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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Super CruLips Of Faith - Super Cru

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BA SCORE
78
okay

295 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%


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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kylehay2004

Florida

3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:11:26 | More by kylehay2004
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a fine-bubbled pale honey-golden head. Rich, fruity aroma has a hint of caramel. Lip-smacking flavor is malty and fruity and has caramel, honey and woody hints. Full-bodied texture is fizzy and sassy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 15:27:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:48:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:10:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:58:06 | More by bluejacket74
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nickfl

Florida

3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:09:36 | More by nickfl
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champ103

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A one finger beige head forms. The foam recedes in a second. A small ring sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malts. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Light tart fruits of apples. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet candy malts, and dark fruits. A bit more of a tart apple flavor. Some yeast and wood lingers. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, creamy and smooth. Easy and smooth to drink. A very good sipper.

Very enjoyable, and well done. Not much of a pale ale, but very good none the less. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 04:27:05 | More by champ103
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not great. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, tan head that soon settled and a little lace. Color is a clear orange amber with plenty of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is somewhat muted, but with yeast, bread dough, malt, hint of fruit. Flavor's similar to nose; good balance between sweet malt and yeast products, carbonic tang, and hop/yeast bitter. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with tang and alcohol warmth finishing.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:15:34 | More by drpimento
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FosterJM

California

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

551st Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
22oz from Bevmo

App- A very dark golden amber orange with a big two finger fast receding head. Nice scattered cling.

Smell- This is super fruity, fresh, yeasty, hoppy, malty and a little pepper. What else could NB throw in this one.

Taste- The first sip was the same as the nose and then it was flat malts with some pepper and the yeast. It's good, but a bit flat and a little old fruit.

Mouth- It's a very drinkable medium body with a medium carbonation. Leaves a very fruit forward residual taste.

Drink- Well, it's a tasty beer but below my expectations. The fruit was up front with the malts on the back. Seems like a lot of juice with some beer. And of course as I finish the 10% comes into play. Damn!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:40:43 | More by FosterJM
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 18:02:58 | More by Mebuzzard
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ehammond1


2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Beautiful copper and amber. Nice lacing down the glass.

Herbaceous, sweet, and fruity aroma--definitely some distinct aroma from the pear. A tangy Belgian yeast character and a hint of warm alcohol presence.

Sweet and syrupy, a touch floral, some alcohol, though the Belgian yeast doesn't seem to marry particularly well with the other flavors. It seems a bit all over the place. I finished about half my glass and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not finishing it. Too sweet, too syrupy, the Belgian yeast seems out of place.

Mouthfeel wasn't this beer's problem, though it didn't add anything.

A sweet, syrupy, heavy Belgian that seems to miss the mark.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 03:25:25 | More by ehammond1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick snow-white head, firm and tight and a bit rocky. Color is a glimmering amber/bronze with much clarity and an army of bubbles swirling around, almost in champagne-like fashion. Lots of lace left on the glass.

Aroma just about nails the style, having equal parts sweet, succulent fruits (indeed, mostly pear), earthy yeast, and an herbal/flowery counterpart.

While the taste favors a bit of heat, I think it only aids the soft and very slick mouthfeel and the gentle pear attributes, which provide the fruit's characteristic flavor and sweetness. A bit of spiciness comes in too, white spice maybe, probably a result of both the alcohol and the yeast. I really like the taste and all that is going on here -- sure, it's a little busy and maybe not everything is meshing up perfectly, but it's intriguing. My only complaint is that the flavor totally fades once the sip goes down the throat, leaving only a mildly spicy finish, at best.

For a sweet 10% beer, Super Cru remains delicate in feel, complex in composition, and very drinkable. And it doesn't resemble Fat Tire in the slightest (which is the foundation of this beer, according to the bottle text).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 16:51:07 | More by Metalmonk
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oline73

Maryland

2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:37:25 | More by oline73
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billab914

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:56:09 | More by billab914
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Pencible

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like crisp apricot and grassy hops, with sour Belgian yeast and a bit of vinegar.
T: It tasted like crisp apricot and wild honey and grassy hops, with some sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar and a bit of vinegar. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste that was a little sour.
M: It was watery with some smooth natural carbonation. Light but refined body.
D: This was a nice BSPA with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special but easily enjoyable. Recommended fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 15:08:29 | More by Pencible
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emmasdad

Colorado

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other day while out beer shopping, and before I began hating New Belgium for their inane decision to send the Leopold beers out of state, thereby denying loyal longtime customers exciting beers (I know I'm coming across as entitled, but hey I can get all the mighty arrow I want). But I digress...

This one poured a nice amber color with a perfect finger of slightly off-white head. Beautiful. Sadly, it was downhill from there. Aromas of yeast, green apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of apples, lemon and pears.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 05:30:40 | More by emmasdad
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illidurit

California

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Clips of Faith event in Santa Cruz. Pours a shimmering copper color with an off-white head. Candied fruit aroma, bananas, straw, and pepper. Flavor is pears and bananas drenched in honey/caramel, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, tart/acidic boozy finish. A strange beer, decent in sample size as a dessert type of thing but not a very quaffable drink. Much too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 05:57:23 | More by illidurit
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A: pours a deep golden with good clarity, nice thin white head with some lacing

S: the pear comes through nicely on the front and it features sweet notes with a touch of vanilla, bananas, and clove. Some sweet malts come in as well. The belgian yeast adds a dimension of spice which seems to keep the sweetness in check

T: the familiar biscuit character from Fat Tire makes an appearance as the taste starts out, this takes a turn to a very strong pear character. The pear starts out sweet and then becomes almost overwhelming with a touch of tartness on the finish. The pear character becomes a bit astringent before the yeast comes through. The finish leaves an undesirable pear tartness on the palate.

