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

So, this ale isn't pale. Didn't expect it to be. Looks just like Fat Tire, amber, small head, no lace.
Smells like Fat Tire. A slight hint of Belgian yeast. No pear in the smell.
The taste is surprisingly light for a 10% double red, BPA. Pale malts, caramel, a bit too much yeast. Middle of the road BPA taste. Still no pear.
Not that great, but not a drain-pour. Can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it.

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


A: A single fingered soapy off white head formed atop this copper colored brew displaying little retention and no lacing.

S: Cherries, pear, dark fruits like raisons, malts and yeast. Good smells, just subtle in nature.

T: Better than anticipated, especially up front. I noticed the pear was far more noticeable than the scent led me to believe, it was paired with subtle hints of cherry. Malts and some hops follow and fade to an boozy unpleasant finish. Aftertaste really killed this otherwise tasty brew.

M: Medium bodied, burn from the alcohol is mild, but the medicated following wasn't.

O: The good of this beer just doesn't overcome its failings.

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Photo of goldbot
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours somewhere between copper and amber with plenty of active carbonation and thinnish, cream-colored head. The aroma is malty up front; lots of caramel and toffee notes. Sweet, fruity notes come up after - apple (or pear, I suppose), a touch of cherry, slight citrus fruit. The flavor is very sweet right away - lots of caramel and fruit notes - strong pear and cherry notes, turning a bit sourish with a touch of hops coming in at the end along with a hint of yeasty spice notes. A very full body from the intense sweetness; the carbonation helps lighten it up a bit but not nearly enough.

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Photo of joek440
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden orange appearance with a thin layer of white head.

S - Very complex smell - hits immediately with sweet and fruity scents - citrus, pear, pineapple.

T - Mix of the fruit/pear flavor with hops and alcohol (not a surprise considering the ABV). Very tart and complex but the balance isn't there for me.

M - Smooth up front with carbonated finish

O - The fruit notes are definitely present in this one throughout the beer. The tartness was a bit too much and the blend of fruits with the hops didn't balance well. Did not notice the malt flavor which may have helped take away some of the tart.

(reviewed 10/23)

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Photo of phishsihq
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20th Anniversary Ale, aged 1 year, enjoyed on New Belgium's 21st Birthday!

SuperCru pours a clear, ruby color, and is capped a light, off-white head that provides spotty lacing. A fruity nose, mostly pear, mixes well with some roasty malt notes. A high level level of sweet malt, along with some roastiness, is followed by sweetness from the pear juice, and finishes somewhat dry with hints of alcohol lingering. Moderately carbonated, SuperCru is medium in body.

Happy 21st!

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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 seeswo
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/amber color, super clear and clean, with a nice big tan head. The nose is big saison yeast, complimented with a touch of sweet apple, pear, and biscuit malt. Nothing too impressive. The flavor is sweet with big flavors of apple and pear. That biscuit malt flavor from fat tire is present as well as a bit of spice and that saison yeastiness. Its kinda like a really sweet, fruitier version of fat tire, missing just a bit of that richness. The mouthfeel is nice, with good, not too aggressive carbonation and a sweet, but not overly coating finish. Overall, this I not quite what I expected, and yet I am not sure how it would have worked otherwise. The sweetness could be toned down a touch and replaced with more of that signature rich malt flavor from fat tire. But I'm nitpicking. I though this beer was alright and am somewhat surprised by the average score.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass...

A - Pours a clear copper orange color with a thick, but quickly dissipating, bubbly head. No noticeable lacing.

S - Fragrant nose with notes of yeast, the Asian pear juice, and sweetness.

T - Sweetness and fruitiness (the pear juice) dominate. Light yeast and other spices/malts. Can taste a bit of the alcohol in the background. It's perhaps a little too sweet.

M - Nice carbonation, medium bodied...a little bit of heat in the aftertaste and it sits a little sweet on the tongue.

I thought the Super Cru was an average offering. It's distinctive in flavor, but not very special in delivery. It's a little too sweet and while I like the idea of the pear juice, I wasn't quite as big a fan of the execution here. Would I drink it again? Yes. Would I necessarily request it or reach for it...not so much. An interesting idea that went a little unrealized.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the "double Fat Tire" as I was told. In the end, yes that what it is, but a put sour and fruity.

