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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch white-orange head that fades to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of normal Fat Tire with the biscuit-like malt along with some light fruit aromas and Belgian yeast. Taste is of Belgian yeast up front with the biscuit malt and slight pear flavors coming afterwards. There is a spice taste that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer in my opinion. I am not sure why the overall scores have been so low. To each his own.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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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 Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Rustico Alexandria during New Belgium's launch party yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderately-dark golden color with a good white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down.

The nose says that this was fermented improperly for the style. Far too much bubble gum and banana, making it seem more like an imperial hefeweizen. Flavor suffers from the same faults.

Feel is off from the yeast character. Otherwise, too full and not crisp enough.

Decent and not terrible, but not something I would have again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet caramel. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of pear juice with sweet caramel and honey. It had a yeasty, spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol heat.

O - This is tasty. It may not be what you expect going in, but is still is pretty nice.

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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 oline73
2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

A date has been marked on the lower portion of the bottle: 4/14/2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Ripe banana, cracked cloves, raw sugar, and a variety of gourmet jellies atop toasted bread slices sided with a coffee cup of you-must-be-between-jobs liquor.

Taste: Pale, bready malts with a sliver of toastiness to it. Taste of soul-searching sherry wine moistened fruit cake (sporting hints of dates, golden raisins, and dried apricots) topped with ground spice and extra sugars. Moderately tart pear juice and a few banana slices show up and brings about some more spicy phenols and the anticipated alcohol warmth. Growing clove element. Some more sugars and a sip of tongue-searing alcohol on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's sweet, it's a bit boozy, and fairly fruity, but not quite cloying or hinderingly brash, keeping it a fair, so-so sipper.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, coppery orange hazy color.

Nose sweet malts, stone fruity, caramel, toffee, juicy, bit of esters and some sweet candy sugar, bit of booze.

Taste light sweet reddish malt, toasty cereal malt, light caramel, bit of stone fruity and esters, a strange spicy heat with tingly booze, light phenolic flavors coming with the sweet candi sugar. finish is a bit drier, more heat, tingly burn with little acidity and more esters and Belgian candi flavors, toffee as well.

Mouth med bod decent carb, plenty of booze.

Overall ok but not great, decent flavors that seemed to have gone a bit out of control with too big esters and phenolic flavors, although they should be there just seem a bit too much, and too boozy, just too much going on with this it wasn't really sure where it wanted to be.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Been lookin' at the bottle for some time, figured I'd just rock the tap at the Firkin. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, sourdough, light tart black cherry, light roasted malts, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light wood (an amalgam of oak and balsa), light roasted malts, light coffee, toffee, mandarin orange syrup, and a twinge of green apple skin. Something akin to maple-smoked bacon is in there, too. All told, it's not the greatest taste combination I've ever experienced. The body is a straight medium, with a light medium carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, though it's not an entirely bad beer, I feel it is definitely misnamed. I didn't hate it, but I sure as hell don't want another one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange and interesting. They definitely have the wild and crazy yeast going.

Clear golden amber in the snifter. Classic head and just a little short on lacing. The nose is definitely pear-- a very nice aromatic. Long, long aftertaste runs through a journey of flavors. Ends on a challenging note of deep, dark funk and burnt raisins. I can't find much old-fashioned barley in the this. Seems transformed into a sugary golden confection. Slightly sweet on the lips but acidified on a lemon-lime note.

I like this better as I sip awhile. Seems a little coarse at first taste. Hot with alcohol and reminds me of a dark rum splashed with water. Surprising lightness of body, with a carnival of fruity flavors balanced with the dark, toasty Belgian taste.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru. For their 20th Anniversary, they did something different with their familiar flagship brew, and doubled the recipe on Fat Tire amber ale, adding Asian pear juice, then re-fermenting with a saison yeast. 10 % Alcohol by volume. The end result was not received with resounding hosannas by the beer geeks and snobs at large, but from my perch at the bar, people have been loving it. I got one keg that was included in a special event last week featuring 6 Lips of Faith beers. It went back on tap tonight, and was a big hit with many. This would be my last chance to really try it, without chasing down a bottle. It'll finish out tomorrow for sure, but I've got my pour here at bar close, and away we go…

Appearance: Clear and crimson-colored, under a creamy, off-white head, 1/2" thick and long-lasting.

Aroma: wild and funky, in a mellow style, at the outset, with fruity esters beneath. floral hoppitude. Toasty malt, then distinctive, delicate pear is noted. Curious about why that chose that pear juice addition, but it does appear in the nose. Interesting. And particularly pleasant. I like it.

