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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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306 Ratings

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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 Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter at Tops. Brewed for New Belgium’s 20th anniversary, this beer’s built on a base of Fat Tire with double the malt and hops, plus Asian pears and saison yeast. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is.

Perfectly clear apple juice brown. A very thin layer of froth sits atop, leaving zero lace.

Lots of Belgian esters on top of a very apple-heavy nose. Some pear, banana and hints of soy emerge.

Weird flavor clash. Sweet pears, apples and biscuits below a very heavy Belgian yeast character. I know the brewery was going for a Belgian theme, but this skews too far in that direction for me. Light bitterness and a lingering salty tang.

The body is heavy, almost syrupy, with pokey medium carbonation. Fairly clean finish and a good amount of booze in the nose.

I have to admit, I wanted to dislike this beer more than I did. It's weird and unnecessary, but not undrinkable.

Phelps, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be in the minority but I actually liked this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is a mix of herbs and spices, with some toffee, brown sugar and fruity notes mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast with some pears and cherries. I also get some bready malt and candy sugar, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for a beer that is 10 percent ABV.

Mora2000, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 24th 2011 (from notes)

A - lovely translucent amber/copper, one finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - fruity, yeast, pungent, toasted malts, slightly sour, very sweet, some hop. Floral, molasses, musky and just a well balanced smell

T - really sweet, sometimes the alcohol is very apparent and others, not so much. You can taste the pear for sure. The yeast is sweet and pungent, toasty malt, slightly hoppy, bready, molasses and very fruity

M - pretty chewy, low acidity, long finish, boozey and surprisingly balanced

D - at $7.99 and a 10% ABV. This monster drinks nice and big, but goes down like butter

Final thought - I like this beer. If you like beers I like, you'll like this beer

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of bcostner1
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber, reddish brown. Decent tannish-white head.

S: Smells like alcohol, solvent, a little bit of pear, and licorice.

T: Overly sweet. Licorice. Syrupy. Not very malty to me at all. No hops. Very cloying. Definite boozy taste.

M: Much like the taste. Syrupy. Too thick for what it is. Leaves a film in my mouth. Ugh...i just want the aftertaste to go away!

O: Very disappointed. I love Fat Tire. This was nothing at all like Fat Tire. I'd rather have a case of Fat Tire than drink one of these again. Wish I could say better things about it, but it just didn't work for me.

bcostner1, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

A date has been marked on the lower portion of the bottle: 4/14/2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Ripe banana, cracked cloves, raw sugar, and a variety of gourmet jellies atop toasted bread slices sided with a coffee cup of you-must-be-between-jobs liquor.

Taste: Pale, bready malts with a sliver of toastiness to it. Taste of soul-searching sherry wine moistened fruit cake (sporting hints of dates, golden raisins, and dried apricots) topped with ground spice and extra sugars. Moderately tart pear juice and a few banana slices show up and brings about some more spicy phenols and the anticipated alcohol warmth. Growing clove element. Some more sugars and a sip of tongue-searing alcohol on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's sweet, it's a bit boozy, and fairly fruity, but not quite cloying or hinderingly brash, keeping it a fair, so-so sipper.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Latona Pub. Seattle, WA. July 2011.

A: A clear corn silk/amber color with a thin head of foamy bubbles at the top of the tulip glass.

S: Yeasty Belgian aroma. Hints of sweetness and spice.

T: Belgian funk flavor with some spicy notes. The alcohol is very present at the end.

M: Medium body with a boozy mouth feel.

O: Not a big fan of this beer, but it was free due to the waitress messing up my order.

distantmantra, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber in color with no head. Smells of phenolic, peppery yeast. Taste is initially sweet light caramel, followed by an herbal, medicinal, lemony middle and finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, this is kind of a wierd beer, pretty good though.

tronester, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

ehammond1, Jul 01, 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 Soonami
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of LoF Super Cru.

A pale amber with a lemon ice colored head. The belgian yeast dominates the nose with a ittle bit of crushed pear. Lots of asian pear on the palette. The beer is fairly smooth with a nice fruitiness and light body. The juicy pear finish is sweet and hides the high alcohol well. Certainly tasty and not deserving of the C rating imo.

