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
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
794
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
58
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84
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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 794
Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a New Belgium stemmed glass because I'm not an idiot. I know how to drink a beer. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is fruity, nice.

Beer is light and fruity with only a hint of tartness on the finish. This fruit would not have done well in a beer with high bitterness so I am really enjoying it. The fruit is sort of pineapple but lighter in flavor, a very nice little beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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 tempest
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a goblet at Tilia in Linden Hills. Basically, this was a balanced, tart American wild ale, but not a terribly interesting sour beer. There's a light, yet cloying sweet note from the fruit, but otherwise there's a peppery citrus-like sour tang under smooth, sweet doughy malts. I wouldn't order another goblet on tap, but I'd consider picking up a bomber to cellar for a couple years. I don't mean to undersell what's clearly a tasty sour ale, but it's not on par with a good gueuze.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this in bottles in Texas.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma is has quite a bit of fruit (I assume that is the lychee) as well as a hint of cinnamon and a bit of wheat and tartness. The flavor has some nice tart lychee and tropical fruit notes, as well as some wheat, cinnamon and a hint of oak and sourness. A mild, easy drinking sour ale that doesn't appear to be anywhere near 7.5 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not much in the way of retention or lace, but not bad.

Smell: sweet and fruity aroma with a two-tone tartness: a deep sour component combined with a light, evanescent piquancy which I think makes for an intriguing aroma. I really enjoy it.

Taste: starts off with a tartness and a kind of Brett-style funkiness, which fades into a fruity middle ground. Finishes with a broader sour character. Not as quite as intriguing as the aroma, but really quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, big creaminess. Great job.

Overall: massively drinkable wild ale. I'm not always a fan of New Belgium, but this bad boy, weird as it is, really suits my taste. Dig it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 out of the Lips of Faith line.. Picked up sometime late last week for I think $9ish... Seems pricey.. Poured into my slim tulip ... short lasting white head.. not much in the way of lacing.. the brew is a muddy golden..

Nose is big and fruity.. plenty of sour.. light funkiness... green apple (sort of) and underripe plum... honestly I have no idea what a Lychee smells or tastes like. Not getting any oak or cinnamon.

Flavor mirrors the aromas with an underlying tropical note that I am unfamiliar with.. cinnamon is slightly more prevalent but it is just an odd addition as the brew warms up... a bit lemony..

A little thicker than I would expect... carbonation is there, but never attempts to rearm the lacing or head.

Honestly, pretty good... I would hope for something that I associate with "funk" a whole bunch more.. not much in the way of Brett.. pedio... lactobacillus... etc.. Still is nicely sour.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a hazy, honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressivve and probably the best aspect of this beer, as I pick up considerable lychee and kiwi, along with some peach and light honey. The beer has something of sweet and tart flavor profile, with the sour/tart flavor dominating. The flavors actually seemed a bit muddled to me, though still enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sour tart finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is very good.

A solid beer, no doubt, but just not my cup of tea. Still, was glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange golden hue with a big, creamy two finger head that faded to leave a nice creamy white blanket and solid lacing.

S - This really, really has to warm up in order to get the cinnamon aromas. Get nice La Folia style sourness that is pleasant, getting NO lychee though but the cinnamon is quite nice and different.

T - Interesting. Not really quite as sour as I like from these guys, with maybe some slight sweetness from the lychee. There is an odd flavour that must be the lychee. Not bad. The end note with cinnamon was pleasant, surprisingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin/flat for my liking. A bit too lowly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a good beer but like other Lips beers the recipe doesnt quite translate over for me. Glad to try this though.

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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 jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light to medium orange color, nice head in the beginning drops down rather quickly, no lacing and mild carbonation.

S - Light sour funk, lemons, green apple, sour white grapes.

T - Light oak, tart sour white grapes (coming from the lychee I presume since I've never personally tried one of these things), tart green apples, sour funk, light barnyard (weird description but can't describe it any different. The cinnamon is nowhere to be found.

M - Light medium body, puckering, gentle carbonation, and the sourness makes your mouth water like crazy. The lychee fruit (aka "white grapes" for my description) lingers and coats the mouth.

O - Tart, sour, and puckering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with plenty of long lasting foam.

Both fruity tartness and sweetness in the nose along with cinnamon.

More tartness in the taste than the sweet notes but it's still on the mild side. Cinnamon adds an interesting twist. The fruit I would call tropical.

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a good one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came out plenty hazy, now the reverse engineering must figure out whether this is because of wheat or fruit. Or just general shittiness, but we know NB makes professional looking beer so its prolly not that. Its that drab yellow meets gold color, not bright, dullard. Head does form almost a half an inch upward. Interesting aroma, its tart, red/pink fruit notes, and a tiny bit of spice rack.

I'm not quite sure what lychee is, but it is a pleasant beer. Probably right in the middle in terms of sour scale, 1-10, I'd say its about a 5. A little cranberry and wheat feels.

