New Belgium Brewing Transatlantique Kriek
What the brewers say
“Transatlantique Kriek’s 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.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Sweet cherry and light horse blanket with some earthy spice charac- ter and tartness.”
Flavor: “Funky fruit character—the notes of sweet cherries with tart cherries are very present. Smooth mouthfeel from carbonation. Moderate carbonation carries the low cherry notes throughout the sip and into the linger that is medi- um lasting. Cherry note is very pleasant mixed with just the right amount of sweetness. Nice and juicy but not too sweet. The tartness is present but not overpowering and adds complexity.”
Overall: “Very enjoyable, refreshing, and approachable. The cherry notes are well balanced but the beer overall was not quite as vibrant as others in the group. Dark fruit character and a bit of astringency. This beer is juicy, has good cherry flavor and tartness—all of which are not so overly bold to scare someone away.”
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