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Lips Of Faith - Dark KriekLips Of Faith - Dark Kriek

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 113
Photo of SFBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz bomber and poured into a tulip glass.

A- Nice 1 inch, lively off white head with some light trailing lace. Beautiful deep red, amber color.

S- Sweet dark cherry, currant. Slight toasty aroma with a distant cinnamon note.

T- Lush sour cherry flavor and an extremely mild mysterious bitterness wonderfully complemented by very dry oak wood lasting pleasantly on the tongue, begging for a culinary pairing. At 8.0% the alcohol is defiantly present and speaking. Finished extremely dry with subtle notes of cinnamon and dark chocolate hidden behind the lingering cherry/oak flavor.

M- Puckering sourness adding to a pleasant, long lingering dryness, awakening the senses
D- Not the most drinkable ale (or style IMO). Might be a better value in a 12 oz bottle to share as a pre-dinner compliment to an appetizer or even to drink on its own with some ice cream or cold dessert.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass and enjoyed in the company of Mauerhan and the very sexy Aimstatus.

A: A rich and dark cherry-brown hue with a nice looking 1-finger head. Lacing is light, but seems just about right for the style.

S: I pick up the sour notes immediately, along with the currant and cherry aromas. There also is some oak/woody characteristics that are extremely subtle, but evident with a few concentrated whiffs.

T: A very mild sour mixed in with the cherry-like flavors. Other than that, I don't pick up much of anything else. Slight alcohol as well.

M: Medium to light in body with an ample amount of carbonation.

D: The flavor is decent and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: Worth taking a chance on...and as a friend suggested...a good gateway sour. Try it. Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for $11.89, third time I have had this beer now, drinking currently, poured into my Craftsman snifter

A-Dark red, 3/4 inch creamy off white head, good retention, decent lacing
S-Light cherry juice, sweet malts, brown sugar, some oak, and mild tart
T-Pretty juicy but slightly sour at first as well, caramel and sweet malts in the middle, finish is full of cherries but more sweet than sour, gets more fruity as it warms
M-Needs more carbonation, medium bodied, sweet, slightly tart, and cloying mouthfeel, taste lingers
D-Could drink a bomber, not too heavy, can be too sweet at times but still fairly balanced, eight percent is hidden well

Great start to a new Lips of Faith series from New Belgium, would have liked a stronger sour component but not too many complaints otherwise here, will drink again, recommended

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Photo of drseamus
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark red body with a thin white head.

S: Cherries are in there but it is a pretty tight nose.

T: Somewhat tart but it doesn't seem fully committed to the kriek style. It needs to go further, especially for the ABV. As it warms, it gets a bit better but still isn't where it need to be.

M: Thin body with decent tongue prickling.

D: Not New Belgium's best offering. It seems like they pulled up short of a full kriek especially in terms of the tartness. I wish they had gone all the way.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Joey, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into my Ommegang chalice.

Pours a pretty clear rustic amber hue with a quick one finger light tan head that falls to a thin layer of foam. No lacing to speak of, boo. Smell is pretty one dimensional; dominating tart cherries, hay, and earth. Taste begins with a quick sour bite followed by unripe cherries and oak. Midway some grassy flavors and cherry juices. Aftertaste is dry with apples, some pale malts, and more acidity. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a lively carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the 8%, surprised it's that high to be honest. Much more enjoyable closer to room temp. Shitty night, fuck the Sooners. Blake Griffin is the ugliest human on the face of the planet.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours red tinged brown, not much head reduces to ring, some soapy lacing.

S - Sharply sour cherries and malt, some barn.

T - Initially quite sour, mellows mid taste, adds a little barn to the finish. Cooked cherry pulp also tasted.

M - Medium to thin bodied, good carb, ok balance.

D - Not my style, but not bad!

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a brief off-white head that settles to ring along the inside of the glass. A moderate amount of lacing sticks around for a good while.

S- Tart, acidic dark cherries and crisp, clean sour notes. Some oak barrel in the background.

T- Moderately sour at first, with flavors of ripe fruit and oak towards a finish that has a funky barrel taste to it as the second wave of sourness sinks in. This beer becomes a lot more tasty and drinkable as it warms up.

