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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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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 314
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Rustico in Alexandria, celebrating the release of New Belgium to DC.

Clear reddish brown pour without much head. The smell is pretty Belgian, caramel malts, some candied sugar, sweet overall. The taste follows the smell, candied sugar, lots of malts. This is boozy and has an off-putting aftertaste, not unlike Kick. Light and carbonated well. Honestly disappointed. Thought these lips of faith beers would be better.

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Photo of adman08
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a hint of copper redness. Moderate head that fades quickly leaving a slight ring on the surface of the beer.
S-Aromas of cloves with a faint hint of pear sweetness.
T-A warm flavor of spice with cloves and a slight hint of pear.
M-Light carbonation and overall a lighter bodied beer despite the higher than average alcohol. Fairly sweet.
Overall, very good. The faint pear sweetness adds something I don't normally find in this type if beer and I like it, it decreases the alcohol warmth and takes the edge off some of the spice flavors. Very drinkable for a high alcohol beer.

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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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, copper color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of honey and sweet caramel. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of pear juice with sweet caramel and honey. It had a yeasty, spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol heat.

O - This is tasty. It may not be what you expect going in, but is still is pretty nice.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber color beer, with a small, quickly fading head (looks about like Fat Tire). Fairly fruity nose, with a solid malt presence. Yummy flavor. Good initial malt gives way to extremely fruity yeast taste, on the order of Chimay Grand Reserve, or perhaps beyond it; some of it may be the pears, though I don't taste pear notes specifically. Hops are provide a great balance to the sweetness of this very strong beer. There's a nice subtle tartness as well. Spicy phenols make for a nice finish.

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Photo of JLeege
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear amber, with a bubbly white head. Decent retention, but no lacing.

Smell- Tart grapes, pear, slight citrus, and a little bready.

Taste- Grapes, pears, apple, a bit tart on the tongue, slightly doughy, the “imperial” Fat Tire, shows up big time on the finish and linger. Saison yeast influence, is basically nonexistent.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, somewhat sticky, but the ABVs are hid well.

Overall- I like the interesting concept, even though I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. This beer had potential, but falls short in many ways. Does it want to be a sour? A stronger fat tire? A fruit beer? A saison? It doesn't matter that its not brewed to a specific style, but there is little direction overall and it all doesn’t come together too great.

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Photo of SamN
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a very clear amber honey color. Not much of a head, thin and wispy and it doesn't last. Visible carbonation comes up from the bottom, giving it a lively appearance. Smell is sweet, with a honey malt aroma paired with a distinct fruit juice note. Smells a tad artificial with the pear juice, but overall it's sweet and fruity but lacking any real hops aroma in there. Taste has a bit more hops character to it, but still overpowered by the fruitiness and sweetness. Apples, pears and tangerines make most of the palette experience. Finish is a bit of underipe bananas and spice. Alcohol is not distinct. Not great, not bad. Sweet and fruity, almost to a extreme extent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

Super Cru is not the model of the Belgian Pale Ale style; fruity, sweet and lacking any real hops character. Meh, proabably wouldn't have again, especially at the price.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear honey amber brew with a fair amount of head. No lacing remains in the glass.

S - Sweet malty aroma of honey and maple syrup with bananas, cloves, white pepper and wildflowers backing it up.

T - Sweet malt flavor. It is sweet throughout the taste, but rather complex at the same time. A bit of dandelion, white pepper, biscuits, cherries and pear. In the aftertaste there is a lingering bitter malt flavor with a hint of pear. The pear flavor lingering in the aftertaste is truly delightful (pears do happen to be one of my favorite fruits).

M - Smooth, medium to thick body, very refreshing.

D - Very good. I think this is my favorite lips of faith so far. Asian pears always taste like a mix of honey and pears to me, so their presence is felt. This is a great brew.

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Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a plain ol pint glass...

It pours a dark orange/ amber color with a thin off white head. The aroma is dominated by a clove spice and fresh pear, in the background is caramel malt and lemon hops. The taste is very sweet with pear juice right up front, following is Belgian yeast, clove, alcohol and lots of bready malt. The beer is medium bodied with low, soft carbonation and a warming finish. I thought this was a decent beer, the texture was like juice as it warmed up and the saison yeast added a nice touch.

