baraciisch (1263) - USA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A highlight of the night, my wife had two, couldnít get enough of this really complex interesting offering... The warmth of it, really mellows out the sour notes, but still has flavors of cherries, citrus, and sweetness... Almost therapeutic, who needs tea...
J2 (3) - - DEC 22, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW! This is the sexiest thing youíll put in your mouth this holiday season. The aroma was so full and cheery. The spices were perfectly balanced and the cherry flavor was so complex. I will be back for more!
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cascade, served hot with a slice of orange sitting in the beer. Pours a dark ruby red with a medium pink foamy head. Aroma is obscured due to the heat, but gives off notes of cinnamon and other such spices, some cherries and honey. Flavour of sour cherry pie, lots of citric acid due to the orange, slight spices Ė but the more the beer sits, the more the orange is prominent. Certainly unique Ė the only other hot ďkriekĒ Iíve had to compare is Unibroueís Quelque Chose and I much prefer that one, though this one is quite different due to the sourness and spices. Solid, unique treat.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in Portland, OR. Pours a deep ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and some tart cherry pie. Flavor is similar. A bit more of the tart cherry pie up front with a nice spice mix that goes really well with the fresh orange peel. Cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon come out nicely as this finishes somewhat tart and sweet. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and just a light carbonation. Overall, Iíve never had anything quite like this, but it was really enjoyable. The orange goes really well with the tart cherry pie flavor and spices. Very cool.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near Christmas 2011 draft at the Barrel House. This beer was fantastic and a true highlight of the night. It should be served year round!. The beer came with an orange in the drink, but that didnít detract from the sheer awesomeness of this beer. Pours to a dark red body with no head. Aromas of cloves, oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and sour cherry pie. Flavors of sour cherries, oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and the warmness of the beer really brings it together into a new winter warmer favorite. Alcohol was well hidden. I would drink this beer this way all the time. I loved it in comparison to the Unibroue beer. Iíd rather have this one!
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. mulled, so flat. medium-light body; mix of semi-sweet and tart fruit (orange, melon, lemon). canít help but come across as tea or wassail: the cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the cherry character but altogether it doesnít come together into anything that seems "designed" - more like an experimental blend that isnít necessarily better (my guess) than a less-diluted version could be. meh.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at the Barrel House... People in Portland have been raving about the Glueh Kriek though, and understandably. It pleases beer geeks and sour heads, but is also completely accessible for the sour noobs. Itís perfect for chilly, damp, Northwest nights, and totally hit the spot during the holiday months. The beverage itself poured a dark, ruby color with no head. Cloves and orange wedge adorned the surface of the glass. Sour cherry pie with warming spices, super sweet and dense mouthfeel, mild citrus, and a super dry, lacto finish. Itís things like this why most beer geeks call Ron Gansberg a mad scientist over that are Cascade Brewing.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours little head, reddish amber. Smells like Christmas spices, really. Almost burns my hand as I pick it up...70 degrees my ass.
odor is warm...Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, tiny hint of cherry.
Ok never had a hot beer, first for me, but somehow it works. I donít know how, I donít know why, but it does.
A lot of bread pudding on the front of the palate. Then crosses over the mid, picks up cherries, and finishes tart. The mouthfeel is thick but not too much, it really warms you up in the cold. Odd, but not bad... oddly unique.
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"On tap" at Cascade Barrel House in Portland. Actually, they used a ladle to serve this. They also added a an orange, along with a clove to add to the awesomeness. Nice red hue. Didnít have any head because itís too hot for that. Itís served hot, but this allows all of those aromas to pop. The clove and the citrus from the orange is excellent. The aforementioned aromas blend very well with the pungent tart cherry aroma. The beer is warm (obviously), and this allows everything to hit my taste buds. The clove and citrus blend well with the mouth-puckering tart cherry flavor. The beer has a nice texture. Damn, this beer is great. The tart cherry flavor is simply phenomenal. Every aspect of this beer adds a unique part. I want this in a bottle!