Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
78
okay
314 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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
Ratings:
314
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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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 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 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 breedsimpsonville
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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

A very hazy golden yellow appeared before me. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the surface throughout the session, giving it a very nice champagne like look. A big three inch high head of white fizzy foam came up immediately and then settled down to about one finger high pretty quickly.

just had the lightest of aromas. Some nice yeast though, with the essence of apples and pears coming through, a touch of apricot in the back. Some light grassy like hops floating around as well. Not bad, just too light. Definitely some grain in here to. I have seen better, though it was still decent. Not being really bad in anyway, just way too light for my tastes. There was a nice presence of fruity yeast, but you almost had to look for it, which was unfortunate. Hints of pears and apricot again, maybe some light apple. Nice bit of grainy like flavors and a touch of grass in the finish. A decent profile for sure, just way too light for me. No hint of the alcohol, which was good, but it was just rather bland.

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Photo of long4hops
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a filtered dark amber with a big fizzy head that leaves some lacing.
S - fruity, yeasty and hint of tingly tart.
T - definitely fruity but I can't quite call it a pear. A midly tart background from the saison yeast.
M - medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.
D - quite easy drinking for something at 10%abv.

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Photo of sudsy2drunk
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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 Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of PlinytheFarter
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of cosmicslop
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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