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
Ratings:
815
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
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57
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84
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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint during their Allagash and New Belgium event.

Pours a fairly-hazy light peach color with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing and a thin collar.

Some fresh lychee and moderate acidity comes through the first whiff. Behind that is some light bready Brett. The flavor adds in quite a bit of acidity and a really nice lychee presence. I don't taste the cinnamon at all. I don't really care, as I dont think that would add to the beer at all.

Body is light with mild bit of funk plus pretty-prominent fruit and a really nice acidity. Really enjoyable. I'm glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this gem.

Decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over super hazy peach golden colored beer.

Nose brings some tart funk, light horse blanket funk, lots of tart berry, almost cherry like but not quite, more like generic berry. Light acidity and soured fruit, with a light vanilla oak rounding. As it goes the cherry-berry aroma get a bit stronger, and a hint of cinnamon even comes through. Quite complex.

Taste starts quite tart and acidic, funky flavored but not really horseblanket, just funk. Fruit is explosive, strange fruit flavors though. Again cross between a sour cherry, generic berry, and rhubarb like. Acidity bites through a bit with the tartness, and a little phlemy, but not super sour. Sweetness is a bit more than I expected, with a light bready malty flavor, almost syrupy fruit extract syrupy like flavor, and a hint of cinnamon. the oak comes through as well, with some vanilla rounding and light toasty oak flavors. There is also a hint of esters. The finish stays phlemy and dries just a bit, with a slight bready malt, nice acidic bite, hint of booze coming through, some more vanilla oak with a touch of cinnamon, all linger, but the fruit really stays for a while, tart berry and rhubarb.

Mouth is med bodied, a little phlemy and almost slimy like, sweeter than I expected, although the carbonation is decent but could have been higher.

Overall pretty good, but mixed feelings. It has some nice parts to it, but others that could improve. Nice and complex with lots of interesting flavors blended, great tart fruit and oak, and the hint of cinnamon is an interesting unique addition. However, just a bit too sweet, not funky or sour enough, the finish doesn't dry as much as it should, etc. Maybe if this sat for another year it will be great. I'll have to get another bottle and find out.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed apricot color, with a finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with some moderate ringing around the edges of glass, leaving back some light foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides. The aroma is tart in the nose, with a white fleshy fruit character standing out and being complimented by some added notes of light earthy oak, a touch of funky Brett and a little cinnamon across the back.

The taste has a sugary sweetness on the edges with a tart yet juicy fruit core and that cinnamon adding some pizzazz to the profile. The finish is all Brett and to a much lesser extent the barrel, with a dry finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer creamy crispness in the mouth and then more of an underlying oiliness to the feel that really keeps this smooth and helps those tart flavors flow. I’m hardly getting any of that 7% ABV here.

This was interesting and ultimately pretty enjoyable. This was my first experience with lychee and I really liked the combination of juicy fruit flavor and more tart grape skin like character that this brought to the table. The wild and barrel characteristics here did a nice job of supporting that and didn’t overrun the profile in any way. New Belgium sure comes up with some interesting beers in their Lips of Faith series and this one is no different.

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

A: Pours a hazy orangish yellow with an instant solid 1-finger frothy white head which fades quickly to a small cap and edges leaving some rings of lace.

N: Tropical fruits, funk, oak, spices, and faint yeast.

T: Meshed sweet lychee fruit with cinnamon spices interplays with funky/musty oak and some lemon citrus zest. Mildly tart with yeasty notes.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sweet and tart. Semi-dry finish. Perhaps a tad thin. Refreshingly bright.

O: Interesting combination of lychee and cinnamon does work. Suspect Felix base with the funk and oak. Try it and see for yourself.

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

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a bright golden color with a thin but frothy head covering the top. It left some good lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma is very tart and sour. I get a lot of green apple and sour lemon flavors to it. It definitely has a strong fruit presence that I assume is the lychee, but I can't say I know what lychee smells like though. It's a little acidic, but not too bad. The sour lychee fruit was a little strange at first, but I'm really starting to like it the more I get into it.

The taste also has a strong sour fruit flavor throughout. Again, green apple and sour lemon are both things that come to mind as I'm drinking it. The finish is a little acidic, but the fruit helps cut through it. The sourness lingers pretty well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall, it was a very interesting and pretty good beer. It was a little strange at first as the sour lychee flavors were very strong and unique. The more I got into it though the more I liked it. I really liked that it had a very bold sourness to it without becoming overly acidic or one dimensional. I definitely appreciated the uniqueness of it as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a well-clouded, dark yet dim golden-orange body with a short-lived, whitish head.

Smell: Soiled, soured, lightly funky wooden planks given a liberal dusting of finely-ground cinnamon powder. Fine fruity, sweet-scented notes of ingratiating lychee close out the aroma but, for me, are marred by the unnecessary presence of the cinnamon.

Taste: Sourish, woodsy notes countered with spoonfuls of white grape jelly overneath notes of pale malts and caramel-edge wheat. Well-rounded acidity. Then, there's the blasted cinnamon, which just isn't complimentary to the overall flavor. I signed up for Tart Lychee, not Tart Cinnamon Lychee. Perhaps they simply had a few sacks left over from brewing Cocoa Mole and were taking the "waste not, want not" approach to beer production. Sweet, acidic, fruity finish with some underlying sourness, and, erg, more of the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Hrm. I would've enjoyed this quite a bit more minus the cinnamon.

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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 atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Savor 2016

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

Had on tap at Latona Pub.

A: A very hazy golden/orange color with a foamy white head, about one inch in height that dies down quickly leaving a small cap on top.

S: Nice tartness with some fruity aromas of cherry and some other dark stone fruits. Faint spices as well.

T: Nice brett flavor mixed with some strong fruity flavors. More cherry along with lychee giving it a slight sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation

O: Quite impressed, liked it a good bit. Nice fruity flavors with a good combination of brett/tartness in this one.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/07/12 notes. Was very happy to see this on tap at RFD in Washington, DC before Lupulin. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour dark fruits, light spice, fruity malts. Very nice mix of brett and sour fruits, I really like the nose.

t - Tastes of brett, lightly soured dark fruits, bready malts, fruity malts. Very good still and the brett is still here, though the taste is not as sour as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Lots of brett and the nose was awesome with a nice amount of sour dark fruits as well. Hope to see this in bottles as I'd definitely pick it up, and would like to have it again.

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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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Getting a second shot at this beer thanks to Solidarity. This stuff pours a lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, cinnamon, a berry-like fruitiness that I assume to be lychee, and some red apple skin. The taste holds notes of that same tart lychee (how thoroughly appropriate), light apple cider, and a pleasant abundance of cinnamon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, an enjoyable brew, one that went surprisingly well with the Firkin's always delicious smoked salmon wrapped around goat cheese. Just sayin'...

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh

A - hazy yellow with a soft cap of white, dense head that has good retention.

S - tart, sour, cinnamon

T - nice tartness up front, mouthpuckeringly sour, a hint of cinnamon in the finish, light sweet fruitiness throughout

M - mouthpuckering, smooth, crisp, heavy carbonation leading to a lighter body

This was a delicious beer. It was perfect for sitting outside on a hot day. Great flavor, great drinkability, definitely worth a try.

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Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 815 ratings.
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