Following the brewery’s announcement last year of a new addition to its Lips of Faith series, New Belgium has released TransAtlantique Kriek, a Belgium style kriek beer. This week, the new release finally arrived at San Francisco and can be found in local Whole Foods Market stores. It has not reached Sacramento area.
The Belgium Kriek beer is made by brewing lambic style beer with sour cherries. The traditional Morello cherry (Prunus cerasus) is the best, but other varieties with better availability are used as well by some brewers. The development of TransAtlantique Kriek started in Belgium’s Boon Brewery as an authentic lambic style beer. After 2-years’ aging, the beer traveled across the Atlantic Ocean (thus the name) to arrive at Colorado and was mixed with a golden ale at New Belgium. The concoction is a reddish, light-bodied beer (8% ABV, sold in 22-oz bottles) that the brewer claims to pair well with steak. The cherry flavor is noticeable but, in general, the beer did not reach the level of a first-class fruit lambic.