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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

311 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: daledeee on 04-28-2011

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Photo of aasher
1.16/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a light bodied, very clear and translucent bright copper in color with a one finger off white head. It looks like it may even be filtered. How can any "Cru" look this clear? It smells god awful. It smells of fermenting rotten sweet pears. I didn't know I was composting in my glass. Great. It tastes of rotten, fermenting pears with a touch of alcohol and honey. It's so light in body and the style and the alcohol content. I don't know what they were aiming for but they missed horribly. At 10.49 a bottle, this is one of the worst beers I've ever had, especially for the price point. I wish they'd take a moment to improve their Lips of Faith series. Le Terroir was and is phenomenal, their Dunkel is good, La Folie is exceptional, but everything else is low grade. This "Super Cru" never should've been made. How did this get approved? AVOID! I wouldn't drink this again if it granted me eternal life or provided me with an opportunity to slap Ronald Reagan.

Photo of bjtr
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of ejw127
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
1.62/5  rDev -52.8%
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 drummermattie02
1.99/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a tulip at the Flying Saucer, looks fine, brown with a hint of red, tough to tell in the low lighting. Foamy head.

Smell is full of Belgian yeast with a somewhat astringent/harsh finish.

Taste is... not good. I get the pears a little bit, along with quite a bit of burn. The first sip was not so bad, but this was not a fun one to finish. Way too harsh and some solvent flavors. Unfortunate that NB feels this beer should be called Super Cru.

Photo of ryandelaney
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of AmericanGothic
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper orange color, mostly clear. Barely one finger of off white head with some retention and good lace.

S: Pear, sweet apple and a bit of yeasty malt.

T: Carries over from the smell, more pear and apple, with some peppery spice added by the alcohol. Reminiscent of a strong hefeweizen in some ways. There is also a soapy aspect that gradually overtakes the beer. A fair dose of clove and cinnamon on the finish. Unfortunately, the soap builds and builds over time. Sweetness also grows with time, and some darker fruits emerge toward the end of the glass. There is complexity, and some good flavors buried in here, but overall it's really horrible, even lower than a 1.0. Sheer stubborness stands between this and a drainpour.

M: Medium with a little creaminess and some oil.

O: Bleah. Too bad, had high hopes for this one, but it's not really doing it for me at all. By far my least favorite of the Lips of Faith to date. Well, I do like a lot of their other beers, but this one is a real let down-- a struggle to get through the glass, persisting in hopes that something improves. It doesn't.

In terms of style, possibly classify as an American Amber, like it's little brother (which is a much better beer).

Photo of chocosushi
2.07/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Duvel Tulip

A ~ Pours amber with no real head to speak of. Mostly just suds with delicate bubbles rising ever so slowly.

S ~ Pears & applesauce upfront.
Strong yeast notes...floral notes of rosebush

T ~ Old Pears & the juice squeezed from said pears. Alcohol. Overly gummy yeast. A mess of cough syrup & white grape juice. A very odd leafy quality lingers amongst the boozy fruit notes. Hint of lemon juice.

M ~ Hot, Hot, Hot! Very loose & without cohesion on the palette. Medicinal notes midpalette are way too overt & detract from the flavor of the beer. I don't usualy cringe when I drink BSPAs, but I did here.

D ~ Too hot! This beer is not together at all. Hoped for MUCH more than was deliver. This is Strike 2 for the "Cru" beers of the Lips of Faith series.

Photo of Chaney
2.09/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

A: Blood red, mildly cloudy, with a slight head that didn't amount to much. I guess a mild bit of sawdust topping survived the session.

S: Bad. Grassy, wheaty, with a slight bit of hoppiness, lots of candy sugar, and rotten fruit...

T: Very heavy-handed on the yeast and sugar, along with more than a tinge of rotten banana. I didn't detect any pear juice, or anything that even resembled pear.

M: Carbonation moderate, with a mild bit of lacing and lots of sugar.... too much even.

O: Ridiculous and un-palate-ful beer. I poured the rest out.

Photo of bcostner1
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber, reddish brown. Decent tannish-white head.

S: Smells like alcohol, solvent, a little bit of pear, and licorice.

T: Overly sweet. Licorice. Syrupy. Not very malty to me at all. No hops. Very cloying. Definite boozy taste.

M: Much like the taste. Syrupy. Too thick for what it is. Leaves a film in my mouth. Ugh...i just want the aftertaste to go away!

O: Very disappointed. I love Fat Tire. This was nothing at all like Fat Tire. I'd rather have a case of Fat Tire than drink one of these again. Wish I could say better things about it, but it just didn't work for me.

