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RATINGS: 439   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 9-14-2010 - Draught (batch #2). Quite possibly the sourest beer I’ve ever tasted, combined with a sweet fruity flavor. Unfortunately, any flavors of the malts were completely drowned out by the sour. 5-19-2012 - Bottle with Adrienne, Carla and Cole. Tastes very different than the second batch. Sweet with hints of sourness but plenty of lychee and hints of wheat sifting through. Slightly buttery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Draught (batch #2). Very cloudy neonish orange with small white head. A lot of sweet funk in nose - apricots, pineapple juice, etc. Sharp tartness on tongue fades to dull sour backtaste. Pretty damn good on a hot day. Another solid sour from NB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2588) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Reviewed from notes. Tasted on draft at Lush University Village during their special New Belgium event. Pours a cloudy peach color with a fizzy white head that recedes to nothing. The nose is lychee syrup with sour and funky notes, some vinegar, fresh grapefruit and lemon. With agitation, cinnamon and some bread really come through. The tast is very acidic with the lychee present, but taking a back seat to the lemon and grapefruit. There are also some flavors of apple cider vinegar and some earth. This beer really melds sweet and sour flavors perfectly. The body is medium with sparkling carbonation and a long tart and cinnamon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
On tap at Falling Rock poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of straw, pear, lemon, barnyard funk and a hint of leather. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of straw, lemon, horseblanket and a hint of leather with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2010
draft, batch #2, called ted’s tart lychee. heavy cloudiness is unsightly: murky and milky dark orange/pink colored body is entirely opaque, but the new belgium people in attendance seemed to be pleased with this presentation. lactic acid is forward in the nose, brettanomyces not so much, and oak is generally nonexistant. the lychee character is ambiguous: could guess some soft peach or apricot fruit if not told it’s lychee, but as the glass warms it begins to approach and actual lychee flavor and aroma. tartness is extreme when served cold but mellows as it warms, and the heavy yeast character (acidic, peppery, pasty, doughy) becomes more approachable as well with temperature. could benefit from more nuanced and delicate acidity (lactic acid especially could be attenuated by some light sweetness or something, I’m not sure). fun beer that certainly grew on me over a couple of glasses, but I wonder if it could be presented in a condition other than "we shook the shit out of the keg just prior to tapping".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Tasted on tap at the 4th Annual Stone Sour Fest on 7/18/2010. This sour ale pours a very hazy light orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white head. The aroma is fruity and tart. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity, orange, lychee, tart and funky. Nice balance. Good carbonation. A very tart and funky beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is very tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with no head.

Aroma: Fresh lychee and apple.

Taste: Funked out lychee.Very sour sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chunky.

Overall: Very enjoyable, but was more drinkable cold than warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Hazy orange with a tiny off white head. Sourish aroma with lacto, barnyard and wood. Flavour had lacto, barnyard, brett and malty hints. Finished dry and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Tap @ Belmont Station during Puckerfest... Poured cloudy orange with no head. A few swirls of the glass created a small, white head. Nose of brett, barnyard funk. Tasted of sour apples, salty, vinegar with a cracker malt feel. Lightly spiced and oaky, flaky, wood dust funk.

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