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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
56% ale aged in oak, 44% ale brewed with lychee and cinnamon.

To sweet and sour! In celebration of one of the greatest combinations ever, lychee fruit brings tropical sweetness to the party hosted by Felix, our golden wood-aged sour beer. Cinnamon sticks were invited to spice things up and so are you! Get in on the tasty revelry that is Tart Lychee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Head spinningly sour. This murky orange-golden beer with a tint of ruby is opaque and without a head. Very tart and shocking on the tongue but somewhat balanced by oak tannins and Ceylon cinnamon. Almost like lemon-grapefruit juice in appearance and flavor, but more tart. Another great depiction of what New Belgium is doing with their line-up of sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2009 Brouwer’s Café Big Wood – Seattle, WA
Aroma – Huge sour aroma.
Appearance – Orange in color, Murky/hazy with a light head.
Flavor – Big sour flavor this was a fruit sour brew.
Palate – Dry pucker finish with a nice Mouthfeel.
Overall Smooth super sour ale this was for the tart people.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Pours like orange juice, murky and cloudy with almost no head. Nose brings on some tart citrus and funky cheese... but in a good way. Flavor is very tart and sour, big juicy citrus flavors, hints of pepper into the finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2009
On tap at the Portland Holiday Ale Festival. Colour... very cloudy, golden-straw with a thick ecru head. Nose... plenty of tart tropical fruits! Palate... YOW! My salivary glands are on overload!! Tart is an understatement! Loads of mouth puckering sour-dom, redolent of lychee, kiwi, under ripe pippins, pineapple rind, star fruit skin and green persimmons. Tart enough for you? Hell yea!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
On tap at Naja’s. Murky orange brown with a small off-white head, fading to nothing before long. Nose is dominant of lacto and lemon, oak, and light leather. There is also some light nondeScript sweet malt. Flavor follows suit with some sour strawberries and acidity peaking at a 5. Semi-dry with some wheat showing up as well. Very light, yet prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Very tasty, but I prefer Le Terroir and La Folie.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Had midway through a tasting flight of 9 beers at Brouwer’s Big Wood event. This is for me the beer that stood out the most. It was not the best tasting or most complex beer there. However, it had captured the essense of Lychee in it’s aroma and flavor. Balanced around the sour-sweetness of the beer and a cleansing, astringent finish. It brought up memories of Japan and it reminded me of the time my sister smuggled me in fresh Lychees over the border from Canada. A personal favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Draft at Brouwer’s Big Wood ’09. Poured a hazy amber orange with no head. Very uncarbonated. This one surprised me a lot since I didn’t have high expectations for it. Has a distinct lychee aroma with lemony sourness and some funk. Flavor is more juicy, sweet lychee, lemon and vinegar sourness, bretty funk, a slight astringency, and dry, tannic oak on the finish. The flavors all balance out well and it’s only moderately sour. While the lack of carbonation looks off-putting, the mouthfeel is full and rich like a good apple cider. A nice, tasty surprise that was very easy to drink as sour ales go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1229) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Draft at Bigwood 09. Pours a super thick/murky golden with zero head and just a trace of bubbles around the edges, but not much. It really looks like fresh pressed apple cider. Nice tart, earthy slightly fruity nose. Tart green apples, light peach, woodsey cider vinegar, with a ’creamy’ feel to it. Mouth feel is actually much better than you would think from looking at it. The flavor is a great tart fruit flavor with great earthy wood notes that play well in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Opaque, diahriah orange mud with no head. Nose is sour, funky, and juicy. Super sour chunky lychee flavors...in fact, the lychee is quite vivid. Lots of citrus/orange mimosa characteristics as well..plump sweet citrus flesh and unrelentless sourness underneath. Mouthfeel is thick and tremenously juicy...carbonation is prickly...a little funky underneath as well, reminding you that this is wild beer and not a mimosa. Nothing wrong with this stuff...the huge amount of juicy flavors may make it seem a little less refined than some top tier sour ales, and the appearance is anything but inviting, but other than that...this shit is off the hook.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1477) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2009
FoBAB. Pour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aroma is sour, funky, sweet, lychee, and lemon. The flavor of this one is notably more sweet initially than most sours I have had. The lychee dominates early but is outlasted by the vinegary tartness of the base beer. Finish is crisp with just a lingering hint of lychee. Solid.

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