Beer #159 New Belgium Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

Name: Lips Of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

Style:  Lambic – Kriek

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Inc.  website

Country: USA

Region: Fort Collins, Colorado

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Tumbler.

My Overall Opinion:  Good.

I paired this beer with: Bar-B-Que chicken.  Nice pairing!

Tasted on:  Tuesday February 7th, 2011  

Note:  This beer poured an opaque light red with a 1 finger fluffy white head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.   The nose was of sweet cherries and oak.  The initial taste was of sweet hard cherry candy, some oak and finished with mild cherry tartness.   The mouthfeel was thin with a medium level of carbonation.   The drinkability was good with no notice of the 8% abv.  I felt like I was drinking a cherry soda rather than a Kriek Lambic.   This is one beer I would not be buying again anytime soon, as there are many other Krieks I have enjoyed and would rather have.  

On the Label:  45% ale with cherries added, 55% ale.  New Belgium ale blended with Brouwerij Frank Boon lambic with real cherries.  Travel to NewBelgium.com/TK

 From their websiteIn 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.

 Just the facts Ma’am…

ABV – 8%

IBU – 8

Hops – Willamette

Malts – Pale, Red Wheat, Carapils, Roasted Barley

OG – 19.5

TG – 4.1

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Beer #115 New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Lips of Faith Series

 

New Belgium Eric's Ale (Lips of Faith Series)

Name: Eric’s Ale, Lips of Faith Series

Style:  American Wild Ale

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Inc.  website

Country: USA

Region: Fort Collins, Colorado

ABV: 7.0% Abv

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a Liefmans chalice.          

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with:  Lobster ravioli.  This was a pairing I could do again, but not tomorrow.

Tasted on: Thursday May 27th, 2010. 

Note:  When you crack open this bottle you get a whiff of peaches.  When pouring brew this into a glass, you get a slow forming head, which disappeared within a minute.  The first sniff out of the glass reminded me of a chardonnay.  The taste is at first slightly tart and in a very refreshing way.  You then get a bit of sweetness and a mild peach flavor, without being to peachy sweet.  Despite the lack of carbonation in this beer, the mouthful was much thicker than I expected.   I will most definitely be looking forward to drinking this one again, especially in the middle of the summer.

On the Label:   Wood- Aged Ale with Peach Juice.

Eric Says It Best.  This Is A Sour Ale For Those Who Don’t Like Sour Ales.  And A Fruit Ale For Those Who Don’t Like Fruit Ales.  More Hypothesis And Wood Aged Ales At NewBelgium.Com

From their website:   We here at New Belgium Brewing are crazy pleased to introduce you to our new and rousing Lips of Faith program. Over the years, we have put tons of love and effort into our core brands such as Fat Tire, 1554 and our imaginative seasonal line-up.

At the same time, we’ve always wanted to keep the brewhouse a playground by creating tiny batch brews for internal celebrations or milestones. We’ve loosely grouped all these playground beers as Lips of Faith. In exchange, we are committing time, resources and boundary-free imagination to the Lips of Faith program to ensure that not only will you have innovative delicious brews, but also a steady and every changing variety available.

With the new release of bombers of Lips of Faith beers and our expanded draft program, you’ll have more opportunities to sample and enjoy the outcome of our brewer’s at play.

Looking to find some Lips of Faith creations? Try our Libation Location.

Eric’s Ale, named for long time New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar, combines a dry, sour beer aged up to three years in oak foeders with a semi sweet, higher alcohol base beer. The resulting blend is re-fermented with peach juice, creating a smooth ale with subtle peach tones and a warm, spicy finish. The aroma has pleasant hints of vanilla and tropical fruit, the wood characteristics are present but nicely muted.

A sour beer for those who don’t like sour beers. And a fruit beer for those who don’t like fruit beers.

ABV 7%

IBU 16

Hops/spicing: Peach Juice

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South Florida Beer Social Media Round 2 tasting

Beer List from the South Florida Beer Social Media Round 2 Tasting
Saturday May 22, 2010 At

325 NE 2nd Avenue # 104  Delray Beach, Fl 33444

South Florida Beer Social Media Beer Tasting List

 South Florida Beer Social Media Round 2 was put together and Emceed by Ed Roberts, Assistant Manager & “beer educator” from the Ft. Lauderdale Total Wine & More store and gracefully hosted by Chung of the Coffee District.   The purpose of this event was to have local South Floridian craft beer lovers who are knowledgeable in social media and/or of the local beer scene to brainstorm on how to improve the awareness of craft beer in the South Florida region, which would ultimately make this a very desirable area for craft beer drinkers.

