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

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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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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the RR glass that I use for all beers of this style.

A: Pours a deep red with a thin pink head that settles rather quckly. Carbonation is goos, as well as lacing, but head retention is rather weak.

S: Lots of cherry on the nose, with some must and earth. Brett gives the aroma some funk, but less than I would have expected.

T: Sour cherry, lemon, and barnyard are most prominent, with some sweet malt notes. Hops are nearly undetectable, except for the slightly bitter finish the beer gives.

M: Medium bodied. This beer has almost too much cherry flavor, along with the alc, making it a bit cloying.

D: This is a good beer, but it is not exactly a good example of the style. There is still something that tastes artificial about it to me. However, it is a stepping stone to other beers.

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Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Looks like carbonated cranberry juice: light pink head, thin collar. Aroma is of cherry, lemon zest and a light tart funk. Taste is dry, tart cherry, a hint of lemon and cranberry? Light body, low carbonation. I wish this had more of a carbonated bite, or something to play with the tartness of the cherry/lemon.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright cherry red color with a very cherry nose and a doughy malt character.

The tastes is cherry, but not tart enough to balance the strongly alcoholic beer that it's blended with.

As it warms it starts to get a medicinal taste and reminded me a lot of a homemade cherry wine.

I liked it upon first impression but the more I drank the less I liked it.

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Photo of vacax
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from La Bodega. $14.

Pours a lively cherry color with a generous rose head. Waves of bubbles rush to the foam cap from the bottom of the glass, resulting in a high retention. Nice lacing as well.

The first seconds of the nose hints of a traditional Belgian lambic, but that notion is quickly pushed aside by what seems like caramel malts and a pedestrian sort of vegetal earthines, almost like asparagus. Cherry juice is evident, but it gets masked, as do the favorable lambic qualities. It smells like there is a good beer in here that has somehow been afouled.

This essentially tastes like mixing a bottle of Fat Tire with a bottle of Boon Kriek. There isn't much more to be said. Lots of earth and biscuit flavors with an accompanying light tartness with cherry juice. It doesn't know if it wants to be an amber ale with a bit of tart cherry, or if it wants to be a kriek with more body. Instead, it is sort of a mess between the two. Mundane. The mouthfeel is equally confused, medium bodied due to the malty components, but highly carbonated like a light kriek.

The idea behind this beer clearly reveals a passion and international appreciation for the art of brewing, but the execution is sloppy and it seems like a waste of such noble intentions. The Lips of Faith is a premium series with a premium price tag that this beer just does not live up to. Considering New Belgium has been trotting out some exceptional sours, though on an extremely limited basis, this disappoints thoroughly. Looks great, sounds great, tastes thoroughly mediocre. And that's a bad miss.

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Photo of MarioM
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a SN snifter

A: Bright red with little head an slight lacing. Beautiful color ans very clear.

S: Very wine like and sweet smelling like sweet red wine. A little dry smelling but does not resemble sour beer as much as wine, very strange and hard to get over the fact that its beer and not wine.

T: Just like the smell, very vinous it the taste, dry and fruity but no sense of Brett, Lacto or pedio sourness. Slightly tart but hard to get over that lingering wine like, dryness and sweetness of this brew.

M: Not bad just not what you would expect from B+NB especially after trying and being a huge fan of La Folie. Its too fruity in a sweet yet dry way that lingers and relates more to wine than beer, even though its made with cherries rather than grapes.

O: A good looking brew but just not 100% there in the taste. Its just missing that funk that makes a good lambic great and a kriek jump out and smack you in the face. This is definitely fruity but has that sour beer, Brett funk that could make it a great beer rather than a different and unique brew, which it is just not anywhere near other American wilds or Belgian Sours.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear red. Mild nose, some cherries, not offensive or medicinal which is really something, I'm finding. After about 10 krieks today it's difficult to pull out nuances and general descriptors here. My notes say "Succeeds in being not sweet, fails in otherwise succeeding." Then my notes just say "A bit metallic an" and it ends there. Another classic.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

We poured this Lambic from a bottle into pint glasses. The Lambic pourewd a clear reddish color, produced an off white pinkish head, featured poor retention and left moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pale malted grain and cherries. Medium bodied, there was a base of malted grain, and a dominate flavor of sweet/tart cherries. Overall, the brew was decent but it tasted more like cherry juice then it did a lambic.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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 djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with a buddy at Beermongers in Portland, OR. Poured into a Saison Dupont 12 oz tumbler.

appearance - poured a rich transparent red with a pink head, medium lacing

smell - cherry dominates the nose

taste - cherry up front, but a bit diluted, not a lot of complexity

mouthfeel - medium with some light carbonation that has a subtle bite near the end

drinkability - gets better as it warms but starts to fatigue as it gets near the end

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6/25/2009
Consumed 1/6/2012

The beer is cherry red and pours with a slight head that soon falls into the beer and becomes a thin lace around the edge of the beer. The beer is very clear allowing you to see straight through it to the bottom of your glass despite the intensity of the red color.

