Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear ruby color. Thin tan head barely reaches a finger before fading to nothing.

S - Sour cherries and vinegar. Some earth and must. That's about it, really.

T - Cherries, vinegar, and dirt. Tart, but not sour. No real oak to speak of. All of the major Lambic flavors, without the subtle complexities. Seems to have been bottled before it got a chance to get interesting. Not bland, just seriously lacking in depth.

M - right for the style. Medium-light body and effervescent carbonation.

D - Good, I suppose.

Possibly the least complex sour I've ever had. It's not really even that sour (if at all). A letdown for sure.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with an off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is tart acidic cherries and some wood with some sweet sugary malt traces in the background.

The flavor is wood and dry acidic cherries with some light sour/tartness. It's very dry with some lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. La Folie, La Terroir and Eric's Ale are all much better. This seems kind of dumbed down and pretty mild and even bland.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, no freshness/bottling info to be had. Pours clear red infused amber.Minor big bubble head, that clears out with haste. Leave next to no glass stickage. Light smoked cherry in the nose. Interesting yet messed up brew. Sweet/sour level is initially towards the sweet side, and then bending towards the sour late. Some smoke and moderate cherry come thru. Sort of hits you over the head and lacks the subtleness and nuance of the highter rated entries in the contest. They need to reassess this one and roll out some changes perhaps in the next batch.

Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sour cherry and yeast bomb. Poured hazy red-orange with a solid white head, good retention. Moderate lacing. Sour cherry nose with a shovelful of funky yeast. Graham-cracker pie crust as well. Taste was puckering sour. Cherries, no sweetness, and more cherries. The funky yeast lies in the background until the finish when it comes out in a buttery, cheesy way. The cherry and yeast drowned out any subtle spice or the citrus/lemon flavors that may have been there. Carbonated mouthfeel enhanced the sour, but the finish was shorter than expected. Finished the bomber, but there are easier drinking beers out there.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark walnut brown body that is clear but dense with a faint glow of red glinting at the base of the glass. There is a cream head of an oatmeal color. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of earthy malts turns quickly to dark cherries and a faint funk note that is reminiscent of a fish pond but stays pretty faint and turns into more of a band aid aroma.

T- The bright tart flavor of cherries is supported by a dark slightly sweet note with brown malt qualities and faint cola qualities. There is a tartness in the finish that lingers for a second finishing the beer like is started.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a prickly fizz at the finish. There is no alcohol heat but a soft astringent pucker in the back of the mouth enhances the fruit flavor.

D- The big earthy dark cherry flavor tasted like real fruit with a nice soft support from the dark malt flavor and a nice hint of funk. I didn't really taste any wood or barrel notes as mentioned on the bottle but this beer didn't need any.

Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber today, the first I've seen of the Lips of Faith series outside of the brewery. The bottle has a beautiful screen-printed label with tiny red bubbles all over. It states this beer is 65% ale brewed with cherry juice and 35% ale aged in wood barrels.

Color is dark redish amber brown with good clarity. The small amount of white head diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is slighty sour with obvious oak and cherry in the nose.

Flavor combines sweet, sour, and tart in almost equal measures. Sweet comes first followed quickly by sour cherries and finishing with a tart green apple snap. The experience is intense and unusual and I find myself taking frequent small sips to feel the wave of flavors again and again.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated and smooth. The sour tannic quality of the beer is slightly wearing on the palate.

Drinkability is good for the style. It isn't too sour or overly carbonated like some and it seems to get better as it warms to room temperature.

Overall a very nice offering. This would make an interesting side-by-side comparison with La Folie. It's certainly more subtle and it may be even better.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not very cherry-like, and not very tart, the Dark Kriek lets me down, especially knowing that New Belgium has an actual Belgian brewer (from Rodenbach?) in house.

And why it's listed here on Beer Advocate as an American Wild and not an Oud Bruin, I don't know, but...

The appearance is good. Not great. Some more lacing would be nice, but OK, I think it's on par.

The aroma offers a combination of wood (oak), delicate fruit, and caramelish and cocoa-like malt with just a thin sliver of tartness.

In the flavor, however, all of what the aroma offers up is opened up. It becomes almost another beast! It's wider and fuller. There's more oak flavor and dryness; and lots of dark fruit that includes raisin, date, plum, and fig as well as cherry. A firm bitterness balances it from below, and the acidity balances it. It finishes dry and invigorating with a swirl of dark fruit!

As to drinkability, I find it quite accesible, even for the uninitiated. Nicely done!

