Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing
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3.25/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2009 05:16:51 | More by rpstevens
3.25/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2010 01:21:44 | More by callmescraps
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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