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Glühkriek - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

** This beer was served hot. **

Dark ruby, near black, in colour with a still head. Aroma is 100% warm cloves -- like on a ham in the oven. Flavours freagin' nearly burst your mouth open! Mega juicy! Both sweet and tart characters, thick, notes of prune, black currant and grape.Coarse on the palate. With cloves rounding things off and running into the dry finish.

Based on the Liefmans Goudenband with the addition of North cherries. Very wine-like in many ways. Most impressive, especially when served warm -- the flavours increase ten-fold.

Todd, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served hot from crock pot filled by a couple of 750 ml bottles.

Appearance: No head as this beer has no carbonation, clear burgundy brown in colour.

Smell: Dominant clove and sweet tart cherry juice aroma.

Taste: Tart up front with a ton of ripe cherry juice flavour, this is countered by spices … mainly clove but close to an all spice as well. Alcohol has not been burned off as it gives quick vapors after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Leaning to a wine like slickness in the mouth off of the medium body. No carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: Just the experience alone got my vote and something I’d love to sip on occasion though not something I could drink more than one of a night.

Jason, Jan 21, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2016. 2011 vintage. I've had this for 2 years - I originally bought two and shared one with my family but hung on to the other. The beer world's answer to glühwein - amazing. Tis the season to imbibe!

Heated on the stove prior to serving. The bottle opened with a pop, but the carbonation disappeared while the beer was warming. Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, clear ruby hue that looks not unlike wine. Produces a decent head of frothy pinkish foam that settles as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of tart fruity notes and warm spices. Hints of cherries, red fruits, cinammon, clove, faint ginger, subtle fruity malt, sugar and very faint vinegar. A touch of booze in the background. Deliciously seasonal.

Tastes of sharp red fruit and spice, with a lingering finish. Notes of cherries, cinammon, clove, mild ginger, red fruits, fruity malt, sugar/sweetener, faint vinegar and a twinge of alcohol. Warming and slightly vinous. No bitterness to speak of, but lingering spice flavours upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with lovely body and a flat, creamy texture. An aftertaste of tart fruit, acidity and spice.

Lovely. The perfect winter warmer and a great Christmas beer. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are divine. The fruit, spice and acidity/sweetness are all flawlessly balanced. Nice body. This might be the only beer that can be served warm and is all the better for it. Superb; a Christmas beer that deserves to be added to your must-try list.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of rastaman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at its proper temp (and thats 70 degrees celsius) and i dug it a lot. It was complex, sweet, sour, fruity (cherries), warming and a very good drop, if you ever get the chance to try it, don't hesitate. Intersting with and array of flavours and complexities, perhaps a bit better tha Quelque Chose, theres not much in it.

rastaman, Feb 15, 2002
Photo of BugattiRoo
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BugattiRoo, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1998. Mulled.

Hazy magenta topped with a few wisps of grey lace.
Nose full of Nyquil, cinnamon sticks, leather and black cherries.
Enters the mouth, cinnamon machine-guns blastings. Loads and loads and loads of the stuff. Hot, sticking, barky cinnamon. Plum skins, balsalmic vinegar, black grapes, and bread pudding underneath. There's a earthiness present, that's hard to pin down. Cherry too, of course, especially as it closes. Tart and sweet, and plenty medicinal.

Full bodied. Odd mixture of burning cinnamon, tart cherries, and sweetened medicinals. Hardly drinkable. I may have prefered not to mull this, given the small swig I took from the unheated bottle.

I can't say I'm in love....but I can't say I hate it either.

cokes, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998 on cork.The real deal. Dark berry red with hues. Medium plus mouthfeel. Deep complex taste of choice fermented cherry. Not very tart, even my son liked this. The sugar is natural from the fruit. The yeast itself added some spicyness to it, or perhaps a bit added nutmeg and cinammon.

Sammy, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

aztraz, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of bditty187
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 Vintage

Clear, burgundy brown in hue, it seems darker once mulled. Maybe I was seeing things but there seemed to be a tawny-red tint straight out of the bottle. There was no head or lacing at any point. The appearance is unremarkable.

When cold the nose is spicy, like a Christmas bake sale, cherries underneath. Modest potency. Firm from the chill but still rich. Inviting [3.5]. The palate is spicy, cookie-like with orange zest and cherries. Minty with hints of clove. Tasty. Unique. Modest tartness. It says, “drink with duck” [4].

At room temperature the nose is milder and wider; spices are softer but more developed as I could distinguish the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, etc. Cherries are more in the background but easily noticeable [4]. The palate is soft, spices are clear, cherries are weaker; tartness is pliable, orange zest at the end. Overall the taste is mild and yummy [4].