M- A medium-light feel with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

D- An easy drinking experience. The 8% ABV is well-hidden.

Definitely worth a try for anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Tan, 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to nothing. Dark, ruby colored body.

Smell is tart cherries and slight oakiness. Nice tannin notes.

Taste is a nice, but mellow tartness up up front with a mellow sweetness in the finish that's matched with a nice oakiness. Very mild acidic taste along with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is nice and light. Clean and mildy sweet finish.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz single from Aggie Liquors in Ft. Collins, $7.
Note: This beer is not a lambic...

A: Coca cola colored, with a similar head, reduced to a film, spots of lacing, not really much though. Lots of red and deep brown accents. Very clear.

S: Oak barrel, funk, a little hint of a dry red wine, cherries are there, but the funk and oak really dominate this one, sour. Medicinal flavors as well.

T: Caramel, sour cherries, and a little hint of sour funk, lots of oak flavors, big time roasted presence as well. Sour leaves a little too soon, which is sad, because it is really a nice presence. I wish there was a little more cherry flavor too, but all in all, not too shabby. I'm glad I picked up a few of these.

M: Medium thick, slight alcohol warmth, a little bit of a sour pucker, and quite dry from the oakiness, really begs for another sip.

D: It goes down easy enough, alcohol is pretty well hidden, and it isn't overbearingly sour either. Pretty nice beer all around. I wish there was just a little bit more in the way of cherries. Not too sure about the whole bottling the Lips of Faith series either. Its interesting, and helps get out to a bigger audience, but it kind of goes against how the series started. Mixed feelings towards that.

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Photo of trevormiller
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark Kriek with the word Belgium on the brewery. Sweet. Pretty expensive, but if there's a way to support an American brewery and get an awesome kriek out of it, I'll do it!

Appearance - looks like an amber ale, no head to speak of even with hard pour into a flute and a wine glass

Smell - Lager-ish, slight fruit notes.

Taste - sour sour sour cherries on top of a whiff of pale ale. I oh-so-desperately wish the word sour appeared on this bottle. For me, if it's going to be fruity, it should be sweet. If I want a sour beer, I have outlets for that. If the word sour had appeared on the bottle, fair play, but no such luck.

Mouthfeel - Like a watery amber ale. My mouth is too puckered to feel anything.

Drinkability - This was a chore for me to finish. Never again! I'm out ten bucks and feel like a sucker. I have had cherry lagers before, and I sort of know what to expect with a name like that, but when you call your beer a kriek, I feel it should have a nice sweetness to it and a strong malt backbone to stand up to the fruit and give it a balanced mouthfeel rather than a tannic puckerbomb.

But, hey, if they told the truth - that this tastes like Fat Tire with Sour Patch Kids (sugar-free Sour Patch Kids?) thrown in - they'd never get $10 for it.

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Photo of maskednegator
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coca-Cola in color, viscosity and transparency. 1/2" white head foams up and immediately evaporates.
Smell: Cherries, dark roasted malts, white pepper, green apples.
Taste: Black currants, green apples, oak, roasted malts, chocolate. Butter and a little tobacco in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, thin carbonation. Drying, tannic finish.
Drinkability: Crisp, light and refreshing. A stout for the beach.
Verdict: Combination's good, but overpriced at 10 bucks/bottle. Would be better if it was live, with some Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 received from pokesbeerdude ... Thanks a bunch Chuck on a super trade!! Poured it into my Chimay goblet...

Aggressive pour revealed only about a 3/4" head that left no lace and only a descent cap.. the brew appears a deep amber until it's held to a light and brilliant crystal clear ruby appears.

Honestly... the nose is sorta lacking.. pale malts and only the slightest whiffs of funk or fruit... more fruit and acetic note show as it warms.. but it's still not really there.

Flavor is better.. obviously the cherries are in the front with mildly acidic for the style ... a little vinegar but it's easily missed.. mouthfeel is about medium with quite a bit of carbonation ... still pretty smooth... Wish I had an old bottle of the Transatlantique Kriek to compare it to... a little bit of toasty malt shows as it hits room temperature and it becomes quite a bit more well "blended"... could use more complexity across the board.

