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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

628 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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 Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes salvaged from who-knows-when.

A: Pours a light, cherry-soda red (pink, really) with a light red (pink, really) head.

S: Cherry cough syrup: sugars, some booze, cherry skins, tartness. No sourness or anything lambic-like in the nose. A valiant effort to misrepresent a time-honored style. It makes me see red (pink, really).

T: Cherry pie-like, almost. Sweet cherry, tartness, a m-i-l-d lactic sourness, some oak. I was able to tolerate it for a few sips, but then my body refused and my lips involuntarily sealed as I began bringing it to my mouth.

M: The beer doesn't seem to have mixed properly. Sips range from thin and watery to thick and sweet.

D: This is one of those beers I use as an example of why I don't take New Belgium seriously.

Arbitrator, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of largadeer
1.1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear and tawny colored, poured with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Massive diacetyl aroma with a hint of Maraschino cherry beneath it. It's like buttered cherry. Or cherry butter, more accurately. The taste is equally vile and buttery, with surprisingly minimal fruit flavor and no sourness to speak of. Slick, coating mouthfeel, no finesse whatsoever and a horrible lingering diacetyl finish. This beer is a fucking trainwreck, avoid at all costs.

largadeer, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of analienacorn
1.5/5  rDev -57%

analienacorn, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
1.6/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a pretty color, as far as krieks go - slightly ruby, with reddish overtones, and perhaps undertones of pink and magenta. Actually, now that I think about it, that seems like the same description of some mass-produced and packaged fruit punch. Ehh, regardless, there's a good off-white head on this, decent carbonation, and some lacing. Not cloudy in any way whatsoever, which is bizarre - shouldn't you condition Lambics, even when they're blended? Not bad for what it is, but the difference between this and, say, Lindemans, is questionable.

Smells really, really weird - either something's wrong or my nose was broken at the time of tasting. Squash, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pecans, straw, and then (finally!) notes of anything *but* cherries, ranging from cranberries to raspberries. Okay, so if they were going for Thanksgiving in a bottle, they succeeded spectacularly here, but otherwise this is just... Wrong. The finish is slightly medicinal in the same realm of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. No funk or subtlety whatsoever - just bad grainy husky sensations, bad off-flavors, and no balance.

The flavor has got to be the absolutely worst part of all of this - at first, there's not much of a flavor to speak of, with only some toasted, biscuit-y flavors coming through. Then, the pumpkin pie spices come back in (especially cinnamon and nutmeg), as well as some strange vegetal flavors of squash or cabbage, and then finishes extremely phenolic and medicinal with notes of cherry cough syrup and under-ripe berries. Not pleasant at all to drink, as it gets increasingly musty with each sip. Feels strange in the mouth - grainy, thin, and astringent. I had no fun drinking this - the worst one all night.

Man, I heard this was not too great, but this is almost offensive (given the price tag of $14 as well). Did they blend the Boon kriek with their Fat Tire amber ale by any chance? None of the curious and rustic aspects of the Lambic come through here - worst off, it just tastes bizarre and reeks of off-flavors. This has to objectively be one of the weirdest and simultaneously mediocre beers I've ever had. I'll be extra careful about trying any of the Lips of Faith beers in the future.

magictacosinus, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Overlord
1.65/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours kind of a ruddy ... well, it's a bit of a reddish ... err ... yeah, it's pink. Maybe a shot of cranberry in there. Tight, pinkish white foam that died down to a thin film/crust in a few minutes.

Smells like ... kind of medicinal cherries, actually. Not much vinegar, zest, citrus, funk, what have you in the aroma. This is a lambic? Ugh. I am less than whelmed.

Taste awful. Mildly tart, but still slightly medicinal cherry, the barest, barest hint of soury/acidic twang ... it's pretty lacking, really. Just an awful herbal/medicinal/parkay flavoring to it.

Nicely carbonated.

Palate wearying, and would never touch again with a ten foot pole.

Overlord, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of champ103
1.95/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a ruby/pink color. A two finger pinkish head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: A really bad mix of diacetyl and cherry syrup. A leathery or rubber aroma as well. Just bad.
T: Again, a very large buttery diacetyl flavor. Artificial and syrupy cherries. Really bad.
M/D: A medium body with decent carbonation. This is really hard to drink. I am struggling to finish the glass, let alone the bomber.

