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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

306 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Metz, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ejimhof, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other day while out beer shopping, and before I began hating New Belgium for their inane decision to send the Leopold beers out of state, thereby denying loyal longtime customers exciting beers (I know I'm coming across as entitled, but hey I can get all the mighty arrow I want). But I digress...

This one poured a nice amber color with a perfect finger of slightly off-white head. Beautiful. Sadly, it was downhill from there. Aromas of yeast, green apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of apples, lemon and pears.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

rootbeerman, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber/orange color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Plenty of carbonation, and decent lacing on this beer. Very clear in appearance and very easy to see all the way through. Nose is yeast, malt, pear, apple... Hops are surprisingly absent so far in the smell. Maybe once it warms a bit. Yes, they're coming out w/ warming. Taste is unique, and slightly strange to me. The hops show up a bit, but it's mainly pear juice and malt that I get, w/ pear juice being on the strong side. Everything seems just a little out of balance to me. It's not horrible, it's just not great. Mouthfeel is syrup smooth, and very sweet. Not a lot of complexity in this category. Overall, this beer is just a little off. It sounds like a good idea when you read the description of the beer, but the end result just doesn't quite make it.

jayhawk73, Sep 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

dpmacd, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

cssosprey, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

duceswild, Jul 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper/amber into a NB globe glass with a nice inch of rather fizzy off white head that settles down quickly to a denser cap of white lace with spotty inconsistent lacing.

The biscuit malts I'd expected from this since it's using a fat tire base is quite muted, rather a sticky sweet bun malt aroma mixed with some Belgian yeast, pepper and saison funk start to arise. The Asian pear juice aroma is noticable, a cross between apples, unripe bartlett pears and a spritz of lemon. I think this is exactly how they drew it up.

Once again the malt character is light there is some biscuit malt but for the most part comes off as a flaky pastry feel, light and airy. Fruit sweetness comes in especially as the beer warms, a bit of farmhouse matched with light amounts of earthy spices, lemon zest, apples and pear juice. No hop character nor a strong malt envelope, lightly fruity, funky, and tart, nothing seems to want to be assertive here, except perhaps the alcohol. A bit disappointed, like sipping on hard cider with a stale poptart.

Mild carbonation and a very light body, despite this the beer is neither crisp or tart enough to shine through. The alcohol is very present after the drink because there isn't enough body to hide it but at least there isn't a mouth coating or sticky feel.

I found it odd that NB decided to use Asian pear juice, while a unique ingredient Asian pears are special due to their crispness and texture not their command of flavor. Bad investment even at 8.99 a bomber, the recent Lips of Faith have been excellent but IMO this is the biggest let down since Vrienden, lacks the balance, body and sessionable feel which Fat Tire brings to the table. Not a drain pour but not really worth seeking out again. It's your 20 year anniversary NB next time let's celebrate with a party not a hangover.

rawfish, May 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ThisWangsChung, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Skunkdrool, Feb 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Jtthegreat, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

jeffoatess, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

KajII, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Kreko7, Nov 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

RuckusDu, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

imthaschmidt, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured aggressively, but still resulted in very little head at all. Cloudy appearance, with a dark golden color.

S: Strong smell of saison yeast. As it warms, hints of the pear juice become far more evident. Definte sweet, Belgian scents

T: initial taste is also the most overwhelming, which is a strong flavor of yeasty Saison. As it warms the malty sugar taste arrives and it finishes with a pear juice taste that leaves as quickly and abruptly as it arrives.

M: Pretty light in body, sweet and a pretty dry with very little carbonation. Ok

O: Overall I appreciate this for it uniqueness, but it's just ok for me. I would definitely recommend letting it warm a bit before drinking.

Justin_Neff, Sep 17, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.