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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 748
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 44
Gots: 89 | FT: 5
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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 Jayli
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Icehouse57
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

VERY NICE! (592 characters)

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (375 characters)

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 MrHungryMonkey
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -14%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, im pretty sure it said 5.5% abv, not 8%

this was gifted to me by a friend who assumed all "lips of faith" releases are created equally

appearance: really a fantastic bottle design - very sharp...served in new glarus flute, pale strawberry body, very light white foam - no lace.

smell: tart cranberry, cherry, vinegar, apple peel

taste: not a huge fan of the kriek sub-genre...this one provides the vinegar you'd expect, sourness is downnplayed - tart cherry and cranberry, light oak. nothing really that wrong with this one - just not something i would turn to again

mouthfeel: sourness in an unpleasant way, vinegary

drinkability: ok (654 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Goat. I find NB hit or miss, but I do like krieks.

Appearance- A lovely deep ruby color. Quite red. Nice pink head. Very pretty.

Smell- Lots of fruit. Sweet cherries and a touch of tart cranberry.

Taste- Ugh. Just a watered down kriek. There is some nice fruit, and a good hint of funkiness. I like the tartness, and cranberry comes through. But it's just too watery. It's like a Cap Cod where all the ice has melted. Just a shame.

Mouthfeel- Too creamy. The lager is not doing it favors. I want a lighter, more carbonated feel.

Drinkability- Goes down very easy. But that's sort of the problem.

This should be a good beer. It's got a really nice kriek in there somewhere but the mix isn't doing it any favors. They ruined a perfectly good beer by getting too creative. Disappointing. (803 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a bright ruby red color, almost like cranberry juice. It started off with a thin pink head that left some moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherry juice. It has a little sweetness to the nose as well but not much else. The taste has a moderate cherry tartness but isn't very sour. The cherry juice flavor really dominates more then anything else.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average, but perhaps lower then it should be for the style. Drinkability is average for the style. It had some nice cherry flavors but tasted more like a cherry juice then a lambic beer. (681 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no freshness date pours a reddish amber hue with a fluffy cap of pink foam. Yes, thats right...bright pink. Head falls pretty quick and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

Nose has a nice, tart cherry aroma. Some sweet, light grains are detectable but the cherries really carry the majority of the load. Smells delicious, but not an abundance of sour notes here.

Why mix what seems to be a perfectly good kriek with a regular 'ol lager? Totally dilutes the tart and sour aspects of a lambic, you can tell what was in place before the lager addition as some mild acidic and sour notes are there. That said, it is still plenty enjoyable and is by far the most chuggable lambic ever created. The cherry flavors taste really good and natural. Slight medicinal sting at the end, but does not detract from the beer in any way for me. Grainy malts are expectedly prevalent and lend some sweetness to the beer. Mouthfeel is great and glides down the throat with ease and the 8% ABV is nowhere in sight. I enjoyed drinking this beer and will not have any problem finishing this whole bomber by myself, but going into this thinking authentic Belgian Kriek - one is bound to be disappointed. (1,206 characters)

Photo of portia99
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of SShelly
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber, crystal clear, slight offwhite head.

Aroma is tart cherries and slight sweetness. Touch of more potent sour as it warms.

Light tart upfront with sweet cherry tang, kind of a weak finish, just a light tart, leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkable, not spectacular... (290 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)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the RR glass that I use for all beers of this style.

A: Pours a deep red with a thin pink head that settles rather quckly. Carbonation is goos, as well as lacing, but head retention is rather weak.

S: Lots of cherry on the nose, with some must and earth. Brett gives the aroma some funk, but less than I would have expected.

T: Sour cherry, lemon, and barnyard are most prominent, with some sweet malt notes. Hops are nearly undetectable, except for the slightly bitter finish the beer gives.

M: Medium bodied. This beer has almost too much cherry flavor, along with the alc, making it a bit cloying.

D: This is a good beer, but it is not exactly a good example of the style. There is still something that tastes artificial about it to me. However, it is a stepping stone to other beers. (805 characters)

Photo of Chambic
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

02.07.10 at Toronado

A: so promising, with its pretty, clear ruby color

S: fruit-forward, mostly cherries, of course, and can sense a touch of sour

T: whoa, am I drinking carbonated grenadine?

