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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:
209
Ratings:
753
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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57
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81
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Photo of lnashsig
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 33! A New Belgium LOF new development, Tart Lychee. I've heard good things about this one, looking forward to digging in.

Poured from bottle into 512 Anniversary glass. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow/light orange color. Small bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Great looking beer. Smell- a complex aroma, consisting of banana yogurt, strawberry, orange citrus. Guessing this aroma is the lychee used in this beer, it presents a nice tropical, funky waft. Taste- hard to call this a sour. While there is some element of pucker here, its really just a tropical salute to the lychee fruit. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer, but I am not getting a whole lot of complexity in the taste that gives away anything but some sort of tart, tropical, fruit. I know cinnamon is supposed to be involved, but i don't see it. I cannot claim it as either a wild or a sour. Maybe, some sort of tart fruit beer. Either way, its heavily drinkable, shows no sign of booze for 7.5%, and is very enjoyable. Glad I bought a couple bottles, could see buying more.

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Photo of emerge077
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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden grey with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet, tropical fruit with some lactic sourness and funk next to hints of spice. Smells of acidic light fruit in a good way. Really nice aroma.

Taste is up front tart stone fruit that goes into a more balanced yet acidic middle before ending on the slightest hint of bitterness and cinnamon spice, which comes through mostly in the nose. Quite interesting, sour, and tasty. Really refreshing beer. Reminds of other NB sours in a good way.

Lighter bodied with higher carbonation is spot on. The alcohol is really well hidden.

This one is a real winner for Lips of Faith and one of the better NB sours I've had. It is refreshing, tart, with tropical fruit notes and spice.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Pours cloudy yellow, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing present, poor head retention. The aroma features a swift kick of lactic acid with tart fruit. I pick up some pear, grape, and lemongrass with a presence of cinnamon at the end. The cinnamon makes for quite an interesting twist to this American Wild Ale. The taste starts with moderate tartness which is quickly balanced by the sweeter side of the fruit character. Fleshy fruits come through with some melon and orange. The cinnamon again makes its appearance at the end, but is much less present on the palate as compared to the nose. The mouth feel is light and refreshing with a swift kick of carbonation. Overall, this is a unique offering to the Lips of Faith series. It is another solid sour ale, but not quite at the level of La Folie, Le Terroir, or Eric's Ale. Still a great brew and a great value.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy medium straw yellow, with one finger of fizzy white head. Head doesn't last long, and neither does any lacing.

Smell starts out with mostly lemon tart. I get that fleshy-pulpy, juicy-sweet fruit in the second wave. The lychee really doesn't add much here, IMO, and the rest of the beer is only a bit above average.

Taste is better, thanks to a finer balance between the sour and the sweet. The lychee fruit is more present here, with all its unique sugary chewy goodness. The sour is potent but not mouth-puckering. A very well-balanced, tasty sour.

Medium-light body. At first, I'm waiting for the carbonation, but then it comes on full blast, fizzy and electric. Finish is quite dry.

Overall, quite a nice beer. I actually think it would be better with the fruit character boosted up a bit. As it is, it's a fairly tart sour with a fruity background, and it all comes together pretty darn well. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky yellow-orange that somewhat resembles orange juice. Luckily, there is a sustained thin white cap to avoid confusion.

Smell: Very tart with cider, oak and vinegar. Some ripe fruitiness, but muted.

Taste: Starts off tart and sour, with apple cider, vinegar and oak. Then a sweet, fleshy, overripe fruitiness builds and builds that I assume is from the lychee. This seemed overpowering at first, but it settled down, and commingled nicely with the tartness. The cinnamon is just barely there on the finish, providing a subtle extra layer.

Feel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart finish.

Overall: More than the sum of its parts. This is a nicely balanced sweet and sour ale that makes me curious to try lychee.

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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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bombers finally hit the shelves! Purchased this afternoon, poured to Duvel tulip after dinner the beer pours a cloudy pale pink orange color with a nice 1 finger light white head with some retention and lacing. The nose is a disappointment. Perhaps I poured the beer too soon and didn't allow to properly settle as the aroma is pure yeast. Nothing else is discernible past the nose. I will adjust the review with my second bottle, if need be, after additional settle time. The flavor is much, much better with a sweet fruity start that is soon complimented with a funky acidic sour, that doesn't over power but rather blends well with the sweetness. Can't pick up any cinnamon. The lychee adds a nice element to the flavor. Lighter bodied and hides the alcohol well. Finishes crisp and acidic with a lingering sweetness. Overall, this is a treat, a good beer. I am excited to try another to see about the nose, which was the only aspect I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a fairly-hazy light peach color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing and a thin collar.

