Glühkriek
Brouwerij Liefmans

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From:
Brouwerij Liefmans
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 12.31%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
21
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 20, 2019
Added:
Feb 15, 2002
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  8
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

3.97/5  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.
Dec 17, 2010
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Reviewed by mishi_d from Romania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark burgundy color, pink head, aroma of cherries and cinnamon, taste starts with sweet cherries, end with sour cherries, medium body, soft carbonation (tried at room temperature). If you try it hot it's rather sour than sweet.
Feb 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Oct 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by WormGod from New York

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by Foley67 from Scotland

Mar 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by desint from Belgium

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by 911CROFT from England

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml paper-wrapped, capped and corked bottle into a large snifter. Paid £5.99 for a single.

Review based on the first half of the bottle served at room temperature. Second glass was gently warmed on the stove, but other than an obvious change to mouth-feel; the difference between the two was nominal.

Pours a translucent, dark-plum coloured body, that when held to the light transforms to a bright ruby-red, in-turn displaying some fine carbonation against the edges of the glass. A foamy, two-finger in height, pink-tinged white head reduces slowly to a thin patchy film, leaving behind small amounts of soapy lace.

Powerful notes of sweet and sour cherry initially dominate the majority of the aromatic nose. Tart red berries follow, alongside traces of spicy yeast, oak, and leather, while copious amounts of clove become apparent towards the back-end. Taste follows almost exactly, leading up front with an intensely tart and jammy cherry-juice likeness. Red berries and darker, fleshy, ripe black cherry follow, while traditional mulling spices build from around the mid-palate onwards. Sweet and warming clove comprises the bulk of the spice mixture. Subtler notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and star anise are perceptible are underneath, but play only minor roles. In the mouth a medium to full body paired with modest carbonation gives a rich, slick and smooth feel. Oily viscosity coats the palate with satiating sweetness, but crucially manages to steer clear of syrupy or cloying. Towards the back end, sweet, fruity cherry profiles begin to develop a very faintly sour and acidic edge, while traces of oak, leather and fruit skins combine to provide hints of dry balancing bitterness. After the swallow, sweet and sour cherry linger at length alongside plenty of clove to finish with both sharp tartness and strong warming spice.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Its intensity of flavour is incredible from start to finish, combining tart, tangy, natural cherry, warming seasonal spice, and earthy complexity in perfect harmony. Perhaps of all the spices used, clove is a little too dominant. To my tastes, an equal presence from cinnamon and/ or some of the other additions would make a small improvement. Ultimately this is a minor flaw, and it remains a wonderfully unique and interesting Winter Warmer. Recommended.
Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by JTuomi from Finland

Dec 24, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
From belgiuminabox. Great at room temp, at the level of best krieks, with a not much agressive tartness. However, at the recommended serving temp of . 70C it loses its body and sweetness and becomes a watery and acid hot mess. I give my punctuation as the room temp version. Otherwise It would receive an average of around 1.
Oct 21, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by Brend91 from Netherlands

Dec 12, 2015
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Reviewed by khmel from Ukraine

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is a unique and complex beer. The simplest, fastest definition is that is Christmas in a bottle. The pour is a hazy ruby with tint of brown. There is a very minimal, airy, off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The pour also shows plenty of carbonation trails but they fizzle out quickly (and the beer tastes better if you let them do so first). The nose is where the magic is in this beer—the ghost of Christmas present if he were a beer connoisseur. It's complex and delicious: stewed apples, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cherries, brown sugar. The flavor of this beer is sweet up front, with the same stewed apple and baking spice flavors, but the sour cherries come in the middle and finish strong with some warmth and a bite. The mouth follows the taste being smooth and slippery up front, though only medium-bodied. But the finish is somewhat dry and the carbonation kicks in at the end to highlight the sour notes. Really a wonderful and unique beer.

NOTE: The label on this beer says to serve hot (70 C). I suggest trying it both ways and deciding which you like. When hot, the carbonation is much more pronounced on the tongue as are the sour cherry notes, while the sweet apple notes are mostly hidden. I personally enjoy sweeter beers (especially when baking spice flavors are involved), so I think room temp is the way to go on this, but give both a whirl and enjoy the variety. Cheers!
Nov 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.31 by MrDell from Switzerland

Mar 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 03, 2014
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.
Jan 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mizx from England

Dec 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

May 20, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by BugattiRoo from Australia

Apr 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by saeh from France

Mar 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Hultkrantz from Sweden

Mar 10, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 10, 2013
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.
Jan 08, 2013
 
Rated: 2.25 by donactive from Sweden

Nov 26, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

Nov 24, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by t0rin0 from California

Sep 08, 2012
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
Jul 04, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by Niklas from Sweden

Apr 22, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by Asgeirr from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

Feb 05, 2012
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Reviewed by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
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.
Dec 30, 2010
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

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.
Dec 26, 2010
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Reviewed by seanyfo from Scotland

4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
25cl bottle heated through and served in a chimay chalice

A- No head, dark ruby body.

S- Hot apple crumble/strudel. Nutmeg, dark fruit sweetness - cherries perhaps ;)

T- Lots of rich dark fruits, spice, nutmeg, stewed apples.

M- Minimal carbonation, light syrupy body.

D- Certainly a warming tasty brew on a cold winters evening. A nice alternative to say a mulled wine at Chrimas, but the only discernable difference between this and a mulled wine, is the lack of an alcohol kick in the gluhkriek. Enjoyable!
Apr 26, 2010
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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.
Feb 16, 2010
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

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.
May 07, 2009
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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...
Dec 17, 2008
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.
Feb 18, 2008
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

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.
Dec 25, 2007
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Reviewed by thierrynantes from France

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.
Nov 25, 2007
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Reviewed by Erdinger2003 from Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.
Jan 13, 2007
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Reviewed by mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served mulled.

A - Clear reddish brown with absolutely no head and no lacing. Atypical, but appropriate.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, fainter cherries and caramel malt with a bit of alcohol.

T - A slightly sweet natural cherry flavor with a lot of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. The spice is very strong on the back of the throat.

M - Very smooth, very slick and thin. Very refreshing.

D - Really hit the spot after a cold day outdoors. Drinkable, but not sessionable. Definitely pleasant. More in league with cherry wines than other beers, even cherry lambics. Worth a try for sure, but be sure to mull it.
Jan 11, 2007
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 68 ratings