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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 Boonís brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boonís offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgiumís 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. Previously 6.3


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Fruity aroma. Copper red coloured a little sour and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pours a very lovely cherry red into a champagne flute. No lasting head. Aroma of pure dark cherries. This "beer" would be so much better if the cherry taste lasted all the way through. Unfortunately, an odd, unwelcome, crappy lager feel works its way into the beginning of the flavor (tough the rest of each taste is great). Appropriate carbonation and a great mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
The pour was brown with lots of red highlights. A short ring of off-white foam appeared and there was a touch of lacing. The aroma was vinegar, malt and cherries. The flavor was more vinegar and wood than sour cherry. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. OK. Became a bit laborious.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
22oz. Bottle (As "Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek" at 8%ABV): Aroma of cherries, funk, light cheese, and lambic. Poured purple/ruby/magenta in color with a tiny, purple head that disappeared very quickly. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium tart. Tastes of cherries, light medicine, funk, light acetic acid, Ludenís cherry cough drops, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Cherry, funk, and slight medicine finish. 8%ABV is not noticeable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
FoBAB í09. pours clear red with pink head. nose is very grainy, odd and bland. flavor is sourish, grainy, mild cherry notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours dark red with pinkish white, very thin head. Nose is tart cherry, clean, sweet cherry, and some spiciness. Flavor is like a sour Belgian Red. Lots of cherry, some tartness, and some sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Dramatic beer. Poured with a giant pink foamy frothy textured head wth a load a lace. Color is clear slightly brown tinged rose red. Aroma is a mild cherry with a little spice. Flavor is malty cherry pie, more on the sour side. Clean. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is decent. Not overdone at all. Easy and balanced. Tough to be a session in this style. Good beer overall though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
From a bottle poured ruby color with a small amount of head. Nice slightly tart flavor with a quick finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bomber. Pours crystal clear, the color of red grape juice. A small, foamy, light pink head is quick to fade, leaving just minimal spotting behind on the glass. The nose booms with fresh, sweet, subtly tart cherries, followed by faint hints of vanilla and sweet cereal grain mash. Though itís not prominent, thereís a bit of a weird, eggy sort of note in there, almost like cooked egg whites, which serves as a bit of a turnoff for me. Flavors are sweeter than I care for, sugary cherries showing little tartness or zip. The grain notes are mostly fresh, but the barrel character simply isnít there. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and sweet on the tongue, the palate is a disappointment. Overall, itís a solid fruit beer if thatís something youíre in to. Unfortunately, itís something that I am not.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: LoF Transatlantaque Kriek
Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bottleworks, Seattle
Appearance: cloudy dark red, fine pink head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and tart cherry aroma, lots of mustyness, nice woodyness
Flavor: rich cherry flavor, cherry sweetness with light balancing tartness, mustyness starts off light and grows as it warms, light wood, long tart finish
Overall: the complexity of this beer keeps it balanced without any one flavor or sweetness taking over
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4


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