Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
78
okay
314 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
Read the review
Super CruSuper Cru
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is dark orange in color with hints of amber and a finger of white head.

S: Not as fragrant as the regular Grand Cru.  Some toast, brown sugar, and bready malts.  Sweet apples and pears are there as is a bit of yeast.

T: Lots of candied pears and apples giving the beer sweetness.  Some bread and caramel malts are also there.  Nice yeast bite and some candi sugar.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Not horrible, but nothing here really stood out to me and made me want to drink more.

 535 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Been lookin' at the bottle for some time, figured I'd just rock the tap at the Firkin. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery caramel, sourdough, light tart black cherry, light roasted malts, and light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of maple syrup, light wood (an amalgam of oak and balsa), light roasted malts, light coffee, toffee, mandarin orange syrup, and a twinge of green apple skin. Something akin to maple-smoked bacon is in there, too. All told, it's not the greatest taste combination I've ever experienced. The body is a straight medium, with a light medium carbonation and a nearly syrupy feel. Overall, though it's not an entirely bad beer, I feel it is definitely misnamed. I didn't hate it, but I sure as hell don't want another one.

 847 characters

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of imbibehour
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, alcohol, and hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, earthy malt, slight hop, slight wood, and hint of citrus. Overall, good blend and decent aroma.

 382 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru. For their 20th Anniversary, they did something different with their familiar flagship brew, and doubled the recipe on Fat Tire amber ale, adding Asian pear juice, then re-fermenting with a saison yeast. 10 % Alcohol by volume. The end result was not received with resounding hosannas by the beer geeks and snobs at large, but from my perch at the bar, people have been loving it. I got one keg that was included in a special event last week featuring 6 Lips of Faith beers. It went back on tap tonight, and was a big hit with many. This would be my last chance to really try it, without chasing down a bottle. It'll finish out tomorrow for sure, but I've got my pour here at bar close, and away we go…

Appearance: Clear and crimson-colored, under a creamy, off-white head, 1/2" thick and long-lasting.

Aroma: wild and funky, in a mellow style, at the outset, with fruity esters beneath. floral hoppitude. Toasty malt, then distinctive, delicate pear is noted. Curious about why that chose that pear juice addition, but it does appear in the nose. Interesting. And particularly pleasant. I like it.

Taste: And it's there in spades in the flavor, drowning out the malt flavor we know from Fat Tire, which should be louder in this double-up version. Some sweetness slips in, but is tempered by the dry, spicy yeast character. Great match between malty, fruity sweetness and the spice & the hops.

And then along comes the booze, fat, juicy, leaning in on the lobes. Roaring in, pounding at the door. Very friendly and warming. However. The medium body is too meager for this assault, I can feel my defenses weakening. The uniquely tasty fruit factor is a true delight for the sense, a thrill on the tongue, but it's not enough to hold the intense 10 % alcohol barrage.
Would a lower alcohol version work better, or even be possible, following the same procedure?

It's a bit of a mixed-up mess, but experiments are gambles sometimes, and not everything is for everyone. Not perfect, not amazing, but very interesting, and tasty, for sure.

 2,079 characters

Photo of aasher
1.16/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a light bodied, very clear and translucent bright copper in color with a one finger off white head. It looks like it may even be filtered. How can any "Cru" look this clear? It smells god awful. It smells of fermenting rotten sweet pears. I didn't know I was composting in my glass. Great. It tastes of rotten, fermenting pears with a touch of alcohol and honey. It's so light in body and the style and the alcohol content. I don't know what they were aiming for but they missed horribly. At 10.49 a bottle, this is one of the worst beers I've ever had, especially for the price point. I wish they'd take a moment to improve their Lips of Faith series. Le Terroir was and is phenomenal, their Dunkel is good, La Folie is exceptional, but everything else is low grade. This "Super Cru" never should've been made. How did this get approved? AVOID! I wouldn't drink this again if it granted me eternal life or provided me with an opportunity to slap Ronald Reagan.

