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:
815
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Pours cloudy out of the glass. Getting past the condensation on the glass doesn't show the beer to be any clearer than highly hazy to cloudy yellow-orange. The head grew nice and fluffy white on a medium pour at heaviest. Moderate leaning to heavy lacing as the head stays thick at the rim and in large islands across the surface.

Nose seems to have two notes that almost cancel each other out. The slightly more prominent is the tartness. I want to go with a tart tropical fruit, and to the best of my experience I am coming up with passion fruit. Then there is the sweeter note than can be picked out if I focus on it. I have never had lychee (though I believe I've had its syrup or something as an ingredient in food), so I can't say that is what I smell, but it is a light cotton candy like sugars sweetness.

The beer starts like generic lightly [citrus] fruited water at the very front. A light tingle of tartness on the front of the tongue foreshadows the blast I get as the beer passes to the back of my tongue. The tartness reminds me of the tartness of a grapefruit soda. Perhaps this is the influence of the sweet note (presumably the lychee). The prickly carbonation reinforces a soda impression, though the bubbles feel smaller than your typical soda.

The tartness fades as I drink the glass down, though I can't be sure it isn't just my palate adjusting. This thing had a decent tart-sweet bite initially, but was not really nearing sour, and nothing about the initial notes seemed "funky." Nearer the end, as the tart faded, a mild level of woodiness was sensed. By the end, I'd say the impression turned to a mimosa to which someone had added an ice cube to keep it cold but which has since melted.

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

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerasimos
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bmeehan
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is wonderful. You get the tartness you expect from the name and style, but it's not like every other sour in that it has a malty finish. It tastes like a sour until it doesn't, and it's very good for it.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 815 ratings.
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