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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
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 bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So, this ale isn't pale. Didn't expect it to be. Looks just like Fat Tire, amber, small head, no lace.
Smells like Fat Tire. A slight hint of Belgian yeast. No pear in the smell.
The taste is surprisingly light for a 10% double red, BPA. Pale malts, caramel, a bit too much yeast. Middle of the road BPA taste. Still no pear.
Not that great, but not a drain-pour. Can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it.

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"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

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Super Cru
3.18/5.00

Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear light amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Lots of belgian yeasty funk. Sweet, fruity, funky, and a little vinegar sweetness to the aroma.

T: More of the same from the aroma. It has a vinegar and funk bite to it with some sweet fruity flavors in the background. A little clove spice and cork. You can taste the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with a dry finish.

O: It is interesting with the play between sweet, bitter and acerbic. It may be too much for some, but I think it's interesting and worth a drink.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber colour with a slightly off white head. Decent head retention; lacing is weak.

Smell is light clove and slightly metallic.

Flavour is lightly spiced with a touch of light fruits, and again, slightly metallic. Not a terrible attempt at the style, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is a bit light with very low carbonation. Very forgettable.

Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tronester
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber in color with no head. Smells of phenolic, peppery yeast. Taste is initially sweet light caramel, followed by an herbal, medicinal, lemony middle and finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, this is kind of a wierd beer, pretty good though.

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of PappyVans
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of RuckusDu
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of martyl1000
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is not a Belgian Strong Pale. It's a sour. Old bruin or Flanders Red.

I'm at Merchant (Madison) for happy hour and. I'm kicking myself for having brushed my teeth before coming. Pretty sure it's ruined this beer. Had it here a week ago and loved it, but I was too drunk to review it.

On tap in a London pint, it's a beautiful cloudy orange amber. The aroma isn't really there. (Note: fried cheese curds arrive, should help with the tooth paste problem.)

Sadly the flavor doesn't improve. It's a muddle of tart yeast, barnyard musk, and bread. The overriding problem (if not the toothpaste) is a sickening sweetness.

What's wrong with me? I loved this a week ago. And I loved La Folie from a bottle. I have to suspect the tooth paste. What a shame!

My borscht and vodka have arrived. Maybe that will help...

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ferrari29
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - The beer pours with a deep golden/dark amber translucent colored body; moderate amount of lacing formed around the glass; white ½ finger head formed

S - Beer has sweet scents of fruits like apple and pear with a subtle touch of vanilla and bananas. Light hints of yeast and nice bready malt notes.

T - Beer has a fruit flavor of pear and apple; yeasty with a nice character to biscuit or bready malt; touch of tartness on the finish; the sweet fruit, pear and apple flavor becomes tangy and astringent; grand cru sugary flavors

M - Fruit aftertaste; grand cru sugary flavors; mildly effervescent

D - Overall I was very impressed with what this drink had to offer; delicate balance of fruit, malt and sugar tones; could have another one

Photo of GregSVT
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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