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:
#41,466
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
pDev:
16.03%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of Jtthegreat
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Philousa
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Surly Goat in Hollywood:

Sits a pale cranberry with gold color when held up in the light. Not much carbonation, even on tap. A thin ring settles around the edge of the glass with a little visible fermentation going on at the bottom of the tulip. Astringent hoppy aroma with sour cherries and a bit of alcohol. Sour cherries are less pronounced in taste and the oak barrel flavor takes over, and it leaves a bit of an alcohol burn in your throat. I get a bit of the yeast in the taste as well. You can tell this is the same strain as Fat Tire. Watery, a bit thin (which seems hard to pull off, considering the ABV), and a wet finish.

This looked like a Flanders Red ale, which might explain my sour cherry taste. I didn't get any pear flavor like the other reviewers. When I sat down to think about this review, I realized this was basically an Imperial Fat Tire aged in oak barrels. That turned me off a bit, but for the illogical reason that I like to be surprised by the brewer's creativity. This really would have been a better beer if they kept the oaky flavors more muted. I like some oak, but a little goes a long way. An interesting, if unremarkable beer.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden copper body with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a thin white ring. smells like bready biscuit malts, pear juice, yeast and spice. the bottle says they started with fat tire and doubled the malts, and that's what it tastes like. big bready flavor with pear and spice. hops are fairly well hidden. mouthfeel starts heavy with all the bread flavor but finishes softer and smooth with a creamy feel. has decent carbonation and a dry finish with hints of spice. overall i would say i'm not impressed and probably wont buy this again.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kegmasterxlarge
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cosmicslop
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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 cssosprey
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mrshoes
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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 lpotter
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PlinytheFarter
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ejw127
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of JohnPhillippi
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Photo of ginemesis
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- looks like carbonated scotch, low head and it dissipated quickly
S- tad of pear, a bit of clove and nutmeg, sweet
T- Oooh God it's delicious, definitely can tell the higher alcohol content
M- thick, tingly and surprisingly carbonated compared to the head (looks flat but you can feel the carbonation)
O- This is great "sitting around drinking" beer. Good with a cigar or during a cookout.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of impending
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber copper, yellowish minor head, minor lacing.

Sweet aroma, not particular strong but cloying in an impossible way. Overly ripe light skinned fruits.

Taste too is sweet but not of the pear juice which is completely undefined. The yeast unfortunately too is undefined, more of a sensation than a flavor. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Perhaps my expectations were raised by the asian pear / saison yeast combo which sounds like a delight. Wholly underwhelming.
cheers
jd

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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