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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

313 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daledeee on 04-28-2011

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Ratings: 313 | Reviews: 158
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of LoF Super Cru.

A pale amber with a lemon ice colored head. The belgian yeast dominates the nose with a ittle bit of crushed pear. Lots of asian pear on the palette. The beer is fairly smooth with a nice fruitiness and light body. The juicy pear finish is sweet and hides the high alcohol well. Certainly tasty and not deserving of the C rating imo.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big beer brewed with Asian pear juice. Shiny copper color; two-finger head drops to a thin ring of lace. Some vague floral fruitiness meets spiciness, with medicinal herb and alcohol in the nose. Some smoothness, slick with a big body. Mild tartness with a thick malty foundation, and a hint of sweetness up front. Toasted bread and ripe fruit soon make way for a more toasty, dry, almost broth-like flavor. Spicy, boozy alcohol, rose water and tropical fruit. Semidry finish clings to the booziness. A serious beer if strength is considered, though beyond that, it lacks a bit of depth that was expected. A tasty brew nonetheless.

Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a light amber with a smallish frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty sweet biscuity malts with a little spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with some slightly spicy fruit (banana and asian pear?). The alcohol is well hidden, but noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It's an amped up overly sweet Fat Tire with some fruit juice and a little more Belgian yeast (banana). So lots I don't really care for - sweetness, banana, and biscuit malt.

Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be in the minority but I actually liked this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is a mix of herbs and spices, with some toffee, brown sugar and fruity notes mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast with some pears and cherries. I also get some bready malt and candy sugar, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for a beer that is 10 percent ABV.

Photo of ehammond1
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Beautiful copper and amber. Nice lacing down the glass.

Herbaceous, sweet, and fruity aroma--definitely some distinct aroma from the pear. A tangy Belgian yeast character and a hint of warm alcohol presence.

Sweet and syrupy, a touch floral, some alcohol, though the Belgian yeast doesn't seem to marry particularly well with the other flavors. It seems a bit all over the place. I finished about half my glass and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not finishing it. Too sweet, too syrupy, the Belgian yeast seems out of place.

Mouthfeel wasn't this beer's problem, though it didn't add anything.

A sweet, syrupy, heavy Belgian that seems to miss the mark.

Photo of distantmantra
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Latona Pub. Seattle, WA. July 2011.

A: A clear corn silk/amber color with a thin head of foamy bubbles at the top of the tulip glass.

S: Yeasty Belgian aroma. Hints of sweetness and spice.

T: Belgian funk flavor with some spicy notes. The alcohol is very present at the end.

M: Medium body with a boozy mouth feel.

O: Not a big fan of this beer, but it was free due to the waitress messing up my order.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick snow-white head, firm and tight and a bit rocky. Color is a glimmering amber/bronze with much clarity and an army of bubbles swirling around, almost in champagne-like fashion. Lots of lace left on the glass.

Aroma just about nails the style, having equal parts sweet, succulent fruits (indeed, mostly pear), earthy yeast, and an herbal/flowery counterpart.

While the taste favors a bit of heat, I think it only aids the soft and very slick mouthfeel and the gentle pear attributes, which provide the fruit's characteristic flavor and sweetness. A bit of spiciness comes in too, white spice maybe, probably a result of both the alcohol and the yeast. I really like the taste and all that is going on here -- sure, it's a little busy and maybe not everything is meshing up perfectly, but it's intriguing. My only complaint is that the flavor totally fades once the sip goes down the throat, leaving only a mildly spicy finish, at best.

For a sweet 10% beer, Super Cru remains delicate in feel, complex in composition, and very drinkable. And it doesn't resemble Fat Tire in the slightest (which is the foundation of this beer, according to the bottle text).

Photo of augustgarage
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #700 for those keeping count. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubador tulip.

Rosy orange liquid with surprising clarity topped by an active 1/2 finger of beige merengue. Nice sandy lacing and decent retention.

Pear jam, yogurt, rosewater in the nose, backed by a light malty aroma as well.

