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Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by daledeee on 04-28-2011

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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 illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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 20ozmonkey
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick head that is leaving fast.

This beer smells, oddly enough, like a sauvignon blanc. Sweet and fruity with lots of Belgian yeast. Unfortunately the taste was not as good. You can definitely taste the pear and yeast, but I feel like the double fat tire base is what is killing the taste.

I had to sort of force the rest of this beer down since the flavor was absolutely not doing anything for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New Belgian Super cru

A: It has a light amber thin appearance with a light golden appearance.

S: There are rum tones and some brown sugar notes. Some Belgian sugary notes and yeasty bread scents.

T: There is a nice sweetness some mild dryness with boozy notes. Ultimately it just feels pretty standard for the Lips of Faith line and is exceptionally unexceptional. There are some sweet apple and pear fruit notes but then this Belgian taste muscles in and starts turning over card tables and causing a ruckus.

M: The mouthfeel is drying with light coating and a lot of sticky dryness. The alcohol wafts are a bit distracting and misplaced with the fruit esters going on.

D: The strange cloying fruit sweetness and weird Belgian spice makes this of limited appeal. I wish that I had more to say but it just is a conflicting mess.
Narrative: “Why are mommy and daddy fighting?” Baby Apple Brandy wondered as she watched her parents tear apart their small abode. “OH OH OK THIS IS RICH! NOW IT’S….CAN I FINISH? LET ME FINISH!” Papa Brandy was in one of his booze filled rages after a family outing. It had been chaos since they stepped into that Macaroni Grill and the din of excitement had now reached its sweet fever pitch. “Oh…SURE SURE….revert back to that, let’s focus on THAT ONE TIME AGAIN!” Mama Apple was brandishing a large cutco knife and threatening no one in particular. Baby apple brandy attempted to reconcile this hectic environment with her chaotic upbringing. No one wanted to visit, no one wanted to stay, but Baby Apple Brandy still had high hopes for later aging.

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Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom West Ashley - (flight)

A: Honey-copper with a thin, white head that leaves no lace.

S: Pear; cloves; peppery yeast; not much alcohol; smells sweet.

T: Pear; light fruitiness and yeasty dough; spice / coriander; alcohol on the finish.

M: Full body; high carbonation; pretty zingy; warming alcohol on back end.

O: Pretty smooth considering the abv, yet this is still bordering on a hot mess of a brew... that being said, it’s still an interesting sipper; lots of crazy flavors going on for sure.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smells of sugar, some hop, and not a lot else.

Tastes sweet up front with a big fruit, pear/peach note in the middle, some hints of darker fruit. It finishes smooth with a nice lingering taste.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice amount of carbonation and is somewhat dry. It is easy to drink given the alcohol, which is hidden well.

This beer is OK. It is a Belgian with a slightly odd fruit taste that doesn't really stack up to other Belgian beers. Even on its own, it is just OK. Not mandatory by any stretch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch white-orange head that fades to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of normal Fat Tire with the biscuit-like malt along with some light fruit aromas and Belgian yeast. Taste is of Belgian yeast up front with the biscuit malt and slight pear flavors coming afterwards. There is a spice taste that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a bubbly and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer in my opinion. I am not sure why the overall scores have been so low. To each his own.

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Photo of Phelps
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter at Tops. Brewed for New Belgium’s 20th anniversary, this beer’s built on a base of Fat Tire with double the malt and hops, plus Asian pears and saison yeast. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is.

Perfectly clear apple juice brown. A very thin layer of froth sits atop, leaving zero lace.

Lots of Belgian esters on top of a very apple-heavy nose. Some pear, banana and hints of soy emerge.

Weird flavor clash. Sweet pears, apples and biscuits below a very heavy Belgian yeast character. I know the brewery was going for a Belgian theme, but this skews too far in that direction for me. Light bitterness and a lingering salty tang.

The body is heavy, almost syrupy, with pokey medium carbonation. Fairly clean finish and a good amount of booze in the nose.

I have to admit, I wanted to dislike this beer more than I did. It's weird and unnecessary, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. Pours a light amber with a smallish frothy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is musty sweet biscuity malts with a little spicy fruit.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with some slightly spicy fruit (banana and asian pear?). The alcohol is well hidden, but noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It's an amped up overly sweet Fat Tire with some fruit juice and a little more Belgian yeast (banana). So lots I don't really care for - sweetness, banana, and biscuit malt.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 24th 2011 (from notes)

A - lovely translucent amber/copper, one finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - fruity, yeast, pungent, toasted malts, slightly sour, very sweet, some hop. Floral, molasses, musky and just a well balanced smell

T - really sweet, sometimes the alcohol is very apparent and others, not so much. You can taste the pear for sure. The yeast is sweet and pungent, toasty malt, slightly hoppy, bready, molasses and very fruity

M - pretty chewy, low acidity, long finish, boozey and surprisingly balanced

D - at $7.99 and a 10% ABV. This monster drinks nice and big, but goes down like butter

Final thought - I like this beer. If you like beers I like, you'll like this beer

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Photo of bcostner1
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber, reddish brown. Decent tannish-white head.

