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Top 10 Sipping Beers

Gulden Draak

Gulden Draak is Flemish for golden dragon

Gulden Draak Ale
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Brouwerij Van Steenberge / East Flanders, Belgium

Gulden Draak is Flemish for "golden dragon," and this dark tripel is named for the large golden statue that has stood atop the Ghent Belfry since 1382, just ten miles from the Brouwerij Van Steenberge brewery. While most Belgian tripels are light in color, the Munich malt used in this ale results in a dark brown appearance. As the 10.5 percent ABV leads to a natural malt caramel and toffee-like sweetness, it's considered to go best with dessert, or as a standalone liquid sweet treat. The bottle's distinctive wide shape allows for natural refermentation to take place in the bottle, which also contributes to a creamy head. The centuries-old brewers' yeast adds a full body and complex aftertaste, leading to repeated satisfying sipping. Brouwerij Van Steenberge recommends replacing the whiskey in an Irish coffee with Gulden Draak to make a unique Belgian-style version.

Price: $5 for 11.2 oz

ABV: 10.5%

For more information, visit the Vansteenberge official website

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