Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee – New Belgium Brewing, 7.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

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. ”


  • Style: Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Fruity lychee solid sour-tart malt body subtle cinnamon/oak
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Pours cloudy golden orange with a large foamy head

Nose: tart fruity funked lychee (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), fruity aromatic lychee, mild wheat malt, soft tart

Finish: lingering fruitiness, cinnamon exhale

Summary: Great stuff, solid lychee flavour with a very nice fruity malt body. The cinnamon and oak are subtle but present.

Vichtenaar – Brasserie Verhaeghe (Vichte, Belgium)

Vichtenaar – Brasserie Verhaeghe, 5.1% ABV, 33cl., (Vichte, Belgium)


info from ratebeer.com:

“‘Vichtenaar’ is a beer, brewed with roasted malts, spicey hops, fruity yeast and soft water, pumped up from a 172 m deep well, guaranteeing constant quality and pureness of the liquor. After primary and secondary lagering, “Vichtenaar” gets a ternary fermentation in oak vessels during 8 months. These oak pipes are big tuns with a capacity varying between 500 and 2500 hectolitres. “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and specific Western Flemish beer, from the northwest of Belgium. Its taste can be described as mild-sourish and suitably complex, thanks to the long lagering on oak. This tart flavour makes it eminently suitable for the hot summer months. “Vichtenaar” is one of the last Flemish “Oud bruins” that are really lagered in the oak tuns, and are as such appreciated by the connoisseur, looking for authenticity. As early as 1958 “Vichtenaar” was crowned as the top in an international concours in Gent.”


  • Style: Sour Red/Brown / Flemish Ale
  • Taste: Complex medium sour-tangy woody oak plum-prune red wine vinegar
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $4.50 (after 12.5% off) – 33cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good if you like sours

Visual: Pours dark cherry wood reddish-brown with small dissipating head, thick ringed retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: light pukey, oaked red wine sour (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: medium puckery-tart, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: wet woody oak, plum-prune, (lvl-4-sweetness), big sour-tangy hit, subtle root beer spices, red wine vinegar

Finish: residual tangy acidity, lingering woody sour barley malt

Summary: A pretty complex sour ale with a woody element that is well worked into the mids. Good overall balance and interesting from start to finish.

 

Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge – Brouwerij Omer Vanderghinste (Bellegem, Belgium)

Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge – Brouwerij Omer Vanderghinste, 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Bellegem, Belgium)


on the neck label:

“a Flanders Red Sour Ale with pronounced sourness offset by a cascade of beautiful, complex flavors. Spontaneous fermentation imbues Rouge with hints of stone fruit, cocoa, apple and cherries. Oak barrels aging for minimum 18 months imparts a gentle vanilla note.”


  • Style: (barrel aged – oak) Flemish Sour/Wile Ale
  • Taste: SOUR puckery acidic light cherry pukey woody red wine vinegar apple tart-dry finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $5.45 (after 12.5% off) – 330 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: high ratings, but nah

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a smallish head, thick ringed retention, clusters of active micro streams.

Nose: acidic sour woody, pukey cherry-prune (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: immediate puckery sour, light crisp

Mid-palate: brown sugar , sour cherry, soft pukey-woody, red wine vinegar bright acidic,

Finish: apple exhale, residual acidity, acidic woody tart-sour dry

Summary: Drinks better at cellar temp, though I’m not getting all advertised flavours such as the stone fruit and cocoa. Plenty of acidic sourness but lacking in standout aromatic flavours or punchy depth. A decent sipper but just had a Cascade Kriek [B-] the other day and it was a grade better.

Vanderghinste Roodbruin – Brouwerij Omer Vanderghinste (Bellegem, Belgium)

Vanderghinste Roodbruin – Brouwerij Omer Vanderghinste, 5.5% ABV, 25 cl., (Bellegem, Belgium)


on the back label:

“Beer of mixed fermentation, matured in oaken barrels for 18 months. Brewed since 1982.”


  • Style: (Flemish) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.95 (after 12.5% off) – 25 cl., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, quite balanced

Visual: Pours clear light root beer brown with a bit of a dissipating head, medium ringed retention, mixed fast and steady active streams.

