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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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 some 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.

biboergosum, May 30, 2014
Photo of tmneyer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

tmneyer, May 30, 2014
Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

krome, May 30, 2014
Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

jgunther71, May 30, 2014
Photo of Zimm
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Zimm, May 29, 2014
Photo of Westuh
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Westuh, May 29, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

IPAchris, May 28, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

mattreitz49, May 28, 2014
Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

JGlitz87, May 28, 2014
Photo of MichPaul
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

MichPaul, May 27, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

aquazr1, May 25, 2014
Photo of DominothaDelicious
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

DominothaDelicious, May 25, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

MonkeyBread, May 24, 2014
Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

einman, May 22, 2014
Photo of utfiero
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color- rosey like a dark blush wine. Very light carbonation.

Aroma- tart pie cherries with slight floral hop wiff.

Taste- A superb brew. Starts with an instant of sweet cherries then quickly transitions to a sour cherry-apple cider vinegar-tonic, finishing dry with a subtle hint of cherry pie and white grape. The 8% ABV is very well masked. Oh, this is a superb work of brewing art.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/21/14. Bought locally in Austin at Spec's.

utfiero, May 22, 2014
Photo of starshockey9
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

starshockey9, May 21, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent ruby red. The thin light pink head quickly fades to a cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of cherry skin and vinegar.

The taste is of tart, unripe cherries, white grapes and vinegar.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

All the components of a classic kriek are here yet, nothing really pops. Somewhat mediocre.

Furlinator, May 21, 2014
Photo of SteeleWright
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

SteeleWright, May 20, 2014
Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Minnesota_beer_guy, May 19, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Tipples. Pours bright ruby reddish almost fuscoa purple with a pretty pink head that fizzes out after about a minute. Aroma is dry wheat malt, sweet maraschino cherries, not a lot more here but pleasant enough. Flavor has no real sourness expected from the style, but not medicinal. Light tartness if I look hard for it. Seems like an amped up Sam Adams cherry wheat. Cherry juice and malt are dominant with almost a bit of a lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly slick, with low plus carbonation. Not an unpleasant or offensive beer by any means, but it's hard to believe that the same brewery made both this am La Folie.

BMMillsy, May 18, 2014
Photo of MarioM
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a SN snifter

A: Bright red with little head an slight lacing. Beautiful color ans very clear.

S: Very wine like and sweet smelling like sweet red wine. A little dry smelling but does not resemble sour beer as much as wine, very strange and hard to get over the fact that its beer and not wine.

T: Just like the smell, very vinous it the taste, dry and fruity but no sense of Brett, Lacto or pedio sourness. Slightly tart but hard to get over that lingering wine like, dryness and sweetness of this brew.

M: Not bad just not what you would expect from B+NB especially after trying and being a huge fan of La Folie. Its too fruity in a sweet yet dry way that lingers and relates more to wine than beer, even though its made with cherries rather than grapes.

O: A good looking brew but just not 100% there in the taste. Its just missing that funk that makes a good lambic great and a kriek jump out and smack you in the face. This is definitely fruity but has that sour beer, Brett funk that could make it a great beer rather than a different and unique brew, which it is just not anywhere near other American wilds or Belgian Sours.

MarioM, May 18, 2014
Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big cheery pie notes on the smell and taste. Very wine like in the dryness and taste. A nice sour backbone, followed by a dry aftertaste. I liked this sour more than I thought from other reviews.

I enjoyed this sour overall. It's a great layer of flavors.

Celtics17, May 18, 2014
Photo of tanzbodeli
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tanzbodeli, May 17, 2014
Photo of DeeMalloy
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

DeeMalloy, May 17, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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