Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.25/5 rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A - Transatlantique Kriek pours a stunning ruby red color with brilliant clarity! I mean, this beer is RED! A tall but fleeting cap of pastel pink foam rests on the beer, gently draping delicate lace on the signature glass.
S - Oddly, the aroma doesn't scream "kriek" with either fruit or funk; instead, Transatlantique Kriek has a subtle aroma of acidic tart cherry skins and crushed black cherry pulp. Trailing closely behind is a mild, approachable nose of wild yeast funk; just a hint of barnyard/horse blanket and a wonderful dry tartness.
T - At 8% ABV, this is a bit bigger than a standard kriek, and it shows through in the flavor and body with it's maltiness. Dry crystal sweetness peeks through with notes of toast before the shift changes to real cherry fruit and the same subtle funk the nose offers. This is no cough-syrup beer, the cherries taste fresh and real; tart and acidic, not sweet, and the mild yeast compliments the fruit well with a nod to the funkier Belgian beers.
M - A decent level of malt elevates the alcohol in this beer while keeping the body more medium but a higher level of carbonation also aids in the feel's "lightness". Very dry, there's just a touch of acidic tartness to the finish; pretty light for a kriek, though the ever-so-slight metallic hint at the end is more what bothers me.
O - New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek is an excellent entry-level kriek that completely abandons the sugary "fruit beer" notion and focuses on engaging real cherry flavor and tartness with very subtle yeast funkiness. It's approachable and enjoyable. So when I say "entry-level", it means die-hard Belgian kriek fans may find themselves disappointed in the lack of yeast funkiness and sour bite to the finish, but by no means is this anything less than awesome.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2013 23:57:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
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District of Columbia
3.36/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but 2014 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass, drank over an hour
A: 3/3 - ruby red coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial pink frothy head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; moderate alcohol legs
S: 8/12 - big cherry nose; moderate medicinal character; some alcohol; no hops or yeast aroma to speak
T: 12/20 - again, cherry flavor and sweetness right up front, but unfortunately, there isn't much of the advertised tartness; continued cherry flavors and sweetness with some residual lingering but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol and yeast (estery) notes; no hop bitterness/flavor
M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating proves fullness
O: 7/10 - decent American kriek that unfortunately lacks complexity, especially when tart flavors are advertised; also not worth the ~$15 price point in the Washington DC area; I probably won't be returning
TOTAL - 34/50
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 19:30:49 | More by MNishCT77
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Cherry red, fruit punch bright, lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of Pepto Bismol pink foamy head. It fades fast but leaves a lace like coating on the glass.
S: Cherries, raspberry vinegar, sour, funky lambic quality, fruity, sour, lactic quality. Macaroni and cheese.
T: Lightly bitter as in the aftertaste of an artificial sweetner, lightly sour, lightly sweet, red fruit but it seems more like raspberry at first than cherry, though there is some cherry and cherry blossom in this as well. Cherry comes out more as it warms. Not getting the high alcohol on it, making it dangerous, though there is a burn in the throat.
M: Thick sour fruity body, lots of soda like carbonation.
O: Nice attempt by an American brewery at a Belgian classic. My first lambic from the USA. It feels midway between a dry lambic like Cantillons, and a sweetened version like Lindemans. Got in Raleigh Wholefoods, drank in Clyde, NC.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 02:47:41 | More by patre_tim
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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