Soonami, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of rand
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From bottle to tulip glass

Good lord, what happened here? Super Cru appears like it should, starting out with a leather-mahogany color, frothy head. Doesn't smell too bad either; nice Belgian yeasty notes and the added pear. But man, does this taste awful. I'm not going to go into detail on this one, doesn't really deserve it, but this tastes like someone dumped pear juice into Fat Tire. Treacly and boring at the same time. I'm not sure how this was grouped with the Lips of Faith series.

rand, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bomber into Nebraska Brewing Co. Ale Nation glass.

Poured dark amber with a one finger white foamy head with little to no lacing on the glass. There is a definite and distinctive smell produced from the use of the Belgian yeast and the sweet smell from fruits such as pears and a hint of banana. The taste is very sweet up front with a bubble gum like flavor along with the pears coming through faintly and, once again, definite prominence of the flavor produced through the specific yeast strain. There is also some mellow spice I can't quite pick up on. The mouthfeel provides a small amount of air from low carbonation, but smooth. Overall this beer is a little too funky for me and at 10% alcohol plus the size of the beer I can tell it is going to take me awhile to put it down.

Hope you can enjoy more than
I did

antlerwrestler19, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still drink a Fat Tire every now and again, so was curious about this adaptation of the recipe.

A: Golden brown with good clarity and a nice white head.

S: Nice full aroma with ripe pear and apples. The Belgian yeast is very distinctive.

T: Flavor is fits the aroma, but with more intense fruit contribution and moderate sweetness. Additionally, I'd describe it as phenolic and spicy with apple/pear flavors and a light tartness. Pale malt is very soft.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly dry feel despite the sweetness. Briskly carbonated.

Sweeter than expected and would be better classified as a tripel. A bit phenolic and solventy at first, but smoothes out after a bit and was enjoyable.

GeezLynn, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So, this ale isn't pale. Didn't expect it to be. Looks just like Fat Tire, amber, small head, no lace.
Smells like Fat Tire. A slight hint of Belgian yeast. No pear in the smell.
The taste is surprisingly light for a 10% double red, BPA. Pale malts, caramel, a bit too much yeast. Middle of the road BPA taste. Still no pear.
Not that great, but not a drain-pour. Can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear light amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Lots of belgian yeasty funk. Sweet, fruity, funky, and a little vinegar sweetness to the aroma.

T: More of the same from the aroma. It has a vinegar and funk bite to it with some sweet fruity flavors in the background. A little clove spice and cork. You can taste the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with a dry finish.

O: It is interesting with the play between sweet, bitter and acerbic. It may be too much for some, but I think it's interesting and worth a drink.

Kromes, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $9. Into an old school NB Globe.

A: Clear copper in color with a pale white head that grew to an inch and disappeared just as fast as it came to be. No lacing to speak of. A fair amount of carbonation is moving through the glass.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast esters. Bubblegum, banana, and a bit of spice/plastic which is kind of weird. Lots of yeasty esters and not much else.

T: Again a lot of Belgian yeast signatures, bubblegum and cloves, quite spicy. Some slight menthol flavors to it as well. Caramelized malts and table sugar. I get a fair amount of saison-esque yeasts on the finish. Wow this beer is absolutely all over the place. Its complex but lacks focus and direction. Some good flavors going on, but it really is bizarre.

M: Dry and warm, medium to heavy carbonation, fair amount of warmth in the stomach and throat. Finishes nicely dry though.

O: This might be a bit young, its completely all over the place, and doesn't really do a whole lot for me. This will be better with some time, it will be interesting to see how this is in another year. Right now its pretty mediocre.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy golden yellow appeared before me. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the surface throughout the session, giving it a very nice champagne like look. A big three inch high head of white fizzy foam came up immediately and then settled down to about one finger high pretty quickly.

just had the lightest of aromas. Some nice yeast though, with the essence of apples and pears coming through, a touch of apricot in the back. Some light grassy like hops floating around as well. Not bad, just too light. Definitely some grain in here to. I have seen better, though it was still decent. Not being really bad in anyway, just way too light for my tastes. There was a nice presence of fruity yeast, but you almost had to look for it, which was unfortunate. Hints of pears and apricot again, maybe some light apple. Nice bit of grainy like flavors and a touch of grass in the finish. A decent profile for sure, just way too light for me. No hint of the alcohol, which was good, but it was just rather bland.

mikesgroove, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber colour with a slightly off white head. Decent head retention; lacing is weak.

