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:
220
Ratings:
802
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 802
Photo of callmescraps
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Goat recently. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance- I don't really have anything nice to say here. I am trying to keep the style in mind, but it still didn't look terribly appealing. It was a light, almost apple cider color. Cloudy. Not even a hint of head, and absolutely no lacing. If this was a different style this score would be much lower.

Smell- Plenty of sour apple. Some good funk. Definitely fruits. Is this what lychee smells like? Hmmm, I don't have a fresh one handy to compare. Smells like old apples left rotting in the box of a barn. A tad muted.

Taste- Tart, for sure. A nice sour apple, followed by some other fruits (probably the lychee again). The tartness is balanced by real sweetness. As it warms it gets sticky-sweet. A lot of pear as well. Almost cloying at the end. Want some more funkiness.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Gets a little syrupy after awhile.

Drinkability- Refreshing for a hot day if consumed nice and cold, much less so if consumed on a temperate day or indoors.

Pretty disappointed. I tried this again and came to the same conclusion. I just want the sour/funk to balance better with the sweetness and the fruits. I think it gets too syrupy and sweet, honestly.

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Photo of KDawg
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear yellow color with a small head. Almost champagne-like in appearance.

Nice and balanced aromas of sour apples, candied fruits, florals and some lychees.

Nice and tart flavors with a good medium feel. There is a bit of thinness to it with with notes of sour apples, florals and some candied fruits. There didn't seem to be any lychees on the feel.

There was also a fizziness on the feel too. The feel did let things down a slight bit, but this was a nice a real nice wild ale.

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Photo of Auracom
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at MSCM. 12 oz. served in a snifter on September 9th, 2012.

A - Look almost exactly like The Bruery's Mother Funker. Super hazy peach coloring with absolutely no head, retention, or lacing.

S - Lychee fruit, which is softly sweet. Underneath is light spice, mango, banana, and honey baked bread.

T - Mild tartness, tangy lychee citrus, light vinegar acidity, sweet almost papaya like fruit flavor.

M - Light body, light to moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The tanginess of this is unique and would make me revisit. Overall quite refreshing.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (22 oz). Slightly cloudy pale orange with almost no head or lacing. Aroma is of oak, tropical fruits, cinnamon, wild yeast and some vinegar. Taste is moderately sweet with a snappy mouthfeel and moderate sourness. Sight spiciness on the otherwise clean finish. Bottle kept in the refrigerator almost a year, and still tastes fresh. Won't let it go that long again though! A very nice straight-ahead sour with nothing wrong with it. I have been enjoying all the entries in this wonderful series.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a thin, almost non-existent white head of half a finger. The head disappears almost instantly.

S - Sweet fruit, funky and tart yeast, pale malts, and heavy sugars. Light, indistinct spice. Pungent.

T - Light fresh fruit are countered well by lively tart yeast. Lychee is ever present. No hops characteristics to speak of. Orange zest and other light citrus. Refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy, thick, and well carbonated. It's ok at best.

D - It's a good attempt, though New Belgium produces far better sour. I'd pass on it in the future.

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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 afrokaze
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been slacking on the reviews lately, here we go...

Pours a hazy light orange with decent head that doesn't hang around long but leaves great lacing.

Aroma is predominantly light tropical fruit and tart lemony citrus, some cinnamon, a touch of oak and funk.

Wow, lychee is a delicate flavor but it's on full display here, with a nice mix of tropical/pineapple sweetness mixed with tart lemon, some light wood and funk, some cinnamon heat, grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol heat on the end.

Just right, not too astringent like some wild ales but definitely drier than most NB beers, which I like. There's a touch of heat on the palate that melds well with the cinnamon and tart dryness.

Really enjoyed this more than I expected, lychee is a complex flavor but they nailed it. The cinnamon is fairly balanced and gives it a bit of sweetness to balance out the mainly tart flavors.
Sort of like a big berliner weisse with a twist.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had a taste of the Tart Lychee at Brouwers Bigwood festival, a celebration of 60 wood aged monsters. The Tart Lychee was a surprise for me, because I really don't care for New Belgium brewing.

It poured a frightening hazy yellow, smelled of apples and oranges and citrus and citric acid, it stood with considerable carbonation but very little head, fizzy like a canned soda. The sourness could have stood up and slapped you given just a hair of sentience.

The beer was magnificent, I quickly pulled it from table rotation and snarled at any hand that tried to liberate it from my grasp. This beer restored my faith in New Belgium to produce a beer of character, a beer of distinction.

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Photo of rodkin
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, hazy, grainy kind of orange. Small head, which dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell is nice. Some tart funkiness, kind of barnyard smells, and a bit of fruity sweetness at the tail end.

Taste isn't quite as nice as the smell. Some tart funkiness, a little bit of The lychee is not as pronounced as I'd like, and the cinnamon is pretty much non-existent. It's definitely not unpleasant. It's actually pretty tasty and really drinkable, just a little simple. The sourness is a little more mild than I'd like too.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, maybe a little thin. It's crisp though, and easy to drink.

