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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 757
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 28.03%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +24%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +17.1%
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 +6.6%
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 +17.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -10.7%
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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Photo of MarioM
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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 +28.9%
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 -9.8%
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 +27.7%
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%
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 -1.7%
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 +27.5%
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 +19.9%
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 -3.5%
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 -2.3%
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 +14.2%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a clear medium cranberry red with a large (2-3 finger) pink rocky head that diminished at a rapid steady pace, down to a medium sudsy film and had excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of sweet bread malts and a funky barnyard Belgian yeast with notes of cherries, candi sugar and a hint of cask.

The taste was moderately sweet and just a tad malty with a huge fruitiness that was present throughout, giving way to a creeping mild sourness in around the middle with the finish being moderately yeasty with a strong fruity overtone. The flavor lasted only a short time following the swallow, with a mildly sweet fruity tartness fading from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhat light in body with a mildly dry texture and a champagne-like carbonation.

Overall this was a very good tasting Kriek that possessed a nice light sourness blended with a bold yeasty fruitiness, which did a great job of totally concealing the high ABV, making this Lambic extremely smooth, easy to drink and very enjoyable...


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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into globe glass, bottled on 1/2/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, pear, grape, hay, light pepper, red wine, vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of cherry, yeast, and funk notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, hay, red wine, light pepper, light vinegar, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, red wine, light vinegar, light funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of cherry and yeast flavors; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit lambic style. Good balance and complexity of fruit and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of magictacosinus
1.64/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a pretty color, as far as krieks go - slightly ruby, with reddish overtones, and perhaps undertones of pink and magenta. Actually, now that I think about it, that seems like the same description of some mass-produced and packaged fruit punch. Ehh, regardless, there's a good off-white head on this, decent carbonation, and some lacing. Not cloudy in any way whatsoever, which is bizarre - shouldn't you condition Lambics, even when they're blended? Not bad for what it is, but the difference between this and, say, Lindemans, is questionable.

Smells really, really weird - either something's wrong or my nose was broken at the time of tasting. Squash, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pecans, straw, and then (finally!) notes of anything *but* cherries, ranging from cranberries to raspberries. Okay, so if they were going for Thanksgiving in a bottle, they succeeded spectacularly here, but otherwise this is just... Wrong. The finish is slightly medicinal in the same realm of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. No funk or subtlety whatsoever - just bad grainy husky sensations, bad off-flavors, and no balance.

The flavor has got to be the absolutely worst part of all of this - at first, there's not much of a flavor to speak of, with only some toasted, biscuit-y flavors coming through. Then, the pumpkin pie spices come back in (especially cinnamon and nutmeg), as well as some strange vegetal flavors of squash or cabbage, and then finishes extremely phenolic and medicinal with notes of cherry cough syrup and under-ripe berries. Not pleasant at all to drink, as it gets increasingly musty with each sip. Feels strange in the mouth - grainy, thin, and astringent. I had no fun drinking this - the worst one all night.

Man, I heard this was not too great, but this is almost offensive (given the price tag of $14 as well). Did they blend the Boon kriek with their Fat Tire amber ale by any chance? None of the curious and rustic aspects of the Lambic come through here - worst off, it just tastes bizarre and reeks of off-flavors. This has to objectively be one of the weirdest and simultaneously mediocre beers I've ever had. I'll be extra careful about trying any of the Lips of Faith beers in the future.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no date markings that I can find. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a pinkish bubbly foam of about two fingers. Large, bubbles slowly burst and dissipate, leaving about a finger of smaller bubbles across the surface. Body is ruby red with magenta undertones and changing hues of red as the light passes through. Lacing is noticable and spotty at first, but fades away.

Smell - Some tart, with cherry sweetness accompanying, as well as some alcoholic ester characteristics. Strangely, I get a hint of malted grain, and look at the bottle again to realize that this is "55% ale". Doesn't quite blend with the cherry elements as well as maybe hoped? The two profiles seem at conflict.

Taste - Here, the "base" (since it's only 45%) lambic takes over, with sour lactic tartness, but a subdued version of it. The cherries are very much present with some sweetness, but the finish is dry with some mild vinegary notes. Something about this seems a little stale or worn out, if that makes sense. It's just flat in a way that most Krieks I've had are not. It dulls down the otherwise vibrant cherry components.

Mouthfeel - Higher than moderate carbonation and a light body with a dry finish. Effervescent and light to the mouth. Refreshing.

Overall, a fair attempt. I appreciate the fact that it's not stunningly sweet, like many of the fruit lambics can be, so it redeems an otherwise lackluster beer. Not bad by any means--I didn't have any problem finishing the whole bottle--but I wouldn't exert myself to have it again.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ripe ruby red color with a finger of pinkish foam that dissipates quickly. The nose is round ripe cherry pie,vanilla and a touch of wet musty barrel. The palate follows the nose with a nice round cherry front end but the mid to late palate falls quite short with a wet compost funk that comes through slightly muddy destroying the enjoyable cherry notes. Not bad just nothing very special especially based on the price.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"45% ale with cherries added and 55% ale." 8% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings.

A: Pours a two finger wide pink colour head. Decently creamy. Somewhat supple. Soft. Nice thickness. Decently frothy.

Body colour is a clear dark red. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style. I've seen worse.

Sm: Light sourness - mostly from lacto. Cherry syrup. Fruity. A bit artificial.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't get any malts either.

An average strength aroma.

T: I like the sourness, but the fruitiness is syrupy and artificial. Quite simple for a kriek. It's not bad, but it's far from great. Balance is okay, though it's too sugary. Reminiscent of juice.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not getting any maltiness.

Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Suits the flavour profile decently. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Drinkable. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. A disappointment from New Belgium.

Low C+

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.