As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, New Belgium's going back to our roots to pair up with four Belgian Breweries for our 2016 Lips of Faith portfolio. Well, with two already out in the wild—Transatlantique Kriek and Hof Ten Dormaal Golden Ale—we're ready to give you a look at the remaining two, schedule to land later this year. Keep reading on for more:
This year started with the re-release of Transatlantic Kriek, New Belgium’s longest –running collaboration project since 2003’s version with Frank Boon. Transtalantic Kriek is a tart cherry lambic brewed for the second time with Oude Beersel brewery in Beersel, Belgium. Oude Beersel starts with a true spontaneously fermented cherry kriek and then we blend that base beer with 25 percent sour Felix from our wood foeders and 25 percent golden lager. The result is a beautifully balanced kriek beer, our first true sour collaboration, with plenty of pucker power, a tart cherry snap and wonderfully dry finish.
Transatlantique Kriek is 8% ABV and is available throughout 2016 in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.
Hof ten Dormaal debuted this April in 12-oz four-packs, marking a packaging first for Lips of Faith beers, which were formerly found only in bombers and on draft. This beer is a collaboration with the Jannsens family, which runs Hof ten Dormaal in Tildonk, Belgium, pairing Old World ingredients with new world innovation. The Jannsens provided their Belgian yeast strain, giving delicate pear, banana and clove notes to the beer. Spelt, malted sunflower seeds, and wild carrot herbs provide a nutty, bready and grassy wash. Add in Saaz and Mosaic hops and you have spicy, tropical accents and a taste of the Belgian countryside in every sip.
Hof ten Dormaal is 7% ABV, 20 IBUs, and is now available in 12-oz four-packs and on draft. To learn more about the collaboration check out Hof ten Doormaal Collaboration, which includes a behind-the-scenes video on making this golden ale.
De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale
De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale, a collaboration with Antwerp, Belgium’s historic De Koninck Brewery, will release this summer. This beer will offer a pop of key lime and lemons. The fragrance of hibiscus, rose petals and strawberry-tinged Mistral hops will make it the ideal beer for soaking in summer days.
De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale is 7.4% ABV, 30 IBUs, and will be available in four-packs and on draft June 20, 2016.
Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale
The final beer in this Belgian-collaboration series is a spiced dark strong ale. Deep into Belgium’s Forêt d'Orval two brave brewmasters—Orval’s first female brewmaster Anne-Françoise Pypaert and New Belgium’s Peter Bouckaert—crafted Spiced Dark Strong Ale. They brought spruce tips and medium-toasted American oak to this brooding chocolaty beer, and then wove deeply herbal French Sprisselspalt and spicy Liberty and Willamette hops into the mix. A dash of grains of paradise offers a beam of citrusy light.
Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale is 9.5 percent ABV, 25 IBUs, and will be available in four-packs and on draft October 3, 2016.
Use our Beer Finder to track down Transatlantique Kriek and Hof Ten Dormaal,and don't forget to set your beer alerts for the final two collabs of the year.