MF: medium carbonation, fairly big bodied

O: This beer sounded very interesting so I had to try it. Things start off pretty good but the flavors compete a little bit and the finish is a bit unpleasant. Definitely earns points for being unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 04:49:19 | More by homebrew311
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big beer brewed with Asian pear juice. Shiny copper color; two-finger head drops to a thin ring of lace. Some vague floral fruitiness meets spiciness, with medicinal herb and alcohol in the nose. Some smoothness, slick with a big body. Mild tartness with a thick malty foundation, and a hint of sweetness up front. Toasted bread and ripe fruit soon make way for a more toasty, dry, almost broth-like flavor. Spicy, boozy alcohol, rose water and tropical fruit. Semidry finish clings to the booziness. A serious beer if strength is considered, though beyond that, it lacks a bit of depth that was expected. A tasty brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:29:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry to say, certain brewers just don't do it for me. Yes, they may have on occasional beer that hits the highlight reel, but in general... Eh.. no big deal. Yes, I just described New Belgium for me. If you have a different opinion, God Bless you.

Even with an aggressive pour there is not even an inch of foamy white head here. The beer is a straight amber color with a touch of releasing carbonation. Some clinging lace.

Slightly metallic, fruity aroma. I take that back. Pretty darn metallic. A note of cherry.

Spice, dates, malt, brown sugar rule the day here. Not sure the sum of the parts is any greater than the individual ingredients. Perhaps a touch of ginger.

Foamy with a delicate carbonation.

Truth is that I’ll read this review a year from now and probably forget I drank the beer. Let’s just say that I drank and reviewed it during the Det/Tex MLB playoff game. That has nothing to do with the beer but perhaps a reminder for me that I actually drank the beer. (you will probably forget it too)

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:05:27 | More by Reagan1984
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Chaney

District of Columbia

2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

A: Blood red, mildly cloudy, with a slight head that didn't amount to much. I guess a mild bit of sawdust topping survived the session.

S: Bad. Grassy, wheaty, with a slight bit of hoppiness, lots of candy sugar, and rotten fruit...

T: Very heavy-handed on the yeast and sugar, along with more than a tinge of rotten banana. I didn't detect any pear juice, or anything that even resembled pear.

M: Carbonation moderate, with a mild bit of lacing and lots of sugar.... too much even.

O: Ridiculous and un-palate-ful beer. I poured the rest out.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:24:44 | More by Chaney
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harrymel

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date illegible.

A: pours orange with under a single finger of off white head. this quickly dissipates to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace. Excellent clarity.

S: Belgian yeast, apple meat, slightest hint of pear, honestly if I didn't know there was pear here I wouldn't have guessed it. The yeast profile is sweet and has some banana tones.

T: Sweet, wheaty, yeasty. Really yeasty to me. the pear juice is much more evident through here, but not really a good addition to this beer IMO.

M: Moderate body with medium to hi carbonation.

O: Well, it's beer. But the yeast is overbearing and does not allow the juice to come through to the extent I hope they intended. with a really sweet malt profile and no alcohol burn, this beer becomes lop-sided in favor of decadence vs drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 16:04:53 | More by harrymel
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber color with some orange streaks. Head is full and tight, but somewhat wispy. Good look to start. Nose is generally estery, bringing fruits like pear and a bready note. The base Fat Tire ingredients show, with the caramel breadiness coming through faintly.

Bottom line here is that the heat is too strong for the foundation of the beer. Pear, green apple, banana, and even some tropical fruit notes appear on the palate, suggesting a fair amount of sweetness. The body is a bit too faint to handle the sugars, and the alcohol heat just takes over.

Firm up the body here; clearly just doubling the recipe isn't working to keep the balance in check. The yeast able to eat its way over 9% abv can clearly make short work of the Fat Tire malts. Furthermore, I wouldn't stick with the pear juice either. This seems to be a case of jamming 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag, before seeing if the bag can handle 5 pounds in the first place. Skip this one until they get the recipe correct.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 04:57:44 | More by BretSikkink
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allengarvin

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color beer, with a small, quickly fading head (looks about like Fat Tire). Fairly fruity nose, with a solid malt presence. Yummy flavor. Good initial malt gives way to extremely fruity yeast taste, on the order of Chimay Grand Reserve, or perhaps beyond it; some of it may be the pears, though I don't taste pear notes specifically. Hops are provide a great balance to the sweetness of this very strong beer. There's a nice subtle tartness as well. Spicy phenols make for a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:28:15 | More by allengarvin
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a light amber with a smallish frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty sweet biscuity malts with a little spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with some slightly spicy fruit (banana and asian pear?). The alcohol is well hidden, but noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It's an amped up overly sweet Fat Tire with some fruit juice and a little more Belgian yeast (banana). So lots I don't really care for - sweetness, banana, and biscuit malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 06:03:13 | More by Beaver13
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.