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:
220
Ratings:
802
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ward for finding and sending for this bottle
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates. The nose is slightly tart and fruity. I may not have known it was made with lychees based on smell alone, but it's definitely reminiscent of the sweet peeled grape-looking Asian delicacy. Kowledge is power. The beer tastes slightly of lychee, but has potent yeast flavor and a spicy tartness. I would have liked more of the characteristic lychee sweetness and a touch more body, but overall this beer is very tasty and worth the effort to eventually find.

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Photo of suspect
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to a sticky, foamy 2 finger pure white head. Lacing is consistently spotty.

S: Nose is decent if not overwhelming. Hay, grass, lemon, orange zest, a small bit of funk lead to a pretty nice nose but I really had to go searching for it.

T: Not as "tart" as the name lead me on to be. Brings a nice balanced approach to the flavor but it's pretty underwhleming altogether as a sour.

M: Okay feel...does't make me pucker like I want my sours to do.

O: Pretty average sour. Certainly not anything to write home about.

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Photo of Auracom
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at MSCM. 12 oz. served in a snifter on September 9th, 2012.

A - Look almost exactly like The Bruery's Mother Funker. Super hazy peach coloring with absolutely no head, retention, or lacing.

S - Lychee fruit, which is softly sweet. Underneath is light spice, mango, banana, and honey baked bread.

T - Mild tartness, tangy lychee citrus, light vinegar acidity, sweet almost papaya like fruit flavor.

M - Light body, light to moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The tanginess of this is unique and would make me revisit. Overall quite refreshing.

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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 angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Pale, golden orange/peach color - fizzy white head, keeps a nice, creamy ring, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Very weird, even for the usually-weird American Wile Ale style - very fruity - tropical, floral, and sweet, which I guess must be lychee (honestly, I've never had lychee) - oak and cinnamon - a light, sour tartness underneath the fruit and oak

Taste: Fruity and lightly sour - tropical fruit everywhere, lightly sweet, kind of tastes like a watermelon rind - tart, with some acidic sourness - oak and cinnamon appears at the back of the tongue; both flavors are pretty subdued, which works - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, nicely dry

Overall: Good, not fantastic

This has some interesting ingredients (oak, lychee, cinnamon), yet it actually seems to lack complexity. It's good, but not the best of the Lips of Faith series. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy bright straw gold. Head is bright-white and drops to a bubbly collar and ultra-thin lace almost instantly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Funky fruity hay. Bright pseudo-citrus fused with a minor melon and fleshy pear/peach, which I assume is lychee. Mild undercurrent of cinnamon. A bit of sweet spice. Citric sour with a nice layer of yeasty funk. Some minor touches of oak add a mild earthiness that smooths out some of the brighter edges. Lemons and a touch of pale malt. Almost like a mild tropical cobbler. Some bready streusel.

Taste: Powdery yeast. Oak and cinnamon jump over the fruit. Mealy and tropical citrus. Lychee is weird fruit. Cinnamon is more sweet than spicy. Some nice pale malts. Layers of musty grass. Earthy in small measure. Weirdness. Oaky fruit. Underripe peach. Vaguely tropical. Minor citric sour. Pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. Carbonation is bubbly without being high. Incredibly clean.

Overall: Incredibly odd fruit. One of a kind.

Lacks some of the depth of other Lips of Faith beers, but it has a unique quality. Punch up the funk/sour and this would be crazy good.

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

12 oz pour on tap

A- slight hazes golden sunshine color with a 1 finger head good lacing

S-tart smell of cherries and citrus with spices like cinnamon and allspice a touch of oak and earth

T- fruits forward of cherries and pineapple and other white fruits spice and oak in the background with earthy musty tastes

M- low/medium carbonation with tart and acidic fruit a little dry

O- good job a nice wild ale delicious on tap its dry tart and slightly sour

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Kingkong for this one.

A: Slightly cloudy pale amber body under two fingers of creamy off-white head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Hugely tropical and fruity, mildly tart and spicy. Lactic acid is substantial, but definitely in the background compared to the fruit. Cinnamon is only an afterthought. Really nice.

T: Opens with sour lacto and oak, then broadens into sweet lychee and tropical fruits before closing out with a clean, dry, lactic finish. Sourer than the nose promised, but still on the sweet side. Good, not quite great.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Lively and enjoyable.

O: I could see this being a terrific gateway sour. It didn't have quite the depth that I found in Le Terroir, but it was really good in its own way. I'd always prefer more tartness over more sweetness, but I'm really glad to have another bottle of this to try after some time.

Cheers!

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Photo of Jparker37
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel oversized tulip.

A - Very hazy golden orange. Big and resilient white fizzy head. Left a healthy amount of lacing to my glass.

S - I get a little bit of tartness. Digging deep I can find that cinnamon and a touch of sweet ripe cherry. Never picked up on really any brett characters.

