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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 27.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 93 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 JAXSON
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear red. Mild nose, some cherries, not offensive or medicinal which is really something, I'm finding. After about 10 krieks today it's difficult to pull out nuances and general descriptors here. My notes say "Succeeds in being not sweet, fails in otherwise succeeding." Then my notes just say "A bit metallic an" and it ends there. Another classic.

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Photo of BDJake
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like an opaque black-cherry soda, with a small head that dissipated quickly atop a translucent dark ruby. Cherries and plum made up the bulk of the aroma, with little else other than the fruity aromas. Nice tart notes stand out over the cherry sweetness, and it has a nice boozy warmth to it. Lighter body than the abv would suggest, and carbonation faded quickly- all with a sour aftertaste. Went down a bit quickly, but not one I could see myself drinking all the time.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean deep cherry red hue, with a thin head that dissipates quickly with not much lacing.

S: Cherry Garcia ice cream, fresh plums, not much in the way of funk for me at all. The overall bouquet was nice but pretty weak.

T: Pretty good balance of sweet and sour, but unfortunately the sweet ends up overpowering the nice tartness of this ale - cherry pie, some booziness with some malt in the mix too.

M: Light bodied, kind of thin on the palate and not enough carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinker, but just not that great of Lambic. I'll try it again if they re-release it in 2011.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rosy red with a decent half-inch of light pink head that fizzles out pretty quickly.

S- Tart cherries and a touch of barnyard funk. A little sweet malt in there as well. Like a traditional lambic, but a little toned-down. Very nice, though.

T- Blast of sour upfront segues into a bit of grainy malt. There's a bit of a strange bitterness in there... I can't tell if it's from hops, alcohol, or what. Not much in the way of cherry flavor, maybe a little on the finish. Again, like a toned-down cherry lambic.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied with a nice fizzy carbonation.

D- Pretty high, actually. Drinks like a 5% beer -- I can't detect the alcohol anywhere. I'll be able to finish the bomber no problem.

This is a decent, but not great, beer. I enjoyed it for the most part. As far as the flavor is concerned, I would have liked a little more of everything: sourness, funk, cherries, etc. It would be a nice introduction to sours for the uninitiated. All in all it's not bad, but if you're looking for a top-notch sour, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The colro is a hazy red with a foamy pinkinh head with no lacing on the glass.

The smell is deep cherry with a funky sweet flavor. There so cough syrup flavor there that draws me off a little but is mixed with a little juicey flavor that even things a bit.

The taste is fruity and does not give off that cough syrup flavor. There is a sweetness that is a little like candy but then also has a big of sourness on it's shoulders. Nice cherry flavor with touches of a suagry flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a sweet aftertaste. It goes down with ease and is pretty silky.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. $15 - 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful purple-red, like plums or beets! Thin pink head and lots of tiny cascading bubbles. One of the prettiest beers I've ever laid eyes on!

Nose: Dominated by that classic stinky, barnyard-y black cherry aroma of classic Kriek's. Also some raspberry and blossoms.

Palate is crisp at first with acidity, but there's creeping sweetness. The flavor of really ripe fleshy cherries, almost like cherry pie filling really. There's a strange dichotomy here: it's super crisp and light at times like a Belgian Pale/Golden Ale and other sips are fat and sweet like pie. Some faint earth and a little worn saddle leather.

Notes: An interesting brew, and unique. But...I'm pretty sure I could tell you that it's got Boon in it. Don't really see the New Belgium influence on the beer. Glad I bought it though!

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Photo of Docer
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA poured into a tulip...

- Copper red clear brew... lots of dark currant color going on.. quick fizzy white head w/ a purple hue... leaves some spotting and a small ring.

- Some bready funk, wheat, biscuit, musty horse blanket... tart cherries, candy, wood... zest, grassy... earthy

- Bit of a caramel malt backbone to a sweet oaky and musty cherry... not overly tart at all... yet zesty from the cherry.... still the sweetness dominates.

- Light bodied, slightly syrupy, and sticky.

- Overall I am not too impressed with this one... and I am curious as to what this would be like soured.. blended, and aged. Overall ok. For $14, most likely won't be buying it again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of vincicle
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a want of mine since before I could legally drink it after touring the new belgium brewery in college. It dissappeared and I only found it again recently. I say this because the anticipation only built up my desire to really like this beer.
The pour was a delightful carmine red with a thin, glass edge head. Smells of cherries with a light malts and subtle brandy. Taste is fruity with a light tartness overpowered by ligering fructose. The beer does have a slight "soda" feel but is not sickeningly sweet. This is not a beer that you can drink everyday but it is a perfect pairing to the end of a meal or as an introduction of belgium krieks for a signifcant other.

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Photo of popery
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a very good kriek but still an enjoyable beer. The beer is a dull maroon with a small but dissipating white head. Somehow, the look fits the beer. The aroma is mostly cherries but not terribly clean. There's some cough syrup in there. The beer is also a bit sweet and lacking in intensity of flavor. It's a washed out kriek that's easy to drink but not compelling. There's some sour character and acidity. It's mildly tart on the palate. Feel seems appropriate. Good enough fruit beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red in color, with pink head on top.

S: Almond, sweet/tart cherry filling. Some light caramel, and dark berries.

T: Tart if the first thing that hits. The tartness comes on strong, then fades into a cherry flavor. It leaves your mouth fairly quickly leaving just a hint of almond.

M: Light body, but effervescent carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Nice, a good sour hit, but does not have the long lingering sourness I would expect. The finish dry, and very clean.

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Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally bought this for my wife who loves those candy-like lambics. Needless to say, she did not like it as much.

A= pale red hues and effervescence lights up the glass. Good head retention.

S= dark fermented cherry and vineous notes on the nose.

