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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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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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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

sammyg832, Oct 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ZEB89, Oct 10, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tranquilocigars, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

KnowYourCraft, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Reanna82, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JimGlonke, Oct 04, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

wethorseblanket, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

greenspointexas, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Clear dark cherry red pour with a one-finger pink head. Sour aroma of cherries and cranberries. Initial taste has a strong cherry flavor that is more sweet than sour. Light bodied. Tartness starts to come out a bit more as the beer warms for a nice fruity lambic taste. Finishes dry.

Karibourgeois, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

asmith55, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Ohiovania, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

KevChiTown, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

mvelilla, Sep 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

Robloc303, Sep 16, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +18.1%

GwWhite, Sep 15, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +7.7%

jheezee, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Transatlantique Kriek pours a red color with a nice large lacing pink head. There is a sour, and crisp malty aroma. The taste has a nice sweet lighter Belgian candy flavor, crisp, and some cherry flavors. Nice body, nice flavors. Overall its a nice beer, nice but not overpowering fruit flavors, good crisp backbone.

vette2006c5r, Sep 13, 2014
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2.32/5  rDev -33.5%

CBack465, Sep 13, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

BrycePrivett, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Chris_S, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 04, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +29.5%

TsarKaztic, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

22oz bomber with no freshness date. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with 1 finger of a pink head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is very clear with no bubble show.

Smell: Cherries, grain, tart cranberries, light funk and a slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Not very complex, but what is there follows the aroma. Mostly sweet and tart cherries with a light bready malt character. There is a slightly artificial syrup type flavor that comes out briefly in the finish, but isn't too distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat soft mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Finishes tart and semi sweet. Alcohol is masked well, but does leave a slight warming sensation in the back of the throat.

Overal: Fairly one dimensional but still tasty. While that alcohol is masked well, I'm not sure why this needed to be 8%. I think for what it is it would have worked much better in the 5% range. I enjoyed it, and I'm glad I tried it, but in the future, If I want a similar drinking experience to this, I'd rather just drink straight Boon kriek.

Jonada, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Krafty34, Aug 27, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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