T - The tartness starts early and reminds me of eating underrippened raspberries straight from the bush. After that initial tartness I get a glance of light, bisquity malts. The tartness is pretty much throughout and is detectable on the sides near the back of my tongue. In the mix of it all comes some spiced flavors from the yeast. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Carbonation seems to be moderate to moderate-high, I liked the way it danced on my tongue with the flavor. Body is on the light side of moderate. The beer seemed pretty dry throughout.

O - This beer is hard to put my finger on. It could possibly use some aging to show more brett and/or sour personality. I really had to dig deep to find aroma traits other than tart berries. Flavor seemed to have complexity but never strayed too far. Great mouthfeel for this beer. Good summer beer, yet could use time to develop more flavors.

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark hazy straw colored, nice initial head that recedes as I drink. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Slight earthy yeast, cinnamon, cherries, green apple/pear with some citrus.

Taste: Sour intro to mid sip, tart cherry and yeast. Sour grapefruit/cherry finish yields to grainy cinnamon which ties it all together. Love how all the flavors work together in this one.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a grainy finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: A solid sour from New Belgium and worth the price for a bomber. Will be revisiting again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a winner!!! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass. Color is dense butterscotch with some light getting through. Nice head, delicate small bubbles but overall accumulating so as to look a bit frothy. The head don't last that long, but while it is there, the beer looks like a photo in an advertisement.

Aromas is fairly strong, citrus fruits, a little funk/sourness and the lychee nuts.

Tastes very good. The lychees provide an unusual flavor, the sourness is present but not off-putting for someone like me that don't like real "vinegary" beers. There is an unusuial blend of fruit flavors with a mild amount of "funk". Oak barrel flavors come in as the beer warms but are not that pronounced.

Mouthfeel is just right, tart, fairly rich...goes down real nice.

A great summertime sipping beer. I had it with nectarine slices and cheese on the balcony of my Outer Banks NC timeshare. Vewry nice experience.

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Photo of gottabetweed
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle into tulip glass. Pours a very hazy orangish, yellow. Medium size head that retains itself very well.

Smells of grapefruit, lemons, and cherries.

Taste is sour, but not overly so. More grapefruit, less lemons, and the cherries come in at the end. No hops.

Overall a nice drinkable sour. Lacks the depth of La Folie.
Would enjoy again, if I find it.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours into my New Belgium globe a very hazy yellow color with only hints of a bubbly white head. The head is more of a fizz than your typical head on a beer. The bicycle etching at the bottom of the glass keeps the bubbles flowing, but still can't retain anything up top.

S: Tart Lychee smells a bit wheaty with some cinnamon and other spices. I do smell the distinct aroma of lychee, but it isn't overly focused on the fruit. Hints of tartness come out, but it focuses more on barnyard funk instead.

T: The taste focuses more on tartness, but the barnyard funk, spice, and wheat still play a large role. The lychee taste has sort of disappear for the most part. It really only is noted at the backend and on the aftertaste. Albeit, lychee doesn't have a big taste, but it definitely is distinctive and I think the tartness and funk has taken it over. It's not much more than an average tasting American Wild Ale.

MF: Light body and not as undercarbonated as I thought from the pour. The beer has a nice twinge on the palate. Easily drinkable, the spices and aftertaste got old by the end of the 22oz bottle.

O: This was a bit of a let down. Some of New Belgium's sours are outstanding, this was just average. If you like lychee, like I do, you'll probably enjoy this, but overall it isn't great. This would be a good gateway sour for somebody trying to make the leap.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stem). Not 100% sure, but I’d say this was bottled on April 30, 2012, judging by a numeric code in black ink inside the gold band on the underside of the label art: “120410031,” assuming it’s using a Julian code on the front end. But hey, that’s just me guessing.

Appearance (4.0): Nice, tight head: bone-white, rising to about one finger before eventually receding to a very thin ring on the collar. No lacing to speak of. The body is a gorgeous little hazy, peachy-orange color.

Smell (3.5): Citrusy, light and acidic—there’s a light, peachy, pineapple-sweet fruit scent along with some cheesy funk underneath that somehow does NOT clash, and some mild, lactic sourness. Nice, just a bit on the light side for my taste.

Taste (4.0): There’s that nice, citrusy character again: peach, pineapple, some distinctly passionfruit-like character (this must be the lychee—can’t say I’ve ever eaten it, that I’m aware of), and a cheesy funk that’s more reminiscent of fresh yogurt underneath. Again, does not clash. It’s lightly sweet and nice, and gives some body to that citrusy fruit character. There’s a moderate, lactic bite on the front end that turns into a smooth sourness that hangs on for the duration. If there’s some cinnamon in here, it’s light but comes through in the finish—not heat so much as a somewhat spicy bite that could just be the afterthought of some lactic character. Regardless, this is pretty well-done, and not challenging in any way.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Just on the light side of medium-bodied, with a subdued carbonation that never bites or tingles, but foams nicely when you give it a swish.

