Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

738 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 45
Gots: 85 | FT: 5
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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 jwchestnut
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this one. Pink, bubbly foam head, both large bubbles and smaller ones. Ruby red body - darkish pink. I loved the smell - tart cranberries, sour cherries, a little sour apples, little balsamic oak-iness, cherry pie, definitely fruity. Taste followed the noise though in a subtler less sour manner than expected. Fruity for sure with slight funk notes (though maybe I was reaching), quite sweet though I wouldn't say overtly artificial like other reviews have but really quite fruity - not syruppy in either flavour or mouthfeel - which was medium and smooth, I think I would have wanted the carbonation a little tighter. All in all I really enjoyed this beer, definitely light on the sour, more sweet and gentle tart fruit notes but really enjoyable.

Photo of KajII
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a clear medium cranberry red with a large (2-3 finger) pink rocky head that diminished at a rapid steady pace, down to a medium sudsy film and had excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of sweet bread malts and a funky barnyard Belgian yeast with notes of cherries, candi sugar and a hint of cask.

The taste was moderately sweet and just a tad malty with a huge fruitiness that was present throughout, giving way to a creeping mild sourness in around the middle with the finish being moderately yeasty with a strong fruity overtone. The flavor lasted only a short time following the swallow, with a mildly sweet fruity tartness fading from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhat light in body with a mildly dry texture and a champagne-like carbonation.

Overall this was a very good tasting Kriek that possessed a nice light sourness blended with a bold yeasty fruitiness, which did a great job of totally concealing the high ABV, making this Lambic extremely smooth, easy to drink and very enjoyable...

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into globe glass, bottled on 1/2/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear pale ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, pear, grape, hay, light pepper, red wine, vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of cherry, yeast, and funk notes; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, hay, red wine, light pepper, light vinegar, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cherry skin, pear, apple, grape, red wine, light vinegar, light funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of cherry and yeast flavors; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good fruit lambic style. Good balance and complexity of fruit and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of magictacosinus
1.64/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a pretty color, as far as krieks go - slightly ruby, with reddish overtones, and perhaps undertones of pink and magenta. Actually, now that I think about it, that seems like the same description of some mass-produced and packaged fruit punch. Ehh, regardless, there's a good off-white head on this, decent carbonation, and some lacing. Not cloudy in any way whatsoever, which is bizarre - shouldn't you condition Lambics, even when they're blended? Not bad for what it is, but the difference between this and, say, Lindemans, is questionable.

Smells really, really weird - either something's wrong or my nose was broken at the time of tasting. Squash, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pecans, straw, and then (finally!) notes of anything *but* cherries, ranging from cranberries to raspberries. Okay, so if they were going for Thanksgiving in a bottle, they succeeded spectacularly here, but otherwise this is just... Wrong. The finish is slightly medicinal in the same realm of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. No funk or subtlety whatsoever - just bad grainy husky sensations, bad off-flavors, and no balance.

The flavor has got to be the absolutely worst part of all of this - at first, there's not much of a flavor to speak of, with only some toasted, biscuit-y flavors coming through. Then, the pumpkin pie spices come back in (especially cinnamon and nutmeg), as well as some strange vegetal flavors of squash or cabbage, and then finishes extremely phenolic and medicinal with notes of cherry cough syrup and under-ripe berries. Not pleasant at all to drink, as it gets increasingly musty with each sip. Feels strange in the mouth - grainy, thin, and astringent. I had no fun drinking this - the worst one all night.

Man, I heard this was not too great, but this is almost offensive (given the price tag of $14 as well). Did they blend the Boon kriek with their Fat Tire amber ale by any chance? None of the curious and rustic aspects of the Lambic come through here - worst off, it just tastes bizarre and reeks of off-flavors. This has to objectively be one of the weirdest and simultaneously mediocre beers I've ever had. I'll be extra careful about trying any of the Lips of Faith beers in the future.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no date markings that I can find. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a pinkish bubbly foam of about two fingers. Large, bubbles slowly burst and dissipate, leaving about a finger of smaller bubbles across the surface. Body is ruby red with magenta undertones and changing hues of red as the light passes through. Lacing is noticable and spotty at first, but fades away.

Smell - Some tart, with cherry sweetness accompanying, as well as some alcoholic ester characteristics. Strangely, I get a hint of malted grain, and look at the bottle again to realize that this is "55% ale". Doesn't quite blend with the cherry elements as well as maybe hoped? The two profiles seem at conflict.