Not sure what I was expecting on this one.. It is faaarrr from a fruit lambic.. resembling more a cross between a Flanders Red and a lightly funky Oud Bruin... Don't get me wrong... This isn't a "bad" beer... it's just the Kriek label and the BA category is going to leave people scratching their heads... That said, I sorta like it for what it is.. and it's fairly drinkable.. Thinking I'm gonna save my other bottle and share with the Boise locals.... Thanks again Chuck... Proper trade for sure.. Let me know if you ever need anything else available here.

Edit: as this one hits room temperature... it's growing on me.. tasty.. just not what I was expecting.


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Photo of Crosling
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber ale-like appearance. Copper colored with a thin, creamy white head. It doesn't have a pink head and sadly, it's not bottle conditioned. I can't imagine a worse overall look for a Kriek. The nose doesn't offer much. Mostly muddled, but some notes of cherry, sweat and salt. Sensations of sweet and sour upon tasting, with a juicy cherry character. Cherry pie-like character. A decent fruit beer, with a lightly soured character, but lots of sweetness as well. From the package to the beer, New Belgium isn't offering anything serious to the Belgian beer enthusiast. A brewery like New Belgium, with skilled brewing talent, is capable of producing a much better beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Poured into a tulip a clean/clear dark amber/ruby red color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, cherries. The taste is slightly sweet/yeasty, sour/tangy. Medium body. Drinkable, not what I was expecting.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark ruby with a small head and good lacing.

Scent of cherries and a bit of sourness, not much to it, but it is pretty good.

Taste is the same, cherries, somewhat sour and with a hint of wood. Nothing to make a fuss about but this is a quality beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and smooth.

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Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my De Proef tulip, the Lips Of Faith Dark Kriek is a clear, spritzy purplish brown with a somewhat quickly settling off-white head, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, sour cherries, a little mineral acidity, even hints of lemon citrus.

Taste is really pretty nice, pretty much exactly what I expected. A nice little Oud Bruin, which I normally don't like as much as Flander's Reds. And while I'd like more acidity, the maltiness and funk balanced the cherries very nicey, plenty of fruity flavor but not overly sweet or sugary. Some of the other reviews had me wishing I hadn't bought two bottles, but I'm digging this offering from New Belgium, not a terrible price either for the bomber at about $10.

Mouthfeel is on the thick and malty side, with a drier finish from the alcohol, which is the only real indication of it's strength. Doesn't seem overly sour or funky, but the acidity and tannins really build up in the mouth, coating my teeth. Don't forget to brush before you go to bed if you're having this as a night cap.

Drinkability is good, really hit the spot as a dessert beer after a big pot of mussels. While it met my expectations for sure, it's really not that sour or funky, mainly some tartness from the cherries - which is why it's called a kriek!

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.24/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a red wine glass.

A: Normally I don't care about presentation and pour into the same type of beer mug, but this looks like a wine so I figured it would be interesting to have it in a red wine glass. The effect is amazing. Dark ruby / amber with reddish hightlights against the lamp. Initially poured with an inch of cream-colored head. Fine champagne bubbles leave a pleasing quarter-inch thick film on the brew. When I take a swig, the back of the entire glass is coated with a thick wall of foam.

S: Tart cherry and wood, with light notes of hay, brett funk, and caramel malt. The wild yeast is fairly restrained in the aroma; it doesn't smell like much of a wild ale at all.

T: Following the nose, it first tastes like a barrel-aged tart cherry soda. Some caramel / bready malt defines the mid-taste, and the finish is lightly sour, progressing into a generally watery close. No alcohol detected. This doesn't taste like much of a wile ale, either. For the category it is a pretty weak offering, tasting more like a fruit beer with some wild 'tendencies' instead of putting the wild yeast and barrel up front and center.

M: Thinner than medium-bodied, with fine champagne carbonation. Feels kind of like a cheap soda. Lots of sticky residue that make it really gross after a while.

