Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Ratings:
814
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
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57
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84
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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dannycohen62
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh damn this big brewery did it again--another mouth watering sour.

Cloudy yellow-orange with a thin film.

Smell is very nicely sour, with lactic lemon-lime, orange, slight funk, and Asian pear.

Taste is green apple, green grape, Asian pear--just perfectly tart.

Feel is frothy, soft, and semi-wet. Very much like a unique spin on champagne.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice two finger foamy white head builds on-top of peach colored foggy brew. Very little lacing.

Peppery. Very tart, but not vinegary. Smells quite peachy, very similar to Eric's Ale. Slight bitterness.

Very less tart then I was hoping for. On a sour scale, it's about a 6 out of 10. Very refreshing. Not sweet or over done. Very mild, great fruit (Lychee) flavor, but not overwhelming. Perfect medium carbonation too.

Highly recommended. Sadly, sours are almost all I'll drink from NB any more... A nice compliment to their other Lips of Faith sours.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly hazy, a nice golden hue. No real head.

Sour fruit with oak start the smell. Sweet and pale malts follow, with just a hint of cinnamon at the finish. Looking forward to my first sip!

Sour fruit and bready yeast start this beer off. I assume the fruit is lychee. It reminds me of dry sour apple. Pale malts come in around the middle with a dry oak and slightly sour finish. Couldn't find the cinnamon I smelled though. Goes down very well.

Very easy to drink sour. I'd recommend it as an intro beer or one for seasoned sour beer fans. A well balanced offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of davek72
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Appearance is a light gold with a faint orange to it. Also very hazy, which I like in this style. It tells me that lots of flavor is ahead. Aroma is sour with light fruitiness. Something similar to apple, pear or even white grape. Flavors follow the nose. A big sour punch right up front. But then faint sweet fruit flavors that remind me a lot of crisp pear. Mouthfeel is not thick, but coating and overall the beer is astringent which keeps me drinking it. I really enjoyed this and would love to have it more often.

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

This one is a winner!!! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass. Color is dense butterscotch with some light getting through. Nice head, delicate small bubbles but overall accumulating so as to look a bit frothy. The head don't last that long, but while it is there, the beer looks like a photo in an advertisement.

Aromas is fairly strong, citrus fruits, a little funk/sourness and the lychee nuts.

Tastes very good. The lychees provide an unusual flavor, the sourness is present but not off-putting for someone like me that don't like real "vinegary" beers. There is an unusuial blend of fruit flavors with a mild amount of "funk". Oak barrel flavors come in as the beer warms but are not that pronounced.

Mouthfeel is just right, tart, fairly rich...goes down real nice.

A great summertime sipping beer. I had it with nectarine slices and cheese on the balcony of my Outer Banks NC timeshare. Vewry nice experience.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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

Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe

I’ve been a big fan of the Lips of Faith series and their sour selections have been quite good thus far, so my hopes are fairly high for this, not to mention I love the lychee fruit. The pour is a nice hazy golden straw color with hints of orange and lighter yellows when held to the light. A nice stark white head sits atop the beer, about 2 fingers or so with a moderately aggressive pour, lovely webs of lacing are left behind despite the lack of head retention. The aroma is somewhat tame, a lot of funky brett in the nose, some straw and pale malts with some nice sweetness from the fruit, some what sugary, missing the cinnamon unfortunately, but the nose is still nice and light, very inviting. The flavors follow the nose nicely, the brett and funk character is quick to greet the tongue followed by an impressive amount of the lychee fruit, especially as it warms. Still missing the cinnamon but the sweetness from the fruit is plenty for me that I fear the cinnamon flavors would be a bit too much, but the level of total sweetness the beer has is perfect for me. It’s not sour, but it has a nice tartness to it with just enough carbonation to keep it prickly but still retains a nice smoothness.

Verdict: Pleasant sour from New Belgium, it might not be in same category as La Folie or Le Terroir, but it works really well. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon which is a bit of a bummer as it was a highlighted ingredient but this is certainly one to check out, especially on a nice warm summer night.

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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 Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very hazy orange, not unlike white grapefruit juice, small smattering of bubbles.

S: Fruit cocktail, peach, mango, a tropical smell.

T: Great flavours of lychee fruit and mango. I've never had lychee fruit, so I'm not sure of the exact characteristics, but mango was definitely there, apricot, grapefruit (the fruit, not a hop flavour).

