Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 45
Gots: 85 | FT: 5
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 07-09-2009

In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brewerij Boon of Belgium have partnered together again to create Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries.

This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon's brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boon's offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium's Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek.

The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.
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Reviews by nycwinter:
Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally bought this for my wife who loves those candy-like lambics. Needless to say, she did not like it as much.

A= pale red hues and effervescence lights up the glass. Good head retention.

S= dark fermented cherry and vineous notes on the nose.

T= strong dark fruit bitterness bites at first followed by a definite lager yeast backbone. This is very fruity and dry like a white wine. Surprisingly pleasing.

M= as noted, it is light and dry. Very refreshing.

O= overall, this looks like a beer my wife should be drinking, but the 8% abv makes it manly enough for me to drink with familiar people in the privacy of my own home;)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

*2015 vintage with Oue Beersel, 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

I'll just keep this one quick. First off, this pours gorgeous! Nice deep red body with a nice pink head. Looks closely like a Kriek Lambic. Next the aroma is different...not in a good way. This smells like grains with faint cherry and dog hair. Yeah, not really melding together.

The flavor is going in that direction also, yet not really reaching out to the drinker. This first hits the palate with grains, almost as if it were a malt liquor with lacto sourness. Notes of cherry and wood with a spicy and wet finish. The feel on this is watery and tight prickly carbonation.

Overall: This brew isn't screaming anything to me! It's not adventurous not taking you to a new level of lambic goodness. It's like someone put watered down sour cherry flavored syrup into a bottle of Steel Reserve. Hey, atleast Steel is a hell of a lot cheaper than this swill and doesn't proclaim to be "craft" beer. Mediocre at best. I cannot recommend this brew.

Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cherry red. Clear. Medium, fizzy head. Effervescent.
Smell: sour-cherry pie filling.
Taste: lightly sour. Sour cherry. Crabapple.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated. Light body. Dry. Tart.
Overall: pretty good Kriek. Nothing in your face. Great gateway sour. I like it quite a bit. Not love it.

Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright cherry red color with a very cherry nose and a doughy malt character.

The tastes is cherry, but not tart enough to balance the strongly alcoholic beer that it's blended with.

As it warms it starts to get a medicinal taste and reminded me a lot of a homemade cherry wine.

I liked it upon first impression but the more I drank the less I liked it.

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the most expensive wine cooler that I have ever purchased... After checking out new belgium night and being blown away by their sours at beachwood, this was the only I didnt get the chance to try, naturally I snatched it up when i saw it at bev warehouse.

I have been a HUGE fan of the lips of faith series until about an hour ago... Bottle La Terroir. Thats worth the cash. I wouldnt pay $5 for this bomber let alone 10

Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased August 2010

A - Pours a mostly clear red/amber with one finger of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some lacing before fading to a persistent collar.

S - Cherries dominate the aroma, with a nice tartness. Also some funky. Cherry aroma seems a bit dirty, for lack of a better term. Not bad, but not too exciting.

T - Taste starts with a punch of tartness, with cherry flavor gradually coming through. The tartness is followed by a decent funk and a surprising bread malt taste. Has the elements of a good kriek, but both the tartness and funkiness just seem a bit off.

M - Medium mouthfeel is dry and a bit earthy.

O - I didn't have any problems finishing this, but I never thought of it as a very good kriek either. Wouldn't but again.

Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Looks like carbonated cranberry juice: light pink head, thin collar. Aroma is of cherry, lemon zest and a light tart funk. Taste is dry, tart cherry, a hint of lemon and cranberry? Light body, low carbonation. I wish this had more of a carbonated bite, or something to play with the tartness of the cherry/lemon.

Photo of sleepydave
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abuliarose and Sisuspeed for sharing this one with me!

Poured into a White Birch Tulip reveals an oddly cherry 7up like beverage. A beautiful garnet color, crystal clear save for the mass of bubbles floating up. The head dissipates instantly into a tiny ring of white suds. Not a whole lot to comment on here, looks like a kriek blended with seven up. Pinkish and highly carbed albeit without much head.

