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RATINGS: 490   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
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 wouldnít be surprised if the beer used in this was aged in the same oak. Thereís 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 Lindemannís 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 Iíll buy another if only for that effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2016
From a bottle at the Fall 2016 L.E.A.F. Slightly hazy yellow-gold body with a fine white head. Tart and fruity aroma. Flavor: Moderately high tartness. Fruit notes include lemon and pear, in addition to subtle lychee. Smooth but near puckering feel, with a surprisingly full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3764) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served displaying a cloudy orange, with a fluffy, fingerís width of white head foam, and web-like lacing. Initial sweetness and light spice in the aroma subtly mellowed the tartness & tanginess of the esters as lychee and green grape. The body was somewhat light, with decent carbonation, as the taste added a hint similar to Tang breakfast drink to the existing esters+, along with a hint of salinity. The texture thinned a bit, but on the whole, a pretty flavorful Sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Hazy golden with a white head. Tart with berries, cedar, light spices, bread and fruit. Refreshing and easy to drink. A tasty one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 5, 2016
Appearance: hazy to cloudy medium gold, two fingers of off-white head, excellent retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart citrus, slightly funky sweet and gritty lychee, crackery pale malt, woody, very light cinnamon. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, light bitter, light spice. (8/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering tart and lightly spicy finish. (4/5) I was a little hesitant with this one - the LoF series has been a little hit-and-miss for me lately, with really only La Folie being consistently excellent. Others have been a bit ďmehĒ (e.g. the Blackberry Barley Wine) or worse (the Hof Ten Dormaal Golden Ale leaps to mind). The flavours for this one are actually somewhat reminiscent of La Folie, but with less depth. On the other hand I am definitely getting the lychee, so I guess it accomplishes what it sets out to do. On yet another hand (yes, I have three hands) itís a little pricey for what it is. Ultimately worth it, I think it, but there are better examples of the style (albeit not with lychee) for cheaper - their own La Terroir, for example. (16/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6293) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Tart and fruity smell with some tropical fruits. Similar taste. Refreshing. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1458) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 27, 2016
New Belgiumís LoF Tart Lychee is totally unlike any sour Iíve had. In fact, itís unlike any beer Iíve ever had. Gold-colored pour - textbook Sour appearance. Pretty typical Sour aromas, too: bright, fruity, and funky yeast esters - champagne-like. Flavor is completely unique with (very) sour sensations coming through, sweet tea-like lychee fruit, and a bit of spice. Itís tart, but also very light and refreshing. Itís stupid easy to drink. This is a lovely example of weird beer, one that I could happily tip back all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (1715) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Bottle. A- Plastic, rubber, sour, subtle lychee. A- Golden color, hazy liquid, white fizzy head. T- Sour, tart, very subtle lychee, subtle plastic, acidic. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, refreshing finish. O- Really tasty. Could use a ton more lychee. It was definitely subtle and hardly noticeable. But even with the mostly absence of it, it was a great sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cokemonkey11 (537) - - SEP 19, 2016
Big brown bottle. American. Pours medium pale yellow and opaque. Thin foam residing. Scent is medium dense sour ale. Taste is sour ale and a bit Lychee. Slightly acidic. Great. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours a bright straw yellow with a foamy white head. Funky tart aroma. Taste is somewhat tart but a little dry. Not as enjoyable as I had hoped for but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1296) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours light hazy lemon color, white head. Aroma is lychee (surprise surprise), sugar, slightly sour funk, more funk than sour, citrus. Flavor is lovely puckering sour notes, lychee, some citrus. Nice! New Belgium does well in the sour department.

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