RATINGS: 675   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 Boons brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boons offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgiums 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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Thanks to durhambeer for schlepping this one back to me from Bruisin Ales. A fairly lively pour, cough-syrup red with a medium layer of foam and fairly notable carbonation for the style. A slight confection trait in the cherry nose, a hint of medicine and wood lending it a slightly disjointed character. Nice full mouthfeel for sure. But the taste, too, has something missing to me. Attenuated a bit, almost as if itd been aged a year or two too long, with a residual cherry pit quality and a slightly dank finish. About on par with the Dark Kriek, alas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Pretty steep price that has scared me off several times. Their whole Lips of Faith line is really intriguing for is it $15.00 intriguing? Well, at least for Thanksgiving it was. The beer pours out a beautfiul blood red body with a tight pink head. Reminded me in many ways of their Frambozen in terms of the color. Aroma has a sweet-tart like candy cherry aroma, ascorbic acid meets black cherry ice cream. Flavor has a nice blend of sweet and tart, again list a candy but the tartness level is ratched up a bit. Finishes a bit sweet but with a nice twang to it. A nice kriek to introduce someone to the style. Not overly acidic or tart, but not cloyingly sweet either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (7164) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle or should I say bottles a 2004 vintage 12oz and a new 22oz lips of faith. I am dont know how to rate this so I will just do a over view. new one first. Pours out red with a pink head. Aroma of light funk, cherries, and some tartness. Taste much the same. 2004 pours out more clear with a small head. Aroma was of sweet cherries and light tartness. Taste more of the sweetness and some wood. Thanks Toby and ditmier for the side by side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Lips of Faith Transatlantique @Tampa Wkly Gathering-22oz bottleThanks seabass-pours an off white ring for a head and red color. Aroma is dry, yeasty, medium malt, cherry. Taste is tart cherry, medium malt, vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2009
bomber 8% consumed 9/6/09. clear watered down cherry juice colored pour with a short lived white head. a sweet cherry smell sticks out in front of a musty basement-like stink... other notes include grass, wet wood, flowers and some spiciness. the palate is surprisingly dry throughout yet it shows a nice level of fruitiness. flavors of cherry, cinnamon-like spiciness, flowers, cream and must dominate. it is tart and dry but nowhere near sour. a dry herbaceous numbing quality keeps the flavor from becoming too one dimensional. medium bodied with a sharp mouth feel which smoothes to become creamy as it warms up. 7/3/7/3/14/3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009 Fruity aroma. Copper red coloured a little sour and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pours a very lovely cherry red into a champagne flute. No lasting head. Aroma of pure dark cherries. This "beer" would be so much better if the cherry taste lasted all the way through. Unfortunately, an odd, unwelcome, crappy lager feel works its way into the beginning of the flavor (tough the rest of each taste is great). Appropriate carbonation and a great mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
The pour was brown with lots of red highlights. A short ring of off-white foam appeared and there was a touch of lacing. The aroma was vinegar, malt and cherries. The flavor was more vinegar and wood than sour cherry. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. OK. Became a bit laborious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
22oz. Bottle (As "Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek" at 8%ABV): Aroma of cherries, funk, light cheese, and lambic. Poured purple/ruby/magenta in color with a tiny, purple head that disappeared very quickly. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium tart. Tastes of cherries, light medicine, funk, light acetic acid, Ludens cherry cough drops, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Cherry, funk, and slight medicine finish. 8%ABV is not noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
FoBAB 09. pours clear red with pink head. nose is very grainy, odd and bland. flavor is sourish, grainy, mild cherry notes.

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