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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 41
Gots: 52 | 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 Gobzilla


3.93/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured a deep crimson red in color with a pinkish colored head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass. I had hints of cherries upfront almost like it was cherry juice, slight acidic notes, some citrusy qualities and a little vinegary as well. The cherry character was more apparent on the palate alongside vinegary, oaky, and tart accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, and tart finish. It was pretty good beer but would not get more due to the stiff price tag.

06-18-2012 23:49:59 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Hophead101


4/5  rDev +14.9%

05-23-2012 02:41:39 | More by Hophead101
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

04-29-2012 02:02:34 | More by Irrationalist
Photo of Kopfschuss


4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

04-26-2012 03:25:41 | More by Kopfschuss


4/5  rDev +14.9%

04-24-2012 22:49:28 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

04-16-2012 00:42:52 | More by antoines15
Photo of RuckusDu


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

I don't know when this was bottled. Was sitting on a back shelf back in a random bottleshop for who knows how long.

A - This poured maybe a finger of light pink head which quickly falls to a trace. Body is more of an indian red in color. Slightly cloudy.

S - Quite delicious. Not a full lambic/kriek scent, but some good sour raspberry. No funk at all.

T - It is a sour, but not very fruity. More bitter sour. Some funky grapefruit rind.

M - Fairly light body and strong carbonation. Pretty good all around.

O - A decent job. It may be a little past its prime. No fruit flavors and a more bitter than sour, but still pretty good.

04-09-2012 15:15:52 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +14.9%

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some cherries with some light farmhouse funk and a bit of malt.

T - Starts off with some cherry flavor with some tartness and sourness. Through the middle some funk comes through with a bit malt. The finish is a mix of more cherry flavor, sourness, and some light pale malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The cherry flavor is nice and strong from start to end. The beer could have used a bit more depth, it had a nice delicate flavor to it.

04-02-2012 03:57:46 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of ehammond1

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%


Papago Brewing
Scottsdale, AZ

Clear ruby and red with a moderately sized light pink head that leaves webs of lace down the glass.

Sweet aroma predominantly of cherries, though the aroma is somewhat medicinal and artificial in nature. Not bad per se, but not good, either.

The flavor too is quite average. The cherry flavor doesn't seem particularly authentic or vibrant, though it is there. There's also a bit of freshly baked bread and mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A boring kriek, though not at all bad.

04-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours a dull red, a slight pink head on it, I'd venture to say around 5/16" of an inch, sticky on the edge of the glass. Aroma didn't impart the tangy sour cherry I was looking for. I dunno, maybe its because they're Polish cherries, they haven't figured it out or something.

The cherry is a little more noticeable in the taste, the tartness is respectable, but not like the greats. I don't really pick up much in the way of wood/oak on this or the other counterparts like vanilla and whatnot. Body hides the alcohol decently. Sugar in the mouthfeel is just too high.

Had really high hopes for this beer, but at $15 a bottle, it is nothing but disappointment. How is it the most expensive lips of faith beer is also one of the worst?

03-29-2012 17:59:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

03-12-2012 01:29:40 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

03-09-2012 18:23:57 | More by EmilySanders
Photo of rawfish


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours maraschino cherry red, very intensive yet sparkling clear. Forms ahuge off white, Valentine's Day pink tinged fizzy head of 3 fingers that reduces to a sparse cap. Rocky lacing on the glass with a good stick.

Thin pale malts with considerable alcohol at first as tart cherry and a bit of woodsy barnyard creep in and ultimately dominate the aroma. Kind of simple but funky is always interesting.

Pale malt, slight cereal and bready character keep this together as juicy cherries fill the palate. But that's as far as the complexities go, finishes with a dull flash of sour on the back of the palate with a bit of yeast as well. Tartness makes the mouth water.

Thin body, very drinkable and prickly carbonation. Not getting the full impact of the sour or the cherries, overall more yeasty and dulled that I would like. Drinking colder makes the beer brighten up considerably.

Just getting my feet wet in the world of lambic and fruit beers. This offering is a bit simple and a good starter, not very intense. In short, a thin blonde ale with tart cherries. Not a good value at $15 for the bomber.

03-04-2012 05:45:52 | More by rawfish
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-01-2012 10:20:54 | More by bthomas
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-21-2012 01:33:36 | More by imperialking
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-02-2012 22:58:59 | More by MisterKilderkin
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-16-2012 18:44:16 | More by djrn2
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

01-14-2012 05:37:54 | More by tclapper
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-12-2012 05:04:29 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-10-2012 18:48:36 | More by kiki3drt292
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.9%

01-08-2012 05:41:24 | More by stevefinny
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3.48/5  rDev 0%

Bottle dated 6/25/2009
Consumed 1/6/2012

The beer is cherry red and pours with a slight head that soon falls into the beer and becomes a thin lace around the edge of the beer. The beer is very clear allowing you to see straight through it to the bottom of your glass despite the intensity of the red color.

The aroma is fruity and somewhat sour. Based of the aroma I would think that flavor would be rather sour in the finish.

The beer is a little bit harsh on the palate but otherwise has a very full mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet with a little hint of fruit and finish with a very slight tartness.

Overall I am not that impressed. The beer is beautiful to behold and smells wonderful but the flavor lacks any depth.

01-06-2012 23:59:48 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

01-02-2012 05:50:16 | More by Huffaroma
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle shared by BeerFMAndy.

Hawaiin punch red. Small light pink head. Nice amount of funk in the nose. Arm pits, pencil shavings, pool toys, sour cherry, wine barrel, tomato vines. Flavors are mostly barrel soaked cherries. Mild cough syrup, brett, pool toys. Medium body and rather dry. This would make a great gateway sour for someone looking to get into the style.

12-29-2011 19:11:12 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of hardy008


2.58/5  rDev -25.9%

Pours a red color with a light pink head which fades quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma has a combination of sweet and tart cherries with green apple. Not overly appealing.

The taste has tart cherries, with a little bit of sweetness and green apples. Quite a bit of tartness and some oak as well. Not one of the better tasting Lambics I have had.

Light to medium bodied with below average carbonation. Has a dry finish. I am not very impressed by this beer. It was stored properly. Just not very good.

12-29-2011 03:22:58 | More by hardy008
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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