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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

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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 augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of champ103
1.94/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a ruby/pink color. A two finger pinkish head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: A really bad mix of diacetyl and cherry syrup. A leathery or rubber aroma as well. Just bad.
T: Again, a very large buttery diacetyl flavor. Artificial and syrupy cherries. Really bad.
M/D: A medium body with decent carbonation. This is really hard to drink. I am struggling to finish the glass, let alone the bomber.

Avoid. I really like New Belgium, and a lot of the Lips of Faith beers. This is just bad though. There is nothing Lambic about this. They need to go back to the drawing board with this. I feel cheated, and I need a good beer now. (649 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lips of faith.

pours a clear red with a small white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, berry, and biscuit.

taste is a little tart, berry, and some malt, ends on the dry side.

pretty good for a fruit beer. better than most. (255 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours light cranberry red with a 1+ finger redish head that fades to a film

smell - not very strong - cherries and brett

taste - brett right of the bat next cherries sour tart lemon

mouthfeel - no zip no bite wheres the carbonation???

drinkability - overpriced lacking flavor = will not being buying again (309 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, red color with a small, white head of foam that had a pinkish tint. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of tart cherries and some notes of oak.

T - Tons of sour cherry flavor with mild oak notes. There is a touch of sweetness that emerges as it warms up.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer that hides its ABV very well.

D - This is a very nice fruit beer. A steep price tag but a very good beer. (452 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Xul
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is an effervescent dark pink, capped by a two finger pale pink head that quickly gives way to a layer of lacing.

S: Cherries and acidity, although the acidity is a bit more muted than I'd expect from a kriek. A distinct bready sweet note makes itself known as well.

T: Tart cherries up front with malty, biscuity aftertaste, not unlike I get from Fat Tire and a host of other New Belgium beers. As with the smell, the acidity is muted compared to what I'd expect from a kriek - while this makes sense when you consider the fact that NB blended a lager with the Boon kriek, it detracts from the kriek aspects without adding anything particularly unique or exciting. The acidity and tartness do break through a bit more as the beer warms, but never to the degree that I'd really like.

M: Slightly creamy, but with enough carbonation to prevent it from feeling syrupy. Could probably be a bit thinner to bring more of a refreshing aspect.

D: As I'm finishing some krieks, I'm left with a feeling that I could have another without feeling fatigued or bored - this is not one of those krieks. It's not particularly difficult to drink, but between the slightly too thick mouthfeel and the overall muted flavors, I wouldn't want more than one.

Overall, somewhat of a disappointment. I love Boon's brews, particularly the Oude Kriek, and I generally enjoy New Belgium's lineup, but this mixture didn't showcase the strengths of either. (1,479 characters)

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 9/10/09
New Belgium Brew Co.
Lips o' Faith Transatlantic Kriek
8% Abv.
22 oz. bottle into small wine glass

Apearance= Pours a lighter red than the Lindemans Kriek i just had. Small white head that dissipates quickly into a ring of lace around the edge.

Smell= Cherries, sour, a little funk

Taste= Not as sweet and a little more dry and tart than the Lindemans I just had. Taste does not linger. Good overall though.

Mouthfeel= Thin. Good for the style.

Drinkability= A sipper. Not something I would SEEK out again. But this was a good beer that I was glad to try. (581 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my white birch glass. The pour is a ruby red body with a pink-white thin foam head. As the head fades there is a small amount of foamy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is tart cherries and acidic vinegar, but it's also muted by a lot of graham cracker sweetness. There is a slight hint of some old hay funkiness as well.

The taste is sour cherries and acidic apple cider up front, with a healthy dose of burnt brown sugar and barrel wood. There is a flat emptiness mid palate that leaves the flavor lacking. It's not bad, just a bit off. The finish is another hit of sharp cherries, but also some artificial sweetener as well, which isn't overbearing, but it's not pleasant.

The beer is light bodied, and well carbonated for the style. The 8% abv is well hidden in the flavors, but the flavors are just slightly lacking on this one. The La Folie is one of my favorite beers, and I had high hopes for this one, it fell short of expectations. (980 characters)

Photo of westweasel
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium (talk about having the right glass!) goblet.

The beer pours out a bright medium red with a thin pink head. Even with little foam, I'm still getting lacing left along the glass.

The aroma is filled with cherries front and center, accompanied by barnyard hay, and an acidic smell. The mouthfeel is thin to medium with high carbonation.

You might expect this to be over-the-top cherries, but the initial flavor is some caramel and even toasty malt briefly, followed by cherries, then next acidic sourness, and a very dry finish.

