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Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-10-2003)
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Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red color. Small, quickly diminishing head. Aroma is intense cherry (near cough syrup at first). A medium bodied kriek/lambic. Cheery flavor very evident and pronounced. Yet, its very clean and neither too sweet or too sour. There are also touches of wood and oak. I look at this beer as sort of a transitional kriek, it somewhere between a very fruity and sweet Lambic (like Lindamans) and a really tart Lambic Like Oud Beersel. Interesting beer. Worth a taste, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

beerguy101, Mar 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A perfect shade of red and very clear. The head was almost non-existent, which is often the case with this style.

Smell – The cherries jump out right away here. There’s a faint sour aroma as well.

Taste – The cherries step back a bit at the taste, allowing the sour flavor to come out a little more. This is well-balanced and tart with a subtle horsy taste at the end.

Mouthfeel – I don’t see any carbonation, but this one is light and tickling on the tongue. It will also pucker those cheeks in.

Drinkability – I popped this one in the middle of the day and it went down quite well. I’m not a big fan of the style but this offering by New Belgium seemed to do the job.

RoyalT, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, I love New Belgium bottles. Pours a somewhat chill-hazed, bright reddish-orange colored beer, topped with a pink hued foaming white head with ample lace and stick to the glass.

Soft cherry juice in the aroma with suggestions of a tart flavor.

And tart it is, but not overpowering like other Kriek Lambics. It's a bit tangy with quick citric character of lime and young cherries. Just enough lip-smacking tartness to keep you interested. Hints of juicy cherry flavors. Light hop petal rawness and roughness on the palate. Hints of floral and milky pith sap. Drying finish with a lingering cedar wood character, way back there, and aspirin.

The info from the label states that this creation began in wooden (cedar) vessels at Brouwerij Boon, was treated as a Lambic, then fresh cherries were added. After this it made the journey to New Belgium, where they performed some final magic.

It's a refreshing beer, perhaps not as loud as other Kriek Lambics, but still rather tasty and an interesting effort by New Belgium to introduce the style to the US, from an American brewer.

Todd, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Kriek poured a clear cherry red with a pretty insignificant fizzy head that quickly went to a thin skin. It had a strong cherry smell, with some sour hints. Nice tart cherry taste with a sour finish. The taste becomes smoother as it warms with a more pronounced sour taste. Even taking into account the sourness, this is a very drinkable beer.

Beaver13, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of tjthresh
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up when I visited Devner for the 03 GABF.

Clear, cherry red. If you are quick enough to catch it, there is a pink head.

This thing smells real good. Tart cherries.

The tast is hard for me to handle. The cherry is there, but the sour hit me like a ton of bricks. I just don't care too much for it.

Light to medium body. Lack of carbonatoin give the preception of a fuller body.

This beer may be for some people, but not me.

tjthresh, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of kingcrowing
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very bright red with a small pink head. Nose is cherries and a bit of tart sweetness.

Taste is tart but it's set off by the cherry sweetness. It's pretty easy drinking and tasty not not too harsh for a new sour drinker. Very approachable and tasty.

kingcrowing, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for the first time this week while vacationing in Beaver Creek and had to try it.

It poured a beautiful deep raspberry-rose color with a foamy pink head, erupting with a lovely aroma of cherries with a wheatish soul. Soft in the mouth and a bit tart, this is a new favorite. Taste is full of wonderful sour cherries with a distinct lambic character (courtesy of Brouwerij Boon) with a tart, dry finish.

Not nearly as sweet as it smells, this is a wonderful change of pace, and is pretty drinkable. Yummy, different, wonderful.

RockyTopHeel, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-pinkish hue with a light, bubbly, white head. Poured mine into a wine glass due to lack of goblets at my parents' house. Sweet, candyish aroma of cherry soda and confectioner's sugar. Unfortunately, the beautiful aroma is the best thing about this beer. The palate yields a sourish, bitter lambic taste up front, muted by the sweetness of the cherries towards the finish. Sourness lingers on the tongue. Very thin mouthfeel, carbonation almost evaporates in the mouth. Nice, interesting, and a great concept, but ultimately you'll be better off drinking a true Belgian lambic.

