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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 37
Gots: 40 | 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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-22-2012 23:49:29 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy cherry/cranberry juice color with a fizzy small light red head that fades to nothing. No lacing going on.

S - Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, and funky yeast.

T - Sour cherries, vinegar, earthy funk.

M - Super carbonated. Crisp and fizzy.

D - Excellent. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:07:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-16-2012 18:44:16 | More by djrn2
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is bright, bright red with a lightly-pink-hued head that bubbles up and falls down without leaving anything behind. The nose is a bit sour with quite a bit of cherries. Nothing all that complex. There is some moderate funk and a bit of a cherry-pie presence. The flavor is more of the same. There is a strong cherry presence along with a bit of funky sourness. Mouthfeel is nice as it positions the tart cherries against the acidity. An okay beer, but if I'm going with a New Belgium sour, I'd prefer La Folie (preferably C&C).

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 10:53:07 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherry color with a foamy pink head that leaves plenty of lacing around the snifter

Smell: Fruity aroma that is vaguely reminiscent of cherry licorice; just a slight hint of the barnyard

Taste: Tastes like a hard cherry candy without the overwhelming sweetness; in the finish, there is a bit of funk but not nearly enough to be considered a kriek

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather disappointing from a brewery that delivers La Folie; easy to drink, but closer to a fruit beer than a kriek

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:29:13 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. ]cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor but somehow it just seemed to be of in a way that is hard to describe. you can tell what it was supposed to be but somehow just did not work. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

overall it was ok, nothing special by any means but still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:32:42 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -28%

03-12-2012 01:29:40 | More by nmann08
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2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear, pale red color with a pink head which dissipates rather quickly.

S: The aroma is sweet cherries, almost maraschino like, or perhaps grenadine.

T: The taste is much the same as the nose. The flavor is somewhat reminiscent of the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (in terms of the sweetness). The problem is, this is supposed to be a kriek. Again, that fake, sweet cherry flavor is the primary component.

M: The mouthfeel is one of the better features of the beer (the other bering appearance). Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Probably the worst of the Lips of Faith beers. In theory, this should be great, but it just comes out as a sugar bomb with hardly any features of the actual lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 22:01:05 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

10-21-2013 20:22:59 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-22-2013 00:09:01 | More by kjkinsey
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-21-2013 20:38:21 | More by jaydoc
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-09-2013 22:38:16 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-14-2011 10:23:36 | More by Texasfan549
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-12-2012 05:04:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

06-16-2014 01:10:29 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-02-2013 17:14:48 | More by GRG1313
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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Who knew the French knew how to cross the Pond? Just wonderin'. This apparent bit of proof pours a slightly hazy ruby red grapefruit juice topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light cherry, ruby red grapefruit, and what seems like a light cocoa. The taste brings in more cherry, along with some oak, cedar, and a touch of dark peach. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I enjoyed this bit o' kriek: It's nothing mind-blowing, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:30:25 | More by TMoney2591
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks the part of a Kriek, all bright crimson and pink foam, which lasts for a good while. The head sticks a bit at the edges, and begins to look magenta over time.

Smell is dead musty grain, with some minor cherry sweetness that brings it back from the grave. You'd think with real traditional Boon lambic in here it would smell funky at least.

Taste is pretty good. Lots of diacetyl though that puts a damper on things. The saving grace is the *tart* cherry that is underlying, and lasts into the aftertaste. A bit of graininess also keeps it from being stellar. NB website states they blended lambic with a golden lager...why? That might account for the stale graininess. Bottle says "45% ale w/ cherries added, 55% ale". The malt used gives it flavor that vaguely resembles pie crust.

Body is full and mildly tart, not quite into cheek sucking territory...Kriek with training wheels. Thankfully it's easy to drink, but at $15 I won't be trying it again.

Conceptually this should be a homerun out of the park, but ultimately the blend isn't flattering to either producer. Boon Oud Kriek kicks TK's ass all up and down, and conversely La Folie gives Boon a run for it's money. In the end this is neither here nor there, but it's better than Dark Kriek, just double the price, which seems justified for importing Boon Lambic to CO to blend this brew, but too much $$$ for what you end up with.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:05:24 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-27-2011 21:22:29 | More by JAHMUR
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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:17:07 | More by zeff80
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1.1/5  rDev -68.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 16:53:55 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 04:04:15 | More by biboergosum
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

01-17-2013 22:52:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, not quite one finger, head of white foam with a tinge of pink. The body is a deep, reddish brown with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A nice aroma of dry, earthy cherries with some pilsner malt sweetness. A little bit of spicy, sour funk in the background with notes of pepper and lactic tartness.

T - Light tartness up front with sour pie cherries and a bit of bready malt. The cherries resolve further around a light herbal hop note in the middle, and while this creates a bit of cough syrup character it isn't as offensive as it sounds and it makes the cherries taste more rich and pie-like. Finishes a bit more tart with moderate malt thickness, light funk, and lots of cherry character.

M - Somewhat thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice drinkable beer with definite lambic/ real fruit character that could serve as a great introduction to the style for a novice. The lambic character isn't as intense as a traditional Kriek, but the fruit is very nice, despite a minor note of cough syrup in the middle. I am not sure why this hasn't been reviewed better than it has been, but I certainly enjoyed it. It was a bit on the expensive side for a beer that was only 55% lambic, but I picked it up at a store that marks its beer up too much IMO, so it may be more reasonable elsewhere. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer that retains a lot of the depth of its base; it is almost a sessionable lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 00:26:59 | More by nickfl
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4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 02:07:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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