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Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

Transatlantique KriekTransatlantique Kriek

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very good

79 Ratings

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%

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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Photo of popery


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes, 9/10/10. Not a very good kriek but still an enjoyable beer. The beer is a dull maroon with a small but dissipating white head. Somehow, the look fits the beer. The aroma is mostly cherries but not terribly clean. There’s some cough syrup in there. The beer is also a bit sweet and lacking in intensity of flavor. It’s a washed out kriek that’s easy to drink but not compelling. There’s some sour character and acidity. It’s mildly tart on the palate. Feel seems appropriate. Good enough fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:27:43 | More by popery
Photo of cpetrone84


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly cloudy dark red grapefruit color with a white head that has a hint of pale pink to it, very bubbly and thin.

S-the nose brings a lot of metallic notes, it has some copper penny to it, there is some light sour cherry notes behind.

T-the taste is better, still with flaws. there seems to be some wood notes, its very dry in flavor with tart cherry and lots yeast dominating the flavor.

M-thinner body, slick on the throat and rather dry finish. the carbonation is there and slightly prickly but the driness and carbonation don't blend well, more of carb or less of dry.

D-this is somewhat empty, seems a little off in the nose, the fruits are rather subdued and it has some leathery notes to it. the flavors are light and everything is muddled with the dry finish making it so flabby and tasteless.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:23:01 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of emmasdad


3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Taken from an old review. Saw this one on the shelf at Superior Liquor in Louisville, Colorado, and was devasted to find out it was not in the system and could not be purchased. I was instructed to come back the next day. I did, and I bought the beer. Poured a brilliant red color, with a somewhat rocky pink hued head. Very tart, with lots of cherry juice, some oak and some almond. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:35:02 | More by emmasdad
Photo of EPICAC


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transatlantique Kriek pours a clear, ruby-red color with copper tints. It's topped by a thick, pink head that fades to a fluffy, sudsy film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma is mild with notes of cherries, buttery diacetyl, and mild funkiness.

Sweet cherry flavors greet the palate, but are quickly tempered by an acidic sourness that's strong enough to cut the sweetness, but isn't mouth puckering. The finish has a mildly earthy, funkiness. This beer is medium-to-light-bodied, has low carbonation, and a dry finish.

A decent sour. It's blended, so the sourness is attenuated, but it could be stronger.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 21:51:25 | More by EPICAC
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.



'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.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 08:07:44 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Oxymoron


4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 19:42:12 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear ruby with a inch-plus head of light pink. Retention is short-lived, and fizzles away leaving behind a placid surface and no lacework.

Aromatics are laced with tart cherry. Slightly acidic and plenty fruity.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is low.

Cherries with a mild lactic twang on the pallet. An almost lemony hint under juicy cherries.
Alcohol is negligeble as well as hopping.

Finishes dry with lingering cherries.

Pretty straightforward with the cherries and mild sour note. Some funk and additional sourness would make the beer more complex and challenging.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:41:03 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of JDV


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to fly, for sharing this beer with pint_size and me! Rich maroon pour. Smell is a lovely aroma of sour cherry juice. Mild, but evident. Cherry juice like flavor is predominant, and the body feels a bit thin as there is no carbonation left. I didn't find htis harshly acidic or vinegary at all, but rather very smooth and mild, with subtle sweetness. For being about 3-4 years beyond the best by date, this was still very enjoyable, and I'm glad I was able to try this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:25:58 | More by JDV
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 01:21:59 | More by Pegasus
Photo of benito


2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the same batch labeled "Best Before 3/23/04." I had a bottle of this at Toronado on 5/12/06.

As a caveat, I should say that this beer was clearly past its prime when I poured it, so take this review with a grain of salt. It's less a statement of how good this beer might have been when it was fresh than how well it is (or isn't) holding up with age.

A: No head and low carbonation. Color is a dark red with ruby tints.

S: Cherry syrup with a light sourness and a hint of flesh.

T: Cherry flavors are dominant, and again they're melded with sour and fleshy notes. At six percent, the alcohol flies completely under the radar. Also, it's worth noting that this isn't a true lambic. It's a lambic blended with an unnamed batch of New Belgium brew--more a hybrid style than a strict Belgian or New Belgian, so that may account for how this 'kriek lambic' has lost its mouth-puckering edge.

M: Light and less spritzy/sour than many lambics. Overall, it tastes a little thin.

