Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems very "Boon". After having several from that brewery, I can see a lot of similar characteristics.

Pours a clear red with a pink head. Very fruit beer-esqe. Nose is antiseptic with mild cherries. Flavor is extremely dry. Extremely. Strong cherry tone. Medicinal funk. It's bone dry though; that being the main thing you notice here. A very good and "old world" beer.

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3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz tulip bowl glass in the VIP tent at the brewery during Denver Beer Week last October, from copious, heretofore seemingly lost notes. Better late than never, I guess!

This beer appears a clear, bright magenta-amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy cotton-candy pink head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of musty, lightly tart raw cherries, earthy yeast, bready caramel malt, red wine vinegar, soft oak barrel notes - grainy wood and warm vanilla, mostly - an ethereal funk, and tame floral, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour cherry, with the vinegar character in retreat, dark fruit wine, gritty pale malt, ethereal yeast and earthy funk, and weedy, leafy, and slightly perfumed (from the well-masked 8 points of alcohol) hops.

The bubbles are quite tight in their edgy, flinty demeanor, the body a stodgy medium weight, and sort of thin in its smoothness, the fruity sourness taking it down a peg or five. It finishes dry, fruity, and vinous, the cherry essence doing well to persist, among some growing wooden barrel astringency.

A fairly edgy, tart, and somewhat complex kriek ale, the cherry definitely in charge, but it seems to have a multiple personality disorder, as it wafts from fruity, to woody, to yeasty in its impression. Not an overly bad thing, but it makes the blend appear to not really be working. Something interesting to sip on in the nice Front Range autumn sunshine, so I'm glad I got to try it here, as the retail bottle price seems a bit steep, from what I've heard.

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4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- rosey like a dark blush wine. Very light carbonation.

Aroma- tart pie cherries with slight floral hop wiff.

Taste- A superb brew. Starts with an instant of sweet cherries then quickly transitions to a sour cherry-apple cider vinegar-tonic, finishing dry with a subtle hint of cherry pie and white grape. The 8% ABV is very well masked. Oh, this is a superb work of brewing art.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/21/14. Bought locally in Austin at Spec's.

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.