It is pretty safe to say that my household consumes more than our fair share of alcohol. This generally makes it a fun place to hang out but it is a house divided. Obviously, I am a huge beer nerd and a lover of all things whiskey but the woman of the house cringes at the mere thought of the beverages I love so much. She is a big supporter of the champagne and spirit industries and our two worlds rarely mix.
Released every year since 2009 under the Lips of Faith series, Transatlantique Kriek is one of New Belgium Brewing's most interesting beers and certainly one of its most well traveled.According to the brewery, Transatlantique Kriek is an 8 percent ABV "spontaneously fermented lambic ale" brewed at the Oud Beersel brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium with Willamette hops, Morello sour cherries as well as pale, red wheat, carapils and roasted barley malts. The resulting lambic was then shipped to America to be blended with a Belgian-style golden lager, producing a final beer that features a ratio of 45 percent lambic to 55 percent strong golden ale.
Over the past few years I have come across bottles of New Belgium's Le Terroir on shelves and for some reason never picked one up. I have had so many other offerings from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series that it really surprises me how this one just slipped through the cracks. That all changed a few weeks back when it was on tap at one of my local watering holes.