Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

309 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 309
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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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright apricot body. Fine white head has ok retention and lace.

S - Great caramel malt nose with edges of blackberry cobbler and booze.

T - Lively carbonation cuts through a sweet honey opening. Rich caramel, pear, and cranberry center. Quick, dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full body.

O - A delicious brew. The booze will sneak up on you.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #205
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10%
Date/ Code: 2011 Vintage

Picked this 22oz. bottle up at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD a little over a year ago. Has been cellared at ~65º f. since I bought it.

Look: Poured a brilliant orangeish amber color with some clarity to it. The head was beige 1-finger of frothy foam. Lacing was not too prominent but the alcohol legs were everywhere! Carbonation bubbles were just not happening.

Smell: Tart notes of apple and pear. Very sour nose. The apple Jolly Rancher reference on New Belgium’s website is spot on.

Taste: First off was a sour note of orchard fruit. Then a Belgian funk set in towards the middle. The finish had a dry white wine character with a lingering sour note.

I found this as a real treat. The Belgian twang seemed to mesh perfectly with the sour component from the Asian pear juice. Unfortunately I can’t speak to how cellaring affected the palate, but is certainly didn’t hurt it. I can say the 10% ABV was virtually undetectable.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A standard pour yields two plus fingers worth of billowing fluffy golden khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full velvety lacing... The color is an inviting honey hued amber... Only a slight bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation can be seen deep within under close investigation...

S - Interesting aroma... The requisite Belgian yeast is present, but rather subdued... Candied sugars... Bubble gum... Pears... Perhaps even a touch of sweet potatoes... An odd yet inviting mix that yields something slightly different with each and every whiff...

T - The nose didn't lie... Lots of candied sugars... A hint of bubble gum... Belgian yeast... Pears... Vegetable broth... A slight alcohol presence as well...

M - Dense... Medium bodied... Sleek... Brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... A slight alcohol induced burn rises on the deep finish and lingers for a bit...

D - A solid beer, but not much more than that... This one takes some risks which are appreciated, but the end result is an average at best offering... Compared to its Belgian Strong Pale Ale brethren this one pales in comparison... The 10% ABV is a bit heavy handed, especially given that the overall enjoyment is a bit lacking...

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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is not a Belgian Strong Pale. It's a sour. Old bruin or Flanders Red.

I'm at Merchant (Madison) for happy hour and. I'm kicking myself for having brushed my teeth before coming. Pretty sure it's ruined this beer. Had it here a week ago and loved it, but I was too drunk to review it.

On tap in a London pint, it's a beautiful cloudy orange amber. The aroma isn't really there. (Note: fried cheese curds arrive, should help with the tooth paste problem.)

Sadly the flavor doesn't improve. It's a muddle of tart yeast, barnyard musk, and bread. The overriding problem (if not the toothpaste) is a sickening sweetness.

What's wrong with me? I loved this a week ago. And I loved La Folie from a bottle. I have to suspect the tooth paste. What a shame!

My borscht and vodka have arrived. Maybe that will help...

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20th Anniversary Ale, aged 1 year, enjoyed on New Belgium's 21st Birthday!

SuperCru pours a clear, ruby color, and is capped a light, off-white head that provides spotty lacing. A fruity nose, mostly pear, mixes well with some roasty malt notes. A high level level of sweet malt, along with some roastiness, is followed by sweetness from the pear juice, and finishes somewhat dry with hints of alcohol lingering. Moderately carbonated, SuperCru is medium in body.

Happy 21st!

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow / amber and mostly clear with almost no head, decent retention, no lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, estery, sweet, smells like a Belgian ale.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet and a little dry on the end, it is a decent beer, not great but a nice big Belgian ale. I might even have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Con-a-sewer
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at bc's pizza and beer in Clovis ca

A: very pretty amber luster 1finger of head only a little lacing

S: fermented juicy juice!

t: herbal fruity, very wine like, hops linger in the back but present lots of alcohol

m: not quite a sipper but not a pounder and I like the carbonation reminded me of sparkling wine

O: I think I see what they are doing with this beer it's a of beat ale that plays with the pallet but enjoyable but not sessionable

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Amber/gold with a light head.
s - Sweet, it smells like honey
t - Reminded me of mixed fruit juice. A little tart, not super exciting but very, very individual. It taste like clover honey.
m - syrupy and crisp.
o - one of my favorites. Easy good drinking. Sweet and tart, one of a kind.

Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.