Lips Of Faith - Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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:
209
Ratings:
753
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at JULIAN in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. I never got to try it when it came out, and I'd pretty much given up hope on ever running into it anywhere, so this was a nice treat. The only negative is that they served it to me with a 6-8 oz taster glass, like a shot glass or mini tumbler. Not the end of the world, however.

Appearance - Pours a faintly hazy brassy golden color with a seemingly pinkish/rose hue to it. Foam grows to about a finger thick of effervescent bubbles before quickly slinking away, like watching fog recede on a time-lapse video. Settles with a rim of porcelain bubbles and a smattering of translucent foam mottling the surface.

Smell - An acidic tartness wafts through and is supported by a sweeter fruity element, notes of pear, green apple, perhaps white plum. There is even some funkiness and traces of oak from the aged portion. Hints of cinnamon and spice faintly trail the fruit and acid.

Taste - Wow. What a wonderfully-conceived beer. The LOF series has been a little hit or miss, but I really like this. There is a pleasant tang of sour, more green apple and faint vinegar notes, but then the cinnamon comes through stronger than with the aroma, imparting a sinus-arousing note of spiciness. Lychee is a good choice because it's a complex fruit that has a lot of characteristics that remind of other fruits, so it provides perfect balance for the tart and funk.

Mouthfeel - Prickly carbonation that is reminiscent of champagne, with a light body and a semi-dry finish. Very quaffable.

Overall, one of my favorites from this series of beers. It's like La Folie's adopted cousin, raised from the same tradition, but completely it's own beer. I do wish NB would brew this beer again, and thanks to JULIAN for keeping some bottles around so that I might enjoy one.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with some hints of orange and a very thin white head.

S: The nose is quite tart with some noticeable fruit character, though I haven't smelled lychees often enough to positively identify their aroma. Some good green apple and lemon notes, along with a mild barnyard funk.

T: Lots of great lactic tartness and fruit flavors. Definitely some lychees, green apples, and lemons. The oak is there, mainly in a tannic and mildly funky form. Decent amount of brett funk and dryness.

M: A puckering tartness along with a dry finish, medium body, and moderate carbonation.

D: I've wanted to try this one for a long time now, and it lived up to my expectations. Great beer, nice balance, and complexity.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly the most unique brew at the Sour Fest.

Pours an insanely cloudy orange-ish golden brown. Looks like unfiltered fruit juice. No head. Smells like some sort of sweet fruit. I guess that's lychee. Also some wood tones and a bit of spiciness in the nose. With some trepidation, I tilted it back.

And really enjoyed it. It offered blessed relief from the crushing, crushing heat. Sweet, but with an interesting undercurrent of sour, almost unripe fruit. Quite balanced. More spice and wood in the flavor. This was very nice. Wish I could buy some in bottle form.

Could use some more carbonation, though.

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Photo of jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. This was on my "Must Try" list, sounds like something that would be right up my alley. Supposedly a one-off (for now) experimental batch.

Pours a dark, unfiltered apple juice color with a thin white head. Nice aromas and flavors of tropical fruit (don't know if I'd pick Lychee, what the hell is that anyways? I'd go with passion fruit), lemons, oak, green apples, and tart, funky Brett. Wonderfully tart and puckering, with a medium body and crisp, sharp carbonation. Finishes dry. Very drinkable, I went back for this one a second time, and could probably have done a third. One of the highlights of the day for me!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, sun-kissed golden color with a tight white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of mostly fruit with some funk on the end and with some cinnamon.

