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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

300 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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bnes09

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 02:26:42 | More by bnes09
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

07-14-2012 04:01:01 | More by ssjkyle
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:00:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-28-2013 22:38:47 | More by RuckusDu
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev +16.6%

04-24-2012 05:32:24 | More by Irrationalist
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videofrog

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-15-2011 20:06:38 | More by videofrog
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-15-2011 08:21:26 | More by ithinkimasofa
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VaTechHopHead


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 21:01:18 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 20:59:29 | More by Jadjunk
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baklo

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-05-2013 00:23:39 | More by baklo
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Skunkdrool

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

02-18-2014 19:09:15 | More by Skunkdrool
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GregSVT

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:10:52 | More by GregSVT
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-10-2013 05:12:12 | More by Birdlegs
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 00:55:05 | More by jayhawk73
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fmccormi

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:06:01 | More by fmccormi
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DavidST

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:35:30 | More by DavidST
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-15-2012 00:47:05 | More by PGVG
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MordorMongo


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-14-2013 17:02:41 | More by MordorMongo
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:32:29 | More by JamnesCameron
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JMad

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:27:26 | More by JMad
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kkrez

Colorado

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-15-2011 15:35:49 | More by kkrez
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:19:28 | More by ferrari29
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still drink a Fat Tire every now and again, so was curious about this adaptation of the recipe.

A: Golden brown with good clarity and a nice white head.

S: Nice full aroma with ripe pear and apples. The Belgian yeast is very distinctive.

T: Flavor is fits the aroma, but with more intense fruit contribution and moderate sweetness. Additionally, I'd describe it as phenolic and spicy with apple/pear flavors and a light tartness. Pale malt is very soft.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly dry feel despite the sweetness. Briskly carbonated.

Sweeter than expected and would be better classified as a tripel. A bit phenolic and solventy at first, but smoothes out after a bit and was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:56:03 | More by GeezLynn
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 21:15:24 | More by martyl1000
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2011 00:40:15 | More by EasyReader
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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