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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-02-2013 02:14:46 | More by Jame515
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-27-2013 20:48:15 | More by Zachtheporter
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-20-2014 21:23:23 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

06-04-2014 00:57:07 | More by mltobin
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2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle received in trade with knucks999. Thanks. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a bright red, almost cranberry juice like in appearance with a quickly fading and fizzy half finger of soda-like pink foam on top. Good clarity, no lacing left on the glass.

S - Fruity, sour cherries, a tiny bit of funkiness in it, smells a bit like some kind of artificial sweetener, a small indication of some sourness overall. Smells a bit cranberryish too.

T - Taste closely follows the aroma. Funny fruitiness in there...not really getting cherries, I'm still thinking cranberries, but with the same weird artificial sweetener character. Not like a traditional kriek and not like the sweetened Lindemans kriek either. Somewhere in the middle...seems like it can't decide what it is, and doesn't do it very well either.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation too. Strangely sweet and just a bit strange overall...drying, sorta lick your lips to get the flavor off sensation. Just a little odd, like everything else about this beer.

D - Hmm, not really enjoying this beer very much...and I really wanted to also. Should've listened to knucks999 - warned me it was a bit off, but I had to try anyway. Just strange...tastes more like homemade red wine that was made with a bad kit and not totally fermented out before bottling. I'm usually a fan of the New Belgium Lips of Faith series beer, but this one totally misses the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 17:00:01 | More by portia99
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-19-2013 16:44:45 | More by Photekut
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4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 04:16:23 | More by MattyG85
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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear berry reddish, pink with 1 finger of pink head and spotty lacing.

S - Musty, light medicinal cherry and raspberry. Hint of oak.

T - Tart cherry juice, maybe even a touch syrupy. Graham crackers with some sweetness. Pilsner malt graininess with some fruity lager characters that tend to take away from the tart cherry. Maybe a higher lambic ratio would have helped?

M - medium body with little carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel that turns to a lingering dryness.

D - A bit of a mess in my opinion. Not bad but I expected much more after having tried many NB sours at various festivals. More lambic is needed in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 01:04:43 | More by brewcrew76
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up in NC after the Sexual Chocolate release. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an Ithaca tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head coarse pink head with moderate retention. Beer is a gorgeous crystal clear dark red satin. Lacing is spotty but hangs out for longer than expected.

S: Moderatly boozy nose which is unexpected. Ripe black cherry tartness along with an unmistakable oakiness. Sugar at points also.

T: Opens watery, slightly tart with a cherry sweetness. No flavor really shines here as everything is very muddled. Finishes strongly boozy and this assaults my throat as I fight to get it down. Very acidic with a weird hop character in the middle that appears very out of place.

M: Medium bodied, coarse and extremely watered down. Perhaps this was in the barrels too long... perhaps not long enough, perhaps it was the ocean air. Whatever it is, it didn't work. Finish is slightly dry, which is weird since the rest of it is so watery.

D: Not one of New Belgiums winner, I feel like this beer has a serious identity crisis. It thinks it's a lambic but everything screams fruit beer or cheap wine. Body is too watery and it takes away a lot from the already light flavor. A stunning beer to look at though...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:18:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served chilled in a tulip. This beer came my way via my SS 2010. Thanks again man!

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light cranberry coloration. The head is a lightly pink stained white coloration. The head resolves into a thin ring of film.

Smell: Tart cherries and slightly sweeter cherries great my nose. I smell the oak in the aroma but somehow the lactic buggy tones are overly subtle. The smell of the beer is bland.

Taste: Sweet cherries give way to a lightly tart cherry flavor. The flavor has tanic tones and again a vaguely lactic nature. The flavor leaves me a bit flat. Over all I find the beers flavor bland.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light not watery. The lactic tones are never to the puckering level. Alcohol is nowhere present in the flavor. If its possible the beers mouthfeel is bland. The beer isnt a drain pour but I became quickly bored with it. This beer was a major let down.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 16:03:01 | More by nlmartin
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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a luxurious dark ruby red with pink head that recedes to a thin rim lace. Nose isn't as assertive as other examples of Kriek, and I'm able to note a slightly herbal sour cherry with a hint of barnyard funk in the background. Luckily the barnyard isn't there on the palate, as the sour cherry with light baking spices take over. Not as sour as beers known to be sour, and not as cherried as most cherry beers, especially when compared to Lindeman's. Drinkable, but not exciting as far as a Kriek goes.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 02:35:06 | More by yemenmocha
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear ruby color with three fingers of pink head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Tart cherries up front with some lacto sour notes followed by sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and lighter fruit aromas.

T: Tart and dry cherry flavors dominate here with some oaky notes as well as Champagne-like flavors. There are some sweeter candy sugar and fermented fruit flavors underneath that lead to a clean, tart finish that is just slightly boozy.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as crisp as I'd like, but avoids being too think or watery.

O: A pretty decent take on the style overall. I'd like it to be a bit more sour and tart, but it's enjoyable and drinkable for an 8% lambic.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 22:17:32 | More by n2185
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-09-2013 18:54:16 | More by vermilcj
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-28-2011 03:54:33 | More by tbeq00
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2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a red color with a light pink head which fades quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma has a combination of sweet and tart cherries with green apple. Not overly appealing.

The taste has tart cherries, with a little bit of sweetness and green apples. Quite a bit of tartness and some oak as well. Not one of the better tasting Lambics I have had.

Light to medium bodied with below average carbonation. Has a dry finish. I am not very impressed by this beer. It was stored properly. Just not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:22:58 | More by hardy008
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

05-30-2014 01:23:18 | More by krome
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-16-2013 08:02:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-26-2013 21:58:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie fonteinen tumbler.

Clear lava body with an active sudsy brilliant lavender head which recedes to a persistent half-pinkie of foam. Lacing is sandy and fast moving, though a few weeping willow patterns remain behind.

Smells of tart cherry with a hint of citrus (from hops?) and very mild yeast. Subdued, but inviting.

The flavor unfortunately tastes like a watered down lambic - while the fruit is still present, there are no wild flavors present whatsoever. The malt and alcohol mid-palate add some interest, but the alcohol runs over the delicate fruit flavor, making the cherry seem almost artificial, though you can tell the base kriek is pure.

Not quite medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, somewhat creamy and smooth, and surprisingly warming (though not hot).

Easy drinking and refreshing, but I can't get over the feeling that this is a waste of good kriek...as an overall beer, this might be a little underrated, but it just doesn't live up to the style.

While I applaud New Belgium's experimentation, sometimes you just can't improve upon tradition.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 01:53:38 | More by augustgarage
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cranberry red with a tight pink head. This beer really defies a style. Lambic mixed with a lager. The lager really cuts the tartness of the cherries. Instead of finishing tart, like you would expect, it finishes smooth. Taste of cherry is at the forefront. It doesn't finish as tart as I would like but it's pretty good. very dirnkable if you are in the mood for something different.
All in all a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:00:58 | More by kbutler1
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-19-2013 20:37:52 | More by Keith_R
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-23-2013 16:27:15 | More by jmarsh123
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-16-2011 23:04:12 | More by codynevels
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-12-2013 01:42:55 | More by randylangford
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-09-2013 21:12:43 | More by jacewg
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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