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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

306 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 306
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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gwdavis, Feb 08, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
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%.

stimulus, Jul 27, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

ginemesis, Dec 01, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

tln13, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

theowlsayshoe, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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Chieftog, Nov 22, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 27, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

allengarvin, Aug 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

atxlex, Sep 10, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

DCon, Oct 02, 2011
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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).

Metalmonk, Sep 30, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Aug 20, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

JamnesCameron, Sep 04, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Bobheed, Oct 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

csiewert, Jul 22, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.