Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Ratings: 825 |  Reviews: 222
Photo of AGust82
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with my roommate and good buddy Chris. Cheers, sir!

Pours a golden color with some deeper orange hues. Head is a few fingers at its most active and sticks around nicely once it sinks to a modest half-finger in my glass. Some spotty lace shows up. The beer itself is moderately-hazy with some cloudy protein-like fine particulate floating throughout. Not an amazing looking beer, but not bad either really. At least it has some solid retention and at least attempts to throw out some lace; better than a lot of sour beers these days can do, apparently.

Nose is raspberry, cherry and lychee (kind of like a sweet grape) with some minor notes of rose petals and stiff wood. Some very slight elements of spice from the cinnamon addition. I probably wouldn't really be able to place it if I wasn't told there was cinnamon in here, though. Power of suggestion and all that, you know? Some wheat-like maltiness and Sauvignon Blanc character as well if I really get in there. Tropical fruit (mango and guava) notes come out as this warms, as well as slightly more vanillin-like aspects from the wood. A very complex and interesting nose. Great impression here.

Flavor is a little less focused on tartness than I was led to believe from the beer name itself but I'm cool with it because there are lots of subtle and nuanced notes here. First of all, the three-year aged sour beer that was the basis for this is delightful... a mildly-sour blonde beer with prominent tropical notes and a good dose of barrel character. A bit vinous as well, as I could tell would be the case from the nose. The lychee gives off a prominent raspberry and grape-like flavor and the cinnamon does actually come out a bit here towards the end of each sip. Tannic oak is somewhat noticeable in the finish as well, attempting to balance out the sweet/tart flavors that dominate the majority of the palate.

The beer is mouth-coating and rather rich with a detailed, thick and chewy feel. The carbonation is on the lower end; lower than I expected, honestly. Not sure this has any real need to be 7.5%... it probably would've done fine at 6-7% but it doesn't really detract from the drinking experience at all. Glad to have tried this one. Very interesting. Probably a one-and-done but I liked it a lot for what it was, and it's quite an out-of-the-box idea.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tart Lychee pours a brighter copper color with a a very small, but lacing head. Nice big tart aromas, with just hints of sweet berries and cinnamon. Taste is light but crisp, hints of berries and cinnamon, finishes slightly tart. Good body and feel. Overall, a very drinkable sour beer, not over done, small hints of fruits.

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Photo of Burt
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of demian317
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at room temperature. Nice mouthfeel, plush coating cut by popping carbonation. Attractive look. Subtlety of the lychee berry is accented and carefully balanced with a mild sour note reminiscent of the softer Flemish beers in the sour genre. Overall, a satisfying experience but hardly memorable. Competent, solid but lacking confidence in the sour category.

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Photo of Ealanjones
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davek72
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Appearance is a light gold with a faint orange to it. Also very hazy, which I like in this style. It tells me that lots of flavor is ahead. Aroma is sour with light fruitiness. Something similar to apple, pear or even white grape. Flavors follow the nose. A big sour punch right up front. But then faint sweet fruit flavors that remind me a lot of crisp pear. Mouthfeel is not thick, but coating and overall the beer is astringent which keeps me drinking it. I really enjoyed this and would love to have it more often.

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Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjvanston
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DocWaters
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving on tap, in a tulip. Appearance is cloudy yellow, not much head, and not very appealing. The aroma and the taste are fruity. I don't know lychee, so to me, this seems like green apple. It's got a nice balance of sweet and tart, just sweet enough so that it's not mouth puckering, and tart enough to wake you up. Overall, it's a fine beer, but it lacks the flavor complexity of my favorite sours.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crotharagain
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kdubzz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Hazy orange with the slightest hint of a pink opaqueness. Thick, lingering white head, heavy lacing.
S- Flowery, sweet, light fruits such as peaches, a bit of earthiness in there as well.
T- Tart up front, with a rose petal-like sweetness in the the background somewhere. The cinimon is present on the back of the tongue as it goes down.
F- Lower carbonation, medium bodied.
O- Quite enjoyable, and would be even more so on a hot summer's day. It's refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dull copper to gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's no head on it. I smell cinnamon and sweet lychee fruit. The cinnamon and sweet lychee blend well with the gentle tartness from the wild yeast which I suspect to be lactobacillius. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and there's a nice cooling sensation perhaps from the lychee.

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Photo of BEER88
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Third beer from the Tour de Fat. This pours a hazy golden amber. It’s tart and funky, with plenty of the titular lychees in abundance. This was an interested combination.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 825 ratings
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