M: fully syrup-like, but with a drier-than-expected finish

D: I could, but I probably won't

What am I going to do with the 750mL I have at home? I was expecting so much more from this, especially since I'm not in love with their Kriek, either. How long can I age something with that much fruit in it? Would that even help? (521 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pink tinged, off-white colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. Quite a bit of grassy grain aromatics greet me as I first smell this beer, underneath this is a washed out vinegar note and perhaps a touch of cherry character. The nose is not at all what I was expecting, or even what I was not expecting; it is neither super cherry like, nor is it particularly funky or sour, instead it is fairly muted overall. A hint of acetone is noticeable as well as a hint of hot alcohol; this last is more noticeable as the beer warms up.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I thought it would be. There is a light tartness to this beer as well as a touch of a cherry backbone. A touch of spicy, lightly warming alcohol and a touch of acetone add a touch of sharpness to the finish. There is a definite buttery note here, it isn't too big, but definitely comes off as a flaw of diacetyl; this note is actually pretty subtle and I am somewhat sensitive to it. Perhaps a bit more light bodied than I might like, though it is certainly quaffable (if you can get past the flavor) and not quite watery. There is a hint of grassy grain here (though not as much as was in the nose), as well as a bit of caramelized malt complexity.

My memory may be a bit weak, but I think this is actually weaker than the original, lower alcohol release. I was at least expecting a bright cherry note here, but that isn't here and neither is a pronounced funkiness or sourness. Somehow this beer has been a disappointment from what I was even expecting; it is just too bland overall. Still this is not a horrible beer, just not exactly what I was hoping for. (1,877 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 sleepydave
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abuliarose and Sisuspeed for sharing this one with me!

Poured into a White Birch Tulip reveals an oddly cherry 7up like beverage. A beautiful garnet color, crystal clear save for the mass of bubbles floating up. The head dissipates instantly into a tiny ring of white suds. Not a whole lot to comment on here, looks like a kriek blended with seven up. Pinkish and highly carbed albeit without much head.

Oh wow, this would be a great starter kriek for someone. Almost hard to tell this is beer, it smells like cherry 7up too! A slight cranberry zing makes up the tartness though. That's nearly it. Almost no alcohol on the nose.

The base pale ale that the kriek was mixed with is barely perceivable in the taste and nonexistent in the nose. I'd say the kriek overpowered the pale, but it strikes me as more soda like than kriek. Definitely would recommend this as a starter for someone who isn't into a full five card pucker face. (Wow, I hate myself for that phrasing but I am going to keep it haha)

As drinkable as what I am convinced it has in it, cherry 7up. Great date beer I could see though. Mouthfeel and carbonation are again just like cherry 7up to me. It looks great, but it lacks complexity of any nature and for the style I see that as a rather glaring omission. But it is well done in it's simplicity. I get barely a hint of 8% alcohol, the carbonation seems to just carry it down the hatch. Very well masked.

Glad I got to try it but unless I get tired of watching my friends wince at the sourness of most of what I serve, I won't be looking to pick it up. Possibly for someone who doesn't like beery beers or sour sours though. (1,659 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the body is a clear, red, slightly grape juice like color with a frothy pink head. Is this beer? Looks like juice or wine with a nice head.

The smell is sweet and sour with vinegar notes. Fruits, mostly cherries and grapes, with just a touch of alcohol.

Tipping back the glass reveals a rush of sweet, tart cherries and cranberries. Some vinegar taste and again, a touch of alcohol. The tartness is nice, but not overwhelming. Unfortunately, the flavor seems like cherry cough syrup at times. Some grapefruit notes come through as well. Overall, the flavor is fairly one-dimensional, but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with delicate carbonation. Tartness from the cherries may make your mouth pucker a little.

Drinkability is about average. A little on the sweet side and at times the flavor is too reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. However, sometimes when I take a sip, the beer comes across as juicy and refreshing. I guess I have mixed feelings on this one.

Overall, this is my first New Belgium brew and consequently my first from the Lips of Faith series. I feel like this beer has potential, but isn't one that I would visit again unless they revamp the recipe or lower the $15 sticker price. (1,248 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (418 characters)

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

Thanks to Matt at poker night.

A - Cherry red, 2 fingers of white head, dissipates slow. Very nice lacing.

S - Brett and sour cherries.

T - Sour cherries, brett, bittering hops and some yeast funk.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, and bitter in the mouthfeel as well.

D - Good, but slightly less bitter would be more drinkable. (336 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.96/5  rDev -14%
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... (1,245 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.