Beer of the Week: Gulden Draak AleBy Mike Payne
When faced with a veritable wall of international beers, the bottle design of Gulden Draak Ale stands out. Those who grab this stubby white bottle will be glad they did, for what appears as a gimmick is as true and authentic as it gets. Crowned the best beer in the world by the American Tasting Institute in 1998, Gulden Draak lives up to its hype with every bottle. The strong malt flavor right after the sip recedes to a caramel sweetness of apples and brown sugar. The finish is creamy and medium bodied with a nice, spicy release. Serve this one in a tulip glass if you have one on hand, otherwise enjoy it a wide wine glass.