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Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
26
For Trade:
3
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Photo of ferrari29
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - The beer pours with a deep golden/dark amber translucent colored body; moderate amount of lacing formed around the glass; white ½ finger head formed

S - Beer has sweet scents of fruits like apple and pear with a subtle touch of vanilla and bananas. Light hints of yeast and nice bready malt notes.

T - Beer has a fruit flavor of pear and apple; yeasty with a nice character to biscuit or bready malt; touch of tartness on the finish; the sweet fruit, pear and apple flavor becomes tangy and astringent; grand cru sugary flavors

M - Fruit aftertaste; grand cru sugary flavors; mildly effervescent

D - Overall I was very impressed with what this drink had to offer; delicate balance of fruit, malt and sugar tones; could have another one

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

OK, I must admit, I am so hooked on Le Terroir that I am just picking up the Lips Of Faith series rather blindly now. It sucks to see that this beer has had some pretty poor reviews, but I don't care...I'm going into this one with an open mind. I don't normally look at the score, but this one was surprisingly low that I couldn't help but notice. Anyway, let's "light this candle":

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear to maybe slightly hazy reddish orange with a small 1/4" head of off-white bubbles that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising at first, and after a minute you could tell that the alcohol was starting to take it out. After swirling and drinking, there is a little bit of lace on the glass that sticks about 1/4" above the beer and then fades back down.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean with some obvious belgian yeast character and some hops and already evident alcohol. There are some toasty notes from the malt, but the hops and alcohol are king in this beer. It is already obvious that this beer was intended to cellar for quite a while and is currently pretty green.

Taste: The flavor follows along with the aroma pretty closely except that the Belgian yeast character is a whole lot more pronounced in the flavor. There is clearly bubble-gum in the flavor that I truly didn't get in the aroma. The flavor is pretty thin for such a big beer, and it comes across as medium bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is balanced with the alcohol being as big of a player as anything.

Opinion: Again, I am certain that this beer was just sold early as you really can't condition a beer this big long enough at the brewery. I would not deter you from getting this beer as about 5 years in a cool cellar (or refrigerator) would do wonders for it. As it is, it is a bit hard to drink. The yeast is just too strong and is not playing well with the rest of the beer. As it is, I will be scoring this one a bit low too, but I am taking in mind the potential that this beer has too. There are no fermentation flaws to kick it out except maybe that the yeast ran a bit hot for my taste, but this will soften with age too.

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

appearance: light orange with a slight whitish head and slight lacing.
smell: Mostly sweet, with some sour fruits, and bready malts.
taste: Good, not great. Tasty w/o much character.
overall: A good beer. Nice nose, a decent taste with no distinguishing features.

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

Review #700 for those keeping count. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubador tulip.

Rosy orange liquid with surprising clarity topped by an active 1/2 finger of beige merengue. Nice sandy lacing and decent retention.

Pear jam, yogurt, rosewater in the nose, backed by a light malty aroma as well.

Pink peppercorn, carmel apples, jolly ranchers, and some jammy esters from the alcohol start things out. Fruity wort with pear blossoms, skins and juice contribute sweetness and delicacy. The finish is faintly malty (a touch of Fat Tire is revealed here) and gently spicy from the saison yeast. Low bitterness with a hint of citrus shows the hops quietly doing their job. A touch sweet and grainy overall, but juicy and flavorful none-the-less.

Medium-light bodied, with a soft delicate effervesence. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Not particularly successful as a Belgian ale of any sort, this is still an interesting conglomeration of sessionable amber ale with vague hints of saison.

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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 lonestar4lunch
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium goblet and it is a dark golden color. Head quickly dissipates to a light lacing on top. The aroma is right on par with a strong Belgian, yeast, pepper, some light fruit and a bit more spice. Really good.

This is a bit cold to start sampling but it will get where it needs to be. Taste starts of a little sweet like homemade rock candy then the spice shows up. I really like the transition from sugar to spice. It has the taste and feel of a Belgian double but not as heavy. There is a flavor I can't pin point that lingers on the tongue but it works for the style. Very drinkable and the 10% doesn't really overpower.