Overall (4.0): Hey, I dig it. This is a nice, easy-going, tastefully fruity sour ale. Nothing challenging in any way but tastefully done and balanced in every way, this would be a great intro for people who aren’t (yet) into the style but are interested. Very nice beer, and fun to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange gold with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is dry tart fruits with maybe some brett and cinnamon.

The flavor is tart sour tropical fruits with a dry almost vinous and slightly acidic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice tart fruity and dry sour. More fruits than sour.

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Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange marmalade color with a thin white head which fades quickly, and leaves no lacing. I can't say that I know what lychee fruit smells like, because I don't, but I assume I am smelling it, along with cinnamon, and tartness.

Once again, I am not familiar with lychee fruit, but I know I am tasting it here, along with cinnamon, tartness, and some oak. Some sweetness, balanced nicely by some tartness.

Acidic, light bodied, tart, with low carbonation. Very refreshing, and would be great to have on a hot summer day. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste, and this is the type of beer I could drink again and again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served between 40-50F.

Pours cloudy gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to the smallest of ring and leaves only a couple of spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, lychee, some lemon and sour apples, oak, hay. Good strength. As it warms, the aroma becomes less fruity and more funky.

Flavor starts with some sweet lychee fruit, maybe some other citrus, decent tartness in the middle, a touch of oak and funk, the cinnamon hits fairly hard at the very end with some alcohol and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good stuff. Mildly sour and a decent bit of sweetness as well. Decent bit of funk and the cinnamon adds an interesting layer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at falling rock Denver. Pours a hazy orange into my tulip. Smells of simple tart/wild, slightly fruity. Taste is really nice. Bitter passionfruit (lychee) funk and slight hops. Really great wild. Its hard to imagine any brew geing bad with funk...but this really shines and is a superb wild.

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Photo of WQuirk
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was initially attracted to the bottle of this beer, that's why i picked it up. I also am a fan of NB brewery. overall this is an interesting beer, reminds me of a cider. Don't like the after taste. Love the colour, reminds me of a summer beer. I think I've decided that oak aged beers aren't quite my favourite. Very clean and crisp in taste and in colour.

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Photo of brystmar
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow-gold body pours precious little head. Nonexistent retention or lace. Tart lacto aroma supported by lychee, yeast, and oak. Bretty.

Fresh lychee in every sip. Oak and earthy yeast play a supporting role. Tart but not very sour; would love more acidity. I don't get any cinnamon here, but that's fine. Having recently enjoyed a glass of fresh lychee juice at brunch, this definitely nails that experience.

A nice little sour from NB. Hope they make it again.

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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 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 KDawg
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear yellow color with a small head. Almost champagne-like in appearance.

Nice and balanced aromas of sour apples, candied fruits, florals and some lychees.

Nice and tart flavors with a good medium feel. There is a bit of thinness to it with with notes of sour apples, florals and some candied fruits. There didn't seem to be any lychees on the feel.

There was also a fizziness on the feel too. The feel did let things down a slight bit, but this was a nice a real nice wild ale.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange hue with a white head that fades quickly. Looks like a Double IPA.

Aroma: Some sourness in the nose and a little fruitiness but not the typical hop fruit notes. Very clean. A nice change of pace from the typical ale.

Taste: You can tell this is a diluted sour ale. The tartness seems to hover around the edges of the palate without overwhelming your taste buds. Although, it does come through a little stronger in the aftertaste and lingers on the tongue for a moment. The lychee also comes through at the end. Not a hop or malt dominated beer which makes for an interesting drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: Pretty effervescent for the style. Light in body but seems to be at the perfect level. The tartness causes this to be slightly below average drinkability but that helps remind you to savor it while it lasts.

Final Thoughts: This wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a sour beer but it is a crowd pleaser (sharing the bomber with a couple friends who are experiencing this style for the first time). I don't know that I'd buy it again but I'd definitely recommend it to someone who's looking for a tart beer that won't overwhelm them.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky golden straw color with some hints of orange. About 1/2" of white head forms, which has limited retention and lacing.

Smell: I can definitely pick out the lychee, or at least something fresh and fruity, slightly sweet but more tart. A bit of lemony tartness and slight funk comes out as well. It's a little unusual, but pretty good.

Taste: A fair amount of initial fruitiness that is lush and sweet. Tartness follows, but it's pretty tame all and all. Not much funk, if anything at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, with ample carbonation. Good. Overall, a decent, very drinkable wild ale. Not quite sour and funky enough for me, but nice fruit flavors as the name implies.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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