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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

683 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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4.07/5  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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Furlinator
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3.09/5  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.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.46/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.