tart and sour, light oak notes upfront, very faint funkiness and hints of sweet fruit in the finish. I can just barelly pick up hints of cinnamon at times.

Tartness and funk, while present are much more subdued than the nose led me to expect.

Medium body for the style, with active, prickly carbonation.

An interesting wild ale. I was unable to pick up any cinnamon in the taste, but it did come through occasionally in the nose and fit quite nicely.

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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 jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at fobab...Pours a murky gold with a decent white head...The aroma is tart fruits, very acidic, a little sweetness to balance, I like it...The taste is quit similar tart acidicness, vinous notes again. Not enough sweetness comes through for me, here not quite a as successful. Something about the sourness is not grooving with me, too acidic and sharp.

A pretty good wild but that's about it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a somewhat modest head that leaves quite a pattern behind

Smell: Lactic and fruity, with pear, lychee and cinnamon components - slightly sweet, slightly tart and tingly from the cinnamon spice

Taste: Woody, with tart fruit flavors up front; pear, melon, lychee and a bit of citrus pith; by mid-palate, the cinnamon develops (particularly as the beer warms); the finish is dry, oaky and Bretty

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A very interesting experiment - glad I tasted it but not sure I would seek it out again; the combination of flavors just isn't doing it for me

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pulpy orange mimosa with a steady soufflé head of foam on top that slowly sinks, leaving residual delicate lacing in the glass.

Sweet tropical fruit and light acidic tartness, maybe some wet stone minerality. Somewhat mild but pleasant.

Medium bodied with a flash of sweet fruit up front, tart crisp middle and semi-dry aftertaste. Tastes much like a mimosa or fruit punch. Not much in the way of barrel nuance, wild yeast, or bacterial funk. Pretty summery and refreshing however... just somewhat one-dimensional. Drop in a lime zest if you feel adventurous.

Compared to the sour draft version served at festivals a few years ago, the bottled version is a bit tamer... same story to some degree with Eric's and Le Terroir. Seems like a marketing move to release a milder blend to make it more palatable to a wider audience.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy bright straw gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a bubbly collar and ultra-thin lace almost instantly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Funky fruity hay. Bright pseudo-citrus fused with a minor melon and fleshy pear/peach, which I assume is lychee. Mild undercurrent of cinnamon. A bit of sweet spice. Citric sour with a nice layer of yeasty funk. Some minor touches of oak add a mild earthiness that smooths out some of the brighter edges. Lemons and a touch of pale malt. Almost like a mild tropical cobbler. Some bready streusel.

Taste: Powdery yeast. Oak and cinnamon jump over the fruit. Mealy and tropical citrus. Lychee is weird fruit. Cinnamon is more sweet than spicy. Some nice pale malts. Layers of musty grass. Earthy in small measure. Weirdness. Oaky fruit. Underripe peach. Vaguely tropical. Minor citric sour. Pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. Carbonation is bubbly without being high. Incredibly clean.

Overall: Incredibly odd fruit. One of a kind.

Lacks some of the depth of other Lips of Faith beers, but it has a unique quality. Punch up the funk/sour and this would be crazy good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale golden yellow in color with a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was lots of bready character upfront on the nose with lots of fruit notes coming through and spices were noticeable as well.

T: lots of fruit flavor on the first sip that I am assuming was lychee alongside grain and spice accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, bready, mild spice, and mild tart finish.

O: overall it was an interesting beer and was glad to have tried. I would have more for sure.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at City Beer Store.

A: Murky matte yellow.

S: Brett, sweet fruit.

T: Malty, smooth, sweet-tart. A bit of funky yeast and some fruit. Dead ish yeast leads you out for a flattish finish.

M: puckery. Pleasant.

O: a good beer, but a stellar one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Tart Lychee

New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee. 56% ale aged in oak. 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon. Alc 7.5% ABV.

Thoroughly clouded pale amber/ straw, under milk white foam.

Aromatics: heavy sour, crazy funk, with plenty of wild fruit. I have to admit that I'm not that familiar with lychee, in any of it's incarnations. Cinnamon is here, laying below the fruit and the funk.

Taste: Boomshakalakka! Big, fat blast of sour/wild/funk, with fruit below, among the wood, and sweetness slipping in. It continues like this in a fabulous fandango. Tart and sweet, sour and fruit, cha cha cha. Little bit of bitterness. lots of malt and yeast. Very refreshing and flavorful.

Full-bodied, long, bitter/sour/sweet finish, a unique and complex creation. On the other hand, I can't say how many of these I could enjoy without being exhausted from the effort or needing some diversion from the experience. Oak meets fruit and spice. I like it…to a point.

Let's see what they say about it: "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 on the tasty revelry that is tart lychee!"

They've got to get a new writer on these things.

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

Hm Tart Lychee. Ive heard so many good things, so here we go.

Pour is hazy yellow with a small head. Carbonation is low. Body looks like a gueuze.

Smell is has a bit of acetic sourness, and a powdery sweetness. Maybe thats the fruit, or its back sweetened. Not really sure.

Tastes balanced. Theres a subtle spiciness that comes intermittently to add a bit of depth. Nice tart feeling, but nothing too rediculous. Its like they were aiming to be drinkable, yet still have all the flavors of a nice Belgian Sour.

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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 cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Pours cloudy out of the glass. Getting past the condensation on the glass doesn't show the beer to be any clearer than highly hazy to cloudy yellow-orange. The head grew nice and fluffy white on a medium pour at heaviest. Moderate leaning to heavy lacing as the head stays thick at the rim and in large islands across the surface.

Nose seems to have two notes that almost cancel each other out. The slightly more prominent is the tartness. I want to go with a tart tropical fruit, and to the best of my experience I am coming up with passion fruit. Then there is the sweeter note than can be picked out if I focus on it. I have never had lychee (though I believe I've had its syrup or something as an ingredient in food), so I can't say that is what I smell, but it is a light cotton candy like sugars sweetness.

The beer starts like generic lightly [citrus] fruited water at the very front. A light tingle of tartness on the front of the tongue foreshadows the blast I get as the beer passes to the back of my tongue. The tartness reminds me of the tartness of a grapefruit soda. Perhaps this is the influence of the sweet note (presumably the lychee). The prickly carbonation reinforces a soda impression, though the bubbles feel smaller than your typical soda.

The tartness fades as I drink the glass down, though I can't be sure it isn't just my palate adjusting. This thing had a decent tart-sweet bite initially, but was not really nearing sour, and nothing about the initial notes seemed "funky." Nearer the end, as the tart faded, a mild level of woodiness was sensed. By the end, I'd say the impression turned to a mimosa to which someone had added an ice cube to keep it cold but which has since melted.

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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