M: Moderate acidity, thin/light body, nice enough.

D: The direct fruit flavours of this sour make it endlessly drinkable if not too complex. Pretend you're on a beach in the Bahamas.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter...I've been looking forward to this one for quite awhile!

A- pours a hazy yellow with a half finger white head....beer itself is ugly, but the head is solid enough for a wild

S- the lychee is at the forefront in the aroma, with some of the cinnamon sneaking through. There is a huge vinous character to the beer as I'd expect, and it blends very well with the lychee

T- the taste is....very mild. The lychee blends pretty well with the cinnamon, and the sour isn't puckering....reminds me more of a berliner weisse actually. Tart, as opposed to sour

M- medium bodied on the thick side, which is a little offputting and odd considering the style and flavor of the beer

O- this was good, but it wasn't great....disappointed in this. I expected a lot, given how much I loved Le Terroir and love La Folie. Instead, this was like Clutch or Kick....good, not great

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Photo of brystmar
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of hozersr
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky orange color, some yeast chunks at the bottom of my glass, and a a peachy white head of medium size. Bits of lace seldom appear.

S: Stinky and tart. My nose picks up apple, black cherry, musky wood aromas, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of sun-dried tomatoes.

T: Tart fruit and mellowing spices. Some sweet red peppery flavors about this too. Refreshing and soothing at the same time. Really enjoyable and super easy to suck down.

M: Cinnamon powder dry and beer slick. Interestingly pleasant.

O: This is a very likable beer with quite a few dimensions to it. All works well together. Kind of an all season beer too. Bright and refreshing for the hot seasons and warmly spiced for the others.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been slacking on the reviews lately, here we go...

Pours a hazy light orange with decent head that doesn't hang around long but leaves great lacing.

Aroma is predominantly light tropical fruit and tart lemony citrus, some cinnamon, a touch of oak and funk.

Wow, lychee is a delicate flavor but it's on full display here, with a nice mix of tropical/pineapple sweetness mixed with tart lemon, some light wood and funk, some cinnamon heat, grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol heat on the end.

Just right, not too astringent like some wild ales but definitely drier than most NB beers, which I like. There's a touch of heat on the palate that melds well with the cinnamon and tart dryness.

Really enjoyed this more than I expected, lychee is a complex flavor but they nailed it. The cinnamon is fairly balanced and gives it a bit of sweetness to balance out the mainly tart flavors.
Sort of like a big berliner weisse with a twist.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a fairly-hazy light peach color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing and a thin collar.

Some fresh lychee and moderate acidity comes through the first whiff. Behind that is some light bready Brett. The flavor adds in quite a bit of acidity and a really nice lychee presence. I don't taste the cinnamon at all. I don't really care, as I dont think that would add to the beer at all.

Body is light with mild bit of funk plus pretty-prominent fruit and a really nice acidity. Really enjoyable. I'm glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a hazy star color with a big 2" white head. Small bubbles and waves of lacing stick to the glass.

S- funk, tart citrus fruits, some dark fruits, a different fruit, spice smell possibly from the lychee?

T- light sweet malts, some citrus fruits and dark fruits. Some Brett and funk, more citrus-like fruits at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth and lower in carbonation for a wild ale.

O- nice wild ale. Not crazy tart or sour but a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such an enigma, the lychee fruit, but one that New Belgium brewers whole-heartedly embrace using copious amount of the exotic eastern hemisphere fruit to decorate their wild, Lips of Faith series of sour ale.

Tart Lychee commands the senses with a delicate perfume of rose, strawberry, grape and raspberry. Pale gold in its color, the beer's frothy lather is also bready with angel-food cake and a honey-like maltiness to taste.

As the ale unfolds, the sourness takes hold and slowly dictates a tart, refrehsing and crisp sourness that hinges on citrusy lime, cidery apple and vinous white grape. Candied in its fruitiness, the lychee fruit rounds into a powder coated strawberry with light glaze and supple fructose. Berry-like and softly winey with zinfindale, the beer's light bitterness comes way of verbena and sassafras herbal nature.

Medium-bodied but trending tart and semi-dry, the beer's body retains a modest sweetness and a bold fruitiness to keep the session fruit-centric, semi-sweet and tantalizingly tart. A perfumy aftertaste is wrapped in a light earthiness of cork and burlap for a rustic spiciness in complement.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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