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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

640 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 43
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. ]cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor but somehow it just seemed to be of in a way that is hard to describe. you can tell what it was supposed to be but somehow just did not work. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

overall it was ok, nothing special by any means but still worth trying.

mikesgroove, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split with steepH20 while perusing early fantasy football prognostications. This is the life we live.

A cough syrupy looking fire red. No head and some spotted lace and a trickle of legs.

Muted cherry cough syrup

Tempered in nearly every way. Neither tart enough, nor sour enough, nor vibrant enough. Muted and restrained with a touch a cherry and band aids. Wished this beast would be unleashed.

Low on the carbonation but medium bodied.

Not sure what I expected here but this wasn't quite it.

BarrytheBear, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have reviewed the original offering of this product, and I believe that I actually still have a bottle of it. Anyway, this Lips Of Faith series is a new entry, so I will review it again to see if it is any different or anything. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty dark reddish brownish with a 1/4" cap of pink foam that looks pretty creamy and pretty fizzy, but there must be lots of bubbles rising as it is staying about the same. After drinking the beer, it leaves lots of pink lace on the glass that is quite pleasant to look at.

Aroma: I initially got lots of cherries, but not like a cough drop or anything. I am getting some sweet malt with some toasty notes and honey, but the sour character is very reserved in the cold beer. Even after the beer warms up, the sour character is masked at best. This more like a soda with the sweetness and cherries.

Taste: The flavor is quite light, especially for an 8% ABV beer. The body is medium to light and the carbonation is light, but still adequate to present the beer on the palate. There is some warming that comes in late after the sip to allude to the alcohol, but it is subtle. Of course the cherries are a really big player in the overall flavor profile. The malt is noticeable too with some sweetness like in the nose. The finish has some acidity that I guess is from the sour beer, but it is still reserved. There seems to be a subtle lemon rind coming out as the beer warms that is hinting more to the wildness that is apparently in this beer. I have to give them credit on the mouthfeel for this beer since it masks the alcohol so well and ends up so light on the palate. If that was what they were going for, they hit it...and I know that is appealing to many.

Opinion: I will have to go back and read the hype on this beer. I can't recall what their angle is, but this beer is bordering on foo-foo. When you set it up next to Le Terroir or La Folie, there is no comparison. This beer is mild enough to appeal to a Lindeman's drinker but isn't quite as sweet overall so it may be more appealing to some. For me, if I am drinking a sour beer, I don't want there to be any doubt. I prefer to pucker up and have the enamel cooked off my teeth. This beer doesn't do that.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of JCDenver
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Color is a rich pink with a think head that sticks around and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is slightly sour with a slight barnyard funk. Taste is of raspberry/tart cherry with a touch of sour and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is borderline medium, thicker than I would have guessed, and fairly dry.

JCDenver, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of uturn
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

A: This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.

T: The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.

M: The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.

I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic. This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.

uturn, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/19/10

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark red color, nice head and lacing

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a faint funkiness - this level of funk is very low, kind of like with Le Fleur Misseur - some cherry, faint malts

Taste: Interesting - slightly funky, but mostly just tastes like super-dry cherry - not really sweet - tart with some fruitiness - malts are very low on the spectrum

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat light, moderately carbonated

Overall: Good, but it needs more depth

With the exception of La Folie, all of the Lips of Faith beers I have encountered have been too weak in flavor. That is not to say that they are watery, but they all have so much potential... Transatlantique Kriek has the same issue. This would be much better if it were funkier and more complex.

angrybabboon, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up on a whim when i wanted something sour. drank from my duvel tulip. i believe that this is from the end of 2009.

A- this one pours out an interesting pinkish red colored body with a full finger of bright white head on top. the head lasts for only a few quick seconds before falling, and leaves behind only small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a big whiff is cherries. subtle yet fresh. tart. a little bit of musty/earthy and barnyard scents. it seems its going to be well balanced between the sweetness and the sourness.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sour cherries that i could smell, and yes they do seem fresh (not artificial tasting at all). after that i get some mild oak notes and some malt sweetness. a little bit of green apple skin can be tasted throughout.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. the carbonation level is higher than the quickly vanishing head would indicate. drier than i expected.

D- l ended up liking this more than i was told i would. its pretty subtle for a lambic. id be happy to drink this again.

jwinship83, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is bright, bright red with a lightly-pink-hued head that bubbles up and falls down without leaving anything behind. The nose is a bit sour with quite a bit of cherries. Nothing all that complex. There is some moderate funk and a bit of a cherry-pie presence. The flavor is more of the same. There is a strong cherry presence along with a bit of funky sourness. Mouthfeel is nice as it positions the tart cherries against the acidity. An okay beer, but if I'm going with a New Belgium sour, I'd prefer La Folie (preferably C&C).

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours red with a big, bubbly pink head. Retention is really good, as is the lacing.

