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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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159 Reviews

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 314
Photo of stimulus
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into NB globe.

A: Pours a clear deep red with a one finger beige head.
S: That familiar belgian yeast aroma: cloves and fruity esters; there is also another unfamiliar fruity scent that I found on the bottle to be Asian pear juice.
T: The belgian twist is evident up front, with the spicy yeast blending in with the base caramel malts. The pear juice sits at the finish with some alcohol bite.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, but a bit harsh on the burn.
O: It tastes more or less as advertised: double Fat Tire with belgian yeast and added pear juice. The flavors do work well together, but the pear juice was something different my palate adjusted to during the course of my pour. As the last few posters have noted, I'm not sure why this has such horrible ratings, even much much worse than that of Fat Tire. It is certainly a better, more complex beer. My only qualms were with the fact that 10% abv tasted and felt like 15%.

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Photo of ginemesis
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- looks like carbonated scotch, low head and it dissipated quickly
S- tad of pear, a bit of clove and nutmeg, sweet
T- Oooh God it's delicious, definitely can tell the higher alcohol content
M- thick, tingly and surprisingly carbonated compared to the head (looks flat but you can feel the carbonation)
O- This is great "sitting around drinking" beer. Good with a cigar or during a cookout.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear honey amber brew with a fair amount of head. No lacing remains in the glass.

S - Sweet malty aroma of honey and maple syrup with bananas, cloves, white pepper and wildflowers backing it up.

T - Sweet malt flavor. It is sweet throughout the taste, but rather complex at the same time. A bit of dandelion, white pepper, biscuits, cherries and pear. In the aftertaste there is a lingering bitter malt flavor with a hint of pear. The pear flavor lingering in the aftertaste is truly delightful (pears do happen to be one of my favorite fruits).

M - Smooth, medium to thick body, very refreshing.

D - Very good. I think this is my favorite lips of faith so far. Asian pears always taste like a mix of honey and pears to me, so their presence is felt. This is a great brew.

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Photo of theowlsayshoe
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Amber/gold with a light head.
s - Sweet, it smells like honey
t - Reminded me of mixed fruit juice. A little tart, not super exciting but very, very individual. It taste like clover honey.
m - syrupy and crisp.
o - one of my favorites. Easy good drinking. Sweet and tart, one of a kind.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color beer, with a small, quickly fading head (looks about like Fat Tire). Fairly fruity nose, with a solid malt presence. Yummy flavor. Good initial malt gives way to extremely fruity yeast taste, on the order of Chimay Grand Reserve, or perhaps beyond it; some of it may be the pears, though I don't taste pear notes specifically. Hops are provide a great balance to the sweetness of this very strong beer. There's a nice subtle tartness as well. Spicy phenols make for a nice finish.

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4 (employee 50% discount). Tapped from the Red/White SurfBoard with L.O.F. Super Cru on the tap handle into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has a keg date of ???.

Aroma- Very strong and complexed. Has a strong forward malt aroma with hints of banana. Citrus and oranges are available to the nose as well. Might have a tough of alcohol in here but instead of being strong, they are spicy! Very nice!

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that dies pretty quick. Has a copper color body that you can see through it completely. Nice lacing is left afterwards.

Flavor- Tons of fruit and malt are the main tastes. Has a good amount of spice intertwined in the taste and has a light peppery character. Good punch on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth but then good alcohol present and then the finish is a nice punch of malt/citrus!

Overall Impression- Quite the brew! Not sure why this is rated so low but I thought it was a great Lips of Faith beer! The 10% is definitely evident within finishing the 12oz glass even. Good complexity and the right amount of strength. Would definitely go back to and get a bottle of. Go grab yours while they are left!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a fine-bubbled pale honey-golden head. Rich, fruity aroma has a hint of caramel. Lip-smacking flavor is malty and fruity and has caramel, honey and woody hints. Full-bodied texture is fizzy and sassy.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +20%
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).

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Photo of Bobheed
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber body with a crisp white head, roughly one finger, lacing throughout.

S: Crazy. At first I picked up dates and pear, a bit of funkiness. I also got a bit of a sour, sweet smell similar to Airheads candy. So much going on.

T: About the same notes as the smell, but a bit more funk that I didn't get on the nose. Definitely taste the alcohol pretty strong in it as well.

M: Just the right carbonation, thick almost to the point of syrupy

Overall I think this is definitely one of the strangest beers I've ever had, but definitely in a good way. It was very ambitious what New Belgium did with this, but to me it pays off.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Globe. Pours a clear, deep copper with a two fingered offwhite head. Head is creamy, and drops slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of spicy pepper from the saison yeast, asian pear juice, musty, deeply malty. Earthy.

Flavors of WOW! The label nails it for you, Fat Tire on steriods, asian pears, and a peppery saison yeast. A very slight alcohol bite. Finish is short, with fruity esters, and caramel malt sweetness in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium but crisp, like biting into a fresh asian pear. Low bitterness, and a spot on level of carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Nice anniversary beer. Grab a few and lay them down for a few years. Not representative of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not sure it has a definitive style, though.

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Photo of atxlex
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 1 year on my closet floor. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. Not much head.

N: Sweet malts, some pear. At this point I'm worried that the beer will be too sweet.

T/M: Some sweet malts up front. Hops and pear have faded into this really nice, tannic-tasting pear flavor, like pear peel. Boozy.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It aged really well.

