Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

309 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 04-28-2011)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -23.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Soonami
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of distantmantra
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +19.3%
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 beerbrains
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 hyoung41
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Desaparecido
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of emilylee
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of beer64nut
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of 20ozmonkey
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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 kkrez
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
1.55/5  rDev -54.7%
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
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BillyBaroo
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BKotch
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.