Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing
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3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
A= golden, with modest head.
S= very nice and intriguing, I know there's the pear in there but the overall scent is much more complex than simply adding pear. A nice Cru adaptation.
T= slightly sweet for my preferences but a nice Cru, Belgian effects et al. Could use some more aging for complexity.
M= Belgian yeasts, light dryness yet the lingering honey-like sweetness.
O= a decent first-attempt offering. I'm hoping they can bring a little more refinement and focus to this on the next round.
11-26-2011 04:50:23 | More by therica
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
Light lemon yellow in appearance. Thin, whitish head with ok retention and some minimal lacing.
Bright, spicy, tart aroma with yeast, ripe bananas and lemons in the mix.
Spicy and tart apple cider hits the tongue right away and carries throughout most of the drink. Hint of lemon and pineapple. Mild yeast and banana flavor. Sweet mid-drink with a cane sugar flavor and finishes on the tart end. Plenty of alcohol warmth.
Rich, full-body with just a slight syrupy quality. Level of carbonation is somewhat high but it works well.
This is some good stuff. Very complex and intricate. Just a little too tart for my taste. Still very enjoyable.
10-17-2011 02:26:42 | More by bnes09
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
appearance: light orange with a slight whitish head and slight lacing.
smell: Mostly sweet, with some sour fruits, and bready malts.
taste: Good, not great. Tasty w/o much character.
overall: A good beer. Nice nose, a decent taste with no distinguishing features.
06-16-2011 01:00:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.18/5 rDev -7%
"Our 20th anniversary! Let's roll a bunch of New Belgium together and put it in a bottle, start with the backbone of Fat Tire, but double the malt and hops; add in asian pear juice, a very Belgian thing to do; and bring it to life with a Saison yeast. It's New Belgium Super Cru from us to you! Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
Served in a New Belgium Globe snifter. Served north of 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a copper-tinged cream head of a thick frothy consistency over a very hazy copper amber body with ample carbonation. Lacing is light and stringy and retention is average at best. A decent appearance but could do much better. 3.25
(Smell) Aroma is strong with a tart fruit juice forward, biscuity malts, a pinch of ginger spice and pepper and a subtle earthy hop backbone. Fruit juice comes off strong, very central to the aroma of this beer, and the touch of funk is a distinctive twist for a perceptible sourness. Malt character pales significantly by comparison. I'm not blown away by the aroma, it comes off a bit overdone in the wrong places and underdone in other spots. There are some notable astringencies that I could only deduce in this stage, none of them were appetizing in nature. 3
(Taste) The balance is a bit better balanced in the flavor, with a moderate, biscuity malt character, relatively clean, a dash of standard Belgian spices like coriander and pepper, a nod to citrusy hop character and a still strong, still forward pear juice concentrate for a very dry and very acidic finish. The combination of acidic fruit juice and strong spice profile compared to a biscuity, moderate malt character makes this one very dry Belgian Ale. I didn't really enjoy the balance in this beer as much as I had hoped to- hopefully it's just an old batch but the flavor isn't extraordinary by any stretch. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Mouth is slightly sweet with juicy sugars, but wraps up with a dry acidic finish paired with a forward Belgian spice profile. Carbonation is fuzzy and provides a subtle airy texture. Alcohol is medium/high, quite perceptible in this beer and not hidden by much body. The body itself is a medium+ amongst the style and medium/high overall. While the carbonation and texture was decent, the alcohol could have been a bit better hidden and the body didn't do a good job at keeping it under wraps. 3
(Overall) Super Cru plays around with a popular style but comes out somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed the pear juice twist but found it too distracting and the malt body was a bit too plain and transparent by comparison. Not bad for an experiment but overall it didn't impress me all that much and doesn't warrant a repeat visit from me. 3.25
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04-22-2013 20:59:29 | More by Jadjunk
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Golden orange in color and ultra clear. Just a hint of carbonation but the head doesn't last very long, poor lacing as well.
S - The base of Fat Tire + 2x malt and hops isn't really noticeable in the aroma but I do get a lot of the Asian pear juice and saison yeast esters. Pleasant and floral with a syrupy sweetness at the end.
T - Sweet like a Belgian from the starts with a lacing of pear and lots of savory saison yeast flavors. The hops come through adding just a hint of bitterness and the malt is waaay in the background providing a roasted/toffee-like character. Aftertaste is slightly alcoholic with a cider-like finish.
M - Medium to heavy body, light syrup texture. Very good carbonation. After taste fades quickly and the flavors don't really fill the palate. Finishes neutral on the acidity scale.
O - Belgian-styled? Meh. Strong? Meh. It was a good idea but I think it might have sounded better on paper as the ingredients didn't blend of shine as much as I had hoped. Still a good beer though, just tough style to compete in.