S: Slight sourness blends in nicely with cherries and a slight oakiness. Seems to be a bit of alcohol coming through as well.

T: Not a lot going on here. Cherries and Oak are muted, hardly noticed. Sourness is there, but really watered down. Everything seems turned down a couple notches.

MF: Seems a bit flat. Not a lot of carbonation, really light body.

D: Not bad for a sour, doesn't taste very good but you don't tire of drinking it. This is a pretty big disappointment. The beer is, in a word, bland.

russwbeck, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite pink with a tall and tight white head. Lacing is solid even though it's somewhat wispy. Clear with lots of bubbles streaming northward. Grassy and earthy aroma with plenty of cherry and raspberry notes and an underlying hard-edged alcohol note of sherry or cough syrup.

Pretty fun Kriek, a decently dry and tart version of the style. Somewhat spicy and boozy, setting it a little apart from a Belgian. Lemongrass, menthol, diacetyl, and pale malt provide the backbone. Somewhat thin on the body end, but it's buttressed by the base ale. This is a good drinker with some noticeable flaws.

BretSikkink, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-26-11

Pours a very cloudy and interesting red color, almost pink, with a very thin and filmy head. Lacing is a bright while ring of bubbles around the edge.

Smell is pungent cherry, extremely tart and a little sour. Reminds me a lot of cheap wine, mostly the box variety. A light Belgian character exists, in the very back.

Taste is just as strong as the smell, with flavors of sweet and tart cherry. The wine flavor is there too, and lasts into the finish and aftertaste. Not as complex as I'd hoped, a bit too sweet and a bit too much alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thicker and smoother than I expected, doesn't really fit the style.

Drinkability is decent, the tartness is not off-putting and the booze isn't harsh.

Overall, a good beer, but not very accurate for the style.

BMoney575, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of treehouse
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smells like wooded cherries....yeasted dark cherries...

in the mouth...sour cherries with an alcohol back quick after...8%....sour and mineral...leaves you salivating...a long finish of tart and copper but not in a bad way...

this is a comfort beer without being too hot...actually the heat is cloying....there it is and there it went....more the flavor and olfactory of alcohol without the btu's...

treehouse, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Who knew the French knew how to cross the Pond? Just wonderin'. This apparent bit of proof pours a slightly hazy ruby red grapefruit juice topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light cherry, ruby red grapefruit, and what seems like a light cocoa. The taste brings in more cherry, along with some oak, cedar, and a touch of dark peach. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I enjoyed this bit o' kriek: It's nothing mind-blowing, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

TMoney2591, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Redest beer i've ever seen. Orange hues as well. Decent white head.

S: Smells like a white zin wine. Sour scent and rotten red fruit.

T: Very sour and tastes exactely big cherry pie, evend own the malty biscuit crust. Not familiar with this style of beer, but it got better as I continued to taste it. NOt much hop bitterness to speak of.

M: Decent carbonation. Taste goes quickly but the sour sticks around.

D: Very sour, nice sweet pie flavor. Not what I'm used to but for the style, its pretty good.

rrski198, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served chilled in a tulip. This beer came my way via my SS 2010. Thanks again man!

Appearance: The body of the beer is a light cranberry coloration. The head is a lightly pink stained white coloration. The head resolves into a thin ring of film.

Smell: Tart cherries and slightly sweeter cherries great my nose. I smell the oak in the aroma but somehow the lactic buggy tones are overly subtle. The smell of the beer is bland.

Taste: Sweet cherries give way to a lightly tart cherry flavor. The flavor has tanic tones and again a vaguely lactic nature. The flavor leaves me a bit flat. Over all I find the beers flavor bland.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light not watery. The lactic tones are never to the puckering level. Alcohol is nowhere present in the flavor. If its possible the beers mouthfeel is bland. The beer isnt a drain pour but I became quickly bored with it. This beer was a major let down.

nlmartin, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a hazy body the color of a canned cranberry sauce with a pale white head that takes on a purple hue it is so pale but it soon fades to a sticky ring. There is a lazy carbonation of tiny bubbles that work their way to the surface. S- The dry clean cherry skin aroma has a faint barnyard hint that comes through as the beer opens up but the cherry skin dominates.
T- The nice tart cherry flavor doesn't really have a pucker to it and has more of a sweet hint. The dry finish has a mellow tartness that grows as the beer opens up and it takes on a soft cherry bubble gum quality with a powdery brett flavor of d
ried grapefruit. The cherry flavor lingers a bit after the finish. M- The light mouthfeel has a dryness to the texture but not really an astringent quality. There is no alcohol heat noticed. D- This beer is a bit mild once you get past the cherry flavor there is not a lot of support. The lambic critters don't offer much depth or support to the fruit either, just a light tartness.

rhoadsrage, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherry color with a foamy pink head that leaves plenty of lacing around the snifter

