Super Cru | New Belgium Brewing

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Super CruSuper Cru

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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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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%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A one finger beige head forms. The foam recedes in a second. A small ring sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malts. Dark fruits of raisins and figs. Light tart fruits of apples. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet candy malts, and dark fruits. A bit more of a tart apple flavor. Some yeast and wood lingers. I like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Well carbonated, creamy and smooth. Easy and smooth to drink. A very good sipper.

Very enjoyable, and well done. Not much of a pale ale, but very good none the less. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced and accessible anniversary brew.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Red and orange Lips of Faith branding with the image of NB´s bike. Side paragraphs notes anniversary occasion, and main characteristics. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a fair bubbly head, medium retention with moderate surface memory and lacing.

S - Gentle nose with sweet touches of honey, fruity (the Asian pear juice?) caramel and a light sense of yeast.

T - Flavor follows without much of a definition in the fruity sense. It is still pleasing nevertheless. Caramel and light yeast, touches of bready malts, with a faint hint of spices.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice sense of alcohol integration.

O - Pleasing and approachable ale.

Notes: Nothing to write home about but pretty pleasing, it is a notch above common offerings and it flows pretty well as a more elaborate brew for people not so familiar with craft brews, and as a step to entice them into more complex brews. In that context, socially, it might be worth the repeat…

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a splashy, but limited, head of foam; quite a few strands of lacing

Smell: Shortbread and pear juice

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors dominate the front end, with the pear juice building into the middle; spicy yeast phenols dominate the finish; bringing a peppery and slightly herbal character; caramel joins the malt bill, in the finish, but there is also a surprising degree of tartness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A couple of years in the bottle have tamed down this beer but I can't help but imagine that it would have been better had it started out with a lower opening gravity

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the opportunity

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at the other reviews, I think this is about to become my new high rDev beer. Why all the hate? This is good stuff! Served from a bomber in a Budweiser Signature glass.

The beer pours amber with deep red tones, somewhat like a Fat Tire with a beautifully fluffy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing and a layer of foam on top of the glass all the way through.

This beer smells like apples and Unibroue yeast. The apples aren't overwhelming and I love Unibroue... so this scores good points with me.

The taste is fruity, round and smooth. Some of the Unibroue spice with an added small peppery kick thrown at the end. The beer is maybe a bit sweet... and that builds... but I really can't complain. Much lighter than the 10% ABV.

This blend of all things New Belgium (except for the beautiful sour wing... why no Love?). It works darned well in my opinion.

Edit: Gets solventy as it warms and loses some flavor. Drink it cold. Points docked accordingly. It was great initially!

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Con-a-sewer
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at bc's pizza and beer in Clovis ca

A: very pretty amber luster 1finger of head only a little lacing

S: fermented juicy juice!

t: herbal fruity, very wine like, hops linger in the back but present lots of alcohol

m: not quite a sipper but not a pounder and I like the carbonation reminded me of sparkling wine

O: I think I see what they are doing with this beer it's a of beat ale that plays with the pallet but enjoyable but not sessionable

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