Smell is light clove and slightly metallic.

Flavour is lightly spiced with a touch of light fruits, and again, slightly metallic. Not a terrible attempt at the style, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is a bit light with very low carbonation. Very forgettable.

SilentSabre, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of aasher
1.15/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a light bodied, very clear and translucent bright copper in color with a one finger off white head. It looks like it may even be filtered. How can any "Cru" look this clear? It smells god awful. It smells of fermenting rotten sweet pears. I didn't know I was composting in my glass. Great. It tastes of rotten, fermenting pears with a touch of alcohol and honey. It's so light in body and the style and the alcohol content. I don't know what they were aiming for but they missed horribly. At 10.49 a bottle, this is one of the worst beers I've ever had, especially for the price point. I wish they'd take a moment to improve their Lips of Faith series. Le Terroir was and is phenomenal, their Dunkel is good, La Folie is exceptional, but everything else is low grade. This "Super Cru" never should've been made. How did this get approved? AVOID! I wouldn't drink this again if it granted me eternal life or provided me with an opportunity to slap Ronald Reagan.

aasher, Jun 23, 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 JayS2629
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Descent retention and spotty lacing. The smell was of belgian yeast funk, bananas, apples, pears, fruity esters with a biscuity malt background and spicy hop presences.

The taste was very similar to fat tire. The same biscuity malt with a touch of caramel but full of fruity belgian yeast flavors, spice, bananas, clove...and pears. Nice tart touch of pears over a malty backbone with spicy hops and fruity belgian yeast made this one an interestingly complex beer.

Creamy and smooth. Will most likely climb in complexity and richness if aged.

JayS2629, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - The beer pours with a deep golden/dark amber translucent colored body; moderate amount of lacing formed around the glass; white ½ finger head formed

S - Beer has sweet scents of fruits like apple and pear with a subtle touch of vanilla and bananas. Light hints of yeast and nice bready malt notes.

T - Beer has a fruit flavor of pear and apple; yeasty with a nice character to biscuit or bready malt; touch of tartness on the finish; the sweet fruit, pear and apple flavor becomes tangy and astringent; grand cru sugary flavors

M - Fruit aftertaste; grand cru sugary flavors; mildly effervescent

D - Overall I was very impressed with what this drink had to offer; delicate balance of fruit, malt and sugar tones; could have another one

ferrari29, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I must admit, I am so hooked on Le Terroir that I am just picking up the Lips Of Faith series rather blindly now. It sucks to see that this beer has had some pretty poor reviews, but I don't care...I'm going into this one with an open mind. I don't normally look at the score, but this one was surprisingly low that I couldn't help but notice. Anyway, let's "light this candle":

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear to maybe slightly hazy reddish orange with a small 1/4" head of off-white bubbles that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising at first, and after a minute you could tell that the alcohol was starting to take it out. After swirling and drinking, there is a little bit of lace on the glass that sticks about 1/4" above the beer and then fades back down.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean with some obvious belgian yeast character and some hops and already evident alcohol. There are some toasty notes from the malt, but the hops and alcohol are king in this beer. It is already obvious that this beer was intended to cellar for quite a while and is currently pretty green.

Taste: The flavor follows along with the aroma pretty closely except that the Belgian yeast character is a whole lot more pronounced in the flavor. There is clearly bubble-gum in the flavor that I truly didn't get in the aroma. The flavor is pretty thin for such a big beer, and it comes across as medium bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is balanced with the alcohol being as big of a player as anything.

Opinion: Again, I am certain that this beer was just sold early as you really can't condition a beer this big long enough at the brewery. I would not deter you from getting this beer as about 5 years in a cool cellar (or refrigerator) would do wonders for it. As it is, it is a bit hard to drink. The yeast is just too strong and is not playing well with the rest of the beer. As it is, I will be scoring this one a bit low too, but I am taking in mind the potential that this beer has too. There are no fermentation flaws to kick it out except maybe that the yeast ran a bit hot for my taste, but this will soften with age too.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: light orange with a slight whitish head and slight lacing.
smell: Mostly sweet, with some sour fruits, and bready malts.
taste: Good, not great. Tasty w/o much character.
overall: A good beer. Nice nose, a decent taste with no distinguishing features.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 16, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.