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for the split on this one.

Pours a clear, deep, ruby red, with a finger of foamy pinkish head. Retains with some creamy bunching around the edges and thin wisps in the center, flaring up nicely and thowing up a big cascade that falls away into some thick spotty lace. The aroma is an even smelling mix of tart cherries, candied sweetness, yeast, floral tones, oaky tannins, and some light warth.

The taste is more lightly tart cherries, with a sugary candied malt and yeast backing to it. Moderate woody notes come out in the back, which mingles with some fading acidic notes that clings onto the palate with a lingering dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation to it, but also had a slicker and more viscous feel underneath as well, which carries a lot of the woody character. For an 8% beer, the ABV seems barely there at times, which helps make for a pleasant steady sipping experience with this.

While not overaly complex with some of the more funky and acidic qualities that you usually find in a Kriek, I still enjoyed this for the most part. Nice balance between the tart and sweeter notes, this didn't skimp on the cherry flavor, plus this drank very nicely for the size. Worth a look for a Wild Ale that's a bit different.

Photo of philipquarles
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours with a clear port-colored body and a small light beige head that disappears quickly. Plenty of cherry notes in the smell with some light sourness. Sweet and fruit-juicy character with a bit of dark malt mixed in. Tastes slightly tart, with strong sour cherry flavors. Faint mineral notes with some woodiness. Sweet and overall, but with a dryer finish. Light/medium body with high carbonation. Easy drinking, but a bit too much emphasis on the sweetness.

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I was suckered by the name and hype...what I got was an underdeveloped, mediocre beer :(

Sweet silkscreened bottle, saving it for a glass project...anyone local that has empties to donate, let me know. Looks pretty in a Duvel tulip, ruby glint in direct light, light brown otherwise. Foamy head on the first pour, after that it was kinda weak. A broken skim was left behind after a few minutes. Minimal lace.

A yeasty, sweet wort aroma, lightly metallic with a vague cherry essence. Tasting it reminds me of a locally made wild ale Philosopher's Stone, due to the slight toasty malt component. Cherry flavor is there, barely registers, sort of slapdash up against the dominant malt flavors. Not really tart in the traditional sense of Kriek, Lambic, etc. Not a Lambic at all, for that matter. More of a weak attempt at a sour brown ale without the sour. Some earthy toasted malt and vegetal celery, dried cherry eventually comes through.

Full bodied and slick on the palate. Really needs some barrel aging to redeem it. It has no sediment, i'm thinking it's filtered, so no use cellaring it. Better luck next time New Belgium, you get a frowny face sticker for this one....

Photo of ChadS99SVT
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice clear cherry red, pretty much no head.

S- Mild cherry fruit-rollup smell

T- thin light cherry taste finishs with a lightly tart cherry flavor

M- I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this beer it really just dances on your tounge and just melts away to a semi-tart finish down the sides.

D- Drinkability is not as bad as I would of thought. its light enough that you can enjoy the whole 22oz bottle. Beyond that you might be pushing it.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Domingo!

A: A beautiful stained mahogany color, not a lot of head but a beautiful red brown, and plenty of carbonation.

S: Very tart. Smells a little like La folie, Luscious sweet cherry comes in at the end, and possibly a little bit of oak. Very nice..

T: Wow.. sour, but not as brutal as La folie.. A nice robust fruit flavor hits after the sour... nice, but not amazing... we'll see how it goes as it gets a little warmer..

M: Good carbonation.. feels very clean.

D: Not an every day beer, but for special occasions, and for a good "sipper" Perfect for having a glass in front of a fire place after a hard day of hot tubbing at the ski resort..

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz silk screened bomber into a Duvel tulip. No dating info. Was a rich ruby color with a carb fount in the center from the etching. Quick sliding lace. It had a small beige head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar and center foam.

The initial aroma was rather subdued. Mainly oak from the wood aging with sweet malt and cherry. The cherry wasn't as pronounced at first but started to come thru as it warmed. I like a good sour cherry aroma and wished that this one popped more. The taste was good but again lacking in cherry tartness. Got a lot of the sweet and then a little sour at the end but nowhere near what others described. Not bad but not stellar either. Mouthfeel was hurt by lack of tart pop.

Overall, a good but not great beer. Could easily finish it but was disappointed in the lack of flavor. Mild recommend if you can easily get. For me, one and done unless I get one for free or at least try on tap.


Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 received from pokesbeerdude ... Thanks a bunch Chuck on a super trade!! Poured it into my Chimay goblet...

