New Belgium and Oud Beersel Transatlantique Kriek
What can we say about Transatlantique Kriek that hasn’t already been said? A beer of unbelievable logistics, history, consistency, and taste, this Kriek collaboration between New Belgium and Oud Beersel is breathtaking in scale. Now in its fourteenth year, Transatlantique Kriek begins its long journey in oak barrels at Oud Beersel, a 130-year-old lambic brewery in Belgium. After aging, cherries are added before it is shipped to New Belgium's Colorado brewery, where it is blended with an equal portion of Golden Sour Ale, aged for 1-3 years in oak foeders. The combination of the Golden Sour and Cherry Lambic gives this beer a distinct fruity sweetness and a light tartness. Not just a drink, Transatlantique Kriek provides a history lesson with every sip.
New Belgium French Oak Saison
If drinking in the Belgian countryside has always been on your bucket list, but you’re still waiting to book your trip, sipping on a French Oak Saison in the hills of the Shenandoah Valley might not be a bad substitute. New Belgium knows Belgian beer (it’s in their name, after all), and their seasonal French Oak Saison is an homage to the rich history of the country and its seemingly ordained ability to make amazing ales. French Oak Saison is a marriage of the regions of Flanders and Wallonia, blending a hop-forward saison with a golden sour ale aged for over a year in oak foeders. Sweet and sour with a dry finish, French Oak Saison will transport you from downtown Harrisonburg to downtown Brussels in no time.
French for “the folly” but tasting like anything but foolishness, La Folie is a traditional Flanders-style brown ale aged for one to three years in large oak barrels, or foeders. After the beer’s years long hibernation in the barrels, La Folie is sharp and sour, high in ABV yet thirst-quenching and playful. Flavors and aromas of green apple, cherry, pepper, and plum abound, a result of New Belgium’s brewers tasting the beers in their foeders and mixing different flavor profiles and ages together. A folly? In name only.