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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 37
Gots: 44 | 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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-23-2011 05:19:40 | More by mrunseen
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-20-2011 05:15:21 | More by Magery
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-18-2011 16:03:55 | More by Desaparecido
Photo of Brew33


4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-17-2011 18:49:42 | More by Brew33
Photo of EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-17-2011 00:40:25 | More by EasyReader
Photo of codynevels


3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-16-2011 23:04:12 | More by codynevels
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-15-2011 19:57:36 | More by twowheelssoar
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-15-2011 15:36:11 | More by kkrez
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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a vibrant red with pink head which leaves decent lacing.

S - Strong smell of sweet cherry. Very overpowering.

T - Very sweet cherry dominate the taste. Very little tartness is noticeable.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - The sweetness makes this a definite sipping beer. While the drinkability on this is high, I feel the sweetness is a bit too overpowering and would benefit from more of a funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:26:43 | More by miadw3
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2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Texas Gang Bang BIF crew for sending us a bomber of this.

This is a beer I've had a couple times, but each time its a disappointment. The beer certainly looks like a good lambic, with a nice bright red, but the aroma is a medicinal, candy cherry. The beer is not all that sour or lambic-y. There is a little tart cherry, but straight blonde base beer is like 75% of the beer equation. I'm not sure if there is wild yeast in the bottle, but it doesn't seem like this beer has developed much over time. The sourness is only noticeable, and in the end there is a good deal of artificial sweetness in the finish of the beer that is very off-putting. Truthfully, it's better than a lot of back-sweetener fruit beers but if you think this is a lambic like Cantillon, you are mistaken.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:17:43 | More by Soonami
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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a lovely ruby-red with a thin rose-colored head that recedes to a slight ring and haze.
S - Nice aromas of dried tart cherries, oak, sugar, and just the slightest amount of funk. Reminds me a bit of Boon Kriek (not Oude Kriek), which makes sense given the pedigree.
T - Close to the nose, mostly cherries and a bit of sweet malt. Very one-dimensional, but the heat from the 8% ABV is definitely noticeable.
M - Smooth and slick, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - Decent, but lacking the complexity of a World-Class fruit Lambic. Probably good for a sour "newbie", but not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:13:22 | More by jsanford
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red hue with a paper thin head that disapates into a steady ring clinging to my glass aroma of cherries funk and oak. Taste follows the nose, tart up front then cherries with an aftertaste of funk and oak. Pretty good, different than the norm and not overly sweet. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:57:03 | More by jcartamdg
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2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The appearance of this beer is great. A beautiful ruby red color with a thin bubbly head

S: Smells like dried sweet cherries, which is good, but then also smells of cough syrup, not good.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. It is sweet cherry syrup, similar to a medicine. The tartness is VERY faint.

M: Very thick sweetness, but finishes fairly dry

Overall, I do not like this beer. It is not a kriek at all. More like a fruit beer, and not a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 22:11:42 | More by nanobrew
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured a reddish pink with a two finger pink head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherries, wood, earthy, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherries, tart, wood, and an earthy note. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either. The flavor profile on this one seemed to be really dilute which was quite unfortunate. If I am honest this one really reminded me of some of the reasons why I enjoy Cantillon so much, but it just fell short. Worth trying to say that you have but I would leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 16:34:53 | More by thagr81us
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4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a crystal-clear deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of robust cherries that are both sweet and tart but lean toward the sweet side. Also present are very light hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by bright dark cherry flavors with hints of cough syrup, though not in a bad way. The cherries carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I like what the lager did to this beer, it took away some of the sweetness and added a bit of complexity. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 03:16:21 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish gold color. Moderate light violet head that slowly dissipated. I'm a fan of the beer's appearance.

Smell: Mild funk is what I get.

Taste: Mild lactic sour, a touch of funk and maybe just the slightest hint of cherries, though it's so slight I'm not positive. not a complex beer taste wise.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a brisk sparking carbonation.

Overall: The mouth-feel and appearance really work for me. The taste does not rise to the level of the appearance and mouth-feel. The cherry notes, really the overall taste, and the level of sourness leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:47:49 | More by IKR
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. ]cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor but somehow it just seemed to be of in a way that is hard to describe. you can tell what it was supposed to be but somehow just did not work. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

overall it was ok, nothing special by any means but still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:32:42 | More by mikesgroove
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split with steepH20 while perusing early fantasy football prognostications. This is the life we live.

A cough syrupy looking fire red. No head and some spotted lace and a trickle of legs.

Muted cherry cough syrup

Tempered in nearly every way. Neither tart enough, nor sour enough, nor vibrant enough. Muted and restrained with a touch a cherry and band aids. Wished this beast would be unleashed.

Low on the carbonation but medium bodied.

