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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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159 Reviews

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 314
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
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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Reviews: 159 | Hads: 314
Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Sweet fruits (pears, apples and plums) and brown sugar. A little spice and yeast.

Taste. Sweet caramel, apples, pears and plums. Belgian yeast funk is there and a little light grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Not as super as I was led to believe, but nothing really wrong here. I didn't hate it, but won't buy again.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Lots and lots of asian pear in the smell. Really nice and fragrant.

T: Some cinnamon, pear and apple. A slight bit of malt on the finish. As the beer warms, the finish gets a bit off and a bready, yeasty and slightly metallic flavor comes in.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom West Ashley - (flight)

A: Honey-copper with a thin, white head that leaves no lace.

S: Pear; cloves; peppery yeast; not much alcohol; smells sweet.

T: Pear; light fruitiness and yeasty dough; spice / coriander; alcohol on the finish.

M: Full body; high carbonation; pretty zingy; warming alcohol on back end.

O: Pretty smooth considering the abv, yet this is still bordering on a hot mess of a brew... that being said, it’s still an interesting sipper; lots of crazy flavors going on for sure.

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Photo of TheBiercast
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber that is crystal clear. Short white head.

Classic bubble gum Belgian yeast odor. Hearty caramel maltiness with a fruity tang and some clove banana funk.

Layered flavors of pipe tobacco, heavy malt, tart fruit. This thing is complex. The back end is packed with pumpkin pie spice and a rather unsettling punch of alcohol.

Medium bodied with spirited but not aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #700 for those keeping count. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubador tulip.

Rosy orange liquid with surprising clarity topped by an active 1/2 finger of beige merengue. Nice sandy lacing and decent retention.

Pear jam, yogurt, rosewater in the nose, backed by a light malty aroma as well.

Pink peppercorn, carmel apples, jolly ranchers, and some jammy esters from the alcohol start things out. Fruity wort with pear blossoms, skins and juice contribute sweetness and delicacy. The finish is faintly malty (a touch of Fat Tire is revealed here) and gently spicy from the saison yeast. Low bitterness with a hint of citrus shows the hops quietly doing their job. A touch sweet and grainy overall, but juicy and flavorful none-the-less.

Medium-light bodied, with a soft delicate effervesence. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Not particularly successful as a Belgian ale of any sort, this is still an interesting conglomeration of sessionable amber ale with vague hints of saison.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/18/11
*From notes

-- This bottle was generously shared by my Pops --

A: Filtered red delicious amber. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head and thin, moderate lacing.

S: There's actually a good amount of crisp pear here. Even if I hadn't know that this contained pear juice, I would have spotted it pretty quickly. There's also a generous helping of that Belgian musty yeast.

T: A bit of smokey banana up front - the Belgian yeastiness is all over the brew. As it hits the mid, the dry pear juice reveals itself, and the finish is a pretty successful marriage of the two.

M: The weight's decent, though the texture could have been spectacular had they left this unfiltered. As it is, it's just ok.

O: NB's Lips of Faith Super Cru is a pretty tasty brew. I liked it for what it is: an American interpretation of a Belgian Pale with a hearty dose of pear juice. I don't know if I'll be rushing back to this often, but I certainly did enjoy my half of the bomber.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet caramel. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of pear juice with sweet caramel and honey. It had a yeasty, spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol heat.

O - This is tasty. It may not be what you expect going in, but is still is pretty nice.

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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not great. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, tan head that soon settled and a little lace. Color is a clear orange amber with plenty of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is somewhat muted, but with yeast, bread dough, malt, hint of fruit. Flavor's similar to nose; good balance between sweet malt and yeast products, carbonic tang, and hop/yeast bitter. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with tang and alcohol warmth finishing.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, coppery orange hazy color.

Nose sweet malts, stone fruity, caramel, toffee, juicy, bit of esters and some sweet candy sugar, bit of booze.

Taste light sweet reddish malt, toasty cereal malt, light caramel, bit of stone fruity and esters, a strange spicy heat with tingly booze, light phenolic flavors coming with the sweet candi sugar. finish is a bit drier, more heat, tingly burn with little acidity and more esters and Belgian candi flavors, toffee as well.

Mouth med bod decent carb, plenty of booze.

Overall ok but not great, decent flavors that seemed to have gone a bit out of control with too big esters and phenolic flavors, although they should be there just seem a bit too much, and too boozy, just too much going on with this it wasn't really sure where it wanted to be.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big beer brewed with Asian pear juice. Shiny copper color; two-finger head drops to a thin ring of lace. Some vague floral fruitiness meets spiciness, with medicinal herb and alcohol in the nose. Some smoothness, slick with a big body. Mild tartness with a thick malty foundation, and a hint of sweetness up front. Toasted bread and ripe fruit soon make way for a more toasty, dry, almost broth-like flavor. Spicy, boozy alcohol, rose water and tropical fruit. Semidry finish clings to the booziness. A serious beer if strength is considered, though beyond that, it lacks a bit of depth that was expected. A tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

551st Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
22oz from Bevmo

App- A very dark golden amber orange with a big two finger fast receding head. Nice scattered cling.

Smell- This is super fruity, fresh, yeasty, hoppy, malty and a little pepper. What else could NB throw in this one.

Taste- The first sip was the same as the nose and then it was flat malts with some pepper and the yeast. It's good, but a bit flat and a little old fruit.

Mouth- It's a very drinkable medium body with a medium carbonation. Leaves a very fruit forward residual taste.

Drink- Well, it's a tasty beer but below my expectations. The fruit was up front with the malts on the back. Seems like a lot of juice with some beer. And of course as I finish the 10% comes into play. Damn!

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Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has been described by NB as being a "Double Fat Tire" and I'd say that's pretty fitting. Although it should be pointed out they are using a different yeast and have added Asian pear juice.
Pours an amber brown color with a big head coming off a normal pour. Mmmmkay.
The nose is sweet with notes of brown sugar and the strawberry character that I've always gotten from Fat Tire. There's also a hint of Belgian yeast that comes over as a bit sour in the nose.
The flavor really didn't take me anywhere I didn't expect, but I suppose that isn't bad. Sweet biscuity malts with hints of strawberry hit up front and are followed by the Belgian yeast notes, which always seem to have a corn-like flavor for me. They don't necessarily work together, but there's nothing bad either. I'd just say it's a bit of a flavor disconnect.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, especially considering the initial amount of foam.
Not too bad, but nothing amazing. I think fans of Fat Tire will likely be happy, and maybe this would be a springboard to their bolder other items...but I'm not sure they're who this is targeted for.
I probably won't buy another since it wasn't exactly cheap, but if I saw it on tap I'd give it another go if the price was right.

It's really hard for me to say I'm disappointed just because I think this probably is what it's supposed to be and is what I expected. It's not really good or bad, but at $9-10 per bottle it's something I can't imagine many beer geeks going back to.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in fluted tulip. Poured a very attractive, clean, amber color with less than 1/4 inch of head that had medium retention and lacing.

There was a sharp alcohol note at the front of the aroma, with a malt sweetness underneath. There was also a slight fruit (grape?) scent as well. The story was similar on the tongue, nice grains, a hint of fruit and a definite alcohol sting on the finish.

The body was good, solid without being heavy, full and nicely rounded. Drinkability was good, especially for a bigger beer. Overall, a very nice beer. If I see this in bottles I may set a couple aside to let the hotness smooth out. Worth trying if you see it.

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.