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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

306 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 306
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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -12.3%

duceswild, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from The Wine Source.

A: The ale is a hazy orange amber, on the verge of opacity but not all the way across the line. A white head, thin, pops op on first pour but doesn't amount to much - just a few stray patches.

S: The pear sweetness, sugary, stands out, dominating the rest of the body. What's there is Belgian, yeasty and fruity with a bit of a hop edge. Those nobler aspects are a nice finish to the nose. Before that, the pear juice and saison yeast are in control.

T: The mustiness jumps out early, the yeast combining with the pear juice for a prickly sweet body. Light caramel adds body. The hops, sharper in the nose, are present but more relaxed. They add an herbal flowery flavor -- bitter but not overpowering. The pear juice accentuates the saison aspect, drawing more fruitiness out of the ale. Dryness builds, thanks to the yeast, leaving some peppery flavors alongside the hops and pears. Perhaps so much going on weighs on the beer. It's not quite a saison but it's not quite anything else either.

M: Sweet, hoppy, juicy, musty. Plenty of adjectives describe the ale but nothing ever comes together nicely.

akorsak, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

mothman, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.3%

ejimhof, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Zorro, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -12.3%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger in Santa Cruz. Their menu lists this as double Phat tire Super Cru, which I assume is a bit of license on their part

For starters, I'm with the previous reviewer when it comes to not understanding some of the low scores for this beer. It's clearly an amped up version of regular fat tire with a Belgian twist, but it's clearly a vastly superior beer to the regular FT.

Super Cru pours a copper amber color with light red hilights. The beer looks similar to the regular FT, except this beer has considerably better lacing and superb head retention. The nose is likewise impressive, with considerable sweet clove, banana, alspice and even some nutmeg. The beer smells a bit sweet and boozy, but not in a bad way. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, spicey ale. Also, while the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, you still get a sense that the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though rich as this is, I can't imagine having more than a single glass.

An interesting take on the regular fat tire recipe. Not bad at all...

John_M, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

billab914, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -5%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

KAF, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +17%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, alcohol, and hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, slight hop, slight wood, and hint of citrus. Overall, good blend and decent aroma.

Tone, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in fluted tulip. Poured a very attractive, clean, amber color with less than 1/4 inch of head that had medium retention and lacing.

There was a sharp alcohol note at the front of the aroma, with a malt sweetness underneath. There was also a slight fruit (grape?) scent as well. The story was similar on the tongue, nice grains, a hint of fruit and a definite alcohol sting on the finish.

The body was good, solid without being heavy, full and nicely rounded. Drinkability was good, especially for a bigger beer. Overall, a very nice beer. If I see this in bottles I may set a couple aside to let the hotness smooth out. Worth trying if you see it.

beertunes, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/18/11
*From notes

-- This bottle was generously shared by my Pops --

A: Filtered red delicious amber. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head and thin, moderate lacing.

S: There's actually a good amount of crisp pear here. Even if I hadn't know that this contained pear juice, I would have spotted it pretty quickly. There's also a generous helping of that Belgian musty yeast.

T: A bit of smokey banana up front - the Belgian yeastiness is all over the brew. As it hits the mid, the dry pear juice reveals itself, and the finish is a pretty successful marriage of the two.

M: The weight's decent, though the texture could have been spectacular had they left this unfiltered. As it is, it's just ok.

O: NB's Lips of Faith Super Cru is a pretty tasty brew. I liked it for what it is: an American interpretation of a Belgian Pale with a hearty dose of pear juice. I don't know if I'll be rushing back to this often, but I certainly did enjoy my half of the bomber.

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -12.3%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
1.93/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

drummermattie02, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, New Belgium's Grand Cru is bright copper with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the fruity ester sides, a little overripe banana reminiscent to me of an over aged blonde, and some sourish citrus.

Taste is heavy on the old blonde side that I don't care for (I don't know when this came out or remember when I bought it, but it was a the front of my cellar). The pear is somewhat notable, mostly the acidic citrus, but it's mostly the esters and broken down malt. A hint of snappy, herbal hops helps.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high to me. It taste like an over-aged trippel. Maybe just the pear juice. Regardless, not digging it.

ccrida, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
10% ABV, 3(?)-14-2011, "Ale brewed with Asian Pear juice".

A - A dense off-white head rests gently on top of Super Cru but leaves little in the way of lace. Beautiful caramel amber in color with great clarity!

S - The Asian pear juice comes through as exotic fruitiness with complimentary earthy hop tones. Mellow caramel maltiness provides a smooth and supple backbone. Nice yeasty finish.

T - Spicy esters open the brew with a bang while earthy hops provide a segway into the sweet biscuity, caramel-draped malt. Asian pear juice adds a considerable sweetness to the finish.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, Super Cru is a medium-bodied brew with a lager-like refreshing quality to the finish.

O - I'm completely in the minority on this one, but I found Super Cru to be very solid across the board. Nothing like Fat Tire save for the bike depicted on the bottle, not that it was supposed to be. Complex and unique, I find it a good brew worth picking up.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright apricot body. Fine white head has ok retention and lace.

S - Great caramel malt nose with edges of blackberry cobbler and booze.

T - Lively carbonation cuts through a sweet honey opening. Rich caramel, pear, and cranberry center. Quick, dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full body.

O - A delicious brew. The booze will sneak up on you.

vfgccp, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, the bottle is stamped with 4-14-2011. I guess that's the bottled on date, but I'm not exactly sure of that. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around for a bit. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like pears, bready malt, candy sugar and a bit of sweet spices. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors don't seem quite as strong for some reason. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and is well carbonated. It's a solid beer, but not something I would buy all the time. But I think it's worth trying.

bluejacket74, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 12, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.