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New Belgium Lips of Faith Tart Lychee

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A new one in the Lips of Faith series, this wild ale includes 44% ale brewed with lychee fruit puree and cinnamon sticks and 56% aged in oak. That sounds like a very interesting combination to me. The other ingredients include Target hops and Pale, Caramel-80, Carapils, wheat malts, and oats.

Stats:
American Wild Ale. 7.5% ABV. Colorado. Limited Release.

Nice dark yellow color with a fluffy head.

Very interesting nose. It’s got some sour funk going on, but with a lot of fruit. Reminds me a bit of a saison. There is a bit of a spice component, but I wouldn’t guess cinnamon.

It has a light-medium body with medium carbonation.

The sour and fruity-ness hit you first and this will make you pucker a bit. It’s a little more than just tart, but it’s not over-the-top for me. The sourness is balanced by a fairly heavy sweetnes. Now that cinnamon comes through just a bit. It ends on a slight vanilla and honey note.

This is one of New Belgiums finer efforts in my humble opinion. I do have 2 problems with it, but it’s on the personal side. Firstly, it’s too sweet for me. If it was cut down, this would be tremendously more drinkable. Also, I don’t really get why they put cinnamon in here. It’s kinda there in the background, but doesn’t add a thing for me. 91 points.

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