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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BKotch, Monday at 11:38 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GTB, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DantheMan75, May 25, 2014
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 BennyThon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BennyThon, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

famous_mortimur, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

savagepm, Jun 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

MinorThreat, May 16, 2013
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.

popery, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jandadeboer, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

yorktronic, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 10, 2011
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 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.

emmasdad, Sep 09, 2010
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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.

EPICAC, Apr 06, 2010
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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
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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.

Oxymoron, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
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.

brewandbbq, May 07, 2008
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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.

JDV, Mar 20, 2008
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
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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.

benito, Jun 14, 2006
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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.

ppoitras, Apr 26, 2006
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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.

Bitterbill, Feb 02, 2006
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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.