I wish they made it again, it was unique, and good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma seems light to me, it smells like sweet and tart fruit and some oak. But it is a nice smelling brew. I couldn't tell you what a lychee smells like anyway, so I have no idea if the fruity aroma is from the lychee or not (but I assume that's what it is). Luckily the flavor is stronger in comparison to the aroma. It tastes like tart and sweet fruit (it kinda tastes citrusy and like a strawberry too, but I guess it's lychee), and a little bit of cinnamon. I'm liking the taste of this brew more and more the longer I drink it! Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and quite refreshing. It's a bit slick, too. Overall I think it's a good brew. At $9.99 a bottle, I'd buy this one again in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle.
L: Pours cloudy gold to amber under a 2” bone white foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace.
S: Tropical fruit, light malts, and sour fruit aromas.
T: Begins with moderately tart fruit and bread flavors finishing with a lingering aftertaste of sour, sweet, fruit and bready malt. No appreciable hop presence.
F: Above average levels of fine soft carbonation with a medium to medium light body.
O: A complex, interesting and drinkable beer that might appeal to wine lovers and people who do not like beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to try this, but not so badly that I was ready to pay $9 or so for it. Then, I got to try this at the Lost Abbey tasting last night. Thanks, Jamie!

Light yellow/orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring rather quickly. The nose is sugary, mildly tart with a nice lychee aroma. Sourness is minimal, and this smells dusty, Bretty and mildly melony. The palate opens with melon sweetness, sweet and ripe lychees and floral notes. Stale pale base malt is noticeable. Light in body, moderately carbonated, a little too much IMO. Drying, clean finish. Decent.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.1.12

A - Pours a cloudy lighter orange with a fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Tart fruit, spices, and flowers.

T - Lemony and citrusy, subtle spices, tart (lychee?)

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Citrusy and tart. Subtle spices make it nice and balanced.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a similar appearance to a witbier, had the dull gold color with lots of haze thing going for it. Thin 1/2" head on it, doesn't really provide much in the way of lace or retention, but she's pretty enough. Aroma of tart, berries, the kind you're not used to, cinnamon.

Taste, hey whatever lychee is, I like it, plenty sour, but has a unique vibe, the cinnamon, its like a bakery, sour beer and cinnamon toast crunch. It works well, could easily be the type of beer you could always pick out of a blind taste I would think. Not a massive sour bomb, but it delivers nonetheless.

Another winner from the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 claspada
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy darker straw color with a very thin white head that recedes leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite tart with some noticeable fruit character. I couldn't say for sure that it smells like lychees but it comes across as green apple and lemon. As it warms I am able to pick out the cinnamon more and more.

The tastes follow the nose with a substantial amount of lacto, fruity tartness and sour fruit flavors, must be the lychees again. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness. Cinnamon spice lingers into the finish. As it warms the overall flavor profile becomes a tad too sweet, like sweet tart candies.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with medium carbonation. Finish is too sweet overall and could use a bump from the oak and tartness to create a more desired, dry finish.

Overall I am starting to become disenchanted with these Lips of Faith series beers as they continue to get me excited because the recipes sound amazing, but continue to be lack-luster. Won't be seeking this out again anytime soon.

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Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a cloudy, deep hazed orange color. A two finger bubbly white head rises in a second, and noisily recedes to a ring. A light cap sticks throughout. Not much lace is left behind however.
S: Ripe orange and passion fruit. Apple cider, tart and acidic. I really like the nose.
T: Tart and acidic. Some fruits that are very nice. Orange, mango, apple cider are all there, but a little muddled. Grainy malts. I really like it, I just wish the fruits were a bit brighter.
M/D: A medium body and very effervescent. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Really enjoyable to sip on. A nice puckering that makes me want to keep taking sips.

Very well made. Maybe not my favorite Wild Ale by New Belgium, but very good in its own right. I will be drinking more of these while places still have it on tap and in bottles around town.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a sour lemon smell mixed with other aromas of a doughiness. Along with these aromas comes some stronger smells of lychee fruit as well as a bit of a peach and pear aroma.

Taste- The taste begins with a quite sour taste with some slightly doughy flavors. The sour are big of a lemon sourness mixed with a little bit of a tart green apple and vinegar flavor. Right upfront there are also some tastes of fruit, with a bunch of peach and pear and just a little bit of lychee. As the taste advances the peach and pear fade with the lychee getting stronger and stronger. The doughy flavor fades a bit as the taste moves on, with the sour getting even strong. An oaky white wine flavor then develops more toward the end, leaving one with a moderately soured and crisp wine taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is light and thin with a carbonation level that consists of a higher carbonation level. For the style the lighter body and carbonation is great with them creating a rather refreshing feel overall.

Overall – A slightly more mellow sour with a nice fruity lychee and white wine like flavor. A rather decent sour overall and well worth a try.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw with a little amber. Just a thin bubbly white head on this one that fades quickly to a thin collar.

Smell. Light sour fruits, apples, pears and peach, some nice light funk. Smells pretty good.

Taste. Sour light fruits again. Some woody funk is there, a hint of spice. Medium sourness. Tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel. A bit lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonartion.

Overall. Nice fruity sour but I wouldn't have nailed the fruit as being Lychee. Even knowing what's in it make it hard to pick out the lychee specifically, but it is there especially in the finish.

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