Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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Tart LycheeTart Lychee

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of TruePerception
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee: 56% oaked ale, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon, 7.5% ABV; Appearance: cloudy yellow, pineapple soda; Smell: good amount of lychee, banana, pineapple, papaya, light wheat; Taste/Mouthfeel: lychee, cinnamon only balances lychee, lemon custard, fair amount of wheat, light pineapple, mild tartness; good/pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

Photo of JEdmund
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marmalade orange color, not much head formation, hazy

Awesome aroma! Fruity, tart, funky—just great and a unique smell. Not sure how much the lychee is adding as I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten one before.

Taste is…wow. Second time having this beer and it still blows my mind as much as it did the first time. Awesome sour flavor, bret funk, fruit, slight chalk (not bad), and a bit of honey malt sweetness in the finish. Perfect mouthfeel with an airy fullness from ample carbonation. Bone dry finish makes this an easy one to drink.

Tart Lychee stands out in my mind as probably my favorite beer from 2012. Nothing made me perk up and take notice quite like this one did. It’s really an enjoyable, exceptional ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee
On tap at Eureka in San Luis Obispo, CA

Appearance: orange-yellow, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: sweettart sour and a slight fruit.

Taste: lychee, a very nice malt, and a faint sourness.

Moutfeel: medium.

This is a nice brew that has a mild sourness and nice malts.

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Photo of zachary80
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Tried it cold but let it warm up some before reviewing. I've never had Lychee fruit.

Appearance is like a golden wheat beer with some orange highlights. Pure white head leaves good lacing but not great retention.

Aroma is tart with some general fruitiness. Would love it to be a little stronger.

Flavor is complex and very good but very hindered by the strength of the cinnamon. Cold the cinnamon absolutely dominates the beer, and while it recedes as it warms, it is still overly dominant. Sour and tart fruit character up front followed by the cinnamon. Both the cinnamon and the sour leave some lingering character on the tongue, but at the same time it seems that the main components dissapear fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel is too light. Carbonation seems right but the thinness makes it come off as a little watery. Dry finish.

Drink this warmer unless you want a cinnamon bomb. Some more body and less cinnamon and I would enjoy this a lot more.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Have to admit... my initial hopes when buying this LOF beer were that this would somehow pacify my urges to reconnect with Le Terroir... one of my all time favorite Wilds.

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe(16 oz).

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color, with an inch worth of white head. Very little retention, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aromas are a nice blend of tart(a grape-like sourness) and funk. Some fruity/citrusy sweetness(guessing that's the lychee), and a hint of oakiness. Can't say I'm getting any spiciness from the cinnamon, though. Although I'd say the nose is somewhat subdued... the aromas seem to blend rather well.

Tastes mirror the nose almost to a "T". Nothing overpowering.

Medium to light body, with a low/medium amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and quite refreshing. Slightly dry feel, with no mouth puckering amount of tartness.

Overall, although I was hoping for a Le Terroir clone... to be honest, I wasn't expecting as much, so I wasn't too let down when it just didn't stack up. A rather subdued Am. Wild, but still solid.

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

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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