Aggressive pour revealed only about a 3/4" head that left no lace and only a descent cap.. the brew appears a deep amber until it's held to a light and brilliant crystal clear ruby appears.

Honestly... the nose is sorta lacking.. pale malts and only the slightest whiffs of funk or fruit... more fruit and acetic note show as it warms.. but it's still not really there.

Flavor is better.. obviously the cherries are in the front with mildly acidic for the style ... a little vinegar but it's easily missed.. mouthfeel is about medium with quite a bit of carbonation ... still pretty smooth... Wish I had an old bottle of the Transatlantique Kriek to compare it to... a little bit of toasty malt shows as it hits room temperature and it becomes quite a bit more well "blended"... could use more complexity across the board.

Not sure what I was expecting on this one.. It is faaarrr from a fruit lambic.. resembling more a cross between a Flanders Red and a lightly funky Oud Bruin... Don't get me wrong... This isn't a "bad" beer... it's just the Kriek label and the BA category is going to leave people scratching their heads... That said, I sorta like it for what it is.. and it's fairly drinkable.. Thinking I'm gonna save my other bottle and share with the Boise locals.... Thanks again Chuck... Proper trade for sure.. Let me know if you ever need anything else available here.

Edit: as this one hits room temperature... it's growing on me.. tasty.. just not what I was expecting.


Photo of vacax
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming back to this brew after putting a little age on it. First of the Lips of Faith series to hit shelves in California.

Pours a rich amber color with some crimson to it. Large orange-tan had fizzes up then settles down to a very nice layer that is fairly dense foam which leaves nice lacing. Looking quite delicious here.

The smell is quite toasty with a tart top note, though not much cherry at all present. Smells a bit like marzipan plus a hint of sourness. Not as complicated as a full-fledged wild ale, but nothing wrong at all. Just don't expect a kriek. The taste starts with a very light tartness and an easy fruit sweetness. On the midpalate the tartness persists nicely and blends together with a toasty caramel malt backbone. On the finish the pucker hits its apex and the cherries become very clearly identifiable, a very nice affect.

This is a nice tasting beer, but anyone expecting a kriek would be sorely disappointed. The body is actually quite heavy, giving this a richness for savoring that most purely wild ales do not have. Moderate, fine/smooth carbonation. Not sure how many times I am typing this but this is not a kriek, but a nice malty treat with some tasty sour cherries in the mix. I recommend drinking the bomber by yourself and relax.

Photo of Ummagum
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Poured a reddish dark brown. Thin head that quickly disappered into a very thin collar. fruit taste of cherries with some oak. Good to try once, but I proably wouldn't get this one again. I enjoyed their other sours much more than this one.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a brief off-white head that settles to ring along the inside of the glass. A moderate amount of lacing sticks around for a good while.

S- Tart, acidic dark cherries and crisp, clean sour notes. Some oak barrel in the background.

T- Moderately sour at first, with flavors of ripe fruit and oak towards a finish that has a funky barrel taste to it as the second wave of sourness sinks in. This beer becomes a lot more tasty and drinkable as it warms up.

M- A medium-light feel with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

D- An easy drinking experience. The 8% ABV is well-hidden.

Definitely worth a try for anyone who is a fan of the style.

Photo of yeastsipper
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a DFH snifter.

Very familiar vinegar-like smells as well as cherries. Smell is nice. However, the taste does not deliver. This beer is sort of a mess. For me, the flavors never come together. The cherry flavor is strong, which is not a bad thing. There is an oaky quality to the beer and some cola notes. There is very little sourness common to the style. I would not consider this a lambic nor would I necessarily call it a fruit beer in the sense that the cherries are the main focus of the beer. The barrel aging seems to dampen the fruit flavors.

I just don't get it. Not really a sour and not a great example of a barrel-aged beer. For me, it just misses the mark.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, deep garnet-red. Small 3/4 finger, light-khaki colored head forms and then quickly disappears. Some drooping smears and specks of lace are left behind.

S: Aromas of sour cherry, spices, tart red apple, and sweet spiced cherry juice. Very mild oakiness.

T: Tart cherry, lemon, cherry juice, toasted malt, vanilla, and some barely there oak. As it warms a toasty malt and/or dry oakiness becomes more apparent in the finish.

M: Certainly tart but definitely not sour. Sticky and fruity with some interesting peppery notes during the middle and finish. A bit of dryness and quite a lot of sticky tang.

