Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique KriekLips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek

Educational use only; do not reuse.

218 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 218
Hads: 757
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 218 | Hads: 757
Photo of callmescraps
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Goat. I find NB hit or miss, but I do like krieks.

Appearance- A lovely deep ruby color. Quite red. Nice pink head. Very pretty.

Smell- Lots of fruit. Sweet cherries and a touch of tart cranberry.

Taste- Ugh. Just a watered down kriek. There is some nice fruit, and a good hint of funkiness. I like the tartness, and cranberry comes through. But it's just too watery. It's like a Cap Cod where all the ice has melted. Just a shame.

Mouthfeel- Too creamy. The lager is not doing it favors. I want a lighter, more carbonated feel.

Drinkability- Goes down very easy. But that's sort of the problem.

This should be a good beer. It's got a really nice kriek in there somewhere but the mix isn't doing it any favors. They ruined a perfectly good beer by getting too creative. Disappointing.

 803 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an effervescent claret with a pinky of purple/pink head. Above average lacing & so-so head retention

S: A bit of sourness & funk, apple peels

T: Tart cherry, dryness, tartness & granny smith apple crispness up front. More dryness, a touch of cherry tartness as this warms. More apple, dryness, tartness peels & faint cherry flavor in finish

MF: Spritzy, medium bodied, carbonation tamps down quite a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, the ABV is well hidden, but not really interesting enough to want more than one bomber. Pretty much a one & done for me, was hoping for way more, not much of a Lambic

 624 characters

Photo of sleepydave
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

 1,659 characters

Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my white birch glass. The pour is a ruby red body with a pink-white thin foam head. As the head fades there is a small amount of foamy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is tart cherries and acidic vinegar, but it's also muted by a lot of graham cracker sweetness. There is a slight hint of some old hay funkiness as well.

The taste is sour cherries and acidic apple cider up front, with a healthy dose of burnt brown sugar and barrel wood. There is a flat emptiness mid palate that leaves the flavor lacking. It's not bad, just a bit off. The finish is another hit of sharp cherries, but also some artificial sweetener as well, which isn't overbearing, but it's not pleasant.

The beer is light bodied, and well carbonated for the style. The 8% abv is well hidden in the flavors, but the flavors are just slightly lacking on this one. The La Folie is one of my favorite beers, and I had high hopes for this one, it fell short of expectations.

 980 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. ]cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor but somehow it just seemed to be of in a way that is hard to describe. you can tell what it was supposed to be but somehow just did not work. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

overall it was ok, nothing special by any means but still worth trying.

 731 characters

Photo of uturn
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

A: This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.

T: The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.

M: The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.

I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic. This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.

 641 characters

Photo of sisuspeed
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the body is a clear, red, slightly grape juice like color with a frothy pink head. Is this beer? Looks like juice or wine with a nice head.

The smell is sweet and sour with vinegar notes. Fruits, mostly cherries and grapes, with just a touch of alcohol.

Tipping back the glass reveals a rush of sweet, tart cherries and cranberries. Some vinegar taste and again, a touch of alcohol. The tartness is nice, but not overwhelming. Unfortunately, the flavor seems like cherry cough syrup at times. Some grapefruit notes come through as well. Overall, the flavor is fairly one-dimensional, but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with delicate carbonation. Tartness from the cherries may make your mouth pucker a little.

Drinkability is about average. A little on the sweet side and at times the flavor is too reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. However, sometimes when I take a sip, the beer comes across as juicy and refreshing. I guess I have mixed feelings on this one.

Overall, this is my first New Belgium brew and consequently my first from the Lips of Faith series. I feel like this beer has potential, but isn't one that I would visit again unless they revamp the recipe or lower the $15 sticker price.

 1,248 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $9. The first whiff from the bottle is like red wine vinegar. The beer is bright pink with a decent head fro a brief moment. The secodn glass I poured, the head was super foamy and pink and looked cool as shit. The aroma is more vinegar, cherries and dirty socks but in a good way? The smell really grows on me despite the fact there is a buttery cake aspect to it. The taste is weird, definitely a little bit of sour, but the syrupy cherry flavor is the main flavor. The flavor was kind of a disappointment to be honest.

 533 characters

Photo of schinebd
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 487 characters

Photo of augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kriek...as 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.

