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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Pours clear, vivid red, with a one-finger pink head, good lacing. Strong sour cherry aroma, with some biscuit, grass and light floral notes. Medium-light body, tart and zesty, lightly dry. Pronounced sour cherry flavor, lighter and more approachable than a traditional kriek, with some biscuit, spice and grass. Medium sour and lightly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced and well blended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle from Papago. Pours like cranberry juice with a rosy pink head. Looks gorgeous. Smells of gym socks and tart cherries. Reminds me of IHOP cherry pancake topping in flavor, unfortunately, but has a soothing effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle, from Liquor World, opened for pre-birthday celebrations. Pretty cranberry red, smallish white layer of bubbles. Buttery vanilla cake, old-fashioned cherry candy, thrift store wool sweaters. Lemon pepper sourness, menthol, bit of DMS, cherry liqueur finish. I like this, but I like the Boon part of this more than the New Belgium part, and it feels like the overall impact is sort of dampened, rather than augmented, by the blending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
22ozbomber, no date--however it is the Lips of Faith from í09. Also had on tap in July @ the brewery as well as a sample from a kind fellow that had a retired bottle two years ago. Pours a clear pinkish red with a 1 1/2 finger pink head, low retention. Aroma is loaded with cherry skins and cherry Juicy Juice with some light leather behind. Flavor continues with the only addition being alcohol--I donít recall this in the 12oz sample. Ah, this is reformulated almost 2% stronger. Whatever--it didnít improve because of this. Sourness peaked @ a 2-3, and it was only cherry tartness. Light carbonation with a medium body. Underwhelming, but not bad--just another meh from the Lips of Faith bombers--however I do enjoy this more than the Dark Kriek.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bomber. Pours a distinct red color, but very light and clear with a small white head. Definitely a sour cherry aroma and a little lambic funk, but itís backed by a strange off aroma that I canít quite place. Surely from the lager, though. The flavor opens with a little cherry and tartness, but overall itís lost somewhere between sweet and tart. Itís an indistinct beer, rather unclear of what it wants to be. Itís a shame that NB couldnít have just brought over the Boon kriek, rebottled it, and sold it to us pure, because the lager doesnít seem to have much to add here aside from watering down the kriek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz bottle pours a deep ruby red witha a tiny white head. Light cherry and sweetness i the nose. Flavor is fruity, lightly sour, medicinal, not very kriek like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, effervescent ruby-red color; thin pinkish head that soon fades to a light covering of bubbles; very bold coloring. Very pleasant cherry juice in the nose; on the sweet side, with a touch of vanilla oakiness and the suggestion of light tartness; not kriek-y, but engaging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tart cherries and cherry juice upfront, followed by light toasty oak and a touch of warming alcohol coming through (just a touch) medium levels of acidity, slightly sharp carbonation; tasty for a fruit beer, lambic-like but more of a hybrid, not as dry as one might like. The cherry juice presence, throughout, is very nice, and hints at something like NG Belgian Red. Not quite there. Medium finish: cherries, light toasty grains, a hint of vanilla oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13510) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland. Pours a beautiful cherry/ruby with a nice pink head. Kind of cooking cherry aroma. Backed by some funky wood. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Not at all funky. Rather sweet cooking cherry. Thereís an oxymoron. Somewhat tart, mildly sour. Suddenly some funky woodiness, but not a lot. Seems to bounce back and forth between tart and not so tart. Cherry does pervade everything. Beats the heck out of those overly sweet ales from Lindemans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3720) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
22oz Lips of Faith bomber 9/3/09 (Samís Wine & Spirits-Downers Grove)-Pours a medium cherry red with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of wood, tartness, cherry, and cough drops without menthol. Taste of tartness and sourness with a bit of cherry thrown in. A bit more sourness than usual for a Kriek but still rather tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2419) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Rating #900. Where the Wild Beers Are. Bottled as Lips of Faith. Pale reddish with ring. Cherry wood aroma with mild funk. Sweet and sour cherry with wood cherry candy more wood and sweet finish. Just ok.

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