Dark glossy light brown, ruby highlights and amber. Dense head and some lacing.

Aroma is chalk full of caramel and other malts, some earthy spices and herbs, pepper and pear. Slight tartness comes through

Yeah, tartness is a good word for the flavor too. Almost too much so. The pear is overripe or something. I've had Asian pears and these in this here beer are past their prime. Or perhaps they don't blend well with the yeast or malt. I don't know, but it doesn't quite work out. The malt is firm and rich, but then turns a bit sour. Is this a sour ale? It misses on the BSPA style for me.

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Photo of evanlarkin
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Under 2 fingers of head, which disappeared completely before I actually took my first sip. Clear golden amber color actually looks very nice.

Sweet malt, a bit of pear, a bit of apple, tiny hint of banana. I would definitely describe it as more fruity than hoppy, and a little tart. It kind of reminds me of a belgian beer.

Yes, the fruit still comes through strong. Semi-sweet, but not as sweet as I had come to expect. Not tart at all. Very far from bitter, and definitely smooth. It has an aftertaste which just makes me think of a saison with a little black pepper or chile. It's an interesting taste to be sure.

Not stepping into any new grounds here. Just a bit of heat, doesn't coat the mouth, but lingers for a little while. Medium or so carbonation.

A solid beer in my opinion. It's not going to make it's way onto my favorites list, and at the price I probably won't buy it again. However, I don't regret spending the money to try it.

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Photo of Doodler
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Beautiful copper red pour with a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly. Descripted as Fat Tire as the base with Asain pear juice, it has the maltiness of Fat Tire on the aroma, along with a added belgian yeast characteristic. Mildly carbonated, touches of caramel and yeasty flavors and an interesting fruit sweetness. Has a sticky malt finish. My wife is a big Fat Tire fan, but found this one too bready for her taste. As a belgian beer fan, I thought it was an improvement..

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Photo of daledeee
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new beer to Iowa. So far, I have liked the Lips of Faith Series.

A 22oz bomber poured into my large wine glass. I got a nice bright brown with off white head. The head left no lace and went away to no head.

Nose is fruit, spice, earth and alcohol.

Taste is malty, sweet, fruity, yeast and some spice. This is a "hot" beer with in your face alcohol. Overall I can only say average. It will probably be better if it is aged.

NOTE: I could not find the classification of this beer; so I used my best judgement, if someone else has a better idea please feel free to change.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a reddish amber color with a white head which is short lived. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, with pear, banana, some sweet malts. The feel is medium higher carbonation. The taste leaves a little bit to be desired, a little sour taste, pear, sweet malts, definite alcohol taste/burn.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright golden copper body with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a thin white ring. smells like bready biscuit malts, pear juice, yeast and spice. the bottle says they started with fat tire and doubled the malts, and that's what it tastes like. big bready flavor with pear and spice. hops are fairly well hidden. mouthfeel starts heavy with all the bread flavor but finishes softer and smooth with a creamy feel. has decent carbonation and a dry finish with hints of spice. overall i would say i'm not impressed and probably wont buy this again.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a burnt glowing orange with a thin cream colored head.

S - such a strange smell. Heavily fruited with a layer of bready malt underneath.

T - not so good. Very gainy and pretty stale. Its got a bad after taste.

M - light to medium body with medium to heavy carbonation.

O - this might be the worst new Belgium beer I've had. I don't know what else to say.

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

OK, I must admit, I am so hooked on Le Terroir that I am just picking up the Lips Of Faith series rather blindly now. It sucks to see that this beer has had some pretty poor reviews, but I don't care...I'm going into this one with an open mind. I don't normally look at the score, but this one was surprisingly low that I couldn't help but notice. Anyway, let's "light this candle":

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear to maybe slightly hazy reddish orange with a small 1/4" head of off-white bubbles that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising at first, and after a minute you could tell that the alcohol was starting to take it out. After swirling and drinking, there is a little bit of lace on the glass that sticks about 1/4" above the beer and then fades back down.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean with some obvious belgian yeast character and some hops and already evident alcohol. There are some toasty notes from the malt, but the hops and alcohol are king in this beer. It is already obvious that this beer was intended to cellar for quite a while and is currently pretty green.

