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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 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 Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Red in color, with pink head on top.

S: Almond, sweet/tart cherry filling. Some light caramel, and dark berries.

T: Tart if the first thing that hits. The tartness comes on strong, then fades into a cherry flavor. It leaves your mouth fairly quickly leaving just a hint of almond.

M: Light body, but effervescent carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Nice, a good sour hit, but does not have the long lingering sourness I would expect. The finish dry, and very clean.

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Photo of nycwinter
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally bought this for my wife who loves those candy-like lambics. Needless to say, she did not like it as much.

A= pale red hues and effervescence lights up the glass. Good head retention.

S= dark fermented cherry and vineous notes on the nose.

T= strong dark fruit bitterness bites at first followed by a definite lager yeast backbone. This is very fruity and dry like a white wine. Surprisingly pleasing.

M= as noted, it is light and dry. Very refreshing.

O= overall, this looks like a beer my wife should be drinking, but the 8% abv makes it manly enough for me to drink with familiar people in the privacy of my own home;)

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is a dark red and carmine color with just a thin layer of head resting on top. Well, perhaps resting isn't the correct word. It's running away, and it only lasts a few seconds. The beer is slightly effervescent, with a few small dashes of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: I've seen a number of people describe the nose and palate being medicinal, but I'm not getting it. The nose has a nice cherry and blackberry aroma, a little acid from the cherries and yeast/bacteria, and finally a very faint, but pleasant barnyard note.

Taste: The palate is similar to the nose; more cherries, blackberries, a nice acidic edge, and a faint barnyard note. The beer isn't overwhelmingly sour, I could see this being an enjoyable beer for someone who isn't into sour beers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is usually a complaint for me, but the carbonation is just right as soon as I cracked open the bottle. As always, I love letting my beer sit and lose some of the carbonation dioxide, but it's good right at the starting gate. The beer is thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability: It's a relatively high alcohol lambic, but having one bomber of these in an evening is just enough. This is a really well put together beer from Brewerij Boon and New Belgium. An interesting way to brew a beer, though I can't imagine it being that cost effective. I'll be adding this to my crate again in the future.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into brandy snifter.

A: Bright garnet body with a small pink head that quickly vanishes leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface. Wife says it looks like black cherry Koolaid. Would like to see a bigger head and a bit deeper color.

S: Belgian yeast aromas at the forefront with a hint of funky sourness. The cherry scent comes through with just a hint of sweetness. Nothing too out of the ordinary, good or bad.

T: Very faint cherry flavor, and a very modest level of sour. Seems like they were playing it safe. Not much to say. A bit bland, and not much aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation, and a light dry body. Very mild sour pucker that can be felt on the tongue.

D: Due in part to its "safe" flavor and light crisp mouth, this lambic is very approachable. An entire bottle can vanish very quickly.

O: Good introduction to what kriek should be, rather than the artificial candy sweetness of another more well known brand. Still a very bland offering that seems to want to please everyone, and succeeds in pleasing very few.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Jayli
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Plaza Wine in O'Fallon, IL
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 7/10

A: This beer pours a crystal clear ruby color with a two finger of light pinkish, rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big clumps of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is tart, tart, tart. Cherries, and cranberries, with some hints of blueberry and raspberry.

T: Taste is ridiculously fruity, but in a good way. Not even remotely as tart as the nose implied. Taste was tart cherry and cranberry up front but then quickly mellows out. A blueberry and even strawberry mix really fill out the middle and finish of this beer. Cherry tartness lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy feel on this.

D: Goes down very easy, nice kick, alcohol is well hidden. This is one that I could sit with all night.

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Photo of Icehouse57
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second attempt at the lips of faith series. First was the sour brown ale, which I also liked!

Appearance.... cross between a cola and a red wine. That kind of brownish red color that doesn't quite fit the description of garnet.

Smell was very nice. Sour cherries, oak, a hint of vinegar in the smell.

Taste- Sour cherries, malt, a hint of hop bitterness, oak

Mouthfeel was nice and light. Slightly under carbonated in my opinion. Not much lace on the glass.

Drinkability- If you've had lindeman's, this is not anywhere near it. This being SO MUCH BETTER! Clean dry finish.


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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby color with a pink head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of tart cherries

T - Follows the nose with tart sour cherries

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - While this isn't the most true to style beer out there I still liked it for the most part La Folie is a lot better but hey NB is trying to do something different

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy cherry/cranberry juice color with a fizzy small light red head that fades to nothing. No lacing going on.

S - Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, and funky yeast.

T - Sour cherries, vinegar, earthy funk.

M - Super carbonated. Crisp and fizzy.

D - Excellent. Very refreshing.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity and sour, makes my mouth water. Smells good.

Pours clear red, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Sour and fruity - softly cherry-like, with some very mild cough syrup kind of flavor under a nice sourness. Soft floral/perfume tones. Soft sweetness. Finishes softly tart. Tastes good. Feels nice. Good drinkability.

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Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice red that is slightly cloudy and has enough effervescence to amass two fingers of white small bubbled suds.
Smells very cherry with an oakyness that seems to make it more sour.
The flavor is where this thing goes wrong. Too thin of a flavor for my tastes. Sure there is sour here but its weak at best. For 14 bucks this ought to be a kick-a$$ sour beer. It isn't.
They have La Folie, why can't they just make something along those lines?
Mouthfeel is cleen and this is one of the better assets/aspects of this beer.
Drinkability is good here but only as good as the beer tastes.
The best thing about this beer is the way it hides the 8%abv. This has the potential of being a fantastic high rated brew from a company that knows how to make a fantastic sour ale.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy ruby blood-red color that produced a quickly dissipating pink head.

