Tart Lychee, New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 7.5 percent
Serving Type: 22-ounce bomber
Malty? Hoppy? Not much of either; sweet and sour.
Reviewed: June 2012
We've been on a bit of a sour beer kick lately. (With good reason: There are some must-try sours out there.) But here's the problem with drinking these brews all the time: Not everyone likes 'em—some palettes find the strong, tart flavors off-putting. Luckily, New Belgium's Tart Lychee may be the perfect go-between for sour and non-sour drinkers.
This concoction is a blend of an oak-aged sour ale and ale brewed with cinnamon and lychee fruit. The result is a well-balanced brew that isn't too sweet or sour. The beer pours a cloudy, golden-straw color and smells faintly of cinnamon. The sour flavor hits first. Those notes don't last long, though; a strong, berry-like fruit kicks in and the beer finishes more like a sweet, Belgian-style ale. It's a ride we think sour-beer lovers will enjoy and those unfamiliar with the style should give a shot. Call it an evangelizing sour.
Would we buy it again? If it's your first sour beer, you'll be pleased.