Avoid. I really like New Belgium, and a lot of the Lips of Faith beers. This is just bad though. There is nothing Lambic about this. They need to go back to the drawing board with this. I feel cheated, and I need a good beer now.

champ103, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Johnny58
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Johnny58, Jul 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

Cyclone8, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
2/5  rDev -42.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served chilled in a tulip. This beer came my way via my SS 2010. Thanks again man!

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light cranberry coloration. The head is a lightly pink stained white coloration. The head resolves into a thin ring of film.

Smell: Tart cherries and slightly sweeter cherries great my nose. I smell the oak in the aroma but somehow the lactic buggy tones are overly subtle. The smell of the beer is bland.

Taste: Sweet cherries give way to a lightly tart cherry flavor. The flavor has tanic tones and again a vaguely lactic nature. The flavor leaves me a bit flat. Over all I find the beers flavor bland.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light not watery. The lactic tones are never to the puckering level. Alcohol is nowhere present in the flavor. If its possible the beers mouthfeel is bland. The beer isnt a drain pour but I became quickly bored with it. This beer was a major let down.

nlmartin, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

jmarsh123, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of trebbates
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

trebbates, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

sendbeer, May 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

ThisWangsChung, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of CBack465
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%

CBack465, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of nanobrew
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The appearance of this beer is great. A beautiful ruby red color with a thin bubbly head

S: Smells like dried sweet cherries, which is good, but then also smells of cough syrup, not good.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. It is sweet cherry syrup, similar to a medicine. The tartness is VERY faint.

M: Very thick sweetness, but finishes fairly dry

Overall, I do not like this beer. It is not a kriek at all. More like a fruit beer, and not a good one.

nanobrew, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very bright red with a pink head that doens't last long and no lacing.

The aroma is very light, hardly can smell anything but you can pick up notes of tart cherry.

This lambic tastes more bitter than anything but a sour alcohol, you can barely detect the cherries. A very disappointing lambic.

jrallen34, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Jparker37
2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

1pt 6oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

S - Some faint cherry tartness. Really muted aroma altogether. Papery-oxidized.

A - Pink head full of tight bubbles holds a nice cap of foam. The color is red like cherry Koolaid and has perfect clarity. Lots of stick lacing.

T - Bland flavors. Neutral base malt early. Can detect some cherry character. Some tartness accompanied by zero sweetness. Some prickly carbonation and alcohol in the finish.

M - Thin, moderate carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Very drinkable but offers little in flavor. With a second opinion was described as Natty light with cherries. Dissapointed in the lack of aroma and flavor. Appearance and carbonation were its highlights.

Jparker37, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was excited to see a new sour on the whiteboard at The Eastside(Oly beer mecca) last evening. After first getting a pour off the secret tap I saddled up to the bar and asked for a pour of this red goddess. It's looks like a fake Irish woman's head, red and red with no hint of realism. It rakes your nostrils with a little tart, a little cherry, a little funk, a little happiness. The smell excited me more than that fake redhead two tables down.

And then, the taste. The sour is minimal, the cherries more pronounced, the flavor flat. 2 dimensions, pedestrian, a dry Lindemans. The sparks on my tongue comes more from carbonation that sour, it's a fizzy soda with a hint of disappointment. A Kriek version of Fat Tire, the safe way to brew.

olympuszymurgus, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Kenzie
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I've come across quite a bit of beers brewed with cherries just in the past year, most of them highly enjoyable. I decided to give the Kriek a try, though I was worried it might be a little too cherry because the description on the bottle didn't give me much else to go by.

Upon opening and pouring the bottle, I realized the ale was just what I was afraid of. The appearance resembled more of a mead and seemed over fruity. In taste the beer was more tart then I expected, which was it's only attribute. There was not much body or other layers going on for the beer, just overly sweet cherry that resembled cough syrup. I almost felt like I was drinking cheap wine.

I have many great lambics but would not buy this beer again. I do not feel the same way about other beers on the Lips of Faith line, but this one was just not for me. I actually did not finish my beer which is rare. The only use I could make of it would be to cook with it.

Kenzie, May 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

jessicapreuss, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

oline73, May 28, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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