Glühkriek - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
88
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  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.

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the cork, this is either from 1996 or 1998. Makes sense, as I haven't seen this brewery's products on shelves around here in a long, long time.
Impenetrable appearance, a murky maroon, with no head, just a gathering of bubbles at glass's edge.
Invigorating, bewitching aroma, deep, cavernous, funky nose with a cherry kick in it. Sour, musty, a little tickle of sweetness.
Taste: twisted! Thick and chewy, dancing toward and away from cherry cough syrup, bracingly tart, then levelling off, mellowing out, leaving the palate a well-rounded, cherry-bedabbed arena, all the juice spilled out of the punch bowl after the cotillion comes to a close. Each sip begins this shuffle again, each time a little less intensely.
Medium-bodied, with a tenacious fruity finish.
A fandango in the mouth, and a treat on all levels.
Defines delicious.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of bark
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: 12 oz corked and caged bottle with some nice overwrap. 1998 edition as noted by the date on the cork. This beer poured a perfectly still, dark, ruby red colour. The aromas were of fresh cherries, cour ale, yeast, and spices. The taste was a nice blend of cherries, tartness, spices, and alcohol. The flavors and aromas were definately more pronounced mulled, and at room temp than they were at fridge temp. The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying and the drinkability is excellent as well for a specialty beer like this.

*Class*

Photo of drpimento
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from a fairly (7 or 8 years?) old bottle. Poured into a clear glass mug and nuked it for almost a minute. Water vapors rising from it after and very aromatic of the tart cherries, mulling spices, and a little malt. Color is maybe suffering as it's got some brown in it - kind of a reddish brown. Flavor is BAM like the aroma but lots more of it. Finish is a little like having had some tinfoil on your fillings, kind of tingly tangy sweet. Too intense for more than a nice dose. Glad I had it and look forward to next year one night when it's cold as hell again.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a clear green glass corked bottle, but beautifully wrapped in an inviting green tissue paper, with pictures of red cherries and the Liefmans white logo on it. Like a Christmas present, it just screams to be opened. It is supposed to be served heated up (instructions are on the wrapper) to steaming - but DON'T let it boil, you will ruin it. A fantastic bold deep red colour, with a very spicy aroma that reminded me of being sat near a warming log-fire at Christmas time in a snow encrusted England. I once had this at a bar in Ostende, Belgium on a dark cold November night, where the bartender put nutmeg and a stick of cinnamon into the pan whilst warming the beer - it really benefits and balances the incredibly sour cherry taste. Why does it remind me so much of Christmas?. Simply Amazing!!!.

Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served hot, but perhaps not quite 70 degrees C. Anyway, pours a murky amber with some cidery brown and not really any head, just a small ring of bubbles. Nose is spicy, apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg (?), cherries, cherry syrup, and slight alcohol. Nice, interesting. Sweet cherry flavors up front. Kind of syrupy, but not cough syrupy (thank god). Cherries turn sour and lambic-like as the spices come on stronger: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg to name a few. Full-bodied with a syrupy, warming feel. I really like this stuff warmed up. I have had it at room temp before and it just wasn't as good.

Photo of Suds
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer both warm (quite warm, but not quite hot) and also at room temperature. It is interesting to note the differences. I actually preferred it served warm. The beer is an intense reddish color. Cherry ans spice are really notable int the aroma, but much more pronounced in the warm glass. There's maybe a slight pale malt smell as well, but it's far in the back, distantly behind the cherries. The taste is sweet, with a slight sour twang that provides the balance. Almost no bitterness. Spice flavors come out a lot more intensely in the warm glass, whereas the beer is almost too sweet in the room-temperature serving. Both are medium in body and very tasty, however. This would be great on a cold night. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Glühkriek from Brouwerij Liefmans
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