 1,106 characters

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lips of faith.

pours a clear red with a small white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, berry, and biscuit.

taste is a little tart, berry, and some malt, ends on the dry side.

pretty good for a fruit beer. better than most.

 255 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into a Great Divide tulip.

Transatlantique pours an unsightly Kool-Aid purple & rose hue. Lots of clarity to the body, as above the lavender-pink head quickly retreats to a thin ring of tiny bubbles. Largely vegetal aroma, with traces of black cherry and sour raspberries. Hints of cracker crust, floral arrangements, and tart, but overall the aroma is fairly muted.

Sour, unripened berries on the front of the palate followed by a sharp apple cider and vinegar finish. Flashes of sweetness from toasted crystal malts and cherry pie, but its lost in a messy, boozy sea of tartness. Body is uncomfortably carbonated and thin, pricking the palate in all the wrong places. Even though I'm not a huge sour beer fan, I can distinguish a well-crafted sour from one that's not. Unfortunately for New Belgium, this falls into the latter category. Pass.

 859 characters

Photo of lordofstarside
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a snifter

Pretty nice bottle art, it pours a dark ruby red with purple tinged foam which has receded pretty quickly. Mild carbonation stems from the center of the glass, lacing isn't too bad. Aroma of sour cherry, oak, some grape and a sweet malt. Other dark fruits are there as well, a touch of citrus and strawberry meld well with the alcohol. There is some definite complexity to the smell, it's pretty good. The taste however really comes up short. Much of the intricacy of the scent becomes lost as the taste becomes dominated with cherry. Initially a mild sour at first, it has a very sweet malty finish, leaving the beer pretty one dimension-able. The feel is poor also, as it too is dominated by this time carbonation. Very fizzy finish, but I'll at least give it that I don't taste much of the alcohol. Overall my impression of this is that it's like drinking cherry soda spiked with cherry pucker. I'm pretty new to lambics, but based off the overall score I think I'd be assuming correctly that this is a poor representation of the style.

 1,060 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is bright, bright red with a lightly-pink-hued head that bubbles up and falls down without leaving anything behind. The nose is a bit sour with quite a bit of cherries. Nothing all that complex. There is some moderate funk and a bit of a cherry-pie presence. The flavor is more of the same. There is a strong cherry presence along with a bit of funky sourness. Mouthfeel is nice as it positions the tart cherries against the acidity. An okay beer, but if I'm going with a New Belgium sour, I'd prefer La Folie (preferably C&C).

 553 characters

Photo of Riccymon
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark red color with a couple fingers of white head that boil away to a bit of scum after a minute or so. Looks a lot like red KoolAid at this point. Smell is enticing: aged cheese, dusty earth, and sour apple and cherry.

After a really promising aroma, the taste just doesn't follow through. Sour, mouth-puckering cherry dominates the sip, but the flavor doesn't advance beyond that, making the beer one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and wine-like, and after the initial sour effect, the body and finish falls a little flat. One good thing I can say is that the beer doesn't taste a bit boozy for all its 8%.

I don't think Transatlantic Kriek is a bad beer, exactly. For the ridiculous price, however, I expected so much more. I'll be more wary of the Lips of Faith series in the future.

 822 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at Francois cellar party.

No head, pink hazy color.

Nose has wafts of light cherry barely, little tart, sweet syrupy cough syrup.

taste is pretty bland, light sour cherries, very light overall cherry profile, light sourness, cough syrup, syrupy flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, feels a bit thin, lighter carb.

Overall meh, very light for a kriek, very light sour and little cherry, some cough syrup flavors too.

 442 characters

Photo of SHODriver
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured into a tulip to an intense red with a half finger of pink head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing
S; smells of sour cherries, vinegar sourness, some oak, and a bit of funk
T; taste is red wine vinegar, slight cherry, and slight sweetness. swallow is more cherry, a bit more sourness and slight funk
M: meduim body with ample carbonation that is slightly prickly. finish is a little drying from the acidity
O: Overall, not bad but much better beers out there. It kind of falls off in the middle of the drink and then come back in the finish.

 566 characters

Photo of Chaney
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Glowing, crystal clear red, not too thick looking. Looked like water with red food color actually. A few white bubbles posing as a head.

