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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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 Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has been described by NB as being a "Double Fat Tire" and I'd say that's pretty fitting. Although it should be pointed out they are using a different yeast and have added Asian pear juice.
Pours an amber brown color with a big head coming off a normal pour. Mmmmkay.
The nose is sweet with notes of brown sugar and the strawberry character that I've always gotten from Fat Tire. There's also a hint of Belgian yeast that comes over as a bit sour in the nose.
The flavor really didn't take me anywhere I didn't expect, but I suppose that isn't bad. Sweet biscuity malts with hints of strawberry hit up front and are followed by the Belgian yeast notes, which always seem to have a corn-like flavor for me. They don't necessarily work together, but there's nothing bad either. I'd just say it's a bit of a flavor disconnect.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, especially considering the initial amount of foam.
Not too bad, but nothing amazing. I think fans of Fat Tire will likely be happy, and maybe this would be a springboard to their bolder other items...but I'm not sure they're who this is targeted for.
I probably won't buy another since it wasn't exactly cheap, but if I saw it on tap I'd give it another go if the price was right.

It's really hard for me to say I'm disappointed just because I think this probably is what it's supposed to be and is what I expected. It's not really good or bad, but at $9-10 per bottle it's something I can't imagine many beer geeks going back to.

Photo of nickfl
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A fruity aroma of orange, clove, and banana backed by toffee malt notes.

T - Thick malt up front with pithy lemon and clove. Some pepper and more lemon in the middle. Finishes with pepper, clove, lemon and some spicy hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat malty finish.

D - Flabby and muddy, the yeast character is pungent but not particularly good. There is both a lack of crispness and a somewhat harsh bittering component to this beer. I'm not sure quite what they were hoping for here but they don't seem to have pulled it off.

Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

551st Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
22oz from Bevmo

App- A very dark golden amber orange with a big two finger fast receding head. Nice scattered cling.

Smell- This is super fruity, fresh, yeasty, hoppy, malty and a little pepper. What else could NB throw in this one.

Taste- The first sip was the same as the nose and then it was flat malts with some pepper and the yeast. It's good, but a bit flat and a little old fruit.

Mouth- It's a very drinkable medium body with a medium carbonation. Leaves a very fruit forward residual taste.

Drink- Well, it's a tasty beer but below my expectations. The fruit was up front with the malts on the back. Seems like a lot of juice with some beer. And of course as I finish the 10% comes into play. Damn!

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 Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is spicy and sour suggestion some vinegar production. Smells of green pears and cinnamon with coriander. Some sweetness in the scent but it is a bit funky.

The taste starts out sweet and sour with some caramel and butter in the taste. A bit spicy with an oak and cinnamon stick flavor. Sourness fades as you drink it, not sure if this is meant to be a bug beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I have had better.

Photo of homebrew311
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A: pours a deep golden with good clarity, nice thin white head with some lacing

S: the pear comes through nicely on the front and it features sweet notes with a touch of vanilla, bananas, and clove. Some sweet malts come in as well. The belgian yeast adds a dimension of spice which seems to keep the sweetness in check

T: the familiar biscuit character from Fat Tire makes an appearance as the taste starts out, this takes a turn to a very strong pear character. The pear starts out sweet and then becomes almost overwhelming with a touch of tartness on the finish. The pear character becomes a bit astringent before the yeast comes through. The finish leaves an undesirable pear tartness on the palate.

MF: medium carbonation, fairly big bodied

O: This beer sounded very interesting so I had to try it. Things start off pretty good but the flavors compete a little bit and the finish is a bit unpleasant. Definitely earns points for being unique.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Frothy white head with a nice mixture of large and small bubbles sits atop a hazy dark, muddled orange (dark honey) colored beer. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S: Immediately I get that really bread-like yeast characteristic on the nose. A small sour-like component, maybe Brett? I don't think this is supposed to be a sour though. Finally, I get a hard candy scent, like a Jolly Rancher. If anything, the aroma is good, but defiantly confusing.

T: This beer keeps getting stranger. It has a saison quality to it, sort of barnyard-like - probably from the yeast. Fresh fruit on the mid-palate though the finish where another funky characteristic takes charge. I have no experience with this, but I'd say it's 'peaty' or 'mossy', like some whiskies. Very strange indeed.

M: This is a thin beer - light body, which is incredibly surprising, and the carbonation is on the low side as well.

D: This beer hides the alcohol better than any that I have ever had. When you begin to feel it, it's too late. Whether that is well done on the brewer's part or not is up to the end-user.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head really on a murky orange and golden body with some lacing. Aroma of juniper, fresh flowers, orange peel, Belgian yeast and some candy sugar. Well the flavor is a little sour up front but smooths out quickly and finishes slight tart and mildly sweet. The one tastes like one of those multi fruit minute made fruit juices. Very tropical with mostly pineapple and tangerine with some peach. Belgian character is understated. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is pretty unidimensional and hardly Belgian. This series has disappointed me again.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with thin lacing on the surface that completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of candi sugar with notes of yeast and hints of pears and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that easy to drink and needs to be sipped very slowly given its strong flavors and high alcohol content.

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is dark orange in color with hints of amber and a finger of white head.

S: Not as fragrant as the regular Grand Cru.  Some toast, brown sugar, and bready malts.  Sweet apples and pears are there as is a bit of yeast.

T: Lots of candied pears and apples giving the beer sweetness.  Some bread and caramel malts are also there.  Nice yeast bite and some candi sugar.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Not horrible, but nothing here really stood out to me and made me want to drink more.

Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber in late May from Total Wine for $7.99.

Beer poured amber with an OK head upon initial pour.

Nose is classic Saison yeast strain.

Taste is classic Fat Tire, big nutty malts, sweet pears, finish is classic saison dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall a pretty decent beer, abv is well hidden. It was a fun beer to try - happy 20th to New Belgium!

Photo of mntlover
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a off white head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is fruity malt that's lightly spicy. Pear, banana, apples on sweet malt base, cloves with light peppery notes in the background.

Taste is sweet malt base that seems lightly over powered by the pear juice, some other fruit notes apples mainly with light bananas. Spice is prevalent through out and linger in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is only medium with nice smooth level of carbonation.

Overall not bad just little too much pear juice for me, would probably be good or better if they just left it out.

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