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

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)
BA SCORE
3.53/5
819 Ratings
Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon)
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
819
pDev:
14.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
116
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 819 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of vmdominguez
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Phoenix2443
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of patre_tim
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cherry red, fruit punch bright, lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of Pepto Bismol pink foamy head. It fades fast but leaves a lace like coating on the glass.

S: Cherries, raspberry vinegar, sour, funky lambic quality, fruity, sour, lactic quality. Macaroni and cheese.

T: Lightly bitter as in the aftertaste of an artificial sweetner, lightly sour, lightly sweet, red fruit but it seems more like raspberry at first than cherry, though there is some cherry and cherry blossom in this as well. Cherry comes out more as it warms. Not getting the high alcohol on it, making it dangerous, though there is a burn in the throat.

M: Thick sour fruity body, lots of soda like carbonation.

O: Nice attempt by an American brewery at a Belgian classic. My first lambic from the USA. It feels midway between a dry lambic like Cantillons, and a sweetened version like Lindemans. Got in Raleigh Wholefoods, drank in Clyde, NC.

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Photo of stewart124
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours beet red with plenty of visible carbonation and a tiny white head.

Nose has plenty of tart cherry character along with a bit of funk.

Tart and very refreshing. The carbonation come through well and pushes the tartness while finishing dry and begging for another sip. Thin in body but nothing lacking on the sour side.

This was a pleasure to share with friends. The 8% abv was hidden as this drinks so easily.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of slackattack
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with pink 2 finger head that doesn't stick around too long. Sour cherry dominates the nose as expected. Sour notes are definitely there. Initial taste is.... All over. Sweet cherry, sour cherry, and some earthy notes, maybe leather. I like. Mouthfeel is full, creamy even with a pretty low carbonation on it. Overall it's a solid kreik. It tastes like it should in my opinion and is right there with the any straight Belgian kreik I've ever had.

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Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
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 cl3
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful translucent cranberry red with a luscious pink head. The nose is distinctly Cherry with floral notes. The mouth feel is active and rich, due to nice carbonation. There is a nice Cherry taste upfront, that isn't too sweet or artificial tasting. The end taste is moderately sour, but not mouth puckering. Overall, I thought this was a nice brew and a great way to end a meal.

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Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bkeller04
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mverity
3.46/5  rDev -2%
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 beerforpresident
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of jakewatt135
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer seems very "Boon." After having several from that brewery, I can see a lot of similar characteristics.

Pours a clear red with a pink head. Very fruit beer-esqe. Nose is antiseptic with mild cherries. Flavor is extremely dry. Extremely. Strong cherry tone. Medicinal funk. It's bone dry though; that being the main thing you notice here. A very good and "old world" beer.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mltobin
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 819 ratings
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