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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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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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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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium brewers have been at the sour game for a long time. But until they teamed up with legendary lambic makers at Oud Beersel, their full potential was untapped. Transatlantique Kriek shows a glimpse of greatness with blends of base beers of each brewery, showcasing their uniqueness and brilliance at once.

Brilliant ruby and pink hues seduce the eye with the onset of the pour. Its fluffy pink swath of foam greet the nose with bright, tart and slightly under-ripened cherry. Earthen wafts of sea air and weathered oak play delicately behind the tinge of tartness that's winey, cidery and fruit to evoke jaw tightening and mouthwatering reflexes.

Its juicy taste is plush with cherries. Lightly candied, there's a lifesaver vibrancy that's soothing to the front of the tongue while its sour flavors tighten toward the middle. Lemon, lime, crabapple and under-ripened berries share the fray while its finish draws a remarkable sour taste that's more clean and piquant than of earth, sans the soft wafts of damp burlap that trail afterwards.

Medium-bodied for traditional kriek, the taste trends dry and acidic but is reluctant to shed its entire sweet and fruity cache. The sweet/tart interplay that chases the taste into finish is playfully candied with hints of rosé, citrus peel and the gentle must of aged cork.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Walnut
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a thick mauve head; splashy lacing lingers all around the tulip

Smell: Tart cherry, oak and cherry funk

Taste: An layer of pie crust underpins the tart cherry flavors, with lemony tartness and oak elements building through the middle; a modest layer of funk builds, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having tried and been quite disappointed by the Boon collaboration back in 2011, I was pleasantly surprised by what the Oud Beersel blend brings to the table; much, much better

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear light ruby red color. Two fingers of pink head which leave decent lacing. Very attractive lambic.

S: Tart cherries, mild funk.

T/F: This beer is a sour cherry bomb... unriped fruit at the outset with the full tartness slightly delayed as the beer plays over your tongue. Mildly acidic... a bit of lemon/lime flavor. A bit of residual fruit sweetness but not much and almost entirely lost within the sour. No significant hop presence. Zesty carbonation and somewhat sticky.

O: Not my favorite lambic... more of a sour, and not one that I'd purchase again... especially at the steep price point. A small glass would be good for sipping but had a hard time downing a bomber.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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