Pink peppercorn, carmel apples, jolly ranchers, and some jammy esters from the alcohol start things out. Fruity wort with pear blossoms, skins and juice contribute sweetness and delicacy. The finish is faintly malty (a touch of Fat Tire is revealed here) and gently spicy from the saison yeast. Low bitterness with a hint of citrus shows the hops quietly doing their job. A touch sweet and grainy overall, but juicy and flavorful none-the-less.

Medium-light bodied, with a soft delicate effervesence. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Not particularly successful as a Belgian ale of any sort, this is still an interesting conglomeration of sessionable amber ale with vague hints of saison.

Photo of RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It pours a rich looking faded copper orange color. It's not a clear beer at all, unless it's just a chilled haze I'm seeing. Very cloudy. There is no head whatsoever. A few bubbles are up top, but it's hard to call this a head. Too bad too because it's a very rich looking pale ale style beer.

Something gives this an odd smell. It's not a bad smell, but it's very odd. It could be the pear juice, but I think it's the Belgian yeast. It's funky smelling. More than anything, with the high ABV and fruit juice, it smells like a cocktail.

I always try to explain to people that aren't craft beer fans that fruity beers aren't necessarily normal beers with fruit juice added. Unfortunately, this is exactly that. It's basically a mediocre beer with fruit juice added. Because of that, the flavors don't work well together, they kind of cause problems.

Sometimes a lot of different ingredients, scents, flavors provide complexity. This doesn't. There's no cohesion. It's sweet, very tart, bitter, warming, but each of those feels tries to be the star instead of working together. Very similar to some krieks that I've almost had to pour down the drain.

A bit too funky for me. Nothing works, lots of rough edges. Not smooth. Rough around the edges.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick head that is leaving fast.

This beer smells, oddly enough, like a sauvignon blanc. Sweet and fruity with lots of Belgian yeast. Unfortunately the taste was not as good. You can definitely taste the pear and yeast, but I feel like the double fat tire base is what is killing the taste.

I had to sort of force the rest of this beer down since the flavor was absolutely not doing anything for me.

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
1.62/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can't justify giving this beer a legit review. I dumped it out.

it's possible it was infected I guess. but it tasted smokey, with minimal citrus notes.

I will probably never buy another lips of faith series besides La Terrior.

sorry for being negative, but seriously... double the fat tire recipe plus pear juice and saison yeast, why did I ever think this would be good?

turrible.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream /sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint breadyness, that really ramps up once warm, some pear & pineapple as well

T: Apricot & pears with white pepper, light lemony hops & some phenols up front. Some powdery dryness as this warms, not a trait of NB beers that endears them to me for sure. Some faint juicy-fruit here also, apple peels, a bit of pineapple sweetness/acidity. Finishes with much apple peel, dryness, & a touch of pineapple& just a little booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance, becomes pretty warming once warmed up a bit

An alright example of the style, nothing too exciting here

Photo of bum732
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S: Belgian phenolics, spicy clover mostly, faint pear esters, pils maltiness.

L: Clear burnt orange, creamy white head with just a touch of retention. Solid lacing.

T: Sweet pils malt with pear and apple intermingled. A soft clove spiciness accompanies the sweetness. Low bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Quite sweet bordering on cloying. I could appreciate the pear flavors in this, but it just didn't work for me, pretty much a mess.

Photo of nimrod979
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper in color Almost no head to speak of. It was gone before I even got my nose in it.

Fruity, saison style spiciness in the aroma. Herbal, boozy. Can definitely pick up the pear juice.

Starts out a bit tart. Fruity & floral before giving way to a little thick malty sweetness with some boozy alcohol. A hint of yeasty spiciness. Just a big strong beer with some fruity and funky characteristics.

Thick, syrupy, medium to full body. soft carbonation. A little heat as it warms. I don't know how i feel about it. It's ok. It's different and not really what I was expecting. The first sip was very tart and caught me off guard. The flavors here aren't too complex.

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice amberish color with light orange hues when held to the light. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Thick collars of lace left on the both the glass and the beer itself.

S- Bready notes come right off the bat with a hint of banana to it. This banana in turn begins to change to a green apple aroma toward the middle of the beer. Some of the Fat Tire tootsie roll malt base shows up toward the middle of the aroma but it is short lived. Pear juice and hot alcohol come out in the ending of the aroma which gives this a interesting off balance in a good way though.

