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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

308 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 308
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 TheBiercast
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

TheBiercast, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Plastikdust, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

nloyless, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Kopfschuss, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

sudsy2drunk, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

jayhoppin, Jul 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

lernerlift, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bigbeers84, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bomber purchased for roughly $10. poured into wine glass

look is a cloudy amber gold with a small film(the head of the beer). smell is ripe fruit, pears, apple bubble gum, yeast. taste is over-ripe fruit, more apple and pear, sweet candied malts, hops are lost in the translation. alcohol is hidden well for 10%

well made but not my style. if you enjoyed baltika #9, you'll love this

jimmah120, Jun 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

baklo, Jun 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

csfcmitchell, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Pookie, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Our 20th anniversary! Let's roll a bunch of New Belgium together and put it in a bottle, start with the backbone of Fat Tire, but double the malt and hops; add in asian pear juice, a very Belgian thing to do; and bring it to life with a Saison yeast. It's New Belgium Super Cru from us to you! Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Served in a New Belgium Globe snifter. Served north of 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper-tinged cream head of a thick frothy consistency over a very hazy copper amber body with ample carbonation. Lacing is light and stringy and retention is average at best. A decent appearance but could do much better. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma is strong with a tart fruit juice forward, biscuity malts, a pinch of ginger spice and pepper and a subtle earthy hop backbone. Fruit juice comes off strong, very central to the aroma of this beer, and the touch of funk is a distinctive twist for a perceptible sourness. Malt character pales significantly by comparison. I'm not blown away by the aroma, it comes off a bit overdone in the wrong places and underdone in other spots. There are some notable astringencies that I could only deduce in this stage, none of them were appetizing in nature. 3

(Taste) The balance is a bit better balanced in the flavor, with a moderate, biscuity malt character, relatively clean, a dash of standard Belgian spices like coriander and pepper, a nod to citrusy hop character and a still strong, still forward pear juice concentrate for a very dry and very acidic finish. The combination of acidic fruit juice and strong spice profile compared to a biscuity, moderate malt character makes this one very dry Belgian Ale. I didn't really enjoy the balance in this beer as much as I had hoped to- hopefully it's just an old batch but the flavor isn't extraordinary by any stretch. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Mouth is slightly sweet with juicy sugars, but wraps up with a dry acidic finish paired with a forward Belgian spice profile. Carbonation is fuzzy and provides a subtle airy texture. Alcohol is medium/high, quite perceptible in this beer and not hidden by much body. The body itself is a medium+ amongst the style and medium/high overall. While the carbonation and texture was decent, the alcohol could have been a bit better hidden and the body didn't do a good job at keeping it under wraps. 3

(Overall) Super Cru plays around with a popular style but comes out somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed the pear juice twist but found it too distracting and the malt body was a bit too plain and transparent by comparison. Not bad for an experiment but overall it didn't impress me all that much and doesn't warrant a repeat visit from me. 3.25

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Jadjunk, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Birdlegs, Apr 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

MaxOhle, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

csurowiec, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

zonker17, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ThisWangsChung, Mar 20, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head really on a murky orange and golden body with some lacing. Aroma of juniper, fresh flowers, orange peel, Belgian yeast and some candy sugar. Well the flavor is a little sour up front but smooths out quickly and finishes slight tart and mildly sweet. The one tastes like one of those multi fruit minute made fruit juices. Very tropical with mostly pineapple and tangerine with some peach. Belgian character is understated. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. This one is pretty unidimensional and hardly Belgian. This series has disappointed me again.

kylehay2004, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, dark copper colored body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A fruity aroma of orange, clove, and banana backed by toffee malt notes.

T - Thick malt up front with pithy lemon and clove. Some pepper and more lemon in the middle. Finishes with pepper, clove, lemon and some spicy hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat malty finish.

D - Flabby and muddy, the yeast character is pungent but not particularly good. There is both a lack of crispness and a somewhat harsh bittering component to this beer. I'm not sure quite what they were hoping for here but they don't seem to have pulled it off.

nickfl, Mar 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Cyclone8, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

wmobley, Mar 15, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.