Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

Tart LycheeTart Lychee
BA SCORE
81.7%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 820 ratings
Tart LycheeTart Lychee
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
Ranking:
#4,408
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
820
Liked:
670
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
10.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 820 |  Reviews: 222
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer – I have never eaten a lychee, which means I do not know what to expect from this, and I have no point of reference regarding whether or not the beer tastes like lychee.

This was a cloudy yellow. When I first poured it into a glass, it smelled like champagne. This faded and it was slightly sweet and sour. I could taste the booze and almost a faint pine taste. It tasted fruity, but because I have never had a lychee I am not certain if it tasted like lychee. However, there was a distinct taste in there that I have never tasted in other beers, which I presume may have been lychee. I definitely picked up on the cinnamon. It is tart, but not to the extent of a good sour beer.

Other details: There was lots of sediment in the bottle. It was nicely carbonated. It is different than anything I have had, and because of that, I recommend others try it. Although this may not be my favorite beer, it challenged me. I like that. I respect this strange brew.

I’ll have another.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Beer served in a New Belgium stemmed glass because I'm not an idiot. I know how to drink a beer. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is fruity, nice.

Beer is light and fruity with only a hint of tartness on the finish. This fruit would not have done well in a beer with high bitterness so I am really enjoying it. The fruit is sort of pineapple but lighter in flavor, a very nice little beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale golden yellow in color with a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was lots of bready character upfront on the nose with lots of fruit notes coming through and spices were noticeable as well.

T: lots of fruit flavor on the first sip that I am assuming was lychee alongside grain and spice accents.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, bready, mild spice, and mild tart finish.

O: overall it was an interesting beer and was glad to have tried. I would have more for sure.

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Photo of NukiMouse
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at Mckay's Richland with the New Belgium Rep. 12 oz schooner on 70/30 nitro mix.

Appearance: cloudy orange gold, due to the carapils malt & yeast
Smell: tart and fruity with a touch of spice
Taste: melon and citrus, both sour tart yet sweet, Bready tastes with some cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy
Overall: good but not great, better warm a littler than ice cold. A slight clash in taste between the melon and citrus for me.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Tart Lychee

Appearance: The first sour ale this reviewer has experienced pours a murky yellow-orange that looks a bit like orange juice or a mimosa. It tops off with one finger of a bubbly, yet smooth crust of yellow-white head that quickly disappears. Carbonation is evident, though not incredibly active. Overall, Tart Lychee is a pretty, yet pretty average looking beer.

Smell: True to its name and categorization, the beer smells tart and sour, not unlike a very potent glass of orange juice, or perhaps a grapefruit/raspberry/orange juice mixture. There is also a strong suggestion of a wine-like grapiness in the nose. The scent is very interesting to this wild ale virgin.

Taste: Not as sour as expected, but that is certainly not a bad attribute (or lack thereof). The white grape flavors really come out more in the mouth, as do the champagne/mimosa notes. The tartness is very comparable to a ripe raspberry without the sweetness that comes with that fruit. There is a certain yeastiness to it as well (perhaps a saison yeast would have fit this better?), but very little to no malt to speak of, which is unfortunate as a bit of sweetness from a light malt would really put this one over the top. Also disappointing is the complete lack of cinnamon anywhere on the palate, which causes one to call false advertisement. It finishes relatively dry, and does not provide the puckering, mouthwatering sensation that one usually associates with sour/tart flavors. This dryness makes for a very refreshing drink, again, much like a mimosa.

Mouthfeel: The yeast gives the beverage the bite that one expects, which really complements the moderate carbonation and adds to the refreshing characteristic. It is a bit thin and watery on the lips, but, again, this only makes it more refreshing and easier to drink; still, a bit more body might help Tart Lychee immensely.

Overall: While an extremely refreshing beverage, Tart Lychee has very few characteristics of a beer. For all this reviewer knows one could be drinking a wine and never know. Still, the taste and smell were interesting and quite tasty, yet one cannot help but find the beer wanting…something, something more. It is definitely not bad, but incredibly average. Perhaps a different sour ale will convert this reviewer, but so far as this the style has yet to sell me. 12.5/20

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sixt9coug
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy yellow beer. Not really the prettiest thing out there, but inoffensive.

S - Sour fruits, some spices going on but just fruity all the way through

T - The first sip was while the beer was pretty cold, but the first thing that hits you is the sour fruits in this ale. It is however mild, and not overpowering. The malts and a bready/grainy quality floats over the tongue midway and there is the spice from the cinnamon on the finish. The lingering spices stick around a bit, but they aren't too overdone. As the beer warms, more of the sourness comes through and a slightly acidic quality comes out. Never overdone though, and easy to drink.

M - medium bodied to thin with good carbonation through.

O - a tasty, and good entry sour to those that may be intimidated by the style or just new to sours in general. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly hazy, a nice golden hue. No real head.

Sour fruit with oak start the smell. Sweet and pale malts follow, with just a hint of cinnamon at the finish. Looking forward to my first sip!

Sour fruit and bready yeast start this beer off. I assume the fruit is lychee. It reminds me of dry sour apple. Pale malts come in around the middle with a dry oak and slightly sour finish. Couldn't find the cinnamon I smelled though. Goes down very well.

Very easy to drink sour. I'd recommend it as an intro beer or one for seasoned sour beer fans. A well balanced offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottled date, I love a sour beer so I'm excited to try this wild ale. This pours a hazy yellowish brown color with a short lived off white color which doesn't leave any type of lacing. The smells are of a little tartness, some cinnamon. The taste isn't as sour as I was hoping, a little brett, some cranberry juice, cinnamon, not bad though, just not quite what I was expecting.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of scratch69
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a fruit glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden color with a half a fingers worth of head. Thin watery lacing.

Smell- Tart fruity aroma with notes of cinnamon.

Taste- Same as the nose with a sweet taste.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied. Crisp and slightly dry. mellow amount of carbonation.

Overall- A refreshing brew and very well done. A nice change of pace from other summer beers.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 81.7% out of 100 with 820 ratings
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