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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Birdlegs, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

WiscoTerr, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

jscheuf, May 14, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured into a tulip to an intense red with a half finger of pink head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing
S; smells of sour cherries, vinegar sourness, some oak, and a bit of funk
T; taste is red wine vinegar, slight cherry, and slight sweetness. swallow is more cherry, a bit more sourness and slight funk
M: meduim body with ample carbonation that is slightly prickly. finish is a little drying from the acidity
O: Overall, not bad but much better beers out there. It kind of falls off in the middle of the drink and then come back in the finish.

SHODriver, May 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

unclekeith, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

TXhomebrewer, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

memphischas, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Bsetz, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

hiphopj5, May 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date imprint 140123. Poured into a tulip.

A: Body is a brilliant, crystal clear ruby with a fizzy, pink head that recedes to a thin layer on the surface.

S: Tart cherries on the nose. Hints of grainy malt, but clearly a sour.

T: Some sweet maltiness up front, quickly turns to the tart fermented cherry flavor that dominates to the dry finish. There is some funk in the finish, it's fleeting but it's there...not sure if it is intended or not.

M: Moderate to light body with some prickly carbonation. The finish is soft and smooth, despite being so dry.

O: As some other reviewers have asked, I have no idea where the bad reviews are coming from...the label says Kriek, it's a Belgian sour beer. Is this typical New Belgium? Nope. Is it a proper rendering of the Belgian Kriek style? Absolutely. So it's pricey...so are most really good Belgians. As far as I am concerned this is a PHENOMENAL beer. Well done!

Badger6, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

thatoneguymike, May 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

jamiecoppin, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

HideYaBeer, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Todd, May 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Beervana, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 29, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Burgundy colored, clear, not much of a head. Looks like a glass of cranberry juice.

S: Smells like a glass of cranberry juice. Add in a bit of raspberry. Tart, tingling.

T: Sour, semi-sweet. Smooth, but not very exciting. Funky without promise.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

O: No one at the tasting was really impressed with this mismatched brew. We had the La Folie afterwards and really liked it. But the Transatlantic is a "miss."

brewskifan55, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Bosoxfan20, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

TheSleepyMonkey, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Matthew1788, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

SlightlyGrey, Apr 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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