New Belgium/Oud Beersel Transatlantique Kriek

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New Belgium/Oud Beersel Transatlantique Kriek

The Transatlantique Kriek is a collaboration between New Belgium and Oud Beersel, which is located in Belgium.  It is a 50/50 blend of a New Belgium's Sour Golden Ale and Oud Beersel's foeder aged Cherry Lambic Ale.  We tasted this beer on Episode 15 of the podcast.  It has that iconic punch you in the mouth sour mouth feel that I love and is also expected of a Lambic.  However, the golden ale balances out the sourness in a nice way for the every day craft beer enthusiast.  The color is a deep ruby red, as you can see in the picture, which lends itself to that cherry flavor.  It also has a bit of a SweetTart mouth feel, leaving a bit of that candy coating feel on your teeth.  Sporting an 8% ABV, this is a medium-heavy beer that makes sense for the blended style.  Low bitterness with Lager yeast (in addition to the wild yeast from the Lambic).  Using Williamette hops and a variety of malts including, Pale, Red Wheat, Carapils, and Roasted Barley, the balance of sweetness and sour helps to bring the beer to a beautiful aroma and tasty flavor.  We really enjoyed this beer, while it was a little sweet for Nick and Scott (that candy coating feeling was not to their liking), Joel loved it, like all Belgian sours, and Dylan even drank the full amount in his glass!

Joel Moser