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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 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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4.6
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.

4.5
jzzbassman (1638) - 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.

4.4
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Thanx acro... The beer has a scarlet coloration, with lots of large and active bubbles. The smell is that of extremly sweet cherries, it's a deep smell not cheap as in some beers I've tried. There is also the slight hint of the hops that were used along with perhaps a slight cedar smell. The flavor is sweet/tart cherries, followed by a bitter puckering finish, the palate and texture are whole, not too thin, and not too thick. Excellent job New Belgium!.

4.4
lemonlovr (191) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Thanks for the shout out, acrodizer. Yes, I also tasted this while on my GABF 2003 trip. This beer had an appealing sweet cherry aroma. The coloration was a beautiful ruby-like hue. The flavor is sour-sweet and dominated of course by the cherry lambic. The finish is slightly hoppy and compliments the sour/sweetness very well. The palate was suprisingly full and the beer wasn't too thick or thin - just right. Kudos to New Belgium on an excellent multi-national brew.

4.4
joet (2675) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Delicious. None of the typical flaws of being too sweet or artificially fruity. Some complexity in a touch of musty old basement and fruit. Really remarkable. A clear red slightly rusty - sparkling pink foam. Beautiful label is worth an appearance point.

4.4
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Great ale. Red pink in color. Very flavorful. Fruity aroma almost like cough syrup. Lots of cherries. Really pleasant.

4.4
SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Pours red with small pink fizz. Smells strongly of cherries. Taste is tart, fruity, cherry, and a little bit of oak. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek finishes with a soft oak dryness.

4.3
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Beautiful and brightly red with a pinkish-hued head -- as sexy as a cherry-red Corvette. Big-bubbled, champagne-like head fades, but a healthy ring lingers until the end. Large, wafting notes of cherries and vanilla in the nose. Mouthfeel was very smooth and thickish up front; became more carbonated near the finish. Tingly and sugary with an underlying cherry sweetness. Tangy, sour, tart and citric with some bitterness blended in. Sour flavors tightened the insides of my cheeks and made my mouth water uncontrollably. Occasional nips of alchohol, but they blended away into a sea of saltiness. Cherry aromas were evident throughout; though, not overdone (I don't like overly fruity beers). I have to say, I really enjoyed the cherry flavors. Cherry flavors, by the way, were very fresh-tasting, wholesome and rounded. No artificial fruit flavors at all. This beer really seemed to improve as it warmed. Even had some woodsy characteristics. Zingy, flavorful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer and I applaud New Belgium for making yet another fine beer, as well as having the courage to attempt an unprecedented beer like this.

4.3
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bomber. Pours a beautiful cherry red with a thin pink head. Aroma of cherry pie. Dough and tart cherries. Yummy. Nice tart cherry flavor. Tartness subsides and then comes a sweet finish. Good carbonation. Very cherry all over. Awesome fruit beer. Not too sweet and not too tart. Love this!


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