Besides brainstorming, the 20 people who attended contributed 35 beers to be tasted including some great homebrews and different vintages of the same beer.  As it turned out the brainstorming took a back seat after we were about half way down the list.

 Other local craft beer bars represented:

Ryan and Jim from The Funky Buddha Lounge & Phann from The Lodge. 

 Local Craft Beer Bloggers who participated:

John at Beer Review Dude

Nessie at The Beer Cook

John with his Clean Plate Charlie (he writes both a Blog and is seen in the print media with New Times as a food critic)

Rob from Daily Beer Review

The Ferm & Cerveza Chica from Dos Beerigos

Mike from MikeLovesBeer

Vanessa at Potables +  Edibles

On Twitter you’ll find Joel @Brewkkake 

 Others in the Beer Industry:

Jonathon who runs & Emcees the Boca Beer Lovers Meetup group

Jeff with Draft Doctor

Ian at Fresh Beer

Drew who is in the process of opening up a brewery in Miami called Magellanic Brewery.

 And of course yours truly The Beer Stocked Refrigerator and my wife Ruth at Bon Beer Voyage

South Florida Beer Social Media Round 2 tasting

 Here is the list in the order we tasted the following 35 beers:

Conte Di Campiglia Etrusca

 #1) Conte Di Campiglia Etrusca  Style: Pilsener  ABV : 4.5%

Brewery : Conte di Campiglia  San Godenzo, Italy.    They have been producing beer since 2005.  Besides beer they produce wine, grappa, olive oil, jams and marmalades. This will be one of the places we will visit when we do our Bon Beer Voyage Tuscan Beer, Wine, Gourmet Food and Shopping tour in the Spring of 2011.

 The above beer was paired with Jam which was made with the above Etrusca from Conte Di Campiglia

The Bruery Rugbrod

#2) The Bruery Rugbrød Style: Rye Beer  ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : The Bruery  Placentia, California

Goose Island Matilda 2010

#3) Goose Island Matilda (2010 vintage) Style: Belgium Strong Pale Ale  ABV : 7.0%

Brewery : Goose Island Beer Co.  Chicago, Illinois

#4) Goose Island Matilda (2009 vintage) Style: Belgium Strong Pale Ale  ABV : 7.0%

Brewery : Goose Island Beer Co.  Chicago, Illinois

Homebrew: Hell or High Watermelon clone

#5) Homebrew: Hell or High Watermelon clone Style: Fruit Wheat beer  ABV : ? %

Brewery : Homebrew by The Ferm from Dos Beerigos  Florida

#6) Homebrew: Ian’s Red Hoppy Ale  Style: Red Ale ?  ABV :  ? %

Brewery :  Homebrew by Ian who works for Fresh Beer,  Florida

Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness

#7) Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness  Style: American Strong Ale  ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Grand Teton Brewing Co.  Victory, Idaho.     This beer was only brewed once in 2009 as part of their Cellar Reserve “Big Beer in a Big Bottle series”  

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

#8) Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu  Style: Spiced Beer/ Ancient Herbed Ale    ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  Milton, Delaware

2005 Westvletern 8 with the 2003 & 2004 Rochefort 10's in #17 & 18

#9) Trappist Westvleteren 8 (2005 vintage) cap date 19 02 09 Style: Dubbel  ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren  Westvleteren, Belgium.   You can tell the vintage of a Westvleteren by subtracting 4 years from the best by date stamped on the bottle cap.

Andelot Cuvee Angelique

#10) Andelot Cuvee Angelique   Style: Dubbel  ABV : 7.0%

Brewery : De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)  Lochirist-Hijfte, Belgium

New Belgium Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

#11) New Belgium Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek   Style: Lambic   ABV : 8.0% 

Brewery : New Belgium Brewing Inc.   Fort Collins, Colorado

Hair of the Dog Fred

#12) Hair of the Dog Fred   Style: American Barleywine  ABV : 10.0%

Brewery : Hair of the Dog Brewing Company  Portland, Oregon

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest

#13) Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest  Style: American Pale Ale  ABV : 6.7%

Brewery : Sierra Nevade Brewing Co.  Chico, California

Adriaen Brouwers Dark Gold Ale

#14) Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold Ale  Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale  ABV : 8.5%

Brewery : Browerij Roman N.V.   Mater-Oudenaarde, Belgium.   The beer is an “exclusive” from Total Wine and More.