Taste - Here, the "base" (since it's only 45%) lambic takes over, with sour lactic tartness, but a subdued version of it. The cherries are very much present with some sweetness, but the finish is dry with some mild vinegary notes. Something about this seems a little stale or worn out, if that makes sense. It's just flat in a way that most Krieks I've had are not. It dulls down the otherwise vibrant cherry components.

Mouthfeel - Higher than moderate carbonation and a light body with a dry finish. Effervescent and light to the mouth. Refreshing.

Overall, a fair attempt. I appreciate the fact that it's not stunningly sweet, like many of the fruit lambics can be, so it redeems an otherwise lackluster beer. Not bad by any means--I didn't have any problem finishing the whole bottle--but I wouldn't exert myself to have it again.

Photo of jbaker67
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ripe ruby red color with a finger of pinkish foam that dissipates quickly. The nose is round ripe cherry pie,vanilla and a touch of wet musty barrel. The palate follows the nose with a nice round cherry front end but the mid to late palate falls quite short with a wet compost funk that comes through slightly muddy destroying the enjoyable cherry notes. Not bad just nothing very special especially based on the price.

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"45% ale with cherries added and 55% ale." 8% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in low altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings.

A: Pours a two finger wide pink colour head. Decently creamy. Somewhat supple. Soft. Nice thickness. Decently frothy.

Body colour is a clear dark red. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty good for the style. I've seen worse.

Sm: Light sourness - mostly from lacto. Cherry syrup. Fruity. A bit artificial.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't get any malts either.

An average strength aroma.

T: I like the sourness, but the fruitiness is syrupy and artificial. Quite simple for a kriek. It's not bad, but it's far from great. Balance is okay, though it's too sugary. Reminiscent of juice.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Not getting any maltiness.

Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Clean. Suits the flavour profile decently. Good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Drinkable. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced. A disappointment from New Belgium.

Low C+

Photo of Pencible
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear cherry red with a little pink head.
S: It smelled like cherry pie with sugary wheat bread and honey and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like sweet cherries and honey, with some oak and earthy wheat bread. It had a clean mild aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Kind of weak body.
D: This was a mild dessert beer, but the scent and taste and body were all a little disappointing. At least the alcohol was well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. But it wasn't much worth drinking. Not recommended.

Photo of RickS95
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bomber with no date that I could see

Doesn't look much like a beer, looks like cherry soda. It's reddish burgundy in color with a dark red hued head. The head has minimal retention.

The nose is of cherries and vinegar. Normally I like cherry beers, but not so much with the vinegar kicker.

I'm slightly surprised by the taste in that it lacks the puckering, almost non-drinkable vinegar taste. The taste is mildly of tart cherries with only a splash of the vinegar taste to break things up a bit. Some of the maltiness of the beers finally makes an appearance in the finish.

It's tart, but not like real Krieks. I can actually stomach this. Sweetness early, then the tart takes over. Very acidic, but drinkable. Tart, dry finish. Not smooth.

I don't care for the style but I keep buying them hoping to find one I like. I'm still looking. This doesn't look or smell like a beer, doesn't take much like one. It's doesn't go down easy. One of these days I'm going to stop buying these damned things.

Photo of jnn4v
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like water down cranberry juice. dark pink and/or pale red color. Clearly has been filtered.completely translucent.
S: sounds like water down cherry cough syrup. Hints of vinegar.very mild funkyness, but mostly acidic.
T: very mild hints of cherry flavor with a slight acidity. Somewhat bready, especially for a kriek.
M: medium viscosity with very small to medium-sized bubbles.

Photo of srhoadsy
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a tulip.

Pours a rich, clear red with half an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of cherries with a slight mustiness in the background.

Flavors follow through the aromas sweet and tart cherry with a slight musty, earthy background.

Light bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Lighter carbonation than expected.

Overall a little too light in flavor for the style. If you were just introducing someone to the style this would be okay but falls a little flat compared to other offerings.

Photo of Kenzie
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I've come across quite a bit of beers brewed with cherries just in the past year, most of them highly enjoyable. I decided to give the Kriek a try, though I was worried it might be a little too cherry because the description on the bottle didn't give me much else to go by.

