Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique KriekLips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek
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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-09-2009

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Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep blood red with a fluffy off pink head. Very interesting looking beer and definitely not what I was expecting. Smell is very fruity, tons of cherries, lemon and lime, tart and sweet. Taste is very similar to the smell. Cherries, raspberries, funk, grape, green apple. Feel light and tart, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, enjoyable, good summer beer. A little fruity for my taste, but lots of good flavors.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but 2014 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - ruby red coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial pink frothy head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - big cherry nose; moderate medicinal character; some alcohol; no hops or yeast aroma to speak

T: 12/20 - again, cherry flavor and sweetness right up front, but unfortunately, there isn't much of the advertised tartness; continued cherry flavors and sweetness with some residual lingering but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol and yeast (estery) notes; no hop bitterness/flavor

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating proves fullness

O: 7/10 - decent American kriek that unfortunately lacks complexity, especially when tart flavors are advertised; also not worth the ~$15 price point in the Washington DC area; I probably won't be returning

TOTAL - 34/50

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Photo of patre_tim
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cherry red, fruit punch bright, lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of Pepto Bismol pink foamy head. It fades fast but leaves a lace like coating on the glass.

S: Cherries, raspberry vinegar, sour, funky lambic quality, fruity, sour, lactic quality. Macaroni and cheese.

T: Lightly bitter as in the aftertaste of an artificial sweetner, lightly sour, lightly sweet, red fruit but it seems more like raspberry at first than cherry, though there is some cherry and cherry blossom in this as well. Cherry comes out more as it warms. Not getting the high alcohol on it, making it dangerous, though there is a burn in the throat.

M: Thick sour fruity body, lots of soda like carbonation.

O: Nice attempt by an American brewery at a Belgian classic. My first lambic from the USA. It feels midway between a dry lambic like Cantillons, and a sweetened version like Lindemans. Got in Raleigh Wholefoods, drank in Clyde, NC.

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Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours beet red with plenty of visible carbonation and a tiny white head.

Nose has plenty of tart cherry character along with a bit of funk.

Tart and very refreshing. The carbonation come through well and pushes the tartness while finishing dry and begging for another sip. Thin in body but nothing lacking on the sour side.

This was a pleasure to share with friends. The 8% abv was hidden as this drinks so easily.

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Photo of slackattack
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with pink 2 finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Sour cherry dominates the nose as expected. Sour notes are definitely there. Initial taste is.... All over. Sweet cherry, sour cherry, and some earthy notes, maybe leather. I like. Mouthfeel is full, creamy even with a pretty low carbonation on it. Overall it's a solid kreik. It tastes like it should in my opinion and is right there with the any straight Belgian kreik I've ever had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2014 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of pink head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, sweet. and fairly tart aroma with big hints of cherries, oak, and acid. Huge aroma of tart and sweet cherries throughout with some hints of berries, green apple, and strawberry rhubarb. Fruit aroma is fairly jammy and tart with mild sourness. Hints of vinegar, funk, and acid. Oak barrel comes through. Pale malt background with hints of wheat, lager yeast, caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, sweet, and tart fruit forward taste with big notes of cherries, yeast, and other fruits. Upfront big jammy taste of sweet and tart cherries along with other juicy fruit notes including green apple, berries, grape, and strawberry rhubarb. Funky and acidic notes along with some vinegar and sugar. Barrel notes of oak. Bready pale malt with some notes of caramel, wheat, cracker, lager yeast, biscuit, and grains. A very good fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly tart. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Lambic. Good fruity notes with a balanced tartness and sweetness.

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Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful translucent cranberry red with a luscious pink head. The nose is distinctly Cherry with floral notes. The mouth feel is active and rich, due to nice carbonation. There is a nice Cherry taste upfront, that isn't too sweet or artificial tasting. The end taste is moderately sour, but not mouth puckering. Overall, I thought this was a nice brew and a great way to end a meal.

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Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Looks like carbonated cranberry juice: light pink head, thin collar. Aroma is of cherry, lemon zest and a light tart funk. Taste is dry, tart cherry, a hint of lemon and cranberry? Light body, low carbonation. I wish this had more of a carbonated bite, or something to play with the tartness of the cherry/lemon.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems very "Boon." After having several from that brewery, I can see a lot of similar characteristics.

Pours a clear red with a pink head. Very fruit beer-esqe. Nose is antiseptic with mild cherries. Flavor is extremely dry. Extremely. Strong cherry tone. Medicinal funk. It's bone dry though; that being the main thing you notice here. A very good and "old world" beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz tulip bowl glass in the VIP tent at the brewery during Denver Beer Week last October, from copious, heretofore seemingly lost notes. Better late than never, I guess!

This beer appears a clear, bright magenta-amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy cotton-candy pink head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of musty, lightly tart raw cherries, earthy yeast, bready caramel malt, red wine vinegar, soft oak barrel notes - grainy wood and warm vanilla, mostly - an ethereal funk, and tame floral, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour cherry, with the vinegar character in retreat, dark fruit wine, gritty pale malt, ethereal yeast and earthy funk, and weedy, leafy, and slightly perfumed (from the well-masked 8 points of alcohol) hops.

The bubbles are quite tight in their edgy, flinty demeanor, the body a stodgy medium weight, and sort of thin in its smoothness, the fruity sourness taking it down a peg or five. It finishes dry, fruity, and vinous, the cherry essence doing well to persist, among a growing wooden barrel astringency.

A fairly edgy, tart, and somewhat complex kriek ale, the cherry definitely in charge, but it seems to have a multiple personality disorder, as it wafts from fruity, to woody, to yeasty in its impression. Not an overly bad thing, but it makes the blend appear to not really be working. Something interesting to sip on in the nice Front Range autumn sunshine, so I'm glad I got to try it here, as the retail bottle price seems a bit steep, from what I've heard.

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Photo of utfiero
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of Furlinator
3.47/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.09/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of MarioM
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
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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Photo of SHODriver
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of Badger6
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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."

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Photo of MDDMD
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-light burgundy color with a nice very light pink head and decent lacing

S-cherries, slight yeast funk, hint of vinegar

T-mildly tart cherries, little red wine vinegar, slight caramel sweetness, lemon, no significant malt base noted

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little tart

O-base of this beer just doesn't come through for me, the cherry flavor is actually decent, but sweetness comes through and no base makes this miss for me

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Photo of goochpunch
4.41/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brilliant, clear red with a light pink head. Smells of fruit "country" wine, cherries, and grain. Malt body is a bit grainy, but the flavor of fermented cherry is great. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Sweet up front, but tart and dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with some prickly carbonation. I'm loving this beer, and I'm having a hard time figuring out the low ratings. Are people expecting sweet cherry bullshit Lindemans?

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Photo of Azeotrope
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Uanof
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of jwchestnut
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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