Some fresh lychee and moderate acidity comes through the first whiff. Behind that is some light bready Brett. The flavor adds in quite a bit of acidity and a really nice lychee presence. I don't taste the cinnamon at all. I don't really care, as I dont think that would add to the beer at all.

Body is light with mild bit of funk plus pretty-prominent fruit and a really nice acidity. Really enjoyable. I'm glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of zdk9
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super cloudy sewer water orange- it's an orange that hints at tints of grey but the tint is closer to roses. Barely any head and all of it disappears almost instantly.

S- Aroma is super strong! Lots of sourness and fruitiness- really intriguing. A little floral with notes of roses and lavender but funky- green apple and pear.

T- Nice creamy tartness. Cider apple vinegar mixed with olive oil or half and half. Bits of bread peaking out here and there but a lot of sour fruit. A little spicy- cinnamon.

M- Puckery but sweet- a good balance between the two.

O- A really nice complex sour I could sip and enjoy for quite a while.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FoBAB, from notes.

A - Hazy orangish color with some yellow on the edges. Finger of white head that had some good retention and left some fair lacing on the sides.

S - Smells like some unripened cherry, oak, vanilla, sweet spices, some acetic notes. I'm not sure what lychee is supposed to smell like exactly, so maybe it's in here somewhere and I don't realize it. Smells good though.

T - Tart, quite tart actually with a pretty sour profile that finishes with a bit of oak and vanilla. A little bit of a vinous quality to it.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - Good beer. I need to go eat some lychee (is that possible?) to see if the beer tasted like that. Pretty good beer though, and a nice American Sour.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very tart green apples with hints of, wait for it, tart lychees. If I wasn't a fan of lychees and didn't know they were featured in this beer I would likely not identify them but since I'm looking it is distinct and nicely integrated. Also present are solid amounts of funk and light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more complex. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart pear and light grape flavors. Shortly thereafter the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of lychees. Midway through the sip the profile dries out and solid amounts of funk overpower the fruit flavors. The funk, lychee, and pear flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall, this beer was exactly as advertised. The lychees were more tart than expected, but then again the name is sort of a giveaway. Distinct and very much worth a shot.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival. Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow with very slight orange tint with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal ring very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, sour fruit, and a nice Brett funkiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, big sour, slight tart, and just a hint of funky. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I must say that New Belgium brought their A-game to this event. This brew was another standout on the day for myself. Just a great example of a well balanced sour. The sourness and tartness worked in unison to not destroy your palate with or the other. A definite must try given the chance.

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Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. This was on my "Must Try" list, sounds like something that would be right up my alley. Supposedly a one-off (for now) experimental batch.

Pours a dark, unfiltered apple juice color with a thin white head. Nice aromas and flavors of tropical fruit (don't know if I'd pick Lychee, what the hell is that anyways? I'd go with passion fruit), lemons, oak, green apples, and tart, funky Brett. Wonderfully tart and puckering, with a medium body and crisp, sharp carbonation. Finishes dry. Very drinkable, I went back for this one a second time, and could probably have done a third. One of the highlights of the day for me!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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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Photo of kbutler1
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler at Where the Wild Beers Are. To begin with the beer in the growler is a crazy opaque, murky sediment rich tannish orange color. As it is poured the same appearance fills the glass. It almost looks like coffee with a bunch of creamer added. No real head to speak of. The aroma is fairly muted but it does have a slight sour aroma with maybe a touch of fruit. The initial taste is much more tart/sour than I expected and leaves me slightly puckered. Acetone and fruit notes. Some what lemony with some sweetness. Light/medium mouthfeel.

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

Reviewed 12/22/2009. On tap at Brouwer's. Poured into NB globe (0.4 L).

Ar: Floral, tart, US sour aroma (controlled funk limited sour), light perfumy sweetness

Ap: Hazy peach, light tan low head, good retention, coarse

T: Rather tart, lactic, lightly sweet end, good fruitiness, peach, pear, tropical fruit, Similar to temptation, sweet soured blonde, acetic and lactic acids, perfumy, honey/light caramel sweetness, green grape

M: Medium body, med/light carb, warming acid

O: Good sweet soured blonde, floral and fruit forward, would prefer more funk and less sweet, I like La Folie more

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with some hints of orange and a very thin white head.