Upon opening and pouring the bottle, I realized the ale was just what I was afraid of. The appearance resembled more of a mead and seemed over fruity. In taste the beer was more tart then I expected, which was it's only attribute. There was not much body or other layers going on for the beer, just overly sweet cherry that resembled cough syrup. I almost felt like I was drinking cheap wine.

I have many great lambics but would not buy this beer again. I do not feel the same way about other beers on the Lips of Faith line, but this one was just not for me. I actually did not finish my beer which is rare. The only use I could make of it would be to cook with it.

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at Francois cellar party.

No head, pink hazy color.

Nose has wafts of light cherry barely, little tart, sweet syrupy cough syrup.

taste is pretty bland, light sour cherries, very light overall cherry profile, light sourness, cough syrup, syrupy flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, feels a bit thin, lighter carb.

Overall meh, very light for a kriek, very light sour and little cherry, some cough syrup flavors too.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark red with a half inch light pink head that fizzled away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is light and subtle, the brew smells like tart cherries, bready/grainy malt, and a bit of musty funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes and a floral flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little watery with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's an OK beer overall, but at $16.49 a bottle I won't be buying it again. Should have grabbed another La Folie instead!

Photo of Rutager
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear red with maybe a touch of orange. Topped with a finger of pale pink head.

Smell. Fresh pie cherries including the almond-like pits, a touch of brett, and not much else.

Taste. Tart cherries again but a little thinner than the smell leads on, some dry brett, maybe just a touch of almond.

Mouthfeel. Thin and fairly watery, below medium carbonation.

Overall. I can't help comparing this with the Belle Royale I've been drinking recently. It's like a very watered down version of that beer without the barrel. I guess that's the problem with drinking lots of great beers, the standards rise. Nothing bad tasting, just not big enough flavours in a beer that could be great. I'm going to guess that profit was a factor in this one as far as the amount of ingredients goes. I could be wrong, but that's what it tastes like to me.

Photo of bulldog91
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep red appearance, cherry tones - no surprise. But not as much carbonation as expected.

S - Some brett/yeast.

T - The sour cherry and fizz work - they were shooting for something different and nailed it. Hints of vinegar but not overpowering. It's refreshing.

M - Fizzy. Not in the glass, but in the mouth for sure.

D - Just really digging this. Like the balance of ale and cherry and not as overpowering in the ABV, either.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a purple-ruby color with a two finger dark pink head. The head recedes pretty quickly, but this looks really good.

S: A tart cherry and rose petal aroma. Light,slightly tart, floral and fruity. A good amount of oak as well, which smells soaked in cherry juice.

T: The carbonation here feels way light, and it weighs the flavors down a lot. Thick concord grape, cherry juice and cherry skin flavors. A bit of a cranberry flavor as well. It's definitely not sour, and barely tart. There's some bitter cherry skin on the finish with a wave of smooth grain. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't say it's one of the better Krieks out there.

Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into SAVOR snifter.

A: bright red, very clear. lots of carb can be seen rushing to the surface. head is bubbly and on the rose side of things.

S: a mild tart cherry aroma is rounded out by a lot of chewy, biscuity grain. slightly acidic, but nothing overwhelming. inviting.

T: tastes a lot like cherry pie. the tartness that is present is not nearly as sour or acidic as I would prefer, however the flavor itself is still rather tasty. lingers like a cherry tart pastry.

M: moderate amount of carb, slightly effervescent. medium body.

D: im really enjoying this. more cherry flavor than acidity but again, I am enjoying how this brew came out. cherry pie flavor to the max. if this brew had a bit more acidic, tart nature it would be over-the-top.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice bright and deep ruby color with a fluffy 1 inch pink head that is dense and recedes at a medium pace. It leaves some slight sticky lacing.

Aroma starts off with some tartness and dry fruity notes. Notes of cherry skin and apple skin. Kind off bland in the nose except for some slight dry tartness and some slight sweet cherry notes.

Flavor starts off with some sharp tart notes. Slight vinegar notes mixed in with some sour cherry notes. There is some red apple skin notes mixed in with some cherry sweetness as well. Grainy and a bit bready as well. There is a nice lactic almost yogurt like acidity to the brew as well that is actually pretty good. Mouthfeel is fluffy and light with a nice dry finish.

Overall its an average cherry beer. It doesn't have the medicinal flavors that some other Kreik's have but its not that interesting.

Photo of Chaney
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
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?!?

Photo of Jparker37
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
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 teromous
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.