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Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 81
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transatlantique Kriek: Ales From 2 Continents. There's a brief, yet interesting story on the label describing the beer's creation.

This is the reddest beer that I've ever seen. It looks like cherry soda, maybe a bit darker, and is crystal clear. The head is a frothy light pink, persists pretty well and leaves copious sheets of broken lace. The nose is overwhelmingly of cherries, with a little Chardonnay mixed in. It doesn't smell much like beer since I don't appreciate either malt or hops.

TK doesn't taste like beer either, but then this is my first lambic, so take that impression with a large grain of salt. It tastes like alcoholic, sour cherry soda that is dry and acidic rather than sweet. Minimal malt is evident. The finish is short and to the point.

The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium and is too carbonated for my liking. The soda analogy just will not die. At only 6.3%, one would think that the alcohol would be completely hidden... but it isn't.

I don't want to be too hard on Transatlantique Kriek because I'm sure that it's a decent representation of the style. Having said that, it just doesn't seem like beer.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 29, 2004
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 feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright raspberry hue, with a soft, pinkish head atop, looks very inviting so far.
Aroma, sour cherries, but somehow soft, never harsh, spritzy, but mellow.
Mmmm, pucker, the sour hits right away, then gradually fades back, but never leaves the mouthfeel altogether. Medium bodied, medium-length finish, very smooth, well-blended. A bit candyish in the flavor now, like a liquid jolly rancher. Gets milder further in, and while drinkability gets a boost, complexity lacks. Brisk and acidic on the palate, tartness galore.
A very nice brew, one I'd turn to again, just didn't "wow" me much. As much as I wished that it would.
And, thanks to vitriola for this one.

feloniousmonk, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thin pink lace head; very nice. The aroma is great. It is full of sour cherries; quite tart and refreshing. The taste is decent. It boasts of sour cherries and a super tart aftertaste. This is the most sour beer I've ever tried. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This would be a great drinking beer if it wasn't for the tremendous sour taste. I love tart beers, but this is a little too much. Still, this is a fine beer.

WesWes, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful cherry red color, topped by a pink head. This beer is quite clear. The aroma is strongly of cherries, with a strong tart note running throughout. It is quite an intoxicating cherry candy aroma. The taste is quite dry, the cherry candy sweetness from the aroma is not here, but the cherry flavor is. Fairly sour as well. This would be a good aperitif. Quite sharp in the finish, a hint of spiciness that compliments the dominant cherry flavor of this beer. The cherry in the aroma is so bit, it is quite amazing.

Gueuzedude, Dec 14, 2003
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.

GClarkage, Nov 23, 2004
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.

woodychandler, Jan 26, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Luscious cherry red color. Clear and beautiful. No head forms upon the pour. Only the slightest of collars. Lace is nonexistent. Huge cherry sweetness on the nose. Literally almost like cherry pie. There's also some brown sugar sweetness and just a little vinegar like aroma in the background. I like the aroma. This beer tries to be sweet, but it's not in the long run. It starts sweet, with cherry sweetness hitting the tongue in a blast, but it's gone in a flash. Cancelled out by some lambic acidity and tartness. Cherry is the predominant flavor, but not sweet nor tart. This one finds a middle ground. Some slight granular sugary sweetness pops up in the mouth for a moment, but then it's gone as well. The lingering aftertaste is more bitter and tart than sweet.

Interesting brew, but nothing I'd run out to grab a lot of.

Bighuge, Dec 19, 2003
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 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 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.

Bitterbill, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish crimson color...no head...Nose has some musty leathery notes..woody notes too...also tart cherries....the flavor is sweeter than I expected...a sweet cherry flavor..not artificial sweet though...finishes with a pucker...

I like this....definitely drinkable and a bit different than the styles I usually drink..definitely sweeter than the other Belgian Lmbics I've tried (which are few)...

I'd drink another of these...

ZAP, Jan 28, 2004
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 francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a deep red brew with a nice off-white/pinkish head of foam that lasts quite a while. The aromas are of a nice malty pale ale and the lovely lambic goodness of boon's kriek. This tastes like a nice kriek that has its sweetness and tartness cut by the ale base that New Belgium brewed. This is quite an interesting "lambic blend". The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability is very good...i'd like to try this one again sometime!

francisweizen, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Along with the 1554 Brussels Style Black Ale, I picked up this other 12 ounce New Belgium whilst in Phoenix on a recent beer trip. This Kriek intrigued me; it’s a blend of Brouwerij Boon Kriek with an offering from New Belgium. The obverse label has a very 1930’s looking label with the picture of an Ocean Liner with the words ‘Transatlantique Kriek’ and ‘Ales from Two Continents’. Best Before 19th May 2004, with a listed strength of 6.3%.

Appearance: A fantastic looking presentation. A gorgeous cherry red body with a flamingo pink head that is effervescent at first, but which soon retreats to a thin pink halo-like head which is broken in the middle. Very light wispy lacing. A swirl easily induces a fizzing reformation of the pink head collar, but it is short lived. Nice levels of carbonation add to the many bubbles that cling to the Glass, lending a look of a Cherryade Soda at times once the head settles.

Nose: Sweet cherry nose with some mild sour hints that ebb and flow. The sweetness always remains but is not disconcerting.

Taste: Sweet start with some sugar laden fruit pie sour cherries that take over in the middle. A light acidity breaks into the proceedings in the back end with astringency that just battles the sweetness and gives a nice balance to the overall feel of this Kriek.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness is overpowering in the mouth at first but the dry acidic flashes in the latter third lend a nice Sweet ‘n’ Sour feel and balance to this Blend.

Drinkability: I found this to be much better chilled, which takes the sticky sweet edge off of this Belgo-US Kriek. It’s a decent drink though, but don’t let it warm, you’ll end up with something that resembles a sticky Cherry Syrup.

Overall: A nice refreshing “Cherry Kriek Ale” when served around 45°F, my marks in fact are for this serving temperature. Still a tad too sweet for me to drink too much of in the long term though. This is mainly because Boon Kriek does tend to be fruity-sweet in its raw version (as opposed to Oude Boon Kriek which is the more traditional version). Don’t let this warm though, its appeal falls off exponentially I found.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 05, 2004
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
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 alexgash
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear ruby red with soda pop bubbles and a pink fizzy head. Smell was mainly sour cherry pie with some sugary maltiness. Taste starts off with the big cherry pie taste; sweet to overly sour as it courses through. Luckily this beer is not too cough syrupy and the NB ale that is in the blend may have something to do with this (?). Can pick up the ale maltiness which works nicely with the fruitiness. It's no Belgian Red, but it's pretty nice.

alexgash, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Boto
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Boto, Mar 10, 2004
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
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
Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!

sulldaddy, Jan 09, 2004
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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.