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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 07-09-2009)
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Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear ruby color with three fingers of pink head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Tart cherries up front with some lacto sour notes followed by sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and lighter fruit aromas.

T: Tart and dry cherry flavors dominate here with some oaky notes as well as Champagne-like flavors. There are some sweeter candy sugar and fermented fruit flavors underneath that lead to a clean, tart finish that is just slightly boozy.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as crisp as I'd like, but avoids being too think or watery.

O: A pretty decent take on the style overall. I'd like it to be a bit more sour and tart, but it's enjoyable and drinkable for an 8% lambic.

n2185, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this chilled from the bomber in a goblet, review from notes.

The color is beautiful cherry red with slight hazed loooke with 2 fingers of cotton candy head with very fine bead and wavy lace stickage. The smell is very fragrant with excellent tart cherry odor and mild sweet scent with slight yeast ester and mild sour aroma but lacks the usual medicinal or cough syrup cherry-type smell. The feel is tangy with light sweetness and moderate carbonation with mild alcohol and slight acidity with malt texture present in the middle and mostly dry in the finish.

The taste is very nice with fruit in the intial taste with semi-tart cherry quality with a light malt flavor which is slightly sweet with a mild sour flavor of yeast in the finish which is pleasantly dry ...the cherry has a fresh flavor without any harsh acidity and flavor is slightly sweet but not cloying and malt body is mostly dry which balances the fruit with a slight bready flavor. Overall this is a very decent fruit beer not as intense as expected considering the collaborator yet it is very drinkable and would definitely enjoy this again.

Slatetank, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of harrymel
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New version, looking forward to this.

This bitch pours a lovely cherry red with a light pink loose foam that falls in a minute or so. Smells nice and earthy with plenty of cherry and sweet hints of vanilla and some butter. I keep sticking my nose in for another whiff, which usually means it's complex and I dig it. Flavor is tart, with a little bitterness, some leather, some manure, some soil and grain and cherries. Medium on thin with moderate on low carb and a nice, wet finish. I think I might like this.

harrymel, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If the Transatlantique Kriek of a couple years ago wasn't so outstanding, this one might be better received. Gaudy color like a Mexican soft drink does make it hard to take so seriously.

Very sprightly, fizzy, without much head. Tart but not sour. I don't taste much malt, or Belgian oddities. Flavor recedes as you sip. It has its charms but I am not so eager for another bottle. Claims 8% abv but it really does not seem that strong to me. I always look for New Belgium offerings but I hope they go back to the more strongly-flavored version of the kriek.

mactrail, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no freshness date pours a reddish amber hue with a fluffy cap of pink foam. Yes, thats right...bright pink. Head falls pretty quick and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

Nose has a nice, tart cherry aroma. Some sweet, light grains are detectable but the cherries really carry the majority of the load. Smells delicious, but not an abundance of sour notes here.

Why mix what seems to be a perfectly good kriek with a regular 'ol lager? Totally dilutes the tart and sour aspects of a lambic, you can tell what was in place before the lager addition as some mild acidic and sour notes are there. That said, it is still plenty enjoyable and is by far the most chuggable lambic ever created. The cherry flavors taste really good and natural. Slight medicinal sting at the end, but does not detract from the beer in any way for me. Grainy malts are expectedly prevalent and lend some sweetness to the beer. Mouthfeel is great and glides down the throat with ease and the 8% ABV is nowhere in sight. I enjoyed drinking this beer and will not have any problem finishing this whole bomber by myself, but going into this thinking authentic Belgian Kriek - one is bound to be disappointed.

twiggamortis420, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Papago in Scottsdale and flown back to Cleveland. Split with friends in an impromptu Saturday night tasting extravaganza.

Pour is gorgeous. Red cherry color with white froth that sticks around.

Smells like cherry and a light sweet malt base.

Taste is quite interesting. I know that this doesn't get it's props, but I found this beer to be a great change of pace. The cherry sourness is moderate but not lingering. The non-lambic part of the equation really smoothes this out and different aspects of the New Belgium and Boon contributions are really quite identifiable. Do they make each other better? Not necessarily, but they do bring distinct elements that play really nicely together. I didn't get any medicinal flavors that others have noted.

The mouthfeel is good. The sour sting fades wonderfully with the carb. There is a slight watery feel on the end.

Drinkability is good. Not too sour, nice change of pace for me. I liked this very much, and all in attendance enjoyed the chance to savor this. Wish I had brought a few more back to work on my friends who are just getting into sours.

jampics2, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red in color, with pink head on top.

S: Almond, sweet/tart cherry filling. Some light caramel, and dark berries.

T: Tart if the first thing that hits. The tartness comes on strong, then fades into a cherry flavor. It leaves your mouth fairly quickly leaving just a hint of almond.

M: Light body, but effervescent carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Nice, a good sour hit, but does not have the long lingering sourness I would expect. The finish dry, and very clean.

Beejay, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into globe glass, bottled on 1/2/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, pear, grape, hay, light pepper, red wine, vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of cherry, yeast, and funk notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, hay, red wine, light pepper, light vinegar, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, red wine, light vinegar, light funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of cherry and yeast flavors; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit lambic style. Good balance and complexity of fruit and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of RuckusDu
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know when this was bottled. Was sitting on a back shelf back in a random bottleshop for who knows how long.

A - This poured maybe a finger of light pink head which quickly falls to a trace. Body is more of an indian red in color. Slightly cloudy.

S - Quite delicious. Not a full lambic/kriek scent, but some good sour raspberry. No funk at all.

T - It is a sour, but not very fruity. More bitter sour. Some funky grapefruit rind.

M - Fairly light body and strong carbonation. Pretty good all around.

O - A decent job. It may be a little past its prime. No fruit flavors and a more bitter than sour, but still pretty good.

RuckusDu, Apr 09, 2012
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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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