Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel)
New Belgium Brewing Company

Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel)Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel)
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #95
Ranked #7,738
4.02 | pDev: 6.72%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel)Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel)
Notes: Winner of a gold medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Transatlantique Kriek begins its life in oaken vessels of Gert Christiaens’ Oud Beersel, a 130-year-old lambic brewery in the Zenne valley of Belgium – home of authentic Lambic beer. After time spent aging in wood, Oud Beersel’s lambic is blended with tart Polish cherries and shipped across the Atlantic to New Belgium. In concert with Oud Beersel’s cherry lambic, or Kriek, we blend an equal portion of golden sour ale matured for 1 – 3 years in our oak vessels called foeders. 50% Sour Golden Ale blended with 50% Traditional Cherry Lambic Ale leads to an intense cherry nose, a sour flash across the palate and a refreshing, mouthwatering finish.
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 2016 bottle, purchased locally 3/15/16. Consumed 12/7/19. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Quite hazy reddish brown with good streams of carb. A thin off-white head fades quickly. Sure looks a little muddy.

S: Not huge, but a nice mix of lactic and malic tartness and sour cherries. Some Brettanomyces basement and barnyard funk, and lemony citric in the background. Some light cracker malts and maybe just a touch of spice. Decent, but not wowing me.

T: Thin sour cherries with some lactic and milder malic sourness. Light cracker malts, minimal funk on the taste (to the point that I wonder if it was only the power of suggestion on the nose?). Some lemon-rind citric acid dryness on the back end. No bright fruitiness to speak of. Lightly sour cherries and the mildly acidic dryness at the swallow.

M: Light body, low alcohol. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Passable perhaps, but nothing more. A let down for a Kriek to be sure. It's not "cherry" enough, not sour enough, and no real funk to speak of. And really an oddly insubstantial body. Nothing I’d seek out again for sure, but I’ll finish what’s in my glass. I wouldn’t seek this out to drink this again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 fl oz bottle, A ruby red with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is mild sour, cherry, pear. Taste is right in line. Adequetly carbonated, with a medium feel. Worth checking out.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage

Pours dark red with a dense creamy light pink foam head. Smells mild and light with dusty notes, oak barrel, fresh cherries, pie spice, slight yogurty, tangy fruit, with hints of earthy hop. Tastes like sweet and tart cherries, pie spice, cherry pit, oak barrel, bready wheaty malt, tangy dark fruit, with mild earthy hops. Feels medium plus bodied, smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice blended kriek sour ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, bottled October 31st.

Pours a cloudy deep red with a pinkish head of foam. It shrinks slowly but doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Lovely aromas of tart cherries, almost puree like, light hints of Brett.

Tart cherries that are easy to deal with, even for non afficienados of sour beers, I reckon. Mild Brett that doesn't detract from the fruity goodness. Very vinous finish to this splendid offering.

Light body with light carbonation.

I'm a bit puzzled as to why this is aboot $4 more per bottle than the La Folie and Le Terroir...must be because it's a collaboration?

Worth the bucks.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy very dark red in color. It poured with a half finger high pink head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries are present in the smell along with a touch of sourness and hints of funk.
T: The taste has flavors of cherries and a light amount of sourness along with hints of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the taste of this beer to have a very nice balance between the flavors of cherries and sourness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rasrtal Teku from a 22 fl oz bottle on October 5, 2018. A blend of Oud Beersel’s Kriek and New Belgium’s Golden Sour. Tart with subtle notes of cherries.

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Photo of safaricook
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a bit of a dirty red
natural cherry aroma, some tartness and a bit of old barrel
flavor is a good tartness that is refreshing but not puckering. cherries again very natural
Thin and fine tickling carbonation

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip. no bottle dating could be found.

nice looking pinkish red body with a small pinkish white head replenished by a good stream of carbonation. little in the way of lacing though.

Sour and mildly funky on the nose.

Sour, tart, fairly light cherry taste as is to be expected. any funk on the nose doesn't really come through in the taste. . Flavors are muted but pleasant.

mouth is medium to full, finish is a tart cherry flavor.

Overall, an enjoyable sour beer, a blend of olde Belgium Lambic and New Belgium sour golden ale.

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Photo of kitch
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 vintage. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy ruby red colour with an almost two finger whitish pink head that had pretty good retention and left some nice curtain lacing.

Aroma: Lots of cherry, lifesaver cherry hard candy with perhaps a touch of oak.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherry, lightly candied, oak, but flavours overall were a bit soft.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.

Overall: Aromas were great, but flavours while good, were a little too soft on the palate for me. Also, not a lot of funk in the aroma or flavours, which is not a problem for me, but just a comment since I was expecting some.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice purple color. Nose is raspberry, tea, and a bit sour. Taste is stone, bread, cherry syrup. A bit light and watery, which was a surprise. Not nearly as sour as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage from a bottle stored properly-pours a beautiful deep, clear ruby red color. Taste is dark cherry with a hint of oak along with a nice belgian sweetness. Very smooth and easy to drink. Only knock is a very thin, watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big, frothy, pink head atop a dark red garnet body. Retention is excellent and lacing is thick.

Very subdued and restrained mustiness with funk and tannins. The cherry notes, on the other hand, are fresh and organic, with pits and peels along with the meat.

Very tart, with a natural, sharp cherry flavor. Not overly sweet, but not particularly funky past the sourness, either. Oak and tannins, in particular on the finish.

Mouth-puckeringly sour. Very nice overall.

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Photo of hophugger
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great deep cherry color with light pinkish-white head. Big tart cherry aromas and a lot of wine like characteristics. Taste is nicely tart with the cherries, malt coming together nicely with a very light vinegary taste. Good bakancey and a tannic, tart finish. Nicely done !

