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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 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark red with minimal head. Aroma was full of cherry notes, reminded me a bit of kool-aid. Flavor followed up the aroma with a kool-aid like flavor. Wasn’t really tart and wasn’t really sweet, kind of watered down. Seemed to be situated between a sweet kriek and a sour kriek. I really didn’t enjoy it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bomber courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks Big J! Pours clear maroon with a 2 finger foamy pink head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is cherry candy coughdrops I ate as a kid. The taste is cherry skins, lemon peel and a weird medicinal finish. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Everything is fine but the finish. That loses style points for me. Thanks for the bottle J!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9075) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle at the Where the Wild Beers are event. Pours a clear kool-aid red with touches of white head. Cherries, light isopropyl, vinegar, and acid. Medium body, light cherry, light sour and lactic. Finishes with some crisp tartness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 On tap at the brewery on 7/18/09 as part of Lips of Faith series. Pours a bright red with a beautiful pink head. Cherry aroma with hints of lavendar and lily with a touch of bread. Great amount of sourness that doesn’t leave your cheeks tired from puckering. Incredible sweet cherry aftertaste. This is a great kriek!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3003) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Magenta pour with a light pink head that left nothing in terms of lacing. Aroma is Bing cherries, lemon zest, and a little funky sourness. Flavor is somewhat medicinal (Luden’s cough drops) with cherry Jolly Rancher pucker, vanilla, oak, and light barnyard. A little thin...not bad and highly drinkable for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
22 oz bottle split with my girlfriend and purchased from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a bright juice red, small pink head that dissipates quickly and leaves faint film on the corners of the glass, very minimal lacing. Aromas are a touch sweet and tart cherries, a touch of lambic goodness with faint dry and wild feeling. Largely, tame cherry light on flavor fairly light bodied with small tartness, a bit of light dryness, oaky qualities, wet wood. A touch tangy, this is ok, and I’m happy it’s not a cloying sweet bomb, the sweetest part being a bit in the coating it leaves. But, it’s a bit underbodied and underflavored. Forgetful, largely. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Brilliant copper/red color with a pink head. Mild vanilla and cherry aromas. Smooth medium body. Rich cherry cream pie flavors with pickled cherries, rich vanilla, sweet bready malts and some wood. Very nice cherry essence here. Draft@ Brouwers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle. Gorgeous clear ruby-red without much head but lots of carbonation. Sweet and sour aroma, mild cherry fruitiness. Flavor is a bit disappointing. Pretty bland, with only the subtlest hint of sourness. Light alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, thick for the style. The aftertaste is dominated by oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Pours red/pink and clear with a thin pink head. Lightly sour aroma with cherry in the nose. The flavor isn’t overpowering, a little bit of cherry, little sour. Interesting, but nothing incredible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1651) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bomber. Very red, clear, with no head-beautiful color. I had the original version but took no notes. I will compare from memory. This one has a very sweet, cherry, medicinal nose. Taste: Bitter, not a sweet as the nose, a bit astringent, very carbonated, with a subtle wood flavor. A bit cloying. I remember the original being much lighter on the palate and very easy to drink. There were more subtle flavors in the original. This is not the same beer by far. I can drink this but would not go out of my way for it. Hard to rate as there are some good qualities here-but this is not anywhere near a world class Kriek. The original-I sought after wildly and cried for days after my last bottle was gone.

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