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RATINGS: 655   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz bottle pours a deep ruby red witha a tiny white head. Light cherry and sweetness i the nose. Flavor is fruity, lightly sour, medicinal, not very kriek like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, effervescent ruby-red color; thin pinkish head that soon fades to a light covering of bubbles; very bold coloring. Very pleasant cherry juice in the nose; on the sweet side, with a touch of vanilla oakiness and the suggestion of light tartness; not kriek-y, but engaging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tart cherries and cherry juice upfront, followed by light toasty oak and a touch of warming alcohol coming through (just a touch) medium levels of acidity, slightly sharp carbonation; tasty for a fruit beer, lambic-like but more of a hybrid, not as dry as one might like. The cherry juice presence, throughout, is very nice, and hints at something like NG Belgian Red. Not quite there. Medium finish: cherries, light toasty grains, a hint of vanilla oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13622) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland. Pours a beautiful cherry/ruby with a nice pink head. Kind of cooking cherry aroma. Backed by some funky wood. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Not at all funky. Rather sweet cooking cherry. There’s an oxymoron. Somewhat tart, mildly sour. Suddenly some funky woodiness, but not a lot. Seems to bounce back and forth between tart and not so tart. Cherry does pervade everything. Beats the heck out of those overly sweet ales from Lindemans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
22oz Lips of Faith bomber 9/3/09 (Sam’s Wine & Spirits-Downers Grove)-Pours a medium cherry red with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of wood, tartness, cherry, and cough drops without menthol. Taste of tartness and sourness with a bit of cherry thrown in. A bit more sourness than usual for a Kriek but still rather tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2452) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Rating #900. Where the Wild Beers Are. Bottled as Lips of Faith. Pale reddish with ring. Cherry wood aroma with mild funk. Sweet and sour cherry with wood cherry candy more wood and sweet finish. Just ok.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
deyholla (9762) - 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 (9286) - 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 (3014) - 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.

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