It’s not uncommon on a cool day that many drink a mulled (heated) wine. In fact, many people do this as a household remedy to the cold, due to the various antioxidants found in wine. But not many people have heard of doing such with a beer. It’s hard to imagine bringing a beer up to heated temperatures when just coming out of summer; we still look forward to the ice cold beverage after a long day of work. But for those cooler days, there’s La Dragonne.
La Dragonne is a Swiss beer made specifically to be heated and drank in a mug rather than typical beer glassware. Heating the beer is quite easy as it only requires placing the bottle in a hot water bath on the stove until it reaches 120 (F) degrees.
Pouring the beer into the mug, you immediately notice the beautiful brown color but a lack of carbonation. The aroma has notes of honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and of course a touch of alcohol. When tasting La Dragonne, you’re blasted with a ton of unique flavors ranging from sweet to bitter and including the spices clearly present in the aroma.
Drinking La Dragonne is obviously weird as everything you know about a normal beer seems to be the opposite; warm versus cold, carbonation versus no carbonation. Just as many know that drinking a beer too cold numbs the palette, drinking this heated beer opens up the palette to an entirely new range of flavors that can’t be found by opening the fridge.
La Dragonne is definitely worth seeking out. Bottles have been found throughout the region including Capone’s in Norristown and The Six Pack Store on the Boulevard in North East Philadelphia.