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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 74 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark red with a half inch light pink head that fizzled away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is light and subtle, the brew smells like tart cherries, bready/grainy malt, and a bit of musty funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes and a floral flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little watery with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's an OK beer overall, but at $16.49 a bottle I won't be buying it again. Should have grabbed another La Folie instead!

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear red with maybe a touch of orange. Topped with a finger of pale pink head.

Smell. Fresh pie cherries including the almond-like pits, a touch of brett, and not much else.

Taste. Tart cherries again but a little thinner than the smell leads on, some dry brett, maybe just a touch of almond.

Mouthfeel. Thin and fairly watery, below medium carbonation.

Overall. I can't help comparing this with the Belle Royale I've been drinking recently. It's like a very watered down version of that beer without the barrel. I guess that's the problem with drinking lots of great beers, the standards rise. Nothing bad tasting, just not big enough flavours in a beer that could be great. I'm going to guess that profit was a factor in this one as far as the amount of ingredients goes. I could be wrong, but that's what it tastes like to me.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bulldog91
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep red appearance, cherry tones - no surprise. But not as much carbonation as expected.

S - Some brett/yeast.

T - The sour cherry and fizz work - they were shooting for something different and nailed it. Hints of vinegar but not overpowering. It's refreshing.

M - Fizzy. Not in the glass, but in the mouth for sure.

D - Just really digging this. Like the balance of ale and cherry and not as overpowering in the ABV, either.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a purple-ruby color with a two finger dark pink head. The head recedes pretty quickly, but this looks really good.

S: A tart cherry and rose petal aroma. Light,slightly tart, floral and fruity. A good amount of oak as well, which smells soaked in cherry juice.

T: The carbonation here feels way light, and it weighs the flavors down a lot. Thick concord grape, cherry juice and cherry skin flavors. A bit of a cranberry flavor as well. It's definitely not sour, and barely tart. There's some bitter cherry skin on the finish with a wave of smooth grain. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't say it's one of the better Krieks out there.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into SAVOR snifter.

A: bright red, very clear. lots of carb can be seen rushing to the surface. head is bubbly and on the rose side of things.

S: a mild tart cherry aroma is rounded out by a lot of chewy, biscuity grain. slightly acidic, but nothing overwhelming. inviting.

T: tastes a lot like cherry pie. the tartness that is present is not nearly as sour or acidic as I would prefer, however the flavor itself is still rather tasty. lingers like a cherry tart pastry.

M: moderate amount of carb, slightly effervescent. medium body.

D: im really enjoying this. more cherry flavor than acidity but again, I am enjoying how this brew came out. cherry pie flavor to the max. if this brew had a bit more acidic, tart nature it would be over-the-top.

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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice bright and deep ruby color with a fluffy 1 inch pink head that is dense and recedes at a medium pace. It leaves some slight sticky lacing.

Aroma starts off with some tartness and dry fruity notes. Notes of cherry skin and apple skin. Kind off bland in the nose except for some slight dry tartness and some slight sweet cherry notes.

Flavor starts off with some sharp tart notes. Slight vinegar notes mixed in with some sour cherry notes. There is some red apple skin notes mixed in with some cherry sweetness as well. Grainy and a bit bready as well. There is a nice lactic almost yogurt like acidity to the brew as well that is actually pretty good. Mouthfeel is fluffy and light with a nice dry finish.

Overall its an average cherry beer. It doesn't have the medicinal flavors that some other Kreik's have but its not that interesting.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Glowing, crystal clear red, not too thick looking. Looked like water with red food color actually. A few white bubbles posing as a head.

S: Not much sourness in the smell... more like cherry Kool-Aide with some Band Aids. Kinda generic.

T: This one is really off, particularly on the finish, which didn't have much sourness whatsoever. Seriously, I've had Berliners that were more sour and fruity than this. It almost had sort of an (unintentional?) Belgian funk that wasn't pleasant.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness was okay, but I desperately needed more sour and fruit bit. This was kinda water.

O: Not horrible, but for over $15, I expected more.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Shared by Jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is transparent and ruby hued with an inch of pinkish purple head. The aroma offers sweet cherry juice, fruit punch, Shirley Temple drinks, very subtle funk. The flavor brings cherries, cherry juice. Lack of funk, wild yeast, personality, complexity, etc. Essentially missing the characteristics that can make drinking kriek a heavenly experience. Alcohol begins to emerge more as the beer warms. While there is some cherry presence, this beer is boring and uneventful. New Belgium should stop cutting corners, mass producing a huge lineup, and get back to focusing on quality. This is the brewery that produced corked and caged La Folie. What happened?!?

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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