A nice drink for the summer, though a bit disappointing. I would have liked more pronounced flavors.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with my roommate and good buddy Chris. Cheers, sir!

Pours a golden color with some deeper orange hues. Head is a few fingers at its most active and sticks around nicely once it sinks to a modest half-finger in my glass. Some spotty lace shows up. The beer itself is moderately-hazy with some cloudy protein-like fine particulate floating throughout. Not an amazing looking beer, but not bad either really. At least it has some solid retention and at least attempts to throw out some lace; better than a lot of sour beers these days can do, apparently.

Nose is raspberry, cherry and lychee (kind of like a sweet grape) with some minor notes of rose petals and stiff wood. Some very slight elements of spice from the cinnamon addition. I probably wouldn't really be able to place it if I wasn't told there was cinnamon in here, though. Power of suggestion and all that, you know? Some wheat-like maltiness and Sauvignon Blanc character as well if I really get in there. Tropical fruit (mango and guava) notes come out as this warms, as well as slightly more vanillin-like aspects from the wood. A very complex and interesting nose. Great impression here.

Flavor is a little less focused on tartness than I was led to believe from the beer name itself but I'm cool with it because there are lots of subtle and nuanced notes here. First of all, the three-year aged sour beer that was the basis for this is delightful... a mildly-sour blonde beer with prominent tropical notes and a good dose of barrel character. A bit vinous as well, as I could tell would be the case from the nose. The lychee gives off a prominent raspberry and grape-like flavor and the cinnamon does actually come out a bit here towards the end of each sip. Tannic oak is somewhat noticeable in the finish as well, attempting to balance out the sweet/tart flavors that dominate the majority of the palate.

The beer is mouth-coating and rather rich with a detailed, thick and chewy feel. The carbonation is on the lower end; lower than I expected, honestly. Not sure this has any real need to be 7.5%... it probably would've done fine at 6-7% but it doesn't really detract from the drinking experience at all. Glad to have tried this one. Very interesting. Probably a one-and-done but I liked it a lot for what it was, and it's quite an out-of-the-box idea.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 33! A New Belgium LOF new development, Tart Lychee. I've heard good things about this one, looking forward to digging in.

Poured from bottle into 512 Anniversary glass. Pours a very cloudy dark yellow/light orange color. Small bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Great looking beer. Smell- a complex aroma, consisting of banana yogurt, strawberry, orange citrus. Guessing this aroma is the lychee used in this beer, it presents a nice tropical, funky waft. Taste- hard to call this a sour. While there is some element of pucker here, its really just a tropical salute to the lychee fruit. This is a wonderfully drinkable beer, but I am not getting a whole lot of complexity in the taste that gives away anything but some sort of tart, tropical, fruit. I know cinnamon is supposed to be involved, but i don't see it. I cannot claim it as either a wild or a sour. Maybe, some sort of tart fruit beer. Either way, its heavily drinkable, shows no sign of booze for 7.5%, and is very enjoyable. Glad I bought a couple bottles, could see buying more.

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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 t420o
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium tart lychee

A- pour produces a 1finger white head that recedes quick leaving little in the way of lacing. Beer is a deep straw color and cloudy. 3.5 

S- a little tart and sour with good malt balance. Smells good. 4

T- I really like this one. It's like a sour/tart tropical fruit flavor with a almost wheat like malt taste balancing it out. Slight cinnamon taste as well. My only complaint is the taste goes away quick. I'd prefer that it linger on the palate a little longer. 4

M- lighter on the carbonation but good body. 4 

O- it's a good beer but there is room for improvement. 3.5

B+

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

Reviewed 12/22/2009. On tap at Brouwer's. Poured into NB globe (0.4 L).

Ar: Floral, tart, US sour aroma (controlled funk limited sour), light perfumy sweetness

Ap: Hazy peach, light tan low head, good retention, coarse

T: Rather tart, lactic, lightly sweet end, good fruitiness, peach, pear, tropical fruit, Similar to temptation, sweet soured blonde, acetic and lactic acids, perfumy, honey/light caramel sweetness, green grape

M: Medium body, med/light carb, warming acid

O: Good sweet soured blonde, floral and fruit forward, would prefer more funk and less sweet, I like La Folie more

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Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip at the goat.

Pours an opaque orange pink color with zero head.

Light tartness and sweet blend well, leaves a fruity tartness in the mouth. Medium thin in the mouth, still tasting the tart a few minutes later.

Glad I tried this, not sure I would order it again.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three year old Wild Beer blended with lychee and a touch of Ceylon cinnamon.

Tart Lychee pours a hazy, straw color with a thin white head and minimal lace. Aromas of wild fruit, cinnamon, funk, and a bit of wheat create an interesting nose, maybe the lychee has something to do with that. Tart and sour cherry-like flavors dominate on the palate, with hints of woodiness and cinnamon faint but present. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. This one will make you pucker up just a bit!

Cheers!

