In honour of International Beer Day on August 5, the beer-rating and -review site RateBeer.com has curated a list of the top beers in the world.
The 20 beers were selected from the RateBeer Best 2016, the site’s annual awards show and world beer festival, and from a list of likely candidates for RateBeer Best 2017.
From a barrel-aged brew made with raspberries to a strong Russian imperial stout served just one day each year, keep scrolling to find out which beers made the cut.
Thicket is Side Project's blended Missouri Wild Ale made of amber and blond wild beers aged on blackberries grown in Oregon and Missouri. The sour ale is intensely fruity and dark purple in colour.
Oklahoma-based Prairie Artisan Ales' imperial stout is aged in whiskey barrels with chocolate, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and chilli peppers, creating a unique balance between sweet and spicy.
Stockholm, Sweden's Omnipollo called the double-barrel Noa Pecan Mud Cake 'the pinnacle of our first rum barrel project.' Barrel-aged in Islay and Cognac, the imperial stout is complex with roasted, nutty, and sweet notes.
Westbrook's imperial stout was brewed in honour of the South Carolina brewery's first anniversary in 2012 and is re-released annually. Reminiscent of a Mexican birthday cake, the brew is 10.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and has flavours of chocolate, coconuts, bourbon, caramel, spices, and malt.
This sour American ale by San Marcos, California's The Lost Abbey was blended and aged in oak barrels with peaches, apricots, and nectarines, resulting in a crisp fruit flavour with a citric acid finish.
This Polish imperial porter from Browar Kormoran is made with barley malts and Suska Sechlonska (smoked dried plums). It's unique in its aromas and flavours of coffee, chocolate, and cocoa, as well as chocolate pralines and fruit liqueur.
Oregon Coast brewery De Garde created this Berliner Weisse-style ale with a deep purple colour and pink head through oak-barrel ageing and the addition of black and red raspberries. The Imperial Purple Raz Bu is sweet, fruity, and lightly malty.
Cycle Brewing's latest Wednesday imperial stout -- released this year for the second time as part of their weekday set -- is heavy on hazelnut complemented by notes of cinnamon and chocolate.
Always in Life is Sante Adairius Rustic Ales' (SARA) take on a Belgian-style Tripel coming in at 10.2% ABV. Peaches and SARA-house microbes are added to the brewing process and then aged in a Jamaican-rum barrel. The brew is crisp, tart, and fruity, with notes of rum and oak.
Brewed with raspberries in bourbon oak barrels, this special anniversary imperial stout from Närke Kulturbryggeri in Örebro, Sweden, tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark berries, cocoa, and bourbon.
Pliny the Younger is the triple IPA nephew to Russian River Brewing Company's
top-rated double IPA, Pliny the Elder. Hailing from Santa Rosa, California, Younger is dry-hopped four times, resulting in a balanced, juicy flavour with a bitter finish.
A vicious Russian imperial stout served just one day each year, Three Floyds' Dark Lord is brewed out of Munster, Indiana, with coffee, vanilla, and Indian sugar. It has an ABV of 15%.
Brewed in Beersel, Belgium, by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, this gueuze, or Lambic blend, is a golden orange pour with flavours of white grape, green apple, lemon, aged wood, and a hint of citrus.
Brewed in Westvleteren, Belgium by a group of Trappist monks, this beer is sold only at the Abdij St. Sixtus monastery. But despite its limited availability, the Westvleteren XII is a favourite among brewers and beer drinkers, who love it for its unique flavours of bitter marmalade complemented by chocolate and caramel.
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