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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

649 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 65 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear cherry red with a little pink head.
S: It smelled like cherry pie with sugary wheat bread and honey and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like sweet cherries and honey, with some oak and earthy wheat bread. It had a clean mild aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Kind of weak body.
D: This was a mild dessert beer, but the scent and taste and body were all a little disappointing. At least the alcohol was well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. But it wasn't much worth drinking. Not recommended.

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2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bomber with no date that I could see

Doesn't look much like a beer, looks like cherry soda. It's reddish burgundy in color with a dark red hued head. The head has minimal retention.

The nose is of cherries and vinegar. Normally I like cherry beers, but not so much with the vinegar kicker.

I'm slightly surprised by the taste in that it lacks the puckering, almost non-drinkable vinegar taste. The taste is mildly of tart cherries with only a splash of the vinegar taste to break things up a bit. Some of the maltiness of the beers finally makes an appearance in the finish.

It's tart, but not like real Krieks. I can actually stomach this. Sweetness early, then the tart takes over. Very acidic, but drinkable. Tart, dry finish. Not smooth.

I don't care for the style but I keep buying them hoping to find one I like. I'm still looking. This doesn't look or smell like a beer, doesn't take much like one. It's doesn't go down easy. One of these days I'm going to stop buying these damned things.

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.