Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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Super CruSuper Cru

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 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 SWMeyer4141
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Petrol Station...

Appearance-Body is a fairly hazy, orangey/copper body. Almost no head and minimal lacing.

Smell-Sweet, Hoppy, and slightly sour. Also lots of different fruity aromas like orange and pear juice and apple skins.

Taste-After the smell I really had no idea what to expect and it worked pretty well together. At first I had some difficulty drinking it and couldn't figure it out. Some cirus and floral hops up front and then came through an array of fruit juices followed by a sweet syrupy finish. Slight booze came through as well at the end.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, very syrupy. Carbonation was pretty low.

Overall-Interesting beer that I enjoyed alot towards the end of the drink. Interesting beer that changes alot throughout the drink. Sip it and enjoy.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a Belgian Independence Day tulip; bottling date of April 14, 2011 (“4-14-2011 110414041”) printed near the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance (4.0): Oooh, what a pretty pour! The body is the color of clover honey with a perfectly integrated haze—a hazy body cannot look better than that. Head pops up to a bit over two fingers, off-white, with fine bubbles and recedes relatively quickly to half a finger. Not a lot of lacing going on, but the body and head make up for that.

Smell (4.0): Nice yeasty spiciness, matched evenly with the sweetness of fruit juice—almost like apple juice, so I’m assuming that’s the ghost of Asian pears invading my nostrils. I like it, though. That fruity character is laced with a slightly tart funk, which nice and musty, too. Doesn’t necessarily fit the BSPA profile but personally I’m getting a kick out of it.

Taste (4.0): There is . . . a lot happening. Yeast spice (nicely integrated), some very horsey funk (much appreciated), moderate fruitiness that resembles a tangy-er* pear flavor, tart bretty characteristics that mesh with the fruit and spice surprisingly well (I don’t know how it managed to link them, but it did), and a bit of booze coursing through it all. It finishes dry and slightly grassy / herbal, but if there’s any real hop presence it’s pretty faint—this is more a product of yeast and booze. Personally, I enjoy this Belgian-inspired circus of flavors, but I understand how some people might not.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Better than average, but not by a whole hell of a lot. Carbonation is nice but subtle: smooth with very fine tingling, but not as much of a presence as I’d like—especially for the style. Body is on the thick side of medium and has a slightly syrupy quality to it, but fortunately the alcohol dries it out considerably in the finish.

Overall (4.0): If you’re going to drink this, you’d be a fool to expect a standard BSPA. Right on the bottle it says it’s a double recipe of Fat Tire, with Asian Pear juice mixed in and fermented with saison yeast (of the funky variety). Don’t expect something “to style.” If you’re looking for something interesting and different, and enjoy a bit of funk, you’re going to appreciate this beer a bit more. I applaud New Belgium’s efforts to create something unique, and I have definitely enjoyed this beer!

*First I wrote “tangier” but I thought that’d be confusing at first glance to anyone with a sense of geography.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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 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 JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Descent retention and spotty lacing. The smell was of belgian yeast funk, bananas, apples, pears, fruity esters with a biscuity malt background and spicy hop presences.

The taste was very similar to fat tire. The same biscuity malt with a touch of caramel but full of fruity belgian yeast flavors, spice, bananas, clove...and pears. Nice tart touch of pears over a malty backbone with spicy hops and fruity belgian yeast made this one an interestingly complex beer.

Creamy and smooth. Will most likely climb in complexity and richness if aged.

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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 MetalHopHead6
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Super Cru is fruity, sweet, and creamy.

It poured light amber with a massive bubbly white head that immediately dissipated. It left a good amount of lace on the glass. The smell was generally non-descript with a hint of metallic yeastiness. The flavor was very strong and good, dominated by sweet ripe pear with a slightly peppery finish. The feel was remarkably creamy with a dry finish.

Lips Of Faith Super Cru is good in a fruit-tart-with-whipped-cream kind of way.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like crisp apricot and grassy hops, with sour Belgian yeast and a bit of vinegar.
T: It tasted like crisp apricot and wild honey and grassy hops, with some sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar and a bit of vinegar. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste that was a little sour.
M: It was watery with some smooth natural carbonation. Light but refined body.
D: This was a nice BSPA with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special but easily enjoyable. Recommended fresh.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into tulip.
No head, no lacing...seems "heavy" - literally.
Smells sweet...of sugar and dried fruit.
Taste is instant raison and dried cherries...molasses and malt undertones. Its very strong and you can feel it. It feels like that little box of raisons enjoyed in my lunch bag as a child has just punched me in the a way where I'm not mad. Its a great sipping beer. I'd imagine this to be great next to a warm fire with a pipe. Save this drink until you find yourself next to that fire...pipe optional.

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Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet

A - deep golden in color, with a few amber highlights. I would describe the head as pearly white, strong, breaks down to a film quickly. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing. Very clear beer overall.

