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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

666 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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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 Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body of Transatlantic Kriek resembles the color of cranberry juice, and it is crowned by about a finger of pinkish foam. The retention is fairly good, and a spot or two of lacing sticks around.

The aroma is a bit grainy, with only a touch of cherry to it. I really was hoping to get a big whiff of cherries, but the aroma on this one doesn't really provide a big whiff of anything. It's a pretty muted smell.

Transatlantic Kriek has a hint of tartness and a little bit of vinegar that couples with just a touch of cherry flavor. It is rounded out with a slight grainy flavor and a little bit of a malt base. Just a hint of warming from the alcohol. There isn't anything terribly wrong or "off" about the flavor, but just like the nose, it is pretty muted.

The carbonation is a little bit prickly with a fairly good body that is moderate to full. Pretty good mouthfeel.

Transatlantic Kriek was somewhat of a disappointment for me. As I said before, there is nothing wrong with it, but there isn't anything that really draws me to it either. When it is priced in the same area as a lot of belgians that are pretty good beers, that is problem.

Photo of Overlord
1.67/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours kind of a ruddy ... well, it's a bit of a reddish ... err ... yeah, it's pink. Maybe a shot of cranberry in there. Tight, pinkish white foam that died down to a thin film/crust in a few minutes.

Smells like ... kind of medicinal cherries, actually. Not much vinegar, zest, citrus, funk, what have you in the aroma. This is a lambic? Ugh. I am less than whelmed.

Taste awful. Mildly tart, but still slightly medicinal cherry, the barest, barest hint of soury/acidic twang ... it's pretty lacking, really. Just an awful herbal/medicinal/parkay flavoring to it.

Nicely carbonated.

Palate wearying, and would never touch again with a ten foot pole.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into a Great Divide tulip.

Transatlantique pours an unsightly Kool-Aid purple & rose hue. Lots of clarity to the body, as above the lavender-pink head quickly retreats to a thin ring of tiny bubbles. Largely vegetal aroma, with traces of black cherry and sour raspberries. Hints of cracker crust, floral arrangements, and tart, but overall the aroma is fairly muted.

Sour, unripened berries on the front of the palate followed by a sharp apple cider and vinegar finish. Flashes of sweetness from toasted crystal malts and cherry pie, but its lost in a messy, boozy sea of tartness. Body is uncomfortably carbonated and thin, pricking the palate in all the wrong places. Even though I'm not a huge sour beer fan, I can distinguish a well-crafted sour from one that's not. Unfortunately for New Belgium, this falls into the latter category. Pass.

Photo of JohnBender
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nickd717
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods in Los Altos, shared at a BA tasting.

A - Bright red in color with a light pink head.

S - Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and butter. Butter seems a bit out of place in this beer.

T - Cherries - tart but not as much as other krieks, funk, and buttered popcorn. Yes, buttered popcorn. Not exactly the flavor most brewers aim for in a kriek. Not too bad tasting overall, but that flavor is a little odd.

M - Body medium to light with somewhat fizzy carbonation.

D - Would be pretty high as the palate is fairly nice and the tartness is muted, but the butter really makes this a little weird.

Overall, my girlfriend liked it and I thought it was ok. Everyone else...not so much.

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atsprings
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp dark ruby red with a thin light purple head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet cherry and not much else. The taste is loads of tart cherry with an interesting malt backbone. The alcohol in this one is not that noticeable due to the extreme tartness of the beer. This is an interesting lambic, but it does not begin to compare with it's true Belgian counterparts.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes salvaged from who-knows-when.

A: Pours a light, cherry-soda red (pink, really) with a light red (pink, really) head.

S: Cherry cough syrup: sugars, some booze, cherry skins, tartness. No sourness or anything lambic-like in the nose. A valiant effort to misrepresent a time-honored style. It makes me see red (pink, really).

T: Cherry pie-like, almost. Sweet cherry, tartness, a m-i-l-d lactic sourness, some oak. I was able to tolerate it for a few sips, but then my body refused and my lips involuntarily sealed as I began bringing it to my mouth.