I am somewhat surprised by the lower scores on this one. It falls right in with the style and to me is done very well. As it warms I tend to enjoy it more. A lot going on at some points but still good the whole time. But, that is the joy of this site, to each their own.

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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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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 FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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 flannelman808
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This might be the most crystal clear amber colored beer I've ever encountered. Topped with a more than modest mother of pearl head. Retention is acceptable and it shows good lacing.

S: Spicy sweet pear flavors meet Belgian yeasty spice as well as hints of salt water taffy.

T: Darnet. Not as good as the nose, and too sweet for my taste. That said asian pear flavors are welcomed eventually Bubblegum/salt water taffy flavors show up and bring up the sweetness level. If not for massive carbonation this might be cloyingly sweet. I like the idea but this one didn't work out so well.

M: Carbonic

O: Good concept perhaps but not done to its potential. Esters and malting are a bit too powerful ... but then I'm picky.

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Photo of metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with thin lacing on the surface that completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of candi sugar with notes of yeast and hints of pears and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that easy to drink and needs to be sipped very slowly given its strong flavors and high alcohol content.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice amberish color with light orange hues when held to the light. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Thick collars of lace left on the both the glass and the beer itself.

S- Bready notes come right off the bat with a hint of banana to it. This banana in turn begins to change to a green apple aroma toward the middle of the beer. Some of the Fat Tire tootsie roll malt base shows up toward the middle of the aroma but it is short lived. Pear juice and hot alcohol come out in the ending of the aroma which gives this a interesting off balance in a good way though.

T- Biscuity malts in the front of the beer come through at first with a hint of green apple to me. The belgian yeast does its thing next showing off banana and light clove leading up to the middle. This is where it kind of goes on the decline a little with the damn New Belgium tootsie roll malt. Toward the ending of the beer the pear juice rolls out and gives a nice different flavor that completely changes the beer itself. Alcohol heat in the ending is very dominate in the final seconds of this beer kind of killing off all other flaovrs.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little over the top for the style I thought. Pear juice, belgian yeast, and light tootsie roll are left on the palate. Aftertaste is hot alcohol, pear juice, and hints of belgian yeast. Flavors were not really balanced making this taste like a three part beer. No real off flavors were present just a high alcohol heat on the backend and unblending of the overall flavors. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was not my favorite from New Belgium yet it is also not the worst thing I have had from them. They are a company that is a love and hate thing for me in the Lips of Faith department. I wish they would stray away from the tootsie roll malt that seems to be their base as it messes up too many of their LoF beers. Other than that I didn't mind the two or three step beer that I poured. The ABV makes it a little hard to drink a full 22oz but I think the blending could have been done a little better as well.

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

Strange and interesting. They definitely have the wild and crazy yeast going.

Clear golden amber in the snifter. Classic head and just a little short on lacing. The nose is definitely pear-- a very nice aromatic. Long, long aftertaste runs through a journey of flavors. Ends on a challenging note of deep, dark funk and burnt raisins. I can't find much old-fashioned barley in the this. Seems transformed into a sugary golden confection. Slightly sweet on the lips but acidified on a lemon-lime note.

I like this better as I sip awhile. Seems a little coarse at first taste. Hot with alcohol and reminds me of a dark rum splashed with water. Surprising lightness of body, with a carnival of fruity flavors balanced with the dark, toasty Belgian taste.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange with a slightly brown-orange head. Lots of CO2 showing up in this one.

Aroma: Pear, pepper, and belgian yeast are dominating. A very spicy aroma with the smallest touches of alcohol.

Flavor: A little benign, which leads to the sensation that there is a very subtle complexity hidden in this beer. Pepper spice, pear, brown sugar start off separate but combine for an interesting, if indescribable, amalgam. A bittersweet flavor in the middle appears as the beer warms up a bit.

MF: A spicy, slow-drinker. Not huge in body or flavors, but each sip still warrants savoring and contemplating.

