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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
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
771
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
19.59%
 
 
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57
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80
For Trade:
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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 771
Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Jparker37
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 MagicJeff
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark hazy straw colored, nice initial head that recedes as I drink. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Slight earthy yeast, cinnamon, cherries, green apple/pear with some citrus.

Taste: Sour intro to mid sip, tart cherry and yeast. Sour grapefruit/cherry finish yields to grainy cinnamon which ties it all together. Love how all the flavors work together in this one.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a grainy finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: A solid sour from New Belgium and worth the price for a bomber. Will be revisiting again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 gottabetweed
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle into tulip glass. Pours a very hazy orangish, yellow. Medium size head that retains itself very well.

Smells of grapefruit, lemons, and cherries.

Taste is sour, but not overly so. More grapefruit, less lemons, and the cherries come in at the end. No hops.

Overall a nice drinkable sour. Lacks the depth of La Folie.
Would enjoy again, if I find it.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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 fmccormi
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stem). Not 100% sure, but I’d say this was bottled on April 30, 2012, judging by a numeric code in black ink inside the gold band on the underside of the label art: “120410031,” assuming it’s using a Julian code on the front end. But hey, that’s just me guessing.

Appearance (4.0): Nice, tight head: bone-white, rising to about one finger before eventually receding to a very thin ring on the collar. No lacing to speak of. The body is a gorgeous little hazy, peachy-orange color.

Smell (3.5): Citrusy, light and acidic—there’s a light, peachy, pineapple-sweet fruit scent along with some cheesy funk underneath that somehow does NOT clash, and some mild, lactic sourness. Nice, just a bit on the light side for my taste.

Taste (4.0): There’s that nice, citrusy character again: peach, pineapple, some distinctly passionfruit-like character (this must be the lychee—can’t say I’ve ever eaten it, that I’m aware of), and a cheesy funk that’s more reminiscent of fresh yogurt underneath. Again, does not clash. It’s lightly sweet and nice, and gives some body to that citrusy fruit character. There’s a moderate, lactic bite on the front end that turns into a smooth sourness that hangs on for the duration. If there’s some cinnamon in here, it’s light but comes through in the finish—not heat so much as a somewhat spicy bite that could just be the afterthought of some lactic character. Regardless, this is pretty well-done, and not challenging in any way.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with a subdued carbonation that never bites or tingles, but foams nicely when you give it a swish.

Overall (4.0): Hey, I dig it. This is a nice, easy-going, tastefully fruity sour ale. Nothing challenging in any way but tastefully done and balanced in every way, this would be a great intro for people who aren’t (yet) into the style but are interested. Very nice beer, and fun to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 hardy008
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange marmalade color with a thin white head which fades quickly, and leaves no lacing. I can't say that I know what lychee fruit smells like, because I don't, but I assume I am smelling it, along with cinnamon, and tartness.

Once again, I am not familiar with lychee fruit, but I know I am tasting it here, along with cinnamon, tartness, and some oak. Some sweetness, balanced nicely by some tartness.

Acidic, light bodied, tart, with low carbonation. Very refreshing, and would be great to have on a hot summer day. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, and this is the type of beer I could drink again and again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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 WQuirk
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was initially attracted to the bottle of this beer, that's why i picked it up. I also am a fan of NB brewery. overall this is an interesting beer, reminds me of a cider. Don't like the after taste. Love the colour, reminds me of a summer beer. I think I've decided that oak aged beers aren't quite my favourite. Very clean and crisp in taste and in colour.

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Photo of brystmar
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 drpimento
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a gift from friend Tim H; thanks man! Not bad beer, but with the high score, I expected more. Poured at a good temperature with no head or lace. Color is a hazy amber with a bubble trail. Aroma's the best thing here: lots of caramel, some sour, fruit, malt. Flavor's decent, but I don't pick up the spice, sweet/sour up front along with some carbonic tang, but not a lot else. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and drinkable. Good burps.

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Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 KDawg
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear yellow color with a small head. Almost champagne-like in appearance.

Nice and balanced aromas of sour apples, candied fruits, florals and some lychees.

Nice and tart flavors with a good medium feel. There is a bit of thinness to it with with notes of sour apples, florals and some candied fruits. There didn't seem to be any lychees on the feel.

There was also a fizziness on the feel too. The feel did let things down a slight bit, but this was a nice a real nice wild ale.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange hue with a white head that fades quickly. Looks like a Double IPA.

Aroma: Some sourness in the nose and a little fruitiness but not the typical hop fruit notes. Very clean. A nice change of pace from the typical ale.