S: The nose is quite tart with some noticeable fruit character, though I haven't smelled lychees often enough to positively identify their aroma. Some good green apple and lemon notes, along with a mild barnyard funk.

T: Lots of great lactic tartness and fruit flavors. Definitely some lychees, green apples, and lemons. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic and mildly funky form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness.

M: A puckering tartness along with a dry finish, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D: I've wanted to try this one for a long time now, and it lived up to my expectations. Great beer, nice balance, and complexity.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Belmont Station in Portland as part of Puckerfest

a - pours a bright golden amber, pretty hazy, one-inch white head, light retention and lacing, lots of bubbles continually rising throughout the glass

s - big sour apple on the aroma with lighter lychee notes, slight funkiness, decent amount of oak on the nose as well, very light hints of cinnamon that I probably wouldn't have picked out if I didn't know it was in the beer

t - tart and sour lemons and green apple up front, very acidic, tropical fruits and lychee on the midpalate and finish with more tartness, light funkiness, cinnamon isn't all that detectable on the taste, fairly dry and tart on the finish, little alcohol presense

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable, tartness and acidity wears on the palate a bit, taste is interesting and there is some complexity, however

Nice surprise to find this on tap at Belmont Station. Probably the second best New Belgium beer I've tried behind the old La Folie, and definitely more intensely tart and sour than La Folie. This is kind of what I had hoped Eric's Ale would taste like. Well worth seeking this out if a keg finds its way to a bar near you.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Goat recently. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance- I don't really have anything nice to say here. I am trying to keep the style in mind, but it still didn't look terribly appealing. It was a light, almost apple cider color. Cloudy. Not even a hint of head, and absolutely no lacing. If this was a different style this score would be much lower.

Smell- Plenty of sour apple. Some good funk. Definitely fruits. Is this what lychee smells like? Hmmm, I don't have a fresh one handy to compare. Smells like old apples left rotting in the box of a barn. A tad muted.

Taste- Tart, for sure. A nice sour apple, followed by some other fruits (probably the lychee again). The tartness is balanced by real sweetness. As it warms it gets sticky-sweet. A lot of pear as well. Almost cloying at the end. Want some more funkiness.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Gets a little syrupy after awhile.

Drinkability- Refreshing for a hot day if consumed nice and cold, much less so if consumed on a temperate day or indoors.

Pretty disappointed. I tried this again and came to the same conclusion. I just want the sour/funk to balance better with the sweetness and the fruits. I think it gets too syrupy and sweet, honestly.

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Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip at the goat.

Pours an opaque orange pink color with zero head.

Light tartness and sweet blend well, leaves a fruity tartness in the mouth. Medium thin in the mouth, still tasting the tart a few minutes later.

Glad I tried this, not sure I would order it again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a snifter, Tart Lychee is a very murky dull burnt straw with a light tan head that quickly settles, giving the beer a thick, still appearance that is frankly not very appetizing. Reminds me of yeast dregs from a beer starter.

Smell is a bit pungent, overripe/rotting fruit, hints of sweetness.

Taste is pretty good, nice lacto tartness, tropical fruit vibe, cinnamon back-current that doesn't overwhelm or stand out to strongly. Not familiar with the lychee fruit, but I assume the taste is well represented here. Clean finish, and very unique overall.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, medium light bodied, decent carbonation, totally different then it looks, in a good way.

Drinkability is pretty good for a very unusual fruit sour. I enjoy the acidity and the general cohesion.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a taste of the Tart Lychee at Brouwers Bigwood festival, a celebration of 60 wood aged monsters. The Tart Lychee was a surprise for me, because I really don't care for New Belgium brewing.

It poured a frightening hazy yellow, smelled of apples and oranges and citrus and citric acid, it stood with considerable carbonation but very little head, fizzy like a canned soda. The sourness could have stood up and slapped you given just a hair of sentience.

The beer was magnificent, I quickly pulled it from table rotation and snarled at any hand that tried to liberate it from my grasp. This beer restored my faith in New Belgium to produce a beer of character, a beer of distinction.

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Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 753 ratings.
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