Transatlantique Kriek | New Belgium Brewing

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Transatlantique KriekTransatlantique Kriek

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAngel on 11-10-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by EPICAC:
Photo of EPICAC
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transatlantique Kriek pours a clear, ruby-red color with copper tints. It's topped by a thick, pink head that fades to a fluffy, sudsy film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma is mild with notes of cherries, buttery diacetyl, and mild funkiness.

Sweet cherry flavors greet the palate, but are quickly tempered by an acidic sourness that's strong enough to cut the sweetness, but isn't mouth puckering. The finish has a mildly earthy, funkiness. This beer is medium-to-light-bodied, has low carbonation, and a dry finish.

A decent sour. It's blended, so the sourness is attenuated, but it could be stronger.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – A perfect shade of red and very clear. The head was almost non-existent, which is often the case with this style.

Smell – The cherries jump out right away here. There’s a faint sour aroma as well.

Taste – The cherries step back a bit at the taste, allowing the sour flavor to come out a little more. This is well-balanced and tart with a subtle horsy taste at the end.

Mouthfeel – I don’t see any carbonation, but this one is light and tickling on the tongue. It will also pucker those cheeks in.

Drinkability – I popped this one in the middle of the day and it went down quite well. I’m not a big fan of the style but this offering by New Belgium seemed to do the job.

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Photo of Todd
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, I love New Belgium bottles. Pours a somewhat chill-hazed, bright reddish-orange colored beer, topped with a pink hued foaming white head with ample lace and stick to the glass.

Soft cherry juice in the aroma with suggestions of a tart flavor.

And tart it is, but not overpowering like other Kriek Lambics. It's a bit tangy with quick citric character of lime and young cherries. Just enough lip-smacking tartness to keep you interested. Hints of juicy cherry flavors. Light hop petal rawness and roughness on the palate. Hints of floral and milky pith sap. Drying finish with a lingering cedar wood character, way back there, and aspirin.

The info from the label states that this creation began in wooden (cedar) vessels at Brouwerij Boon, was treated as a Lambic, then fresh cherries were added. After this it made the journey to New Belgium, where they performed some final magic.

It's a refreshing beer, perhaps not as loud as other Kriek Lambics, but still rather tasty and an interesting effort by New Belgium to introduce the style to the US, from an American brewer.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Kriek poured a clear cherry red with a pretty insignificant fizzy head that quickly went to a thin skin. It had a strong cherry smell, with some sour hints. Nice tart cherry taste with a sour finish. The taste becomes smoother as it warms with a more pronounced sour taste. Even taking into account the sourness, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tjthresh
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up when I visited Devner for the 03 GABF.

Clear, cherry red. If you are quick enough to catch it, there is a pink head.

This thing smells real good. Tart cherries.

The tast is hard for me to handle. The cherry is there, but the sour hit me like a ton of bricks. I just don't care too much for it.

Light to medium body. Lack of carbonatoin give the preception of a fuller body.

This beer may be for some people, but not me.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very bright red with a small pink head. Nose is cherries and a bit of tart sweetness.

Taste is tart but it's set off by the cherry sweetness. It's pretty easy drinking and tasty not not too harsh for a new sour drinker. Very approachable and tasty.

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.04/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dankabier1
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for the first time this week while vacationing in Beaver Creek and had to try it.

It poured a beautiful deep raspberry-rose color with a foamy pink head, erupting with a lovely aroma of cherries with a wheatish soul. Soft in the mouth and a bit tart, this is a new favorite. Taste is full of wonderful sour cherries with a distinct lambic character (courtesy of Brouwerij Boon) with a tart, dry finish.

Not nearly as sweet as it smells, this is a wonderful change of pace, and is pretty drinkable. Yummy, different, wonderful.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-pinkish hue with a light, bubbly, white head. Poured mine into a wine glass due to lack of goblets at my parents' house. Sweet, candyish aroma of cherry soda and confectioner's sugar. Unfortunately, the beautiful aroma is the best thing about this beer. The palate yields a sourish, bitter lambic taste up front, muted by the sweetness of the cherries towards the finish. Sourness lingers on the tongue. Very thin mouthfeel, carbonation almost evaporates in the mouth. Nice, interesting, and a great concept, but ultimately you'll be better off drinking a true Belgian lambic.

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Photo of Elemental
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting brew! It pours very red with a slight brown hue to it (looks kind of like cough syrup). There is little foam to speak of, just some residual bubbles forming around the edge of the glass. There is a very thick cherry and woody aroma. But there is something odd about the smell that I can't quite place my finger on, not bad just different. The taste is obviosly heavy on the cherries. Its sweet at the begining of the sip but ends somewhat tart. Slightly bitter with a little bit of a cedae/sprucy spiciness to it. This beer is somethingworth checking out if you like the ocassional fruit beer.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours red baby. red red red. with a pinkish head/lace. aromas of sour cherries, but not overpowering. the flavor is most def. cherries. tart and tangy, puckering cherries. cherries surfin a wave of grassy barnyard flavor. a tad acidic. crisp and well carbonated, lively in the mouth. it is different and i grabbed it on a whim. a once in awhile treat that i dont long for, but is welcomed any time it rears its head. i dig it.