M: The beer doesn't seem to have mixed properly. Sips range from thin and watery to thick and sweet.

D: This is one of those beers I use as an example of why I don't take New Belgium seriously.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite pink with a tall and tight white head. Lacing is solid even though it's somewhat wispy. Clear with lots of bubbles streaming northward. Grassy and earthy aroma with plenty of cherry and raspberry notes and an underlying hard-edged alcohol note of sherry or cough syrup.

Pretty fun Kriek, a decently dry and tart version of the style. Somewhat spicy and boozy, setting it a little apart from a Belgian. Lemongrass, menthol, diacetyl, and pale malt provide the backbone. Somewhat thin on the body end, but it's buttressed by the base ale. This is a good drinker with some noticeable flaws.

Photo of MDDMD
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-light burgundy color with a nice very light pink head and decent lacing

S-cherries, slight yeast funk, hint of vinegar

T-mildly tart cherries, little red wine vinegar, slight caramel sweetness, lemon, no significant malt base noted

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little tart

O-base of this beer just doesn't come through for me, the cherry flavor is actually decent, but sweetness comes through and no base makes this miss for me

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle thrown in as an extra by tytoanderso, a ridiculously generous trader.

Bottled on June 25, 2009

A - Beautiful ruby hue with a thin pink head and blots of lace everywhere.

S - The smell is trapped between interesting and unappealing, trending towards the former. Buttery, biscuity malt and husky grain flavors mix with a lager-ish hop, flavored with cherry.

T - The designation 'Kriek' on a beer, to me, suggests a flavor profile not dissimilar to a tart cherry pie; instead, this has a taste reminiscent of something like a sourdough English muffin with butter and cherry jam. I am sure it is not the flavor expected by many; I know that I was thrown for a loop. It tastes like a fruit beer, certainly not a Kriek. The flavor is to some degree akin to a continental lager, but spiced and flavored substantially with fruit. Big Chardonnay flavors linger on the finish.

M - Very much the worst aspect of this brew; the mouthfeel is like a run-of-the-mill lager, rendering this brew far too evocative of the glut of cheap fruit beer.

D - Interesting, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2014 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of pink head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, sweet. and fairly tart aroma with big hints of cherries, oak, and acid. Huge aroma of tart and sweet cherries throughout with some hints of berries, green apple, and strawberry rhubarb. Fruit aroma is fairly jammy and tart with mild sourness. Hints of vinegar, funk, and acid. Oak barrel comes through. Pale malt background with hints of wheat, lager yeast, caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, sweet, and tart fruit forward taste with big notes of cherries, yeast, and other fruits. Upfront big jammy taste of sweet and tart cherries along with other juicy fruit notes including green apple, berries, grape, and strawberry rhubarb. Funky and acidic notes along with some vinegar and sugar. Barrel notes of oak. Bready pale malt with some notes of caramel, wheat, cracker, lager yeast, biscuit, and grains. A very good fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly tart. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Lambic. Good fruity notes with a balanced tartness and sweetness.

Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Papago in Scottsdale and flown back to Cleveland. Split with friends in an impromptu Saturday night tasting extravaganza.

Pour is gorgeous. Red cherry color with white froth that sticks around.

Smells like cherry and a light sweet malt base.

Taste is quite interesting. I know that this doesn't get it's props, but I found this beer to be a great change of pace. The cherry sourness is moderate but not lingering. The non-lambic part of the equation really smoothes this out and different aspects of the New Belgium and Boon contributions are really quite identifiable. Do they make each other better? Not necessarily, but they do bring distinct elements that play really nicely together. I didn't get any medicinal flavors that others have noted.

The mouthfeel is good. The sour sting fades wonderfully with the carb. There is a slight watery feel on the end.

Drinkability is good. Not too sour, nice change of pace for me. I liked this very much, and all in attendance enjoyed the chance to savor this. Wish I had brought a few more back to work on my friends who are just getting into sours.

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.