Tastes of a tart character with some fruitiness and various counter notes. Starts off with tart tropical fruits and green apple. A fairly fruity sour. This gives way to some of the cinnamon which adds a little bit of depth. The funkiness carries throughout and blends the cinnamon and tartness together, but does leave a bit of an aftertaste, that I quite like.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is another great addition to the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had while at Brewvival. Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow with very slight orange tint with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal ring very quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart fruit, sour fruit, and a nice Brett funkiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, big sour, slight tart, and just a hint of funky. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I must say that New Belgium brought their A-game to this event. This brew was another standout on the day for myself. Just a great example of a well balanced sour. The sourness and tartness worked in unison to not destroy your palate with or the other. A definite must try given the chance.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

new lips of faith series brew. this is everything i like in a sour. pours a surprisingly cloudy pale yellow wheaty color, with a one inch white fizzy head. smell is interesting, definitely tart and citric, like pink grapefruit and lemons. also some brett style sour notes. flavor is very very sour, but also tart as the name suggests. its quite acidic and puckery, but not as dry as some of them. there are fruity notes which i have to assume are from the lychees, and even a hint of oak. it says brewed with cinnamon, but i cant pick it up in either the smell or the taste, maybe just a touch in the finish, but it is definitely quite understated. i really love the feel of this beer, effervescent carbonation, medium body, and all kinds of attitude. the tartness is a welcomed addition to the sour beer palate, and this may well be my favorite lips of faith brew to date. i enjoyed it with some smoked asian chicken thighs over a spinach red cabbage mango salad. really a nice early summer beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sweet, juicy, and fairly tart fruit driven aroma. Big fruit esters throughout with hints of cherries, berries, lychee, pear, apple, and citrus orange and lemon. Yeasty with funky hints of Brett and some cinnamon spice. Pale malts with hints of wheat, cracker, oat, and biscuit. Also some hints of candied sugars, honey, and wood. Fairly earthy with hints of grassy hops. Tart and sweet smelling but balanced. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart, sweet, and juicy fruit and wheat driven taste with some funk and spice. Big taste of fruits with notes of cherries, lychee, berries, apple, pear, and some citrus orange and lemon. Notes of funk and Brett along with some cinnamon and clove spice. Some wood taste and notes of candied sugar and honey. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, grains, cracker, biscuit, and oats. Background notes of earthy hops with some notes of grass. Sweet but not overly syrupy or cloying. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Juicy and somewhat syrupy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a wild/sour ale. Good balance of fruity sweetness, tartness, and spice.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super effervescent straw/honey color with minimal beige head. Some hazing, near nil lacing & head retention

S: Tart cherry, grass & hay

T: Tart cherry, white grape, lemon zest, the brett is working well up front. Nice pineapple notes, I guess there's some lychee here, not really one of my things to be sure. I tried some lychee ice cream in Hawaii, meh... Some tartness, cherries, & pineapple in the finish, even a little vanilla

MF: Puckery, light bodied, fairly effervescent

Super drinkability, pretty approachable yet enough funkyness to impress me. This is a upper rung LOF offering, wish they all measured up this well. Not the total package, but not far from it...

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light blond body, with a bit of nice lace.

Tart, kinda tangy vague funky nose. Nice.

Awesome tart taste that nails the lychee flavor. Lingers a bit

Pretty standard feel. Carby.

This works really well, quite refreshing and a bang-on good sour.

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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Busy Bee Cafe Belgian Independence Day tulip glass. Paid $9.59/bottle

A- Ultra cloudy orange with a little bit of head. Loving the amount of sediment and yeast at the bottom of the bomber. You don't see many of the LOF beers that are unfiltered, very cool.

S- funky fruitiness with a touch of cinnamon. Kinda smells like a sour fall beer.

T- From the taste of it you can tell it was a 50/50 blend of a robust aged sour ale and fresher lychee fruit beer. You can really taste that the Tart Lychee is made with the same mother sour as the Le Terroir. You get a fair amount of sourness up front and it finishes with a bit of herby sweetness.The cinnamon comes through nicely.

M- Nice carbonation, light-medium bodied

O- For the price I really like this beer (so much so I picked up a case). Personally I would like a bit more sourness and less sweetness but overall I think it is a really tastey brew. I can see myself drinking this by a lake on a sunny day as "springtime come, and the flowers bloom".