Taste: You can tell this is a diluted sour ale. The tartness seems to hover around the edges of the palate without overwhelming your taste buds. Although, it does come through a little stronger in the aftertaste and lingers on the tongue for a moment. The lychee also comes through at the end. Not a hop or malt dominated beer which makes for an interesting drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Pretty effervescent for the style. Light in body but seems to be at the perfect level. The tartness causes this to be slightly below average drinkability but that helps remind you to savor it while it lasts.

Final Thoughts: This wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a sour beer but it is a crowd pleaser (sharing the bomber with a couple friends who are experiencing this style for the first time). I don't know that I'd buy it again but I'd definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for a tart beer that won't overwhelm them.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky golden straw color with some hints of orange. About 1/2" of white head forms, which has limited retention and lacing.

Smell: I can definitely pick out the lychee, or at least something fresh and fruity, slightly sweet but more tart. A bit of lemony tartness and slight funk comes out as well. It's a little unusual, but pretty good.

Taste: A fair amount of initial fruitiness that is lush and sweet. Tartness follows, but it's pretty tame all and all. Not much funk, if anything at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, with ample carbonation. Good. Overall, a decent, very drinkable wild ale. Not quite sour and funky enough for me, but nice fruit flavors as the name implies.

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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, dark yet dim golden-orange body with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Soiled, soured, lightly funky wooden planks given a liberal dusting of finely-ground cinnamon powder. Fine fruity, sweet-scented notes of ingratiating lychee close out the aroma but, for me, are marred by the unnecessary presence of the cinnamon.

Taste: Sourish, woodsy notes countered with spoonfuls of white grape jelly overneath notes of pale malts and caramel-edge wheat. Well-rounded acidity. Then, there's the blasted cinnamon, which just isn't complimentary to the overall flavor. I signed up for Tart Lychee, not Tart Cinnamon Lychee. Perhaps they simply had a few sacks left over from brewing Cocoa Mole and were taking the "waste not, want not" approach to beer production. Sweet, acidic, fruity finish with some underlying sourness, and, erg, more of the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hrm. I would've enjoyed this quite a bit more minus the cinnamon.

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Photo of ChimRichels
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Latona Pub.

A: A very hazy golden/orange color with a foamy white head, about one inch in height that dies down quickly leaving a small cap on top.

S: Nice tartness with some fruity aromas of cherry and some other dark stone fruits. Faint spices as well.

T: Nice brett flavor mixed with some strong fruity flavors. More cherry along with lychee giving it a slight sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation

O: Quite impressed, liked it a good bit. Nice fruity flavors with a good combination of brett/tartness in this one.

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Photo of socon67
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hop Leaf in Chicago

A - Pours yellow\orange with visible carboantion and a thin foam.

S - Smells of Brett and tart cherries. Is this what lychee smells like? Has a bit of a musty, funky smell.

T - Tartness is clearly there, and intense. This is a beer that puckers your mouth. Flavors of tart fruit is right there. Lemons, limes, kiwi, and sour cherry. A fruit boel in a glass.

M - Sorry, didn't find this all that drinkable. While the novelty is cool, this is a one trick pony and not as good as other wild ales I've found smoother to drink. Carbonation feels a bit heavy, like champagne.

O - Fun to try, but I wouldn't bother again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super effervescent straw/honey color with minimal beige head. Some hazing, near nil lacing & head retention

S: Tart cherry, grass & hay

T: Tart cherry, white grape, lemon zest, the brett is working well up front. Nice pineapple notes, I guess there's some lychee here, not really one of my things to be sure. I tried some lychee ice cream in Hawaii, meh... Some tartness, cherries, & pineapple in the finish, even a little vanilla

MF: Puckery, light bodied, fairly effervescent

Super drinkability, pretty approachable yet enough funkyness to impress me. This is a upper rung LOF offering, wish they all measured up this well. Not the total package, but not far from it...

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking, great tasting beer and a super summer refresher. Hazy, burnished orange gold body, big white head with terrific retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, citrusy, with pepper and subtle oak and cinnamon. Modest funkiness.

Very complex and highly gulpable at the same time. Tart fruity flavor; moderately sour and puckering but not over-the-top; a trace of oak character; light sweetness dries up in the finish and has you coming back for more quickly. Nice spiciness with cinnamon and pepper notes, some restrained brett funkiness and lemony acidity. Very well-balanced between all of its flavor characteristics.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean, quenching feel. One of my favorites of the summer, multiple bottles have been shared and enjoyed. This is one bomber I can easily have all to myself as well!

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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