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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear ruby color with three fingers of pink head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Tart cherries up front with some lacto sour notes followed by sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and lighter fruit aromas.

T: Tart and dry cherry flavors dominate here with some oaky notes as well as Champagne-like flavors. There are some sweeter candy sugar and fermented fruit flavors underneath that lead to a clean, tart finish that is just slightly boozy.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as crisp as I'd like, but avoids being too think or watery.

O: A pretty decent take on the style overall. I'd like it to be a bit more sour and tart, but it's enjoyable and drinkable for an 8% lambic.

n2185, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

coffygrinder, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.28.13

A - Pours a clear ruby red gusher with a light pink fizzy head that fades fast.

S - Dark cherries, some alcohol, and some oak. Smells nice.

T - Dark sweet cherry, wood, slight tartness in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Pretty mild.

O -Not overly sweet or tart. Easy to drink, but I wish it had more punch. Smells much nicer than it tastes.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 version. Pours a beautiful, bright red color with a small, light-pink head that goes down quickly. Scent is somewhat funky and tart, but NOTHING along the lines of a lambic or American wild ale. Definitely has more of a fruit beer aroma, which is somewhat misleading since they call this one a kriek. Anyhow, the cherry comes through in the nose, along with some grainy malt aromas. Taste is tart at first, but QUICKLY becomes a mediocre fruit beer. Flavors of cherry and cranberry are present, but they are overtaken by grainy, cereal-like flavors that make this beer a bit underwhelming. Where you would want tartness and fruit flavors, you get a strange medicinal alcohol flavor. Pretty disappointing, just like the one I had two years ago was. Mouthfeel is nice, highly carbonated, and suits the beer that this one should be. Overall, not even close to my favorite Kriek, let alone fruit beer. Considering Boon plays a part in this, they should increase the quality of this one. Not undrinkable. Not bad. Overpriced. Would not buy again.

DovaliHops, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

MrJolly, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Chieftog, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A-The brew pours a nice reddish, raspberry color. The head is one and one-half finger of long-lasting pink foam. The head fades slowly to thick cap that hangs around. There is a fair amount of visible carbonation.

S-I smell a decent mixture of funky, earthy, cheesy lambic style beer. Unfortunately, the fruit component is somewhat lacking here. You have to look hard for the raspberry and cranberry, but there is a little there.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. I get an uninspiring, sort-of tepid, funky raspberry and cranberry mixture. Some cereal grain flavor, too. This brew lacks sour power and complexity.

M-The feel is on the lighter side, with a refreshing carbonation. Relatively easy to drink.

O-I like New Belgium and I like the story of collaboration with Boon, so I am disappointed this is not a better beer, and not just because it is about $18 per bomber. As noted above, this brew is just is not that interesting. The flavors are lacking in intensity, and there is no sour or sweetness to make you want more. (I have also had the previous blend, and was similarly uninspired.)

spoony, Feb 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

We poured this Lambic from a bottle into pint glasses. The Lambic pourewd a clear reddish color, produced an off white pinkish head, featured poor retention and left moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pale malted grain and cherries. Medium bodied, there was a base of malted grain, and a dominate flavor of sweet/tart cherries. Overall, the brew was decent but it tasted more like cherry juice then it did a lambic.

GossageBrewery, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

AlexFields, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Well hazed dark ruby red color. Half a finger of frothy pink head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much in terms of lacing.

2.5 S: Nose is pretty underwhelming. There just simply isn't a lot going on. Light, medicinal style cherry. Minimal tartness. Some musty basement funk, but in the context of the medicinal aromas, it doesn't work well. It's like a rancid cough drop or something. I don't want to give the impression that the nose is off-putting. It's not nauseating or anything like that, it's mainly just boring.

3.0 T: Taste is really much better. It resembles a carbonated fruit drink more than it does beer, like sparkling grape juice or something of that nature. Cherry is the dominant flavor, but even that isn't potent. Minimal tartness and mild funk. As disappointing as this is as a beer, it still doesn't taste bad, so an average score is warranted. It's not medicinal like the nose, but rather just mundane.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy carbonation. Smooth with a hint of creaminess. Best aspect of the brew.

2.5 D: At a price of $12.69 for the bomber, I feel thoroughly boned. Aside from the cherry flavor, this doesn't much resemble a kriek. It's a poor excuse to come up with an interesting name that appeals to beer geeks.

DavoleBomb, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

stealth, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of goblets.

Pours a clear rose-hued ruby in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of pinkish colored head. This retains with a foamy ½ finger that leaves back a robust cascade of sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells has a core to it of tart cherries with a sweet sugary backing, surrounded by some funkiness on the edges that has a slight acidic tinge to it.

The taste is dominant tart cherry, backed by doughy sugars, with a flush of earthy funk on the backend. The finish is dry and woody with more lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm creaminess in the mouth that is not quite sharp feeling but moves pretty readily across the palate. The 8% ABV is barely detectable here.

This was OK. While the lack of depth and balance to the flavor does hurt it, I still found it strangely drinkable considering. Maybe the smoothness of the body for a bigger beer kept this in the game more than I thought it would. Anyway, it’s disappointing as a Kriek and not worth the price for it but I do have to give it some credit here.

Kegatron, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jera1350, Sep 27, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep pink/purple in color with a small pinkish foamy head that reduces to a very thin layer on top. Minimal lacing.

S: A little bit of cherry, but much heavier in terms of the brett funk. Doesn't really have that in your face kriek aroma. Slightly tart.

T: Light cherry, on the sweeter side, and not overly tart. There is some grainy malt with only a little bit of straw/funk. The subdued cherry tartness is probably from the 45%/55% blend of kriek and golden ale.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

O: Again, not really bad, just doesn't live up to other krieks.

mdaschaf, Sep 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

DaveHack, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Calculat0r, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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