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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

595 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 41
Gots: 53 | 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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Arbitrator

California

1/5  rDev -71.3%

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.

12-15-2010 03:03:22 | More by Arbitrator
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largadeer

California

1.1/5  rDev -68.4%

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.

08-13-2009 16:53:55 | More by largadeer
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analienacorn

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

04-01-2013 00:38:59 | More by analienacorn
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magictacosinus

California

1.6/5  rDev -54%

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.

09-12-2013 17:34:25 | More by magictacosinus
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Overlord

California

1.65/5  rDev -52.6%

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.

09-18-2009 07:14:42 | More by Overlord
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

08-10-2013 21:51:12 | More by AlaskanYoung
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champ103

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -44%

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.

12-30-2009 01:28:55 | More by champ103
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Johnny58

California

2/5  rDev -42.5%

07-07-2013 08:07:48 | More by Johnny58
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -42.5%

09-18-2013 14:23:47 | More by Cyclone8
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drummermattie02

Texas

2/5  rDev -42.5%

02-04-2013 22:22:33 | More by drummermattie02
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -42.5%

12-24-2011 00:00:49 | More by jophish17
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -41.7%

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.

01-18-2011 16:03:01 | More by nlmartin
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

04-23-2013 16:27:15 | More by jmarsh123
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trebbates

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

08-02-2013 15:05:01 | More by trebbates
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

05-09-2013 04:30:50 | More by sendbeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

01-17-2013 22:52:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

04-26-2013 21:58:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
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nanobrew

California

2.38/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

07-26-2011 22:11:42 | More by nanobrew
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -30.5%

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.

08-22-2009 01:27:02 | More by jrallen34
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

2.44/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

03-23-2013 22:52:06 | More by Jparker37
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olympuszymurgus

California

2.45/5  rDev -29.6%

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.

02-04-2010 18:10:34 | More by olympuszymurgus
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Kenzie

Utah

2.48/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

05-11-2013 17:32:50 | More by Kenzie
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jessicapreuss

Brazil

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-18-2013 04:05:28 | More by jessicapreuss
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oline73

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

05-28-2013 02:14:25 | More by oline73
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kbfreder

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

09-24-2013 19:32:36 | More by kbfreder
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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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