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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
okay

557 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful translucent cranberry red with a luscious pink head. The nose is distinctly Cherry with floral notes. The mouth feel is active and rich, due to nice carbonation. There is a nice Cherry taste upfront, that isn't too sweet or artificial tasting. The end taste is moderately sour, but not mouth puckering. Overall, I thought this was a nice brew and a great way to end a meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 17:48:45 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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Funky-Brewster

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-10-2014 03:29:04 | More by Funky-Brewster
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bkeller04

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-09-2014 03:54:29 | More by bkeller04
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mverity

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Looks like carbonated cranberry juice: light pink head, thin collar. Aroma is of cherry, lemon zest and a light tart funk. Taste is dry, tart cherry, a hint of lemon and cranberry? Light body, low carbonation. I wish this had more of a carbonated bite, or something to play with the tartness of the cherry/lemon.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 01:17:59 | More by mverity
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

06-08-2014 22:33:43 | More by beerforpresident
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jakewatt135

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-07-2014 02:06:54 | More by jakewatt135
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

06-06-2014 23:00:36 | More by Lare453
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems very "Boon". After having several from that brewery, I can see a lot of similar characteristics.

Pours a clear red with a pink head. Very fruit beer-esqe. Nose is antiseptic with mild cherries. Flavor is extremely dry. Extremely. Strong cherry tone. Medicinal funk. It's bone dry though; that being the main thing you notice here. A very good and "old world" beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 02:07:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-04-2014 06:07:47 | More by drewone
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

06-04-2014 00:57:07 | More by mltobin
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akang

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-03-2014 05:35:09 | More by akang
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-02-2014 15:52:33 | More by SocalKicks
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-02-2014 04:59:23 | More by Modernrickk
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-01-2014 23:21:33 | More by Smarty_Pints
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amishbooze

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

06-01-2014 01:54:03 | More by amishbooze
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

20oz tulip bowl glass in the VIP tent at the brewery during Denver Beer Week last October, from copious, heretofore seemingly lost notes. Better late than never, I guess!

This beer appears a clear, bright magenta-amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy cotton-candy pink head, which leaves a bit of streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of musty, lightly tart raw cherries, earthy yeast, bready caramel malt, red wine vinegar, soft oak barrel notes - grainy wood and warm vanilla, mostly - an ethereal funk, and tame floral, leafy hops. The taste is moderately sour cherry, with the vinegar character in retreat, dark fruit wine, gritty pale malt, ethereal yeast and earthy funk, and weedy, leafy, and slightly perfumed (from the well-masked 8 points of alcohol) hops.

The bubbles are quite tight in their edgy, flinty demeanor, the body a stodgy medium weight, and sort of thin in its smoothness, the fruity sourness taking it down a peg or five. It finishes dry, fruity, and vinous, the cherry essence doing well to persist, among some growing wooden barrel astringency.

A fairly edgy, tart, and somewhat complex kriek ale, the cherry definitely in charge, but it seems to have a multiple personality disorder, as it wafts from fruity, to woody, to yeasty in its impression. Not an overly bad thing, but it makes the blend appear to not really be working. Something interesting to sip on in the nice Front Range autumn sunshine, so I'm glad I got to try it here, as the retail bottle price seems a bit steep, from what I've heard.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 04:04:15 | More by biboergosum
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tmneyer

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-30-2014 01:41:34 | More by tmneyer
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krome

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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Zimm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-29-2014 22:30:55 | More by Zimm
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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mattreitz49

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-28-2014 00:51:24 | More by mattreitz49
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JGlitz87

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-28-2014 00:06:31 | More by JGlitz87
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-26-2014 23:44:44 | More by MichPaul
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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