AleSmith Wee Heavy

#15) AleSmith Wee Heavy  Style: Scotch Ale – Wee Heavy  ABV : 10.0%

Brewery : AleSmith Brewing Company  San Diego, California

Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale

#16) Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale   Style: American Strong Ale  ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Mayflower Brewing Company Plymouth, Massachusetts

#17) Trappistes Rochefort 10 (2003 vintage) best by date 10 06 08 Style: Quadrupel  ABV : 11.30%

Brewery : Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy Rochefort,  Belgium.   You can tell the vintage of a Rochefort by subtracting 5 years from the best by date stamped on the bottle.

#18) Trappistes Rochefort 10 (2004 vintage)  best by date 6 10 09 Style: Quadrupel  ABV : 11.30%

Brewery : Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy Rochefort, Belgium

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

#19) Anderson Valley Summer Solstice  Style: Cream Ale  ABV : 5.6%

Brewery : Anderson Valley Brewing Company  Boonville, California.

Panil Barriquée

#20) Panil Barriquée Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Panil Torrechiara, Italy

21) Homebrew:  Lil Bitta  Style: ?   ABV : ? %

Brewery : Homebrew by Mike from MikeLovesBeer, Florida

Pretty Thing Saint Botolph's Town

#22) Pretty Thing Saint Botolph’s Town Style: English Brown Ale  ABV : 5.9%

Brewery : Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project  Cambridge, Massachusetts

Pugsley's Signature Series Barley Wine

#23) Pugsley’s Signature Series Barley Wine  Style: English Barleywine  ABV : 8.5%

Brewery : Shipyard Brewing Co.  Portland,  Maine

Half Acre Baumé

#24) Half Acre Baumé  Style: American Stout  ABV : 7.0%

Brewery : Half Acre Beer Company  Chicago, Illinois

Homebrew: The White Hoote Belgium Style White Ale

#25) Homebrew:  The White Hoote Belgium Style White Ale Style: Witbier  ABV : ?%

Brewery :  Homebrew by Vanessa at  Potables +  Edibles , Florida

#26) Homebrew:  Bohemian Pilsener  Style: Pilsener  ABV : ?%

Brewery :  Homebrew by Vanessa at Potables +  Edibles , Florida

Goose Island Pere Jacques

#27) Goose Island Pere Jacques  Style: Dubbel  ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : Goose Island Beer Co.  Chicago, Illinois

Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

#28) Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale  Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale  ABV : 6.5%

Brewery : Williams Brothers Brewing Company  Alloa,  Scotland

Brew Dog Rip Tide

#29) Brew Dog Rip Tide  Style: Imperial Stout ABV : 8.0%

Brewery : BrewDog Ltd.  Fraseerburgh,  Scotland

Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale

#30) Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale  Style: Scotch Ale – Wee Heavy  ABV : 8.5%

Brewery : Cigar City Brewing   Tampa, Florida

AleSmith Speedway Stout

#31) AleSmith Speedway Stout  Style: Imperial Stout  ABV : 12.00%

Brewery : AleSmith Brewing Company  San Diego, California

Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout 2009 Fresh Hop Harvest Edition

#32) Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout (2009 Fresh Hop Harvest Edition)  Style: Imperial Stout  ABV : 11.0%

Brewery : Beer Valley Brewing Co.  Ontario, Oregon.  This is a version of the “regular” Black Flag which is “hopped-up” with 200 pounds of fresh hops and is made once a year.

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.

#33) Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout  Style: Russian Imperial Stout  ABV : 9.4%

Brewery : Hoppin’ Frog Brewery  Akron, Ohio

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2006 with the old colored cap

#34) Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (2006 vintage)  Style: Imperial Stout  ABV : 18.00%

Brewery : Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  Milton, Delaware

#35) Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (2007 vintage) Style: Imperial Stout  ABV : 18.00%

Brewery : Dogfish Head Craft Brewery  Milton, Delaware

Also we had some very delicious Stuffed Mushrooms courtesy of Nessie at The Beer Cook

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Beer # 65 New Belgium La Folie

 

New Belgium La Folie

Name: La Folie, Lips of Faith

Style:   Flanders Red Ale 

Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Inc.  website 

Country: USA 

Region:  Fort Collins, Colorado 

ABV: 6.00% 

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a Rodenbach Alexander glass.      