Taste: And it's there in spades in the flavor, drowning out the malt flavor we know from Fat Tire, which should be louder in this double-up version. Some sweetness slips in, but is tempered by the dry, spicy yeast character. Great match between malty, fruity sweetness and the spice & the hops.

And then along comes the booze, fat, juicy, leaning in on the lobes. Roaring in, pounding at the door. Very friendly and warming. However. The medium body is too meager for this assault, I can feel my defenses weakening. The uniquely tasty fruit factor is a true delight for the sense, a thrill on the tongue, but it's not enough to hold the intense 10 % alcohol barrage.
Would a lower alcohol version work better, or even be possible, following the same procedure?

It's a bit of a mixed-up mess, but experiments are gambles sometimes, and not everything is for everyone. Not perfect, not amazing, but very interesting, and tasty, for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow / amber and mostly clear with almost no head, decent retention, no lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, estery, sweet, smells like a Belgian ale.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet and a little dry on the end, it is a decent beer, not great but a nice big Belgian ale. I might even have it again.

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Photo of mothman
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a finger of beige head. decent retention. Color is a clear pale gold.

Aroma: Grape skins and tannins. Bananas and some other mixed fruits. Bready malts. Some coriander and dry spice. Yeasty and Belgian flavored. A touch of booze.

Taste: Bready and biscuit flavored. Baked bread and yeast. Bananas, cloves, coriander, and a mix of dry spices. Tannins and other fruits. Very Belgian flavored. Too much booze.

Mouthfeel: Boozy yet smooth and dry. An odd texture. Too dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bad aftertaste that lingers on.

Overall, okay, but not something I would drink again. Just not that tasty for being what it is and the abv it's at.

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Photo of billab914
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured amber orange color with a full and frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin, spotty, lacing and left just a bit of lacing.

I get a lot of the pear juice and siason yeast to the aroma. The pear juice gives it some sweeter, crisp, tart, fruitiness while the yeast adds a healthy dose of earthy spices. Those two flavors seem to overpower anything else in it though. They aren't bad, I'd just have liked to have more of this double fat tire come through in it.

The taste shows a lot of the yeast spice to it throughout the beer. The sweeter, crisp and tart pear juice comes out more in the finish. Those two flavors dominate the beer and it's tough to get anything else past them. Not bad overall, but the flavors could have been balanced better.

The mouthfeel feels a bit heavy for the style and carbonation is on the higher side. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a great one. The pear juice and spice flavors just overwhelmed the beer flavors for me. Would have really liked to see more of the double fat tire flavors come through more.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be in the minority but I actually liked this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is a mix of herbs and spices, with some toffee, brown sugar and fruity notes mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast with some pears and cherries. I also get some bready malt and candy sugar, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for a beer that is 10 percent ABV.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the "double Fat Tire" as I was told. In the end, yes that what it is, but a put sour and fruity.

Dark glossy light brown, ruby highlights and amber. Dense head and some lacing.

Aroma is chalk full of caramel and other malts, some earthy spices and herbs, pepper and pear. Slight tartness comes through

Yeah, tartness is a good word for the flavor too. Almost too much so. The pear is overripe or something. I've had Asian pears and these in this here beer are past their prime. Or perhaps they don't blend well with the yeast or malt. I don't know, but it doesn't quite work out. The malt is firm and rich, but then turns a bit sour. Is this a sour ale? It misses on the BSPA style for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a firm and frothy 1.5 finger head. Excellent head retention with spotty lace.

S: Heavy amount of pear and yellow apple. Very yeasty, good nose.

T: Pear city here, the esters are going crazy. Fairly one-dimensional, but it's a good flavour. Notes of cinnamon and baked apple are secondary, adding a nice complexity. A tad light in the actual flavour, making me ding it a bit, but clearly tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, frothy, thin clearly at points.

O: Not the greatest beer in the world, but I don't see where the early C+ is coming from. This is solid American Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours decently with a transparent orange and a slight pure white head. The aroma is a bit hot, and sweet as well. Vaguely fruity, but I couldn't tell you if it's Asian pear- the smell is simply not delineated enough. The taste is similar. Better when it's cold- when it warms up it tastes a bit like cheap fruit juice, of indeterminate fruit, laced with vodka. A bit harsh in the mouth as well, with a slight acetone finish. I'd give this one a miss.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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