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%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crow
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zkoehn
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of intransitive
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light golden yellow color, gentle but persistent carbonation, little head. Aroma is a nice combo of wild yeast funk and sweet fruit - not very familiar with lychee so not sure how accurate the smell is, but I get raspberry and apricot. No sign of cinnamon. Taste is ok, not super flavor and veers towards being a little flat, the tartness is dialed back which is fine but it is also missing some of that nice wild yeast flavor. There is a sweetness that is more like a dried apricot or orange, maybe pineapple, but it isn't complimented by much and isn't very expressive. Mouthfeel is fine, finishes with a musty yeast taste. It is a totally ok beer and nothing is off but nothing pops either.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with my roommate and good buddy Chris. Cheers, sir!

Pours a golden color with some deeper orange hues. Head is a few fingers at its most active and sticks around nicely once it sinks to a modest half-finger in my glass. Some spotty lace shows up. The beer itself is moderately-hazy with some cloudy protein-like fine particulate floating throughout. Not an amazing looking beer, but not bad either really. At least it has some solid retention and at least attempts to throw out some lace; better than a lot of sour beers these days can do, apparently.

Nose is raspberry, cherry and lychee (kind of like a sweet grape) with some minor notes of rose petals and stiff wood. Some very slight elements of spice from the cinnamon addition. I probably wouldn't really be able to place it if I wasn't told there was cinnamon in here, though. Power of suggestion and all that, you know? Some wheat-like maltiness and Sauvignon Blanc character as well if I really get in there. Tropical fruit (mango and guava) notes come out as this warms, as well as slightly more vanillin-like aspects from the wood. A very complex and interesting nose. Great impression here.

Flavor is a little less focused on tartness than I was led to believe from the beer name itself but I'm cool with it because there are lots of subtle and nuanced notes here. First of all, the three-year aged sour beer that was the basis for this is delightful... a mildly-sour blonde beer with prominent tropical notes and a good dose of barrel character. A bit vinous as well, as I could tell would be the case from the nose. The lychee gives off a prominent raspberry and grape-like flavor and the cinnamon does actually come out a bit here towards the end of each sip. Tannic oak is somewhat noticeable in the finish as well, attempting to balance out the sweet/tart flavors that dominate the majority of the palate.

The beer is mouth-coating and rather rich with a detailed, thick and chewy feel. The carbonation is on the lower end; lower than I expected, honestly. Not sure this has any real need to be 7.5%... it probably would've done fine at 6-7% but it doesn't really detract from the drinking experience at all. Glad to have tried this one. Very interesting. Probably a one-and-done but I liked it a lot for what it was, and it's quite an out-of-the-box idea.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demian317
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at room temperature. Nice mouthfeel, plush coating cut by popping carbonation. Attractive look. Subtlety of the lychee berry is accented and carefully balanced with a mild sour note reminiscent of the softer Flemish beers in the sour genre. Overall, a satisfying experience but hardly memorable. Competent, solid but lacking confidence in the sour category.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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