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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
good

666 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 67 | 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:
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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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a vibrant red with pink head which leaves decent lacing.

S - Strong smell of sweet cherry. Very overpowering.

T - Very sweet cherry dominate the taste. Very little tartness is noticeable.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - The sweetness makes this a definite sipping beer. While the drinkability on this is high, I feel the sweetness is a bit too overpowering and would benefit from more of a funk.

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2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Texas Gang Bang BIF crew for sending us a bomber of this.

This is a beer I've had a couple times, but each time its a disappointment. The beer certainly looks like a good lambic, with a nice bright red, but the aroma is a medicinal, candy cherry. The beer is not all that sour or lambic-y. There is a little tart cherry, but straight blonde base beer is like 75% of the beer equation. I'm not sure if there is wild yeast in the bottle, but it doesn't seem like this beer has developed much over time. The sourness is only noticeable, and in the end there is a good deal of artificial sweetness in the finish of the beer that is very off-putting. Truthfully, it's better than a lot of back-sweetener fruit beers but if you think this is a lambic like Cantillon, you are mistaken.

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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a lovely ruby-red with a thin rose-colored head that recedes to a slight ring and haze.
S - Nice aromas of dried tart cherries, oak, sugar, and just the slightest amount of funk. Reminds me a bit of Boon Kriek (not Oude Kriek), which makes sense given the pedigree.
T - Close to the nose, mostly cherries and a bit of sweet malt. Very one-dimensional, but the heat from the 8% ABV is definitely noticeable.
M - Smooth and slick, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - Decent, but lacking the complexity of a World-Class fruit Lambic. Probably good for a sour "newbie", but not really for me.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red hue with a paper thin head that disapates into a steady ring clinging to my glass aroma of cherries funk and oak. Taste follows the nose, tart up front then cherries with an aftertaste of funk and oak. Pretty good, different than the norm and not overly sweet. I like it!

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2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The appearance of this beer is great. A beautiful ruby red color with a thin bubbly head

S: Smells like dried sweet cherries, which is good, but then also smells of cough syrup, not good.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. It is sweet cherry syrup, similar to a medicine. The tartness is VERY faint.

M: Very thick sweetness, but finishes fairly dry

Overall, I do not like this beer. It is not a kriek at all. More like a fruit beer, and not a good one.

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3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured a reddish pink with a two finger pink head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherries, wood, earthy, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherries, tart, wood, and an earthy note. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either. The flavor profile on this one seemed to be really dilute which was quite unfortunate. If I am honest this one really reminded me of some of the reasons why I enjoy Cantillon so much, but it just fell short. Worth trying to say that you have but I would leave it at that.

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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a crystal-clear deep amber color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of robust cherries that are both sweet and tart but lean toward the sweet side. Also present are very light hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by bright dark cherry flavors with hints of cough syrup, though not in a bad way. The cherries carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I like what the lager did to this beer, it took away some of the sweetness and added a bit of complexity. Worth a shot.

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.