Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.43/5
314 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by daledeee on 04-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,427
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
pDev:
16.03%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
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Photo of brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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 hippityhophead24
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JCanarecci
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of djs467
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joshwalt
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JottaGibboo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Westuh
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream /sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint breadyness, that really ramps up once warm, some pear & pineapple as well

T: Apricot & pears with white pepper, light lemony hops & some phenols up front. Some powdery dryness as this warms, not a trait of NB beers that endears them to me for sure. Some faint juicy-fruit here also, apple peels, a bit of pineapple sweetness/acidity. Finishes with much apple peel, dryness, & a touch of pineapple& just a little booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance, becomes pretty warming once warmed up a bit

An alright example of the style, nothing too exciting here

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Photo of nickfl
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A: pours a deep golden with good clarity, nice thin white head with some lacing

S: the pear comes through nicely on the front and it features sweet notes with a touch of vanilla, bananas, and clove. Some sweet malts come in as well. The belgian yeast adds a dimension of spice which seems to keep the sweetness in check

T: the familiar biscuit character from Fat Tire makes an appearance as the taste starts out, this takes a turn to a very strong pear character. The pear starts out sweet and then becomes almost overwhelming with a touch of tartness on the finish. The pear character becomes a bit astringent before the yeast comes through. The finish leaves an undesirable pear tartness on the palate.

MF: medium carbonation, fairly big bodied

O: This beer sounded very interesting so I had to try it. Things start off pretty good but the flavors compete a little bit and the finish is a bit unpleasant. Definitely earns points for being unique.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A gorgeous ruby orange clear body with some very fast large rising cola sized bubbles. Head has a caramel color off in a way, but doesn't stick around with its weak soapy appearance. This beer starts looking off great, and then starts looking flat as a board. No lacing at all.

Nose is belgian yeast like bent, with a sense of carbonated gas. Spicy hot and sense of acid and hint of mild tart green apple.

Taste is mostly weak yeast and wet bodied. Not particularly fruity and really wet.

Overall not much going on here. I love Asian pears, but I get no sense of this on here at all. Greeny apple like taste come more apparent as it warms. It's not too bad but I do not see myself gravitating to this strongly.

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Photo of arizcards
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber in late May from Total Wine for $7.99.

Beer poured amber with an OK head upon initial pour.

Nose is classic Saison yeast strain.

Taste is classic Fat Tire, big nutty malts, sweet pears, finish is classic saison dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall a pretty decent beer, abv is well hidden. It was a fun beer to try - happy 20th to New Belgium!

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Photo of mntlover
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a off white head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is fruity malt that's lightly spicy. Pear, banana, apples on sweet malt base, cloves with light peppery notes in the background.

Taste is sweet malt base that seems lightly over powered by the pear juice, some other fruit notes apples mainly with light bananas. Spice is prevalent through out and linger in the finish also.

Mouthfeel is only medium with nice smooth level of carbonation.

Overall not bad just little too much pear juice for me, would probably be good or better if they just left it out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is spicy and sour suggestion some vinegar production. Smells of green pears and cinnamon with coriander. Some sweetness in the scent but it is a bit funky.

The taste starts out sweet and sour with some caramel and butter in the taste. A bit spicy with an oak and cinnamon stick flavor. Sourness fades as you drink it, not sure if this is meant to be a bug beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I have had better.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of LoF Super Cru.

A pale amber with a lemon ice colored head. The belgian yeast dominates the nose with a ittle bit of crushed pear. Lots of asian pear on the palette. The beer is fairly smooth with a nice fruitiness and light body. The juicy pear finish is sweet and hides the high alcohol well. Certainly tasty and not deserving of the C rating imo.

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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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