slowrunner77 (13203) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014 Blake (398) - 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.
"amber in color, but heavy in body and flavor, with evident abv behind it while not being hot. pretty sweet smell and flavor, but a little funky from the saison yeast aswell. woody barnyard, sweet malt, dark fruit. pretty nice effort." BeerdedDave (2001) - Beckley, USA - JUL 23, 2014
cloudy amber color; spicy, fruity aroma with notes of pear; fruity Belgian yeast with spice notes and mild pear flavorr; quite easy drinking for 10% abv TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours an amber color with off-white head. Light fruits, some floral notes, and a bit of yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of wheat. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 phaleslu (10890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Randall’s. Have had it in the rot box for at least a couple years. One-time release? Anyway, it pours a cloudy orange with a small off-white head that settles quickly into a ring. Aroma of very sweet malts, bread, cookies, pears, apricots, and spices; bold Belgian character in the nose. Flavor of cookies, toasted sugar, toffee, dried apricot, and pear juice. Some phenols. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, malty, boozy mouthfeel. A bit much. I see the Fat Tire in there but it’s also buried under fruit and amped-up sweetness.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
September 2011. Bottle. Amber color with a white head. Very spicy and the yeast really shows through. It’s sweet and the balance is somewhat off. Next beer... Darwenus (1163) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2013
New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Super Cru is kind of a weird variation of Fat Tire. I don’t think I’d want it often, but it’s not bad. It pours a deep orange/tea color with not much head, and the brief suds don’t hang around. The aroma is pears and malt. The flavor is like Fat Tire but with a Belgian yeast and pear juice, which is exactly what this beer is in the first place. The pears and Belgian yeast work together well; for my money, Belgian yeast is fruity, anyway. So this combination is fine. And the extra hops give it a little bit of a tingle at the end that reminds me of a Belgian style IPA. But something here ain’t entirely right. I think it’s the malt-forward Fat Tire thing that seems to be competing with everything else. Somewhere along the line this thing passes "complex" and becomes just hyper active. I didn’t enjoy the second half of this bottle as much as the first. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Deep copper pour with off white head and lace,. Aroma of brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, B.yeast,, and warmth. Medium bodied and a bit fizzy. MacBoost (1957) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 29, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a white head that fades into a ring petty quickly. Aromas of Belgian yeasty esters, some white pepper and grape drank. Pretty hot. This is a solid malt likka. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Sampled on 4/23/2012. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a somewhat cloudy, medium orange amber color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet and, yeasty with strong hints of pears. A medium to full bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and herbal. Decent carbonation. Lots of sweet malts and some earthy hops, add to that some interesting pear flavor and add some more sweetness. It is MOST definitely a ramped up Fat Tire. Interesting taste, I think I might be sipping on this one all night, which is not a bad thing… Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet, yet there is some pear flavor to cut the sweetness at the finish.