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Rodenbach Grand Cru, one of GAYOT's Top Sipping Beers

Serve these premium sipping beers in a snifter or goblet to enjoy their strong aromas and flavors. Also check out GAYOT's list of the latest Top 10 Sipping Beers.


Ayinger Celebrator

This intense black beer defies traditional perceptions of lager, layering sweet flavors of molasses and bergamot with rich toffee malt. Read the full review


Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Tremens

After taking the first sip of this Belgian ale, a pleasing hint of honeyed tea greets the palate, followed by a spreading warmth worthy of whiskey. Read the full review

Moortgat Duvel

Considered by many to be the world’s finest beer, Duvel is the most widely recognized of Belgian ales. Deceptively pale in color, this devil packs a wallop. Duvel’s dense frothy head needs plenty of space in the glass and has pungent aromas of tree fruit and green herbs. In the mouth, its earthy quality is complex, nutty and delicious. A whip-crack of bitter hops, a Champagne-like dryness and a clean finish make this ale an ideal food partner.


Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat

The name is Dutch for pirate, which is apropos, as this genuine Belgian triple is an historic example of an IPA that would have been brewed... Read the full review

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

On the palate, herbal hops scour the palate clean, making this beer a remarkable food partner. Read the full review


Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island opened its doors in Chicago in 1988 when the craft beer boom was in its infancy. In recent times, this brewery has introduced... Read the full review


Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 10

This beer is brewed with religious care by fifteen Trappist monks at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy... Read the full review

Westmalle Dubbel

The beer's creamy froth embraces the palate and offers sweet flavors of buttered raisin toast and crème brûlée. Read the full review


Rodenbach Grand Cru

The beer's sweet-tart fruity flavors burst on the palate, making it an exceptional beer for food. Read the full review


Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

This inky black beer boasts a malty sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the prickle of carbonation. Read the full review

Green Flash Double Stout

The San Diego-based Green Flash brewery describes this ale as a modern American version of the old-world classic. Read the full review


Russian River Pliny the Elder

Named for the first century Roman scholar who is thought to have been the first to mention hops in writing, this beer is loaded with Lupus Salictarius... Read the full review


Orkney Brewery SkullSplitter

Copper-colored, this viscous brew projects exotic yeasty aromas reminiscent of melted bleu cheese. Read the full review


Rogue Chocolate Stout

Aromas of chocolate-covered cherries and black coffee arouse the senses. A luxuriant mouth-feel complements an opulent, medium-dry chocolate taste experience. Read the full review


Deschutes Jubel 2015

Weighing in at a hefty 10.4 percent ABV, this special release is a ramped up version of Deschutes Brewery's Jubelale Winter Ale. Read the full review


Schneider Aventinus

Decadently rich, sweet flavors layer the palate, from butterscotch to brandied cherries to pecan pie. Read the full review


Unibroue Maudite

Combining Weizenbock-associated caramel and clove aromas with the fiery peppery spice and aged-cheese tang more typical of a Trappist Dubbel... Read the full review


Urthel Quadrium Ale
Hildegard delivers with this 11.5 percent ABV, copper-hued, malt-forward sipper, which envelops your taste buds with maltiness, without being overly sweet. Read the full review


Foret is a bottle-conditioned Saison/Farmhouse Ale from Brasserie Dupont, and is Belgium's only certified organic ale brewed from 100 percent... Read the full review


La Folie

This sour brown ale is only 6 percent ABV, but its intense tart and sour notes make it one to be sipped and savored. Read the full review


Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Stone Brewing Company lays claim to producing big bold ales that push the limits of the human palate for huge flavors and hop bitterness. Read the full review

AleSmith Old Numbskull

This mahogany-colored, bottle-conditioned barley wine from the San Diego-based AleSmith brewery has a light-hearted name, but... Read the full review

James Joseph Blood Moon Barleywine

Brewed during a blood moon, Joseph James' American-style take on barleywine offers an assertive hop bitterness that is noticeably absent in its English counterparts. Read the full review


Unibroue Terrible

Terrible is terribly strong and complex. The alcohol strength is a powerful 10.5 per cent ABV, backed up with a balance of flavors... Read the full review


Old Rasputin

Considered by many to be the standard-bearer for the style, this Russian Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewing Company is produced in the tradition of 18th-century English brewers... Read the full review


Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

The “Old Brewery” at Tadcaster in Yorkshire has managed to survive lean decades to emerge as one of England’s leading brewers of fine ales. The brewery’s “Samuel Smith” line is held in the highest esteem. However, the brewery’s black ales, porters and stouts deserve special status. The deluxe offering is their “Imperial Stout,” whose inky black color and concentration of flavor defy the laws of nature. Its aroma is a sharp blast of espresso and cocoa, cushioned by a luxuriously custardy head. Intense chicory and bittersweet chocolate flavors create a lingering finish that cries out for dark chocolate desserts.


Cantillon Saint Lamvinus

Lambic beers' distinctive acidity and earthy funk compare more easily to Champagne or cider than to other beers, a result of ancient brewing techniques. Saint Lamvinus is from Cantillon, the finest of traditional lambic producers. Red Bordeaux grapes are added to the brew, and the result is stunning: a dry fruit beer of depth and grace, with a sharp wine-like finish.


J.W. Lees Vintage Harvest Ale 2000

Barley Wine has the strength to age gracefully, as evidenced by the vintage dating used by J.W. Lees. An internationally revered brew, new releases of their mature ales are anxiously awaited by the cognoscenti, collected and laid down for further aging. As garnet in color as tawny port, this beer is just as rich and strong in the mouth. Complex aromas of fruitcake and leather compete with an ambrosially sweet flavor of almonds and marmalade. Almost too sweet to serve with desserts, this beer is more at home in a snifter with a slab of Stilton and a cigar.


Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

The American approach to brewing takes is as bold and brash as it is to food, fashion and film. Dogfish Head in Delaware is a leader in a talented field, brewing powerhouse beers with explosively intense flavor. The amber 90 Minute IPA is as hoppy as a beer can be, full of green herbal aromas like cedar and grapefruit peel. Hop-heads will appreciate this ale's homage to the underappreciated flower. Medium-dry in attack, toasty malt is strongly present but masked by resinous hops in brute force. The beer's finish is bracingly bitter, making it adept at handling spicy food.

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