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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours a reddish amber color. Aromas of cherry, breads, and a scattering of hops. Flavor is subdued cherry, not as bold as the aroma. Crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Clear light ruby-amber colored body with no head and small visable particles. The aroma is fresh cherries, light spice, cloves, and pie crust. Taste is acidic cherry, allspice, hops, mild pine, grains, and pepper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2006
From a 12 oz. distinctive New Belgium bottle with a blurb and a best before date, 23.03.04, sampled at cellar temperature in a New Belgium flute glass. Poured a slightly hazy reddish orange hued amber with a nice foamy head that settled into a thin lacing, small amount of sticking. Aromas of tart cherry juice, a barrel woodiness and a light citrus. Nice, even, smooth carbonation, held up well, better than what I was expecting, and a dry, tart, crisp medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant lambic taste, tart cherries, dry juicy, with a touch of citric, a little earthy wood flavor, a soft floral hop bitterness, the alcohol is not that noticeable and adds warmth in the palate, and a dry, slightly tart finish with a taste of cedar coming through, good lambic drinkability, but I do think that it lost some sourness. I was looking through my "cellar," a back room in my basement that I can close off and keep cool and dark, for a couple of bottles to throw in as extras in a recent trade when to my surprise I found this and when I looked, I found I hadn’t reviewed it, kind of made my evening more pleasant after a long day at work. I should have drank this in ’04, but it wasn’t that bad, held up better than I thought it would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2006
RBSG ’06. Clear, reddish body with white head. The aroma is sucrets cough medicine, some lacto, light cobwebs. The flavor is again cherry cough syrup, lightly tart, mildly sweet, some funk. Medium body, soft carbonation. Disappointing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Post RBSG 06 - Rusty crimson, small fizzy white head. Decent nose of soured cherry, wood, and citrus. Flavor is similar with a nice tartness. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, tangy, dry, fruity finish. It was aiiight...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage, 2006 RBSG, provided by Sledge Jr (Thanks Todd!). Pours a rosy glowing red with a minimal thin ring of white head. Aroma is very sweet with lots of syrupy cherry and a light tartness. Flavor is candy sweet with cloying syrupy cherry. Finish has the lightest tartness with some pixie stick sweetness. Light to medium bodied with fizzy champagne like carbonation. This was OK, but really not all that different from some of the sweeter (Lindemans) type lambics. Not my bag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9232) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
2004 Bottle... RBSG2006... Hazy orange ale with a small, off-white head. The fruity, citric aroma is a marriage of fresh cherries and citrus fruit. The acidic flavor is fruity, tart and tangy. Pretty well-balanced with only very meek sweetness. Almost medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Fruity, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On 06/18/2011. Clear pink body with a small frothy white head. Tart cherry and funk aroma. Big sweet cherry flavor with some tart funk notes. Light body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/4/15 3.7 On 07/17/2006. Sampled at RBSG06. 2004 Bottle. Red body with a frothy light pink head. Sweet cherry aroma. Sweet cherry flavor with a malty end. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2006
bb 9 May ’04. Drank in April/May ’06. Sour cherry aroma. Fruity, but very balanced. Reddish, copper color. Flavor is sour cherries, maybe a bit of wood. Finish is mlidly tart, with predominant sour cherries. Enjoyable. Thanks to Rob Beck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Tasty yet one-dimensional with plenty of cherry flavor yet way short on malt complexity to back it up. Mostly some graininess and gentle fructose. Mediocre.

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