ElGordo, May 18, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting brew! It pours very red with a slight brown hue to it (looks kind of like cough syrup). There is little foam to speak of, just some residual bubbles forming around the edge of the glass. There is a very thick cherry and woody aroma. But there is something odd about the smell that I can't quite place my finger on, not bad just different. The taste is obviosly heavy on the cherries. Its sweet at the begining of the sip but ends somewhat tart. Slightly bitter with a little bit of a cedae/sprucy spiciness to it. This beer is somethingworth checking out if you like the ocassional fruit beer.

Elemental, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours red baby. red red red. with a pinkish head/lace. aromas of sour cherries, but not overpowering. the flavor is most def. cherries. tart and tangy, puckering cherries. cherries surfin a wave of grassy barnyard flavor. a tad acidic. crisp and well carbonated, lively in the mouth. it is different and i grabbed it on a whim. a once in awhile treat that i dont long for, but is welcomed any time it rears its head. i dig it.

$8 for a 4 pack.

DESTRO, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin reddish-purple hue, not as deep in shade as I expected, a smattering of bubbles dotted the top of the beer. Lovely looking but I was expecting more. The nose is lush with ripe cherries, both sweet and tart, similar to cheery pie. The potency is modest but a mouthwatering invitation is released nevertheless. The cherry flavor is prevailing upfront; a strong tart sensation sweeps it away in the middle, the biting acidity cleanses the palate with a dry furry. The finish is sharp, swift, and ultimately empty with only kisses of woody-almonds. The aftermath is dry; I’m refreshed yet parched. I was a bit underwhelmed as I leisurely quaffed it. The cherry sensation did seem to last a bit longer on the tongue after every subsequent sip but I never got the full-flavor taste I was expecting from an “Epic Blend.” The body was medium and hinted a being fuller than it actually was, a low, natural, distant carbonation helped fool my senses. I laud New Belgium for taking on such an endeavor and I’m thankful for Fat Tire’s popularity for making this financially possible. But I was not trilled with Transatlantique. I assumed NB would brew a knockout Kriek and, in my opinion, they did not. It is above-average and quite good but maybe not worth the $10 I paid for the four-pack in Lincoln.

bditty187, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Imbiber
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle in The Blind Tiger, Manhattan. Best before 19 May 2004.

Deep red in colour, perfectly clear, little and disappearing head. Good aroma of intense marzipan and fruit intertwined, a bit like drinking beer in a fruit pie factory.

Flavour was initially quite dry and of cherries, the dryness was not quite what I was expecting as the aroma suggested a sweeter beer. A moment after the initial dryness, the cherries and a balancing sweetness came through, but the beer remained largely dry to the finish.

Imbiber, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BKotch, Yesterday at 11:38 PM
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish hazy color beer with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is limited to some sour cherry. Taste is quite simply the Boon Kriek with something else (I guess I should call it the NB ale) added that seems to offset some of the sourness. I thought the idea of mixing lambic with another ale was something new and was looking forward to this experience. After trying this, I wondering if maybe we shouldn’t touch or tamper those wonderful lambic. Overall, this is not bad but doesn’t bring anything new to Boon Kriek.

Phyl21ca, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried this side by side with a 22 from the current batch ... Reviewed from notes... Eric .. thanks for setting me up on this, Christ, I'm just glad I wasn't rude to the guy who traded you this one :-)

'03 batch.. best by May 19th, 2004

Color is more amber... pale tan head.

Nose is like a cherry cough drop... like Kasteel Rouge...

Flavor has a ton of cherry in it.. sweet cherries.... dusty balsa wood... whaffs of funk... finish is lingering cherry... good carbonation and body... simply amazed this held up this well.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

+++

'09 Current Batch

pale pink head... strawberry soda color... the brew is a pinkish amber.

Nose is lightly funky.. mildly lactic with only a little cherry.

More cherry than the aroma with very very dry finish that has a sorta artificial cherry note to it.