The aroma is fruity and somewhat sour. Based of the aroma I would think that flavor would be rather sour in the finish.

The beer is a little bit harsh on the palate but otherwise has a very full mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet with a little hint of fruit and finish with a very slight tartness.

Overall I am not that impressed. The beer is beautiful to behold and smells wonderful but the flavor lacks any depth.

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Photo of Soonami
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Texas Gang Bang BIF crew for sending us a bomber of this.

This is a beer I've had a couple times, but each time its a disappointment. The beer certainly looks like a good lambic, with a nice bright red, but the aroma is a medicinal, candy cherry. The beer is not all that sour or lambic-y. There is a little tart cherry, but straight blonde base beer is like 75% of the beer equation. I'm not sure if there is wild yeast in the bottle, but it doesn't seem like this beer has developed much over time. The sourness is only noticeable, and in the end there is a good deal of artificial sweetness in the finish of the beer that is very off-putting. Truthfully, it's better than a lot of back-sweetener fruit beers but if you think this is a lambic like Cantillon, you are mistaken.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C., unknown bottling date but 2014 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - ruby red coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial pink frothy head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - big cherry nose; moderate medicinal character; some alcohol; no hops or yeast aroma to speak

T: 12/20 - again, cherry flavor and sweetness right up front, but unfortunately, there isn't much of the advertised tartness; continued cherry flavors and sweetness with some residual lingering but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol and yeast (estery) notes; no hop bitterness/flavor

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating proves fullness

O: 7/10 - decent American kriek that unfortunately lacks complexity, especially when tart flavors are advertised; also not worth the ~$15 price point in the Washington DC area; I probably won't be returning

TOTAL - 34/50

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my white birch glass. The pour is a ruby red body with a pink-white thin foam head. As the head fades there is a small amount of foamy lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is tart cherries and acidic vinegar, but it's also muted by a lot of graham cracker sweetness. There is a slight hint of some old hay funkiness as well.

The taste is sour cherries and acidic apple cider up front, with a healthy dose of burnt brown sugar and barrel wood. There is a flat emptiness mid palate that leaves the flavor lacking. It's not bad, just a bit off. The finish is another hit of sharp cherries, but also some artificial sweetener as well, which isn't overbearing, but it's not pleasant.

The beer is light bodied, and well carbonated for the style. The 8% abv is well hidden in the flavors, but the flavors are just slightly lacking on this one. The La Folie is one of my favorite beers, and I had high hopes for this one, it fell short of expectations.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's South Loop location, a bit high priced at $14 but worth a try giving the love of their sour beers.

Tight short off white head with a light crimson clearness that looks very nice.

A little bit of funk, deep sour cherries, big malty notes underneath, has a defined malt profile underneath everything. Liking the nose.

The flavor of solid sour cherries, slightly funky, could be more sour to match up with the Belgian stuff, not a match for New Glarus', but not bad, just a bit of a letdown on the taste. This is impressive nonetheless.

Crisp and dry, light body, but nicely balanced. A good addition to the list.

Easy to drink, refreshing, Not a bad effort if a bit pricy, I'll recommend it but try more local tries if I seek this again.

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Photo of Azeotrope
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been one for looks if it tastes good. This beer honestly poors like cranberry juice with a pink head. It's unusual. I had this beer early on, when I was just beginning to like beer and it was off-putting. But I saw a bottle and I hadn't seen it for a while so I tried it. Wow! Now that I'm used to beers being tart, I am just again pleased with New Belgium. It's not too tart but it definitely scratches the itch for one. The cherry flavor is a complement, not overpowering. Extremely pleased and a little surprised.

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Photo of Stolenface1
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a crystal clear red with light pink foamy head that falls quickly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of cherries, malt, a very slight hint of funk and that's about it. Flavor to me is mostly lager, with sweet cherry cough syrup, almost non existent tartness and funk. Very slight balsalmic. Barely noticeable at all. Really wish this wasn't cut with so much lager, or was given more of a chance to develop before bottling. Does not taste like a Kriek at all to me. The feel is also not as dry than you would expect for a Kriek. This may be the biggest disappointment I've had from New Belgium ever. No where near the caliber of La Folie or Le Terrior. Let this sit in foeders/barrels for MUCH longer PLEASE before bottling! Or at least do not filter/centrifuge so that it can develop in the bottle. Bummer.

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Photo of miadw3
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a vibrant red with pink head which leaves decent lacing.

S - Strong smell of sweet cherry. Very overpowering.

T - Very sweet cherry dominate the taste. Very little tartness is noticeable.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - The sweetness makes this a definite sipping beer. While the drinkability on this is high, I feel the sweetness is a bit too overpowering and would benefit from more of a funk.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rosy red with a decent half-inch of light pink head that fizzles out pretty quickly.

