Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 65 | 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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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%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GuzzLah
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.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

Photo of harrymel
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of n2185
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.

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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