RATINGS: 678   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 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

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jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
From a bottle poured ruby color with a small amount of head. Nice slightly tart flavor with a quick finish.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Bomber. Pours crystal clear, the color of red grape juice. A small, foamy, light pink head is quick to fade, leaving just minimal spotting behind on the glass. The nose booms with fresh, sweet, subtly tart cherries, followed by faint hints of vanilla and sweet cereal grain mash. Though it’s not prominent, there’s a bit of a weird, eggy sort of note in there, almost like cooked egg whites, which serves as a bit of a turnoff for me. Flavors are sweeter than I care for, sugary cherries showing little tartness or zip. The grain notes are mostly fresh, but the barrel character simply isn’t there. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and sweet on the tongue, the palate is a disappointment. Overall, it’s a solid fruit beer if that’s something you’re in to. Unfortunately, it’s something that I am not.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Name: LoF Transatlantaque Kriek
Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bottleworks, Seattle
Appearance: cloudy dark red, fine pink head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and tart cherry aroma, lots of mustyness, nice woodyness
Flavor: rich cherry flavor, cherry sweetness with light balancing tartness, mustyness starts off light and grows as it warms, light wood, long tart finish
Overall: the complexity of this beer keeps it balanced without any one flavor or sweetness taking over
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Nice beer a lot. Reddish pour with a pink head. Lots of cherries and tartness on the nose. The flavor is certainly acidic but not overly so. sour cherries and wood with some residual sweetness. Nice job NB.

Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Courtesy of sebletitje. It pours amber with pink-purple hues and white pinkish hued foam head. The aroma is fruit cake, cherries, a dash of cream soda and malts. The taste has a modestly sharp tart note that sort of becomes raspberry fruit tartness. It gets sweeter and a bit sticky by midway. It then evens out into the finish.

mar (5445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
sample at a beerfest. pink/red with a light pink head. nose is cherries, sugar and a light tartness. nice palate with a flavor of cherry and sugar with no tartness.

ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Sampled an origianal 12 oz (thanks petecz!) next to a Lips of Faith Bomber (thanks Toby!)...I’ll start with and rate the Lips of Faith Bomber - Pours neon red with a large pink head...aroma is cherry and slight funk, tart...flavour is pretty tame, sour cherries and seltzer water, dusty and dry, but nothing too resembling of kriek...

12oz bottle from 2004 was a whole different animal...universally different...pours out clear orange with a small off white head...aroma is massively sweet cherry, old wood...flavour is earthy fruit, lightly sweet malt and dust, tart but not sour...this one was slightly better...

tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours a pale red with a pink head.
Nose is faint marachino cherries.
Taste is not very sour at all, mostly just a carbonated light cherry soda.

jrob21 (3835) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle from ditmier. Lips of faith version.. Pours a delicious looking cherry soda kind of red. With the carbonation and everything you really would think it is cherry soda. Bretty wild yeast aroma with a bit of red fruit smells as well. Flavor is slightly sour at first but it fades pretty quickly. Further back on the palate you get a pretty significant cherry flavor with a touch of sweetness. Points for looks here but after the cherry I am not picking up much else happening with the beer. Very drinkable though and nice to try.

tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
Odd but interesting beer reddish hued champagne like beer. nose is funky with lotsa cherry funky lambic flavors but slightly muted.

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