 977 characters

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow / amber and mostly clear with almost no head, decent retention, no lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, estery, sweet, smells like a Belgian ale.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet and a little dry on the end, it is a decent beer, not great but a nice big Belgian ale. I might even have it again.

 367 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the "double Fat Tire" as I was told. In the end, yes that what it is, but a put sour and fruity.

Dark glossy light brown, ruby highlights and amber. Dense head and some lacing.

Aroma is chalk full of caramel and other malts, some earthy spices and herbs, pepper and pear. Slight tartness comes through

Yeah, tartness is a good word for the flavor too. Almost too much so. The pear is overripe or something. I've had Asian pears and these in this here beer are past their prime. Or perhaps they don't blend well with the yeast or malt. I don't know, but it doesn't quite work out. The malt is firm and rich, but then turns a bit sour. Is this a sour ale? It misses on the BSPA style for me.

 694 characters

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may be in the minority but I actually liked this beer.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is a mix of herbs and spices, with some toffee, brown sugar and fruity notes mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast with some pears and cherries. I also get some bready malt and candy sugar, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly drinkable for a beer that is 10 percent ABV.

 468 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours decently with a transparent orange and a slight pure white head. The aroma is a bit hot, and sweet as well. Vaguely fruity, but I couldn't tell you if it's Asian pear- the smell is simply not delineated enough. The taste is similar. Better when it's cold- when it warms up it tastes a bit like cheap fruit juice, of indeterminate fruit, laced with vodka. A bit harsh in the mouth as well, with a slight acetone finish. I'd give this one a miss.

 450 characters

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger in Santa Cruz. Their menu lists this as double Phat tire Super Cru, which I assume is a bit of license on their part

For starters, I'm with the previous reviewer when it comes to not understanding some of the low scores for this beer. It's clearly an amped up version of regular fat tire with a Belgian twist, but it's clearly a vastly superior beer to the regular FT.

Super Cru pours a copper amber color with light red hilights. The beer looks similar to the regular FT, except this beer has considerably better lacing and superb head retention. The nose is likewise impressive, with considerable sweet clove, banana, alspice and even some nutmeg. The beer smells a bit sweet and boozy, but not in a bad way. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this rich, spicey ale. Also, while the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, you still get a sense that the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though rich as this is, I can't imagine having more than a single glass.

An interesting take on the regular fat tire recipe. Not bad at all...

 1,167 characters

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

 474 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a firm and frothy 1.5 finger head. Excellent head retention with spotty lace.

S: Heavy amount of pear and yellow apple. Very yeasty, good nose.

T: Pear city here, the esters are going crazy. Fairly one-dimensional, but it's a good flavour. Notes of cinnamon and baked apple are secondary, adding a nice complexity. A tad light in the actual flavour, making me ding it a bit, but clearly tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, frothy, thin clearly at points.

O: Not the greatest beer in the world, but I don't see where the early C+ is coming from. This is solid American Belgian-style beer.

 643 characters

Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/18/11
*From notes

-- This bottle was generously shared by my Pops --

A: Filtered red delicious amber. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head and thin, moderate lacing.

S: There's actually a good amount of crisp pear here. Even if I hadn't know that this contained pear juice, I would have spotted it pretty quickly. There's also a generous helping of that Belgian musty yeast.

T: A bit of smokey banana up front - the Belgian yeastiness is all over the brew. As it hits the mid, the dry pear juice reveals itself, and the finish is a pretty successful marriage of the two.

M: The weight's decent, though the texture could have been spectacular had they left this unfiltered. As it is, it's just ok.

O: NB's Lips of Faith Super Cru is a pretty tasty brew. I liked it for what it is: an American interpretation of a Belgian Pale with a hearty dose of pear juice. I don't know if I'll be rushing back to this often, but I certainly did enjoy my half of the bomber.

 1,011 characters

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

 288 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 656 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.