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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

301 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 301
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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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

04-17-2012 02:18:33 | More by tln13
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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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emilylee

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-01-2012 17:20:18 | More by emilylee
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JCanarecci

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-30-2012 16:45:14 | More by JCanarecci
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:14:19 | More by akorsak
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-24-2012 04:44:46 | More by TheBishopco
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper in color Almost no head to speak of. It was gone before I even got my nose in it.

Fruity, saison style spiciness in the aroma. Herbal, boozy. Can definitely pick up the pear juice.

Starts out a bit tart. Fruity & floral before giving way to a little thick malty sweetness with some boozy alcohol. A hint of yeasty spiciness. Just a big strong beer with some fruity and funky characteristics.

Thick, syrupy, medium to full body. soft carbonation. A little heat as it warms. I don't know how i feel about it. It's ok. It's different and not really what I was expecting. The first sip was very tart and caught me off guard. The flavors here aren't too complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 21:19:30 | More by nimrod979
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brystmar

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

03-13-2012 19:53:01 | More by brystmar
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-12-2012 18:49:30 | More by UltimateLivewire
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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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alalvarez75

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-04-2012 19:53:58 | More by alalvarez75
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bthomas

Washington

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-01-2012 10:20:50 | More by bthomas
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +16.6%

02-27-2012 01:25:12 | More by stampfler07
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dpmacd

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -12.5%

02-26-2012 06:59:16 | More by dpmacd
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2012 01:33:46 | More by imperialking
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iskeptopotamus

California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2012 23:44:04 | More by iskeptopotamus
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-16-2012 03:01:07 | More by Cramerican
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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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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2012 03:21:22 | More by hippityhophead24
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ccrida

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:49:25 | More by ccrida
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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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gwdavis

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

02-08-2012 04:18:41 | More by gwdavis
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Duvel Tulip

A ~ Pours amber with no real head to speak of. Mostly just suds with delicate bubbles rising ever so slowly.

S ~ Pears & applesauce upfront.
Strong yeast notes...floral notes of rosebush

T ~ Old Pears & the juice squeezed from said pears. Alcohol. Overly gummy yeast. A mess of cough syrup & white grape juice. A very odd leafy quality lingers amongst the boozy fruit notes. Hint of lemon juice.

M ~ Hot, Hot, Hot! Very loose & without cohesion on the palette. Medicinal notes midpalette are way too overt & detract from the flavor of the beer. I don't usualy cringe when I drink BSPAs, but I did here.

D ~ Too hot! This beer is not together at all. Hoped for MUCH more than was deliver. This is Strike 2 for the "Cru" beers of the Lips of Faith series.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:07:48 | More by chocosushi
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MisterKilderkin

California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-02-2012 22:58:54 | More by MisterKilderkin
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ryandelaney

Indiana

2/5  rDev -41.7%

02-02-2012 16:58:10 | More by ryandelaney
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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