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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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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-15-2014 05:09:38 | More by mattmarka1
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

12-30-2013 00:03:29 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-28-2013 22:38:47 | More by RuckusDu
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a splashy, but limited, head of foam; quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Shortbread and pear juice

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors dominate the front end, with the pear juice building into the middle; spicy yeast phenols dominate the finish; bringing a peppery and slightly herbal character; caramel joins the malt bill, in the finish, but there is also a surprising degree of tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A couple of years in the bottle have tamed down this beer but I can't help but imagine that it would have been better had it started out with a lower opening gravity

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:04:42 | More by brentk56
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-21-2013 20:37:35 | More by jaydoc
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-19-2013 03:26:31 | More by crowbar540
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Kreko7

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-05-2013 03:56:19 | More by Kreko7
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TheBiercast

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A deep gold, if not light copper. Like tupelo honey. Somewhat translucent with a little sediment probably from the Saison yeast.

Smell: Very fruity, bready smell. Very reminiscent of its older cousin, Fat Tire. Has a subtle hint of the funk that comes from a lot of Belgian-style beers, but at the backend of the nose. The fruit and earthy qualities are the immediate and best reaction to the nose.

Taste: Decently balanced for how much is going on in the beer. It has a lot of characteristics indicative of a lot of styles. That’s its greatest weakness. I’m not certain the Amber backbone is paired extremely well with the pears and other fruit flavors. But it is certainly still a pleasure to drink. The spices and gingery tastes, common in many Belgian strongs, linger after the liquid has actually left your mouth for a long time. It’s a very strong finish. A little bit of the 10% abv comes out in the taste. But it’s a charming booziness, much like a favorite Uncle on Thanksgiving.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Very easy on newcomers to Belgian styles. Won’t be grossed out by too much flotsam. Has a lightness and crispness to it that will pair well with a summer day.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer for what it was. Again, the balance is a little weird in the taste. Definitely an improvement on a pretty boring beer: Fat Tire. I wouldn’t go out of my way to look for it, but I would probably buy it again if it popped up and my pocketbook was feeling heavier than normal. I don’t think I’d really like to drink more than one at a time. So, grab a 22 oz. and share it with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:59:01 | More by TheBiercast
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Plastikdust

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-22-2013 21:21:18 | More by Plastikdust
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nloyless

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.6%

09-01-2013 19:08:46 | More by nloyless
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-16-2013 23:33:23 | More by Kopfschuss
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sudsy2drunk

Indiana

4/5  rDev +16.6%

08-14-2013 17:24:14 | More by sudsy2drunk
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jayhoppin

California

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-28-2013 01:11:55 | More by jayhoppin
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-17-2013 05:10:31 | More by bmjivi221
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lernerlift

Kansas

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-27-2013 02:40:23 | More by bigbeers84
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-23-2013 13:45:16 | More by Geuzedad
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bomber purchased for roughly $10. poured into wine glass

look is a cloudy amber gold with a small film(the head of the beer). smell is ripe fruit, pears, apple bubble gum, yeast. taste is over-ripe fruit, more apple and pear, sweet candied malts, hops are lost in the translation. alcohol is hidden well for 10%

well made but not my style. if you enjoyed baltika #9, you'll love this

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 05:33:38 | More by jimmah120
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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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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-23-2013 16:01:07 | More by csfcmitchell
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Pookie

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-05-2013 15:02:30 | More by Pookie
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djs467

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-30-2013 16:18:40 | More by djs467
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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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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-07-2013 17:15:04 | More by MaxOhle
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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