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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
26
For Trade:
3
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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from The Wine Source.

A: The ale is a hazy orange amber, on the verge of opacity but not all the way across the line. A white head, thin, pops op on first pour but doesn't amount to much - just a few stray patches.

S: The pear sweetness, sugary, stands out, dominating the rest of the body. What's there is Belgian, yeasty and fruity with a bit of a hop edge. Those nobler aspects are a nice finish to the nose. Before that, the pear juice and saison yeast are in control.

T: The mustiness jumps out early, the yeast combining with the pear juice for a prickly sweet body. Light caramel adds body. The hops, sharper in the nose, are present but more relaxed. They add an herbal flowery flavor -- bitter but not overpowering. The pear juice accentuates the saison aspect, drawing more fruitiness out of the ale. Dryness builds, thanks to the yeast, leaving some peppery flavors alongside the hops and pears. Perhaps so much going on weighs on the beer. It's not quite a saison but it's not quite anything else either.

M: Sweet, hoppy, juicy, musty. Plenty of adjectives describe the ale but nothing ever comes together nicely.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, the bottle is stamped with 4-14-2011. I guess that's the bottled on date, but I'm not exactly sure of that. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around for a bit. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like pears, bready malt, candy sugar and a bit of sweet spices. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors don't seem quite as strong for some reason. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and is well carbonated. It's a solid beer, but not something I would buy all the time. But I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of drummermattie02
1.99/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a tulip at the Flying Saucer, looks fine, brown with a hint of red, tough to tell in the low lighting. Foamy head.

Smell is full of Belgian yeast with a somewhat astringent/harsh finish.

Taste is... not good. I get the pears a little bit, along with quite a bit of burn. The first sip was not so bad, but this was not a fun one to finish. Way too harsh and some solvent flavors. Unfortunate that NB feels this beer should be called Super Cru.

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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, but not great. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, tan head that soon settled and a little lace. Color is a clear orange amber with plenty of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is somewhat muted, but with yeast, bread dough, malt, hint of fruit. Flavor's similar to nose; good balance between sweet malt and yeast products, carbonic tang, and hop/yeast bitter. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with tang and alcohol warmth finishing.

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Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A one finger beige head forms. The foam recedes in a second. A small ring sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malts. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Light tart fruits of apples. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet candy malts, and dark fruits. A bit more of a tart apple flavor. Some yeast and wood lingers. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, creamy and smooth. Easy and smooth to drink. A very good sipper.

Very enjoyable, and well done. Not much of a pale ale, but very good none the less. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
10% ABV, 3(?)-14-2011, "Ale brewed with Asian Pear juice".

A - A dense off-white head rests gently on top of Super Cru but leaves little in the way of lace. Beautiful caramel amber in color with great clarity!

S - The Asian pear juice comes through as exotic fruitiness with complimentary earthy hop tones. Mellow caramel maltiness provides a smooth and supple backbone. Nice yeasty finish.

T - Spicy esters open the brew with a bang while earthy hops provide a segway into the sweet biscuity, caramel-draped malt. Asian pear juice adds a considerable sweetness to the finish.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, Super Cru is a medium-bodied brew with a lager-like refreshing quality to the finish.

O - I'm completely in the minority on this one, but I found Super Cru to be very solid across the board. Nothing like Fat Tire save for the bike depicted on the bottle, not that it was supposed to be. Complex and unique, I find it a good brew worth picking up.

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

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, New Belgium's Grand Cru is bright copper with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the fruity ester sides, a little overripe banana reminiscent to me of an over aged blonde, and some sourish citrus.

Taste is heavy on the old blonde side that I don't care for (I don't know when this came out or remember when I bought it, but it was a the front of my cellar). The pear is somewhat notable, mostly the acidic citrus, but it's mostly the esters and broken down malt. A hint of snappy, herbal hops helps.

Mouthfeel is dry, acidic, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high to me. It taste like an over-aged trippel. Maybe just the pear juice. Regardless, not digging it.

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

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Sweet fruits (pears, apples and plums) and brown sugar. A little spice and yeast.

Taste. Sweet caramel, apples, pears and plums. Belgian yeast funk is there and a little light grain. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall. Not as super as I was led to believe, but nothing really wrong here. I didn't hate it, but won't buy again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian comes out of the tap a dark honey golden with a fine-bubbled pale honey-golden head. Rich, fruity aroma has a hint of caramel. Lip-smacking flavor is malty and fruity and has caramel, honey and woody hints. Full-bodied texture is fizzy and sassy.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.39/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a nice cap of off-white foam. Uniform retention and lacing looks pretty cool in its descension.

Nose is very fruity - pears and raisins foremost with some past-ripe red apples and plums to a lesser degree. Not really sure I like the aroma on this one...too fruity and doesnt really show much malt backing - maybe a touch of caramel is all.

