Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 741
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 45
Gots: 87 | 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 pat61
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +45.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of kpoole25
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked as "2015" and ABV is 7%, 22 oz bottle. Looks a bit like a light cranberry juice. Soda pop head, fades quickly. Aroma is mostly of sour beer like yeasty smell, not very fruity. Taste is, to borrow from the wine world, "tight and tart", not generous with juicy flavors, very dry, nice and tart. Refreshing and somewhat simple, slightly fruity, but I couldn't tell that the fruit was from cherries. In fact wine fans and non-beer drinkers might like this, it reminded me of a Brachetto like Banfi, kind of a valentines day wine, probably would go well with chocolate. I corked it and drank rest of the bottle the next day...this time the cherry and more sweetness, even maple syrup, came through, seemed like a bigger overall beer the second day. Fruit beers are tough to pull off in my opinion, but they did a good job with this. (849 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby red body, one finger pink head, good retention, nice lacing. Smells faintly of cherry, a bit of oak, graininess. Not funky or particularly tart. Flavour is very boring; the initial sip doesn't yield very much flavour, then it turns a bit of sweet cherries with a mild tart flavour, a little bit of vinegar, not much funk. It's very unimpressive as a whole, but nothing I would call off. Mouthfeel is thin, not particularly substantial, decent carbonation, bland finish. Overall, a major disappointment from the brewery that makes La Folie and Le Terroir; this is thin, lacks any substantial cherry flavour, funk or tartness. (637 characters)

Photo of milehighhop
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I didn't really pick up much in the aroma department on this one
I thought it tasted pretty bland - not very puckery was hoping for a little more sour
cherry red in color with pink head
overall I wasn't too impressed, it was bland. nothing to get too excited about (265 characters)

Photo of DaveNicholson
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge fan of fruity beers but not bad for a Lambic. Started sour and finished sweet and not too bubbly on the mouth-feel. A drinkable Kriek but most likely a one time deal. (177 characters)

Photo of snoopy5023
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is for the 2015 version, while the look was pleasing and different, the smell was nice. The taste was weird; trying to have the sour taste of La Follie (spelling might be off), it also attempted to have the taste of wine, which kind of threw me. The feel was thin and hard on the tongue. Overall, I gave it a 3.75. I would not buy it again though. (352 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: Gorgeous strawberry red. Mostly clear. Decent enough size pink head.
smell: fruity, a little sour, and a little tart. Not a lot happening but pleasant enough.
taste: Much like the nose though a bit blander.
overall: very nice though nothing to knock your socks off. (272 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear cherry color with a tight, pinkish head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of sour cherries.

Tastes of tart cherries. Cherries lead off and carry throughout. Lightly tart and sweet. Touch of funk on the backend.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is mediocre. An uninteresting one note lambic that is not worth trying. (386 characters)

Photo of Herky21
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Disappointing taste. Medicinal and not in that good lambic, aged way. Faint nose. The finish is empty. This is a soulless encapsulation of capitalism and other pretentious, completely unrelated beer things. (206 characters)

Photo of fenixtx423
1.92/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

2015 version with Oud Beersel. Tastes like New Belgium got all of the leftover Oud Beersel lambic barrels that were unblendable, racked them onto some old sweaty gym socks for a few months, pasteurized, then spiked with Robitussin cough syrup at bottling. (256 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tart cherry in aroma and flavor, though the consensus is it could be more tart. Oak is relatively non-existent. Definitely not the most complex profile. (152 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle.
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. (325 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice clean/clear light ruby red color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice white fizzy head, leaves some nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is tart, kinda yeasty. The taste is pretty nice, tart, some cherry notes. Medium body, at 8% ABV it is hidden very very very well, with a slight dry finish. Overall a tasty brew. It's been awhile since I've had a lambic/kriek brew, just might buy it again, even if it's for the cool looking color. (505 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear dark cherry red pour with a one-finger pink head. Sour aroma of cherries and cranberries. Initial taste has a strong cherry flavor that is more sweet than sour. Light bodied. Tartness starts to come out a bit more as the beer warms for a nice fruity lambic taste. Finishes dry. (283 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Transatlantique Kriek pours a red color with a nice large lacing pink head. There is a sour, and crisp malty aroma. The taste has a nice sweet lighter Belgian candy flavor, crisp, and some cherry flavors. Nice body, nice flavors. Overall its a nice beer, nice but not overpowering fruit flavors, good crisp backbone. (320 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz bomber with no freshness date. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with 1 finger of a pink head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is very clear with no bubble show.

Smell: Cherries, grain, tart cranberries, light funk and a slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Not very complex, but what is there follows the aroma. Mostly sweet and tart cherries with a light bready malt character. There is a slightly artificial syrup type flavor that comes out briefly in the finish, but isn't too distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat soft mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Finishes tart and semi sweet. Alcohol is masked well, but does leave a slight warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Overal: Fairly one dimensional but still tasty. While that alcohol is masked well, I'm not sure why this needed to be 8%. I think for what it is it would have worked much better in the 5% range. I enjoyed it, and I'm glad I tried it, but in the future, If I want a similar drinking experience to this, I'd rather just drink straight Boon kriek. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep blood red with a fluffy off pink head. Very interesting looking beer and definitely not what I was expecting. Smell is very fruity, tons of cherries, lemon and lime, tart and sweet. Taste is very similar to the smell. Cherries, raspberries, funk, grape, green apple. Feel light and tart, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, enjoyable, good summer beer. A little fruity for my taste, but lots of good flavors. (417 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.37/5  rDev -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 (1,083 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cherry red, fruit punch bright, lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of Pepto Bismol pink foamy head. It fades fast but leaves a lace like coating on the glass.

S: Cherries, raspberry vinegar, sour, funky lambic quality, fruity, sour, lactic quality. Macaroni and cheese.

T: Lightly bitter as in the aftertaste of an artificial sweetner, lightly sour, lightly sweet, red fruit but it seems more like raspberry at first than cherry, though there is some cherry and cherry blossom in this as well. Cherry comes out more as it warms. Not getting the high alcohol on it, making it dangerous, though there is a burn in the throat.

M: Thick sour fruity body, lots of soda like carbonation.

O: Nice attempt by an American brewery at a Belgian classic. My first lambic from the USA. It feels midway between a dry lambic like Cantillons, and a sweetened version like Lindemans. Got in Raleigh Wholefoods, drank in Clyde, NC. (917 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours beet red with plenty of visible carbonation and a tiny white head.

Nose has plenty of tart cherry character along with a bit of funk.

Tart and very refreshing. The carbonation come through well and pushes the tartness while finishing dry and begging for another sip. Thin in body but nothing lacking on the sour side.

This was a pleasure to share with friends. The 8% abv was hidden as this drinks so easily. (417 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with pink 2 finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Sour cherry dominates the nose as expected. Sour notes are definitely there. Initial taste is.... All over. Sweet cherry, sour cherry, and some earthy notes, maybe leather. I like. Mouthfeel is full, creamy even with a pretty low carbonation on it. Overall it's a solid kreik. It tastes like it should in my opinion and is right there with the any straight Belgian kreik I've ever had. (460 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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