D: Good, though again without the sourness or spritziness it is less refreshing than it might be. And again, it was also old by the time I tried it.

Unfortunately, this brew was not/is not one to lay down.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 17:03:10 | More by benito
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Label notes best by 23Mar04.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a very thin layer of tiny bubbles over the clear deep copper brew. Minimal "head" is quickly gone, and there is little to no lacing, just some random bubbles along the glass. Aroma is full cherries with some malty undertones. Taste continues along with cherry tart upfront, malt mellowing the middle, and memories of the tart returns for the close and aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, and piques my interest to revisit, if I see this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 22:11:00 | More by ppoitras
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 22:17:55 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of whynot44


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, beautiful ruby red color with a small pinkish head.

Aroma is cherry cough syrup, followed by a yeasty acidic note.

Taste starts with a blast of sour pie cherries, like I used to like to eat off the tree as a kid. The cherry flavor is joined quickly by a funky, tangy flavor somewhat like a dry wine - possibly zinfandel.

Puckeringly tart, yet fairly smooth and very drinkable. Refreshing. It would go very well with a tart fruit pie or cobbler or just to enjoy on a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 01:53:13 | More by whynot44
Photo of paterlodie


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 19 may 04 so well overdate. Not much head on a redbrown and total clear beer.Got this from a friend so shure he kept this well. Nose is cherries in yoghurt mixed with rum. This has not much to do with a kriek and is more a fruitbeer. Probably has some cherries in there but don't think there is that much lambic in it. Can't find much at least with the nose. Taste is litle sour with lots of cherries. Quiet sweet also and again a dissapointment if your suspecting kriek. Not much off tastes and for a fruit beer plesant. Empty moutfeel for a kriek but again is this one? Good drinkable but expected more.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 20:38:01 | More by paterlodie
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in my closet for over a year now, and decided that tonight was the night to give it a shot.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy pinkish redwood looking color. There was a fluffy head that was about 1" thick at first pour that settled within a minute or so to a small ring around the glass. There is some action sustaining the head, and the "fall of the foamin' empire" left an attractive lace on the glass

Aroma: Mostly Cherries in the nose of course. I get a little bit of the tart Lambic character that may be enhanced by the fact that it has been aging for a while, because I don't remember getting hardly any of that when I first laid it down.

Taste: The taste is dominated by the Cherries. There is a small contribution from the Lambic beer, but it tastes a bit thin. It is definitely attenuated as it leaves the palate feeling dry and mostly clean. The mouthfeel enhances the dry impression that you get, and makes it finish almost like it is hollow.

Opinion: Well, I am not sure what to say about this beer. It is definitely a good beer, and I would say that it is better than 90+% of the beers made here in the US. Well, but it wasn't made completely in the US. I like the Lambic character to really play a significant role in the profile, but with this beer, it is only supporting the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 23:46:45 | More by SkeeterHawk


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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 01:32:55 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 23:04:12 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of woodychandler


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 23:06:54 | More by woodychandler
Photo of GClarkage


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/23/04- Purchased at the local Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a light rust colored red. Virtually no head, but a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Scents of dark cherries. A bit vinous in scent.

Taste- A lightly sour taste of cherries. Not as sour as I expected though. A nice tartness that tends to water out towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel- Low level of carbonation and a tad watery that makes it go down nicely.

Drinkability- The first kriek I have ever had I believe. Not bad. Went very well with my pan fried turkey sandwich with french brie cheese and honey mustard. A nice change from my usual lager or dark heavy beer. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 21:45:34 | More by GClarkage
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 18:39:45 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of swid


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[review compiled from notes made 8-13-2004]

The beer pours a reddish-brown color, opaque but not cloudy. A half-finger of foam appears; disappears quickly. A strong cherry flavor dominates...if anything, it reminded me of a semidry wine.

A light cherry flavor initially, slightly tart, but smooth. The more traditional flavor of the base beer comes through later, with a hint of bitterness at the end. This beer produces a bubbly feel on the tongue. Crisp, and goes down smooth and a bit dry.

This is a great lambic, and it's a shame that the Transatlantique is not found anywhere in Lincoln. Thanks to mdinges for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 00:17:43 | More by swid
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 18:21:13 | More by Todd
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 22:09:27 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 20:11:21 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 19:23:27 | More by tjthresh
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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.