Photo of rand
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From bottle to tulip glass

Good lord, what happened here? Super Cru appears like it should, starting out with a leather-mahogany color, frothy head. Doesn't smell too bad either; nice Belgian yeasty notes and the added pear. But man, does this taste awful. I'm not going to go into detail on this one, doesn't really deserve it, but this tastes like someone dumped pear juice into Fat Tire. Treacly and boring at the same time. I'm not sure how this was grouped with the Lips of Faith series.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Edit: let it warm to proper temperature to really taste it. I finally reached the bottom of the bottle and as this thing warms, it becomes undrinkable French Whore Perfume. Oh God it is bad, very bad.

Starts off with a beautiful appearance - rich amber/orangey color with generous white head.

Nose has some decent components too - mixed fruits, yeasty/bready things going on, and a resemblance to Fat Tire aroma.

Palate is where this thing betrays. Mixed fruit is there, but also a boozy quality, and an ugly nasty perfumey taste that takes over. It's as if by some mistake the biscuity malt just mixes with the citrus wrong and it's a perfume bomb.

Finish is total French Whore Perfume. Oh God, it just won't go away.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a nice cap of off-white foam. Uniform retention and lacing looks pretty cool in its descension.

Nose is very fruity - pears and raisins foremost with some past-ripe red apples and plums to a lesser degree. Not really sure I like the aroma on this one...too fruity and doesnt really show much malt backing - maybe a touch of caramel is all.

Wow - a rare complete miss from New Belgium on this one. Candy sweetness and rampant fruit mixes with a serious alcohol presence to give this a flavor more akin to something you find at a frat party in a cooler with random pieces of fruit floating around in it. I am already wondering if I can finish the bomber after the first 5 sips or so. The toffee malts are just way out of place here and the alcohol is very rough and raw. Bad, bad beer that I surely will never buy again. I might not even take one for free if offered.

Photo of Treebs
2.41/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber with a .5 finger white head the leaves quickly and leaves no visible traces behind besides a thin white ring around the glass.

S: Nothing really to be desired. Yeasty smells with a burning malt back drop. Never really smelled something like this before.

T: Bready yeast is very prevalent. A little citrus back notes but really just ends with a heat without any flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. No real taste left over and pretty forgetful.

O: Meh. Nothing pops on this, the flavor profiles fall short and it seems just like a bad attempt at a beer and it's sorry to say because I love New Belgium.

Photo of oline73
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a finger of off white head. The head goes away completely and the color looks artificial.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with lots of malt and some Belgian yeast.

Taste: Some fruit and Belgian yeast with a bunch of malt. The finish is a bit wine like. I'm not really digging the combination of flavors here. There seems to be some champagne like qualities here too. The finish is a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with strong carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not a very big fan of this beer. I don't think I would have any more.

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Soneast
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of bum732
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S: Belgian phenolics, spicy clover mostly, faint pear esters, pils maltiness.

L: Clear burnt orange, creamy white head with just a touch of retention. Solid lacing.

T: Sweet pils malt with pear and apple intermingled. A soft clove spiciness accompanies the sweetness. Low bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Quite sweet bordering on cloying. I could appreciate the pear flavors in this, but it just didn't work for me, pretty much a mess.

Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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 ehammond1
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 impending
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber copper, yellowish minor head, minor lacing.

Sweet aroma, not particular strong but cloying in an impossible way. Overly ripe light skinned fruits.

Taste too is sweet but not of the pear juice which is completely undefined. The yeast unfortunately too is undefined, more of a sensation than a flavor. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Perhaps my expectations were raised by the asian pear / saison yeast combo which sounds like a delight. Wholly underwhelming.
cheers
jd

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New Belgian Super cru

A: It has a light amber thin appearance with a light golden appearance.

S: There are rum tones and some brown sugar notes. Some Belgian sugary notes and yeasty bread scents.

T: There is a nice sweetness some mild dryness with boozy notes. Ultimately it just feels pretty standard for the Lips of Faith line and is exceptionally unexceptional. There are some sweet apple and pear fruit notes but then this Belgian taste muscles in and starts turning over card tables and causing a ruckus.

M: The mouthfeel is drying with light coating and a lot of sticky dryness. The alcohol wafts are a bit distracting and misplaced with the fruit esters going on.

D: The strange cloying fruit sweetness and weird Belgian spice makes this of limited appeal. I wish that I had more to say but it just is a conflicting mess.
Narrative: “Why are mommy and daddy fighting?” Baby Apple Brandy wondered as she watched her parents tear apart their small abode. “OH OH OK THIS IS RICH! NOW IT’S….CAN I FINISH? LET ME FINISH!” Papa Brandy was in one of his booze filled rages after a family outing. It had been chaos since they stepped into that Macaroni Grill and the din of excitement had now reached its sweet fever pitch. “Oh…SURE SURE….revert back to that, let’s focus on THAT ONE TIME AGAIN!” Mama Apple was brandishing a large cutco knife and threatening no one in particular. Baby apple brandy attempted to reconcile this hectic environment with her chaotic upbringing. No one wanted to visit, no one wanted to stay, but Baby Apple Brandy still had high hopes for later aging.

Photo of distantmantra
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
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 brystmar
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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