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I don't really care for sours. Got this as part of a tasting flight. That said, it is the best sour I've ever tasted.
The color is about lager-light, slightly cloudy, with a thick white head that hangs around forever. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is super sour as you would expect, but balanced with a fair amount of sweetness and an appley taste on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel oversized tulip.

A - Very hazy golden orange. Big and resilient white fizzy head. Left a healthy amount of lacing to my glass.

S - I get a little bit of tartness. Digging deep I can find that cinnamon and a touch of sweet ripe cherry. Never picked up on really any brett characters.

T - The tartness starts early and reminds me of eating underrippened raspberries straight from the bush. After that initial tartness I get a glance of light, bisquity malts. The tartness is pretty much throughout and is detectable on the sides near the back of my tongue. In the mix of it all comes some spiced flavors from the yeast. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Carbonation seems to be moderate to moderate-high, I liked the way it danced on my tongue with the flavor. Body is on the light side of moderate. The beer seemed pretty dry throughout.

O - This beer is hard to put my finger on. It could possibly use some aging to show more brett and/or sour personality. I really had to dig deep to find aroma traits other than tart berries. Flavor seemed to have complexity but never strayed too far. Great mouthfeel for this beer. Good summer beer, yet could use time to develop more flavors.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet, slightly chilled. Thanks to Aman at B&B for this recommendation.

A - Pours a murky straw yellow with a pure white head. Some lacing with minimal retention

S - sour citrus with a bit of yeasty funk, but not overpowering by any means.

T - again, fairly sour with the yeasty, malty backbone, a little funky

M - not overly carbonated, not too thick, no alcohol to speak of

O - I don't do sours too often, still trying to find my way around the style. This one was pretty good for me, makes me want to try more sours.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice beer!!!

fast fading head with little lacing

sour smell with sweet undertones

taste is sweet then sour...very nicely balanced, i don't taste the cinnamon or anything that makes it sweet but sweetness is there

feel is dry and sour

overall i could drink this beer all day and night long!

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with 2 fingers of white head that recede to a thin cap.

The smell is quite tart up front, very similar to La Folie, with a Flemish Brown, woodsy tart aroma. But as it warms the sweet fruit and spice really come out. I definitely get a tropical fruit sweetness that is distinctly lychee but not overpowering or cloying, just present. The cinnamon also adds a hint of spice to balance the sweet and tart.

The flavor is more of the same. Strongly sour but not overpoweringly so. Some complexity on the palate but not quite as much as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is nice, full without being too big. I had no problem handling the whole 22oz myself.

Overall this is a really nice sour beer, that is at least for the time being, easily available at a reasonable price point, definitely worth checking out, especially if you like lychee.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Delicate pour into a lambic glass led to a modest white head aloft a very hazy golden ale.

S - Fruity - lime/pear - grassy and wheat

T - They warned us - pucker up. Sour, tart, but presence of malt, wheat, and fruit flavors keeps this from a sour patch kid brew. Complex - dry bitter finish; fruit flavors -probably lychee - lingers. Noticeable alcohol presence. Became less approachable as it warmed and I re-cooled it down before continuing. I did pick up light cinnamon, but no oak presence or earthy tone. Think light, summer.

M- Thin and lightly carbonated.

Given how much is going on with this ale, there is balance. These lips of faith series are an enjoyable leap of faith.

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Photo of mtlasley
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tart Lychee pours a deeply hazy light amber/yellow color. Carbonation is visible but only provides a half finger head that is gone as soon as it shows up. Reddish Amber peeks from the center when held to the light

Very similar "sour" profile to La Folie and I wouldn't be surprised if the beer used in this was aged in the same oak. There's a lightly sweet fruit scent under the sour that blends with oak and a roasty cinnamon. A nice layering effect in the scent here.

A quick flash of malt up front is chased away by the La Folie sour profile of Lacto and oak. This is followed by an almost fruit juice like sweet character that makes the whole thing go down almost too easy. The roasty cinnamon is also there in the end but not very noticeable. Tart Lychee is not as sour in the glass as it is on the nose.

Lightly dry in the mouth up front but "juicy" as it goes down . Decent carb, could have used a bit more though.

Decent but for the price, I could get a 750 of Lindemann's Cuvee Renee for a much stronger sour profile. Still, incredibly drinkable and tasty. An alright showing from Fort Collins, something about this just keeps beckoning for sips and I'll buy another if only for that effect.

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Photo of cps98
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber I picked up at Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Cloudy stray color with a delicate and fine head that dissipates fairly quickly.

N: Tart (citrus) and funk (like horse sweat) and a definite sweetness in the background.

T/M: The flavors follow the nose with an immediate sourness that dominates, but certainly does not overpower. The tartness gives way to a nice absolute sweetness (presumably that of lychee). The body is light and easy drinking. The tartness does NOT clench the jaw, but simply tickles the edges of the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It definitely achieves what the brewer is going for: Sour and sweet. Honestly, for my taste, I would not mind if this one were a little more tart....but really, not a bad beer. Just a little pricy for what I expected.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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