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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 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 (1942) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a clear pink, strange, and settles out to a cranberry color with a white/pink fine small froth 3.5. Aroma reminds me a bit of their Dark Kriek, cherries, pie crust, grainy, pool water, some tartness and acidity, again, the aroma is a bit at odds. Can totally smell the boon kriek in there (which I also had recently). Bah... I bet I could make this at home... blend some NB with some Boon... done. This beer is not as good as Boon Kriek and probably not as good as the NB beer by itself either. I have the same issues here as I had with the Dark Kriek. The increased alcohol is dull on the tongue, grainy, earthy, some off-putting bitterness, pool-water, some tartness but lighter cherry flavor, some light pie-crust/yeast, not too terribly sweet. Medium/light bodied with softer but nice fizzy carbonation, not sticky, lightly syrupy in the finish, alcohol numbs the tongue a bit. I really dig the idea, but the point is to make a beer greater than the sum of its parts not worse... Nice looking bottle though. This is the kind of beer that makes me angry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bloody red color. Aroma was strawberry, cherry, sweet tarts, perfume, brett. Thin to medium body. Taste was cherries, melon, mildly sweet caramel, a very mellow pleasent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Stone Sourfest. Super bright pomegranite colored in the glass with a fun fizzy head. Nose is sugar sweet. Taste hits the palate high in the mouth. Fresh. Sharp, high tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottled on 6-25-09. Lips of Faith version, 8% ABV. Pours a sparkling clear, very red ruby color and a pale pink, average, creamy, frothy head which is mostly lasting and leaves tight, drippy lace. Nose is simple and pleasant with cherry being dominant; bing cherries and light sour cherries, some cake-like notes, and faint oak and floral notes. Flavor is much of the same with cherries being more sweet than tart, almost cherry juice-like, angel food cake sits below all the fruity notes, and faint notes of oak casks and musty funk. Palate is nice being soft, silky, lightly chewy, and medium. Finishes mostly sweet with underlying sour cherries and oak. This borders on being too sweet but carries just enough oak and tart lambic notes. Not the most complex of beers but certainly very drinkable for a fruit beer and an 8% beer. I am curious what the original would have tasted like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Stone sour ale fest 09. Pours a bright red color with pink head. Sweet fruit, cherries, and some hitns of funk and oak. It’s alright, not very complex and a bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Stone Sour Fest 09. Decent kriek, with typical kriek characteristics, but nothing really stands out about the beer. Thin character, beyond the typical tart and cherry flavors. Drinkable, but not necessarily desirable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2009
2009 Bottle 8.0 percent abv. Appearance: Pours like a glass of cranberry juice cocktail. No head or trace of a head whatsoever. You can see a few bubbles here and there rising from the clear maroon body. Aroma: Fruity berry/cherry-ness. Taste: Tart cherries, cherry pie filling without the sugar, dry wine, spices, finishing with a tart berry bitterness. Mouthfeel: Very fizzy, a little sticky and puckering. Overall: A great, fruity, tart beer with some kick to it. Unlike a familiar fruit lambic, this has some character, some sourness, a little bite, and a nice level of sparking wine carbonation.

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