Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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313 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: daledeee on 04-28-2011

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Photo of nimrod979
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of oline73
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of chocosushi
2.07/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with a quarter inch head of white. Zero lacing with a placid surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with bubblegum, pears, apples, and hard candies. Honey-like, fruity, and clovey.

Medium bodied with lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A bit syrupy.

Fruit juice and light malt start the palate. Red apples, pear juice, and clove-dusted bubblegum follow through.

Finishes with fruit cocktail, honey, and candied apples.

Too sweet for me and very much like fermented fruit juice.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a medium orange with a slight brown hue and a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that was dissipated rapidly to just a few puddles of residue and had some streaky lacing.

The aroma was of straw malts, grassy hops and a moldy doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a bit of fruitiness and a nice dose of alcohol.

The taste was a little bland yet still sweet and a tad acidic with a decent caramel note in the beginning and finished a bit malty and fruity with a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time after the swallow, leaving behind a slight fruitiness and a strong alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with the texture being oily and a bit watery with a mild carbonation.

Overall a very mild tasting Belgian Ale, which was a little astringent, a bit fruity and had a strong alcohol presence.

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Philousa
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Surly Goat in Hollywood:

Sits a pale cranberry with gold color when held up in the light. Not much carbonation, even on tap. A thin ring settles around the edge of the glass with a little visible fermentation going on at the bottom of the tulip. Astringent hoppy aroma with sour cherries and a bit of alcohol. Sour cherries are less pronounced in taste and the oak barrel flavor takes over, and it leaves a bit of an alcohol burn in your throat. I get a bit of the yeast in the taste as well. You can tell this is the same strain as Fat Tire. Watery, a bit thin (which seems hard to pull off, considering the ABV), and a wet finish.

This looked like a Flanders Red ale, which might explain my sour cherry taste. I didn't get any pear flavor like the other reviewers. When I sat down to think about this review, I realized this was basically an Imperial Fat Tire aged in oak barrels. That turned me off a bit, but for the illogical reason that I like to be surprised by the brewer's creativity. This really would have been a better beer if they kept the oaky flavors more muted. I like some oak, but a little goes a long way. An interesting, if unremarkable beer.

Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden copper body with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a thin white ring. smells like bready biscuit malts, pear juice, yeast and spice. the bottle says they started with fat tire and doubled the malts, and that's what it tastes like. big bready flavor with pear and spice. hops are fairly well hidden. mouthfeel starts heavy with all the bread flavor but finishes softer and smooth with a creamy feel. has decent carbonation and a dry finish with hints of spice. overall i would say i'm not impressed and probably wont buy this again.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with a very, very thin cap of off-white head around the edge of the glass. No lacing at all.

Aroma of pear juice, pineapple, sweet light malts and yeast.

The taste a combination of both sweet and sour with the asiatic pear juice, pineapple, sweet malts, raisin, candy sugar and some spicy herbs. The 10% abv is pretty well-hidden but still adds a hint of warmth to the palate.

Medium bodied and very dry with a weaker carbonation.

Not too bad. I liked it well enough.

Photo of 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.

Photo of ginemesis
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- looks like carbonated scotch, low head and it dissipated quickly
S- tad of pear, a bit of clove and nutmeg, sweet
T- Oooh God it's delicious, definitely can tell the higher alcohol content
M- thick, tingly and surprisingly carbonated compared to the head (looks flat but you can feel the carbonation)
O- This is great "sitting around drinking" beer. Good with a cigar or during a cookout.

Photo of impending
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber copper, yellowish minor head, minor lacing.

Sweet aroma, not particular strong but cloying in an impossible way. Overly ripe light skinned fruits.

Taste too is sweet but not of the pear juice which is completely undefined. The yeast unfortunately too is undefined, more of a sensation than a flavor. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Perhaps my expectations were raised by the asian pear / saison yeast combo which sounds like a delight. Wholly underwhelming.
cheers
jd

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a burnt glowing orange with a thin cream colored head.

S - such a strange smell. Heavily fruited with a layer of bready malt underneath.

T - not so good. Very gainy and pretty stale. Its got a bad after taste.

M - light to medium body with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - this might be the worst new Belgium beer I've had. I don't know what else to say.

Photo of therica
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= golden, with modest head.

S= very nice and intriguing, I know there's the pear in there but the overall scent is much more complex than simply adding pear. A nice Cru adaptation.

T= slightly sweet for my preferences but a nice Cru, Belgian effects et al. Could use some more aging for complexity.

M= Belgian yeasts, light dryness yet the lingering honey-like sweetness.

O= a decent first-attempt offering. I'm hoping they can bring a little more refinement and focus to this on the next round.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of joek440
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden orange appearance with a thin layer of white head.

S - Very complex smell - hits immediately with sweet and fruity scents - citrus, pear, pineapple.

T - Mix of the fruit/pear flavor with hops and alcohol (not a surprise considering the ABV). Very tart and complex but the balance isn't there for me.

M - Smooth up front with carbonated finish

O - The fruit notes are definitely present in this one throughout the beer. The tartness was a bit too much and the blend of fruits with the hops didn't balance well. Did not notice the malt flavor which may have helped take away some of the tart.

(reviewed 10/23)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into tulip.
No head, no lacing...seems "heavy" - literally.
Smells sweet...of sugar and dried fruit.
Taste is instant raison and dried cherries...molasses and malt undertones. Its very strong and you can feel it. It feels like that little box of raisons enjoyed in my lunch bag as a child has just punched me in the mouth..in a way where I'm not mad. Its a great sipping beer. I'd imagine this to be great next to a warm fire with a pipe. Save this drink until you find yourself next to that fire...pipe optional.

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

Meh

A: A single fingered soapy off white head formed atop this copper colored brew displaying little retention and no lacing.

S: Cherries, pear, dark fruits like raisons, malts and yeast. Good smells, just subtle in nature.

T: Better than anticipated, especially up front. I noticed the pear was far more noticeable than the scent led me to believe, it was paired with subtle hints of cherry. Malts and some hops follow and fade to an boozy unpleasant finish. Aftertaste really killed this otherwise tasty brew.

M: Medium bodied, burn from the alcohol is mild, but the medicated following wasn't.

O: The good of this beer just doesn't overcome its failings.

Photo of mothman
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream /sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint breadyness, that really ramps up once warm, some pear & pineapple as well

T: Apricot & pears with white pepper, light lemony hops & some phenols up front. Some powdery dryness as this warms, not a trait of NB beers that endears them to me for sure. Some faint juicy-fruit here also, apple peels, a bit of pineapple sweetness/acidity. Finishes with much apple peel, dryness, & a touch of pineapple& just a little booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance, becomes pretty warming once warmed up a bit

An alright example of the style, nothing too exciting here

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