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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Like a collaboration between New Belgium and Jolly Rancher. This beer should have come wrapped in plastic. Smells like a strawberry shake, tastes like a bad cherry / raspberry smoothie. Dilute, weak, and just all-around not worth it. Charging $14/bottle is like asking for your first born for this - NB has some great brews. This is decidedly not one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Nice kriek. New Belgium should get rid of their shite beers and just stick with lambics and sours. Fruity and tart, with a nice cherry presence. Very light bodied, almost like a dry white wine, and at 8%, the alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods in Los Altos. Red in color with a light pink head. Aroma is tart cherries, funk, and butter. Flavor is cherries - tart but not as much as other krieks, funk, and buttered popcorn. Yes, buttered popcorn. Not exactly the flavor most brewers aim for in a kriek. Not too bad tasting overall, but that flavor is a little odd. Body medium to light. Overall, my girlfriend liked it and I thought it was ok. Everyone else...not so much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
bottle, cough syrup red with pink foam, aroma of light cherry, pastry, flavors of weak sour cherry, strawberry jello, weak finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Aroma is of sweat, cherries, butter, and is more or less unpleasant all the way through unless you really strain your senses to only take in the cherry notes. Scrizz says bile, I would tend to agree. Pours bright juicy red with a pinkish bubbly head. The flavor is full of buttery diacetyl, sweat, funk - in a bad way and nice cherry notes. The cherry flavor comes through on the mid to back palate and is the best part of the beer(which is why I am giving it a 4 in aroma and 5 in flavor). If it just tasted like the cherries it would be great, instead they went and fucked it up by blending it with some shit ass beer. Easy to drink if it tasted good. Really I usually like and finish most everything I drink, even Bud Light during a softball game, but this one I could not finish. Ughh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle, acquired in Washington. Juice like red pour, looks watery, with no head. Aroma is a little sour cherries, not much depth. Flavor is the same, watery like cranberry juice, with light sourness and medicinal / herbal elements as well. Not very "fresh" tasting fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Pinkish hue, pinky white head. Sweet bile aroma, like you followed someone in the bathroom after they ate the wrong berries in the wild. Wow. Sweet, gross, cough syrup, but amazingly drinkable though I don’t like it. I don’t even understand it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle/ Pours light fizzy red, with a light pink head that dissipates quickly. Taste is initially really sweet cherry, with little tartness or bitterness to balance. As it warms, it picks up some more nuances of sourness and old leather, but still a little sweet. Not as good as the "Dark Kriek’ version, but pretty decent @ cellar temp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2009
On tap. Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown hued amber with a nice foamy head that settled nicely and left light lacing. A deep aroma of tart cherries with some light malt and oakiness. Taste is sharply tart at the start, with sour cherries dominating the taste, which then mellows in the middle, and ends with a little tart kick. Finishes rather dry with a moderatel bitterness. Very balanced nothing to overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Clear dark rose with light, creamy pink head / Mild nose of fermented cherries / Medium body, mildly tart and creamy, with good balance and finish / Flavors of fermented cherries, strawberries, and cream, with oak and brett notes / Good enough, but young and simple.

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