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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 757
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Light shade of deep red, semi-foamy head with short retention, good lacing.

Smell: Sour yeast, Sour Cherries. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

Taste: Wonderful. Fresh cherry and a bit of tartness. Perfectly balanced. The tart dies down the more you drink and let the brew air out.

Mouthfeel: subtle bubbliness, smooth with minimum to no hoppiness at all.

Overall: Excellent fusion of a Lambic and a Golden Ale. Great brew all the way around and will be getting again.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big cheery pie notes on the smell and taste. Very wine like in the dryness and taste. A nice sour backbone, followed by a dry aftertaste. I liked this sour more than I thought from other reviews.

I enjoyed this sour overall. It's a great layer of flavors.

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Photo of Badger6
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date imprint 140123. Poured into a tulip.

A: Body is a brilliant, crystal clear ruby with a fizzy, pink head that recedes to a thin layer on the surface.

S: Tart cherries on the nose. Hints of grainy malt, but clearly a sour.

T: Some sweet maltiness up front, quickly turns to the tart fermented cherry flavor that dominates to the dry finish. There is some funk in the finish, it's fleeting but it's there...not sure if it is intended or not.

M: Moderate to light body with some prickly carbonation. The finish is soft and smooth, despite being so dry.

O: As some other reviewers have asked, I have no idea where the bad reviews are coming from...the label says Kriek, it's a Belgian sour beer. Is this typical New Belgium? Nope. Is it a proper rendering of the Belgian Kriek style? Absolutely. So it's pricey...so are most really good Belgians. As far as I am concerned this is a PHENOMENAL beer. Well done!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brilliant, clear red with a light pink head. Smells of fruit "country" wine, cherries, and grain. Malt body is a bit grainy, but the flavor of fermented cherry is great. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Sweet up front, but tart and dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with some prickly carbonation. I'm loving this beer, and I'm having a hard time figuring out the low ratings. Are people expecting sweet cherry bullshit Lindemans?

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pinkest of pink beers. Crystal clear, much like a red wine, but with a frothy two-finger rose head. Carting this beer around the bar in a goblet is actually somewhat emasculating.

S: A lush explosion of authentic, semi-bitter cherry, like that of cherry pie. Faint yeasty Brette notes. Enticing.

T: Sour cherries upfront, Brettanomyces sour tastes all around. The strength of these two flavors masks any hop tastes that might also be present. Neither the cherry taste nor the Brett flavors are overpowering.

M: Smooth, soft, and pleasant. Dry and crisp like a wine.

D: Surprisingly high, considering it's both soured and 8.0% ABV.

I'm not normally much of a sour beer drinker, but this one is excellent.

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Photo of bulldog91
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep red appearance, cherry tones - no surprise. But not as much carbonation as expected.

S - Some brett/yeast.

T - The sour cherry and fizz work - they were shooting for something different and nailed it. Hints of vinegar but not overpowering. It's refreshing.

M - Fizzy. Not in the glass, but in the mouth for sure.

D - Just really digging this. Like the balance of ale and cherry and not as overpowering in the ABV, either.

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Photo of westweasel
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium (talk about having the right glass!) goblet.

The beer pours out a bright medium red with a thin pink head. Even with little foam, I'm still getting lacing left along the glass.

The aroma is filled with cherries front and center, accompanied by barnyard hay, and an acidic smell. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with high carbonation.

You might expect this to be over-the-top cherries, but the initial flavor is some caramel and even toasty malt briefly, followed by cherries, then next acidic sourness, and a very dry finish.

This is a very drinkable sour beer - I cannot believe that this is 8% ABV! You don't get alcohol in the taste or the aroma.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy cherry/cranberry juice color with a fizzy small light red head that fades to nothing. No lacing going on.

S - Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, and funky yeast.

T - Sour cherries, vinegar, earthy funk.

M - Super carbonated. Crisp and fizzy.