T- Biscuity malts in the front of the beer come through at first with a hint of green apple to me. The belgian yeast does its thing next showing off banana and light clove leading up to the middle. This is where it kind of goes on the decline a little with the damn New Belgium tootsie roll malt. Toward the ending of the beer the pear juice rolls out and gives a nice different flavor that completely changes the beer itself. Alcohol heat in the ending is very dominate in the final seconds of this beer kind of killing off all other flaovrs.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little over the top for the style I thought. Pear juice, belgian yeast, and light tootsie roll are left on the palate. Aftertaste is hot alcohol, pear juice, and hints of belgian yeast. Flavors were not really balanced making this taste like a three part beer. No real off flavors were present just a high alcohol heat on the backend and unblending of the overall flavors. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was not my favorite from New Belgium yet it is also not the worst thing I have had from them. They are a company that is a love and hate thing for me in the Lips of Faith department. I wish they would stray away from the tootsie roll malt that seems to be their base as it messes up too many of their LoF beers. Other than that I didn't mind the two or three step beer that I poured. The ABV makes it a little hard to drink a full 22oz but I think the blending could have been done a little better as well.

Photo of SpdKilz
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a clear amber color into a generic tulip. About a finger and a half of slightly off white head is achieved with a vigorous pour, which dissipates fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – You can smell the pear, yeast, slight bready malts, etc. Similar to a normal Fat Tire but with pear juice added.

Tate – Yikes. Damn my phone for not getting reception when I bought this beer (I was going to look at the reviews on BA obviously). This is a hot mess. Lots of fruits but the yeast used is nasty. The fruit “juice” becomes cloying after the third sip, and my throat is burning from the alcohol. Oh, and of course tones of bready malts. Yuck.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lighter carbonation, somewhat slick Mouthfeel.

Overall – Worst $10 ever. I know the store I was at was a bit pricy in general, but I wouldn’t buy this if it was three bucks a bomber. Just not a very good beer, plain and simple.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from The Wine Source.

A: The ale is a hazy orange amber, on the verge of opacity but not all the way across the line. A white head, thin, pops op on first pour but doesn't amount to much - just a few stray patches.

S: The pear sweetness, sugary, stands out, dominating the rest of the body. What's there is Belgian, yeasty and fruity with a bit of a hop edge. Those nobler aspects are a nice finish to the nose. Before that, the pear juice and saison yeast are in control.

T: The mustiness jumps out early, the yeast combining with the pear juice for a prickly sweet body. Light caramel adds body. The hops, sharper in the nose, are present but more relaxed. They add an herbal flowery flavor -- bitter but not overpowering. The pear juice accentuates the saison aspect, drawing more fruitiness out of the ale. Dryness builds, thanks to the yeast, leaving some peppery flavors alongside the hops and pears. Perhaps so much going on weighs on the beer. It's not quite a saison but it's not quite anything else either.

M: Sweet, hoppy, juicy, musty. Plenty of adjectives describe the ale but nothing ever comes together nicely.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, the bottle is stamped with 4-14-2011. I guess that's the bottled on date, but I'm not exactly sure of that. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around for a bit. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like pears, bready malt, candy sugar and a bit of sweet spices. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors don't seem quite as strong for some reason. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and is well carbonated. It's a solid beer, but not something I would buy all the time. But I think it's worth trying.

Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Sweet fruits (pears, apples and plums) and brown sugar. A little spice and yeast.

Taste. Sweet caramel, apples, pears and plums. Belgian yeast funk is there and a little light grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Not as super as I was led to believe, but nothing really wrong here. I didn't hate it, but won't buy again.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A standard pour yields two plus fingers worth of billowing fluffy golden khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full velvety lacing... The color is an inviting honey hued amber... Only a slight bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation can be seen deep within under close investigation...

S - Interesting aroma... The requisite Belgian yeast is present, but rather subdued... Candied sugars... Bubble gum... Pears... Perhaps even a touch of sweet potatoes... An odd yet inviting mix that yields something slightly different with each and every whiff...

T - The nose didn't lie... Lots of candied sugars... A hint of bubble gum... Belgian yeast... Pears... Vegetable broth... A slight alcohol presence as well...

