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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:
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Added by daledeee on 04-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,155
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
314
pDev:
16.03%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Alpar
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of gatornation
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a clear copper color with next to no head a small film of a collar

S- was yeast and tart fruit,bubblegum,some malt

T- was worse then the nose it was a funky yeast with tart ripe fruit with a brandy finish

M- was light carbonation with alcohol and tart fruit

O- wont try this one again one and done,,just had a brandy and fruit taste to me with no character just a mess

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Photo of ejyoung
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear amber color with a small off white head. Head falls to just a minor ring around the glass pretty quickly.

Nose is of Belgian yeast, a malt aroma similar to Fat Tire (as expected), tart apples, and a bit of pear. The yeast smell is a little strong for me.

Tons of yeast in the taste with pear and apple. Some saison-like pepper flavor as well with other earthy-type spices. I'm not sure the pear really works with the yeast used. At the very end I get a slight hint of the biscuit malt used in Fat Tire.

Light body with fairly light carbonation.

This sounded great, but I was disappointed. Flavors did not meld well together and it is somewhat astringent.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bomber purchased for roughly $10. poured into wine glass

look is a cloudy amber gold with a small film(the head of the beer). smell is ripe fruit, pears, apple bubble gum, yeast. taste is over-ripe fruit, more apple and pear, sweet candied malts, hops are lost in the translation. alcohol is hidden well for 10%

well made but not my style. if you enjoyed baltika #9, you'll love this

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Photo of SpdKilz
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a clear amber color into a generic tulip. About a finger and a half of slightly off white head is achieved with a vigorous pour, which dissipates fast leaving slight lacing.

Smell – You can smell the pear, yeast, slight bready malts, etc. Similar to a normal Fat Tire but with pear juice added.

Tate – Yikes. Damn my phone for not getting reception when I bought this beer (I was going to look at the reviews on BA obviously). This is a hot mess. Lots of fruits but the yeast used is nasty. The fruit “juice” becomes cloying after the third sip, and my throat is burning from the alcohol. Oh, and of course tones of bready malts. Yuck.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lighter carbonation, somewhat slick Mouthfeel.

Overall – Worst $10 ever. I know the store I was at was a bit pricy in general, but I wouldn’t buy this if it was three bucks a bomber. Just not a very good beer, plain and simple.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from bomber into Nebraska Brewing Co. Ale Nation glass.

Poured dark amber with a one finger white foamy head with little to no lacing on the glass. There is a definite and distinctive smell produced from the use of the Belgian yeast and the sweet smell from fruits such as pears and a hint of banana. The taste is very sweet up front with a bubble gum like flavor along with the pears coming through faintly and, once again, definite prominence of the flavor produced through the specific yeast strain. There is also some mellow spice I can't quite pick up on. The mouthfeel provides a small amount of air from low carbonation, but smooth. Overall this beer is a little too funky for me and at 10% alcohol plus the size of the beer I can tell it is going to take me awhile to put it down.

Hope you can enjoy more than
I did

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Photo of claytong
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

im not sure id buy any of the lips of faith series that i can find in stores now. got this one on tap at the tasting room for free. it was my fourth or fifth 4 oz drink so i didnt feel the alcohol or some other tastes as well as i shouldve.

dark dark amber with a soda like head.

smells of fruit, taste like fruit juice. very light.

mouthfeel is similar to a decent soda with alochol added

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Photo of holden303
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a translucent amber orange with a finger of head that slightly dissipates leaving a full coating across the glass. Strong carbonation coming from the middle of the glass and just trickling up at the sides. Tight thin bubbles.

S: Smells of belgian yeast, some fruit and bread. The smell is not overpowering. Not sure I'm picking up any pear juice in the nose.

T: Ooo this beer just took a turn for the worse. Lots of malt, and yeast, in fact too much almost as it overpowers the beer. Has a bit of an off flavor which I don't know what it is.

M: Moderate to heavy carbonation, bubbles continue coming up rapidly throughout the entirety of the beer. Finish is dry, coats your mouth with a stickyness of malt.

O: I don't know what New Belgium was thinking, this is their 20th anniversary beer? I was sooo excited for this beer, as New Belgium makes some amazing lips of faith beers, but I feel like they could've done something more special for their anniversary. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad beer, definitely not a drain pour or anything, I just was expecting more. I'll finish the bomber but that will probably be the last time I have this beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Rustico Alexandria during New Belgium's launch party yesterday. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderately-dark golden color with a good white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down.

The nose says that this was fermented improperly for the style. Far too much bubble gum and banana, making it seem more like an imperial hefeweizen. Flavor suffers from the same faults.

Feel is off from the yeast character. Otherwise, too full and not crisp enough.

Decent and not terrible, but not something I would have again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date illegible.

A: pours orange with under a single finger of off white head. this quickly dissipates to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace. Excellent clarity.

S: Belgian yeast, apple meat, slightest hint of pear, honestly if I didn't know there was pear here I wouldn't have guessed it. The yeast profile is sweet and has some banana tones.

T: Sweet, wheaty, yeasty. Really yeasty to me. the pear juice is much more evident through here, but not really a good addition to this beer IMO.

M: Moderate body with medium to hi carbonation.

O: Well, it's beer. But the yeast is overbearing and does not allow the juice to come through to the extent I hope they intended. with a really sweet malt profile and no alcohol burn, this beer becomes lop-sided in favor of decadence vs drinkability.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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 RickS95
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It pours a rich looking faded copper orange color. It's not a clear beer at all, unless it's just a chilled haze I'm seeing. Very cloudy. There is no head whatsoever. A few bubbles are up top, but it's hard to call this a head. Too bad too because it's a very rich looking pale ale style beer.

Something gives this an odd smell. It's not a bad smell, but it's very odd. It could be the pear juice, but I think it's the Belgian yeast. It's funky smelling. More than anything, with the high ABV and fruit juice, it smells like a cocktail.

I always try to explain to people that aren't craft beer fans that fruity beers aren't necessarily normal beers with fruit juice added. Unfortunately, this is exactly that. It's basically a mediocre beer with fruit juice added. Because of that, the flavors don't work well together, they kind of cause problems.

Sometimes a lot of different ingredients, scents, flavors provide complexity. This doesn't. There's no cohesion. It's sweet, very tart, bitter, warming, but each of those feels tries to be the star instead of working together. Very similar to some krieks that I've almost had to pour down the drain.

A bit too funky for me. Nothing works, lots of rough edges. Not smooth. Rough around the edges.

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Photo of mothman
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a finger of beige head. decent retention. Color is a clear pale gold.

Aroma: Grape skins and tannins. Bananas and some other mixed fruits. Bready malts. Some coriander and dry spice. Yeasty and Belgian flavored. A touch of booze.

Taste: Bready and biscuit flavored. Baked bread and yeast. Bananas, cloves, coriander, and a mix of dry spices. Tannins and other fruits. Very Belgian flavored. Too much booze.

Mouthfeel: Boozy yet smooth and dry. An odd texture. Too dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bad aftertaste that lingers on.

Overall, okay, but not something I would drink again. Just not that tasty for being what it is and the abv it's at.

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Photo of Desaparecido
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Crackerroll
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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