Glühkriek - Brouwerij Liefmans

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89
very good

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 56
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of bark
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the suggested 70° C.

The smell got notes of caramel, some cherry jam and hints of sweet nuts. Some alcohol.

The colour is dark wine red (35 EBC), the liquid clear. The small head is off-white.

The taste is sweet with quite a lot of strong red wine, some mixed Christmas spices, grape juice. Some alcohol and passing sour-bitter hints of grape fruits and tea. The aftertaste is dry with some caramelized sugar, some vague spicy hints and some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is very gentle (most of it seems to have disappeared during the heating), the few remaining bubbles are mild. The liquid is sweet and somewhat sticky.

I drank it first at cellar temperature, and gave it 3.65. I don't think it gained much of the heating. An interesting winter brew that reminded me of their Gudenband brew. (819 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glühkriek. Tasted warm, at about 70*C.
Appearance: red cherry color, dark, intense. No foam, obviously. How to judge it? Well, the color is beautiful.
In the smell a strong cherry, then cloves, and cinnamon. Spicy, warm (oh, well... )
The taste is warm (ops... ), cherry again. Difficult to judge. My first glühkriek, my first warm beer. For sure it is interesting, but difficult to compare.
Something bitter in the taste, probably due to the cherry kernel. (459 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a very strange beer. In fact, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be this way, or if I got a flat bottle. Poured the color of rusty water, with very little carbonation, and absolutely no head or lacing. And there were suspended cheryy solids throughout the glass. Had an aroma of sweet cherry cider or wine, and the taste to match. Finish was a sour-sweet combination.

Actually, this beer seemed to me to be a cross between a Flemish Sour wannabe and a cherry cider. Not bad, just very different. I may have to try another just to make sure I tasted it as it was meant to be. (587 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours red with hints of brown. Almost no head nor lacings.

S: Rich cherry smell, but also sweetness - very candylike. Reminds me of the cherry-flavored Pez.

T: Sweetness cobined with sourness. The cerries gives the taste more complexity compared with the smell. Some spices.

M: Aftertaste is rather short and sour. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: Rich in cherries, but not much else going on. Some spicies turns the taste up a notch. It was kind of interesting. (496 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of OldSock
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Suffering through a bit of a cold at the moment, so I though what better than a warm fruit beer to lift my spirits and give me an excuse to have a beer.

Appearance – 1998 cork, no idea if that means anything. Served in a mug at hot chocolate temperature (whatever that is). It appears deep reddish brown without a head, as the beer is uncarbonated.

Smell – Canned dark cherries with some vanilla and nutmeg. My nose is in bad shape and I still can get a nice aroma off this.

Taste – Not dissimilar from the cherry character of a cough medicine, although not quite as cloying. The second sip brings some nice spice character and a hint of warming alcohol in the finish. Not a spec of hop bitterness and only a hint of acidity to balance the heavy sweetness of the brew.

Mouthfeel – Rather syrupy, but nice. It has a coating character which adds to its warming effects.

Drinkability & Notes – Its a pretty tasty warm beer, it may have even cleared up my runny nose a bit. However, its just a little too sweet for me to drink even a whole bottle of. (1,067 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fuzzy bright and headless ruby red, looks like a wineglass full of refined cran-raspberry juice. Smells sort of like a cherry Red-Hot. Taste is both cinnamon candy-sweet and cherry-sour, tastes pretty good but there's barely a tiny hint of Robitussin buried in there that rubbed me the wrong way. Feels like drinking wine or mead, with a strong candylike aftertaste, not as drinkable as I'd expected, too sweet to really go berserk with. Pretty good stuff, I'm not as big on the sour taste though so I'd pick a Quelque Chose over this one. (539 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 Edition

Served heated

Poured to a reddish-brown color with no head and no carbonation. Cloves dominate the aroma, but a cherry aroma is present as well. The flavor is spicy and sweet with the cloves, cinnamon, and cherries. It is a very smooth, easy drinking beer, and almost a bit syrupy. A great warmer to sip on.

Sampled 12/31/03 (346 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

250ml bottle, served mulled and in a large wine glass

Pours with a slightly hazy ruby body, slight thin lace on the top but not much. No lacing or real head to speak of

Smell, strong punchy mulled wine aromas, little bit of clove and cinnamon and eastern spices. Thick juicy spiced cherries, some acidic tartness evaporating off too

Taste, warming wine soaked cherries. Slightly tartness, little bit of sherry and mixed spices

A really interesting and suitable beer for christmas eve, I can't imagine drinking it through the year but once at christmas is a treat (574 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours without a head so no lace. Reddish amber color. The nose is a strong, sweet cherry and taste is a strong sweet cherry without the malts and hops. Nice clean crisp finish. Very good fruit beer, light bodied, no carbonation. 12oz bottle, $5.95 from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, VA (283 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance: a dark red colour
Smell: pronounced nose of cherries, cloves
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet enough, flavors of cherry, spices and aromatic herbs, bitter finale
Drinkability: Do not forget that Glukriek is drunk hot (heat gently in a bain marie)

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-19-2008. (351 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is brown with a small tan head. The aroma offers sweet cherry juice, like a Shirley Temple. Sugary cherry juice flavor, like a children’s drink. Fruit punch. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Very tasty, and better than I expected, though the sweetness becomes cloying quickly. Best in small doses. (363 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

1997 vintage.

Pours a murky crimson brown with a foamy brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. There are some chunks of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, spices, and some light sweet/sour cherry aromas. There is a fair amount of oxidation noticeable in the smell with hints of cardboard that come out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same as the smell (including the oxidation) with a spice finish that lingers on the palate. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer for what it is and has held up pretty well for being ~ 15 years old. Definitely an interesting beer but the carbonation level is not helping this one out. (795 characters)

Photo of rastaman
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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). (508 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,533 characters)

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