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Liefman's "Glühkriek"

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Liefman's "Gluhkriek" is a cherry beer, designed to be served warm

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Liefman's "Glühkriek"
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Spiced Cherry Flemish Oud Bruin - Belgium / Seasonal
$8.50 / 12 oz.
6.5% ABV

Glühkriek sounds a little funny in English, but it tastes sublime.  "Glühwein" is the German word for mulled wine, literally "glow wine" for the way hot, spiced wine makes you feel.  "Kriek" is Flemish for cherry, and a famous Belgian style of cherry beer.  So Glühkriek is a spiced sweet-tart cherry beer designed to be served warmed in winter, like a latter-day wassail.  This rare Belgian beer is undeniably quirky; in fact, few would recognize this explosively aromatic cherry bomb as beer on first sip.  But it is undeniably delicious and tailor-made for banishing the chill of a solstice night.  If there's a beer connoisseur on your holiday gift list, or a wine drinker who needs a taste of what beer can do, a tissue-wrapped bottle of Liefman's Glühkriek is sure to surprise and delight.

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