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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 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. Previously 6.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours a murky copper with a thin white head. Smells of cherries, some sugar. Tastes sugary and sickly sweet,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle shared by a generous local. Poured a pale, clear pink color with a thin off-white head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of soft, overripe cherry, sweet light malts, and some oak. Smooth, soft entry with a moderate red cherry flavor with some light yeastiness. Finishes sweet with some soft fruit. Smooth, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Thanks to eyedrinkale for bringing this one out. Deep ruddy colour. Thin white head. Aroma is quite rich and sweet. Bright cherries, some cherry pits/almondy character. Palate is quite thin, but it’s pleasant enough. Soft tartness with a light muskiness. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at Joe’s. 2004. Smells much of cherry cough syrup, with muddy chocolate in the middle. A small touch of tartness in the flavor is this beers only saving grace, as it is soon followed up with flavors of teriyaki chicken and chinese beef. Heh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at JoeMcphee’s. Pours an orange amber body with an off white head. Aroma is cherries, wood, and something floral. Flavor is sweet cherries and pretty good but not sour or medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2008
its a pale muddied pink with a clarity marred only by a few chunks of yeasty protein. aroma of sour cherries and pool water. well balanced and a flavor like European sour cherries jarred in juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (2477) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Another treat provided by EDA @ JoeMcPhee’s tasting. Color is rose brown. Aroma is all cherry cough drops, dead on. The taste was similar with some dirt water flavor. It was interesting but I would not really use the word "good" to describe it but again I am damn glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle: Reddish hazy pour, nearly headless. Decent aroma. Slightly medicinal cherry character, with an almond hint. Thin palate. Flavor is a watery version of the aroma. Some sweet cherry and candied almond. Slightly tart. Simple with a weak flavor presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
12 oz bottle shared by WeeHeavySD. poured medium read without much head. nice fresh cherry aroma. flavor had a nice tart fruity flavor. syrupy finish. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Pours clear ruby with a inch-plus head of light pink. Retention is short-lived, and fizzles away leaving behind a placid surface and no lacework. Aromatics are laced with tart cherry. Slightly acidic and plenty fruity. The mouthfeel is light and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is low. Cherries with a mild lactic twang on the pallet. An almost lemony hint under juicy cherries. Alcohol is negligeble as well as hopping. Finishes dry with lingering cherries. Pretty straightforward with the cherries and mild sour note. Some funk and additional sourness would make the beer more complex and challenging.

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