Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.43/5
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
Ranking:
#41,486
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
pDev:
16.03%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of joshwalt
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured aggressively, but still resulted in very little head at all. Cloudy appearance, with a dark golden color.

S: Strong smell of saison yeast. As it warms, hints of the pear juice become far more evident. Definte sweet, Belgian scents

T: initial taste is also the most overwhelming, which is a strong flavor of yeasty Saison. As it warms the malty sugar taste arrives and it finishes with a pear juice taste that leaves as quickly and abruptly as it arrives.

M: Pretty light in body, sweet and a pretty dry with very little carbonation. Ok

O: Overall I appreciate this for it uniqueness, but it's just ok for me. I would definitely recommend letting it warm a bit before drinking.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, coppery orange hazy color.

Nose sweet malts, stone fruity, caramel, toffee, juicy, bit of esters and some sweet candy sugar, bit of booze.

Taste light sweet reddish malt, toasty cereal malt, light caramel, bit of stone fruity and esters, a strange spicy heat with tingly booze, light phenolic flavors coming with the sweet candi sugar. finish is a bit drier, more heat, tingly burn with little acidity and more esters and Belgian candi flavors, toffee as well.

Mouth med bod decent carb, plenty of booze.

Overall ok but not great, decent flavors that seemed to have gone a bit out of control with too big esters and phenolic flavors, although they should be there just seem a bit too much, and too boozy, just too much going on with this it wasn't really sure where it wanted to be.

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Photo of atxlex
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for 1 year on my closet floor. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. Not much head.

N: Sweet malts, some pear. At this point I'm worried that the beer will be too sweet.

T/M: Some sweet malts up front. Hops and pear have faded into this really nice, tannic-tasting pear flavor, like pear peel. Boozy.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It aged really well.

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Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright apricot body. Fine white head has ok retention and lace.

S - Great caramel malt nose with edges of blackberry cobbler and booze.

T - Lively carbonation cuts through a sweet honey opening. Rich caramel, pear, and cranberry center. Quick, dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium/full body.

O - A delicious brew. The booze will sneak up on you.

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Photo of GregoryMo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JottaGibboo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #205
Served On: 08/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 10%
Date/ Code: 2011 Vintage

Picked this 22oz. bottle up at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD a little over a year ago. Has been cellared at ~65º f. since I bought it.

Look: Poured a brilliant orangeish amber color with some clarity to it. The head was beige 1-finger of frothy foam. Lacing was not too prominent but the alcohol legs were everywhere! Carbonation bubbles were just not happening.

Smell: Tart notes of apple and pear. Very sour nose. The apple Jolly Rancher reference on New Belgium’s website is spot on.

Taste: First off was a sour note of orchard fruit. Then a Belgian funk set in towards the middle. The finish had a dry white wine character with a lingering sour note.

I found this as a real treat. The Belgian twang seemed to mesh perfectly with the sour component from the Asian pear juice. Unfortunately I can’t speak to how cellaring affected the palate, but is certainly didn’t hurt it. I can say the 10% ABV was virtually undetectable.

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Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Petcha
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BillyBaroo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SciFritz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beerbrains
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A standard pour yields two plus fingers worth of billowing fluffy golden khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full velvety lacing... The color is an inviting honey hued amber... Only a slight bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation can be seen deep within under close investigation...

S - Interesting aroma... The requisite Belgian yeast is present, but rather subdued... Candied sugars... Bubble gum... Pears... Perhaps even a touch of sweet potatoes... An odd yet inviting mix that yields something slightly different with each and every whiff...

T - The nose didn't lie... Lots of candied sugars... A hint of bubble gum... Belgian yeast... Pears... Vegetable broth... A slight alcohol presence as well...

M - Dense... Medium bodied... Sleek... Brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... A slight alcohol induced burn rises on the deep finish and lingers for a bit...

D - A solid beer, but not much more than that... This one takes some risks which are appreciated, but the end result is an average at best offering... Compared to its Belgian Strong Pale Ale brethren this one pales in comparison... The 10% ABV is a bit heavy handed, especially given that the overall enjoyment is a bit lacking...

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Photo of martyl1000
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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 clay_i
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of phishsihq
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20th Anniversary Ale, aged 1 year, enjoyed on New Belgium's 21st Birthday!

SuperCru pours a clear, ruby color, and is capped a light, off-white head that provides spotty lacing. A fruity nose, mostly pear, mixes well with some roasty malt notes. A high level level of sweet malt, along with some roastiness, is followed by sweetness from the pear juice, and finishes somewhat dry with hints of alcohol lingering. Moderately carbonated, SuperCru is medium in body.

Happy 21st!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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