D - Excellent. Very refreshing.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, not quite one finger, head of white foam with a tinge of pink. The body is a deep, reddish brown with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A nice aroma of dry, earthy cherries with some pilsner malt sweetness. A little bit of spicy, sour funk in the background with notes of pepper and lactic tartness.

T - Light tartness up front with sour pie cherries and a bit of bready malt. The cherries resolve further around a light herbal hop note in the middle, and while this creates a bit of cough syrup character it isn't as offensive as it sounds and it makes the cherries taste more rich and pie-like. Finishes a bit more tart with moderate malt thickness, light funk, and lots of cherry character.

M - Somewhat thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice drinkable beer with definite lambic/ real fruit character that could serve as a great introduction to the style for a novice. The lambic character isn't as intense as a traditional Kriek, but the fruit is very nice, despite a minor note of cough syrup in the middle. I am not sure why this hasn't been reviewed better than it has been, but I certainly enjoyed it. It was a bit on the expensive side for a beer that was only 55% lambic, but I picked it up at a store that marks its beer up too much IMO, so it may be more reasonable elsewhere. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer that retains a lot of the depth of its base; it is almost a sessionable lambic.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8% ABV,

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brouwers, served in a snifter type of glass.

Pours a clear ruby red, some dark orange highlighting, thick off white head forms, settles to a solid ring, tons of lace sticks to the glass. Smell is great, fresh cherry juice, oak, quite woody, lemon acidity, charred wood, very fruity, nice sourness, blackberries, good stuff. Taste is similar, tart cherries, fresh fruit salad, lemons, charred wood, nice acidity, sour fruit/cherries near the finish, vanilla, oak, great cherry flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to low carbonation, very drinkable stuff, ABV is not apparent at all. Seems like this is much better on tap than in bottles, because this stuff was pretty dope.

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Photo of Brandt
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured out a ruby red with a pinkish head, a nice clean crisp beer

the smell is a strong aroma of sour cherries as well as the woody character you get from the pits. there is also a wet doggy brett character in there that puts some body into the cherry aroma.

the taste is a thick cherry flavor balanced with some tannin from the skins to dry it out some. there is also a nice malt character hiding behind this very carbonated tart beer

the finish for this is lingering cherry and a very clean tasting beer with sharp carbonation. a highly drinkable beer here and just an all around good kriek to drink on.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

June '09 bottle in a Duvel tulip (god's gift to glassware)

A: Dark amber, nice ring, etching on D/T brings out the yeast.

S: Very subtle, mild acidity

T: I don't get a lot of cherry, and not sure of the "polish cherry" lol, as I have cherry trees in my garden!

M: Time has done this beer well, decent mf.

O: Solid Kriek, wife hated it, but she's CZ, so don't mind her...price per oz and taste for kriek, worty buy.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is a dark red and carmine color with just a thin layer of head resting on top. Well, perhaps resting isn't the correct word. It's running away, and it only lasts a few seconds. The beer is slightly effervescent, with a few small dashes of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: I've seen a number of people describe the nose and palate being medicinal, but I'm not getting it. The nose has a nice cherry and blackberry aroma, a little acid from the cherries and yeast/bacteria, and finally a very faint, but pleasant barnyard note.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose; more cherries, blackberries, a nice acidic edge, and a faint barnyard note. The beer isn't overwhelmingly sour, I could see this being an enjoyable beer for someone who isn't into sour beers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is usually a complaint for me, but the carbonation is just right as soon as I cracked open the bottle. As always, I love letting my beer sit and lose some of the carbonation dioxide, but it's good right at the starting gate. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability: It's a relatively high alcohol lambic, but having one bomber of these in an evening is just enough. This is a really well put together beer from Brewerij Boon and New Belgium. An interesting way to brew a beer, though I can't imagine it being that cost effective. I'll be adding this to my crate again in the future.

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Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/22/09

Poured into a goblet. Appearance is bright, ruby red and crystal clear. Head is thin and pink, fades to nothing quick.

Smell is red wine-like. Slightly sweet, hints of cherry and mild tartness. Fairly mellow aroma, but it does smell great.