Taste: The flavor follows along with the aroma pretty closely except that the Belgian yeast character is a whole lot more pronounced in the flavor. There is clearly bubble-gum in the flavor that I truly didn't get in the aroma. The flavor is pretty thin for such a big beer, and it comes across as medium bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is balanced with the alcohol being as big of a player as anything.

Opinion: Again, I am certain that this beer was just sold early as you really can't condition a beer this big long enough at the brewery. I would not deter you from getting this beer as about 5 years in a cool cellar (or refrigerator) would do wonders for it. As it is, it is a bit hard to drink. The yeast is just too strong and is not playing well with the rest of the beer. As it is, I will be scoring this one a bit low too, but I am taking in mind the potential that this beer has too. There are no fermentation flaws to kick it out except maybe that the yeast ran a bit hot for my taste, but this will soften with age too.

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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 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 SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber colour with a slightly off white head. Decent head retention; lacing is weak.

Smell is light clove and slightly metallic.

Flavour is lightly spiced with a touch of light fruits, and again, slightly metallic. Not a terrible attempt at the style, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is a bit light with very low carbonation. Very forgettable.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Frothy white head with a nice mixture of large and small bubbles sits atop a hazy dark, muddled orange (dark honey) colored beer. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S: Immediately I get that really bread-like yeast characteristic on the nose. A small sour-like component, maybe Brett? I don't think this is supposed to be a sour though. Finally, I get a hard candy scent, like a Jolly Rancher. If anything, the aroma is good, but defiantly confusing.

T: This beer keeps getting stranger. It has a saison quality to it, sort of barnyard-like - probably from the yeast. Fresh fruit on the mid-palate though the finish where another funky characteristic takes charge. I have no experience with this, but I'd say it's 'peaty' or 'mossy', like some whiskies. Very strange indeed.

M: This is a thin beer - light body, which is incredibly surprising, and the carbonation is on the low side as well.

D: This beer hides the alcohol better than any that I have ever had. When you begin to feel it, it's too late. Whether that is well done on the brewer's part or not is up to the end-user.

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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 metter98
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with thin lacing on the surface that completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of candi sugars in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of candi sugar with notes of yeast and hints of pears and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that easy to drink and needs to be sipped very slowly given its strong flavors and high alcohol content.

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Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ThoreauLikeAGirl for sharing a bottle of LoF Super Cru.

A pale amber with a lemon ice colored head. The belgian yeast dominates the nose with a ittle bit of crushed pear. Lots of asian pear on the palette. The beer is fairly smooth with a nice fruitiness and light body. The juicy pear finish is sweet and hides the high alcohol well. Certainly tasty and not deserving of the C rating imo.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice amberish color with light orange hues when held to the light. Two finger off white head shows good retention. Thick collars of lace left on the both the glass and the beer itself.

S- Bready notes come right off the bat with a hint of banana to it. This banana in turn begins to change to a green apple aroma toward the middle of the beer. Some of the Fat Tire tootsie roll malt base shows up toward the middle of the aroma but it is short lived. Pear juice and hot alcohol come out in the ending of the aroma which gives this a interesting off balance in a good way though.

T- Biscuity malts in the front of the beer come through at first with a hint of green apple to me. The belgian yeast does its thing next showing off banana and light clove leading up to the middle. This is where it kind of goes on the decline a little with the damn New Belgium tootsie roll malt. Toward the ending of the beer the pear juice rolls out and gives a nice different flavor that completely changes the beer itself. Alcohol heat in the ending is very dominate in the final seconds of this beer kind of killing off all other flaovrs.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little over the top for the style I thought. Pear juice, belgian yeast, and light tootsie roll are left on the palate. Aftertaste is hot alcohol, pear juice, and hints of belgian yeast. Flavors were not really balanced making this taste like a three part beer. No real off flavors were present just a high alcohol heat on the backend and unblending of the overall flavors. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was not my favorite from New Belgium yet it is also not the worst thing I have had from them. They are a company that is a love and hate thing for me in the Lips of Faith department. I wish they would stray away from the tootsie roll malt that seems to be their base as it messes up too many of their LoF beers. Other than that I didn't mind the two or three step beer that I poured. The ABV makes it a little hard to drink a full 22oz but I think the blending could have been done a little better as well.

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