T= strong dark fruit bitterness bites at first followed by a definite lager yeast backbone. This is very fruity and dry like a white wine. Surprisingly pleasing.

M= as noted, it is light and dry. Very refreshing.

O= overall, this looks like a beer my wife should be drinking, but the 8% abv makes it manly enough for me to drink with familiar people in the privacy of my own home;)

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is a dark red and carmine color with just a thin layer of head resting on top. Well, perhaps resting isn't the correct word. It's running away, and it only lasts a few seconds. The beer is slightly effervescent, with a few small dashes of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: I've seen a number of people describe the nose and palate being medicinal, but I'm not getting it. The nose has a nice cherry and blackberry aroma, a little acid from the cherries and yeast/bacteria, and finally a very faint, but pleasant barnyard note.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose; more cherries, blackberries, a nice acidic edge, and a faint barnyard note. The beer isn't overwhelmingly sour, I could see this being an enjoyable beer for someone who isn't into sour beers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is usually a complaint for me, but the carbonation is just right as soon as I cracked open the bottle. As always, I love letting my beer sit and lose some of the carbonation dioxide, but it's good right at the starting gate. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability: It's a relatively high alcohol lambic, but having one bomber of these in an evening is just enough. This is a really well put together beer from Brewerij Boon and New Belgium. An interesting way to brew a beer, though I can't imagine it being that cost effective. I'll be adding this to my crate again in the future.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into brandy snifter.

A: Bright garnet body with a small pink head that quickly vanishes leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface. Wife says it looks like black cherry Koolaid. Would like to see a bigger head and a bit deeper color.

S: Belgian yeast aromas at the forefront with a hint of funky sourness. The cherry scent comes through with just a hint of sweetness. Nothing too out of the ordinary, good or bad.

T: Very faint cherry flavor, and a very modest level of sour. Seems like they were playing it safe. Not much to say. A bit bland, and not much aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation, and a light dry body. Very mild sour pucker that can be felt on the tongue.

D: Due in part to its "safe" flavor and light crisp mouth, this lambic is very approachable. An entire bottle can vanish very quickly.

O: Good introduction to what kriek should be, rather than the artificial candy sweetness of another more well known brand. Still a very bland offering that seems to want to please everyone, and succeeds in pleasing very few.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Plaza Wine in O'Fallon, IL
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 7/10

A: This beer pours a crystal clear ruby color with a two finger of light pinkish, rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big clumps of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is tart, tart, tart. Cherries, and cranberries, with some hints of blueberry and raspberry.

T: Taste is ridiculously fruity, but in a good way. Not even remotely as tart as the nose implied. Taste was tart cherry and cranberry up front but then quickly mellows out. A blueberry and even strawberry mix really fill out the middle and finish of this beer. Cherry tartness lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy feel on this.

D: Goes down very easy, nice kick, alcohol is well hidden. This is one that I could sit with all night.

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Photo of Icehouse57
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second attempt at the lips of faith series. First was the sour brown ale, which I also liked!

Appearance.... cross between a cola and a red wine. That kind of brownish red color that doesn't quite fit the description of garnet.

Smell was very nice. Sour cherries, oak, a hint of vinegar in the smell.

Taste- Sour cherries, malt, a hint of hop bitterness, oak

Mouthfeel was nice and light. Slightly under carbonated in my opinion. Not much lace on the glass.

Drinkability- If you've had lindeman's, this is not anywhere near it. This being SO MUCH BETTER! Clean dry finish.


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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby color with a pink head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of tart cherries

T - Follows the nose with tart sour cherries

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the most true to style beer out there I still liked it for the most part La Folie is a lot better but hey NB is trying to do something different

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity and sour, makes my mouth water. Smells good.

Pours clear red, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Sour and fruity - softly cherry-like, with some very mild cough syrup kind of flavor under a nice sourness. Soft floral/perfume tones. Soft sweetness. Finishes softly tart. Tastes good. Feels nice. Good drinkability.

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Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice red that is slightly cloudy and has enough effervescence to amass two fingers of white small bubbled suds.
Smells very cherry with an oakyness that seems to make it more sour.
The flavor is where this thing goes wrong. Too thin of a flavor for my tastes. Sure there is sour here but its weak at best. For 14 bucks this ought to be a kick-a$$ sour beer. It isn't.
They have La Folie, why can't they just make something along those lines?
Mouthfeel is cleen and this is one of the better assets/aspects of this beer.
Drinkability is good here but only as good as the beer tastes.
The best thing about this beer is the way it hides the 8%abv. This has the potential of being a fantastic high rated brew from a company that knows how to make a fantastic sour ale.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy ruby blood-red color that produced a quickly dissipating pink head.

(S)- Tons of creamy cherry pie aromas. Very juice-like of cranberry/cherry combo. Just a small bit of yeast.

(T)- Rather thin fruit flavors. Slightly dry with a mild yeast kick. The good fruits are tasted initially, but just disappear off the tongue into a bland finish.

(M)- A very low carbonation for the style. Because of that, it feels rather syrupy in texture, but in flavor almost tastes watered down.

(D)- I am not very impressed with this Kriek. Its rather boring. I enjoy breweries trying more obscure beer styles, but I am not a fan of this one. Particularly when the style is referenced, this doesnt follow it well. For $11.99 a bottle, I was even more disappointed.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with a buddy at Beermongers in Portland, OR. Poured into a Saison Dupont 12 oz tumbler.

appearance - poured a rich transparent red with a pink head, medium lacing

smell - cherry dominates the nose

taste - cherry up front, but a bit diluted, not a lot of complexity

mouthfeel - medium with some light carbonation that has a subtle bite near the end

drinkability - gets better as it warms but starts to fatigue as it gets near the end

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.