Taste is great. Nice effervescent tartness up front that finishes clean. Mellow hints of dark cherries and a very mild sweetness. Good balance of flavors with a mild tannin presence. Two beers blended nicely together and were still able to pick out characteristics of both styles.

Mouthfeel is very light, highly carbonated and a dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. No signs of 8%. Very clean.

Really easy drinking beer w/ a good balance. No real bold flavors although the tartness is great and not overpowering.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ruby red lambic is a blend of two. The nose is all cherry, with a good dose of the sourness being revealed. Cherry follows in to the taste, and dominates the palette. It is delightfully sour with a complex herbal bitterness that helps round out the beer. Although it is 8%, this one is refreshing with a lasting, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Azeotrope
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been one for looks if it tastes good. This beer honestly poors like cranberry juice with a pink head. It's unusual. I had this beer early on, when I was just beginning to like beer and it was off-putting. But I saw a bottle and I hadn't seen it for a while so I tried it. Wow! Now that I'm used to beers being tart, I am just again pleased with New Belgium. It's not too tart but it definitely scratches the itch for one. The cherry flavor is a complement, not overpowering. Extremely pleased and a little surprised.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into SAVOR snifter.

A: bright red, very clear. lots of carb can be seen rushing to the surface. head is bubbly and on the rose side of things.

S: a mild tart cherry aroma is rounded out by a lot of chewy, biscuity grain. slightly acidic, but nothing overwhelming. inviting.

T: tastes a lot like cherry pie. the tartness that is present is not nearly as sour or acidic as I would prefer, however the flavor itself is still rather tasty. lingers like a cherry tart pastry.

M: moderate amount of carb, slightly effervescent. medium body.

D: im really enjoying this. more cherry flavor than acidity but again, I am enjoying how this brew came out. cherry pie flavor to the max. if this brew had a bit more acidic, tart nature it would be over-the-top.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up on a whim when i wanted something sour. drank from my duvel tulip. i believe that this is from the end of 2009.

A- this one pours out an interesting pinkish red colored body with a full finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for only a few quick seconds before falling, and leaves behind only small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a big whiff is cherries. subtle yet fresh. tart. a little bit of musty/earthy and barnyard scents. it seems its going to be well balanced between the sweetness and the sourness.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sour cherries that i could smell, and yes they do seem fresh (not artificial tasting at all). after that i get some mild oak notes and some malt sweetness. a little bit of green apple skin can be tasted throughout.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. the carbonation level is higher than the quickly vanishing head would indicate. drier than i expected.

D- l ended up liking this more than i was told i would. its pretty subtle for a lambic. id be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of utfiero
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- rosey like a dark blush wine. Very light carbonation.

Aroma- tart pie cherries with slight floral hop wiff.

Taste- A superb brew. Starts with an instant of sweet cherries then quickly transitions to a sour cherry-apple cider vinegar-tonic, finishing dry with a subtle hint of cherry pie and white grape. The 8% ABV is very well masked. Oh, this is a superb work of brewing art.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/21/14. Bought locally in Austin at Spec's.

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Photo of Icehouse57
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second attempt at the lips of faith series. First was the sour brown ale, which I also liked!

Appearance.... cross between a cola and a red wine. That kind of brownish red color that doesn't quite fit the description of garnet.

Smell was very nice. Sour cherries, oak, a hint of vinegar in the smell.

Taste- Sour cherries, malt, a hint of hop bitterness, oak

Mouthfeel was nice and light. Slightly under carbonated in my opinion. Not much lace on the glass.

Drinkability- If you've had lindeman's, this is not anywhere near it. This being SO MUCH BETTER! Clean dry finish.


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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems very "Boon." After having several from that brewery, I can see a lot of similar characteristics.

Pours a clear red with a pink head. Very fruit beer-esqe. Nose is antiseptic with mild cherries. Flavor is extremely dry. Extremely. Strong cherry tone. Medicinal funk. It's bone dry though; that being the main thing you notice here. A very good and "old world" beer.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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