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:
819
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
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51
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117
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Photo of BMMillsy
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Tipples. Pours bright ruby reddish almost fuscoa purple with a pretty pink head that fizzes out after about a minute. Aroma is dry wheat malt, sweet maraschino cherries, not a lot more here but pleasant enough. Flavor has no real sourness expected from the style, but not medicinal. Light tartness if I look hard for it. Seems like an amped up Sam Adams cherry wheat. Cherry juice and malt are dominant with almost a bit of a lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly slick, with low plus carbonation. Not an unpleasant or offensive beer by any means, but it's hard to believe that the same brewery made both this am La Folie.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of SHODriver
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Badger6
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, date imprint 140123. Poured into a tulip.

A: Body is a brilliant, crystal clear ruby with a fizzy, pink head that recedes to a thin layer on the surface.

S: Tart cherries on the nose. Hints of grainy malt, but clearly a sour.

T: Some sweet maltiness up front, quickly turns to the tart fermented cherry flavor that dominates to the dry finish. There is some funk in the finish, it's fleeting but it's there...not sure if it is intended or not.

M: Moderate to light body with some prickly carbonation. The finish is soft and smooth, despite being so dry.

O: As some other reviewers have asked, I have no idea where the bad reviews are coming from...the label says Kriek, it's a Belgian sour beer. Is this typical New Belgium? Nope. Is it a proper rendering of the Belgian Kriek style? Absolutely. So it's pricey...so are most really good Belgians. As far as I am concerned this is a PHENOMENAL beer. Well done!

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Burgundy colored, clear, not much of a head. Looks like a glass of cranberry juice.

S: Smells like a glass of cranberry juice. Add in a bit of raspberry. Tart, tingling.

T: Sour, semi-sweet. Smooth, but not very exciting. Funky without promise.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

O: No one at the tasting was really impressed with this mismatched brew. We had the La Folie afterwards and really liked it. But the Transatlantic is a "miss."

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Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek (Boon) from New Belgium Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 819 ratings.
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