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
Ratings:
814
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Trinity for getting a keg of this.

Pours a glowing, hazy orange with a tan head.

Nose has tart citrus, funky yeast, oak and sweet tropical fruits. Quite bright.

Taste has ripe tropical fruits, barnyard funk, wood, earthy spices and a sour yeast presence.

Full yet crisp, nicely carbonated and quite easy to drink.

Another fantastic sour from New Belgium. Right up there with Folie and Terroir.

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Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of belzo35
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of caveman
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Collins pub in Seattle. Nice cloudy golden color. Citrus, good Belgian sour bite with a nice sweet background on the finish. Think sweet pink grapefruit. One of the best American Belgian sours I've had. That's high praise from a self professed Belgian sour geek.

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Photo of Brock915
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of johnsavage
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nanothaniel
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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 SophieK
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightful tart. So glad a bar in Olympia, WA had this one on draft.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draught House 41st Anniversary party.

Pours with the cloudiness and color of a banana-smoothie. Headless, except for a scant wisp of foam that dissipates quickly into the murky depths below. The aroma immediately makes up for what the appearance lacks, delivering a tart blend of pineapple, mango, and sweet cherries. A hint of lactic acid and pale malts in the background make for a solid, enticing nose.

Admittedly, I'm not the hugest sour ale fan. But this beer is good...really good. Lots of citrus fruits on the front of the palate, with suggestions of tangerine and grapefruit. A spicy, tropical fruit mix rides across the back of the tongue before a puckering bite of sourness sweeps in for the finish. Perfect mouthfeel, with a medium-thin body and a tight carbonation level. Juicy finish, not as dry as most Wild Ales (which I like). Overall, another insanely impressive sour from New Belgium. These guys know how to make 'em...

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Photo of BEER88
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JEdmund
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marmalade orange color, not much head formation, hazy

Awesome aroma! Fruity, tart, funky—just great and a unique smell. Not sure how much the lychee is adding as I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten one before.

Taste is…wow. Second time having this beer and it still blows my mind as much as it did the first time. Awesome sour flavor, bret funk, fruit, slight chalk (not bad), and a bit of honey malt sweetness in the finish. Perfect mouthfeel with an airy fullness from ample carbonation. Bone dry finish makes this an easy one to drink.

Tart Lychee stands out in my mind as probably my favorite beer from 2012. Nothing made me perk up and take notice quite like this one did. It’s really an enjoyable, exceptional ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle.
L: Pours cloudy gold to amber under a 2” bone white foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace.
S: Tropical fruit, light malts, and sour fruit aromas.
T: Begins with moderately tart fruit and bread flavors finishing with a lingering aftertaste of sour, sweet, fruit and bready malt. No appreciable hop presence.
F: Above average levels of fine soft carbonation with a medium to medium light body.
O: A complex, interesting and drinkable beer that might appeal to wine lovers and people who do not like beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - hazy yellow with a soft cap of white, dense head that has good retention.

S - tart, sour, cinnamon

T - nice tartness up front, mouthpuckeringly sour, a hint of cinnamon in the finish, light sweet fruitiness throughout

M - mouthpuckering, smooth, crisp, heavy carbonation leading to a lighter body

This was a delicious beer. It was perfect for sitting outside on a hot day. Great flavor, great drinkability, definitely worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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