This is a very drinkable sour beer - I cannot believe that this is 8% ABV! You don't get alcohol in the taste or the aroma. (700 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dramatic beer. Poured with a giant pink foamy frothy textured head wth a load a lace. Color is clear slightly brown tinged rose red. Aroma is a mild cherry with a little spice. Flavor is malty cherry pie, more on the sour side. Clean. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is decent. Not overdone at all. Easy and balanced. Tough to be a session in this style. Good beer overall though. (391 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured out a ruby red with a pinkish head, a nice clean crisp beer

the smell is a strong aroma of sour cherries as well as the woody character you get from the pits. there is also a wet doggy brett character in there that puts some body into the cherry aroma.

the taste is a thick cherry flavor balanced with some tannin from the skins to dry it out some. there is also a nice malt character hiding behind this very carbonated tart beer

the finish for this is lingering cherry and a very clean tasting beer with sharp carbonation. a highly drinkable beer here and just an all around good kriek to drink on. (619 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bright, ruby pour with a pinkish head. Looks fairly clean and clean. Faint cherry and biscuit aroma. A bit sour, some lemon zing.
A cherry centered flavor combined with the yeast gives it a semi-sour cherry taste. Dry and slightly velvety on the end. Light. A bit of twang in the end as well.
Pretty good drinking, but not my cup o'tea (beer) (345 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pinkest of pink beers. Crystal clear, much like a red wine, but with a frothy two-finger rose head. Carting this beer around the bar in a goblet is actually somewhat emasculating.

S: A lush explosion of authentic, semi-bitter cherry, like that of cherry pie. Faint yeasty Brette notes. Enticing.

T: Sour cherries upfront, Brettanomyces sour tastes all around. The strength of these two flavors masks any hop tastes that might also be present. Neither the cherry taste nor the Brett flavors are overpowering.

M: Smooth, soft, and pleasant. Dry and crisp like a wine.

D: Surprisingly high, considering it's both soured and 8.0% ABV.

I'm not normally much of a sour beer drinker, but this one is excellent. (715 characters)

Photo of jdklks
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours like carbonated cranberry juice with a deep but transparent red body and a rose laced white head of tiny bubbles that ring the glass gracefully. this is a very "feminine" looking beer, if that is even possible or makes sense at all. the smell is largely of belgian yeast with only a hint of the cherry sweetness promised by the bottle, and alcohol undertones. not very enticing.

flavor is decent in the beginning and through the middle. not all that sour, but it starts off with a great cherry sweetness that i have grown to love, and gives way to a carbonation burst of sugary alcohol. the finish and aftertaste, however, are not too pleasing. much, much too dry, which opens the floodgates to the bready, belgian yeasty flavor that can only be good in moderation. its very decent, but there is nothing at all special about it.

as expected, its very carbonated, but my main complaint over mouthfeel is the SUPER-lightness. very airy, which is to be expected with lots of carbonation, but the body itself is thin like water. as far as drinkability goes, i WILL finish the bottle, but i wouldn't want any more.

edit: i drainpoured the last 6 or 7 ounces, so drinkability takes a hit. (1,193 characters)

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

Pours a clear, deep red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of cherry, tart malt, and acid. Fits the style of a Lambic. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. There's also a noticeable tartness associated with this brew. Tastes of cherry up front, tart malt, slight sweet malt, and some yeast. Overall, different than the other Kriek's I've had, but still quite drinkable. (446 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an effervescent claret with a pinky of purple/pink head. Above average lacing & so-so head retention

S: A bit of sourness & funk, apple peels

T: Tart cherry, dryness, tartness & granny smith apple crispness up front. More dryness, a touch of cherry tartness as this warms. More apple, dryness, tartness peels & faint cherry flavor in finish

MF: Spritzy, medium bodied, carbonation tamps down quite a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, the ABV is well hidden, but not really interesting enough to want more than one bomber. Pretty much a one & done for me, was hoping for way more, not much of a Lambic (624 characters)

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the most expensive wine cooler that I have ever purchased... After checking out new belgium night and being blown away by their sours at beachwood, this was the only I didnt get the chance to try, naturally I snatched it up when i saw it at bev warehouse.

I have been a HUGE fan of the lips of faith series until about an hour ago... Bottle La Terroir. Thats worth the cash. I wouldnt pay $5 for this bomber let alone 10 (430 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark red color with a couple fingers of white head that boil away to a bit of scum after a minute or so. Looks a lot like red KoolAid at this point. Smell is enticing: aged cheese, dusty earth, and sour apple and cherry.

After a really promising aroma, the taste just doesn't follow through. Sour, mouth-puckering cherry dominates the sip, but the flavor doesn't advance beyond that, making the beer one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and wine-like, and after the initial sour effect, the body and finish falls a little flat. One good thing I can say is that the beer doesn't taste a bit boozy for all its 8%.

I don't think Transatlantic Kriek is a bad beer, exactly. For the ridiculous price, however, I expected so much more. I'll be more wary of the Lips of Faith series in the future. (822 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $12 at Liquor World in Fayetteville, AR. Poured a bright pink-red with a short off-white head. I dont know what kind of problem most people are having with this beer, but I though it was pretty good - a sort of middle ground between the sweet, thick Lindeman's Kriek and the super funky Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. There's a good portion of juicy cherries, but there's also a nice balance of mellow earthy, barnyard aroma and flavor. Most krieks seem to fall on one end of the sweet-wild spectrum, but this is a delicious compromise. (563 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.67/5  rDev -51.5%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (703 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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