Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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3.97/5
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826 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,109
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
826
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 826 |  Reviews: 223
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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Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heard this was different from bottle compared to tap.

Pours solid haze purulent yellow. No foam save some surface etch. Nose is overdone with the cinnamon. Some tart and sweetness in the back, but this time, cinnamon dominates (waaay different than tap for me). Tart with more cinnamon and some lychee juice to help pucker me up. Medium on full bodied with light carb and a semi dry finish. It's quite the novelty.
2/2.5/3/2/2.5 -

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/07/12 notes. Was very happy to see this on tap at RFD in Washington, DC before Lupulin. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour dark fruits, light spice, fruity malts. Very nice mix of brett and sour fruits, I really like the nose.

t - Tastes of brett, lightly soured dark fruits, bready malts, fruity malts. Very good still and the brett is still here, though the taste is not as sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Lots of brett and the nose was awesome with a nice amount of sour dark fruits as well. Hope to see this in bottles as I'd definitely pick it up, and would like to have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber gold with minimal head and beading - although served pretty damn cold so I guess we'll see. Good lacing nonetheless.

Pear, all spice, rotten grapes, mollases, sour bits, simple sugar. Very unique. Can't quite tell if it's a winning combo yet though.

Certainly a genre bending specimen. The sour serves a punch that I didn't think it would. Those earthy fruits take a seat right behind the mellow tart forefront. Interesting concept of a beer.

Overall, this is one that I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a change of pace. A solid sour? Maybe not - but that doesn't detract from the overall experience as long as you keep an open mind.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NODAK
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell of this one is quite tart in a fruity way with an underlying sweetness there as well that I'll assume is from the lychee but I'd actually never even HEARD of lychee before this beer so it'd be a bit dishonest to say this beer smells like lychee. A hint of cinnamon as well.

Pours golden (much lighter than I figured it would be, honestly) and cloudy in my glass. Head is rather minimal.

The taste is actually quite delicious, especially for a person who wants a sour beer without it being TOO sour, as many wild ales tend to be. It has the typical wild ale fruity sourness certainly present, but it's tempered quite a bit of the sweetness of the lychee, which creates a beer that comes across as mildly sour and fruity...a nice balance. Underneath it all is a small spiciness that comes from the cinnamon which is noticed and appreciated to add complexity.

I have a problem with sour beers sometimes giving me heartburn due to the tartness but this wasn't a problem with this beer....it was just right and very well done. Highly recommended and enjoyed.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a cloudy orange-yellow with a minimal white head and minimal lacing.

Smell consists of lychee, yeast and pear. Slightly tart. A bit thin, which unfortunately held true for the taste as well.

Taste has the lychee, slightly tart, and yeast flavours. A slighty bitter finish. I get some ginger as well. Not a strongly flavoured beer, and not as sour as I had expected.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, OK. A nice flavour but I found it weak. Perhaps this does better in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 826 ratings