Super Cru
New Belgium Brewing Company

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New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.43 | pDev: 16.03%
Jul 03, 2015
Apr 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: A 22 oz. bottle fills a Chimay glass with a hazy gold liquid capped with 1” of quickly disappearing white foam S: Malt and pear.
T: Fruit, primarily pear with some tropical notes over light malts.
F: Medium body with above average carbonation.
O: A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Jul 03, 2015
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4.11 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 11, 2015
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2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by RickS95 from Indiana

It pours a rich looking faded copper orange color. It's not a clear beer at all, unless it's just a chilled haze I'm seeing. Very cloudy. There is no head whatsoever. A few bubbles are up top, but it's hard to call this a head. Too bad too because it's a very rich looking pale ale style beer.

Something gives this an odd smell. It's not a bad smell, but it's very odd. It could be the pear juice, but I think it's the Belgian yeast. It's funky smelling. More than anything, with the high ABV and fruit juice, it smells like a cocktail.

I always try to explain to people that aren't craft beer fans that fruity beers aren't necessarily normal beers with fruit juice added. Unfortunately, this is exactly that. It's basically a mediocre beer with fruit juice added. Because of that, the flavors don't work well together, they kind of cause problems.

Sometimes a lot of different ingredients, scents, flavors provide complexity. This doesn't. There's no cohesion. It's sweet, very tart, bitter, warming, but each of those feels tries to be the star instead of working together. Very similar to some krieks that I've almost had to pour down the drain.

A bit too funky for me. Nothing works, lots of rough edges. Not smooth. Rough around the edges.

Mar 02, 2015
3.52 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Feb 08, 2015
3.68 by warnerry from Michigan on Jan 25, 2015
3.25 by GRG1313 from California on Dec 09, 2014
3.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 20, 2014
3 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Nov 10, 2014
2.75 by Alpar from Wisconsin on Aug 17, 2014
3.25 by thufflife from Missouri on Aug 11, 2014
3 by zestar from California on Aug 10, 2014
3.25 by BKotch from Texas on Aug 10, 2014
2.75 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 24, 2014
3.75 by CUbeerfan from Georgia on Jul 13, 2014
3.75 by AndyEdgar from Illinois on Jun 13, 2014
3.25 by TX-Badger from Texas on Jun 08, 2014
3.5 by Westuh from Wisconsin on May 29, 2014
3.25 by PappyVans from Wisconsin on May 19, 2014
3.75 by beer64nut from Missouri on May 01, 2014
3 by afsdan from Colorado on Apr 09, 2014
3.5 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota on Mar 06, 2014
4 by Adamostella from Washington on Feb 24, 2014
3 by Skunkdrool from California on Feb 18, 2014
3.5 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Jan 22, 2014
3.75 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jan 15, 2014
2.5 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont on Dec 30, 2013
3 by RuckusDu from Colorado on Dec 28, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a splashy, but limited, head of foam; quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Shortbread and pear juice

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors dominate the front end, with the pear juice building into the middle; spicy yeast phenols dominate the finish; bringing a peppery and slightly herbal character; caramel joins the malt bill, in the finish, but there is also a surprising degree of tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A couple of years in the bottle have tamed down this beer but I can't help but imagine that it would have been better had it started out with a lower opening gravity

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the opportunity

Dec 22, 2013
3.5 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 21, 2013
4 by crowbar540 from Tennessee on Dec 19, 2013
3 by Kreko7 from California on Nov 05, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by TheBiercast from Indiana

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.

Oct 28, 2013
3.75 by Plastikdust from Texas on Oct 22, 2013
4 by nloyless from Texas on Sep 01, 2013
3.25 by Kopfschuss from Oregon on Aug 17, 2013
4 by sudsy2drunk from Indiana on Aug 14, 2013
3.75 by jayhoppin from California on Jul 28, 2013
3.5 by bmjivi221 from Virginia on Jul 17, 2013
4 by lernerlift from Kansas on Jul 05, 2013
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