D: I decided to try this after having La Folie on draft last night at Jerry's on Division. It's not even in the same league...but maybe that was the intention. I liked it, but would really like to try this on draft.

Photo of Voonder
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark red color with thin off-white head. Smell - candied cherries, very champaigne-like smell, that is pretty much it, perhaps some malts coming through as well. Taste - very sour cherries at first followed by some malty sweetnes. Kinda one dimentional brew, but I'm not sure if it's ment to be complex, I'm not that familiar with the style. Very carbonated and crisp, alcohol hidden very well, lemonade-like mouthfeel. It is very interestin brew, I wouldn't call it drinkable though, I had problems finishing the bomber, but may be it's just me. I would give it another try in a while and see what happens.

Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Tan, 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to nothing. Dark, ruby colored body.

Smell is tart cherries and slight oakiness. Nice tannin notes.

Taste is a nice, but mellow tartness up up front with a mellow sweetness in the finish that's matched with a nice oakiness. Very mild acidic taste along with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is nice and light. Clean and mildy sweet finish.

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium reddish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, some funk, cherries, and some berries. Tastes of cherries (semi-sweet start with a nice lighter tart), woodiness, citrus, and the same lighter funkiness. Alcohol content well hidden. Not that bad of a Fruit Beer.

Photo of SFBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz bomber and poured into a tulip glass.

A- Nice 1 inch, lively off white head with some light trailing lace. Beautiful deep red, amber color.

S- Sweet dark cherry, currant. Slight toasty aroma with a distant cinnamon note.

T- Lush sour cherry flavor and an extremely mild mysterious bitterness wonderfully complemented by very dry oak wood lasting pleasantly on the tongue, begging for a culinary pairing. At 8.0% the alcohol is defiantly present and speaking. Finished extremely dry with subtle notes of cinnamon and dark chocolate hidden behind the lingering cherry/oak flavor.

M- Puckering sourness adding to a pleasant, long lingering dryness, awakening the senses
D- Not the most drinkable ale (or style IMO). Might be a better value in a 12 oz bottle to share as a pre-dinner compliment to an appetizer or even to drink on its own with some ice cream or cold dessert.

Photo of trevormiller
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark Kriek with the word Belgium on the brewery. Sweet. Pretty expensive, but if there's a way to support an American brewery and get an awesome kriek out of it, I'll do it!

Appearance - looks like an amber ale, no head to speak of even with hard pour into a flute and a wine glass

Smell - Lager-ish, slight fruit notes.

Taste - sour sour sour cherries on top of a whiff of pale ale. I oh-so-desperately wish the word sour appeared on this bottle. For me, if it's going to be fruity, it should be sweet. If I want a sour beer, I have outlets for that. If the word sour had appeared on the bottle, fair play, but no such luck.

Mouthfeel - Like a watery amber ale. My mouth is too puckered to feel anything.

Drinkability - This was a chore for me to finish. Never again! I'm out ten bucks and feel like a sucker. I have had cherry lagers before, and I sort of know what to expect with a name like that, but when you call your beer a kriek, I feel it should have a nice sweetness to it and a strong malt backbone to stand up to the fruit and give it a balanced mouthfeel rather than a tannic puckerbomb.

But, hey, if they told the truth - that this tastes like Fat Tire with Sour Patch Kids (sugar-free Sour Patch Kids?) thrown in - they'd never get $10 for it.

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a somewhat murky brownish red color with really red highlights when held up to the light. A quick 1/2 finger of loose, off-white head comes and goes leaving a light layer and thick collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet and sour, lots of funk, horse blankets, sour cherry aromas. A touch of biscuity malt under the blanket of sour funk.

T - Hmmm, some horse blankety funk, tart cherry with a hint of sweetness (not a good sweetness, almost a saccharine taste - definitely artificial tasting), acetic sourness, lots of woody flavors in the finish. Interesting and complex, but the flavors don't seem to mesh in a cohesive something is missing, but I can't quite place what it is...maybe a little bit more sweet and/or tartness would help.

M - Plenty of carbonation gives this plenty of life, almost a champagne character. Body is pretty light. A bit of tartness, but not quite puckering. A long woody finish, maybe a touch too much - lingers into the aftertaste as everything else disappears.

D - Overall a good beer...a bit too much wood for my tastes. Maybe this would mellow some over time, think this doesn't have much age on it. Otherwise a good entry to the world of wild ales - not overly sour, but a good introduction to the funky and tart flavors. Not bad, but lots of other wilds I prefer over this one.

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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.