S- Tart cherries and a touch of barnyard funk. A little sweet malt in there as well. Like a traditional lambic, but a little toned-down. Very nice, though.

T- Blast of sour upfront segues into a bit of grainy malt. There's a bit of a strange bitterness in there... I can't tell if it's from hops, alcohol, or what. Not much in the way of cherry flavor, maybe a little on the finish. Again, like a toned-down cherry lambic.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied with a nice fizzy carbonation.

D- Pretty high, actually. Drinks like a 5% beer -- I can't detect the alcohol anywhere. I'll be able to finish the bomber no problem.

This is a decent, but not great, beer. I enjoyed it for the most part. As far as the flavor is concerned, I would have liked a little more of everything: sourness, funk, cherries, etc. It would be a nice introduction to sours for the uninitiated. All in all it's not bad, but if you're looking for a top-notch sour, look elsewhere.

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Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/22/09

Poured into a goblet. Appearance is bright, ruby red and crystal clear. Head is thin and pink, fades to nothing quick.

Smell is red wine-like. Slightly sweet, hints of cherry and mild tartness. Fairly mellow aroma, but it does smell great.

Taste is great. Nice effervescent tartness up front that finishes clean. Mellow hints of dark cherries and a very mild sweetness. Good balance of flavors with a mild tannin presence. Two beers blended nicely together and were still able to pick out characteristics of both styles.

Mouthfeel is very light, highly carbonated and a dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. No signs of 8%. Very clean.

Really easy drinking beer w/ a good balance. No real bold flavors although the tartness is great and not overpowering.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Goat. I find NB hit or miss, but I do like krieks.

Appearance- A lovely deep ruby color. Quite red. Nice pink head. Very pretty.

Smell- Lots of fruit. Sweet cherries and a touch of tart cranberry.

Taste- Ugh. Just a watered down kriek. There is some nice fruit, and a good hint of funkiness. I like the tartness, and cranberry comes through. But it's just too watery. It's like a Cap Cod where all the ice has melted. Just a shame.

Mouthfeel- Too creamy. The lager is not doing it favors. I want a lighter, more carbonated feel.

Drinkability- Goes down very easy. But that's sort of the problem.

This should be a good beer. It's got a really nice kriek in there somewhere but the mix isn't doing it any favors. They ruined a perfectly good beer by getting too creative. Disappointing.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big cheery pie notes on the smell and taste. Very wine like in the dryness and taste. A nice sour backbone, followed by a dry aftertaste. I liked this sour more than I thought from other reviews.

I enjoyed this sour overall. It's a great layer of flavors.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle picked up at the brewery. Poured into New Belgium globe glass. Beer was cherry red with a small, light red head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was light cherry and sour, a bit on the medicinal side. Soapy? Weird.

Taste was light cherry, not overpowering, slightly tart. Some oak.

Just kind of average for me. Well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of schinebd
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
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 hoegaardenhero
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: minor ring of white head on a beautiful clear rose/pomegranate body; lots of movement in the glass;

s: cherry is first; warmer malty ale notes on the finish; tart wild yeasts; strawberry rhubarb; even light blue cheese; oak and vanilla a little bit as well

t: very mild; cherry again prevalent; with a backbone of the malty ale notes; followed by the sour apple tartness of the yeasts; the beer really warms with each sip as the tongue becomes used to the taste of the sourness, the more subtle sweeter cherry and malt flavors come through; hint of brown sugar

m: light to medium body; aggressive mouthfeel; light cloy

d: i think that this is a great take on the style; has the tartness of a traditional kriek but it is rounded out by some of the sweet mellowness of the malts; i would have it again and i thoroughly enjoyed it; and my girlfriend liked it and she rarely likes beer

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Photo of jdklks
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours like carbonated cranberry juice with a deep but transparent red body and a rose laced white head of tiny bubbles that ring the glass gracefully. this is a very "feminine" looking beer, if that is even possible or makes sense at all. the smell is largely of belgian yeast with only a hint of the cherry sweetness promised by the bottle, and alcohol undertones. not very enticing.

flavor is decent in the beginning and through the middle. not all that sour, but it starts off with a great cherry sweetness that i have grown to love, and gives way to a carbonation burst of sugary alcohol. the finish and aftertaste, however, are not too pleasing. much, much too dry, which opens the floodgates to the bready, belgian yeasty flavor that can only be good in moderation. its very decent, but there is nothing at all special about it.

as expected, its very carbonated, but my main complaint over mouthfeel is the SUPER-lightness. very airy, which is to be expected with lots of carbonation, but the body itself is thin like water. as far as drinkability goes, i WILL finish the bottle, but i wouldn't want any more.

edit: i drainpoured the last 6 or 7 ounces, so drinkability takes a hit.

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