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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
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
780
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
19.59%
 
 
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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.9%
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 +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 MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +7.1%
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 thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +7.4%
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 ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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 glid02
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very tart green apples with hints of, wait for it, tart lychees. If I wasn't a fan of lychees and didn't know they were featured in this beer I would likely not identify them but since I'm looking it is distinct and nicely integrated. Also present are solid amounts of funk and light malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more complex. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart pear and light grape flavors. Shortly thereafter the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of lychees. Midway through the sip the profile dries out and solid amounts of funk overpower the fruit flavors. The funk, lychee, and pear flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall, this beer was exactly as advertised. The lychees were more tart than expected, but then again the name is sort of a giveaway. Distinct and very much worth a shot.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 wedge
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nebulous apricot color with a nice white slab of a head that drops down to a patchy creamy covering. Acidic and sweet fruit aromas and a smooth, warming spiciness from the cinnamon. Plenty of woody, sour ale characteristics as well. Flavor leans towards the sweet fruit, but just enough to counterbalance the sourness. Really a pleasure to drink and quaffable for 7.5%. Tart, juicy fruit (Lychee, I assume...never had it), spice, a hint of vinegar-like acidity. Dry, lightish in body, and very refreshing. I drank it down too fast. Pretty simple, but skillfully executed.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pouring into a New Belgium glass

A- A hazy golden color with an orange tint and a two finger white head.

S- Sour, some tart fruits, lychee, some cinnamon, touch of oak.

T- Sweet malts, cinnamon, balanced out with tart lychee, really good.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Another solid beer from the Lips of Faith Series. Wish it tasted as sour as the smell, but the cinnamon works well with the beer. Definitely will pick up again.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking, great tasting beer and a super summer refresher. Hazy, burnished orange gold body, big white head with terrific retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity and tart, citrusy, with pepper and subtle oak and cinnamon. Modest funkiness.

Very complex and highly gulpable at the same time. Tart fruity flavor; moderately sour and puckering but not over-the-top; a trace of oak character; light sweetness dries up in the finish and has you coming back for more quickly. Nice spiciness with cinnamon and pepper notes, some restrained brett funkiness and lemony acidity. Very well-balanced between all of its flavor characteristics.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean, quenching feel. One of my favorites of the summer, multiple bottles have been shared and enjoyed. This is one bomber I can easily have all to myself as well!

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.
Bottle kept in fridge, an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a very hazy golden color with the faintest of orange hues in it. 2 fingers width of thick foamy white head that is leaving fairly quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of tart funkiness up front. Followed by malty undertones.

T- Fruity tartness, sour green grapes. Lot's of tropical fruit. Guessing Lychee is tropical? Some mild cinnamon flavor.

M- Great medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

O- You can never go wrong with the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. The sourness is not overbearing in this one. A refreshing tart, sour beer.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden grey with a big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet, tropical fruit with some lactic sourness and funk next to hints of spice. Smells of acidic light fruit in a good way. Really nice aroma.

Taste is up front tart stone fruit that goes into a more balanced yet acidic middle before ending on the slightest hint of bitterness and cinnamon spice, which comes through mostly in the nose. Quite interesting, sour, and tasty. Really refreshing beer. Reminds of other NB sours in a good way.

Lighter bodied with higher carbonation is spot on. The alcohol is really well hidden.

This one is a real winner for Lips of Faith and one of the better NB sours I've had. It is refreshing, tart, with tropical fruit notes and spice.

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Photo of scratch69
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Slightly funky & fruity. If you give it enough time, you can smell the cinnamon.

T: Tart, funky, fruity, bright, effervescent, refreshing, and finally...delicious!

M: Incredible stuff. Perfect carbonation. I could drink this all summer.

O: Fresh, crisp, clean. A great brunch beer that serves as a great alternative to a mimosa or something of that nature.

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Photo of beertooth
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's Pre-FoBAB party. Served in a tulip/goblet glass. Review is from notes. I sipped this while listening to Lauren Salazar talk about how it was made.

This beer is an extremely hazy, pulpy looking apricot orange juice colored liquid with little floaties. There is no head and no lacing.

The nose is sour fruit, lychees, soggy wood, a tiny bit of funk. There's a bit of an acidic lacto twang as well. One of the more interesting and odd smelling beers that I've come across that actually excited me.

The first sip is a punch of sweet and sour lychee berries. Musty wood and sour funk. Really acidic citrus and lacto with a puckering twang that sticks you in the cheek. It finishes very dry and peppery and it's extremely quenching.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with no carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer and was very impressed with it. If they bottled this it could give a lot of other fruited sours a run for their money.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of fizzy foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sourness. Some cherry-like aromas.

T - Sour and tart. I guess it is lychee but it tastes a little lie cherry. There is a touch of cinnamon.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a delicious wild ale. On of the best Lips of Faith beers in a while.

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Photo of botham
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago for the pre-FoBAB party. pours a hazy orangish amber with no head and the look of apple cider.

aroma is of acidic and vinous sourness with a subtle fruit character (most likely the lychee). there is a subtle sweetness that is right alongside the sour note.

taste is more of the same with a vinous and acidic sourness that is quite tart. the fruit imparts a sweetness that works to combat the sour notes, but fails miserably (definitely a good thing!).

mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic, vinous, tart and sour. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. quite sour with a tart character that adds to the overall experience. solid drinkability as well. cheers!

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
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