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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 Boonís brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boonís offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgiumís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - 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 doesnít 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 shouldnít negate the fantastic flavor. Big and interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Smells and looks quite nice. And wow is the cherry flavor noticeable. More ciderish than beerlike, but thatís ok. Pretty sour brew, but can be enjoyed in moderation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tasted several times at brewery. The first time, it had a heavy buttery flavor that made it taste like cherries and buttered popcorn. However, the subsequent times have been much smoother with the pleasantly assertive cherry flavor and nose. Awesome clear red color and head. I hope this continues to be made for a long time to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
By the pint. Delightful reddish color and an slightly red head. Smells of sour, cherries. Tastes of cherries, and not in that disgustingly sweet way. These cherries are good, this beer is sour and dry and quenches a thirst on a hot summer day. Wish i could get this one were i live.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
This brewer kicks butt. Nice subtle cherries are kept in check by weak malts, rounding out in a nice fruity flavor that goes perfect after a hard day doing whatever. Nice floral aftertaste keeps it from being toooo sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2005
body is cloudy, rusty, ruddish color. short foamy off-white head, faintly pink. aroma is a mild sour cherry. flavor is mildly sour, and fainter cherry. sweet malt is there, did they blend with fat tire? finish is dryish. unique blend, I do like it. I love 50/50 blends of many sorts. many raters are comparing this to kreik lambics, which this is not, itís a fuit beer. thin layer of lacing all up the glass. thanks BBB63!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Iím not huge on lambics, but this seems to have everything in the right places for a kriek - attractive, deep red color - very musty aroma, with juicy cherries, lots of yeast - quite sour, but not as mouth puckering as other lambics Iíve had - a very woody character, lots of yeast again - kind of a thin finish, but still the mouth stays watering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2005
I picked this up when I visited Devner for the 03 GABF. Clear, cherry red. If you are quick enough to catch it, there is a pink head. This thing smells real good. Tart cherries. The tast is hard for me to handle. The cherry is there, but the sour hit me like a ton of bricks. I just donít care too much for it. Light to medium body. Lack of carbonatoin give the preception of a fuller body. This beer may be for some people, but not me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2005
Wow, this is one rich flavored beer. Reminds me of eating cheery sours when I was a kid ícept this is sweet. Very very cherry flavored. Too much so for me. Some beer flavor wouldíve been nice.

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