Monday, October 17, 2011

New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru



New Belgium Lips of Faith – Super Cru

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Belgian Strong Pale Ale

10.00% ABV





Commercial Description:
Our 20th Anniversary! Let's roll a bunch of New Belgium together and put it in a bottle. Start with the backbone of Fat Tire,
but double the malt and hops; Add in crisp Asian Pears, a very Belgian thing to do; and bring it to life with a Saison yeast.
It's New Belgium Super Cru from us to you!
(NewBelgium.com )

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$9.50 each

Background:
New Belgium finally arrived in our area Monday August 25. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work that Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and free New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. Well, we survived Irene and I’m down to my last New Belgium beer review.

Review:
The beer pours a clear amber with orange hues and a very rich off white head.

The nose of very pleasant with sweet caramel malts, floral hops and sweet alcohol.

OH My what a great first sip, sweet malts with an almost refreshing middle of the sip and then a warming in the chest after a sharp finish.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by an almost refreshing effervescence and tingling mouthfeel throughout the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking for such a big beer. There is little to no hesitation on the swallow. There is also another carbonation release during the swallow that masks some flavors and continues to add a refreshing aspect to the experience. The finish is fantastic with caramel malt flavors and a drying effect from the floral hops and alcohol. There is just a slight final aftertaste with sweet light malts and sweet alcohol.

One interesting aspect to this experience is a sweet malt coating that is left throughout the mouth. This is similar to a stout coating but sweeter. I find it interesting that a medium bodied beer such as this one would leave such a coating.

This beer is really opening up as it warms. We are at 67 degrees now and this is starting to taste and feel like a big beer with rich caramel malts and soothing warmth.  

I’m about half way through the second glass and I am starting to feel the alcohol effects and I don’t just mean the warmth either.

This is a completely different experience now.

I have let this last glass get to 73 degrees. It has not picked up an unpleasantness whatsoever. If fact it’s more delicious now that when it was colder and more carbonated. This is a smooth warm delectable ale; delicious to the last warm drop.  

I’m going for an A on this one; another winner from New Belgium.

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