Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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811 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
Ratings:
811
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 811 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of GlennWB
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good sour had it at On Tap

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I don't really care for sours. Got this as part of a tasting flight. That said, it is the best sour I've ever tasted.
The color is about lager-light, slightly cloudy, with a thick white head that hangs around forever. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is super sour as you would expect, but balanced with a fair amount of sweetness and an appley taste on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of Jamison85
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo913
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cath
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taospowder
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - I never thought of lychee as potentially being tart, but what do I know?

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some disintegrating iceberg profile lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of some generic musty tropical fruitiness, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, zingy and almost metallic cinnamon, sour yeast, and a white wine barrel-like woodiness. The taste is tart lemon, cherry, and white grapefruit, a lesser sweet fleshy lychee fruitiness (I've only had them once, and it was a long time ago - kind of like a musty overripe pear, I think), grainy and bready pale malt, some cedar-like woody notes, gentle earthy cinnamon spice, sad yeast, and some very tame leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters.

The carbonation registers fairly low on the trusty ol' froth-o-meter, the body a decent enough middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the tartness isn't so strong as to provoke thoughts of despair in this regard. It finishes trending dry, the sugar of the tropicals continuing to bleed out, while that still growing cedar and cinnamon bark woodiness proves it has lasting mettle.

Overall, this is one complex mutha of a saucy summer brew - tart, woody, fruity, and spicy, all under the invisible yoke of a 15-proof booze quotient. After almost spraining my brain trying to decipher it, I can now just kick back and enjoy the rest, purposely oblivious to the minutiae of its various charms.

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Photo of Benish
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. Appeared bright cloudy hay/yellow. Aromas were of rotten fruit and mild cinnamon. The smell wasn't exactly inviting but makes you wonder about the flavor. Howeer, it tasted great. It was sour and tart with notes of passion fruit; not really any cinnamon. Very balanced with no overwheming flavors. I admit I never have tasted Lychee but the beer seemed to introduce it well. I recommend it. The smell isn't that great, but this is a flavorful brew.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came out plenty hazy, now the reverse engineering must figure out whether this is because of wheat or fruit. Or just general shittiness, but we know NB makes professional looking beer so its prolly not that. Its that drab yellow meets gold color, not bright, dullard. Head does form almost a half an inch upward. Interesting aroma, its tart, red/pink fruit notes, and a tiny bit of spice rack.

I'm not quite sure what lychee is, but it is a pleasant beer. Probably right in the middle in terms of sour scale, 1-10, I'd say its about a 5. A little cranberry and wheat feels.

I wish they made it again, it was unique, and good.

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

Photo of JoeMans
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Nanothaniel
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden and cloudy, I tend to expect good things when I see a nice haze.
Smell: Sour, oak, floral. Understated but well put together.
Taste: Up front you get fruit and malt, and then you get wood and sour on the midpalate, on the back they all combine before quickly fading with a dry finish.
Feel: High carbonation, medium-light body, good drinkability factor.
Overall: I feel like beer was almost perfectly balanced, you couldn't of started with the elements they had on the table and possibly have done a better job. Sourness was perfect, oak was perfect, maltiness to fruitiness ratio was spot on. The only way a beer could possibly score higher than this for me was if they catered more to the specific flavors I favor, but as far as this particular style goes they couldn't have done better.

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

Photo of drstalker
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with plenty of long lasting foam.

Both fruity tartness and sweetness in the nose along with cinnamon.

More tartness in the taste than the sweet notes but it's still on the mild side. Cinnamon adds an interesting twist. The fruit I would call tropical.

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a good one.

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Photo of Redsunsx01x
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 811 ratings.
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