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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 42
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been one for looks if it tastes good. This beer honestly poors like cranberry juice with a pink head. It's unusual. I had this beer early on, when I was just beginning to like beer and it was off-putting. But I saw a bottle and I hadn't seen it for a while so I tried it. Wow! Now that I'm used to beers being tart, I am just again pleased with New Belgium. It's not too tart but it definitely scratches the itch for one. The cherry flavor is a complement, not overpowering. Extremely pleased and a little surprised.

Azeotrope, Mar 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Buck_Jones, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

st9647v3, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

TriageStat, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Taperwookie, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

dmb6743, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap @ the River Room, Whole Foods Boise ID. Served in a chalice.

A: Deep red, with quickly fading head.

S&T: Some vinegar and light tartness on the nose, with cherry and lemon and some funk. Malt body unfolds under the cherry and funk, lending a brown sugar quality to the beer. There is some lemon and possibly green apple here as well? Definitely not as cherry prominent as I'd hoped. Only moderately tart as well.

MF: Thinner, medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

O: Wishing for more tartness and cherry character. Not one I'd revisit.

Scotchboy, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

chikunwing, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

appetiteforparis, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

CDCNAM, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

BalancingBrooms, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Uanof
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to flute glass. Intense red in color with a quickly dissipating pinkish foam. Pleasent aroma of cherry gives way to a light bodied tingly efervecense and a rubbish dryness to wrap it all up, sadly the taste leaves much to desire since it' s almost nonexistent.

Uanof, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

NickThePyro, Feb 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Skunkdrool, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of jwchestnut
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this one. Pink, bubbly foam head, both large bubbles and smaller ones. Ruby red body - darkish pink. I loved the smell - tart cranberries, sour cherries, a little sour apples, little balsamic oak-iness, cherry pie, definitely fruity. Taste followed the noise though in a subtler less sour manner than expected. Fruity for sure with slight funk notes (though maybe I was reaching), quite sweet though I wouldn't say overtly artificial like other reviews have but really quite fruity - not syruppy in either flavour or mouthfeel - which was medium and smooth, I think I would have wanted the carbonation a little tighter. All in all I really enjoyed this beer, definitely light on the sour, more sweet and gentle tart fruit notes but really enjoyable.

jwchestnut, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Sippinonsizzurp, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

TimoP, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Sonofalime, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

joemcgrath27, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

ubufan2112, Jan 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

firedwarftj, Jan 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

BennyThon, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Dperry33, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

BrownAleMale, Dec 22, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.