Oh wow, this would be a great starter kriek for someone. Almost hard to tell this is beer, it smells like cherry 7up too! A slight cranberry zing makes up the tartness though. That's nearly it. Almost no alcohol on the nose.

The base pale ale that the kriek was mixed with is barely perceivable in the taste and nonexistent in the nose. I'd say the kriek overpowered the pale, but it strikes me as more soda like than kriek. Definitely would recommend this as a starter for someone who isn't into a full five card pucker face. (Wow, I hate myself for that phrasing but I am going to keep it haha)

As drinkable as what I am convinced it has in it, cherry 7up. Great date beer I could see though. Mouthfeel and carbonation are again just like cherry 7up to me. It looks great, but it lacks complexity of any nature and for the style I see that as a rather glaring omission. But it is well done in it's simplicity. I get barely a hint of 8% alcohol, the carbonation seems to just carry it down the hatch. Very well masked.

Glad I got to try it but unless I get tired of watching my friends wince at the sourness of most of what I serve, I won't be looking to pick it up. Possibly for someone who doesn't like beery beers or sour sours though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark red color with a white head. It is very clear. The aroma is tart cherries with some light funk. The flavor is tart cherries with some vanilla and oak. There is something at the end of the flavor that is a little off but it doesn't take away too much. This tastes a lot like a dry red wine. Low carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours pinkish cherry red with a thin pink tinted white foam collar.
S: Lemony, cherry aromas with some light malt.
T: Lemony tartness and cherry tartness balanced by lightly sweetened malts that grow to the finish.
F: Medium light body, fine soft carbonation.
O: This is a kriek blended with a golden lager which tones down some of the kriek tartness and adds a little sweetness for a fairly unique beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Papago Brewing
Scottsdale, AZ

Clear ruby and red with a moderately sized light pink head that leaves webs of lace down the glass.

Sweet aroma predominantly of cherries, though the aroma is somewhat medicinal and artificial in nature. Not bad per se, but not good, either.

The flavor too is quite average. The cherry flavor doesn't seem particularly authentic or vibrant, though it is there. There's also a bit of freshly baked bread and mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A boring kriek, though not at all bad.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2014 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of pink head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, sweet. and fairly tart aroma with big hints of cherries, oak, and acid. Huge aroma of tart and sweet cherries throughout with some hints of berries, green apple, and strawberry rhubarb. Fruit aroma is fairly jammy and tart with mild sourness. Hints of vinegar, funk, and acid. Oak barrel comes through. Pale malt background with hints of wheat, lager yeast, caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, sweet, and tart fruit forward taste with big notes of cherries, yeast, and other fruits. Upfront big jammy taste of sweet and tart cherries along with other juicy fruit notes including green apple, berries, grape, and strawberry rhubarb. Funky and acidic notes along with some vinegar and sugar. Barrel notes of oak. Bready pale malt with some notes of caramel, wheat, cracker, lager yeast, biscuit, and grains. A very good fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly tart. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Lambic. Good fruity notes with a balanced tartness and sweetness.

Photo of Soonami
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Texas Gang Bang BIF crew for sending us a bomber of this.

This is a beer I've had a couple times, but each time its a disappointment. The beer certainly looks like a good lambic, with a nice bright red, but the aroma is a medicinal, candy cherry. The beer is not all that sour or lambic-y. There is a little tart cherry, but straight blonde base beer is like 75% of the beer equation. I'm not sure if there is wild yeast in the bottle, but it doesn't seem like this beer has developed much over time. The sourness is only noticeable, and in the end there is a good deal of artificial sweetness in the finish of the beer that is very off-putting. Truthfully, it's better than a lot of back-sweetener fruit beers but if you think this is a lambic like Cantillon, you are mistaken.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dull red, a slight pink head on it, I'd venture to say around 5/16" of an inch, sticky on the edge of the glass. Aroma didn't impart the tangy sour cherry I was looking for. I dunno, maybe its because they're Polish cherries, they haven't figured it out or something.

