Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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78
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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
Ratings:
314
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
3
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Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mikereaser
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of foam that stuck around for awhile
Interesting aroma, clove, banana, caramel malts and some pepper.
Caramel malts, very spicy, banana and clove are very strong in this beer. A bit too much for me.
Clean and crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, slightly syrupy
Its a bit too strong for me, the belgian spices are just too much to enjoy.

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Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Treebs
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber with a .5 finger white head the leaves quickly and leaves no visible traces behind besides a thin white ring around the glass.

S: Nothing really to be desired. Yeasty smells with a burning malt back drop. Never really smelled something like this before.

T: Bready yeast is very prevalent. A little citrus back notes but really just ends with a heat without any flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. No real taste left over and pretty forgetful.

O: Meh. Nothing pops on this, the flavor profiles fall short and it seems just like a bad attempt at a beer and it's sorry to say because I love New Belgium.

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Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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 match1112
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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 carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of daledeee
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new beer to Iowa. So far, I have liked the Lips of Faith Series.

A 22oz bomber poured into my large wine glass. I got a nice bright brown with off white head. The head left no lace and went away to no head.

Nose is fruit, spice, earth and alcohol.

Taste is malty, sweet, fruity, yeast and some spice. This is a "hot" beer with in your face alcohol. Overall I can only say average. It will probably be better if it is aged.

NOTE: I could not find the classification of this beer; so I used my best judgement, if someone else has a better idea please feel free to change.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, celebrating the release of New Belgium to DC.

Clear reddish brown pour without much head. The smell is pretty Belgian, caramel malts, some candied sugar, sweet overall. The taste follows the smell, candied sugar, lots of malts. This is boozy and has an off-putting aftertaste, not unlike Kick. Light and carbonated well. Honestly disappointed. Thought these lips of faith beers would be better.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $9. Into an old school NB Globe.

A: Clear copper in color with a pale white head that grew to an inch and disappeared just as fast as it came to be. No lacing to speak of. A fair amount of carbonation is moving through the glass.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast esters. Bubblegum, banana, and a bit of spice/plastic which is kind of weird. Lots of yeasty esters and not much else.

T: Again a lot of Belgian yeast signatures, bubblegum and cloves, quite spicy. Some slight menthol flavors to it as well. Caramelized malts and table sugar. I get a fair amount of saison-esque yeasts on the finish. Wow this beer is absolutely all over the place. Its complex but lacks focus and direction. Some good flavors going on, but it really is bizarre.

M: Dry and warm, medium to heavy carbonation, fair amount of warmth in the stomach and throat. Finishes nicely dry though.

O: This might be a bit young, its completely all over the place, and doesn't really do a whole lot for me. This will be better with some time, it will be interesting to see how this is in another year. Right now its pretty mediocre.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a burnt glowing orange with a thin cream colored head.

S - such a strange smell. Heavily fruited with a layer of bready malt underneath.

T - not so good. Very gainy and pretty stale. Its got a bad after taste.

M - light to medium body with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - this might be the worst new Belgium beer I've had. I don't know what else to say.

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Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a reddish amber color with a white head which is short lived. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, with pear, banana, some sweet malts. The feel is medium higher carbonation. The taste leaves a little bit to be desired, a little sour taste, pear, sweet malts, definite alcohol taste/burn.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
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

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear honey amber brew with a fair amount of head. No lacing remains in the glass.

S - Sweet malty aroma of honey and maple syrup with bananas, cloves, white pepper and wildflowers backing it up.

T - Sweet malt flavor. It is sweet throughout the taste, but rather complex at the same time. A bit of dandelion, white pepper, biscuits, cherries and pear. In the aftertaste there is a lingering bitter malt flavor with a hint of pear. The pear flavor lingering in the aftertaste is truly delightful (pears do happen to be one of my favorite fruits).

M - Smooth, medium to thick body, very refreshing.

D - Very good. I think this is my favorite lips of faith so far. Asian pears always taste like a mix of honey and pears to me, so their presence is felt. This is a great brew.

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of martyl1000
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is not a Belgian Strong Pale. It's a sour. Old bruin or Flanders Red.

I'm at Merchant (Madison) for happy hour and. I'm kicking myself for having brushed my teeth before coming. Pretty sure it's ruined this beer. Had it here a week ago and loved it, but I was too drunk to review it.

On tap in a London pint, it's a beautiful cloudy orange amber. The aroma isn't really there. (Note: fried cheese curds arrive, should help with the tooth paste problem.)

Sadly the flavor doesn't improve. It's a muddle of tart yeast, barnyard musk, and bread. The overriding problem (if not the toothpaste) is a sickening sweetness.

What's wrong with me? I loved this a week ago. And I loved La Folie from a bottle. I have to suspect the tooth paste. What a shame!

My borscht and vodka have arrived. Maybe that will help...

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Photo of rand
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From bottle to tulip glass

Good lord, what happened here? Super Cru appears like it should, starting out with a leather-mahogany color, frothy head. Doesn't smell too bad either; nice Belgian yeasty notes and the added pear. But man, does this taste awful. I'm not going to go into detail on this one, doesn't really deserve it, but this tastes like someone dumped pear juice into Fat Tire. Treacly and boring at the same time. I'm not sure how this was grouped with the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear light amber in color with no head. Smells of phenolic, peppery yeast. Taste is initially sweet light caramel, followed by an herbal, medicinal, lemony middle and finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, this is kind of a wierd beer, pretty good though.

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Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of therica
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= golden, with modest head.

S= very nice and intriguing, I know there's the pear in there but the overall scent is much more complex than simply adding pear. A nice Cru adaptation.

T= slightly sweet for my preferences but a nice Cru, Belgian effects et al. Could use some more aging for complexity.

M= Belgian yeasts, light dryness yet the lingering honey-like sweetness.

O= a decent first-attempt offering. I'm hoping they can bring a little more refinement and focus to this on the next round.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So, this ale isn't pale. Didn't expect it to be. Looks just like Fat Tire, amber, small head, no lace.
Smells like Fat Tire. A slight hint of Belgian yeast. No pear in the smell.
The taste is surprisingly light for a 10% double red, BPA. Pale malts, caramel, a bit too much yeast. Middle of the road BPA taste. Still no pear.
Not that great, but not a drain-pour. Can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it.

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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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