D: Sour ales seem to be en vogue in the beer world. Unfortunately, this is a bottom-shelf representation of the style; every other AWA I've tried is better.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BigEBeer. Pours a clear reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light, sugary fruits (a touch of cherry perhaps). Flavor of darker fruits (more currants than cherry), some oak barrel, and cinnamon. This kind of reminds me of Kirs (cassis syrup + champagne). Spritzy mouthfeel. A touch of sourness but not as fruity as I'd like. This was a little disappointing.
8/4/7/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of goethean
1.12/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is the equivalent of Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic, except more exorbitantly over-priced. When one pays $10 for 22 ounces of beer which is described as a kriek, one does not expect to get a bottle of cherry soda pop. A brewery who charges this type of price for this type of product with the description that was on this bottle doesn't respect their brand or their customers. I want my money back before I buy another beer from this brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium reddish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of woodiness, some funk, cherries, and some berries. Tastes of cherries (semi-sweet start with a nice lighter tart), woodiness, citrus, and the same lighter funkiness. Alcohol content well hidden. Not that bad of a Fruit Beer.

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Photo of Voonder
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark red color with thin off-white head. Smell - candied cherries, very champaigne-like smell, that is pretty much it, perhaps some malts coming through as well. Taste - very sour cherries at first followed by some malty sweetnes. Kinda one dimentional brew, but I'm not sure if it's ment to be complex, I'm not that familiar with the style. Very carbonated and crisp, alcohol hidden very well, lemonade-like mouthfeel. It is very interestin brew, I wouldn't call it drinkable though, I had problems finishing the bomber, but may be it's just me. I would give it another try in a while and see what happens.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/03/09- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, either a late 2008 release, or early 2009. Poured into my New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance- Deep red colored pour. Off white 1/4 inch head on pour. Quickly disappears after pour. Leaves some light spots of lace behind.

Smell- Dark cherry notes. Good amount of sugar as well. Don't really detect any of the wood barrel they are talking about.

Taste- Thankfully it's not a sweet syrupy mess like I thought it was going to be. Definitely sweet, but has a light malt flavor to bring it back to earth. You can barely make out the woody barrel not in the flavor...it is there though. Not any real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, a tad thick and sticky. Cherry flavor lasts, but not overly long.

Drinkability- Overall it's fine, but traditional lambic it is not. Drinkable, but also passable if need be. Kinda like a re-bottling of their old Transatlantique Kriek.

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Photo of julian
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Garnet/red, but very dark with some light passing through. Medium-medium high clarity. Head formation is minimal and short lived.

Smell: Definitely smell those cherries along with the tartness I'd expect from a spontaneously fermented ale. It's not sour, just tart so there's even a bit of sweetness from the fruit. Looking forward to seeing how this one tastes!

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is in fact very palatable. It's not sour, or pungent or overbearingly "vinegary" which I've experienced with some hardcore Lambics. If anything, this is one of the sweetest Lambic's I've ever tried. The aroma is spot on, not eluding to anything that is or isn't there. Medium carbonation, sightly sweeter finish.

Drinkability: I personally really like this beer. It's a little sweet and not typical of a traditional Lambic, but that's what I like about it. I can taste the fruit, and not my taste buds aren't just bombarded with an overly tart sourness. I could drink another few bottles methinks.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear bright red color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Inconsistent lacing; like the "fingers" in wine instead of lacing in beer.

S: Sour cherries, sweet malt and alcohol.

T: Sweet malt is fist then tart cherries. Hop spices and oak in the finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. the combination gies it a nice feel. Sweetness lingers in the dry finish.

D: Very interesting choice. Split and sipped half the magnum with a friend was a good call as the sweet/sour and abv wore on me.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear ruby color. Thin tan head barely reaches a finger before fading to nothing.

S - Sour cherries and vinegar. Some earth and must. That's about it, really.

T - Cherries, vinegar, and dirt. Tart, but not sour. No real oak to speak of. All of the major Lambic flavors, without the subtle complexities. Seems to have been bottled before it got a chance to get interesting. Not bland, just seriously lacking in depth.

M - right for the style. Medium-light body and effervescent carbonation.

D - Good, I suppose.

Possibly the least complex sour I've ever had. It's not really even that sour (if at all). A letdown for sure.

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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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