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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand CruDragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru

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89
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grand Crus are traditionally known as "The best beer that a brewery makes." This Belgian-style quad lives up to that name and then some. Available once a year, in May to celebrate our Anniversary.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2004)
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Reviews by stoutman:
Photo of stoutman
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft red-orange color, light haze, slightly translucent with a small rapidly disippating fluffy cloud colored head. Smells of light chocolate, raspberries, a hint of doughy yeast and some bit of clove. Flavor is quite impressive, full of candy sugar and sweet sweet caramel flavors. Lots of red fruit and a medium-full body. Even when served warm, this stuff is able to mask the 11 percent alcohol very well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Decent beer, not as good to me as their mainstay Final Absolution, but definitely drinkable. Funny I also bought this at local Costco for under $9 for a bomber size...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
 
Appearance - The pour was pretty good here. Hazy amber in color, nice head on top with good retention, left behind a good deal of lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Some light sediment in the final pour.
 
Smell - Aroma was ok...light fruit notes, grapes, dates, perhaps some prunes at first come through. Lots of grain notes and a touch of alcohol as well. Not really very complex and overall a touch light for my tastes, but no matter we push on.
 
Taste - Average here, perfect word. Not the most complex thing I have ever run across in my lifetime to say the least, this seemed to be amped up enough as the abv was quite apparent, but the rich fruit notes and complex taste were lacking. Lots of bland flavor that really did not go anywhere for me.
 
Feel - Good carbonation with a solid feel to it. Nothing too heavy or cloying at all, rather nice feel to it and as heavy as it should be given the style.
 
Drinkability - Decent, but nothing crazy. It was drinkable but the flavor just did not really do anything for me.
 
Overall - I don't know, it just wasn't all there for me, I wanted it to be, but alas, it was not. I would not really go after this one again.

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikediesel124
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of lewdwig
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up on a recent trip through Michigan.
Pours a dark amber in color. There's a little bit of a frothy head that forms on the pour. But is quickly gone.
Smell is candy sugar, with a little bit of smoke and peat.
Taste is more of the candy sugar. Lots more smoke and huge malts. This is a bruiser of a beer. The alcohol is hidden quite nicely, but believe me, it's there. Very full and easy drinking. Incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit lite, but it works. Good beer.

Photo of Rhine
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of msuspartan22
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Copper bodied brew with an off white head. Good Lacing.

Smell: Lots of big dark fruits. Spiciness from the yeast and sweet malts.

Taste: Raisins, plum, and figs. Brown sugar and caramel malts. Mild alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Full bodied beer with moderate carbontion.

Overall: Really goood Quad style beer. Reminds me of Rochefort 10, but kick up a notch. Belgian style ale that is fantastic!

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Derek for sending this beer my way.

A: The beer pours amber-copper in color with a sizable off-white head.

S: A weird citrus aroma to it along with some definite cardboard notes. Toffee and caramel sweetness along with some dark fruits and a bit of spice and yeast.

T: This is sort of cidery. Lots of apple and orange peel flavor. Certainly some cardboard, too. Sweet toffee and brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruits, too. Spices, yeast, and metal round out the flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not sure of the age on this beer, but it seemed like it might have been past its prime.

Photo of BMoney575
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-7-09

Pours a hazy red/orange color that is very attractive, with a thin white head that leaves big bubbles on the sides.

Smell is all thick hops, lots of caramel malt, a hit of alcohol, and much lighter than you'd expect. The aroma is all cherries, and is absolutely wonderful.

Taste is thick with alcohol, lots of malt, caramel, a little vanilla, and lots of deep fruitiness. Complex, boozy, and awesome.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, boozy, slick and fizzy to keep everything fun.

Drinkability is scary good, the 11% will quickly kick your ass.

Overall, and outstanding quad, and I wish it was more readily available.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a murky copper color with a healthy white foam. Smells yeasty sweet. Tastes of honey, not too sweet. The bottom begins to taste a bit sickly sweet. Not as good as most tripels I’ve had (I would expect quadrupels to be a notch above tripels, but maybe that's ignorance), but this is still pretty tasty.

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange/copper color with a thin off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy amber orange with some red hues. The white head has pretty good retention. Good color, but a bit different for the style.

S- Does not smell like a quad, or even a Belgian beer for that matter. I get a boat load of cherries and some oak, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. This is complex, but no where close to what the quad style.

T- Some cherries and caramel with oak and vanilla. The alcohol is barely noticeable and is just a bit warming. Not right for the style, but smooth and enjoyable as hell.

M- Just a bit numbing, but overall it is smooth.

D- A very nice beer, even if it is not a quad. This drinks way better than most 11% ABV beers.

Photo of Benny3000
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru from Dragonmead Microbrewery
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.