New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek

New Belgium Brewing Company

USA

If it's not something you have very often, and it probably isn't, it's hard to prepare yourself for a kriek. You know it's going to be tart and fruity, smelling it does nothing but reinforce that expectation, yet it still always takes me aback just a little bit, like "what jackass decided to mix Kool-Aid with beer?" This one isn't even strong as far as krieks go, and it's still very very cherry. Not my style, but then some jackass also added cherry to Coke, and it turned out OK. Side by side with this, I'll take the coke. At least cola is supposed to be sweet by design, but I prefer my beer to be beer. If you're looking for a dessert brew this is worth a try.

Reviewed: October 22, 2005

Rating: 4/10

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