bruce09 (2) - USA - NOV 14, 2005 does not count
The best beer myself or my girlfriend have ever tasted. I have been a big New Belgium fan and finally was able to visit the brewry last year. We pick up some transatlantique and couldn’t believe it. The color and taste is amazing. Drink it outside in the summer! It’s perfect. pubscout (30) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Eek! Transatlantique Kriek?
New Belgium Brewing’s (Ft. Collins, CO) Jeff Lebesch is nothing if not innovative. I mean, the guy’s been powering his brewing operation with wind for the past five years, fer chrissake.
Comes now out of NBBC a blended beer made in cooperation with Brouwerij Boon in Belgium. Blended beer of course is nothing new, as Black and Tan fans and patrons of McSorley’s Old Ale House in NYC well know.
But this baby is different. The Belgian brewer (Frank Boon) makes the kriek lambic, ages it for two years in oaken casks and then ships it—refrigerated—to Colorado. There NBBC’s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert marries it with a specially made Belgian style golden ale.
The result, folks, is orgasmic. But be prepared. This is not Lindemann’s Kriek Lambic, a great dessert beer, but far sweeter than TK. TK’s color is gorgeous—must be the Polish Cherries—and it looks like it will be sweet to the taste. It is, however, decidedly unsweet at the start. Every sip, however, yields a delightfully delicate sweetness in the finish that makes this beer a must have for true lambic lovers. And use the right glass to catch that wonderful cherry nose. Best to drink it at home, too, because at 6.3% ABV, it packs a punch, and I guarantee you’ll want more than one at a sitting and not just with dessert.
So what’s up with the title of this review if the beer is so darned good? Easy. I absolutely adore this beer, but it scares the bejeebers out of me. Because I know if this stuff was readily available in the Northeast, I’d be drinking it all the time, wondering why I was walking around in a state of euphoria and watching my pants size multiply exponentially.
An authentic, aged Belgian Lambic sent across nearly five thousand miles of planet to be mated with an American Belgian-style golden ale?
Who’d a thunk it?
New Belgium, that’s who.
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Beautiful deep cranberry red with a pink head. Huge tart cherry smell with slight funk behind the aroma. Big sour cherry taste a little sweet but finishes with a light cherry after taste. supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Pours a beautiful ruby red with a light fizzy head. Cherry aromas dominate. Not overly sweet, great sour flavor. The floral NB portion takes the palate for an enjoyable ride, with the Belgian Kriek finishing the experience. Overall, I love this beer.... Derrick17 (10) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
I had this beer to toast at my wedding with. I thought the theme of two Ale’s comming together was cool as I was getting married.
I love the bright cherry in this beer, and the smooth finnish. I got some of the last of it almost a year before our wedding and sat on it.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours cranberry red with a light pink head. Fruity aroma. Tastes of cherry and candy with a tartness. Pretty drinkable and refreshing.
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Strong aroma of tart cherry. Appearance is clear with a bright pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin residual head and mild lace on the glass. Taste is sweet initially settling to sour leaving a pleasant sourness on the middle back of the tongue. Not a a strong barnyard flavor as you might find in a traditional lambic, but it is very pleasant. Carbonation is pleasantly soft with the traditionally light small bubbles reminiscent of champagne. This is an excellent evening companion. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours Kool-Aid red, white ring. Scent of fresh cherry juice. Up front there is a rich cherry juice flavor. Followed by a layer of tart cherry flavor. Finishes with a fresh fruit character, slightly sweet. Very well blended, Very full flavored, medium bodied. (3691) coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Delicious kriek. Sour on the palate with a strong cherry aftertaste. Pour is red with a thin head. jzzbassman (1618) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 Re-Rate: Liked this one even better the second time.
Wow - looks like cherry seven up with a beautiful pinkish head. Tart, lots of cherry, and really drinkable. I will be searching for more of these.