Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 741
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 45
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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). (553 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (564 characters)

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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.12/5  rDev -67.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,594 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +25%
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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of goblets.

Pours a clear rose-hued ruby in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of pinkish colored head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger that leaves back a robust cascade of sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells has a core to it of tart cherries with a sweet sugary backing, surrounded by some funkiness on the edges that has a slight acidic tinge to it.

The taste is dominant tart cherry, backed by doughy sugars, with a flush of earthy funk on the backend. The finish is dry and woody with more lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creaminess in the mouth that is not quite sharp feeling but moves pretty readily across the palate. The 8% ABV is barely detectable here.

This was OK. While the lack of depth and balance to the flavor does hurt it, I still found it strangely drinkable considering. Maybe the smoothness of the body for a bigger beer kept this in the game more than I thought it would. Anyway, it’s disappointing as a Kriek and not worth the price for it but I do have to give it some credit here. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at Francois cellar party.

No head, pink hazy color.

Nose has wafts of light cherry barely, little tart, sweet syrupy cough syrup.

taste is pretty bland, light sour cherries, very light overall cherry profile, light sourness, cough syrup, syrupy flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, feels a bit thin, lighter carb.

Overall meh, very light for a kriek, very light sour and little cherry, some cough syrup flavors too. (442 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an effervescent claret with a pinky of purple/pink head. Above average lacing & so-so head retention

S: A bit of sourness & funk, apple peels

T: Tart cherry, dryness, tartness & granny smith apple crispness up front. More dryness, a touch of cherry tartness as this warms. More apple, dryness, tartness peels & faint cherry flavor in finish

MF: Spritzy, medium bodied, carbonation tamps down quite a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, the ABV is well hidden, but not really interesting enough to want more than one bomber. Pretty much a one & done for me, was hoping for way more, not much of a Lambic (624 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"45% ale with cherries added and 55% ale." 8% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings.

A: Pours a two finger wide pink colour head. Decently creamy. Somewhat supple. Soft. Nice thickness. Decently frothy.

Body colour is a clear dark red. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style. I've seen worse.

Sm: Light sourness - mostly from lacto. Cherry syrup. Fruity. A bit artificial.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't get any malts either.

An average strength aroma.

T: I like the sourness, but the fruitiness is syrupy and artificial. Quite simple for a kriek. It's not bad, but it's far from great. Balance is okay, though it's too sugary. Reminiscent of juice.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not getting any maltiness.

Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Suits the flavour profile decently. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Drinkable. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. A disappointment from New Belgium.

Low C+ (1,301 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked up a bottle of this brew for our anniversary. Served in a champagne flute.

A - 3+ fingers of light pink foam that dissipates after a minute or so to a solid cap and leaves a few spots of soapy lacing. Transparent copper-red body with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Looks like I'd expect a kriek to look.

S - Lots of funk in this one - initially all I can smell is horsey brett with a hint of unripened cherries, but as it warms I get some graham cracker malt and a touch of diacetyl. I wish there was more cherry presence.

T - Taste is surprisingly sweet, with plenty of the graham cracker malt and a touch of cherry juice that provides a touch of tartness in the finish. Nowhere near as funky as the smell, which is a little surprising - the pendulum has swung a little too far in the other direction I fear. It's not bad, but perhaps is a little too subtle, especially compared to something like Gargamel which uses similar flavors to much greater effect.

M - Low-moderate carbonation that is somewhat surprising, and a thin body that is a little underpowered for an 8% brew. There's a bit of dryness in the finish at the top of the palate, but also some stickiness on my teeth. It's not totally what I was expecting, but other than the lack of viscosity it's not bad.

D - The lack of aggressive flavor and carbonation actually makes this surprisingly easy to pound. It's a nice high-gravity substitute for cherry juice...I guess? Not something I'll run out to buy, but a relatively pleasant way to get drunk. Still it's a little bit of a disappointment that New Belgium acquired cherries all the way from Belgium for this.

Update - just read this is a blend of a kriek by Boon and a golden lager by New Belgium. That makes a bit more sense, and while the taste of the brew obviously remains the same, my expectations would have been a whole lot different. (1,885 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I suspect that they cheated at making this beer and if not, then this beer was sick.

Beer is reddish and hazy with a thin pink head, no lacing. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks fine.

Cherry, mild wood, mild lactic note. Smells OK.

Hmmm....medium in body, really creamy in the mouth, good levels of carbonation, there is just one thing wrong with this beer, it tastes terrible. Its straight lactic acid, the cherry tartness is so late and completely absent in the front that it comes off as medicinal completely. Its like cherry candy mixed with yogurt...not my thing. I've had a lot of "lambics" and this misses the mark completely. There is no citric or acetic brightness, there is no forward cherry flavor or sweetness at all, it's a tart mess. Lactic bomb. Its not a good stand alone flavor IMO. Parallel beers balance it with fruit or make the sourness harsher with additional mixed acids. This tastes like an amateurish attempt at a sour ale by a homebrewer that realized that if he just added 1 ounce of lactic acid per gallon you would get a sour beer. Will not repeat. (1,081 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,335 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light fizzy head. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear bright grapefruit red.

Nose: All sweet cherries. Not tart. Light oak, spice. A little but of funk and medicinal notes. Nothing over the top.

Taste: Cherry cough syrup. Reminds me of cherry pie. Very sweet. Creamy. A bit of alcohol shows. Some spices and bread show. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and cloying. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, not drinkable. I won't finish a lot of this beer. Just doesn't have a lot going on. There are much better lambics out there. (565 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark red color with a white head. It is very clear. The aroma is tart cherries with some light funk. The flavor is tart cherries with some vanilla and oak. There is something at the end of the flavor that is a little off but it doesn't take away too much. This tastes a lot like a dry red wine. Low carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel. (352 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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