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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 757
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 91 | FT: 5
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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.
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/19/10

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark red color, nice head and lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a faint funkiness - this level of funk is very low, kind of like with Le Fleur Misseur - some cherry, faint malts

Taste: Interesting - slightly funky, but mostly just tastes like super-dry cherry - not really sweet - tart with some fruitiness - malts are very low on the spectrum

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light, moderately carbonated

Overall: Good, but it needs more depth

With the exception of La Folie, all of the Lips of Faith beers I have encountered have been too weak in flavor. That is not to say that they are watery, but they all have so much potential... Transatlantique Kriek has the same issue. This would be much better if it were funkier and more complex.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The colro is a hazy red with a foamy pinkinh head with no lacing on the glass.

The smell is deep cherry with a funky sweet flavor. There so cough syrup flavor there that draws me off a little but is mixed with a little juicey flavor that even things a bit.

The taste is fruity and does not give off that cough syrup flavor. There is a sweetness that is a little like candy but then also has a big of sourness on it's shoulders. Nice cherry flavor with touches of a suagry flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a sweet aftertaste. It goes down with ease and is pretty silky.

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Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.28.13

A - Pours a clear ruby red gusher with a light pink fizzy head that fades fast.

S - Dark cherries, some alcohol, and some oak. Smells nice.

T - Dark sweet cherry, wood, slight tartness in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Pretty mild.

O -Not overly sweet or tart. Easy to drink, but I wish it had more punch. Smells much nicer than it tastes.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's South Loop location, a bit high priced at $14 but worth a try giving the love of their sour beers.

Tight short off white head with a light crimson clearness that looks very nice.

A little bit of funk, deep sour cherries, big malty notes underneath, has a defined malt profile underneath everything. Liking the nose.

The flavor of solid sour cherries, slightly funky, could be more sour to match up with the Belgian stuff, not a match for New Glarus', but not bad, just a bit of a letdown on the taste. This is impressive nonetheless.

Crisp and dry, light body, but nicely balanced. A good addition to the list.

Easy to drink, refreshing, Not a bad effort if a bit pricy, I'll recommend it but try more local tries if I seek this again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, red color with a small, white head of foam that had a pinkish tint. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of tart cherries and some notes of oak.

T - Tons of sour cherry flavor with mild oak notes. There is a touch of sweetness that emerges as it warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer that hides its ABV very well.

D - This is a very nice fruit beer. A steep price tag but a very good beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of vincicle
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a want of mine since before I could legally drink it after touring the new belgium brewery in college. It dissappeared and I only found it again recently. I say this because the anticipation only built up my desire to really like this beer.
The pour was a delightful carmine red with a thin, glass edge head. Smells of cherries with a light malts and subtle brandy. Taste is fruity with a light tartness overpowered by ligering fructose. The beer does have a slight "soda" feel but is not sickeningly sweet. This is not a beer that you can drink everyday but it is a perfect pairing to the end of a meal or as an introduction of belgium krieks for a signifcant other.

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Photo of harrymel
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright, ruby pour with a pinkish head. Looks fairly clean and clean. Faint cherry and biscuit aroma. A bit sour, some lemon zing.
A cherry centered flavor combined with the yeast gives it a semi-sour cherry taste. Dry and slightly velvety on the end. Light. A bit of twang in the end as well.
Pretty good drinking, but not my cup o'tea (beer)

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic.
Appearance: Pours a very attractive red tone with a durable white/pink foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity, sour cherry aroma with a subtle lager aroma in the background.

Taste: neither too sour nor too sweet but without a satisfying amount of flavor, particularly from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation; dry finish.

Overall: Pleasant and easy drinking but still disappointing; more so after reading the back story on this collaborative kriek.

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Photo of snoopy5023
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $14. Bottle lists this at 8.0% abv.

A: Pink/red colored with a light pink head about half an inch thick. Quite clear, lots of carbonation from the nucleation point, not much head retention, a few clumps of lacing. Really a pink beer, looks a lot like cranberry juice.

S: A little bit of funk, some sour cherries, fairly medicinal, big malty note underneath, has a defined malt profile underneath everything. Interesting, but a little dull.

T: Sour cherries, slightly funky, but right when it reaches that point of no return puckering sour that a lambic has, it lets up and provides a nice sweet undertone. Quite interesting. The website notes this as being a blend of a lager and a lambic bottle says different though (45% lambic, 55%ale)...and I can see that. The two flavors blend fairly nice. Has a fairly prominent European spicy/earthy hop in the end that is surprisingly pleasant when accompanied with the sourness of the beer. This is impressive.

M: Light bodied for 8%, crisp clean feeling from the lager, and a bit of a sour pucker. Fairly dry though, and pulls the mouth all over. Quite interesting.

D: Pretty easy to drink, wouldn't be a good session though, one because of the price, and two the effort made to make this beer is impressive, best to cherish it. An interesting beer, and a very cool collaboration between Boon and New Belgium. I really want to try the original though.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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