12-05-2011 21:01:18 | More by VaTechHopHead
3.9/5 rDev +14%
Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a Belgian Independence Day tulip; bottling date of April 14, 2011 (“4-14-2011 110414041”) printed near the bottom of the bottle.
Appearance (4.0): Oooh, what a pretty pour! The body is the color of clover honey with a perfectly integrated haze—a hazy body cannot look better than that. Head pops up to a bit over two fingers, off-white, with fine bubbles and recedes relatively quickly to half a finger. Not a lot of lacing going on, but the body and head make up for that.
Smell (4.0): Nice yeasty spiciness, matched evenly with the sweetness of fruit juice—almost like apple juice, so I’m assuming that’s the ghost of Asian pears invading my nostrils. I like it, though. That fruity character is laced with a slightly tart funk, which nice and musty, too. Doesn’t necessarily fit the BSPA profile but personally I’m getting a kick out of it.
Taste (4.0): There is . . . a lot happening. Yeast spice (nicely integrated), some very horsey funk (much appreciated), moderate fruitiness that resembles a tangy-er* pear flavor, tart bretty characteristics that mesh with the fruit and spice surprisingly well (I don’t know how it managed to link them, but it did), and a bit of booze coursing through it all. It finishes dry and slightly grassy / herbal, but if there’s any real hop presence it’s pretty faint—this is more a product of yeast and booze. Personally, I enjoy this Belgian-inspired circus of flavors, but I understand how some people might not.
Mouthfeel (3.0): Better than average, but not by a whole hell of a lot. Carbonation is nice but subtle: smooth with very fine tingling, but not as much of a presence as I’d like—especially for the style. Body is on the thick side of medium and has a slightly syrupy quality to it, but fortunately the alcohol dries it out considerably in the finish.
Overall (4.0): If you’re going to drink this, you’d be a fool to expect a standard BSPA. Right on the bottle it says it’s a double recipe of Fat Tire, with Asian Pear juice mixed in and fermented with saison yeast (of the funky variety). Don’t expect something “to style.” If you’re looking for something interesting and different, and enjoy a bit of funk, you’re going to appreciate this beer a bit more. I applaud New Belgium’s efforts to create something unique, and I have definitely enjoyed this beer!
*First I wrote “tangier” but I thought that’d be confusing at first glance to anyone with a sense of geography.
02-15-2012 05:06:01 | More by fmccormi
3.75/5 rDev +9.6%
22oz bomber into a snifter
A: Pours a dark golden color with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The nose has interesting notes of apples, pears, lemon, banana, bready malt, and saison yeast.
T: The taste is a nice mix of apples/pears, banana, sweet malt, and grapes. It is a bit overly fruity like they just dumped a lot of pear juice in the finished beer.
M: The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation and the finish is slightly dry but not as big as a real saison.
O: This is tasty if you're in the mood for a super fruity beer. Not sure if it's got all the qualities for the style but I thought it was great.
07-20-2011 03:10:52 | More by GregSVT
3/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a nice amber/orange color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Plenty of carbonation, and decent lacing on this beer. Very clear in appearance and very easy to see all the way through. Nose is yeast, malt, pear, apple... Hops are surprisingly absent so far in the smell. Maybe once it warms a bit. Yes, they're coming out w/ warming. Taste is unique, and slightly strange to me. The hops show up a bit, but it's mainly pear juice and malt that I get, w/ pear juice being on the strong side. Everything seems just a little out of balance to me. It's not horrible, it's just not great. Mouthfeel is syrup smooth, and very sweet. Not a lot of complexity in this category. Overall, this beer is just a little off. It sounds like a good idea when you read the description of the beer, but the end result just doesn't quite make it.
09-09-2011 00:55:05 | More by jayhawk73
3.3/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a reddish amber color with a white head which is short lived. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, with pear, banana, some sweet malts. The feel is medium higher carbonation. The taste leaves a little bit to be desired, a little sour taste, pear, sweet malts, definite alcohol taste/burn.
02-08-2012 04:35:30 | More by DavidST
4.05/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
09-04-2011 02:32:29 | More by JamnesCameron
3.93/5 rDev +14.9%
I drank this from a plain ol pint glass...
It pours a dark orange/ amber color with a thin off white head. The aroma is dominated by a clove spice and fresh pear, in the background is caramel malt and lemon hops. The taste is very sweet with pear juice right up front, following is Belgian yeast, clove, alcohol and lots of bready malt. The beer is medium bodied with low, soft carbonation and a warming finish. I thought this was a decent beer, the texture was like juice as it warmed up and the saison yeast added a nice touch.
08-11-2011 00:27:26 | More by JMad
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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