When mulled the nose is lively; cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are the most dominating aromas. Tart black cherries. Orange zest. It is very juicy. Inviting. The palate is shockingly developed and flavorful compared to cold and room temperature. The cloves are loud and very aggressive at the back of the throat. It is amazingly juicy with a big blast of black currents, prunes, and cherries (these flavors are very strong at the finish). The spices are noticeable on a one on one basis but the sum of the parts remind me of a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven. Very complex, it blows away many of its kin (i.e., a non spiced fruit lambic). This is the first time I mulled a beer and it won’t be the last. Medium/medium-full in body, the lack of carbonation is very noticeable as the mouthfeel as a slickness to it. It is pleasant though. This beer is drinkable to a point, I can’t see myself drinking more than one a night. I like the beer, I really do, but the spices are overwhelming after awhile. What a great cold weather beer. I purchased my bottle in Lincoln, NE. It is a “must try” just for the experience.

bditty187, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of dgallina
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

333 ml bottle. 1999 vintage. Served mulled, December 2004.

Pours a deep, wine-like burgundy with no carbonation or head. Strong clove and spice aromas over sweet wine and cherries. Flavors start with tart cherries, develop into port-like sweet wine, and finish with plenty of cloves, spice, and woody cherry-pit sourness. Smooth medium wine-like body with no carbonation. Much closer to a spiced port than a beer at this age. Very tasty on a cold winter night (assuming you know what you're getting into).

dgallina, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Goldorak
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date on this bottle was Nov-2004, oups! Thanks Beersignal for sharing this one. We got to try it both chilled and mulled.

Cold: A dark red that seemed translucent to the light but I couldn't see my finger through it. It had absolutely no head. Aromas were of hot, spicy cinnamon and cloves, it reminded my of those fish shaped candies I used to hate getting at halloweeen. Tasted like those French griottes marinated in alcohol, it was sickly sweet with a dry finish, as if the sugar recrystallized when mixed with my saliva.

Mulled in the microwave: Seems a tad darker shade of red, the spices seem more mellow and harmonious, like a spicy herbal tea.
The booze is a lot more pronounced in the taste, it feels warm and rich, the cherries are cooked down and the cloyness tamed.

Strange, considering that I prefer Unibroue's Quelquechose chilled, but this one was far superior mulled.

Goldorak, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 355 mL bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. The ale is slightly chilled (I will mull next time).

Appearance: Dark in color, a deep ruby red to be exact, this ale pours with little carbonation and no head or lace to speak of. The colors resemble a nice port when held to the light.

Smell: The aroma of apple butter wafts from the snifter. Behind it is the faint presence of sour cherries and cinnamon.

Taste: A low key sour cherry note establishes itself early. The apple butter in the nose continues into the taste. Having had both served chilled, this is indistinguishable from Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

Mouthfeel: The fruit notes sit well on the tongue. The spices meld nicely together to make for a nice sippin' drink.

Drinkability: This ale has a good drinkability and I look forward to mulling and re-reviewing. Overall, this has the EXACT same qualities as Quelque Chose, hence an identical score from me. Overall, it is a good ale for a cold night.

akorsak, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature, ideally this would be best mulled at a warmer temp. Unknown vintage, wrapped in green paper touting a platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Chicago, IL, 1997.

Arrived with a cloud of musty lambic-esque funk in the air. That was some first impression, but there was no funk to be found a moment later, once it had some time to breathe. Cherries, spice, and old leather, to sum it all up.

Flavor was sweet black cherry, with a strong underlying nutmeg/clove tongue-numbing feel. Zero carbonation, but it was intended to be mulled like Swedish Glögg or spiced wine. At a warmer temperature, I could see this being very welcome after coming in from the blustery cold.

Interesting stuff, gotta give mad propers to Small Bar for making this available.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first mulled beer. Wow. I warmed this up in a way I'm not proud to admit (microwave on low, for a few seconds at a time, bringing it to a nice temp.). I'm sure that's not how it was done by the Belgians when they first came up with this winter warmer, but what's a bachelor to do? The Bros. suggest a crock pot,and I don't have one, the only other option was a metal pan on the stove, and I was worried that it would give the beer a metallic flavor. So m-wave it was. And it actually worked ok, although I wasn't sure...

Pours a medium reddish brown with NO head, NO carbonation. A less than exciting visual presentation. But the other aspects more than made up for it. Aroma is of cherry and warming spices on a cold, rainy day (it is Southern California, after all- not much snow in my neck of the woods). Incredible. Flavor is sour cherries, light, feel-good sour, not the overwhelming sour of traditional lambics. This is good stuff.

Mouthfeel thick and syrupy, just as you would hope. Good stuff!

This is a beer to have on special occasions, and I hope those occasions come around more often!

Dukeofearl, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a darker copper with a thin, beige head.

Smell: The smell is a mix of strong cherries and spices. Some woody notes are detectable as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Odd. It's flat. It still tastes wonderfully, but the normal tart fizziness of a lambic isn't there. The cherries are wonderful tasting, and seem very fresh. It's incredibly smooth and lucious tasting.

