SamTheBarrel (737) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml paperwrapped green corked and caged bottle, poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is hazy ruby red with a creamy small pink head, that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, candied cherries, cinnamon, carnation spice and a hint of barnyard. Flavours of candied cherries, cinnamon, carnation spice, ginger, cardamon, rum and vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet and light sour. Palate is medium bodied, sligtly sticky texture and average carbonation. Liefmans Glühkriek is spicy and has a flavour profile somewhat reminescent of Glögg (a Nordic variant of mulled wine). The beer is more palatable when it is somewhat warm (13-16 degrees). An interesting beer with familiar Christmas flavours, quite nice and tasty in small servings.
Echon (264) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Fairbar. Deep red body. Rich cherry aroma. Smells a bit like hot cherry sauce. Full sweet and sour taste. Very fruity. Light body with (perhaps) high carbonation. The sensation of the carbonation changes a lot when the beer is warm so it is actually difficult to tell. Overall, this was a very unusual experience, but I really enjoyed it. This beer fits the Christmas season perfectly.
Svesse (7630) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, half tried cold and half tried warm) Dark red colour. Cold, it’s flat with brief bubbly head. Warm, it gets a dense pinkish head. Fruity, spicy nose with notes of cherries, red fruit, spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove) and a touch of caramel or toffee. Fruity, spicy taste with cherries, Swedish glögg (spicy, sweetened red wine served around Christmas), spices and a touch of treacle toffee. Medium body, quite sweet. Fruity, tasty and spicy. Preferred it warm, would work nicely on a cold winter’s eve. Nice one.
anstei (891) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of Toni, thanks! Strong sour cherry aroma, but with herbs and clear woodruff. Sweet on the tongue, but with a rather dry palate. Matching sourness. Very nice!
Daanminator (476) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heerlijk bier om in de winter te drinken. Het heeft wat weg van gluhwein maar dan wat fruitvoller. Hier wordt ik heel blij van.
PriorL (3045) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2014, shared with Mathieu87. Found back notes that where lost.
APPEARANCE: red beer, with heat coming out, weird to have a beer like this.
NOSE: very very spicy and cherry extract.
TASTE: spices and kriek, nothing more actually, bit too hot even to drink in the beginning...
erohne (65) - NORWAY - FEB 14, 2015
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Det beste man kan si om denne er at det er alkohol... Sur og udefinerbar smak som verken er fugl eller fisk. Og det var ikke en dårlig flaske, for flaske nummer to smakte like spesielt.
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Jorn69 (2360) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2016 @ Havregatan 150130. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity and quite glöggish and spicy (cinnamon and cloves), cherries, really sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and very sweet.
Warm: Very much glögg, sweet, spicy and fruity with cherries.
metalspice (522) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 Nei. Varmet opp som anbefalt. Vinrød farge med lysrosa skum. Lukter gamle bær og krydder. Smaker kirsebær med en del kanel. Alt for søt. Lite glass før jeg varmet den opp, mer kryddersmak da.
2015 versjonen er mer balansert og ikke så klisette søt som jeg husker den. Fungerer mye bedre her.
Alengrin (4081) - BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was the first beer, at least in Belgium, intended to be served hot. Was quite a revelation in that sense and only few have followed this example. I tasted it at room temperature once, but the added spices (cinnamon, cloves and star aniseed?) are way too harsh then, rendering it hard to drink. At the intended 70° C, this is kind of enjoyable on icy days, much the same as Glühwein; burgundy colour, no head to speak of except some large and quickly vanishing bubbles; the aroma is not very beery, but still relatively complex, with lots of cherry, the aforementioned spices, passion fruit, grenadine, sugar and a lemony sourish accent. Same for the taste, sweet and spicy, very fruity, smooth, with a drying spicy finish. I honestly don’t like warm drinks that much, not even in winter, but this is admittedly quite charming. I have always preferred the regular version, though.