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   

I paired this beer with: Publix lemon pepper rotisserie chicken.   

Tasted on:  Wednesday January 13, 2010. 

Note:  This is a 2009 vintage.  In 2009 New Belgium change the bottle from a 750ml corked and caged bottle to a 22oz capped bottle. I personally like the presentation of corked and caged bottle over the capped one, but it’s really the taste of the beer than counts.  Well the taste lives up to the label as it is really mouth puckering.  AS mouth puckering as this beer is, it is very drinkable and refreshing. This bottle, in my opinion, tasted better than the one I opened about 6 months ago.  As typical with the style, the beer improves with age, and this was no exception.  I have a few more bottles and will try the 2009 again in 6 months to see if it is still improving.  

On the Label: Seriously sour, this Flanders-style reddish brown ale was fermented 1-3 years in French oak barrels for mouth puckering perfection. 

From their website:   La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being bottled. . Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach – home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones. New in 2010, we’ll do a single bottling of La Folie for the year. Collect the 22oz unique to 2010 designed bottle and start a yearly wood-aged collection of goodness. 

Chef Todd Davies, Partner of Tap House Grill, recommends:

Wild mushroom crusted Colorado Lamb Rack / Cipollini puree, polenta,raindow chard, natural lamb reduction.  The almost gastrique-like sour cherry finish pairs perfectly with the gaminess of the lamb (think the barrels, woody, tannic). The sweetness of the caramalized cipolinis complements both.  Bitterness of swiss chard takes the sour home, while the earthy mushrooms cut through some of the tartness, and the polenta / jus carries the robust flavors while still allowing the beer to shine through. 

Melissa Newell, Owner of Terroir Restaurant, recommends:

This sour brown ale, with hints of cherry and other tree fruit, I would pair with a bitter and acidic dish to start. For a starter course, I would pair this with a grilled radicchio salad (grilled treviso radicchio, blue cheese crumbles, dried cherries, toasted walnuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette). Many times, when acid is paired with acid, the result is sweet. The tang and richness of the cheese, along with the bitterness of the greens, with the acidity of the vinegar make this a complementary pairing. For a main course, you can go with either a rich fish with a cream based lemony sauce (pan roasted halibut with a lemon cream sauce) or with a red meat (braised lamb shank with red wine reduction over fingerling potatoes). The idea is to pair the fat of the sauce (or the meat) with the acidity of the beer…it will cut right through it. Think rich sides also. In this case, the richness of the fingerlings, compared to other potatoes is a must. For dessert, again, think rich and indulgence. Something mouth coating. Try a semifredo (a semi-frozen Italian dessert made with one part meringue and one part whipped cream) flavored with bing cherries. This is one versatile beer.

Derek Kennedy, Cheese Aficionado, recommends:

 Follow your folly straight to a guffaw of an idea by pairing this enigma of a wood-aged sour with Brindamour, a French (sometimes Corsican) goat and sheep’s milk cheese covered and aged with herbs. The dry body of the goat/sheep combo will be a perfect contrast to the sour parts of the beer leading you to fits of spontaneous laughter and hilarity.

Lauren Salazar, our sensory specialist, recommends:

 Aperitif or digestif – perfect solution for any sour beer!

Michael McAvena, Beer Director at The Publican, recommends:

My favorite pairing so far with New Belgium’s La Folie; our house-made rillettes composed of duck and pork cooked with white wine and brandy, left to solidify then garnished with pickled rhubarb and sparkle strawberries served with toasted sourdough.

This is a classic complimentary and contrasting pairing during which neither the food nor the drink looses face, rather one makes the other better. The complex and at times intense woodsy acidity of the beer is softened by the richness of the rillettes, yet it is still able to slice right through the creaminess of the fat and lift the heaviness off the palate. Meanwhile, La Folie echoes the tart flavors of the pickled strawberries and rhubarb which are heightened by the fruity gaminess of the duck.

 

The toasted sour dough also plays in this interaction as the crispy, caramelized crust shares a harmonious note with the caramel over tones in the beer and brings out a slightly toasted note shared by both. The bread, being a medium for the rillettes also acts as a sponge that bring the beer and fat beautifully together. Each bite warrants another sip and with each sip I want another bite. It’s almost as if the beer was made for the dish or the dish for the beer.  La Folie is quite mature yet wildly youthful, it’s got guts but remains subtle and complex; it’s a true pleasure to drink and an even greater pleasure to have at the table. Check it out.

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