The cherry is a little more noticeable in the taste, the tartness is respectable, but not like the greats. I don't really pick up much in the way of wood/oak on this or the other counterparts like vanilla and whatnot. Body hides the alcohol decently. Sugar in the mouthfeel is just too high.

Had really high hopes for this beer, but at $15 a bottle, it is nothing but disappointment. How is it the most expensive lips of faith beer is also one of the worst?

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic.
Appearance: Pours a very attractive red tone with a durable white/pink foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity, sour cherry aroma with a subtle lager aroma in the background.

Taste: neither too sour nor too sweet but without a satisfying amount of flavor, particularly from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation; dry finish.

Overall: Pleasant and easy drinking but still disappointing; more so after reading the back story on this collaborative kriek.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a crystal-clear deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of robust cherries that are both sweet and tart but lean toward the sweet side. Also present are very light hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by bright dark cherry flavors with hints of cough syrup, though not in a bad way. The cherries carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I like what the lager did to this beer, it took away some of the sweetness and added a bit of complexity. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a hazy body the color of a canned cranberry sauce with a pale white head that takes on a purple hue it is so pale but it soon fades to a sticky ring. There is a lazy carbonation of tiny bubbles that work their way to the surface. S- The dry clean cherry skin aroma has a faint barnyard hint that comes through as the beer opens up but the cherry skin dominates.
T- The nice tart cherry flavor doesn't really have a pucker to it and has more of a sweet hint. The dry finish has a mellow tartness that grows as the beer opens up and it takes on a soft cherry bubble gum quality with a powdery brett flavor of d
ried grapefruit. The cherry flavor lingers a bit after the finish. M- The light mouthfeel has a dryness to the texture but not really an astringent quality. There is no alcohol heat noticed. D- This beer is a bit mild once you get past the cherry flavor there is not a lot of support. The lambic critters don't offer much depth or support to the fruit either, just a light tartness.

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful translucent cranberry red with a luscious pink head. The nose is distinctly Cherry with floral notes. The mouth feel is active and rich, due to nice carbonation. There is a nice Cherry taste upfront, that isn't too sweet or artificial tasting. The end taste is moderately sour, but not mouth puckering. Overall, I thought this was a nice brew and a great way to end a meal.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep burgundy, essentially like wine. The head is surprisingly frothy and heavy and it's a pinkish cream color. There are trickles of carbonation. 4

S- Pulpy cherry, cherry skin and faint vanilla or otherwise creaminess. 4

T- Cherry soda-like, as the flavor isn't entirely full-bodied or rich. There is some pleasant tart cherry that drifts in and out. 3.5

M- This brew does an interesting job of feel soda or spritzer-like and then creamy like some red wines. The finish is very dry and feels a bit like chewing on cherry skin. 3.75

This is a fun beer to drink. It's got a lot to make you ponder. But its flavors don't quite do the trick. 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz tulip bowl glass in the VIP tent at the brewery during Denver Beer Week last October, from copious, heretofore seemingly lost notes. Better late than never, I guess!

This beer appears a clear, bright magenta-amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy cotton-candy pink head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of musty, lightly tart raw cherries, earthy yeast, bready caramel malt, red wine vinegar, soft oak barrel notes - grainy wood and warm vanilla, mostly - an ethereal funk, and tame floral, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour cherry, with the vinegar character in retreat, dark fruit wine, gritty pale malt, ethereal yeast and earthy funk, and weedy, leafy, and slightly perfumed (from the well-masked 8 points of alcohol) hops.

The bubbles are quite tight in their edgy, flinty demeanor, the body a stodgy medium weight, and sort of thin in its smoothness, the fruity sourness taking it down a peg or five. It finishes dry, fruity, and vinous, the cherry essence doing well to persist, among a growing wooden barrel astringency.