S: Not much sourness in the smell... more like cherry Kool-Aide with some Band Aids. Kinda generic.

T: This one is really off, particularly on the finish, which didn't have much sourness whatsoever. Seriously, I've had Berliners that were more sour and fruity than this. It almost had sort of an (unintentional?) Belgian funk that wasn't pleasant.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness was okay, but I desperately needed more sour and fruit bit. This was kinda water.

O: Not horrible, but for over $15, I expected more.

 701 characters

Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

 771 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body of Transatlantic Kriek resembles the color of cranberry juice, and it is crowned by about a finger of pinkish foam. The retention is fairly good, and a spot or two of lacing sticks around.

The aroma is a bit grainy, with only a touch of cherry to it. I really was hoping to get a big whiff of cherries, but the aroma on this one doesn't really provide a big whiff of anything. It's a pretty muted smell.

Transatlantic Kriek has a hint of tartness and a little bit of vinegar that couples with just a touch of cherry flavor. It is rounded out with a slight grainy flavor and a little bit of a malt base. Just a hint of warming from the alcohol. There isn't anything terribly wrong or "off" about the flavor, but just like the nose, it is pretty muted.

The carbonation is a little bit prickly with a fairly good body that is moderate to full. Pretty good mouthfeel.

Transatlantic Kriek was somewhat of a disappointment for me. As I said before, there is nothing wrong with it, but there isn't anything that really draws me to it either. When it is priced in the same area as a lot of belgians that are pretty good beers, that is problem.

 1,148 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"45% ale with cherries added and 55% ale." 8% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings.

A: Pours a two finger wide pink colour head. Decently creamy. Somewhat supple. Soft. Nice thickness. Decently frothy.

Body colour is a clear dark red. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style. I've seen worse.

Sm: Light sourness - mostly from lacto. Cherry syrup. Fruity. A bit artificial.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't get any malts either.

An average strength aroma.

T: I like the sourness, but the fruitiness is syrupy and artificial. Quite simple for a kriek. It's not bad, but it's far from great. Balance is okay, though it's too sugary. Reminiscent of juice.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not getting any maltiness.

Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Suits the flavour profile decently. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Drinkable. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. A disappointment from New Belgium.

Low C+

 1,301 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Tipples. Pours bright ruby reddish almost fuscoa purple with a pretty pink head that fizzes out after about a minute. Aroma is dry wheat malt, sweet maraschino cherries, not a lot more here but pleasant enough. Flavor has no real sourness expected from the style, but not medicinal. Light tartness if I look hard for it. Seems like an amped up Sam Adams cherry wheat. Cherry juice and malt are dominant with almost a bit of a lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly slick, with low plus carbonation. Not an unpleasant or offensive beer by any means, but it's hard to believe that the same brewery made both this am La Folie.

 645 characters

Photo of yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a luxurious dark ruby red with pink head that recedes to a thin rim lace. Nose isn't as assertive as other examples of Kriek, and I'm able to note a slightly herbal sour cherry with a hint of barnyard funk in the background. Luckily the barnyard isn't there on the palate, as the sour cherry with light baking spices take over. Not as sour as beers known to be sour, and not as cherried as most cherry beers, especially when compared to Lindeman's. Drinkable, but not exciting as far as a Kriek goes.

 506 characters

Photo of nickd717
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods in Los Altos, shared at a BA tasting.

A - Bright red in color with a light pink head.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and butter. Butter seems a bit out of place in this beer.

T - Cherries - tart but not as much as other krieks, funk, and buttered popcorn. Yes, buttered popcorn. Not exactly the flavor most brewers aim for in a kriek. Not too bad tasting overall, but that flavor is a little odd.

M - Body medium to light with somewhat fizzy carbonation.

D - Would be pretty high as the palate is fairly nice and the tartness is muted, but the butter really makes this a little weird.

Overall, my girlfriend liked it and I thought it was ok. Everyone else...not so much.

 703 characters

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

We poured this Lambic from a bottle into pint glasses. The Lambic pourewd a clear reddish color, produced an off white pinkish head, featured poor retention and left moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pale malted grain and cherries. Medium bodied, there was a base of malted grain, and a dominate flavor of sweet/tart cherries. Overall, the brew was decent but it tasted more like cherry juice then it did a lambic.

 432 characters

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.