Lite body and fairly abundant carbonation.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/3

JohnGalt1, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of lou91
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great concept in brewing! This beer poured very still and had a reddish pink color. The nose was outstanding. The taste is crisp, tart with the cherry flavors cleary evident. The biggest problem with this beer was that it is a bit thin with the flavors fleeting unlike the usual Boon lambics. For those who are interested in the style this is a good baby step for the true lambics. It was also kind of pricey at 10.00 per 4 pack at whole foods berkeley.

lou91, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color as it spills from the bottle a translucent ruby color, the head is creamy and moderate in size also a quite attractive light pink in color, the lace after decomposition of the head a silky sheet to cover the glass. Sweet cherry like nose, nice malt under layment, fresh and quite appealing, reminds me of a “Cherry Coke” from by gone years, start is sweet and nicely malted, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is disciplined in its acidity, the hops meek and pleasant, Lambic tart, cherry flavor last to the very end, desert dry and quite a nice change of pace, like “Mikey”, I think I like it!

Gusler, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Rastacouere
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Raindog for the first of an awesome package Very red body with a light haze: "Rose Bonbon" as we say in french. Dirty red head with pink reflects. Aroma is totally on the sweet side, uni-dimensional sweet tiny field cherries which could be better expressed, but in the end feel like powder sugar. Taste is mostly about sweet cherries, so much that it gets almost medicinal and then just before swallowing, there seems to be an empty moment. Finish is more fruity sweetness and not too complex. Powdery thin body displaying low carbonation come and accentuate even more the little "bland besides the cherries" aspect and makes me wish for a touch of wood or more acidity. Inferior to the sum of its parts...

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Lupe
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cranberry-red color with a very small white head. Aroma of sour cherries jumps out while being poured. Hints of woodiness accompany the tantalizing cherry aroma. Flavor reminds me of cherry cough syrup. This is a problem since I despise cherry flavored cough syrup. Finishes dry and alcoholic. Light and spritzy on the tounge. I have enjoyed other kriek lambics, but I can not get past the cough syrup flavor in this one.

Lupe, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of MinorThreat
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

MinorThreat, May 16, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-brown in color, with a small, but persistent off-white head, and abundant broken lacing. The carbonation is slight, with a few small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Rich aroma of dark cherries, barnyard, and earth, with much of the character of a Belgian lambic.

Taste: Sharply tart at the open, with sour cherries dominating the taste, midway through the taste, a moderate citric note, more like bitter lime than lemon. Finishes rather dry with a moderate medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted lambic, I regret that this fine example is no longer available, but I am pleased that I had the opportunity to try it.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of gbontrag
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the appearance; cherry wood with a lacey covering.
smells of a cherry tree in a bottle. It's got a little earthiness, some tannic tree bark, leaf, blossoms, fruit...
I like the effervescence that brings the aroma of cherries all over the palate. A bit of fresh cherry sourness. This really settles down to tasting like Cherry Mash-a great candy by the way. A dry, sparking finish. And then there's the cherry pits, and the bitter almond, or apricot kernels. I really am delighted with this. I enjoyed it much better then I first remembered it.

gbontrag, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of utfiero
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color- rosy red. Very light carbonation. Strong aroma of cherries. Dry, unsweetened lambic with good body. Has a dark cherry finish. Good on a hot summer evening, but only one. Although a lambic, it's totally different from Lindeman's sweet lambic. From the makers of Fat Tire, here's what the company says- "In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brouwerij Boon of Belgium are pleased to announce the release of Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries and blended with an original New Belgium brew. The kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon's brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boon's offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the palate of New Belgium's Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden ale to round out the light-bodied kriek. The resulting beer weighs in at 6.3% alcohol by volume. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouth feel bright and delightfully tingly. Transatlantique Kriek will be available in four-packs throughout New Belgium's area of distribution this fall." Tasted February 2004.

utfiero, May 22, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

There's something about the sheer ingenuity of this beer that should dictate some sort of base score. Brewery collaboration to create a Trans-Atlantic beer? NBB have always been about the utopia, baby.

This beer came from the tap a hallucinogenic version of cherry cough syrup. No head except upon agitation, after this a good lace remained.

The nose was akin to cherry pie filing. There's a little sourness here, but not like the usual Lambic. Cherry cough syrup is all you can't help but remember as you speed back to past youth.

This beer was some sort of guilty pleasure to me. I felt like 90% of the elements of it didn't work, but the sheer hedonism of drinking alcoholic liquified pie filling was unbelievable. The sour finish was like rolaids after a binge.

I only had a half-pint. I could imagine the drinkability here is not particularly high.

GreenWBush, Oct 03, 2004
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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.