(S)- Tons of creamy cherry pie aromas. Very juice-like of cranberry/cherry combo. Just a small bit of yeast.

(T)- Rather thin fruit flavors. Slightly dry with a mild yeast kick. The good fruits are tasted initially, but just disappear off the tongue into a bland finish.

(M)- A very low carbonation for the style. Because of that, it feels rather syrupy in texture, but in flavor almost tastes watered down.

(D)- I am not very impressed with this Kriek. Its rather boring. I enjoy breweries trying more obscure beer styles, but I am not a fan of this one. Particularly when the style is referenced, this doesnt follow it well. For $11.99 a bottle, I was even more disappointed.

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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 ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle thrown in as an extra by tytoanderso, a ridiculously generous trader.

Bottled on June 25, 2009

A - Beautiful ruby hue with a thin pink head and blots of lace everywhere.

S - The smell is trapped between interesting and unappealing, trending towards the former. Buttery, biscuity malt and husky grain flavors mix with a lager-ish hop, flavored with cherry.

T - The designation 'Kriek' on a beer, to me, suggests a flavor profile not dissimilar to a tart cherry pie; instead, this has a taste reminiscent of something like a sourdough English muffin with butter and cherry jam. I am sure it is not the flavor expected by many; I know that I was thrown for a loop. It tastes like a fruit beer, certainly not a Kriek. The flavor is to some degree akin to a continental lager, but spiced and flavored substantially with fruit. Big Chardonnay flavors linger on the finish.

M - Very much the worst aspect of this brew; the mouthfeel is like a run-of-the-mill lager, rendering this brew far too evocative of the glut of cheap fruit beer.

D - Interesting, but not worth seeking out.

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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 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 billab914
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a bright ruby red color, almost like cranberry juice. It started off with a thin pink head that left some moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherry juice. It has a little sweetness to the nose as well but not much else. The taste has a moderate cherry tartness but isn't very sour. The cherry juice flavor really dominates more then anything else.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is above average, but perhaps lower then it should be for the style. Drinkability is average for the style. It had some nice cherry flavors but tasted more like a cherry juice then a lambic beer.

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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 portia99
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle received in trade with knucks999. Thanks. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a bright red, almost cranberry juice like in appearance with a quickly fading and fizzy half finger of soda-like pink foam on top. Good clarity, no lacing left on the glass.

S - Fruity, sour cherries, a tiny bit of funkiness in it, smells a bit like some kind of artificial sweetener, a small indication of some sourness overall. Smells a bit cranberryish too.

T - Taste closely follows the aroma. Funny fruitiness in there...not really getting cherries, I'm still thinking cranberries, but with the same weird artificial sweetener character. Not like a traditional kriek and not like the sweetened Lindemans kriek either. Somewhere in the middle...seems like it can't decide what it is, and doesn't do it very well either.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation too. Strangely sweet and just a bit strange overall...drying, sorta lick your lips to get the flavor off sensation. Just a little odd, like everything else about this beer.

D - Hmm, not really enjoying this beer very much...and I really wanted to also. Should've listened to knucks999 - warned me it was a bit off, but I had to try anyway. Just strange...tastes more like homemade red wine that was made with a bad kit and not totally fermented out before bottling. I'm usually a fan of the New Belgium Lips of Faith series beer, but this one totally misses the mark for me.

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Photo of SShelly
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber, crystal clear, slight offwhite head.

Aroma is tart cherries and slight sweetness. Touch of more potent sour as it warms.

Light tart upfront with sweet cherry tang, kind of a weak finish, just a light tart, leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkable, not spectacular...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark red color with a white head. It is very clear. The aroma is tart cherries with some light funk. The flavor is tart cherries with some vanilla and oak. There is something at the end of the flavor that is a little off but it doesn't take away too much. This tastes a lot like a dry red wine. Low carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

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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 Chambic
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

02.07.10 at Toronado

A: so promising, with its pretty, clear ruby color

S: fruit-forward, mostly cherries, of course, and can sense a touch of sour

T: whoa, am I drinking carbonated grenadine?

M: fully syrup-like, but with a drier-than-expected finish

D: I could, but I probably won't

What am I going to do with the 750mL I have at home? I was expecting so much more from this, especially since I'm not in love with their Kriek, either. How long can I age something with that much fruit in it? Would that even help?

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pink tinged, off-white colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. Quite a bit of grassy grain aromatics greet me as I first smell this beer, underneath this is a washed out vinegar note and perhaps a touch of cherry character. The nose is not at all what I was expecting, or even what I was not expecting; it is neither super cherry like, nor is it particularly funky or sour, instead it is fairly muted overall. A hint of acetone is noticeable as well as a hint of hot alcohol; this last is more noticeable as the beer warms up.

The beer is quite a bit drier than I thought it would be. There is a light tartness to this beer as well as a touch of a cherry backbone. A touch of spicy, lightly warming alcohol and a touch of acetone add a touch of sharpness to the finish. There is a definite buttery note here, it isn't too big, but definitely comes off as a flaw of diacetyl; this note is actually pretty subtle and I am somewhat sensitive to it. Perhaps a bit more light bodied than I might like, though it is certainly quaffable (if you can get past the flavor) and not quite watery. There is a hint of grassy grain here (though not as much as was in the nose), as well as a bit of caramelized malt complexity.

My memory may be a bit weak, but I think this is actually weaker than the original, lower alcohol release. I was at least expecting a bright cherry note here, but that isn't here and neither is a pronounced funkiness or sourness. Somehow this beer has been a disappointment from what I was even expecting; it is just too bland overall. Still this is not a horrible beer, just not exactly what I was hoping for.

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