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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
817
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
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51
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Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

22oz bottle, im pretty sure it said 5.5% abv, not 8%

this was gifted to me by a friend who assumed all "lips of faith" releases are created equally

appearance: really a fantastic bottle design - very sharp...served in new glarus flute, pale strawberry body, very light white foam - no lace.

smell: tart cranberry, cherry, vinegar, apple peel

taste: not a huge fan of the kriek sub-genre...this one provides the vinegar you'd expect, sourness is downnplayed - tart cherry and cranberry, light oak. nothing really that wrong with this one - just not something i would turn to again

mouthfeel: sourness in an unpleasant way, vinegary

drinkability: ok

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8% ABV,

A - Transatlantique Kriek pours a stunning ruby red color with brilliant clarity! I mean, this beer is RED! A tall but fleeting cap of pastel pink foam rests on the beer, gently draping delicate lace on the signature glass.

S - Oddly, the aroma doesn't scream "kriek" with either fruit or funk; instead, Transatlantique Kriek has a subtle aroma of acidic tart cherry skins and crushed black cherry pulp. Trailing closely behind is a mild, approachable nose of wild yeast funk; just a hint of barnyard/horse blanket and a wonderful dry tartness.

T - At 8% ABV, this is a bit bigger than a standard kriek, and it shows through in the flavor and body with it's maltiness. Dry crystal sweetness peeks through with notes of toast before the shift changes to real cherry fruit and the same subtle funk the nose offers. This is no cough-syrup beer, the cherries taste fresh and real; tart and acidic, not sweet, and the mild yeast compliments the fruit well with a nod to the funkier Belgian beers.

M - A decent level of malt elevates the alcohol in this beer while keeping the body more medium but a higher level of carbonation also aids in the feel's "lightness". Very dry, there's just a touch of acidic tartness to the finish; pretty light for a kriek, though the ever-so-slight metallic hint at the end is more what bothers me.

O - New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek is an excellent entry-level kriek that completely abandons the sugary "fruit beer" notion and focuses on engaging real cherry flavor and tartness with very subtle yeast funkiness. It's approachable and enjoyable. So when I say "entry-level", it means die-hard Belgian kriek fans may find themselves disappointed in the lack of yeast funkiness and sour bite to the finish, but by no means is this anything less than awesome.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pencible
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear cherry red with a little pink head.
S: It smelled like cherry pie with sugary wheat bread and honey and a bit of oak.
T: It tasted like sweet cherries and honey, with some oak and earthy wheat bread. It had a clean mild aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Kind of weak body.
D: This was a mild dessert beer, but the scent and taste and body were all a little disappointing. At least the alcohol was well hidden and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. But it wasn't much worth drinking. Not recommended.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2014 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of pink head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity, sweet. and fairly tart aroma with big hints of cherries, oak, and acid. Huge aroma of tart and sweet cherries throughout with some hints of berries, green apple, and strawberry rhubarb. Fruit aroma is fairly jammy and tart with mild sourness. Hints of vinegar, funk, and acid. Oak barrel comes through. Pale malt background with hints of wheat, lager yeast, caramel, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, sweet, and tart fruit forward taste with big notes of cherries, yeast, and other fruits. Upfront big jammy taste of sweet and tart cherries along with other juicy fruit notes including green apple, berries, grape, and strawberry rhubarb. Funky and acidic notes along with some vinegar and sugar. Barrel notes of oak. Bready pale malt with some notes of caramel, wheat, cracker, lager yeast, biscuit, and grains. A very good fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly tart. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Lambic. Good fruity notes with a balanced tartness and sweetness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no freshness date pours a reddish amber hue with a fluffy cap of pink foam. Yes, thats right...bright pink. Head falls pretty quick and leaves some spotty lacing here and there.

Nose has a nice, tart cherry aroma. Some sweet, light grains are detectable but the cherries really carry the majority of the load. Smells delicious, but not an abundance of sour notes here.

Why mix what seems to be a perfectly good kriek with a regular 'ol lager? Totally dilutes the tart and sour aspects of a lambic, you can tell what was in place before the lager addition as some mild acidic and sour notes are there. That said, it is still plenty enjoyable and is by far the most chuggable lambic ever created. The cherry flavors taste really good and natural. Slight medicinal sting at the end, but does not detract from the beer in any way for me. Grainy malts are expectedly prevalent and lend some sweetness to the beer. Mouthfeel is great and glides down the throat with ease and the 8% ABV is nowhere in sight. I enjoyed drinking this beer and will not have any problem finishing this whole bomber by myself, but going into this thinking authentic Belgian Kriek - one is bound to be disappointed.

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Photo of warnerry
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
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 bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Sabtos
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTJman
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of MDDMD
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-light burgundy color with a nice very light pink head and decent lacing

S-cherries, slight yeast funk, hint of vinegar

T-mildly tart cherries, little red wine vinegar, slight caramel sweetness, lemon, no significant malt base noted

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little tart

O-base of this beer just doesn't come through for me, the cherry flavor is actually decent, but sweetness comes through and no base makes this miss for me

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured a reddish pink with a two finger pink head that subsided to a half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherries, wood, earthy, and very subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherries, tart, wood, and an earthy note. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that great either. The flavor profile on this one seemed to be really dilute which was quite unfortunate. If I am honest this one really reminded me of some of the reasons why I enjoy Cantillon so much, but it just fell short. Worth trying to say that you have but I would leave it at that.

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Photo of rawfish
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours maraschino cherry red, very intensive yet sparkling clear. Forms ahuge off white, Valentine's Day pink tinged fizzy head of 3 fingers that reduces to a sparse cap. Rocky lacing on the glass with a good stick.

Thin pale malts with considerable alcohol at first as tart cherry and a bit of woodsy barnyard creep in and ultimately dominate the aroma. Kind of simple but funky is always interesting.

Pale malt, slight cereal and bready character keep this together as juicy cherries fill the palate. But that's as far as the complexities go, finishes with a dull flash of sour on the back of the palate with a bit of yeast as well. Tartness makes the mouth water.

Thin body, very drinkable and prickly carbonation. Not getting the full impact of the sour or the cherries, overall more yeasty and dulled that I would like. Drinking colder makes the beer brighten up considerably.

Just getting my feet wet in the world of lambic and fruit beers. This offering is a bit simple and a good starter, not very intense. In short, a thin blonde ale with tart cherries. Not a good value at $15 for the bomber.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of popery
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a very good kriek but still an enjoyable beer. The beer is a dull maroon with a small but dissipating white head. Somehow, the look fits the beer. The aroma is mostly cherries but not terribly clean. There's some cough syrup in there. The beer is also a bit sweet and lacking in intensity of flavor. It's a washed out kriek that's easy to drink but not compelling. There's some sour character and acidity. It's mildly tart on the palate. Feel seems appropriate. Good enough fruit beer.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon) from New Belgium Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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