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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9745) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Draft. Cheery red beer with a cherry Vicks drops aroma. Tart cherry atste with a nice balancing sweetness, good bodied kriek, close to the belgian style. (June 2004).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
I love the appearance; cherry wood with a lacey covering. smells of a cherry tree in a bottle. It’s got a little earthiness, some tannic tree bark, leaf, blossoms, fruit... I like the effervescence that brings the aroma of cherries all over the palate. A bit of fresh cherry sourness. This really settles down to tasting like Cherry Mash-a great candy by the way. A dry, sparking finish. And then there’s the cherry pits, and the bitter almond, or apricot kernels. I really am delighted with this. I enjoyed it much better then I first remembered it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours turbid pinkish/ruby with floaties. Aroma is huge cherry, with a malt and hop backbone. Tastes very cherry, malty, with a sour, tart finish (more sour than tart). Medium palate. Somewhat dry at the finish...not as sweet as other krieks I’ve had. Very good, but not up there with the New Glaruses and Liefman’s and Lindemans of the world. Very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Sampled today on draught at the brewery. I tried this when it originally came out about a year ago. At that point, I wasn’t as familiar with the Lambic-Kriek style as I am currently am. After tasting krieks from Boon, Oud Beersel, Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen I am no longer very impressed by this brew. Overall, it’s just simply too sweet. Burgundy with a mostly diminishing light pink head. Eye candy to the extreme. The nose is full of overly sweet black cherry pits, medicines and cherry juice. Taste is overly sweet, lacking in character and very one-dimensional. It’s enjoyable to an extent and it does represent the cherry well. This is one of those beers where 4 ounces isn’t enough but 12 ounces is way too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Bottle from CaptainCougar. Interesting story behind the beer itself. Indeed rather sickly sweet, the tart lambic portion that I was hoping for was very muted. Aroma is medicinal cherry with just a hint of tart aroma. Body is medium, somewhat cloying mouthfeel. Very modest carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2004
bottled. probably the best new belgium beer i’ve tasted. pleasant cherry yoghurt and yoghurt aroma. plenty of sweetness - cherry cordial. some lambic tang but also weird citric stuff. just too sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottle: Poured a reddish hazy color beer with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is limited to some sour cherry. Taste is quite simply the Boon Kriek with something else (I guess I should call it the NB ale) added that seems to offset some of the sourness. I thought the idea of mixing lambic with another ale was something new and was looking forward to this experience. After trying this, I wondering if maybe we shouldn’t touch or tamper those wonderful lambic. Overall, this is not bad but doesn’t bring anything new to Boon Kriek.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
Red coloured. Sweet cherry aroma. Ridiculous extremely sweet flavour which kills the lambic complexity. Notes of marzipan. This is waste of lambic in my opinion. Frank Boon’s own Oude Kriek is superior to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
Fine pink head on a clear red body. Quite full and somewhat candied sweet cherry aroma. Flavor is of sweet cherries but has a good sourness in the end. Very flavorfull and smooth. Not at all like the tart Belgian lambics, but as a fruit beer it is very nice and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2004
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill! Cloudy bright red. BValsamic black cherry aroma. Fairly sweet, light bodied with clean rounded mouthfeel. Lightly lemony finish. Nice aroma, but from there on it disappoints - too sweet and lacking in character.

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