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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5063) - 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 (9388) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Sampled at the Yeha. Poured a pale pink with a white head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate covered cherries. Taste is tart cherry, a mix of sweet and sour. Not half bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Beautiful red color with CO2 bubbles rising to the surface aggressively and a fat, tight-bubbled, strawberry colored head. Aroma of tart cherries and a subdued brettanomyces that underpins, does not overwhelm, but lacks a lot of the complexity of a Belgian fruit beer. Flavor is a subdued Kriek lambic. It has the character of a producer of a classic, dry kriek (not the knarley sweet ones) but is diminished. Sometimes a dry kriek can be overly bracing and challenging, I think this is a good transition from a sweet fruit beer to a more dry style. Me like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bruce09 (2) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
The best beer myself or my girlfriend have ever tasted. I have been a big New Belgium fan and finally was able to visit the brewry last year. We pick up some transatlantique and couldn’t believe it. The color and taste is amazing. Drink it outside in the summer! It’s perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 28, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!) Well, this pours pink-red in color and fully cloudy, not too far away from looking like red grapefruit juice. The pink-white head pours to over an inch in height and takes several minutes to settle to a thin layer, and while doing so, is leaving a curtain of very decorative lace on the glass. The highly aromatic nose is wonderful, tart cherries bursting forth to pleasure my olfactory senses. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t deliver on the promise of the aroma. Yes, the beer starts off with plenty of tart cherry, but as soon as I swallow the beer, the aftertaste turns bitter, metallic and slightly grainy. Personally, I think that has to be from the "New Belgium Ale" they blend into the kriek, and it ruins what starts out to be a really nice cherry beer. Carbonation is lively and with the tanginess, is quite refreshing on the palate. Body is light-medium, but it finishes quite watery. Boy, talk about a beer falling apart at the end. Looks great, smells wonderful, tastes pretty good too, but the finish is terrible. Such a shame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
Explosive. Very sour cherry flavor, but not too sweet. ALmost comes across as more of a cider than a beer, only with cherry flavor. When drinking it I could never quite connect the flavor to the word "beer", but that shouldn’t negate the fantastic flavor. Big and interesting.

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