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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 67 | 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:
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 Chaney
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
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 +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Jparker37
2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

1pt 6oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

S - Some faint cherry tartness. Really muted aroma altogether. Papery-oxidized.

A - Pink head full of tight bubbles holds a nice cap of foam. The color is red like cherry Koolaid and has perfect clarity. Lots of stick lacing.

T - Bland flavors. Neutral base malt early. Can detect some cherry character. Some tartness accompanied by zero sweetness. Some prickly carbonation and alcohol in the finish.

M - Thin, moderate carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Very drinkable but offers little in flavor. With a second opinion was described as Natty light with cherries. Dissapointed in the lack of aroma and flavor. Appearance and carbonation were its highlights.

Photo of BigBarley
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy cranberry red colored body, with a pink tinted white head that drops to a small ring around the glass. It is a very interesting looking Kriek. Leaves lacing.

S: It smells like red wine (not versed enough in wines to give a specific type, just smells like red wine). There's the scent of prune juice as well. Just a tad of funk smell.

T: It tastes just like it smells. It has a red wine flavor, and a hint of prune. There's a light sourness on the sides of the mouth and it hits the back of the tongue just after drinking. The beer is very juicy, but light, and no bitterness.

M: The moutheel starts medium and finishes very light. It is semi-dry with no sweetness. Very good use of fruit for body, without muddying it up. Wine-like drinkability.

O: Overall I was very happy with this beer. It is a beer that includes cherries and does not taste like cough syrup! I keep comparing it to wine, which is the closest thing this would compare to. It is an ale, however it has enough flavor that I get way more fruit character than beer character. I highly recommend this beer to those looking for a nice mellow kriek, or wine drinkers who are wanting to make the transition to beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Murrhey
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a New Belgium tulip in high elevation Libby, Mont. I don't see a best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Inch thick pink head with low retention. Some soapy pink lacing. Deep cherry color with high clarity in the body. This beer is surprisingly red. Above average for novelty, but retention is too low to warrant anything higher, particularly with an 8.0 abv.

S- Tart cherries, oak and sour brett. Slight funkiness, not as layered and complex as I have come to be used to from good sours.

T- Cherries, some woodenness, a little tartness, but honestly nothing that wows me.

M- Thin, slightly vinous and bubbly, but not a whole lot of substantial feel.

O- Disappointed with this beer, particularly considering how good the La Folie was by New Belgium.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Vibrant cranberry (or jolly-rancher) red, little head.
S: Aroma is subdued. Some macerated cherries come out but you have to strain your nose.
T: Not as acidic as a Kriek or Flanders ale would be. Somewhat malty. Medium in body. Candy fruitiness.
O: I wish it was had more acidity and a concentrated cherry flavor. As it stands, it's dull and uninspiring. The color is the most vibrant thing about it. Now that I think about it, it does remind me of a Boon kriek (which it is mixed in with), and has the same candy artificiality. Honestly, my homebrew attempt at a Kriek was better.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8% ABV,

A - Transatlantique Kriek pours a stunning ruby red color with brilliant clarity! I mean, this beer is RED! A tall but fleeting cap of pastel pink foam rests on the beer, gently draping delicate lace on the signature glass.

S - Oddly, the aroma doesn't scream "kriek" with either fruit or funk; instead, Transatlantique Kriek has a subtle aroma of acidic tart cherry skins and crushed black cherry pulp. Trailing closely behind is a mild, approachable nose of wild yeast funk; just a hint of barnyard/horse blanket and a wonderful dry tartness.

T - At 8% ABV, this is a bit bigger than a standard kriek, and it shows through in the flavor and body with it's maltiness. Dry crystal sweetness peeks through with notes of toast before the shift changes to real cherry fruit and the same subtle funk the nose offers. This is no cough-syrup beer, the cherries taste fresh and real; tart and acidic, not sweet, and the mild yeast compliments the fruit well with a nod to the funkier Belgian beers.

M - A decent level of malt elevates the alcohol in this beer while keeping the body more medium but a higher level of carbonation also aids in the feel's "lightness". Very dry, there's just a touch of acidic tartness to the finish; pretty light for a kriek, though the ever-so-slight metallic hint at the end is more what bothers me.

O - New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek is an excellent entry-level kriek that completely abandons the sugary "fruit beer" notion and focuses on engaging real cherry flavor and tartness with very subtle yeast funkiness. It's approachable and enjoyable. So when I say "entry-level", it means die-hard Belgian kriek fans may find themselves disappointed in the lack of yeast funkiness and sour bite to the finish, but by no means is this anything less than awesome.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bottle to nonic.
Appearance: Pours a very attractive red tone with a durable white/pink foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity, sour cherry aroma with a subtle lager aroma in the background.

Taste: neither too sour nor too sweet but without a satisfying amount of flavor, particularly from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation; dry finish.

Overall: Pleasant and easy drinking but still disappointing; more so after reading the back story on this collaborative kriek.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Beauteous! It pours a rich, vibrant pink, with a cotton candy coloured head. Ruby clear with nice lacing. Exciting and excellent.

S: A bit metallic. Also, acidic, but this acidity is pleasant, piquant, and reminiscent of cherries.

T: It's not bad, but it does finish rather metallic. The maintaste is fruity, full, and inoffensive. Not quite as tart as I'd hoped, but the oak is not inevident. In fact, the more I drink, the fruitier and more delicious this beer grows.

M: Smooth, with a hint of prickle, but mostly just mundane.

O: I enjoyed it, all told, but it was not the special brew for which I'd hoped. Decent lambic. Would not recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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