Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon) | New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)
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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Oxymoron on 07-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 819 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased August 2010

A - Pours a mostly clear red/amber with one finger of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some lacing before fading to a persistent collar.

S - Cherries dominate the aroma, with a nice tartness. Also some funky. Cherry aroma seems a bit dirty, for lack of a better term. Not bad, but not too exciting.

T - Taste starts with a punch of tartness, with cherry flavor gradually coming through. The tartness is followed by a decent funk and a surprising bread malt taste. Has the elements of a good kriek, but both the tartness and funkiness just seem a bit off.

M - Medium mouthfeel is dry and a bit earthy.

O - I didn't have any problems finishing this, but I never thought of it as a very good kriek either. Wouldn't but again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The body of Transatlantic Kriek resembles the color of cranberry juice, and it is crowned by about a finger of pinkish foam. The retention is fairly good, and a spot or two of lacing sticks around.

The aroma is a bit grainy, with only a touch of cherry to it. I really was hoping to get a big whiff of cherries, but the aroma on this one doesn't really provide a big whiff of anything. It's a pretty muted smell.

Transatlantic Kriek has a hint of tartness and a little bit of vinegar that couples with just a touch of cherry flavor. It is rounded out with a slight grainy flavor and a little bit of a malt base. Just a hint of warming from the alcohol. There isn't anything terribly wrong or "off" about the flavor, but just like the nose, it is pretty muted.

The carbonation is a little bit prickly with a fairly good body that is moderate to full. Pretty good mouthfeel.

Transatlantic Kriek was somewhat of a disappointment for me. As I said before, there is nothing wrong with it, but there isn't anything that really draws me to it either. When it is priced in the same area as a lot of belgians that are pretty good beers, that is problem.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured into a tulip to an intense red with a half finger of pink head that fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing
S; smells of sour cherries, vinegar sourness, some oak, and a bit of funk
T; taste is red wine vinegar, slight cherry, and slight sweetness. swallow is more cherry, a bit more sourness and slight funk
M: meduim body with ample carbonation that is slightly prickly. finish is a little drying from the acidity
O: Overall, not bad but much better beers out there. It kind of falls off in the middle of the drink and then come back in the finish.

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Photo of Chaney
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Glowing, crystal clear red, not too thick looking. Looked like water with red food color actually. A few white bubbles posing as a head.

S: Not much sourness in the smell... more like cherry Kool-Aide with some Band Aids. Kinda generic.

T: This one is really off, particularly on the finish, which didn't have much sourness whatsoever. Seriously, I've had Berliners that were more sour and fruity than this. It almost had sort of an (unintentional?) Belgian funk that wasn't pleasant.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness was okay, but I desperately needed more sour and fruit bit. This was kinda water.

O: Not horrible, but for over $15, I expected more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at Francois cellar party.

No head, pink hazy color.

Nose has wafts of light cherry barely, little tart, sweet syrupy cough syrup.

taste is pretty bland, light sour cherries, very light overall cherry profile, light sourness, cough syrup, syrupy flavors.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, feels a bit thin, lighter carb.

Overall meh, very light for a kriek, very light sour and little cherry, some cough syrup flavors too.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a dark red color with a couple fingers of white head that boil away to a bit of scum after a minute or so. Looks a lot like red KoolAid at this point. Smell is enticing: aged cheese, dusty earth, and sour apple and cherry.

After a really promising aroma, the taste just doesn't follow through. Sour, mouth-puckering cherry dominates the sip, but the flavor doesn't advance beyond that, making the beer one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and wine-like, and after the initial sour effect, the body and finish falls a little flat. One good thing I can say is that the beer doesn't taste a bit boozy for all its 8%.

I don't think Transatlantic Kriek is a bad beer, exactly. For the ridiculous price, however, I expected so much more. I'll be more wary of the Lips of Faith series in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is bright, bright red with a lightly-pink-hued head that bubbles up and falls down without leaving anything behind. The nose is a bit sour with quite a bit of cherries. Nothing all that complex. There is some moderate funk and a bit of a cherry-pie presence. The flavor is more of the same. There is a strong cherry presence along with a bit of funky sourness. Mouthfeel is nice as it positions the tart cherries against the acidity. An okay beer, but if I'm going with a New Belgium sour, I'd prefer La Folie (preferably C&C).

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

lips of faith.

pours a clear red with a small white head that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, berry, and biscuit.

taste is a little tart, berry, and some malt, ends on the dry side.

pretty good for a fruit beer. better than most.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber into a Great Divide tulip.

Transatlantique pours an unsightly Kool-Aid purple & rose hue. Lots of clarity to the body, as above the lavender-pink head quickly retreats to a thin ring of tiny bubbles. Largely vegetal aroma, with traces of black cherry and sour raspberries. Hints of cracker crust, floral arrangements, and tart, but overall the aroma is fairly muted.

