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Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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82 Ratings

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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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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.

whynot44, Nov 17, 2005
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.

paterlodie, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
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.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 08, 2005
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 goodbyeohio
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.

goodbyeohio, May 18, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

RoBotGod, Mar 07, 2005
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 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 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 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 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!

swid, Oct 22, 2004
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 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
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!!!

amatuerbeerguy, Oct 01, 2004
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 UnionMade
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a bright, glowing maroon, a short, ballet pink froth arising with a vigorous pour. The head settles into a filmy coating, collared by a ring of large bubbles, retaining throughout the glass. Excellent clarity, with the occassional bubble floating up. Broken lace sticks to the glass, a solid sheet of belgian lace on the opposite side I'm drinking on.
The aroma is dominated by sour cherry. A bit of farmy brettanomyces, adding a wild touch, although lighter than I expected. The cherry is actually fairly sweet, sort of like Lindemann's, when you take a second whiff. Some wood, not oak, but something lighter like pine. Faint earthiness, reminiscent to forest floor, as well as some lemongrass and white grape.
The flavor starts with an immediate cherry sweetness, quickly taking on a mildly farmy mousiness. The farmy flavors intensify, as the cherry sours in the middle. A bit of dirt and leaves, with a pine woodiness, as well as some oak notes. Slight lemon citrus in the finish, as well as sourish white grape, with the cherry adding a moderate tartness. The flavor seems to thin a bit in the finish, mostly a sour flavor with a bit of oak and mousiness. Some wheat appears in the end, adding to the already bone dry finish. A lingering cherry sourness, sticking to the tongue for ages. A lightish medium body, easily supported by hyperactive, yet small bubbled carbonation. Champagne-like. A well blended, and wonderfully dry mouthfeel.
Somewhat like Lindemann's, in the sweetness up front, but thankfully souring in the end. Not quite as complex as I was hoping, but it's a pleasant lambic. An admirable effort by the folks at New Belgium. I'd get it again, but it really doesn't compare to a blend like Hannsen's. Then again, that's a very high standard.
Thanks to Bditty for the bottle!

UnionMade, May 22, 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 vurt
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party at Pizza Port Carlsbad, on March 13, 2004.)

Deep red beer with a pink head, hazy from an overly enthusiastic pour. Yeast debris on the head and around the rim of the glass.

Institutional "wild cherry" flavor here, straight outta wild cherry LifeSavers with an alcohol note that veers towards the aftertaste of Halls cherry throat lozenges. Quite good, actually, though it doesn't really set you up for the tartness and maltiness of the flavor.

taste and mouthfeel:
Heavier than expected, given the sharp fruitiness of the aroma. Medium bodied and tart, but with a generous golden maltiness behind it. Very appealing. The combination of cherry tartness and sweetness mixing with a grainy, crackery blonde ale background is extremely more-ish. It is juicy, mouth-watering, and substantial all at once.

The "wild cherry" character of the aroma isn't quite realized by the cherry/malt character of the flavor, and that's a good thing. As it turns out, the cherries are a bit too much, and the malt is just slightly heavy. Pull them both back by about 10-percent and you'd have a near-godlike brew on your hands for this time of year (spring and early summer).

vurt, Apr 11, 2004
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 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 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.

Dubblebock, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of drewbage
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

drewbage, Mar 19, 2004
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 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 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
Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.