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Photo of csiewert
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what everyones problem with this beer is... Maybe that it's brewed with a non-traditional yeast, but that's what makes it unique. The beer pours a nice red color with a finger of off white head that retains and laces very well. The aroma has hints of banana, caramel and Clive spices. The taste starts caramel sweet, then has hints of banana and those spices. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and finishes clean... Definitely no hint of the high alcohol content. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger in Santa Cruz. Their menu lists this as double Phat tire Super Cru, which I assume is a bit of license on their part

For starters, I'm with the previous reviewer when it comes to not understanding some of the low scores for this beer. It's clearly an amped up version of regular fat tire with a Belgian twist, but it's clearly a vastly superior beer to the regular FT.

Super Cru pours a copper amber color with light red hilights. The beer looks similar to the regular FT, except this beer has considerably better lacing and superb head retention. The nose is likewise impressive, with considerable sweet clove, banana, alspice and even some nutmeg. The beer smells a bit sweet and boozy, but not in a bad way. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, spicey ale. Also, while the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, you still get a sense that the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though rich as this is, I can't imagine having more than a single glass.

An interesting take on the regular fat tire recipe. Not bad at all...

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A 22 oz. bottle fills a Chimay glass with a hazy gold liquid capped with 1” of quickly disappearing white foam S: Malt and pear.
T: Fruit, primarily pear with some tropical notes over light malts.
F: Medium body with above average carbonation.
O: A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy golden yellow appeared before me. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the surface throughout the session, giving it a very nice champagne like look. A big three inch high head of white fizzy foam came up immediately and then settled down to about one finger high pretty quickly.

just had the lightest of aromas. Some nice yeast though, with the essence of apples and pears coming through, a touch of apricot in the back. Some light grassy like hops floating around as well. Not bad, just too light. Definitely some grain in here to. I have seen better, though it was still decent. Not being really bad in anyway, just way too light for my tastes. There was a nice presence of fruity yeast, but you almost had to look for it, which was unfortunate. Hints of pears and apricot again, maybe some light apple. Nice bit of grainy like flavors and a touch of grass in the finish. A decent profile for sure, just way too light for me. No hint of the alcohol, which was good, but it was just rather bland.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a filtered dark amber with a big fizzy head that leaves some lacing.
S - fruity, yeasty and hint of tingly tart.
T - definitely fruity but I can't quite call it a pear. A midly tart background from the saison yeast.
M - medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
D - quite easy drinking for something at 10%abv.

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Photo of adman08
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a hint of copper redness. Moderate head that fades quickly leaving a slight ring on the surface of the beer.
S-Aromas of cloves with a faint hint of pear sweetness.
T-A warm flavor of spice with cloves and a slight hint of pear.
M-Light carbonation and overall a lighter bodied beer despite the higher than average alcohol. Fairly sweet.
Overall, very good. The faint pear sweetness adds something I don't normally find in this type if beer and I like it, it decreases the alcohol warmth and takes the edge off some of the spice flavors. Very drinkable for a high alcohol beer.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright apricot body. Fine white head has ok retention and lace.

S - Great caramel malt nose with edges of blackberry cobbler and booze.

T - Lively carbonation cuts through a sweet honey opening. Rich caramel, pear, and cranberry center. Quick, dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full body.

O - A delicious brew. The booze will sneak up on you.

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Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A one finger beige head forms. The foam recedes in a second. A small ring sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malts. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Light tart fruits of apples. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet candy malts, and dark fruits. A bit more of a tart apple flavor. Some yeast and wood lingers. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, creamy and smooth. Easy and smooth to drink. A very good sipper.

Very enjoyable, and well done. Not much of a pale ale, but very good none the less. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced and accessible anniversary brew.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and orange Lips of Faith branding with the image of NB´s bike. Side paragraphs notes anniversary occasion, and main characteristics. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a fair bubbly head, medium retention with moderate surface memory and lacing.

S - Gentle nose with sweet touches of honey, fruity (the Asian pear juice?) caramel and a light sense of yeast.

T - Flavor follows without much of a definition in the fruity sense. It is still pleasing nevertheless. Caramel and light yeast, touches of bready malts, with a faint hint of spices.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice sense of alcohol integration.

O - Pleasing and approachable ale.

Notes: Nothing to write home about but pretty pleasing, it is a notch above common offerings and it flows pretty well as a more elaborate brew for people not so familiar with craft brews, and as a step to entice them into more complex brews. In that context, socially, it might be worth the repeat…

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a splashy, but limited, head of foam; quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Shortbread and pear juice

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors dominate the front end, with the pear juice building into the middle; spicy yeast phenols dominate the finish; bringing a peppery and slightly herbal character; caramel joins the malt bill, in the finish, but there is also a surprising degree of tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A couple of years in the bottle have tamed down this beer but I can't help but imagine that it would have been better had it started out with a lower opening gravity

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the opportunity

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Con-a-sewer
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at bc's pizza and beer in Clovis ca

A: very pretty amber luster 1finger of head only a little lacing

S: fermented juicy juice!

t: herbal fruity, very wine like, hops linger in the back but present lots of alcohol

m: not quite a sipper but not a pounder and I like the carbonation reminded me of sparkling wine

O: I think I see what they are doing with this beer it's a of beat ale that plays with the pallet but enjoyable but not sessionable

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.