dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is acidic with some rose petal. Surprisingly light on the tongue but moving into a sugary and spiced finish with more than enough alcohol bite. Not bad, but I think "cru" is too strong a word in this case.
wxman (1322) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear pale amber with a full off white head. Has a sweet cherry and spice aroma. Taste is smooth and unaccertive with a slightly sour berry flavor and a mild tartness, but not much else. Well balanced, but nothing noteworthy. This is OK/good, but not anything special. Alcohol warmth comes through after the swallow. If you like something smooth and inoffensive that will get you over the line fairly quickly, I recommend this. It is however, pricey for the amount of taste you get.
HonkeyBra (3050) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle. Basically a typically amber pour with the only head expressed as a ring around the glass. Aroma of pear juice and fruity esters, some mild cracker malts. Flavor is mostly pear juice. Strong yeasty esters. Bordering on cloying, the flavor is way too sweet. Slight doughy crackery impressions. Mouthfeel is way to thin. Overall, not very impressive. Kind of a bummer, actually.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I had such high hopes. I mean a Cru...with pears...from New Belgium...as part of their Lips of Faith? Count me in! Yet, here I was, finding it on draught, and all I wanted to do was pour it down the drain. The aroma is slightly spicy, but mostly sugars and slight fruit aromas. The taste is just what let me down, so overwhelmingly malty and sweet, the beer starts ok, but ends with nothing but nectars and pear juice. Not sour, not tasty, not what I expected from New Belgium.
beersearcher (2264) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a reddish orange. Belgian triple smell. Taste is big on the Asian pear followed by big hits of alcohol. Pretty astringent and acidic too. Kind of a harsh beer.
Nikiel (860) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle with Andrew, Carla and Nathan. Pours a very pretty pink/purple with almost no foam. Smells sweet and lightly sour with hints of pear, sour apple and grapes. Tastes sour/bitter with hints of corriander, tart apple.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Salt. Double fat tire huh? That should tell you all you need to know about this beer. Bready and sweet belgian yeast and fat-tire malt dominate. Too sweet. Eh at best, blah at worst.
Oscbert (961) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Sour apple/pear aroma with yeasty spiciness.
~pours clear amber with no head.
~Yeasty spicy flavor with a touch of tartness and biscuity maltiness.
~Med bodied, med CO2, dry yeasty spice finish.
~Enjoyable brew. I really liked the sour aroma.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2011
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Why does the ticker in me keep getting tempted by new yet, terrible New Belgium beers?... a clear dark body, a light tan head thatís gone fast, watery.... the nose is beyond bad, vomit and tea with herbs, yummy... the taste thankfully isnít as bad, but its nothing I would drink, hibiscus, with light peach juice, this is to sweet but does hide the 10% nicely... donít bother
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown pour. aroma is sweet, caramel, brown sugar, agave nectar. Flavor is sweet, light caramel, very light hops, sweet malt, ripe stone fruit, golden raisins.