Well, I had so much fun sharing beer with you on Tuesday that I decided we needed another! And since this here beer has been taking up room in my beer fridge for a while, I decided that today was the day!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages (Over 21) and Pū'ali koa everywhere... feast your eyes on the beer glass in the center ring, I give you.... Tart Lychee from New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins Colorado.
Pouring a dark straw color, it forms a nice thick foamy head that recedes to a steady white blanket to protect the surface and brings you an alluring fruit filled sour nose with not a hint of hops and a mild lemon whang.
The first sip is rather surprisingly full bodied from what I’ve read about this beer. There are hints of strawberry, wheat, melon and that distinctive, yet light sour character that New Belgium is becoming so well known for.
The more I sip, the more I think I’m detecting somewhat of a citrus character just as I swallow. There is also a nice wood-aged character that is really not in the forefront, but is easily detectable.
This little sour beer is seriously refreshing. I wish I had tried this earlier this summer when I was mowing and grilling!
I have not the faintest clue what the hell a Lychee is, but they say it’s sweet as candy and cloying in everything it touches. But in this beer, it’s subtle, brings a nice sugar balance to the New Belgium
Sour flavor and plays nicely with what I can easily say is a very fruity whit beer base.
The finish is long, fruity, mildly sour and quite satisfying.
As the beer warms up, and you know I always let a beer warm up a bit, there becomes a subtle cinnamon wave that blends with the tropical fruitiness and kicks in right at the front as the beer hits your palate.
Having checked New Belgium’s web page, they did use cinnamon sticks in this brew... But I don’t think it was very many.
This is a solid sour beer that is easy to like and hard to critique. There really isn’t anything wrong with it, and I don’t know if I’d change anything about it even if I had a magic wand. It’s just really likable.
Is it the best sour ever? No. Is it the best sour I’ve had today... YEAH! It Is!
IF you see it, try it! On the Kahuna scale of 1-10, I would give this thing a SOLID Hell Yeah I want another!
Have a great weekend.