Dtinkability and Overall: A different lambic for sure, but still enjoayble. The lack of tartness is a suprise, but makes it a little more drinable. This is an incredibly smooth lambic, but definitly not the normal.

santoslhalper, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 1997

Pours without much head, and a clear dark amber color. The smell is outta this world great! I can smell so many different things and spices. I can taste licorice and cinnamin. The taste starts out light and then has a giant kick of complex flavors that are just awsome. The mouthfeel is very smooth and great. Overall if there was more I would drink this at least once of month.

Erdinger2003, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250mL bottle, pop-off cap.

Took the cap off, and heated it (slowly) in a pot of water. Interestingly enough (or I thought so), a head forms while heating, which gradually builds to the top of the bottle, and then spills over. Or, if you're like me, you continually use your finger to rescue it and send it where it's needed most.

I'm a little short on glassware (of any kind) at the moment, so I thought the best receptacle would be an insulated stainless steel mug. After all, Quelque Chose gets drunk out of a glazed ceramic cup/mug sort of thing when you're in Chambly. It pours without much head at all after all that buildup while heating.

Nose of spice, acid. Cinnamon and cloves, I should think. Big helpings of sour cherry. As you go to take a mouthful you get a dose of acidic vapour in the mouth and nose just before the beer. This isn't nearly as severe as with Quelque Chose, though. Taste is quite tart, but full and fruity. Cloves are certainly the most evident spice. In the end, it tastes like something between mulled wine and one of Liefmans' sour beers (Goudenband or Kriek).

This really is perfect as a winter warm-up. And if I had a steady source for it in Ottawa, it would quickly become a standard fixture. However, here in Southwest England (cornwall), it doesn't really seem like winter, what with constant 10 degree (C) temperatures, so Gluhkriek may not reach the same status. Still, a great beer.

the42ndtourist, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 years old bottle courtesy of Matta the Florida connection (you had not told me it was 6 years old you rocker!). Liefmans Gluhkriek has a murky ugly brown body with no head at all. The aroma is intense and vinous, indeed comparable to Quelque Chose, but not quite as powerful nor complex. Nevertheless, there are some neat cherry skins flavors together with cinnamon, nuts, oak and a pleasant mild refreshing Liefmans sourness. The body is medium and rather oily. Aftertaste is old rotten tart cherries with lots of spicy character (nutmeg, cinnamon). When mulled, it becomes perhaps a little thinner with the flavors taking a more vinous and medicinal angle with notes of tart apples and blue grapes. I personally perfer it hot, but the difference seemed less striking than in Quelque Chose. Dangerously drinkable despite being very sweet, a unique style I just wish we'd have more examples of.

Rastacouere, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of donactive
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

donactive, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of marc77
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served mulled. Bottled 1998. Purchased in 2000 and cellared since then. Lightly hazed deep rose hue and utterly still. In aroma, pungent wafts of peppermint, clove, nutmeg and licorice are all in equal strength. Green raspberry and cassis undertone. Welcoming aromawise. In flavor, red apple sweetness upfront leads into a tart and earthy combination of underripe black cherry and fresh tobacco. Judicious, red sweet pepper and sweet clementine notions are static throughout. Trace grape skin astringency emerges mid palate, but adds an agreeable coarseness. Comforting hints of fresh sawdust add both sweet and woody notes late. Moderate in body overall, and akin to a thin Port in mouthfeel. Finishes with a resurgence of cherry tartness and also with lingering key lime like tones. A truly unique and complex brew. Served very warm, all fruit notes are very vibrant. Delicious and soothing.

marc77, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a sweeter lambic like the Lindeman’s line, but instead of the red body and pink head of the Lindeman’s, this is a dark, dull brown with only reddish hints and a mostly white head. I know this type of lambic is far from what the purists approve of, but I like this type of lambic.

aracauna, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear red with a warm brown tone, the rather small pinkish head leaves a little lacing.

The smell is sweet, cherry candy, honey, faintly spicy.

The taste is also sweet, but compensated with sour cherry notes and bitter cherry seeds. There is also spices like anisette, cloves and cedar.

The carbonation is small, the fluid smooth, a bit sugary.

A nice kriek, the glüh part could have been glühier maybe.

rarbring, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought from Onlyfinebeer.co.uk... heated to 70%C in a bain-marie... drunk from a Gluhkriek glass...

Poured a nice deep mahogany red colour. A suprisingly thick head poured slightly off white and stayed throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet dark cherries, lots of mouth tingling Christmas spices - nutmeg, strong clove, some cinnamon, allspice... some light anise coming through, fresh vanilla, light leathery traces, some sourness..

Taste - Pretty much as the aroma - lots of sweet dark cherries and strong clove spiciness, cough medicine notes, allspice and nutmeg also, some almond nuttiness, light vanilla, faint sourness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these - a 250ml bottle was just about right..

Overall - My first mulled beer and i wasn't disappointed - i would take this over mulled wine any day. If only it was more readily available... recommended...

mdagnew, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Asgeirr
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Asgeirr, Feb 05, 2012
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Glühkriek from Brouwerij Liefmans
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.