Not sure what I expected here but this wasn't quite it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:55:40 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have reviewed the original offering of this product, and I believe that I actually still have a bottle of it. Anyway, this Lips Of Faith series is a new entry, so I will review it again to see if it is any different or anything. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty dark reddish brownish with a 1/4" cap of pink foam that looks pretty creamy and pretty fizzy, but there must be lots of bubbles rising as it is staying about the same. After drinking the beer, it leaves lots of pink lace on the glass that is quite pleasant to look at.

Aroma: I initially got lots of cherries, but not like a cough drop or anything. I am getting some sweet malt with some toasty notes and honey, but the sour character is very reserved in the cold beer. Even after the beer warms up, the sour character is masked at best. This more like a soda with the sweetness and cherries.

Taste: The flavor is quite light, especially for an 8% ABV beer. The body is medium to light and the carbonation is light, but still adequate to present the beer on the palate. There is some warming that comes in late after the sip to allude to the alcohol, but it is subtle. Of course the cherries are a really big player in the overall flavor profile. The malt is noticeable too with some sweetness like in the nose. The finish has some acidity that I guess is from the sour beer, but it is still reserved. There seems to be a subtle lemon rind coming out as the beer warms that is hinting more to the wildness that is apparently in this beer. I have to give them credit on the mouthfeel for this beer since it masks the alcohol so well and ends up so light on the palate. If that was what they were going for, they hit it...and I know that is appealing to many.

Opinion: I will have to go back and read the hype on this beer. I can't recall what their angle is, but this beer is bordering on foo-foo. When you set it up next to Le Terroir or La Folie, there is no comparison. This beer is mild enough to appeal to a Lindeman's drinker but isn't quite as sweet overall so it may be more appealing to some. For me, if I am drinking a sour beer, I don't want there to be any doubt. I prefer to pucker up and have the enamel cooked off my teeth. This beer doesn't do that.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:15:52 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Color is a rich pink with a think head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is slightly sour with a slight barnyard funk. Taste is of raspberry/tart cherry with a touch of sour and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is borderline medium, thicker than I would have guessed, and fairly dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:01:18 | More by JCDenver
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

A: This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.

T: The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.

M: The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.

I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic. This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 16:43:48 | More by uturn
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/19/10

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark red color, nice head and lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a faint funkiness - this level of funk is very low, kind of like with Le Fleur Misseur - some cherry, faint malts

Taste: Interesting - slightly funky, but mostly just tastes like super-dry cherry - not really sweet - tart with some fruitiness - malts are very low on the spectrum

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light, moderately carbonated

Overall: Good, but it needs more depth

With the exception of La Folie, all of the Lips of Faith beers I have encountered have been too weak in flavor. That is not to say that they are watery, but they all have so much potential... Transatlantique Kriek has the same issue. This would be much better if it were funkier and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 04:22:44 | More by angrybabboon
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4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up on a whim when i wanted something sour. drank from my duvel tulip. i believe that this is from the end of 2009.

A- this one pours out an interesting pinkish red colored body with a full finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for only a few quick seconds before falling, and leaves behind only small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a big whiff is cherries. subtle yet fresh. tart. a little bit of musty/earthy and barnyard scents. it seems its going to be well balanced between the sweetness and the sourness.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sour cherries that i could smell, and yes they do seem fresh (not artificial tasting at all). after that i get some mild oak notes and some malt sweetness. a little bit of green apple skin can be tasted throughout.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. the carbonation level is higher than the quickly vanishing head would indicate. drier than i expected.

D- l ended up liking this more than i was told i would. its pretty subtle for a lambic. id be happy to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 23:28:15 | More by jwinship83
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is bright, bright red with a lightly-pink-hued head that bubbles up and falls down without leaving anything behind. The nose is a bit sour with quite a bit of cherries. Nothing all that complex. There is some moderate funk and a bit of a cherry-pie presence. The flavor is more of the same. There is a strong cherry presence along with a bit of funky sourness. Mouthfeel is nice as it positions the tart cherries against the acidity. An okay beer, but if I'm going with a New Belgium sour, I'd prefer La Folie (preferably C&C).

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 10:53:07 | More by Thorpe429
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2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours red with a big, bubbly pink head. Retention is really good, as is the lacing.

S: Slight sourness blends in nicely with cherries and a slight oakiness. Seems to be a bit of alcohol coming through as well.

T: Not a lot going on here. Cherries and Oak are muted, hardly noticed. Sourness is there, but really watered down. Everything seems turned down a couple notches.

MF: Seems a bit flat. Not a lot of carbonation, really light body.

D: Not bad for a sour, doesn't taste very good but you don't tire of drinking it. This is a pretty big disappointment. The beer is, in a word, bland.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:20:00 | More by russwbeck
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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