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Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 11-10-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of freed
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a quick, and somewhat violent pour, there was little head. Still, the fuzz that floated the top, pink in hue, remained through the entire session. The liquid below looked like someone had switched filters on me. Suddenly, the high contrast red filter was affecting my beer. Its not a surprise like the first time, but a pleasant treat.

The aroma is heaven. Imagine sniffing a cherry tootsie pop. Childhood memories flush through my nasal cavity.

The taste is also very pleasant. Sweet, tart, and the malt body even gives it a tootsie flavor. There's a slight effervescence that can hide the flavor on some sips, but mostly its a smooth taste of cherry.

Its a very pleasant drink, but not a good compliment to a meal. Even muscles. I knew better than this, but I started it before dinner and didn't finish it until afterwards.

Photo of chaduvel
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alexgash for this. Shared a bottle in Driggs, ID. Nice ruby red color lacy spiderwebby head. Nice sour cherry aroma with hints of malt and that New Belguim ale yeast. More malt than other lambics that I've had. Taste is great. Sweet and sour cherry, not artificial or medicinal. Proper level of carbonation. I can detect what I'll call that New Belguim ale flavor. A great combination of a traditional lambic with an american belgian ale, very drinkable and delicious. I wish I could buy and drink more of this!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to HardTarget for this one, best by 9/04

pours a rich, dark woody red and brown.. sticky thin lace, very sugary in appearance. sketchy dense foam floats on the surface. nice looking. smell is smoky cherries, full of tartness but not at all overwhelming. mellow but mouthwatering. taste is sufficiently tart and screams with aged fruit. sweeter than sour. very light mouthfeel, almost watery but not. high drinkability gives this the feeling of a cherry flavored wit over a kriek lambic. silky caramel and bitterness in the finish remind you this is more than basic fruit. great summer beer....

why make it a drinkable session beer when its so limited and hard to come by? f*ckers.

Photo of Beaver13
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to sample this, among a whole lot of other Belgian-style beers, at the recent BURP Spirit of Belgium 2005 conference. It was poured as a beautiful crystal-clear red color with a light pink head. The nose definitely has a cherry odor to it, which I found to be quite pleasing. It has a pleasant, not overwhelming, mouthfeel that gives a light cherry taste on the tongue. The finish is mildly tart with the cherry continuing to linger in the mouth. Really good stuff that I wish would make its way east of the Mississippi River.

Photo of BennyThon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles says best before Jan 2004, oops missed that one. The pour was a mostly cloudy with chunk sediment floating around. Did the best I could to keep them in the bottle, but still had a bunch. A soft pink head that quickly dissipated.

The nose is soft with very nice tart cherry aroma. Mostly fruity with just a hint of acidic sour notes. No real malt aromas to speak of.

The taste is straight forward. A nice blend between the sweet cherry flavor that balances with a tart flavor that isn't too sweet or too sour. The cherry has more of a fruit juice flavor but dries out in the finish. There is a slight citrus lime that comes out and enhances the sourness. There is more of a tart flavor up front but finishes with a light acid sourness. There is just a hint of floral notes that comes out as it warms. Good flavor but not real complex.

The body is smooth and dry but the cherries give it some depth. Not much carbonation but that is ok. Overall very tasty beer with a nice balance. Very smooth and crisp. Would have liked more complexity but very tasty.

Photo of RoBotGod
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very drinkable from any perspective. The sweetness from the cherries is the only thing that might turn people off. The lightness and smooth taste give it almost a champagne feel. This specific beer sticks out a little from the other somewhat "generic" beers offered by New Belgium. I don’t see this beer ageing very well so drink em if ya got em.

Photo of beernut7
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to new brews from the folks up in Fort Collins. Pours with a brilliant cherry color with a concurrent deep tangy cherry aroma with a slight hint of chocolate. The body is smooth and pairs well with the predominant flavor of sour cherry and a mild bitterness. The brew on a whole is entirely refreshing. Very tasty and unique in its creation.

Photo of Elemental
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very well made, starts with a red tinted head that is moderately long lasting. Also the aroma of cherry very pronounced. The redish brown tint, makes for an appealing appearance. The slight funk aroma intriques the senses for what flavors will hold for the drinker. The taste exquisitely cherry, tart, with some slight sour feel. The finish is somewhat sweet. The moderately high carbonation, makes for some what of an exquisite mouth feel, this is one of the best parts of the brew. The brew it self very drinkable for any fruit beer drinker/ lambic drinker. Highly recommend this beer/lambic. Cheers!!!

Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: Very interesting. It pours an almost clear, ruby red color. There was a very small head from pouring that was gone by the time I was done with the pour. Absolutely no carbonation. A sweet, strong cherry nose. Nothing else makes it past the cherries. Somewhat tart cherry flavor. The taste doesn't seem to linger at all. A bit of a dry taste. Interesting.

Photo of gbontrag
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of drewbage
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port 12 Hours of Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad.

Sitting at a table, watching the girls go by. If the temperature were another few degrees, it'd be a perfect summer day and this would be a good beer for that day.

This beer pour a bright cherry candy apple type of read with a patchy pink white head.

The aroma is straight out of a box of Luden's Wild Cherry Cough drops. It's a sweet fruit with a hint of spice behind it.

The flavor is big with a citric acid bite, so much so that at first the beer appears to be fairly one dimensional. As time passes and your palate adjusts, a low earthiness and stony impression becomes apparent with the cherry stones making an appearance.

