Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by DovaliHops:
3.41/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2013 version. Pours a beautiful, bright red color with a small, light-pink head that goes down quickly. Scent is somewhat funky and tart, but NOTHING along the lines of a lambic or American wild ale. Definitely has more of a fruit beer aroma, which is somewhat misleading since they call this one a kriek. Anyhow, the cherry comes through in the nose, along with some grainy malt aromas. Taste is tart at first, but QUICKLY becomes a mediocre fruit beer. Flavors of cherry and cranberry are present, but they are overtaken by grainy, cereal-like flavors that make this beer a bit underwhelming. Where you would want tartness and fruit flavors, you get a strange medicinal alcohol flavor. Pretty disappointing, just like the one I had two years ago was. Mouthfeel is nice, highly carbonated, and suits the beer that this one should be. Overall, not even close to my favorite Kriek, let alone fruit beer. Considering Boon plays a part in this, they should increase the quality of this one. Not undrinkable. Not bad. Overpriced. Would not buy again.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 07:24:55 | More by DovaliHops
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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
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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