$8 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of bditty187
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin reddish-purple hue, not as deep in shade as I expected, a smattering of bubbles dotted the top of the beer. Lovely looking but I was expecting more. The nose is lush with ripe cherries, both sweet and tart, similar to cheery pie. The potency is modest but a mouthwatering invitation is released nevertheless. The cherry flavor is prevailing upfront; a strong tart sensation sweeps it away in the middle, the biting acidity cleanses the palate with a dry furry. The finish is sharp, swift, and ultimately empty with only kisses of woody-almonds. The aftermath is dry; I’m refreshed yet parched. I was a bit underwhelmed as I leisurely quaffed it. The cherry sensation did seem to last a bit longer on the tongue after every subsequent sip but I never got the full-flavor taste I was expecting from an “Epic Blend.” The body was medium and hinted a being fuller than it actually was, a low, natural, distant carbonation helped fool my senses. I laud New Belgium for taking on such an endeavor and I’m thankful for Fat Tire’s popularity for making this financially possible. But I was not trilled with Transatlantique. I assumed NB would brew a knockout Kriek and, in my opinion, they did not. It is above-average and quite good but maybe not worth the $10 I paid for the four-pack in Lincoln.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle in The Blind Tiger, Manhattan. Best before 19 May 2004.

Deep red in colour, perfectly clear, little and disappearing head. Good aroma of intense marzipan and fruit intertwined, a bit like drinking beer in a fruit pie factory.

Flavour was initially quite dry and of cherries, the dryness was not quite what I was expecting as the aroma suggested a sweeter beer. A moment after the initial dryness, the cherries and a balancing sweetness came through, but the beer remained largely dry to the finish.

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Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish hazy color beer with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is limited to some sour cherry. Taste is quite simply the Boon Kriek with something else (I guess I should call it the NB ale) added that seems to offset some of the sourness. I thought the idea of mixing lambic with another ale was something new and was looking forward to this experience. After trying this, I wondering if maybe we shouldn’t touch or tamper those wonderful lambic. Overall, this is not bad but doesn’t bring anything new to Boon Kriek.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried this side by side with a 22 from the current batch ... Reviewed from notes... Eric .. thanks for setting me up on this, Christ, I'm just glad I wasn't rude to the guy who traded you this one :-)

'03 batch.. best by May 19th, 2004

Color is more amber... pale tan head.

Nose is like a cherry cough drop... like Kasteel Rouge...

Flavor has a ton of cherry in it.. sweet cherries.... dusty balsa wood... whaffs of funk... finish is lingering cherry... good carbonation and body... simply amazed this held up this well.



'09 Current Batch

pale pink head... strawberry soda color... the brew is a pinkish amber.

Nose is lightly funky.. mildly lactic with only a little cherry.

More cherry than the aroma with very very dry finish that has a sorta artificial cherry note to it.

Lite body and fairly abundant carbonation.


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Photo of lou91
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great concept in brewing! This beer poured very still and had a reddish pink color. The nose was outstanding. The taste is crisp, tart with the cherry flavors cleary evident. The biggest problem with this beer was that it is a bit thin with the flavors fleeting unlike the usual Boon lambics. For those who are interested in the style this is a good baby step for the true lambics. It was also kind of pricey at 10.00 per 4 pack at whole foods berkeley.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color as it spills from the bottle a translucent ruby color, the head is creamy and moderate in size also a quite attractive light pink in color, the lace after decomposition of the head a silky sheet to cover the glass. Sweet cherry like nose, nice malt under layment, fresh and quite appealing, reminds me of a “Cherry Coke” from by gone years, start is sweet and nicely malted, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is disciplined in its acidity, the hops meek and pleasant, Lambic tart, cherry flavor last to the very end, desert dry and quite a nice change of pace, like “Mikey”, I think I like it!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Raindog for the first of an awesome package Very red body with a light haze: "Rose Bonbon" as we say in french. Dirty red head with pink reflects. Aroma is totally on the sweet side, uni-dimensional sweet tiny field cherries which could be better expressed, but in the end feel like powder sugar. Taste is mostly about sweet cherries, so much that it gets almost medicinal and then just before swallowing, there seems to be an empty moment. Finish is more fruity sweetness and not too complex. Powdery thin body displaying low carbonation come and accentuate even more the little "bland besides the cherries" aspect and makes me wish for a touch of wood or more acidity. Inferior to the sum of its parts...

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Photo of Lupe
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cranberry-red color with a very small white head. Aroma of sour cherries jumps out while being poured. Hints of woodiness accompany the tantalizing cherry aroma. Flavor reminds me of cherry cough syrup. This is a problem since I despise cherry flavored cough syrup. Finishes dry and alcoholic. Light and spritzy on the tounge. I have enjoyed other kriek lambics, but I can not get past the cough syrup flavor in this one.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy reddish-brown in color, with a small, but persistent off-white head, and abundant broken lacing. The carbonation is slight, with a few small, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Rich aroma of dark cherries, barnyard, and earth, with much of the character of a Belgian lambic.

Taste: Sharply tart at the open, with sour cherries dominating the taste, midway through the taste, a moderate citric note, more like bitter lime than lemon. Finishes rather dry with a moderate medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted lambic, I regret that this fine example is no longer available, but I am pleased that I had the opportunity to try it.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce glass bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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