Sour, unripened berries on the front of the palate followed by a sharp apple cider and vinegar finish. Flashes of sweetness from toasted crystal malts and cherry pie, but its lost in a messy, boozy sea of tartness. Body is uncomfortably carbonated and thin, pricking the palate in all the wrong places. Even though I'm not a huge sour beer fan, I can distinguish a well-crafted sour from one that's not. Unfortunately for New Belgium, this falls into the latter category. Pass.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a snifter

Pretty nice bottle art, it pours a dark ruby red with purple tinged foam which has receded pretty quickly. Mild carbonation stems from the center of the glass, lacing isn't too bad. Aroma of sour cherry, oak, some grape and a sweet malt. Other dark fruits are there as well, a touch of citrus and strawberry meld well with the alcohol. There is some definite complexity to the smell, it's pretty good. The taste however really comes up short. Much of the intricacy of the scent becomes lost as the taste becomes dominated with cherry. Initially a mild sour at first, it has a very sweet malty finish, leaving the beer pretty one dimension-able. The feel is poor also, as it too is dominated by this time carbonation. Very fizzy finish, but I'll at least give it that I don't taste much of the alcohol. Overall my impression of this is that it's like drinking cherry soda spiked with cherry pucker. I'm pretty new to lambics, but based off the overall score I think I'd be assuming correctly that this is a poor representation of the style.

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Photo of schinebd
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep, translucent red with a pink foamy head that slightly retains and laces the glass.

S - Cherries and malt and not much else.

T - Definitely very "cherry" tasting with some tartness and light malt, but I detect little else.

M - Carbonated well enough and it hides the 8% ABV pretty well.

D - But in the end I've head lighter ABV beers with more flavor that were more desirable than this.

By no means a terrible beer, but within its style, there are better options.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Drie fonteinen tumbler.

Clear lava body with an active sudsy brilliant lavender head which recedes to a persistent half-pinkie of foam. Lacing is sandy and fast moving, though a few weeping willow patterns remain behind.

Smells of tart cherry with a hint of citrus (from hops?) and very mild yeast. Subdued, but inviting.

The flavor unfortunately tastes like a watered down lambic - while the fruit is still present, there are no wild flavors present whatsoever. The malt and alcohol mid-palate add some interest, but the alcohol runs over the delicate fruit flavor, making the cherry seem almost artificial, though you can tell the base kriek is pure.

Not quite medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, somewhat creamy and smooth, and surprisingly warming (though not hot).

Easy drinking and refreshing, but I can't get over the feeling that this is a waste of good an overall beer, this might be a little underrated, but it just doesn't live up to the style.

While I applaud New Belgium's experimentation, sometimes you just can't improve upon tradition.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color, very hazy with no head or carbonation on top what so ever. Rich, tart cherries are evident right away. Light apple notes mixed in as it warmed with a subtle, yet spicy sweetness. ]cherry really dominated everything before, during, and after the flavor but somehow it just seemed to be of in a way that is hard to describe. you can tell what it was supposed to be but somehow just did not work. Lots of vinegar like sour notes as well. Smooth, even carbonation with a light, well balanced and smooth profile that was very easy to sip on. Long, drawn out notes of sour cherries stayed with me long after the last sip had left my tongue.

overall it was ok, nothing special by any means but still worth trying.

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Photo of uturn
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

A: This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.

T: The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.

M: The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.

I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic. This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, the body is a clear, red, slightly grape juice like color with a frothy pink head. Is this beer? Looks like juice or wine with a nice head.

The smell is sweet and sour with vinegar notes. Fruits, mostly cherries and grapes, with just a touch of alcohol.

Tipping back the glass reveals a rush of sweet, tart cherries and cranberries. Some vinegar taste and again, a touch of alcohol. The tartness is nice, but not overwhelming. Unfortunately, the flavor seems like cherry cough syrup at times. Some grapefruit notes come through as well. Overall, the flavor is fairly one-dimensional, but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with delicate carbonation. Tartness from the cherries may make your mouth pucker a little.

Drinkability is about average. A little on the sweet side and at times the flavor is too reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. However, sometimes when I take a sip, the beer comes across as juicy and refreshing. I guess I have mixed feelings on this one.

Overall, this is my first New Belgium brew and consequently my first from the Lips of Faith series. I feel like this beer has potential, but isn't one that I would visit again unless they revamp the recipe or lower the $15 sticker price.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $9. The first whiff from the bottle is like red wine vinegar. The beer is bright pink with a decent head fro a brief moment. The secodn glass I poured, the head was super foamy and pink and looked cool as shit. The aroma is more vinegar, cherries and dirty socks but in a good way? The smell really grows on me despite the fact there is a buttery cake aspect to it. The taste is weird, definitely a little bit of sour, but the syrupy cherry flavor is the main flavor. The flavor was kind of a disappointment to be honest.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 39.1% out of 100 with 819 ratings
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