S: Smells like alcohol, solvent, a little bit of pear, and licorice.

T: Overly sweet. Licorice. Syrupy. Not very malty to me at all. No hops. Very cloying. Definite boozy taste.

M: Much like the taste. Syrupy. Too thick for what it is. Leaves a film in my mouth. Ugh...i just want the aftertaste to go away!

O: Very disappointed. I love Fat Tire. This was nothing at all like Fat Tire. I'd rather have a case of Fat Tire than drink one of these again. Wish I could say better things about it, but it just didn't work for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

A date has been marked on the lower portion of the bottle: 4/14/2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Ripe banana, cracked cloves, raw sugar, and a variety of gourmet jellies atop toasted bread slices sided with a coffee cup of you-must-be-between-jobs liquor.

Taste: Pale, bready malts with a sliver of toastiness to it. Taste of soul-searching sherry wine moistened fruit cake (sporting hints of dates, golden raisins, and dried apricots) topped with ground spice and extra sugars. Moderately tart pear juice and a few banana slices show up and brings about some more spicy phenols and the anticipated alcohol warmth. Growing clove element. Some more sugars and a sip of tongue-searing alcohol on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's sweet, it's a bit boozy, and fairly fruity, but not quite cloying or hinderingly brash, keeping it a fair, so-so sipper.

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Photo of distantmantra
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Latona Pub. Seattle, WA. July 2011.

A: A clear corn silk/amber color with a thin head of foamy bubbles at the top of the tulip glass.

S: Yeasty Belgian aroma. Hints of sweetness and spice.

T: Belgian funk flavor with some spicy notes. The alcohol is very present at the end.

M: Medium body with a boozy mouth feel.

O: Not a big fan of this beer, but it was free due to the waitress messing up my order.

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Photo of tronester
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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 ehammond1
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Beautiful copper and amber. Nice lacing down the glass.

Herbaceous, sweet, and fruity aroma--definitely some distinct aroma from the pear. A tangy Belgian yeast character and a hint of warm alcohol presence.

Sweet and syrupy, a touch floral, some alcohol, though the Belgian yeast doesn't seem to marry particularly well with the other flavors. It seems a bit all over the place. I finished about half my glass and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything by not finishing it. Too sweet, too syrupy, the Belgian yeast seems out of place.

Mouthfeel wasn't this beer's problem, though it didn't add anything.

A sweet, syrupy, heavy Belgian that seems to miss the mark.

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Photo of drummermattie02
1.99/5  rDev -42%
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 Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of LoF Super Cru.

A pale amber with a lemon ice colored head. The belgian yeast dominates the nose with a ittle bit of crushed pear. Lots of asian pear on the palette. The beer is fairly smooth with a nice fruitiness and light body. The juicy pear finish is sweet and hides the high alcohol well. Certainly tasty and not deserving of the C rating imo.

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Photo of rand
2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
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 antlerwrestler19
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bomber into Nebraska Brewing Co. Ale Nation glass.

Poured dark amber with a one finger white foamy head with little to no lacing on the glass. There is a definite and distinctive smell produced from the use of the Belgian yeast and the sweet smell from fruits such as pears and a hint of banana. The taste is very sweet up front with a bubble gum like flavor along with the pears coming through faintly and, once again, definite prominence of the flavor produced through the specific yeast strain. There is also some mellow spice I can't quite pick up on. The mouthfeel provides a small amount of air from low carbonation, but smooth. Overall this beer is a little too funky for me and at 10% alcohol plus the size of the beer I can tell it is going to take me awhile to put it down.

Hope you can enjoy more than
I did

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still drink a Fat Tire every now and again, so was curious about this adaptation of the recipe.

A: Golden brown with good clarity and a nice white head.

S: Nice full aroma with ripe pear and apples. The Belgian yeast is very distinctive.

T: Flavor is fits the aroma, but with more intense fruit contribution and moderate sweetness. Additionally, I'd describe it as phenolic and spicy with apple/pear flavors and a light tartness. Pale malt is very soft.

M: Medium-bodied with a fairly dry feel despite the sweetness. Briskly carbonated.

Sweeter than expected and would be better classified as a tripel. A bit phenolic and solventy at first, but smoothes out after a bit and was enjoyable.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of Kromes
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear light amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Lots of belgian yeasty funk. Sweet, fruity, funky, and a little vinegar sweetness to the aroma.

T: More of the same from the aroma. It has a vinegar and funk bite to it with some sweet fruity flavors in the background. A little clove spice and cork. You can taste the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with a dry finish.

O: It is interesting with the play between sweet, bitter and acerbic. It may be too much for some, but I think it's interesting and worth a drink.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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