S - A fruity smell on this one - starts off with some apple, pear, and then goes to a little bit of a malty sweetness. The belgian yeast dominates the smell. Some spiciness comes through.

T - Starts off sweet, malty, some of the fat tire backbone coming through. mid-stream brings in some graininess and then a hugely spicy, early and even a bit wild yeast. Very strong yeast. Finishes with a little bit of nuttiness. After taste is fairly fruity with some alcohol warmth.

M - Light beer body and a strong carbonation. Alcohol warmth is very strong throughout.

O/D- A bit with many different flavors - not that they integrate all that well. Alcohol is super strong, both in flavor and potency.

Just a little too much going on.

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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 UnionMade
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks very much like a glass of Fat Tire, which makes sense. Maybe a bit more fiery orange, with a little bit of a haze. A finger's worth of almond colored head forms with the pour, and dies down to a thin collar quickly. Needless to say, there's no lacing. I hand wash all my glassware in cold water with the same dish soap I've been using for years, so it's not a problem on my end.
The saison yeast is readily apparent in the nose. Lots of fruit and belgian yeast spiciness atop the toasty malt backbone. Not much in the way of hops. I read on the bottle that this is brewed with those pears that look like apples, but they seem lost in the crowd amidst the heavy belgian yeast character. It seems like it was fermented really hot, with all the fruit and heady phenols, but that could just be the addition of the pears jumping into the mix. Nice and lively overall.
The flavor opens with a burst of sugary sweetness. Lots of toasty malt and caramel flavor, with flourishes of the saison yeast adding "english". The overall flavor profile migrates from heavy, fruity sweetness into a bit of peppery, vaguely sour belgian yeast spice. Remains sweet overall, but chills out enough with the spice and mild hoppage to stay within reason. The finish is heavy with sugary clove, plastic band-aid phenols and a boozy lick. The carbonation is very heavy and extra burpy at first. I left the last third of the bottle to mellow in the fridge, topped with the bent crown, for the better half of a week, and it's very soft and finely bubbled now. Too much at first, but very nice when allowed to settle out. The body is medium to heavy, light for a brew of this size, and the fresh carbonation is just too fizzy.
Feels a little heavy handed on the sweetness, but the base recipe is a pretty straightforward, 90's era "microbrew" amber ale, so I guess that makes sense. I can appreciate the tribute to the beer that built the brewery, so I'll take it for the artistic homage that it is. I enjoy a Fat Tire, and it's a lot of fun to see what happens when a flagship beer is used for inspiration in the more creative endeavors..

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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 bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light lemon yellow in appearance. Thin, whitish head with ok retention and some minimal lacing.

Bright, spicy, tart aroma with yeast, ripe bananas and lemons in the mix.

Spicy and tart apple cider hits the tongue right away and carries throughout most of the drink. Hint of lemon and pineapple. Mild yeast and banana flavor. Sweet mid-drink with a cane sugar flavor and finishes on the tart end. Plenty of alcohol warmth.

Rich, full-body with just a slight syrupy quality. Level of carbonation is somewhat high but it works well.

This is some good stuff. Very complex and intricate. Just a little too tart for my taste. Still very enjoyable.

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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 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 Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru. For their 20th Anniversary, they did something different with their familiar flagship brew, and doubled the recipe on Fat Tire amber ale, adding Asian pear juice, then re-fermenting with a saison yeast. 10 % Alcohol by volume. The end result was not received with resounding hosannas by the beer geeks and snobs at large, but from my perch at the bar, people have been loving it. I got one keg that was included in a special event last week featuring 6 Lips of Faith beers. It went back on tap tonight, and was a big hit with many. This would be my last chance to really try it, without chasing down a bottle. It'll finish out tomorrow for sure, but I've got my pour here at bar close, and away we go…

Appearance: Clear and crimson-colored, under a creamy, off-white head, 1/2" thick and long-lasting.

Aroma: wild and funky, in a mellow style, at the outset, with fruity esters beneath. floral hoppitude. Toasty malt, then distinctive, delicate pear is noted. Curious about why that chose that pear juice addition, but it does appear in the nose. Interesting. And particularly pleasant. I like it.

Taste: And it's there in spades in the flavor, drowning out the malt flavor we know from Fat Tire, which should be louder in this double-up version. Some sweetness slips in, but is tempered by the dry, spicy yeast character. Great match between malty, fruity sweetness and the spice & the hops.

And then along comes the booze, fat, juicy, leaning in on the lobes. Roaring in, pounding at the door. Very friendly and warming. However. The medium body is too meager for this assault, I can feel my defenses weakening. The uniquely tasty fruit factor is a true delight for the sense, a thrill on the tongue, but it's not enough to hold the intense 10 % alcohol barrage.
Would a lower alcohol version work better, or even be possible, following the same procedure?

It's a bit of a mixed-up mess, but experiments are gambles sometimes, and not everything is for everyone. Not perfect, not amazing, but very interesting, and tasty, for sure.

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Photo of Kromes
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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 drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Super Cru from New Belgium Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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