A fairly edgy, tart, and somewhat complex kriek ale, the cherry definitely in charge, but it seems to have a multiple personality disorder, as it wafts from fruity, to woody, to yeasty in its impression. Not an overly bad thing, but it makes the blend appear to not really be working. Something interesting to sip on in the nice Front Range autumn sunshine, so I'm glad I got to try it here, as the retail bottle price seems a bit steep, from what I've heard.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep pink/purple in color with a small pinkish foamy head that reduces to a very thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S: A little bit of cherry, but much heavier in terms of the brett funk. Doesn't really have that in your face kriek aroma. Slightly tart.

T: Light cherry, on the sweeter side, and not overly tart. There is some grainy malt with only a little bit of straw/funk. The subdued cherry tartness is probably from the 45%/55% blend of kriek and golden ale.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

O: Again, not really bad, just doesn't live up to other krieks.

Photo of schinebd
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep, translucent red with a pink foamy head that slightly retains and laces the glass.

S - Cherries and malt and not much else.

T - Definitely very "cherry" tasting with some tartness and light malt, but I detect little else.

M - Carbonated well enough and it hides the 8% ABV pretty well.

D - But in the end I've head lighter ABV beers with more flavor that were more desirable than this.

By no means a terrible beer, but within its style, there are better options.

Photo of augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie fonteinen tumbler.

Clear lava body with an active sudsy brilliant lavender head which recedes to a persistent half-pinkie of foam. Lacing is sandy and fast moving, though a few weeping willow patterns remain behind.

Smells of tart cherry with a hint of citrus (from hops?) and very mild yeast. Subdued, but inviting.

The flavor unfortunately tastes like a watered down lambic - while the fruit is still present, there are no wild flavors present whatsoever. The malt and alcohol mid-palate add some interest, but the alcohol runs over the delicate fruit flavor, making the cherry seem almost artificial, though you can tell the base kriek is pure.

Not quite medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, somewhat creamy and smooth, and surprisingly warming (though not hot).

Easy drinking and refreshing, but I can't get over the feeling that this is a waste of good an overall beer, this might be a little underrated, but it just doesn't live up to the style.

While I applaud New Belgium's experimentation, sometimes you just can't improve upon tradition.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up in NC after the Sexual Chocolate release. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an Ithaca tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head coarse pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a gorgeous crystal clear dark red satin. Lacing is spotty but hangs out for longer than expected.

S: Moderatly boozy nose which is unexpected. Ripe black cherry tartness along with an unmistakable oakiness. Sugar at points also.

T: Opens watery, slightly tart with a cherry sweetness. No flavor really shines here as everything is very muddled. Finishes strongly boozy and this assaults my throat as I fight to get it down. Very acidic with a weird hop character in the middle that appears very out of place.

M: Medium bodied, coarse and extremely watered down. Perhaps this was in the barrels too long... perhaps not long enough, perhaps it was the ocean air. Whatever it is, it didn't work. Finish is slightly dry, which is weird since the rest of it is so watery.

D: Not one of New Belgiums winner, I feel like this beer has a serious identity crisis. It thinks it's a lambic but everything screams fruit beer or cheap wine. Body is too watery and it takes away a lot from the already light flavor. A stunning beer to look at though...

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, im pretty sure it said 5.5% abv, not 8%

this was gifted to me by a friend who assumed all "lips of faith" releases are created equally

appearance: really a fantastic bottle design - very sharp...served in new glarus flute, pale strawberry body, very light white foam - no lace.

smell: tart cranberry, cherry, vinegar, apple peel

taste: not a huge fan of the kriek sub-genre...this one provides the vinegar you'd expect, sourness is downnplayed - tart cherry and cranberry, light oak. nothing really that wrong with this one - just not something i would turn to again

mouthfeel: sourness in an unpleasant way, vinegary

drinkability: ok

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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