The finish is especially well balanced between the acid, the sweetness, the fruit and the carbonation.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the brews from weefishheads. I pour this into a chalice I picked up at a recent belgian ale fest.
The brew poursvery clear, fruit punch red, with a thin pink head around the rim of my chalice. Not a lot of head sticking around.
The smell is cherries which are obvious during the pour. Smells similar to a cough drop cherry. As it warms this gets a little more sour smelling. The aroma actually also has faint similarities to a blush wine.
Extremely mild carbonation present. The body is medium and again reminds me of drinking a mild blush wine. There is tart cherries up front and a tangy flavor slides down the sides of my tongue. This is very nice!
Actually some yeasty twang comes out as I savor this brew. The finish leaves hints of sourness in my mouth. As the beer warms a little the cherry flavor is covered by a bready yeast flavor a little.
This beer is really drinkable and I am glad I didnt drink it fast since the complexity improved as the beer warmed.
I recommend this to others who like to taste some different brews.
Thanks for a super surprise weefisheads!!

Photo of BeerAngel
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red with a hint of purple wearing a large hat of a head that leaves a lace down the glass. The smell of sweet cherries and a touch of tart make up the aroma and it is simply mouthwatering! The taste mimics the smell with more pronounced tartness and a light yeast and a very well balance of hops and alcohol to offset the sweetness! It is light bodied and finishes with a hint of dryness. On the bottle, it explains the journey of this concoction that reads at the end..."The result? One epic blend." I have to say, from a brewery that is consistently just a couple notches above average, this is one nice brew! Cheers!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle a very nice ruby red witha smallish head that dissipates quickly leaving just a fine semi layer with some lacing.

The smell is of cherries...sour cherries. Nice.

The taste is also of sour cherries but it's mixed with a citrusy bitterness that mixes nicely with the cherries and makes the beer pretty darned drinkeable.

Bottom line: I've had this quite a few times in the past and shame on me for waiting to review it *after* it was dropped from the line.
This bottle says best by 15 March 2005 and it *may* have suffered a little when compared to a fresh sample but dang it, it's still a good drinker(hence, if you see it, do not be afraid to buy it) and I will miss it.

Photo of Quaffer
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Love the label on this one. The ruby-red liquid poured out of the bottle with a bit of a syrupy, viscous look to it. The light pink head was minimal at best and fizzed itself away in a matter of seconds. This beer looked nice sitting in the glass. Occasionally, it seemed as though there were also some amber hues buried within the crimson liquid.

Smell: The clean, tart smell of cherries was obvious from the first sniff. Also present was wood and a soft sweetness that might have been vanilla. Overall, not very complex, but exactly what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very smooth, much smoother than I expected and that I think it should be.

Taste: There was just a hint of sweetness on the tip of the tongue, but it passed almost instantly as tart cherry and strong oak flavors arose. It had a very dry finish that led into an aftertaste that consisited of, you guessed it, cherries and wood. The cherry flavor lasted longer, becoming slighty sweet again.

I was very glad to see that this beer had little sweetness to it. It was much drier than expected. I would have liked there to be a bit more tartness as I thought the oak flavor dominated. Still, a great beer.

Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drew for the bottle.

I guess this would be beer's example of New World revisiting the Old. Though the nose is all ripe cherries with hints of musk, the palette is an off-dry melange of fruit and funk.

The taste is never really reconciled: up-front cherry shares the stage with the earthiness of spontaneous fermentation and an inexplicable, repugnant light grain lager finish (could this be the "original New Belgium brew" that's blended in?). This is the most dissapointing finish I have ever tasted.

Transatlantique Kriek is a fun, innovative, and passionate brew. But it just barely qualifies as lambic-style.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of Imbiber
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been holding on to these two 12 oz. bottles for awhile. This is not available in SA anymore and I was happy to get my hands on these.
The beer pours out an intense red/blush color with a very thin head that does not hang around for long. The color reminds me of a rose' wine. It is very appealing to the eye.
The aroma is that of dark ripe cherries. Not much of a typical beer smell but very nice none the less.
The flavor is a burst of cherry at the front. By the time it hits mid-palate the fruit flavor becomes a little more intense (and slightly tart), at the end the flavor of the ale it is blended with finally peeks through. Nice! I like it!!
I wish I had more than two bottles. This is definitely my favorite NB brew followed closely by Abbey ( I can't get La Folie here so for now the kriek is #1). Definitely something very different and well worth a try.

Photo of Dubblebock
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek is a somewhat novel and very interesting blend of beers. Check out the Long Beach Bum's fine review or New Belgium's website for the full skinny. In short, New Belgium has combined a Belgian kriek ale with one of their domestic ales, producing a true "transatlantique" brewing experience. It's a unique way to introduce a lambic styled beer to folks who might not otherwise try one. I caught a single 12 oz. bottle of this on one of my beer runs for about $2.49.

The beer just looks absolutely fantastic. The color was a deep, rich cherry red. Minimal head on the pour, but it left a nice lacing down the glass and held a small sheet of foam all the way to the end. Good nose, full of cherries and crabapples.

The taste was definitely dominated by the cherries. There was a sweet 'n' sour feel, the sweetness mostly in the nose and the initial taste, followed by a sour cherry tang on the middle and back of the tongue. Just delicious. I kept getting hints of crabapple or cranberry in the taste as well as the cherries. Unusual to say the least. The malts and hops were covered by the heady fruit flavors. This beer profiled very much like a true lambic, dry and tart almost like a red wine, the fruits and alcohols snaking through the whole concotion and warming the senses.

Good mouthfeel and a tarty, saucy finish left me wanting more. Very drinkable an enjoyable.

I'd pick this one up again in a heartbeat. It's a truly different type of beer, and one worth exploring if one has a taste for lambics and fruit beers. I'd treat this as more of a dessert beer than one to be paired with foods, although I could see some nice cheeses being a good compliment.

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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.