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells light cherry, slight vinegar, etc- not too much going on here.

This is definitely a little watery. The cherry is nice, slightly bready malt backbone is there. It's just too watery, and a little vinegary.

It's drinkable, at least- with a normal level of carbonation.

Eh. This one really didn't work for me. There were some nice flavors but the overall execution was lacking.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy cherry red color with a reddish head, lots of lacing with a good amount of carbonation.

A: Tart, funk, wet hay aromas, cherries, oak, no alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Not as tart or funky as I expected, mild sourness up front, touch of tart cherries, oak, finish is very dry with sweet cherry notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry tart like finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: A nice balance of tart and sweet cherry notes, solid aroma, fairly mellow compared to other sour beers I've tried, but overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium & Oud Beersel collab:

Pours like cherry or raspberry juice color with a pink 1 inch head. Soda-like carbonation with some lacing.

Aroma is of tart berries, citrus, a wood-like character, a little barnyard, and rubber.

Taste is very well balanced and restrained. The start is a pleasant bite of tartness. The tartness level is moderate and not astringent. A nice berry character underlies the entirety of the sip, filling in the gaps between sour and funk. Cherry and raspberry are the two dominate berry flavors. A mild amount of barnyard funk briefly appears nears the conclusion of the sip. A decent amount of carbonation is present.

Overall, this is a very good sour. While I can’t say it is worth the money, the flavor is quite good. It doesn’t hit the same complexity level as sours priced the same. Nonetheless, it is quite tasty, especially in the summer. I see this pairing well with a fried oyster Po’ boy. It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vigorous pour yields a one inch light pink head (gone too soon!) over a reddish body with scant lacing. Nose of sour cherries, slight citrus, and even slighter funk. Taste follows with sour cherries and slight lemon. Nice feel and overall a fine example of the style and glad for this collaboration! Cheers!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head pink head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. That's expected. It is a ruby color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Funk, sweet cherries, toasted malts, and a little sour.

Taste: A nice blend of above aromas. Some sweetness from the cherries, a little chewy, light bitterness, tart, funky, and sour notes too.

Mouthfeel: Light, tart, sweet, slightly sour, pucker, bitterness, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A rather enjoyable take on the kriek. All the characteristics of the style and very balanced of flavors across the board.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34.

I've been on a kriek kick lately. Partially because I like cherries but mostly because I'm just a big fan of alliteration.

This looks and smells way more like a flemmish red than a kriek lambic. Sweet malt, tart yeast, and a faint hint of sour cherries.

Tastes good. Smooth throughout, just tart enough to assert itself without becoming painful. Stylistically a bit confusing, though. The yeast nodes are assertive but straight-up tart and not very nuanced, and the sour cherries take a back seat. Overall, like I said, if I was tasting this blindly, I would have thought it was an oud brun with some fruit added.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise ID.

A: Clear ruby body with pink head lace.

S: Lactic funk and tartness, with lots of sour berries. Hints of a red wine vinegar but its not too prevalent.

T: Lactic lemon, watered-down tart cherry juice, funk...cherries and raspberries...sweetness is subdued but the sourness is not out of whack and the beer seems balanced, if you're familiar with sours.

MF: Light, refreshing mouthfeel. Not overly tart or enamel-stripping.

O: Pleasant sour that lets a lactic character shine along with the cherries without being overly tart.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is beautiful to look at, but it kind of lacks what I expected from it in taste and smell. It's tart like a lambic should be, but it's not as sweet as it looks, and it looks like the fruitest beer you can get your hands on. It's a solid sour, but it's not the best that New Belgium makes.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 11/12/2015. Pours clear ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sweet/tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, almond, cherry pit, red wine, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, light leather/funk, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sweet/tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, almond, cherry pit, red wine, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, light leather/funk, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sweet/tart cherry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, green apple, almond, cherry pit, red wine, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, candi sugar, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent blended fruit lambic. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the modest acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing (in collaboration with Oud Beersel) "Transatlantique Kriek 2016"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$14.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Notes: Beautiful bottle. Nice, large painted label with good colors. It opens with a standard "crack" and pours a clear ruby body beneath a creamy pink head. Excellent head retention and lacing! With each sip it leaves a ring of lace, and each subsequent sip the rings build together to form a solid wall. Very nice. The nose is fruity with cherry, obviously, and vinous and a slight bit funky. The flavor follows with distinct cherry and that acidic funk that suggest vinegar but doesn't quite get there. Overall, it's rather clean and straightforward. It's tart, and sharp, but not completely puckering. A minor oakiness does reveal itself in the finish, which is nice. It's already dry because of the lower pH, but the oak helps to bring it to a conclusion. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body, sharp with acidity, and gently bristling with carbonation. Overall it's pretty nice... juicy and tart. I was expecting it to be more funky, or sweeter, or perhaps both but it's a little more mainstream than that. Perhaps that's a good thing. Perhaps that makes it more accessible to more people.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours clear cranberry juice red with one finger of pink head that leaves puffy snowdrift lace as it recedes.

Smells of sour cherries, sliced lemon, soft brown sugar and mild earthy barnyard thing.

Tastes of cherry pie, lemon juice, more dark sugary malt and more earthy funk.

Feels plump and juicy. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Wish I tried this one sooner.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Almost blood red, no head
Lemon, sour yeast, cherry, wheat, clove, vanilla, dark pitted fruit
Tart and sweet, lemon. tobacco, cherry
Not cold enough (our fault)
I like it but the cherry is a little hard for the setting

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Transatlantique Kriek (Oud Beersel) from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 126 ratings