Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev +17.8%
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...
07-25-2011 21:26:17 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +17%
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.
06-24-2011 02:15:16 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +17%
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.
09-02-2011 22:54:19 | More by Beer4Baltimore
4/5 rDev +17%
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.
08-21-2011 18:39:52 | More by adman08
4/5 rDev +17%
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.
09-01-2012 23:45:52 | More by vfgccp
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.