Tart Lychee | New Belgium Brewing

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814 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:
814
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 814 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of davek72
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

Appearance is a light gold with a faint orange to it. Also very hazy, which I like in this style. It tells me that lots of flavor is ahead. Aroma is sour with light fruitiness. Something similar to apple, pear or even white grape. Flavors follow the nose. A big sour punch right up front. But then faint sweet fruit flavors that remind me a lot of crisp pear. Mouthfeel is not thick, but coating and overall the beer is astringent which keeps me drinking it. I really enjoyed this and would love to have it more often.

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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 rjvanston
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DocWaters
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crotharagain
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kdubzz
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 elNopalero
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaporDome
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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