Transatlantique Kriek (Lips of Faith) 2015
By Chris Anderson
New Belgium Brewing Collaboration with Brouwerij Oud Beersel, Belgium to bring you an outstanding and unique brew for special occasions. I have always loved New Belgium Brewing after discovering them in 1999 while in Denver and was excited to taste this one. I sat on a 22oz bottle of this for a few months and discovered that New Years Eve was going to be the night that I tried this beer for the first time. Out with the old year, and In with the New Year with the promise of health, happiness, and great beer!
A little background about this brew, Oud Beersel sent a size able amount of their cherry lambic across the pond for New Belgium to experiment with. New Belgium in turn decided to blend the lambic with their own golden lager. Transatlantique Kriek (Began in Oak Barrels in the Lemeek Region of Belgium) is Lambic ale fermented with sour cherries and pours bright red and looks similar to juice that you would have in your refrigerator. The beer is a bit sour with notes of cherry. The fruitiness or its sour-ness is not what defines this beer, but the blend of the golden lager which gives it a nice malt background. It’s not a flavor bomb, but it is amazingly refreshing and could be enjoyed year round, especially in the summer. Even at 8%ABV, it drinks light and is absolutely wonderful.
New Belgium Brewery is located in Ft. Collins, Colorado, a great town where I spent a month in 1987 and loved every minute of my visit. Please visit them at newbelgium.com or on Twitter @newbelgium. They also have a new facility opening in Asheville, NC this year, and I hope to visit them in April and will be back with a full report from my journey.
I give this Brew a 4.75 out of 5 Keg Rating.
Drink it up, this one’s for you, Cheers!