Smell: Fruity aroma that is vaguely reminiscent of cherry licorice; just a slight hint of the barnyard

Taste: Tastes like a hard cherry candy without the overwhelming sweetness; in the finish, there is a bit of funk but not nearly enough to be considered a kriek

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Rather disappointing from a brewery that delivers La Folie; easy to drink, but closer to a fruit beer than a kriek

brentk56, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/10/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear red with a small ring of white head. Aroma of diacetyl, cherry, oak, and must. Flavor still retains some diacetyl with tart cherry and oak notes. Sweet and a touch syrupy. A little tough to drink by the end of the glass but not bad.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of tbrink
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

chilled, poured from bottle into pilsner glass. pours a brilliant red, looks like strawberry soda, no haze. nice thick pinkish white head that diminishes with lacing.

the smell is a pleasant, fruity very cherry aroma with soured mash notes hiding just behind it.

mouthfeel is slightly watery with lively, almost champagne-like carbonation.

taste impression: starts sweet, with a solid lambic punch and right before the sour fruity flavor gets overwhelming, a nice dryness imparted by the alcohol comes along to balance out the flavor. any hop characteristics are masked by the intense sour cherry flavor. this would be a good beer to give to someone who likes wine.

tbrink, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes salvaged from who-knows-when.

A: Pours a light, cherry-soda red (pink, really) with a light red (pink, really) head.

S: Cherry cough syrup: sugars, some booze, cherry skins, tartness. No sourness or anything lambic-like in the nose. A valiant effort to misrepresent a time-honored style. It makes me see red (pink, really).

T: Cherry pie-like, almost. Sweet cherry, tartness, a m-i-l-d lactic sourness, some oak. I was able to tolerate it for a few sips, but then my body refused and my lips involuntarily sealed as I began bringing it to my mouth.

M: The beer doesn't seem to have mixed properly. Sips range from thin and watery to thick and sweet.

D: This is one of those beers I use as an example of why I don't take New Belgium seriously.

Arbitrator, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear red. Mild nose, some cherries, not offensive or medicinal which is really something, I'm finding. After about 10 krieks today it's difficult to pull out nuances and general descriptors here. My notes say "Succeeds in being not sweet, fails in otherwise succeeding." Then my notes just say "A bit metallic an" and it ends there. Another classic.

JAXSON, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like an opaque black-cherry soda, with a small head that dissipated quickly atop a translucent dark ruby. Cherries and plum made up the bulk of the aroma, with little else other than the fruity aromas. Nice tart notes stand out over the cherry sweetness, and it has a nice boozy warmth to it. Lighter body than the abv would suggest, and carbonation faded quickly- all with a sour aftertaste. Went down a bit quickly, but not one I could see myself drinking all the time.

BDJake, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clean deep cherry red hue, with a thin head that dissipates quickly with not much lacing.

S: Cherry Garcia ice cream, fresh plums, not much in the way of funk for me at all. The overall bouquet was nice but pretty weak.

T: Pretty good balance of sweet and sour, but unfortunately the sweet ends up overpowering the nice tartness of this ale - cherry pie, some booziness with some malt in the mix too.

M: Light bodied, kind of thin on the palate and not enough carbonation.

D: Pretty easy drinker, but just not that great of Lambic. I'll try it again if they re-release it in 2011.

DeanMoriarty, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of vtfan77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rosy red with a decent half-inch of light pink head that fizzles out pretty quickly.

S- Tart cherries and a touch of barnyard funk. A little sweet malt in there as well. Like a traditional lambic, but a little toned-down. Very nice, though.

T- Blast of sour upfront segues into a bit of grainy malt. There's a bit of a strange bitterness in there... I can't tell if it's from hops, alcohol, or what. Not much in the way of cherry flavor, maybe a little on the finish. Again, like a toned-down cherry lambic.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied with a nice fizzy carbonation.

D- Pretty high, actually. Drinks like a 5% beer -- I can't detect the alcohol anywhere. I'll be able to finish the bomber no problem.

This is a decent, but not great, beer. I enjoyed it for the most part. As far as the flavor is concerned, I would have liked a little more of everything: sourness, funk, cherries, etc. It would be a nice introduction to sours for the uninitiated. All in all it's not bad, but if you're looking for a top-notch sour, look elsewhere.

vtfan77, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The colro is a hazy red with a foamy pinkinh head with no lacing on the glass.

The smell is deep cherry with a funky sweet flavor. There so cough syrup flavor there that draws me off a little but is mixed with a little juicey flavor that even things a bit.

The taste is fruity and does not give off that cough syrup flavor. There is a sweetness that is a little like candy but then also has a big of sourness on it's shoulders. Nice cherry flavor with touches of a suagry flavor.

The feel of this beer is light with a sweet aftertaste. It goes down with ease and is pretty silky.

Duhast500, Nov 11, 2010
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.