GarrettB (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 May 12th, 2013 - New Belgiumís Lips of Faith Trans-Atlantique revives a style from long ago in New Belgiumís repertoire. I remember one of the first breweries I looked up on Ratebeer back in 2007 was NB. I wanted to know how my beer training was stacking up against New Belgiumís history of products. Not well, it seemed. The beers that were for sale and that I had sampled occupied only a sliver of the whole list, and what I regretted not trying the most was the Trans-Atlantique Kriek, a style I thought was far and away in the old world. But here was a local homegrown hero that made an attempt at it, and I missed the boat by a few years. Fast forward to 2013 and its out again (this is my second tasting), and I finally get to live the dream. The color of the kriek reminds me of Hawaiian Punch in every way, a kind of electric red and cloudy, topped with a mottled head. The aroma is loose and rarefied, and a bit soapy too. Thereís an artificial fruit flavor like watermelon candies, which appear in the flavor too. The palate is flat like mineral water thatís been left out a little long, unsweetened and dilute, with more of those inexpensive fruit flavors with touches of watermelon and strawberry. All in all, I was a little disappointed, thinking thereíd be something here that was bolder or more flavorful. But thatís the way it goes with high expectations that have been aged over years.
New Belgiumís Trans-Atlantique Kriek completes a kind of circle for me. My first beer that deviated from one of the popular American craft breweries main commercial lines was a New Belgium - a prototype of a chamomile beer New Belgium was testing at their Ft. Collins brewpub. The Trans-Atlantique Kriek is a kind of capstone on that experience. It, like the La Folie, sits aloof from the other six-pack varietals, appealing more to the hobbyist than the refined party goer. After a drawn out bottle opening and a pour, I take in a deep pomegranate red beer that culls little head from its straight drop from bottle to glass. The aroma is sensationally strong with wassail - a kind of cranberry, pomegranate, cinnamon and alcohol medley that, while not pungent itself, indicates it is taking cues from a beloved holiday drink. The flavor leaves a better impression. Amber flavors, with deeply kilned malts, float in a larger atmosphere of cinnamon, wassail, a brief glint of orange and a whisper of kriek sourness. But by and large the Trans-Atlantique Kriek invests most heavily in caramel and apple flavors, with that stick of cinnamon for good, light measure. Good drinking, but still dwarfed by La Folie.
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of vasdef42.
Pours reddish, white head.Aroma some tart cherries, and nice sweet nose.
Flavor, glacť cherries, light tart mouthfeel, hints of chocolate with abv adding a nice finish.
Very straightforward with intense cherry palate, easy to drink and hints of booze and tart fruit finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Has more of a fermented floral and some fruit on the nose. Red body with pinkish color to a mainly white head. Flavor was tart with some decent fresh fruit and also the fermented fruits in the mix. Dry tart sweet aftertaste really lingers on the palate.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Rating #257. Pours a dark rosy pink color with a light pink head. Nice light cherry aroma. Not a huge flavor, just a slight cherry flavor, and a hint of sweetness, nothing special. (1028)
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whether or not this is authentic belgian flavor, I donít know but it was sharp bitter and over carbonated for my taste. Just not a good flavor.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lips of Faith Bottle from Binnyís south loop. Bright & hazy pink pour. Fizzy white head and a short lived drippy lace. Oak, leather, and cherry on the nose. Not too sweet, not too tart. Still really pretty good
HonkeyBra (4033) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours red with a pink head. Aroma of cherries, light sourness, some caramel. Flavor is cherries, somewhat tart. I like that NB is trying to make better beers. As a fruit beer, this is alright.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks ucusty for sharing. Pours a bright clean red with a thin soft pink head. Nose of sweet cherries, tart cherry skins, mildly acidic, pie spices, some almond. Flavor is similar, cherry skin, mildly tart, nice cherry pie flavor. Mild tartness on the palate.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ucusty. Thanks Dave. Ruby red with a small white spotty head. Nose is cherry, vinegar, oak, tannins. Flavor is a nice blend of tart and sweet cherries with a pleasant, dry finish. Pretty good actually.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tasted 9/19/09 at the Black Clover Beerfest. I originally thought this was Dark Kriek, since it was Lips of Faith, but I saw the turquoise LoF bottle for Transatlantique and instantly recognized it.
This was the worst beer of the evening by a long shot. I like New Belgium, and can tolerate many fruit beers, but this one was incredibly off-putting. Sickly fuschia color with almost no head.
Sweet aroma seems pretty inviting with the cherry, raw sugar, and an oaky twist. It all goes downhill very quickly once this hits the tongue, with a brutal sour bitterness (not at all from hops) and a raspberry blast like a sour patch candy. Unbearable mix of tea leaves and unripened raspberry aftertaste made this an instant pitch.