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:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I shared at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours a murky dark yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of slightly tart with some malt, lychee, and slight cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

new lips of faith series brew. this is everything i like in a sour. pours a surprisingly cloudy pale yellow wheaty color, with a one inch white fizzy head. smell is interesting, definitely tart and citric, like pink grapefruit and lemons. also some brett style sour notes. flavor is very very sour, but also tart as the name suggests. its quite acidic and puckery, but not as dry as some of them. there are fruity notes which i have to assume are from the lychees, and even a hint of oak. it says brewed with cinnamon, but i cant pick it up in either the smell or the taste, maybe just a touch in the finish, but it is definitely quite understated. i really love the feel of this beer, effervescent carbonation, medium body, and all kinds of attitude. the tartness is a welcomed addition to the sour beer palate, and this may well be my favorite lips of faith brew to date. i enjoyed it with some smoked asian chicken thighs over a spinach red cabbage mango salad. really a nice early summer beer.

edit: so glad they brought this one back, one of my favorite lips of faith series beers out there, and its just as good this time around, subtle but super interesting. awesome brew!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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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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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - I never thought of lychee as potentially being tart, but what do I know?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some disintegrating iceberg profile lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of some generic musty tropical fruitiness, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, zingy and almost metallic cinnamon, sour yeast, and a white wine barrel-like woodiness. The taste is tart lemon, cherry, and white grapefruit, a lesser sweet fleshy lychee fruitiness (I've only had them once, and it was a long time ago - kind of like a musty overripe pear, I think), grainy and bready pale malt, some cedar-like woody notes, gentle earthy cinnamon spice, sad yeast, and some very tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.

The carbonation registers fairly low on the trusty ol' froth-o-meter, the body a decent enough middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the tartness isn't so strong as to provoke thoughts of despair in this regard. It finishes trending dry, the sugar of the tropicals continuing to bleed out, while that still growing cedar and cinnamon bark woodiness proves it has lasting mettle.

Overall, this is one complex mutha of a saucy summer brew - tart, woody, fruity, and spicy, all under the invisible yoke of a 15-proof booze quotient. After almost spraining my brain trying to decipher it, I can now just kick back and enjoy the rest, purposely oblivious to the minutiae of its various charms.

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3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
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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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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes with light lychee notes. Taste is mostly dominated by tart and lightly sour notes with some fruity ester and light lychee taste. The cinnamon is quite subtle but kind of cut through the sour notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer though not something I would like to have on a regular basis.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sourness. Some cherry-like aromas.

T - Sour and tart. I guess it is lychee but it tastes a little lie cherry. There is a touch of cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious wild ale. On of the best Lips of Faith beers in a while.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 4/10/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big sour apple, lemon, pear, cherry, pineapple, pepper, clove, wheat, grass, hay, earth, oak, cinnamon, funk, and honey. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, malty, and funky notes. Taste of sour apple, pear, lemon, cherry, pineapple, clove, hay, grass, wheat, oak, pepper, earth, light cinnamon, light funk, and light honey sweetness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, pineapple, clove, hay, grass, wheat, oak, earth, light funk, and light honey sweetness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, malty, and funky notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blended wild ale. Great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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