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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 mikereaser
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/4 inch of foam that stuck around for awhile
Interesting aroma, clove, banana, caramel malts and some pepper.
Caramel malts, very spicy, banana and clove are very strong in this beer. A bit too much for me.
Clean and crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, slightly syrupy
Its a bit too strong for me, the belgian spices are just too much to enjoy.

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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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Photo of stimulus
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into NB globe.

A: Pours a clear deep red with a one finger beige head.
S: That familiar belgian yeast aroma: cloves and fruity esters; there is also another unfamiliar fruity scent that I found on the bottle to be Asian pear juice.
T: The belgian twist is evident up front, with the spicy yeast blending in with the base caramel malts. The pear juice sits at the finish with some alcohol bite.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, but a bit harsh on the burn.
O: It tastes more or less as advertised: double Fat Tire with belgian yeast and added pear juice. The flavors do work well together, but the pear juice was something different my palate adjusted to during the course of my pour. As the last few posters have noted, I'm not sure why this has such horrible ratings, even much much worse than that of Fat Tire. It is certainly a better, more complex beer. My only qualms were with the fact that 10% abv tasted and felt like 15%.

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

I don't know what everyones problem with this beer is... Maybe that it's brewed with a non-traditional yeast, but that's what makes it unique. The beer pours a nice red color with a finger of off white head that retains and laces very well. The aroma has hints of banana, caramel and Clive spices. The taste starts caramel sweet, then has hints of banana and those spices. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and finishes clean... Definitely no hint of the high alcohol content. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark golden color with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has interesting notes of apples, pears, lemon, banana, bready malt, and saison yeast.

T: The taste is a nice mix of apples/pears, banana, sweet malt, and grapes. It is a bit overly fruity like they just dumped a lot of pear juice in the finished beer.

M: The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation and the finish is slightly dry but not as big as a real saison.

O: This is tasty if you're in the mood for a super fruity beer. Not sure if it's got all the qualities for the style but I thought it was great.

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Photo of nathanJL
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into New Belgium globe glass.
A- Copper amber color with slight head that dissipates quickly
S- Fat Tire with a belgian twist
T- Malty start with pears and a heavy alcohol bite to finish. Belgian yeast very apparent and the saison shows through
M- A bit heavy. Leaves a lingering film
O- A good beer. Not the greatest but appreciate New Belgium thinking outside the box with their Lips of Faith series

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

On tap at my work. Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a small, white head. Scent is packed with pear juice and spicy zest. Belgian yeast aromas hit the nose with a lot of fruit and spices. The taste is a little overwhelmingly sweet with all the candied fruit flavors and sweet pear juice. The Belgian yeast flavors provide a bit of balance but not much. This beer seems to be a little unbalanced and all over the place. A bit boozy too, especially as it warms up. Mouthfeel is on the medium side and a little syrupy, which kinda works to this beer's advantage IMO. Drinkability is fair, as it is overly sweet and boozy. Overall, this beer is definitely not even close to being one of my favorites in the LOF series. It is worth a try, but I will not be drinking more of this stuff.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep reddish amber with a half inch or so of head that dissipates into a thin ring of lace. A bit dark for a BSPA (if that is, indeed, what it's supposed to be) but otherwise quite nice-looking.

S- Pears and apple juice with a good dose of clove spice. Perhaps some caramel and husky grain as well.

T- Very sweet with a near-cloying apple/pear juice flavor. A rich caramel character doesn't really help matters either. Alcohol is quite evident at times, especially on the finish. Finishes with an odd, slight bitterness and lingering apple sweetness.

M- Thick, almost syrupy with a decent balancing carbonation.

This is a bit odd; I'm not sure exactly what it's trying to be. It's too dark and rich to really be a tripel or a BSPA, but it's certainly not in the Quad/BSDA category either. I don't mind oddballs, but they need to taste good. This one was overly sweet and lacked balance. Not horrible, but spend your ten bucks elsewhere.

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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 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 20ozmonkey
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -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.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.72/5  rDev -20%
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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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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