Nose: sour pukey, cherry notes, malty backbone. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, incoming sour

Mid-palate: tingly CO2, med-high puckery sour, light pukey cherry-prune, (lvl-7-sweetness), woody brown sugar barley malt

Finish: lingering dissipating acidity, residual fruity cloying sweetness, palate roughness

Summary: Big sourness right from the get go, balanced well with fruity but cloying sweetness and woody oaked malts. The sugars become heavy about halfway through, but it’s still a quality brew with history. A good flemish, not as good as Duchesse de Bourgogne FWIR [B+].

Dry Hopped Sour Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Dry Hopped Brewers Reserve Series Sour Saison (French Oak BA) – Spinnakers Brewpub, 5.6% ABV – 35 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

A dry saison fermented with a French yeast strain, aged for 9 months in French Oak barrels and then dry hopped with Topaz hops. Tart, funky, and fruity, this sour ale has characteristics of citrus, passionfruit, pineapple, with added complexity from it’s [sic] maturation in oak.


  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Saison
  • Taste: Sour pukey barnyard grapefruit subtle bitter dry grainy oaked barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.90 CAD – 650ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: didn’t love it

Visual: Pours cloudy pale peachy orange with a very small dissipating head, ringed retention with a big island, a few fast bubbles here and there.

Nose: peach, pineapple, sour acidic funk. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: big sour pukey, incoming fruity

Mid-palate: tart crisp bite, bitter pink grapefruit, sour pukey barnyard, (lvl-3-sweetness)

Finish: passionfruit exhale, lingering tartness, very subtle hopped bitterness, dry woody oak, grainy barley malt

Summary: Of the 7 Spinnaker brews I’ve had to date so far, this is one with the most depth and complexity. I find this one a bit too sour and pukey but at least citrus and passionfruit flavours are on point.

Wild Child – Longwood Brewery (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Wild Child (Spontaneously fermented ale) – Longwood Brewery, 7% ABV – 650ml., (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

“Children have been born and learned to walk in the time it took for this beer to submit to the organisms that created it. A deep complexity has evolved after exposure to the yeast and bacteria that invisibly surround us and live on the Raspberries and Cascade Berries added to this beer. Enjoy now or cellar. Santé!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry, cascade berry) Sour/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Sour tangy vinegar woody off-dry apple cider woody stealth hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $7.85 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours clear brownish-red with no head, half hazy layer w/ ring, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sour cherry malt, sour apple cider. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: sour-tangy-tart

Mid-palate: woody-tangy, soft-funk, (lvl-3-sweetness/dry), raspberry, vinegar

Finish: apple cider woody, stealth soft-hopped bitter, hint of burnt bitterness

Summary: This drinks like a woody apple cider with dry tart raspberries and subtle bitter hops added. Very fruity and engages the palate from start to finish. Interesting, my kind of beer.

Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing Co. (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Elderflower Kettle Sour – Bridge Brewing, 4.9% ABV – 18 IBUs, 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew)


printed on the front-right label:

“…Tart and refreshing, this beer was inspired by the Brewmaster’s Mother with fresh aromas of a spring garden. Elderflowers give a gentle floral brightness to this crisp kettle-soured ale. Lightly hopped with Galaxy and Centennial hops to provide a background of nectarine and citrus.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Elderflower) Sour Ale
  • Taste: Mostly controlled big sour dry elderflower grapefruit flesh tangy toasty barley malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $6.95 (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent brown amber with a small dissipating 2mm head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of fast active tiny streams.

Nose: tangy elderflower, toasty toffee barley malt, alcohol (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: acidic sour-tart

Mid-palate: continued rounded fleshy grapefruit sour, tangy-puckery-tart, elderflower, (lvl-4-sweetness), background barley malt

Finish: toasty, nectarine exhale, lingering hop gentle bitter, grainy barley malt.

Summary: Big yet mostly controlled sourness with a dehydrated elderflower taste. Decent complexity but nothing that makes it epic.