“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.”
I picked this up because my wife loves it. She’s only had it once and that was on tap when we visited the New Belgium brewery. I myself enjoyed it also. While I don’t enjoy sweeter beers a whole lot, I prefer the lambic side of the category. Lambic can be some what complex. When I first tried this one I thought it wonderful for a lambic. It had so many different levels.Now into the glass this time. Poured into the glass with a very minimal head. Cherries dominate the nose. Taste, well, it tasted much better the first time I had it. It just tasted flat this time. Flat seems to be a trend with Bevmo beers lately. No carbonation at all. Once it got warmer it was a lot better. If you happen to visit New Belgium, try it there, don’t buy it.