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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 claytong
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

im not sure id buy any of the lips of faith series that i can find in stores now. got this one on tap at the tasting room for free. it was my fourth or fifth 4 oz drink so i didnt feel the alcohol or some other tastes as well as i shouldve.

dark dark amber with a soda like head.

smells of fruit, taste like fruit juice. very light.

mouthfeel is similar to a decent soda with alochol added

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Photo of SpdKilz
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a clear amber color into a generic tulip. About a finger and a half of slightly off white head is achieved with a vigorous pour, which dissipates fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – You can smell the pear, yeast, slight bready malts, etc. Similar to a normal Fat Tire but with pear juice added.

Tate – Yikes. Damn my phone for not getting reception when I bought this beer (I was going to look at the reviews on BA obviously). This is a hot mess. Lots of fruits but the yeast used is nasty. The fruit “juice” becomes cloying after the third sip, and my throat is burning from the alcohol. Oh, and of course tones of bready malts. Yuck.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lighter carbonation, somewhat slick Mouthfeel.

Overall – Worst $10 ever. I know the store I was at was a bit pricy in general, but I wouldn’t buy this if it was three bucks a bomber. Just not a very good beer, plain and simple.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber color with some orange streaks. Head is full and tight, but somewhat wispy. Good look to start. Nose is generally estery, bringing fruits like pear and a bready note. The base Fat Tire ingredients show, with the caramel breadiness coming through faintly.

Bottom line here is that the heat is too strong for the foundation of the beer. Pear, green apple, banana, and even some tropical fruit notes appear on the palate, suggesting a fair amount of sweetness. The body is a bit too faint to handle the sugars, and the alcohol heat just takes over.

Firm up the body here; clearly just doubling the recipe isn't working to keep the balance in check. The yeast able to eat its way over 9% abv can clearly make short work of the Fat Tire malts. Furthermore, I wouldn't stick with the pear juice either. This seems to be a case of jamming 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag, before seeing if the bag can handle 5 pounds in the first place. Skip this one until they get the recipe correct.

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Photo of gatornation
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a clear copper color with next to no head a small film of a collar

S- was yeast and tart fruit,bubblegum,some malt

T- was worse then the nose it was a funky yeast with tart ripe fruit with a brandy finish

M- was light carbonation with alcohol and tart fruit

O- wont try this one again one and done,,just had a brandy and fruit taste to me with no character just a mess

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Photo of emmasdad
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other day while out beer shopping, and before I began hating New Belgium for their inane decision to send the Leopold beers out of state, thereby denying loyal longtime customers exciting beers (I know I'm coming across as entitled, but hey I can get all the mighty arrow I want). But I digress...

This one poured a nice amber color with a perfect finger of slightly off-white head. Beautiful. Sadly, it was downhill from there. Aromas of yeast, green apples and pears. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of apples, lemon and pears.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber that is crystal clear. Short white head.

Classic bubble gum Belgian yeast odor. Hearty caramel maltiness with a fruity tang and some clove banana funk.

Layered flavors of pipe tobacco, heavy malt, tart fruit. This thing is complex. The back end is packed with pumpkin pie spice and a rather unsettling punch of alcohol.

Medium bodied with spirited but not aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Edit: let it warm to proper temperature to really taste it. I finally reached the bottom of the bottle and as this thing warms, it becomes undrinkable French Whore Perfume. Oh God it is bad, very bad.

Starts off with a beautiful appearance - rich amber/orangey color with generous white head.

Nose has some decent components too - mixed fruits, yeasty/bready things going on, and a resemblance to Fat Tire aroma.

Palate is where this thing betrays. Mixed fruit is there, but also a boozy quality, and an ugly nasty perfumey taste that takes over. It's as if by some mistake the biscuity malt just mixes with the citrus wrong and it's a perfume bomb.

Finish is total French Whore Perfume. Oh God, it just won't go away.

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Photo of GimmeGumballHead
1.62/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can't justify giving this beer a legit review. I dumped it out.

it's possible it was infected I guess. but it tasted smokey, with minimal citrus notes.

I will probably never buy another lips of faith series besides La Terrior.

sorry for being negative, but seriously... double the fat tire recipe plus pear juice and saison yeast, why did I ever think this would be good?

turrible.

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