Wow - a rare complete miss from New Belgium on this one. Candy sweetness and rampant fruit mixes with a serious alcohol presence to give this a flavor more akin to something you find at a frat party in a cooler with random pieces of fruit floating around in it. I am already wondering if I can finish the bomber after the first 5 sips or so. The toffee malts are just way out of place here and the alcohol is very rough and raw. Bad, bad beer that I surely will never buy again. I might not even take one for free if offered.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like crisp apricot and grassy hops, with sour Belgian yeast and a bit of vinegar.
T: It tasted like crisp apricot and wild honey and grassy hops, with some sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar and a bit of vinegar. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste that was a little sour.
M: It was watery with some smooth natural carbonation. Light but refined body.
D: This was a nice BSPA with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special but easily enjoyable. Recommended fresh.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced and accessible anniversary brew.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and orange Lips of Faith branding with the image of NB´s bike. Side paragraphs notes anniversary occasion, and main characteristics. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a fair bubbly head, medium retention with moderate surface memory and lacing.

S - Gentle nose with sweet touches of honey, fruity (the Asian pear juice?) caramel and a light sense of yeast.

T - Flavor follows without much of a definition in the fruity sense. It is still pleasing nevertheless. Caramel and light yeast, touches of bready malts, with a faint hint of spices.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice sense of alcohol integration.

O - Pleasing and approachable ale.

Notes: Nothing to write home about but pretty pleasing, it is a notch above common offerings and it flows pretty well as a more elaborate brew for people not so familiar with craft brews, and as a step to entice them into more complex brews. In that context, socially, it might be worth the repeat…

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Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Clips of Faith event in Santa Cruz. Pours a shimmering copper color with an off-white head. Candied fruit aroma, bananas, straw, and pepper. Flavor is pears and bananas drenched in honey/caramel, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, tart/acidic boozy finish. A strange beer, decent in sample size as a dessert type of thing but not a very quaffable drink. Much too sweet.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into tulip.
No head, no lacing...seems "heavy" - literally.
Smells sweet...of sugar and dried fruit.
Taste is instant raison and dried cherries...molasses and malt undertones. Its very strong and you can feel it. It feels like that little box of raisons enjoyed in my lunch bag as a child has just punched me in the mouth..in a way where I'm not mad. Its a great sipping beer. I'd imagine this to be great next to a warm fire with a pipe. Save this drink until you find yourself next to that fire...pipe optional.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Big beer brewed with Asian pear juice. Shiny copper color; two-finger head drops to a thin ring of lace. Some vague floral fruitiness meets spiciness, with medicinal herb and alcohol in the nose. Some smoothness, slick with a big body. Mild tartness with a thick malty foundation, and a hint of sweetness up front. Toasted bread and ripe fruit soon make way for a more toasty, dry, almost broth-like flavor. Spicy, boozy alcohol, rose water and tropical fruit. Semidry finish clings to the booziness. A serious beer if strength is considered, though beyond that, it lacks a bit of depth that was expected. A tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of rawfish
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper/amber into a NB globe glass with a nice inch of rather fizzy off white head that settles down quickly to a denser cap of white lace with spotty inconsistent lacing.

The biscuit malts I'd expected from this since it's using a fat tire base is quite muted, rather a sticky sweet bun malt aroma mixed with some Belgian yeast, pepper and saison funk start to arise. The Asian pear juice aroma is noticable, a cross between apples, unripe bartlett pears and a spritz of lemon. I think this is exactly how they drew it up.

Once again the malt character is light there is some biscuit malt but for the most part comes off as a flaky pastry feel, light and airy. Fruit sweetness comes in especially as the beer warms, a bit of farmhouse matched with light amounts of earthy spices, lemon zest, apples and pear juice. No hop character nor a strong malt envelope, lightly fruity, funky, and tart, nothing seems to want to be assertive here, except perhaps the alcohol. A bit disappointed, like sipping on hard cider with a stale poptart.

Mild carbonation and a very light body, despite this the beer is neither crisp or tart enough to shine through. The alcohol is very present after the drink because there isn't enough body to hide it but at least there isn't a mouth coating or sticky feel.

I found it odd that NB decided to use Asian pear juice, while a unique ingredient Asian pears are special due to their crispness and texture not their command of flavor. Bad investment even at 8.99 a bomber, the recent Lips of Faith have been excellent but IMO this is the biggest let down since Vrienden, lacks the balance, body and sessionable feel which Fat Tire brings to the table. Not a drain pour but not really worth seeking out again. It's your 20 year anniversary NB next time let's celebrate with a party not a hangover.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry to say, certain brewers just don't do it for me. Yes, they may have on occasional beer that hits the highlight reel, but in general... Eh.. no big deal. Yes, I just described New Belgium for me. If you have a different opinion, God Bless you.

Even with an aggressive pour there is not even an inch of foamy white head here. The beer is a straight amber color with a touch of releasing carbonation. Some clinging lace.

Slightly metallic, fruity aroma. I take that back. Pretty darn metallic. A note of cherry.

Spice, dates, malt, brown sugar rule the day here. Not sure the sum of the parts is any greater than the individual ingredients. Perhaps a touch of ginger.

Foamy with a delicate carbonation.

Truth is that I’ll read this review a year from now and probably forget I drank the beer. Let’s just say that I drank and reviewed it during the Det/Tex MLB playoff game. That has nothing to do with the beer but perhaps a reminder for me that I actually drank the beer. (you will probably forget it too)

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

A: Amber color with a thin cream colored head.

S: Lots and lots of asian pear in the smell. Really nice and fragrant.

T: Some cinnamon, pear and apple. A slight bit of malt on the finish. As the beer warms, the finish gets a bit off and a bready, yeasty and slightly metallic flavor comes in.

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Lips Of Faith - Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
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