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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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).

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

unfortunately the best feature of this beer is the bottle, damn it looks cool, but this beer is average at best. the pour is flamboyantly pink, thicker than most krieks, with airy white lacing all over the glass. the nose is overly sweet, even for the style, like canned cherries that you get on your Belgian waffle at denny's. not nice. I don't get much of that tart acidic lambic yeast character at all, just more like a sweet American syrupy fruit beer. the flavor is equally disappointing, its lacking that sharpness. especially for almost 20 bucks a bottle, this is a farce. teeth rotting sugary finish, cherries seem artificial, and the pucker is entirely absent. also the alcohol stands out a bit, which is unbecoming to a kriek. I was really let down by this, and to charge that price makes me angry at new Belgium, who hasn't done anything at all to impress me for some time now. too much body, fine carbonation, but its too late for the feel to help anything. overall save yourself some money and skip this substandard offering.

Photo of largadeer
1.12/5  rDev -68%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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 a 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.

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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