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Photo of bmeehan
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is wonderful. You get the tartness you expect from the name and style, but it's not like every other sour in that it has a malty finish. It tastes like a sour until it doesn't, and it's very good for it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.1.12

A - Pours a cloudy lighter orange with a fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Tart fruit, spices, and flowers.

T - Lemony and citrusy, subtle spices, tart (lychee?)

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Citrusy and tart. Subtle spices make it nice and balanced.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw with a little amber. Just a thin bubbly white head on this one that fades quickly to a thin collar.

Smell. Light sour fruits, apples, pears and peach, some nice light funk. Smells pretty good.

Taste. Sour light fruits again. Some woody funk is there, a hint of spice. Medium sourness. Tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel. A bit lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonartion.

Overall. Nice fruity sour but I wouldn't have nailed the fruit as being Lychee. Even knowing what's in it make it hard to pick out the lychee specifically, but it is there especially in the finish.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
7.5% ABV, 120410031 on "label".

A - Densely hazy dirty apricot golden in color, Tart Lychee has a tall white head with good staying power and little dribbles of lace caked on the glass.

S - Sour, acidic oak bursts fourth with tingly floral hop attributes delicately lingering behind. A unique playful tropical fruitiness bounces off the sourdough bready malt as a sprinkle of light cinnamon wafts in on the back end.

T - Sweet but certainly not sugary fruit flavor hits the tongue first but is quickly abolished by bold tartness. Light acidity follows into the oak wood flavor but I'm hard-pressed to taste the cinnamon in here. The flavor is much more straight-forward; less depth.

M - The sweet and sour of Tart Lychee balances wonderful on the palate, keeping it really refreshing as it dries out the tongue. Medium-bodied and otherwise smooth, the tart, sour finish is a rewarding way to end each sip.

O - A refreshingly sour spring brew, Tart Lychee is far less deep than I had anticipated from a Lips of Faith series beer, but the oak and fruit come together nicely for a very drinkable beer. The cinnamon is lost somewhere in here but it makes little difference in the end. A good level of "sour power" at a good price point.

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Photo of Sixt9coug
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 cps98
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and enjoyed the 22oz bottle with two friends.

A – Very slight hazy deep yellow with hints of orange, has a nice fine 1 finger white head which lingered for quite a while. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – Smells of citrus, grapefruit, and reminded me of crisp fresh apple cider (probably the cinnamon).

T – Very light tart citrus flavor on the front end, finishes with the cinnamon and oak. Nothing was overpowering all flavors melded well together.

M – Very dry finishes like a dry white wine, light to medium body with nice carbonation.

O – A really nice warm weather beer, very light and refreshing with a nice tartness that wasn’t over the top.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Pours cloudy yellow, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing present, poor head retention. The aroma features a swift kick of lactic acid with tart fruit. I pick up some pear, grape, and lemongrass with a presence of cinnamon at the end. The cinnamon makes for quite an interesting twist to this American Wild Ale. The taste starts with moderate tartness which is quickly balanced by the sweeter side of the fruit character. Fleshy fruits come through with some melon and orange. The cinnamon again makes its appearance at the end, but is much less present on the palate as compared to the nose. The mouth feel is light and refreshing with a swift kick of carbonation. Overall, this is a unique offering to the Lips of Faith series. It is another solid sour ale, but not quite at the level of La Folie, Le Terroir, or Eric's Ale. Still a great brew and a great value.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 RoamingGnome
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Light copper with haze. A finger of foam was present but quickly dissipated to a collar. A bit of lacing also noted.

S) Tart... Indeed. Lychee fruit... I'll take their word for it. I got a peach melba frozen yogurt aroma. Strange, but it's what I got. I have to say, I enjoyed the nose on this brew.

T) I really liked the twang here. Not too tart or sour four my tastes at all. Definitely a little woody, lightly spiced, and fruity, which I assume was the lychee. Really nice aftertaste.

M) Medium body with mild carbonation. Really quite nice. The tartness gets you smacking those gums, but it also makes you crave another sip.

O) This was perfect for a warm summer day. Highly enjoyable, and I am glad to recommend. Cheers...

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Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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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