M - Dense... Medium bodied... Sleek... Brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... A slight alcohol induced burn rises on the deep finish and lingers for a bit...

D - A solid beer, but not much more than that... This one takes some risks which are appreciated, but the end result is an average at best offering... Compared to its Belgian Strong Pale Ale brethren this one pales in comparison... The 10% ABV is a bit heavy handed, especially given that the overall enjoyment is a bit lacking...

Photo of goldbot
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours somewhere between copper and amber with plenty of active carbonation and thinnish, cream-colored head. The aroma is malty up front; lots of caramel and toffee notes. Sweet, fruity notes come up after - apple (or pear, I suppose), a touch of cherry, slight citrus fruit. The flavor is very sweet right away - lots of caramel and fruit notes - strong pear and cherry notes, turning a bit sourish with a touch of hops coming in at the end along with a hint of yeasty spice notes. A very full body from the intense sweetness; the carbonation helps lighten it up a bit but not nearly enough.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at the other reviews, I think this is about to become my new high rDev beer. Why all the hate? This is good stuff! Served from a bomber in a Budweiser Signature glass.

The beer pours amber with deep red tones, somewhat like a Fat Tire with a beautifully fluffy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing and a layer of foam on top of the glass all the way through.

This beer smells like apples and Unibroue yeast. The apples aren't overwhelming and I love Unibroue... so this scores good points with me.

The taste is fruity, round and smooth. Some of the Unibroue spice with an added small peppery kick thrown at the end. The beer is maybe a bit sweet... and that builds... but I really can't complain. Much lighter than the 10% ABV.

This blend of all things New Belgium (except for the beautiful sour wing... why no Love?). It works darned well in my opinion.

Edit: Gets solventy as it warms and loses some flavor. Drink it cold. Points docked accordingly. It was great initially!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
10% ABV, 3(?)-14-2011, "Ale brewed with Asian Pear juice".

A - A dense off-white head rests gently on top of Super Cru but leaves little in the way of lace. Beautiful caramel amber in color with great clarity!

S - The Asian pear juice comes through as exotic fruitiness with complimentary earthy hop tones. Mellow caramel maltiness provides a smooth and supple backbone. Nice yeasty finish.

T - Spicy esters open the brew with a bang while earthy hops provide a segway into the sweet biscuity, caramel-draped malt. Asian pear juice adds a considerable sweetness to the finish.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, Super Cru is a medium-bodied brew with a lager-like refreshing quality to the finish.

O - I'm completely in the minority on this one, but I found Super Cru to be very solid across the board. Nothing like Fat Tire save for the bike depicted on the bottle, not that it was supposed to be. Complex and unique, I find it a good brew worth picking up.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #205
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10%
Date/ Code: 2011 Vintage

Picked this 22oz. bottle up at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD a little over a year ago. Has been cellared at ~65º f. since I bought it.

Look: Poured a brilliant orangeish amber color with some clarity to it. The head was beige 1-finger of frothy foam. Lacing was not too prominent but the alcohol legs were everywhere! Carbonation bubbles were just not happening.

Smell: Tart notes of apple and pear. Very sour nose. The apple Jolly Rancher reference on New Belgium’s website is spot on.

Taste: First off was a sour note of orchard fruit. Then a Belgian funk set in towards the middle. The finish had a dry white wine character with a lingering sour note.

I found this as a real treat. The Belgian twang seemed to mesh perfectly with the sour component from the Asian pear juice. Unfortunately I can’t speak to how cellaring affected the palate, but is certainly didn’t hurt it. I can say the 10% ABV was virtually undetectable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A gorgeous ruby orange clear body with some very fast large rising cola sized bubbles. Head has a caramel color off in a way, but doesn't stick around with its weak soapy appearance. This beer starts looking off great, and then starts looking flat as a board. No lacing at all.

Nose is belgian yeast like bent, with a sense of carbonated gas. Spicy hot and sense of acid and hint of mild tart green apple.

Taste is mostly weak yeast and wet bodied. Not particularly fruity and really wet.

Overall not much going on here. I love Asian pears, but I get no sense of this on here at all. Greeny apple like taste come more apparent as it warms. It's not too bad but I do not see myself gravitating to this strongly.

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.