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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 772
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 27.67%
Wants: 45
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, not quite one finger, head of white foam with a tinge of pink. The body is a deep, reddish brown with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A nice aroma of dry, earthy cherries with some pilsner malt sweetness. A little bit of spicy, sour funk in the background with notes of pepper and lactic tartness.

T - Light tartness up front with sour pie cherries and a bit of bready malt. The cherries resolve further around a light herbal hop note in the middle, and while this creates a bit of cough syrup character it isn't as offensive as it sounds and it makes the cherries taste more rich and pie-like. Finishes a bit more tart with moderate malt thickness, light funk, and lots of cherry character.

M - Somewhat thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a nice drinkable beer with definite lambic/ real fruit character that could serve as a great introduction to the style for a novice. The lambic character isn't as intense as a traditional Kriek, but the fruit is very nice, despite a minor note of cough syrup in the middle. I am not sure why this hasn't been reviewed better than it has been, but I certainly enjoyed it. It was a bit on the expensive side for a beer that was only 55% lambic, but I picked it up at a store that marks its beer up too much IMO, so it may be more reasonable elsewhere. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer that retains a lot of the depth of its base; it is almost a sessionable lambic.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear, pale red color with a pink head which dissipates rather quickly.

S: The aroma is sweet cherries, almost maraschino like, or perhaps grenadine.

T: The taste is much the same as the nose. The flavor is somewhat reminiscent of the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (in terms of the sweetness). The problem is, this is supposed to be a kriek. Again, that fake, sweet cherry flavor is the primary component.

M: The mouthfeel is one of the better features of the beer (the other bering appearance). Medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Probably the worst of the Lips of Faith beers. In theory, this should be great, but it just comes out as a sugar bomb with hardly any features of the actual lambic.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

new LoF 22 picked up at the COOP tried this side by side with an original '03 12 oz of the first batch!! Reviewed from notes.

pale pink head... strawberry soda color... the brew is a pinkish amber.

Nose is lightly funky.. mildly lactic with only a little cherry.

More cherry than the aroma with very very dry finish that has a sorta artificial cherry note to it.

Lite body and fairly abundant carbonation.



'03 batch.. best by May 19th, 2004

Color is more amber... pale tan head.

Nose is like a cherry cough drop... like Kasteel Rouge...

Flavor has a ton of cherry in it.. sweet cherries.... dusty balsa wood... whaffs of funk... finish is lingering cherry... good carbonation and body... simply amazed this held up this well.


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Photo of abstractpablo
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a light pink effervescent head that quickly dissipates after pouring. The color of the beer itself is a pinkish amber.

Surprisingly, the cherries combined with the ale hint of merlot. The Kriek hits smooth and finishes with a sour cherry at the tip of the tongue. There's a pleasant smoothness that accentuates the beer's mouthfeel.

Overall, it's not a beer that I'd return to frequently. It's not explicitly a lambic, and this sort of in-between state makes it unappealing. Nevertheless, it's still an interesting beer that's fun for something different.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
1.94/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Xul
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of westweasel
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Brandt
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
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)

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of jdklks
2.81/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.