Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
88
very good
810 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
810
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving on tap, in a tulip. Appearance is cloudy yellow, not much head, and not very appealing. The aroma and the taste are fruity. I don't know lychee, so to me, this seems like green apple. It's got a nice balance of sweet and tart, just sweet enough so that it's not mouth puckering, and tart enough to wake you up. Overall, it's a fine beer, but it lacks the flavor complexity of my favorite sours.

 407 characters

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crotharagain
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kdubzz
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Hazy orange with the slightest hint of a pink opaqueness. Thick, lingering white head, heavy lacing.
S- Flowery, sweet, light fruits such as peaches, a bit of earthiness in there as well.
T- Tart up front, with a rose petal-like sweetness in the the background somewhere. The cinimon is present on the back of the tongue as it goes down.
F- Lower carbonation, medium bodied.
O- Quite enjoyable, and would be even more so on a hot summer's day. It's refreshing and thirst quenching.

 485 characters

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

Dull copper to gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's no head on it. I smell cinnamon and sweet lychee fruit. The cinnamon and sweet lychee blend well with the gentle tartness from the wild yeast which I suspect to be lactobacillius. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and there's a nice cooling sensation perhaps from the lychee.

 347 characters

Photo of BEER88
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Third beer from the Tour de Fat. This pours a hazy golden amber. It’s tart and funky, with plenty of the titular lychees in abundance. This was an interested combination.

 172 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such an enigma, the lychee fruit, but one that New Belgium brewers whole-heartedly embrace using copious amount of the exotic eastern hemisphere fruit to decorate their wild, Lips of Faith series of sour ale.

Tart Lychee commands the senses with a delicate perfume of rose, strawberry, grape and raspberry. Pale gold in its color, the beer's frothy lather is also bready with angel-food cake and a honey-like maltiness to taste.

As the ale unfolds, the sourness takes hold and slowly dictates a tart, refrehsing and crisp sourness that hinges on citrusy lime, cidery apple and vinous white grape. Candied in its fruitiness, the lychee fruit rounds into a powder coated strawberry with light glaze and supple fructose. Berry-like and softly winey with zinfindale, the beer's light bitterness comes way of verbena and sassafras herbal nature.

Medium-bodied but trending tart and semi-dry, the beer's body retains a modest sweetness and a bold fruitiness to keep the session fruit-centric, semi-sweet and tantalizingly tart. A perfumy aftertaste is wrapped in a light earthiness of cork and burlap for a rustic spiciness in complement.

 1,136 characters

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaporDome
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh damn this big brewery did it again--another mouth watering sour.

Cloudy yellow-orange with a thin film.

Smell is very nicely sour, with lactic lemon-lime, orange, slight funk, and Asian pear.

Taste is green apple, green grape, Asian pear--just perfectly tart.

Feel is frothy, soft, and semi-wet. Very much like a unique spin on champagne.

 345 characters

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

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

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on October 4, 2016.

68 characters

Photo of jscheuf
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bossgarlic
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent sour, just tapped, hint of funkiness. Not worth 7$ for 10 oz, especially since it's local.

97 characters

Photo of WickedBeer
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe