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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 63 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

resistdefy, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - pours a hazy amber with a short head and no bubbles.

S - bubblegum, mild cherry, soft caramel malt, faint barnyard and faint lacto.

T - like the aroma in a relatively unimpressive way for the style, but not bad.

M - lightly bubbly with a moderately dry and tart finish.

O - I have given New Belgium several chances and they consistently brew beer that makes me say meh. In this instance, the $16 bomber makes me angry. The best thing about this beer is the aroma and the smooth 8% abv.

GuzzLah, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ADTaber, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

MeisterMayhem, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

acevenom, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of lordofstarside
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a snifter

Pretty nice bottle art, it pours a dark ruby red with purple tinged foam which has receded pretty quickly. Mild carbonation stems from the center of the glass, lacing isn't too bad. Aroma of sour cherry, oak, some grape and a sweet malt. Other dark fruits are there as well, a touch of citrus and strawberry meld well with the alcohol. There is some definite complexity to the smell, it's pretty good. The taste however really comes up short. Much of the intricacy of the scent becomes lost as the taste becomes dominated with cherry. Initially a mild sour at first, it has a very sweet malty finish, leaving the beer pretty one dimension-able. The feel is poor also, as it too is dominated by this time carbonation. Very fizzy finish, but I'll at least give it that I don't taste much of the alcohol. Overall my impression of this is that it's like drinking cherry soda spiked with cherry pucker. I'm pretty new to lambics, but based off the overall score I think I'd be assuming correctly that this is a poor representation of the style.

lordofstarside, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

NastyNate11, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

tswater, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JxExM, Mar 06, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

unfortunately the best feature of this beer is the bottle, damn it looks cool, but this beer is average at best. the pour is flamboyantly pink, thicker than most krieks, with airy white lacing all over the glass. the nose is overly sweet, even for the style, like canned cherries that you get on your Belgian waffle at denny's. not nice. I don't get much of that tart acidic lambic yeast character at all, just more like a sweet American syrupy fruit beer. the flavor is equally disappointing, its lacking that sharpness. especially for almost 20 bucks a bottle, this is a farce. teeth rotting sugary finish, cherries seem artificial, and the pucker is entirely absent. also the alcohol stands out a bit, which is unbecoming to a kriek. I was really let down by this, and to charge that price makes me angry at new Belgium, who hasn't done anything at all to impress me for some time now. too much body, fine carbonation, but its too late for the feel to help anything. overall save yourself some money and skip this substandard offering.

StonedTrippin, Mar 04, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New version, looking forward to this.

This bitch pours a lovely cherry red with a light pink loose foam that falls in a minute or so. Smells nice and earthy with plenty of cherry and sweet hints of vanilla and some butter. I keep sticking my nose in for another whiff, which usually means it's complex and I dig it. Flavor is tart, with a little bitterness, some leather, some manure, some soil and grain and cherries. Medium on thin with moderate on low carb and a nice, wet finish. I think I might like this.

harrymel, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

GTB, Mar 03, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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